Ohhhh, how true you are. I just got started in May with a D70 kit. I quickly completed all 13 steps and have started over twice again since then. The addition of the D200 caused acquisition of 4 batteries, MB-D200 and 2 new lenses & teleconverters. The backpack just came in a few days ago.
My NAS got so bad I don't even dare to look at the receipt folder I keep for all the gear that was purchased. I'm even planning months ahead for even more gear that is even more expensive.
The good news (or excuse) is that you can always sell your equipment (perish the thought) for close to what you paid for it, especially if it was bought used.
Here's a good hint my girlfriend told me to slow my NAS problem...
...keep your credit cards frozen in a block of ice in the freezer. That way you might stave off impulse purchase since you have to thaw your CC to use it. Doesn't work if you know your CC number for online purchases
>Soon you will add: > >1. a couple of batteries Yup! > >2. An MB-D200 as a single battery does last long enough Yup! > >3. A tripod as you find it is a great improvement putting >the camera on a tripod I had an old tripod! > >4. A remote control to avoid camera shake Yup! > >5. A few new lenses as your current lens collection does not >allow the camera to utilize its full potential No prior Nikon lenses, now I own the 18-200VR and 17-55 F2.8 > >6. A better tripod as the heavy new lenses require a better >support Yup, my old tripod sucked so I got a Gotzo 1257 > >7. A ball head as the old pan head does not match the nice >tripod Yup, Markins M20 from our good friends here at Nikonians > >8. A backpack for the gear as the old bag becomes too small >for the newly acquired gear Yup! > >9. A nicer strap without a reason Not yet! > >10. An SB-800 or two once you realized how limited the >built-in flash's capability is SB-800 + SB-600 + 2 small cheap tripods to mount them on. > >11. The high profile R1C1 really helps macro shooting >although you do not do much macro Not yet. > >12. A new D300 after all these Probably! > >13. go to step 1 Not for a while I hope.
Sage advice here, the D200 is seriously detrimental to the health of your bank balance!!!!
- L-plate for your new quick release Markins ball head - Flash bracket for your new speedlight(s) - Polarizer and diopter close-up lens filters for your new 18-200 VRII with 72mm threads - New SanDisk III Ultra 4 GB Compact flash cards - Upgrade to Capture 4.4 and Photoshop CS2 - New computer with more RAM, faster processor and larger hard drives
And remember to keep the battery on the charger for at least an hour after the light stops flashing (preferably overnight) the first few times you charge it. Seriously.
Geesh, I really hadn't thought of that. This will be my second DSLR and I love having two to take with me..now I'll need another bag and strap too. It just goes on an on, huh? I always thought that printer companies should give you the printers cause like the pusher, they know you've gotta keep coming back for the ink (which, explain to me why ink cost so much in the 21st Century?)..maybe camera manufactures will start giving away the cameras so you'll but all the accessories? :>?
You guys are so spot-on, it's ridiculous! I picked up my D-200 less than a month ago, in that time, I've completed 5 of the "will-do's" above! My wife thinks I'm losing it....I tell her she's lucky I gave up my passion for cars and motorcycles when we got married!
>You forgot: > >- L-plate for your new quick release Markins ball head >- Flash bracket for your new speedlight(s) >- Polarizer and diopter close-up lens filters for your new >18-200 VRII with 72mm threads >- New SanDisk III Ultra 4 GB Compact flash cards >- Upgrade to Capture 4.4 and Photoshop CS2 >- New computer with more RAM, faster processor and larger >hard drives > >And remember to keep the battery on the charger for at least >an hour after the light stops flashing (preferably >overnight) the first few times you charge it. Seriously. > >Mike You guys forgot something? Printing! Prior to my getting the D200 I had stopped printing for almost a year. Just uploaded my images to either my website or my agencies. Well now that I have a new 10mg D200 I could not wait to get a new printer(epson picture mate 4x6), upgrade from the old ones with improve print quality and photo's that match what I was getting from the labs. Well after printing a few pictures with this camera I'm in the market for one of the larger formats. Ink and paper, yes add that to the cost.}> }>
I print for my wall, it can be an addictive habit too. I LUST after one of the Epson large printers where you can print large prints. I should have been born rich, I have all the wants:>)
Oh..I get those 2 dollar (on sale) 8 1/2 by 11 frames at Hobby Lobby (which, really matched the knotty pine that is in my family room) and put them in there. I know they'll fade but..they're not meant to be a life long thing anyway. I still send them out to a service.
>I print for my wall, it can be an addictive habit too. I >LUST after one of the Epson large printers where you can >print large prints. I should have been born rich, I have all >the wants:>) > >Oh..I get those 2 dollar (on sale) 8 1/2 by 11 frames at >Hobby Lobby (which, really matched the knotty pine that is >in my family room) and put them in there. I know they'll >fade but..they're not meant to be a life long thing anyway. >I still send them out to a service.
I'm just dying to push the envelope to see how big a print I can get from a D200 file
And just when you feel that you can't keep your head above water along come the third party folks with an underwater housing for a mere $K or so. Oh what the heck go ahead keep the financial ball rolling - what no fins, no mask, no snorkel, no scuba tanks and you are back to square one - new hobby, no money!!!
> I'm just dying to push the envelope to see how big a print I can get from a D200 file?
Simple - challenge laid down - challenge accepted...
One D200 file, one A0+ printer...
one A0 print - no enlarging in photoshop - enlarged on printing to fit media, so this is the genuine 10.2 million pixels only printed at 30inches by 45 inches...
