Hey, I just got an F4s on ebay. Is there any helpful advice that you can give me? ANd what starter lens should i buy?
#1. "RE: WON F4-any advice?!" | In response to Reply # 0Newsphotog Basic MemberFri 26-Nov-04 12:58 PM
Congrats! I just found one at a great price myself and will be picking it up on Sunday.
In going back to film, I chose to go for a good 'walkaround' lens to cover a good variety of focal length.
I went for the 24-120mm(non VR).
It was in the air between that one and the 28-105. I didn't see a need for the macro option the latter is known for and I wanted a bit wider angle.
There is always the option of the old standby of the 50mm 1.8(I'll be getting one of those also )
Have fun, I know I will.
#2. "RE: WON F4-any advice?!" | In response to Reply # 1bew Registered since 11th Jul 2004Fri 26-Nov-04 11:49 PM
I picked one up from eBay myself a few months ago. I'm sure you'll love it because the F4 is a REAL camera. Agree you must get a 50mm f/1.8, the best deal in Nikon glass.
If the camera comes without a manual you can purchase one from craigcamera.com.
#3. "RE: WON F4-any advice?!" | In response to Reply # 0
you might think about getting an E-type focusing screen to replace the standard B-type for some 20-40$. the grid is quite efficient in helping to keep the horizon and architecture "in line".
regarding lenses, it all depends on what you want to photograph, keeping in mind that the AF on the F4 is not the fastest, but may be boosted with AF-S lenses (at substantial $$$$). I had bought an AF-D 3,5-5,6/28-200 mega-zoom to start with but it was rapidly replaced by other zooms to cover the range. it doesn't play in the class of an F4.
as "travel lens", I am very happy with the AF 2,8/35-70. although quite heavy (well, the ratio glass/$$$ is outstanding...) and a bit long on the wide side, the price tag is very reasonable for the image quality it delivers. used, you fetch them around 2-300$, the non-D versions even less. backfall is the rotating front lens.
later on, depending on your interest, you may satsisfy your NAS with some wide-angle and/or some tele-lens.