The D5200 is in the shop getting a thorough cleaning, so I dug out the D3100. I needed to see how it was shooting as I want to use it for shooting wider angle shots during totality of the eclipse.

I took some shots of the feral cats that live on our block and backyard.

Tonight, I took it out for some long exposures. I got some lightning.

And I caught someone practicing their fire spinning.

These were all taken with the new 18-300mm. I’ll be using the 1962 Nikkor 50mm for the totality sky shots. When we have a clear night this weekend, I’ll take the D3100 out with the 50mm for some testing, just to make sure I have it all dialed in as totality is only two and half minutes. No room or time for error.

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So far, not too bad for an old D3100. The new glass makes a huge difference. But I’ll be shooting the eclipse with the 18-300 on the D5200, so the D3100 gets the vintage treatment.

Oh, I did find a 2x teleconverter on eBay that was practically brand new. New it goes for $180, but it was $50 as the seller didn’t know what they had and listed it under the wrong brand. Score! And if I don’t like the results and want to get rid of it, I can easily sell it for $100. It should arrive in time to give me a few days to play with it before the eclipse.