>Hey everyone! What a GREAT website! I am new to SLR >cameras, and am already learning a lot from this site. I was >wondering if you all wouldnt mind sharing some of your advice >with me. I got the Nikon D5000 for Christmas with the 15-55, >and 55 -200 VR lens from Costco. I would really like to get >the most out of this camera and hope that I will be able to >add to collection of digital art with it. I mostly take >portrait, and landscape shots in a photojournalism style. So >with that said
Congratulations on your new kit! You might consider getting "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. It will help get you up and running using Manual exposure mode.
>Is these the lens you would recommend? I hear the 70-300 is >a must have as is the SB600 speedlight.
The lenses that you have are a great place to start! Use them to gain experience. With enough experience you will find the limitations of the kit lenses and be able to make an informed decision on the best lens to fit your needs. The Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR is an excellent lens but it also has its limitations. The same thing can be said of the SB-600. Before you decide on adding more kit learn how to use what you have. Remember that adding gear is addictive!
>I was also told to >get clear lens covers, and uv filters all of which if still >in the process of reading about.
>Basically since I am a >beginner to all of this I am hoping some of you could point me >in the right direction as far as accessories I should get, or >what attachments would make my end results best.
You might want to consider a quality Microfiber lens cleaning cloth and a Giottos Rocket Blower, ans well as a camera bag, an extra memory card or two and a card reader if you don't have one. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!