A beginner. . . "start out cheap and see if I stay with it. . . "- so far 3 lens, backback, 3 tripods, etc. This activity isn't cheap! Enjoy wildlife. . . have a 80-400 VR. . . today met a very nice fellow while shooting snow geese with so much Nikon equipment, if they had been tools he could put a Snap On sign on his Jeep! Learned alot in just the few minutes I had to visit. He directed me to this forum so here I am. Ok, the Questions: 1. Have not been happy with my lack of focus sharpness. . . have been shooting using Matrix Metering. Today tried Spot Metering and believe for shooting "birds" my results were improved. Comments? 2. He suggested I should be shooting using 400-800 ISO. Have been using 200 with usually 1/60. Comments? Thanks to all who respond.