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Hi there folks,

 

I have a D5000.  I am struggling with it and so joined hoping to get lots of help, advice and tips!!

 

Also, I am a wheelchair user with limited dexterity soooo....... things do get more complicated!

 

Will look through the forum threads and look forward to improving my photography!

 

Stay Safe,

David



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Welcome ''Wheelz''!  I believe you can adapt and overcome most situations in the art.  What are your passions?

 

Edit to mention we have a few, mini challenge threads open, join in if you like.

Your best photo of the week ending February 14 2021 And now for something different... How about an insanely low light challenge? Bokehlicious

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Welcome to the forums!

 

Limited dexterity and a D5000 does sound far from ideal! A used D700 with its well-spaced controls on a slightly bigger body would probably be easier to handle.

 

Most situations can be overcome, I had an older friend who shot manual focus Leicas even though he had only one hand...

 

Some kind of arm attachment on your chair might make it easier for you. Don't forget that the D5xxx Nikons have a rear screen that can be angled for use with LiveView.



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Also, I am a wheelchair user with limited dexterity soooo....... things do get more complicated!

Two of my students have similar problems. I hope the experience
could provide solutions for you too, David… and yes, welcome! :P



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The best advice I can offer is simple, if it appeals to you...photograph it.  Photograph it from several angles, wide-telephoto even, shoot it with different settings if you can.  If you find on review it wasn't what you really wanted, dump it, but don't regret not photographing it later.  I've been there.



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Thanks for the replies!!  Really appreciated!!

 

I wonder — has anyone used the Manfrotto Magic Arm??


Welcome to the forums!

 

Limited dexterity and a D5000 does sound far from ideal! A used D700 with its well-spaced controls on a slightly bigger body would probably be easier to handle.

 

Most situations can be overcome, I had an older friend who shot manual focus Leicas even though he had only one hand...

 

Some kind of arm attachment on your chair might make it easier for you. Don't forget that the D5xxx Nikons have a rear screen that can be angled for use with LiveView.

Thanks!  I will check the D700 out too. It’s the Case Air that I think will help most!  I simply can't alter anything on manual. I can't press buttons or turn command wheels!!

 

Two of my students have similar problems. I hope the experience
could provide solutions for you too, David… and yes, welcome! :P

Sooooo .... any suggestions??  Many thanks  



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I wonder — has anyone used the Manfrotto Magic Arm??

I have 6 of those in the studio. They are really cool but
require a strong, firm grip to lock them.



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I have 6 of those in the studio. They are really cool but
require a strong, firm grip to lock them.

The version 143 is easier than the 244 if your hand grip isn't *that* strong.



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''Thanks!  I will check the D700 out too. It’s the Case Air that I think will help most!  I simply can't alter anything on manual. I can't press buttons or turn command wheels!!''

 

 

I have two D700's and classifying them as Navy ships, they would rate as heavy cruisers.  They're excellent cameras, heavy though and built like tanks, they weigh 1,085g with battery and card, (no lens).  Weight may be a concern for you, and they're more a manual camera requiring both hands moving dials and pushing buttons.  

 

I started out in digital with a D5500 which can be set to an Auto mode, and a bunch of effects/scenes.  Lets see how your D5000 compares and work with what you already have.  With 12MP on a DX sensor, image quality should be excellent as long as you don't crop too heavy or try and print massive murals.  Looking at a review of the D5000, it looks like you can set everything for auto and shoot.  The only real drawback I've seen is it doesn't auto focus in poor light very well without it's assist lamp which may be a concern at longer distances.  You'll probably want to stay with Nikkor's DX VR lens series with AF motor in lens set to auto.  It's compose, focus and shoot with very little messing around with anything else once it's set. 

 

What you have is a good basic camera for stills shots, (the video feature is described as ''crummy'', but oh-well).  It's quiet so you won't disturb others even in a museum or library and it takes a bunch of good lenses giving you many shooting options.  Speaking of lenses, the standard kit lens I got with my D5500, (18-55mm VR DX) produces better than expected images, and it just gets better from there.  In short, your D5000 should get you out and give you a satisfying hobby you can grow with.  If you want to step up later to something with more MP's and better Dynamic Range any of the D7000 series should fit your needs, still having full auto capability you require without being overly heavy.  

 

You can open a new world for yourself here with what you have and a little help from your friends. 



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The version 143 is easier than the 244 if your hand grip isn't *that* strong.

In any case, the magic arm is no solution but this is.
That's what I suggested my students:

 

https://youtu.be/CM7gknxsVTg



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Hello fellow Nikon owners.  I hope everyone has a chance to photograph something today with their cameras!

Hope the cold weather leaves soon so I can get outside a little more.



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Hope the cold weather leaves soon so I can get outside a little more.


"Hope the cold weather leaves soon…" you say?

It is in Winter that wildlife is at it most beautiful and, with the absence
of foliage, way easier to capture. It is by very cold and nasty weather
that one is finding some time to work on projects in studio. And the sa-
me conditions will make you prepare hot chocolate and hug the family.

In the sweaty season… can't do these things! :P