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Old 10-27-2008, 04:46 PM   #91
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I originally bought it so I could have some zoom capability beyond the stock 55mm. Then after purchasing it, I realized I needed more of a walk around lens that wouldn't require changing between zoom and wide angle, hence the 18-200mm. They're both VR, both Nikkor, and the 18-200 has a smaller f-stop. The 55-200 is a great lens, I just don't see why I would need to use it any more, so I might as well put the money to better use through books or other equipment.

What flash would you recommend and why?
I'm don't know the names of the flash for Nikon, but it's a huge difference from the built in flash, especially once you understand how to use the flash, but just bouncing the flash of a white ceiling or wall will give you a much beter image than the direct flash
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:12 PM   #92
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I actually just recently purchased my first dslr - went with 40d. I had every intention of buying an XSI then I actually handled the 40d and it just felt right. Much better than the XSI - the build feels so much better. The best part was that I only payed $150 more for the 40d kit than the xsi kit courtesy of the live cashback deal on ebay.

Now I just need to find some time to really go out and shoot the camera. I've also got my eye on the new Tamron 10-24 lens that's coming out. Hopefully it gets good reviews because I don't know if I'll be able to turn it down.
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:29 AM   #93
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So I'm still going around and around in my head... I'm thinking of just going with a D40x. What really would I be missing out on? Are there things (besides video which I don't need) I absolutely cannot do with a 40 that I could do with an 80 or 90? Pricewise anything above that is really out of the question. If I get the 40x then I want the Nikkor 55-200 lens. I use that now and love the results I get. I'm also using an 18-135 (I think) but for some reason I get better results with the 55-200. Most of the D40x I've seen come with an 18-55.

I dunno, I feel like I'm going in blind b/c while I spend a LOT of time taking pictures I spend very little time learning about the technology. All I know is when I compare pics w/ my friends who are using like a D300 with lenses that are several thousand dollars, our pics look the same and sometimes I even like mine better. One friend and I have been shooting dog shows, so often we are literally taking the same pictures, and sometimes I get a sharper image with the 55-200 than she's getting with her giant lens that probably cost her two grand. Part if it is that I'm better at post-processing b/c I'm a computer person, but I have not been sharpening any of my images. Honestly I'm not really into the technology, I just like taking pictures.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:54 PM   #94
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^The D90 has (from what I've read) less noise at higher ISOs, faster frame rate, much better LCD, better autofocus. What do you use for post-processing? The plant photos, etc. look really nice.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:30 AM   #95
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Well honestly most of the time I just use Picasa, but I'm looking into getting a better version of photoshop and starting to work with raw because I see lots of cool effects I've never tried.

Of the features you mentioned, the faster autofocus would be most useful to me. I rarely shoot manual, only a few times when I'm doing macros with my adapter. I'm just trying to decide if the D90 is better enough to be several hundred dollars more. Right now I can get the 40x in a kit with the two lenses I want for starters, plus a bunch of other supplies for under $700. On eBay with a live.com coupon I think I can get a D90 body only for $800 but that's really my entire budget and then no lenses.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:29 PM   #96
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So my parents are looking into getting a very entry-level, cheap DSLR. They want it mostly because their point & shoot died, so they have to buy something anyway, and we have a few young babies in the family now so my Mom would like to take some close up shots. They also travel, not extensively, but once a year. Every other year they go to Europe in the summer, and in alternate years they do something tropical.

Anyway, these are people who have yet to master the VCR, so as you can imagine they don't need anything too good. Right now they are leaning towards a Nikon D60 - my Mom's thinking is that she can get a 2 lens kit with it for about the price of a D80 body and let's face it, she doesn't need a super good body. Apparently there are loads of deals on the D60 so that's why. I think she prefers the feel of the Nikon in her hands vs. the Canon so that's why the brand choice.

