I don't do any paid work. Just personal stuff...mainly landscape, my child and vacations. Looking for your input as to how to spend $200 I'll have to play with in a month. My thought was to buy a 4GB micro drive and 1 graduated neutral density filter...probably for the 18-70 lens.
I already have: - Nikon D200 - Nikon Coolpix 4600 - Nikon SB-600 flash - Tripod - 18-70mm DX - 70-300mm ED - 50mm f/1.8 - 512MB Lexar Pro 80x flash - Circular polarizer for all lenses
Let me know what you think. I do like the idea of having more memory, but so far 512 has been fine for me since I haven't had a need to go a long time without being able to download them to the PC or laptop. Also, I usually shoot in Fine/Medium jpg which helps on the memory issue.
Give me some ideas Maybe it'll make up my mind on what to buy.
If you are considering a $200 invest where to get the highest return, I'd say buy a Nikon Capture first thing. If there is any magic in digital photography, it is the post processing softwares. A CS2 is nice but a Nikon Capture is inexpensive.
Once you have that you will need a bigger CF card and definitely at least one spare battery. I keep 4 spare batteries and there are 8GB cards in my D200 backpack but I go on trips often. Eveb if you stay close to a pc and power outlet, you at least need 2gb card and at least one spare battery. A 512 MB gives you 30 images in raw? That last no more than 10 minutes?
Thanks for the ideas so far. I do have Nikon Capture...forgot to mention that one. I had thought about an extra battery too. I think I'll need it since the D200 drains a lot faster than my D70 did. And doesn't a micro drive use more battery power?
Also, for now I use Gimp for Windows if I need to do any editing I can't do in Capture. I tend not to do a whole lot though. Time constraints mainly.
For the memory issue, I get about 147 images on the 512MB card since I shoot in Fine/Medium jpg's. Maybe if I get a larger card I'll start using RAW more often.
I would also recommend buying a larger memory card.
Large card means less time spent watching the shots left indicator. This not only gives you more time to notice photo opportunities around you, it also conserves battery power, because you won't be wasting battery power browsing and deleting (accidentally some good) shots.