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    Thread: UNOFFICIAL - Guide to Purchasing your First dSLR and Misc. Photography Questions

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      04-15-2009 12:19 PM #71
      Try reading the thread first.. I don't mean to sound rude, but the purpose of this thread is to help you begin... and when you ask questions.. we'll pick up where the guide left off...

      But in short... what's your budget? and go into a store to pick up different models to see what feels the best in your hands... and move on from there...


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      04-15-2009 12:28 PM #72
      Thanks, Garey!!

      I'll update and edit as best I can..


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      Bump... Have a great weekend guys...

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      04-28-2009 08:59 PM #74
      all my questions answered
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      05-18-2009 11:09 PM #78
      you should definitely add in

      http://www.borrowlenses.com

      for renting equipment.

      I rented from them and have good experiences. Big selection as well.


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      05-19-2009 12:05 AM #79
      Will do!!

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      It goes, Art, it goes!!! How's Brooklyn treating you?? I'll have to definitely get in touch with you when I go back up to NYC to visit the lady...

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      so far so good.. sure hit me up..
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      06-02-2009 10:11 PM #83
      Bump!!! Happy Shooting...

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      06-03-2009 11:18 AM #84
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      06-15-2009 02:05 PM #85
      Derno.. but here's a "I'm flying into NYC on Thursday for a long weekend BUMP!!!!!"

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      Good info here,

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      06-21-2009 02:48 PM #87
      i didnt wana clog the forum with a post but im still a bit of a newb, i picked up a d60 bout 2 weeks ago and havent put it down yet lol. im looking into a 50mm for my first purchase, if i pick up the f/1.8 even tho it wont auto focus can i still use it? i only shoot in manual mode and dont realy use auto focus on the 2 kit lenses anyway
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    18. 06-21-2009 04:48 PM #88
      Quote, originally posted by Dye-Lohn Nj »
      i didnt wana clog the forum with a post but im still a bit of a newb, i picked up a d60 bout 2 weeks ago and havent put it down yet lol. im looking into a 50mm for my first purchase, if i pick up the f/1.8 even tho it wont auto focus can i still use it? i only shoot in manual mode and dont realy use auto focus on the 2 kit lenses anyway
      thank you,
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      It will still work fine on the D60, it just wont autofocus. Everything will normally, metering etc..
      If you wanted to have autofocus, you would have to spend another $300 + on the AF-S 50mm f1.4 or one of the 3rd party offerings.
      Hope this helps,
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      06-22-2009 06:58 PM #89
      Quote, originally posted by Dye-Lohn Nj »
      i didnt wana clog the forum with a post but im still a bit of a newb, i picked up a d60 bout 2 weeks ago and havent put it down yet lol. im looking into a 50mm for my first purchase, if i pick up the f/1.8 even tho it wont auto focus can i still use it? i only shoot in manual mode and dont realy use auto focus on the 2 kit lenses anyway
      thank you,
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      I would actually suggest you pass on the 50mm 1.4. It's great for portraits, but not so great as a walkaround lens. Look into get the DX 35mm 1.8 that's sometimes in stock. It's around $200, IIRC.

      It's not the best of landscape:
      I took this from nearly 3 blocks away and STILL didn't get the whole building in the picture, ha!

      So now I have a 21mm prime lens to accompany the nifty fifty. if I were to do things over again though, I'd pick up a 14-15mm lens, a 35mm lens, and then 70mm.

      be brave and be kind.

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      06-22-2009 07:54 PM #90
      Quote, originally posted by SuperGroove »

      I would actually suggest you pass on the 50mm 1.4. It's great for portraits, but not so great as a walkaround lens. Look into get the DX 35mm 1.8 that's sometimes in stock. It's around $200, IIRC.

      what about for cars at shows and flowers since thats most of the time what i shoot lol ill look into the 35 tho

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      06-23-2009 12:11 AM #91
      Quote, originally posted by Dye-Lohn Nj »

      what about for cars at shows and flowers since thats most of the time what i shoot lol ill look into the 35 tho

      If you want to shoot cars, get a zoom lens. something like 50-200 or 70-200. The zoom + bokeh makes for good car shots. For flowers, you'd want a Macro capable lens.

