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Apr 26, 2014
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wife just got me a new camera a Nikon D5200 does anyone use this model camera to shoot storm pics ?? if so what lens and settings do you use ? I am going to attempt to learn this camera before spring. Any input is greatly appreciated.
 
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Mark H

I have a Nikon D3200...haven't been able to go on a chase with it, yet....but....it's best to use the presets until you learn the camera...read thru the
owner's manual....or if you can find a copy of the book Nikon D3200 for Dummies.....it's great for reference
 
May 1, 2004
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wife just got me a new camera a Nikon D2200 does anyone use this model camera to shoot storm pics ?? if so what lens and settings do you use ? I am going to attempt to learn this camera before spring. Any input is greatly appreciated.
There are lots of good DSLR beginner's guides online that you can Google for. The guide should give you in depth information on how ISO, aperture, shutter speeds and f stops work, and how they impact your photo's quality, noise level, depth of field, etc. Once your understand the theory behind it, it's just a matter of getting proficient using your camera. That means using it a lot and shooting lots and lots of bad pictures as you learn.


It's January now so read up and shoot a few hundred pictures inside the house and outside and I'm sure you'll be working your camera competently by March when storms start to roll around.
 
Dec 13, 2003
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Just about any camera today can do the trick. Like Skip said Learn basic photography skills than learn everything your camera can and cant do. If that's a pic you took for your avatar, you're off to a good start. One thing, if possible, again.. if possible, try to position yourself so you can exclude objects like that pole. Might not always be able to and any shot is better than none, but try if possible ,little things like that will make for better images.
 
Apr 26, 2014
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Thank you John and yes that is one i took i have more pictures and video on my chaser page on facebook Just look up Doug Crisp storm chaser also i would love to hear your input on the other pictures i have on my page Thanks again.
 
Apr 26, 2014
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Thanks Ben I have two lens for this new camera at this time so i have to get a few before chase season any suggestions that i may want to consider that would work for the Nikon D5200. wife did manage to get me two Lenses 1st one is the Nikon DX AF-S 18-55 VR and the 2nd being the 55-300 NikonDX.
 
Apr 26, 2014
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i know a good wide angle lens would be a good thing to have so iv'e been looking for any good deals i can find before chase season. Also i have been checking out the settings on the Camera and learning new things so at least i have time to get familiar with it.
 
Wider angle lenses are much better while chasing. I rarely use zoom while chasing.
This is a very true statement. More so than just a image style thing, a physical challenge with a zoom is to get the shot with all the wind and vibration found in and around the storm environment. I have an awesome 35-350mm L series and almost never seem to go over 200mm in a storm environment. I definitely like having it to zoom and get a "prove it" shot (done a bit here in FL with small/distant waterspouts), but they are NOT photogenic shots. The 70-200mm WITH Image Stablization (2.8 L series) or the Nikkor equivalent are probably the best option zoom wise. But honestly, there is just nothing like a 10-20mm option for storm structure shots.

Also recommend budgeting for a suite of filters. Polarizer, Neutral Density, graduated (used in my profile pic for example) are all great tools to have, even with the cheaper lenses.
 
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Wide angle is a must for chasing, I have the 10-22 and love it. I'd also recommend a nice 50mm as it will come in very handy in the medium ranges. The Canon 50mm F1.8 is a very sharp, high-quality lens for the money (only a hundred bucks), and it has actually captured some of my best tornado shots. It is a faster lens, meaning you don't have to rely as much on higher ISOs.
 
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I used a Nikon D5300 for chase season 2014, which is almost the exact same thing as your D5200.

It's a great camera, and like most modern DSLR's, is very capable of recording fantastic storm shots - but a lot of this is up to the person behind the camera. It's important to know your camera inside and out, so you can switch modes / ISO / other settings quickly and not futz around scrolling through menus when you are in rapidly changing conditions. Experiment with different types of metering - I suggest you begin with matrix rather than center-weight or spot. You will find autofocus has problems against gray, non-contrasty skies, so get comfortable focusing manually and (like mentioned in other replies) don't forget composition, because taking 30 steps into a farm field in order to get some power lines out of the picture can make the difference between an "okay" picture and a spectacular one!

Practice shooting clouds NOW. Do you like what you capture? What can you do differently?

If you want your pics to show towering white storm towers contrasted against a dark blue sky, you need to use a circular polarizing filter (~$30) on your lens, but you should take it off before you get under the meso, where things get dark. Like others have suggested, you will rarely use a long lens when chasing. The Nikon 18-55 or 18-140 are good all-purpose starter lenses, but you will find yourself wishing you had a wider-angle lens any time the entire sky is filled with mammatus or a huge shelf cloud is a half-mile away and closing in. For DX cameras such as yours, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX (about $450) is a great choice for wide-angle work.

When you are under the meso in relatively dark conditions, you will probably want to use the largest aperture available with ISO set such that your shutter speed is fast enough to hand-hold without blur - 1/60 second being a common threshold. Resist the urge to zoom when hand-holding in low-light conditions because you will increase your chance of blurring the pic - getting a sharp pic is essential because then you can digitally zoom/crop later in post-processing** (<-- shoot in large/fine format so you can get the most of your available 24 megapixels)

**You will take a TON of pics on a chase, then get home and find your camera didn't record the scene like it appeared to your eyes. It's NOT the camera - we ALL deal with this, so get familiar with photoshop or similar editing utilities to help you recreate the contrast and pull out the colors so you can show others what YOU saw. It's not cheating - even the most expensive camera can't replicate the dynamic range and color complexities of the human eye.

I shot the pic below with my D5300 and the 18-140mm kit lens.



Best wishes,

TR
 

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Sep 7, 2013
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Wide to chase, wide/zoom for lightning.

I shot a bolt from strasburg colorado last summer with my 300...according to radarscope, that storm was over 180 miles away. Granted its no wall hanger, but I caught it.

I love lightning.
 
Doug I shoot Nikon also. Any of Nikon's lenses that start at 18mm will do a repectable job (18-55, 18-105, etc). But I really like the 12-24 zoom. Both Nikon and Tokina make a version. I have the Tokina and I love it. It can capture a really large chunk of sky and can be found for around $350.
 
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I use 18-55 or 28-80 for lightning / weather. I also do a lot of weather photojournalism so I use a 70-200 2.8 as well. I shoot with Canons for no other reason that when I bought my first camera it was Canon because it was on sale lol. After that I just stuck with that brand.
 
Apr 26, 2014
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Emporia Kansas
I just want to thank you all for advise..I have been getting used to my new camera and i think i am going to love this camera and its features.. Cant wait to chase with it.