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ryan168   US  Registered since 29th Feb 2008 Fri 29-Feb-08 10:30 PM
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"Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :)"



Hello fellow nikonians. I am a nood photography, and Im planning to buy a D40X and i dont know what kind of lense's I need. Mostly Ill be shooting indoors, cars and watch' (close-up). so I hope you guys could help me out. Thank you.

  

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Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) abaron
29th Feb 2008
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Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) ryan168
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Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) mtpenmaker
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     Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) gwdave
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          Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) mtpenmaker
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               Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) ryan168
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                         Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) Mike Hawthorne
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                              Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) ryan168
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                                   Reply message RE: Which lens is right for me? Im a noob :) spencer17
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abaron   Vancouver, CA  Registered since 18th Jul 2007 Fri 29-Feb-08 11:37 PM
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I'd suggest starting with the kit lens. Use the camera and form some opinions about your subject matter and your style of photography before you plunk big bucks down on a different lens.

Once you're ready to explore that I suggest you ask the question in the Lens Forum, there people will be able to provide much more info.

André Baron
A Vancouver Nikonian

  

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ryan168   US  Registered since 29th Feb 2008 Sat 01-Mar-08 02:15 AM
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Thank you for your advic

  

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mtpenmaker   Billings, US  Registered since 23rd Aug 2007 Sat 01-Mar-08 03:57 AM
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I'll second Andre's recommendation. Really learn the 18-55mm kit lens, what you like about it and what you don't like about it. Once you've taken a few hundred images with it, you'll have a much better idea of it's shortcomings for what you want to photograph.

Gerry Rhoades
Montana Pens
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F4, D40, N90s and some glass

  

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gwdave   US  Registered since 25th Aug 2007 Sat 01-Mar-08 04:26 AM
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I can tell you that the kit lens with the 40X is a very good lens. Now if you want closeup then you can buy a Koken filter system. The "A" size will fit the kit lens, then a 52mm ring for the Koken then pick up a +3 diopter (closeup) this will give you with the 18-55 a closeup range of around 1 to 2 inches. I use this system a lot, and it is not expensive to buy in the "A" size. I have the fog, and a couple of others that I use a lot. I find the fog will give me a better shot sometimes in a wooded area that has some nice appeal however just needs a bit of zing, the fog will do it....... Just remember, and to me this is a biggey set your lens to aperture priority then stop it down as far as you can get it. When you get that close you need a tripod because you may end up with a slow shutter speed to get the image you want.
Good Luck....

  

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mtpenmaker   Billings, US  Registered since 23rd Aug 2007 Sat 01-Mar-08 05:30 AM
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>set your lens to aperture priority then stop it down as far as you can
>get it.

This is not a good recommendation for a consumer lens. The 18-55mm lens is a decent lens, but it isn't pro glass. It will get much better images from about f/5.6 to f/11, maybe f/16. IQ will decrease above f/16. I have some pro glass and I don't even use it stopped all the way down, wide open yes, but not the other way.

Gerry Rhoades
Montana Pens
www.montanapens.com
F4, D40, N90s and some glass

  

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ryan168   US  Registered since 29th Feb 2008 Sat 01-Mar-08 07:17 AM
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Thank you for all your inputs, I really appreciate it. Where do you guys buy your cameras? Where can I find a decent dealer? And a good deal. I found this online store, http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=901958
is this decent? Have you guys bought from this company?

  

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edmun   eugene, US  Registered since 16th Sep 2003 Sat 01-Mar-08 11:59 AM
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Sat 01-Mar-08 12:01 PM by edmun


NO comment

do a check on them at any store rating service.

Bestbuy, B&H photo are good pricing guides.

A real store has about 13% margin with a camera. Any body discounting more than 5% bellow list is loosing money.

ledmun

  

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jakbauerctu   San Jose, US  Registered since 24th Apr 2007 Sun 02-Mar-08 09:43 PM
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adorama is also very good. i've found their prives to be lower than B&H every so often.

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mtpenmaker   Billings, US  Registered since 23rd Aug 2007 Sat 01-Mar-08 06:33 PM
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>Thank you for all your inputs, I really appreciate it. Where
>do you guys buy your cameras? Where can I find a decent
>dealer? And a good deal. I found this online store,
>http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=901958
>is this decent? Have you guys bought from this company?

Go here, http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=139&topic_id=2055&mesg_id=2055&page= and follow the link to reseller ratings. I think you will quickly see that you don't want to do business with them.


Gerry Rhoades
Montana Pens
www.montanapens.com
F4, D40, N90s and some glass

  

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Mike Hawthorne   US  Registered since 08th Jun 2006 Sun 02-Mar-08 04:35 AM
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Hi

Don't even go close to Best Price Camera it is a notorious rip off joint.
If the price seems to good to be true it is.

Try some place like Beach Camera or another reputable dealer.
Even Amazon.com sells them at a reasonable price and they back up everything they sell.

What I did was to find the best price online from a reputable dealer and then print out their page and take it to a local dealer, in my case Circuit City.

I said if they would meet the price I would buy the camera from them and not online.
They said fine and I saved the shipping charges as well.

Mike

  

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ryan168   US  Registered since 29th Feb 2008 Sun 02-Mar-08 04:41 AM
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Thank you for your advice Mike. Ill probably do that.

  

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spencer17   UK  Registered since 22nd Jan 2008 Sun 02-Mar-08 07:33 AM
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Hi Ryan,
don't forget a solid tripod. You will need a good one for your kind of photography. Don't go for the bargain you will need a Giottos, Gitzo or Manfrotto with a good Ballhead and cameraplate.
The kit lense will do for the beginning. I'm sure not long because we always want more and better

Karl

Nikonian Scottish Highlands
My photos on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22205136@N03/

  

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