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      08-01-2009 07:07 PM #92
      For car shows.. people typically shoot with a wide angle lens.. but if you have a kit lens.. the 18mm focal length should be more than sufficient... Flowers can be shot at any focal length, but if you are referring to macro shots.. I would consider the 60mm f/2.8 if you are on a budget, but would recommend the 105mm f/2.8 VR if you know for a fact that you will shoot a lot of macro photography... the 105mm is also fantastic as a portraiture lens...

      Good luck...


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      08-25-2009 08:08 PM #93
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      09-22-2009 12:34 AM #95
      Hey, planrforrobert, I can't send an IM consisting of more than 2500 characters or whatever, so I'll just cut-&-paste into here.

      Hm... the easiest way that I can understand it is this. Exposure refers to many different things. Exposure can mean how long you leave the shutter open to get the picture. Each picture you get is also referred to as an exposure.

      Actually, that's all a bit confusing, because we use the word exposure to mean many different things. Basically, three factors will affect your pictures.

      1. Shutter Speed
      2. Aperture
      3. ISO

      If you shot with film back in the day, you should remember loading particular films for particular situations. Like ASA 100 for sunny days, and ASA 400 for overcast days, etc, etc, etc. If you didn't shoot with film, or are too young to remember it. Just realize that digital ISO was built to mimic and be equivalent to film ISOs. ISO refers to film sensitivity. Meaning, back in the day, there was little pieces of silver something-or-other that would catch the light. The MORE silver you had, the quicker you could expose the shot to get the picture you wanted. So, basically think of it in this way. If you are building a house, having more builders working on that house at the same time, means the house will be built in less time, right? So, basically, if I have 100 people building my house, it would take longer than say 400 or 1600 builders. So, this metaphor is like our photographs. ISO refers to how sensitive our sensors are to light, meaning we can capture the picture we want in shorter or longer periods of time depending on ISO.

      The next question would be, then WHY do we not want to shoot with 1600 ISO at all times then. We would get the pictures in less time, and quicker is always better, right??? Well, no, not exactly.

      The thing that we need to realize is this. Here comes another metaphor. Remember that example I gave you regarding building homes? So, we have 100 builders building our house. The thing is that as soon as we build the house, those 100 builders are going to move in with us into that house. Same with the 400 and the 1600. Think of how crowded your house will be with 1600 builders in it? Pretty crowded, right? Same with our photos. The higher the ISO, the more grain and noise we get. And noise can ultimately detract from our shot. So, basically, you want to shoot with as low ISO as you can for the given situation.

      Exposure is a calculation of those 3 factors I told you earlier: SS, F/Stop, and ISO.

      So, for example, let's say for a shot that we want to take. The settings for a "properly" exposed shot is this:

      Shutter Speed = 1/100th of a second
      Aperture = F/4
      ISO = 100

      By turning up the ISO, it means that we can change the shutter speed or the aperture, or possibly a combination of the two and result in the same "expsoure". Does that make sense?? If you take one away, you need to add to one of the others to get the same "exposure."

      So, in that example, if we changed the ISO to 200, we might be able to shoot at a higher SS while staying at the same F/stop to get the "proper" exposure.

      So, that's basically it. Changing your film sensitivity allows you to shoot higher shutter speeds, or narrower f/stops (i.e. - higher number) while keeping the same exposure.

      Kinda long, but hope this helps. If you don't understand that. I would recommend that you look up "Exposure Pyramid" or "Exposure Triangle" and google it to see what that yields for you.

      Best of luck,

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      09-22-2009 08:44 PM #96
      UPDATED: Added Buying Used: A Frugal Man's Guide provided by my man, Jason aka bluebora20v

    27. 10-06-2009 12:56 PM #97
      im just posting so this thread will be in my watched topics.

      Why is this thread not stickied?


    28. 10-16-2009 04:54 PM #98
      Big ThanKs and help when needed, to my man Mark(Paint by Numbers)
      35mm 1.8 did def live up to the hype, and u were right word for word..
      I ended up pickin up the Tokina 11-16mm and the 35mm 1.8..
      Sulman thanks for the advice as well..

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      10-17-2009 07:10 PM #99
      hahahahaha.. thanks, Arthur....

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      10-24-2009 02:10 AM #100
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      12-06-2009 06:19 PM #101
      Happy Holidays Bump.. Since people are seemingly in the market for a Camera...

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      In the market for a dslr and this realy helps.

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      02-26-2010 12:52 PM #104
      wow just the thread i was lookin' for...lots of great info...thanks!
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