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    Default Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    A totally unscientific look see at what this small/light combination can do for travel.
    I wanted to travel light but still keep the benefits of a DSLR so i put together this small and light equipment combination for travel. I also brought along a table pod.

    no serious photography just compose and shoot as i was traveling with my family.
    I believe that most people will come across this predicament when traveling with family.

    This is what i brought along, first the camera body

    Nikon's latest and smallest DSLR camera the Nikon D3100
    the lens - AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.3x)
    the flash - Speedlight SB-400

    so, off i went to japan to see what this combination can do
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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    just outside shinjuku station early morning with strong back light
    (btw all exif data is intact, so look at it if you want the specific settings)

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    just my luck to come across this new bride



    at a Sushi place, natural dim lights, shot at high ISO



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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    Akihabara





    handheld with VR ISO 400, 1/20s f8

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    more low light hand held shots, this time at shinjuku


    1/13s f5.6 ISO800


    1/25s f4 ISO800

    btw it is the start of winter so the sun sets early around 4:30 - 5pm


    1/25s f4 ISO800
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    Beautiful shots. Love the low light & iso performances.

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    at Tsukiji Fish Market





    the low noise at High ISO came in Handy, so did the VR
    one thing i need to say is to switch off the VR until you need it.

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    now some nice daytime shots of shibuya


    1/400s f8 @ ISO100


    1/200s f8 @ ISO100

    if you want to shoot the same angle, don't go there in the morning as the sunlight is on the buildings with the foreground in the shadows
    so i make do with a low angle to fill the foreground with people.

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    such a beautiful country


    1/60s f11 @ ISO100


    1/50s f11 @ ISO100

    same tree and people just a different angle

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    now something different, indoor ambient light food shots


    1/15s f8 @ ISO800


    1/25s f8 @ ISO800

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    Indoor Food shots with bounced flash from the SB400


    1/60s f8 @ ISO200



    the use of the bounced flash allows me to use a low ISO speed with a faster shutter speed and a smaller aperture
    also notice the nice reflections and light

    the SB-400 has made itself to my must buy list, i don't want to bring my SB-800 when a small SB-400 will do.
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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    more food shots, this time outdoor (shade) ambient light


    1/80s f8 @ ISO400


    1/125s f4 @ ISO400 (too little DOF for this shot)

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    close-up capability of the lens

    while staying at Hilton Tokyo Bay, I noticed that the morning sunlight falling on the rice paper window shade makes a great softbox


    1/40s f5.6 @ ISO100

    this is the battery that supplies power the D3100, it will lasts around a day of shooting (average around 600-700 shots with VR turned on)



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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    overall the combination was small and light while still able to get the quality of a DSLR, the video ability was an added bonus
    i will upload the full HD video later, (maybe the shibuya crossing)

    i usually shoot with my D80 so i missed the controls and bigger viewfinder. One thing i don't like about the D3100 is the lack of control buttons that you get with the bigger cameras.
    but i must say that the combination did not let me down on my trip. it was small enough for my 10 year daughter to use too.

    Coming up next is more misc shots.


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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test

    more indoor low light shots





    these are shot through a glass panel



    this shot is taken by my 10year old daughter (some cropping for a better composition)
    only shows how easy to use the camera is
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    talk about right timing

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test




    shot with the help of the table pod smuggled in my jacket
    (tripods/mono pods are not allowed in Disneyland/Sea)




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    another shot with the table pod, it was tough to find a suitable place to place the table pod that gives me the angle of view that i want
    so a full height tripod would be better

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    Default Re: Nikon D3100 with DX 16-85 VR lens and SB400 - Field Test







    btw the 1mm more that the 16-85mm has, makes a whole lot of difference

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