Is this basically a good enough camera for people who have no idea how to do anything but would like to try dabbling in it and who are CERTAIN to never spend lots of $$ on expensive lenses, etc?

(I've always stuck with Canon and apart from using my uncle's Nikon very briefly, I'm not that familiar with their line of cameras.)
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:51 PM   #97
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Yeah there are loads of D60 deals right now. Nikon has been running a special with the body and two lens kit. I went to Norman Camera last week, and they had the same deal since Thanksgiving - D60 body with two VR lenses, the 18-55 and the 55-200. Right now I have the 55-200 lens and I LOVE it!!!! I'm actually going to buy a new lens rather than a camera body, b/c I can't afford both that I want and what's the body without the lens? I'm going to get the 18-200 VR lens so I don't have to keep switching and then save for the D90 body. I'll keep borrowing the D40x or switch to the D90 because I don't think anyone is using it right now.

I don't know much about higher end bodies and lenses, but personally I think that D60 body with the VR lenses is a good deal. That's exactly what I'd be getting if I wasn't sold on the 18-200 lens instead. My friend uses a D80 body and recently got a really expensive Sigma lens. We took our dogs out together and both took identical pictures. Personally I think mine turned out better and I was using the 55-200 VR lens which you can get for around $200 by itself. Same thing happened at the big dog show in October, my friend was using about $5000 worth of equipment for her shots and I was using the D40x body and the 55-200 VR lens and my pics were even better than I could have asked for. I've been told the more expensive bodies are a lot more robust as far as how they are made, but a lot of the gimmicks are the same across the board.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:55 PM   #98
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The thing is, my Mom takes really awesome photos on super cheap, awful cameras, and I think that's probably about 80% of a good photo right there. She is actually pretty decent at Photoshop (why she doesn't know how to turn on the DVD player I'll never know), so I think she'd enjoy fiddling with things. My sense is that if I push them to get a more expensive body, like a D90, they'll decide that with the lenses on top of that it just isn't worth it and end up spending $300 on a very good P&S which is just not a DSLR no matter how you slice it.
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But even a $100 P&S camera has a manual setting (the pics I entered in an art show were taking with a $99 camera), so if she likes that kind thing, the D60 should be fine. The super expensive bodies are made out of different materials, and the lower ends still have plenty of gimmicks and settings on the dial. I would do the same, get the 60 and get the good lenses, or whatever deal Nikon is pushing at the moment (I'd be fine with the D40x but the deal was on the D60s). I'll be buying the lens I want and sticking it on whatever body I have available to me at the time (I've also already bought a flash). I think the D90 is body-only anyway, whereas the others come with a lens or in a kit.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:26 PM   #100
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Yeah the deal right now is the D60 + the 18-55 and 55-200 VR lenses for $649 Cdn (just under $520 US). I hope they pick it up before Christmas so I can play around with it and see how I like Nikon. I have a good friend who is really into photography and he's got a ton of super expensive lenses so I could try and see how those work with it as well.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:45 PM   #101
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Dang, the "deal" here is the same but 750 US!
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:54 PM   #102
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Yes what's happened is that our dollar has gone down to about 80 cents very quickly (oil prices collapsed), and they haven't yet adjusted our prices. Last year we had the opposite problem, where our prices remained about 1.5x what you'd pay in an equivalent store in the US, like the Gap or something. So now is the time to move and make a deal, I think.

Of course, we do have 13% sales tax.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:24 PM   #103
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With sales tax here I'd pay $793 and with your sales tax there I'd pay $598. I should drive to Sarnia and buy one, lol. That would add about $30 in gas.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:29 PM   #104
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Less actually, because you could get the GST part of the tax back as a tourist (so you'd pay 8% instead of 5%).

I looked at henrys.com since you can order online there but they are always overpriced and it would cost you $749 there for the package (or about $607 USD)...still not a bad deal though!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:33 PM   #105
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I'm going to ask my dad if he's going to Canada this week, lol....
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