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Old Feb 17, 2006, 5:41 PM   #1
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I was hmming and hawwing about what camera to upgrade to, or if i wanted a digital SLR or regular point and shoot. I found this site and saw many or all of you saying how wonderful this camera was - i was sold!

Needless to say i bought it this morning off of ProFeelVideo site for $608 w/18-55mm lens with no taxes either! After Compusa site ticked me off (scam) with there dumb sale.


I have Canon AE-1 program SLR istarted to learn on (counter is broken and throws me off), then as i was teaching my self to use a SLR I won a Oylmpus C-700 on mastercard.com.. i havent played with the other camera and lost all my knowledge pretty much.

But now that camera is only a 2.1mp, and something screwy going on with it. i know its time for a upgrade.

I hope to gain back some knowledge on fStops and the like again. Is there any good books to read on this? I'd like to take a class but my dumb boss wont let me take off early twice a week to do so.

**Question on Lens size. Right now my cam has a 380mm zoom and now the D50 has a 55mm, should i get the 18-125mm or 18-200 or 55-200mm? I was trying to think how much zoom i would really need (plus with the 1.5 factor). most of pics will be of my toddler and scenic pics.

And what is the best media card to get? i was thinking of buying 2- 512mb or should i just get the 1 GB?



thanks for any info

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Old Feb 17, 2006, 8:10 PM   #2
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trying to think how much zoom i would really need (plus with the 1.5 factor).



That 1.5 factor is only considering normal 35mm lenses. If you have any Nikon lenses for AF cameras they will work on the D50. However then you have the 1.55 factor I belive...could be a little off on this one. *S*


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Old Feb 17, 2006, 9:23 PM   #3
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I would take a long look at the 55-200. This would give you a focal range of 27-300 after the crop factor. Really, you would have to double the focal range to notice a huge difference. Since you'll be shooting toddlers and landscape, you won't need huge range.

I would get 2 512 cards...you can get 67 raw shots on a card, and having two cards will help prevent losses due to card failure.

There are many good books, just check Amazon...type in digital photography and go from there.
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I would take a long look at the 55-200. This would give you a focal range of 27-300 after the crop factor.
I think you did the math for an 18-200mm lens versus a 55-200mm lens, unless you're talking about combined focal range with both the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses.

A 55-200mm lens on the Nikon D50 would give you approximately the same angle of view as an 83-300mm lens on a 35mm camera.

You multiply the actual focal length of the lens by 1.52x to see how the angle of view compares between a Nikon DSLR and 35mm camera for a given focal length lens. It's more commonly rounded to 1.5x though.







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Yes, I was referring to the combined focal length of the two lenses combined. I should have been more specific.
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