A few questions re: new D5300

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Re: A few questions re: new D5300

Andy Hewitt wrote:

Thought this might be better in a new thread from my dead D5100 one.

First question, what’s the take on 14bit vs 12bit modes? I’ve found some stuff online, which gave more information, but also seem to confuse things more too. I’ve left it on 12bit for now, thinking about storage space while on holiday.

The swivel screen, my thought, based on the experience from the D5100, is perhaps not to fold it to closed position after every use. I leave it in the gadget bag anyway when not in use, and when transporting. I also fitted a hardened glass protector.

Are there any good tips for back button focus settings, or are they similar to the 5100.

I see lots of fuss made about having more AF points, but I just find they end up focusing on the wrong subject. Single point tracking seems to be the most useful to me.

Finally, Auto ISO or not? I usually use it, but is it better to leave it manual in the PASM modes, and use full Auto otherwise. Or maybe just set it to a low maximum? I notice though that noise is pretty good on this sensor anyway.


1) You'll never in a million years see the difference between 14 and 12 bit raw. Purists will argue there's a difference, I never could see it. However...storage is cheap, just set it to 14 bit raw, ya know, just in case you get really anal in the future and imagine you do see a difference.

However, always shoot raw + jpeg, that's what I do.  I never shoot just raw, I never shoot just jpeg.

2) I had two D5200 and always left it lcd screen out, I never folded it "backwards". In fact, I never articulated it because to use it that way means shooting in Live View and I never shoot in Live View and never worried about the screen being out any more than I worry about the screen being out on all my cameras that don't have articulating screens.

3) I never use "back button focus" so no advice there.

4) Single point always works, just focus and re-compose as needed.

5) Never use Auto ISO. Many others will tell you how handy Auto ISO is but just get used to setting your own ISO values until it's just muscle memory. Then and only then maybe default to Auto ISO in certain specific shooting scenarios...scenarios that I never find myself in, I want control over the ISO.

6) Shoot on A, never Auto. Sometimes M, sometimes S but never Auto. There, I said it.

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