Hi, My first post here. Im new to SLRs and after a lot of research have decided to go for a D50, would get it in a couple o days. I would particularly like to do some portraits with it. Is the standard kit-lens a good choice for this ?
Im a newbie, so any suggestions on where to start, what to read would be a great help. (Have used a Sony Cybershot previously).
#1. "RE: Learning with D50" In response to Reply # 0
There is plenty of great information on this site if you dig around a bit. In addition Thom Hogan also has a site that contains a wealth of interesting information and some tutorials.
Edit: To save me having to answer your query on Flickr there is nothing at all wrong with the 18-55 kit lens. In many respects it's better than the 18-70 kit lens in the lower end of the telephoto range and as good at the higher end but it just does not reach as far. You have to learn that lens envy and lens snobbery is a fact of life in the DSLR world. Somebody will always tell you that what you have is no good and what they have is better or that you would be better served with a XX lens. Get the D50 with the kit lens take large numbers of photos enjoy yourself and learn. When YOU decide that you need better / faster / wider / longer lenses then it's time for you to start buying.
#7. "RE: Learning with D50" In response to Reply # 3
I have the 18-55DX Nikkor and find it to be an excellent lens for the money. It is a very good lens to start with and learn and when the time comes that you out grow it you will not be out alot of money.
As stated the 50 1.8 is also a great lens and cheap. But I would not make that my sole lens on a DSLR so if you can have only one the 18-55 is a better choice.
Hope this helps Jim
Edited to add here is my daughter this was taken with the 18-55DX
Matt514 Cleveland, US Registered since 17th Aug 2006
Thu 31-Aug-06 04:07 PM
#4. "RE: Learning with D50" In response to Reply # 0
I agree with many of the other posts here - get the 18-55mm and enjoy shooting a few thousand pictures with it. Once you get a good feel for the camera, and know what kind of pictures you like to take most, shop for more lenses.
I personally took 4k+ pictures with the kit lens (18-55mm) before buying a dirt cheap used telephoto lens (70-210mm). Both are good, solid, cheap.
Take time to learn how the M, A, S and P modes work, and you'll really appreciate the camera and be able to chose what your first lens upgrade should be (if you ever even need one!).
Enjoy the new camera I love mine, and intend to keep using it until it literally wears out!
kgendron12 Burlington, US Registered since 18th Jan 2006
Fri 01-Sep-06 12:09 AM
#6. "RE: Learning with D50" In response to Reply # 5
I HIGHLY recommend the 50mm f/1.8 lens in addition to a medium range zoom (18-55 or 18-70 or the new 18-135). I also recommend adding the SB-600 speedlight flash. It is sooo much better than the pop-up flash (not that is it terrible). The 50mm 1.8 will allow for both flash and non-flash portraits. Indoor natural light portraits make great pictures. Add the power of the SB-600 with the bounce option and you can really create some nice lighting.