The result is simply awesome - there is no obvious pixellation, the picture is on standard plain paper, not photo paper - quite simply - wow!
The picture is laid on the floor and the D200 is placed on top of it to show scale (lense is the sigma 105mm) - photo of the photo is taken with the D70 as the D200 is set up for some macro photography...
Yep, this digital stuff is not the cheap film alternative people thought it would be.
Here's my deal:
1. Get D200. 2. Now I need a Speedlight that will work on it. 3. And a real wide angle since my 20mm 2.8 is now a 30mm 2.8. 4. Photoshop 5.5 has never heard of a RAW file. 5. Mac OS 9.04 has never heard of Photoshop CS2. 6. My $79 Epson makes lovely 8x10s (really), but now 8x10 seems small.
Cheapest possible approach:
SB-800 = $300+ Tokina 12-24 f4 = $500 (and I'd rather have the Nikon) Photoshop CS2 upgrade = $179 20" iMac = $1700 Epson Prniter = I want the $800 one.
That's around $3500 and doesn't include another battery and a couple more memory cards, so it's pushing $4000.
Flash bracket = I make my own
Already got the big ol' camera backpack, tripod and BH-3 head.
Within a yr of my D70, mum went to HKG so I got her to get some stuff that I had to pay her back a 18-35 lens which was my std lens, I had 50 and 85 primes before. I got her to get me a gitzo cf tripod. Its a bit cheapert than USA and heaps cheaper than NZ. So that was good but still its still money out of my wallet She also got me a SB 800. I got a Kirk ballhead from USA directly as well. A Nikon Polariser filter. A/ Nikon wireless remote unit. Those were all at one time!!
Now, I am only half way there. 70-200 VR is required or I look like a showoff with my 80-200/4.5-5.6 at city events. A lowepro shoulder bag and backpack for travel. At this time I am just trying to avoid and living without a WA lens.
Oh yeah, I have a old laptop with PS. But I need a printer, Epson 2400 and a GMB Eye One Design calibrator. Just uploaded some to the lab 20MB on dialup 12images on jpg format as I wanna try that lab and I was only doing 6x4 inch sizes. I really wish to have my own printer. As my screen isn't calibrated yet and there is a outdated printer icc file its give/take scenario... I couldn't of uploaded TIF well I could of sent them a CD but my CDRW drive is not working and this lab is an hour of flight away. I also wanted to try some out of town labs so I couldn't just walkin with my CF card. Certainly wan't gonna send a CF card in the mail
And I need a computer to put all these stuff into (a desktop PC). The monitor we don't have eBay here so maybe a used Sony 21 or 19 inch CRT is good enof.
17-55, 12-24 would be nice, flash bracket as well. But I think those are last priority.
Maybe when I have all these stuff then perhaps without the latest body/flash units I can go to semi retirement of purchasing for equip. Then again I like a used D2h :p oh man, it doesn't stop. Oh Fm2n and MF and LF would be nice too, hahaha.
Edit. 512MB is smallish. I am hoping a yr or later then get a 2GB card.
I've been lurking here off and on since I bought my D70, but haven't joined in until now. You've got a great site here!
I couldn't resist chiming in because I think that the purchase of my D200 (12-16-2005) is gonna cost me plenty. Not only the usual goodies, but eventually, probably a new laptop 'cuz my old one is frustratingly slow loading the bigger D200 files. Oh, well, gotta save some more money.
Less than two years ago, (2 years coming up April) a few days after my last radiation treatment, I bought: Nikon N80 and 70-300, 28-80 Nikkors and a Nikon bag. A SB800. Then I bought some close-up screw on lenses, and a tripod. Then a Sigma 105 macro. Various filters and polarizers and cases to hold them. One year ago, I got my D70, 18-70 DX, and a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor. Then a Wimberly bracket. Also two Alien Bee 800 lights, a background stand, various background materials and a Sekonic light meter. Colored gels, etc. A few props. Then a sling bag. This year, (I guess it started in Dec. when I got the new camera) the D200, 12-24 Nikkor, 18-200 VR, and a monopod. A bigger camera bag. A filter and polarizer. $10,000 doesn't even touch what I've spent. We no longer have money for vacations, it all goes to NAS because my husband has also bought the D70 and D200, tripods, monopods, lenses, and such right along with me. Everything but the N80 and studio equipment. He had a Pentax film camera already. Now I'm looking at the Nikkor 50mm 1.4D lens for basketball shooting. My husband says I don't need it, I say I do. The extra stops count and you all say the 1.4 is sharp wide open, where my 50mm 1.8 was soft wide open. Ya'll better not by lyin'! I'm having the time of my life. Viva Nikon!!
Yes, fspeeder, thanks. My basketball shots at 1.8 were soft and I didn't attain good shutter speed. Somebody in the sports forum said the 1.4 was sharp at 1.4, which would give me more shutter speed. I thought. Hmmmm.
Ok you guys and gals. You hit hard on the equipment side of this addiction? How about the magazines and books you purchase to learn the craft? Have you factor these things in? Also the time you spend on the Internet searching for new ideas and equipment, etc?
No, I didn't factor in the reading material. Or two years of membership to the Nikonians. About 6-10 books, two photography magazines. 1 zillion hours on the net. Elements PSCS CS2 Capture "How To" book for CS and now I need a "How To" book for CS2. Ebook "How To" for the D70, now need the "How To" Ebook for D200. Need Noise Ninja, maybe Genuine Fractals.
Contemplating update to Capture and waiting for update for CS2 to open my D200 Nefs. Wanting, wanting, needing, needing. <pulling hair, Does It Ever End?>