"Ready to move up from the kit lenses (D5000)" Sat 13-Feb-10 09:34 PM by nateccnn
A few months ago I decided I wanted a nice digital camera. I was helping my brother in law pic out a P&S camera and got that wild hair up my but. I owned a Nikon FG that I got in the mid 80s but never really understood photography. Did a couple weddings...was told not to do any more by the brides in both weddings.
Fastforward to July 2009. While helping my BIL, I read a lot of articles and that itch developed again. This time, before deciding on a camera for myself I bought a couple books on Digital Photography. The first one I read was Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang. Then I started reading Digital Photography, A Step by Step Guide to Taking Great Photographs by Steve Luck. After reading the book by Tom Ang I had a good idea of what I wanted to do and what kind of equipment to start with.
At this point I started shopping for cameras. I liked several of them. Canon had a nice rig in the Rebel series The XSi was recently released. I had narrowed it down to a short list of 4 cameras. Canon was advertising on TV more than anyopne else and I almost bought that rig. But I decided to slip my camera card into all four rigs at the local store and record some shots. I took those shots back to the office and opened them in CS4. The one that stood out as having the best detail was the Nikon. That also happened to be the camera that felt best in my hands.
Now I just had to find the best price on the D5000. A little shopping and a little bargaining and I ended up buying it locally from BB. I convinced the floor manager to swap the kit lenses and got a 18-55 and a 70-300 AF-S lense package for what I thought was a great price.
Last week I added a SB900 to my gear bag. I really like this flash. I thought I liked the on-camera speed light, but now I know that was a joke. Still a useful feature, but nothing like the SB900.
I also got a Nikon D5000 Digital Field Guide by J. Dennis Thomas for my birthday in August. I am almost finished reading this book. It adds clearity to what I read in the owner's manual.
Now I want to get another lense. I want to cover the gap between the 18-55 and the 70-300 I have in my bag. I want something that can shoot fast. I tend to take a lot of outdoor photos of sporting events and wildlife. I am a hunter who is getting tired of carrying meat out of the woods and realizing pictures weigh a lot less. So I will pack the camera bag along with other hunters to create memories for them. Some shots will be 400 yards (rifle shot) away and others will be within 20 yards (archery)away. Some will be waterfowl and some will be high desert. So I imagine I will need something that is versatile.
I also like to take indoor photos. Mostly for advertising purposes. Most ads will be newspaper size ads. A few will end up being billboard size. I run a small business and like to shoot my own photos so when customers come in they see familiar faces.
And then the occasional social event. I shot a Christmas party recently and was real happy with the 18-55 lense that came in the kit. And I shot my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Again...the 18-55 worked nicely.
So what would you recommend? I need to fill in my wish list in the user profile and I got lost. Help!