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Old Apr 22, 2006, 8:11 PM   #11
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when shopping on ebay or camera shop, for whatever reason, always ask plenty of questions. write down questions, if necessary. is it made in japan or taiwan. 1 yr or 5 yr warranty. new, used (age),etc. if you're not satisfied, keep shopping. check out dpreview or epinions.com (i'm sure there are others). research all items involved. nikon 18-70mm got high reviews. that's the lens i chose w/my camera. then, have fuuuun!!!

the folks here are great also. i've done alot of reading and viewing fotos. when you have fotos, you can post them and theycan help you out .


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Old Apr 23, 2006, 9:33 AM   #12
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Yeah I think right now I'm debating between the 18-55 + the 55-200 or the 18-70 + the 55-200. I'd really like that 18-70mm lens but to get that brand new with the 55-200 costs about 950.00 but that is with 2gb 150x memory vs 18-55 + 55-200 which is 790.00 but no memory.
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 12:42 PM   #13
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Yeah I think right now I'm debating between the 18-55 + the 55-200 or the 18-70 + the 55-200. I'd really like that 18-70mm lens but to get that brand new with the 55-200 costs about 950.00 but that is with 2gb 150x memory vs 18-55 + 55-200 which is 790.00 but no memory.
I went through the same thing, before finally deciding on the $680 package with 18-55, 70-300G and camera bag.

From what people have said, the 18-55 is not as good as the 18-70, while the 70-300G is not as good as the 55-200. But my budget was tight and I had to spend money on indoor lens (50mm f/1.8), memory card, monopad, filters, a new national park pass, and... oh yeah GAS for my car so I can actually go out and take pictures.

One thing you should keep in mind is that you should probably get the 50mm f/1.8 for indoor shooting.

The 18-70 is good, but the 18-55 is also a good starting point. My dream lenses are Tokina 12-24 and Nikkor 18-200VR. I'll probably get the Tokina around Christmas time and the 18-200 next year. So I figured the 18-55 and 70-300 combo is good enough to learn with, and so far that's been the case.

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Old Apr 29, 2006, 7:12 PM   #14
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after reading more of these threads for the past two weeks i've also noticed another option that people seem to be happy with for best bang for your buck and picture quality.

and I've noticed that I can go 1 of 3 ways for about the same price (~950.00).

1) I could buy the Camera body + a seperate Tamron 18-200mm lens

or

2) I could get a Camera body + Nikon 18-70mm & Nikon 55-200mm

or

3) I could buy the Camera body + a seperate Sigma 18-200mm lens

Since they cost about the same which combination would give me the best pictures. Or is there another combination for about the same price that would be even better?
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Old Apr 30, 2006, 9:57 AM   #15
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4) I could get a Camera body + Nikon 18-70mm & Nikon 70-300

I like that kit, only bad thing would be changeing lens that you wouldn't have to do with either of the 18-200 choices but you get the longer telephoto and I have found that the 70-300 isn't a bad lens at 300, not too heavy, just a little long.

Good luck with your decisions greg
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Old Apr 30, 2006, 10:33 AM   #16
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I thought of that, but I hadn't looked at it to much for two reasons. My dad just got a Nikon D50 with the 18-70 and the 55-200 nikon lenses and I really like the quality these lenses provide as well. Also I've read lots of good things about them, esp. the 18-70. Wheras I haven't read too many good things about the 70-300 except the Sigma APO.

So while I may not notice it imediately I also don't want to have to throw it away/sell it a little down the road when I do. I'd rather spend the little extra money now to get lenses that are slightly better for not much more.

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4) I could get a Camera body + Nikon 18-70mm & Nikon 70-300

I like that kit, only bad thing would be changeing lens that you wouldn't have to do with either of the 18-200 choices but you get the longer telephoto and I have found that the 70-300 isn't a bad lens at 300, not too heavy, just a little long.

Good luck with your decisions greg
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Old Apr 30, 2006, 10:59 AM   #17
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Sorry to jump in the middle here guys, but you sound like you know what your talking about and I am having some difficulty.

I have been reading the reviews on the D50 and I could not really find anything negative towards them. I made the leap from the quick point and shoot cameras to the SLR D50.

I may be impatient, but I am have one hell of a time trying to get any photo to look good, they are either blurry, grainy or very yellowish in color. I have read the manual several times and made adjustments several times but still no luck. The lense I am using is a Tamron 28-80

Under no circumstances can I usae the flash as that actually darkens the picture, rather than lighting it up.

Are there any good manuals, training videos or people that can help an amateur like me?

Thanks,

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 11:15 AM   #18
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Of course, what you need depends on what you plan to shoot. Duh!

I just receivedmy Nikon reconditioned D50+18-55, new 55-200, and photo bag from Cameta for $620.

Here's one of my first pics from Friday evening. It's not that great but I do like it. This is at 1/800, f5.6, ISO 400. I miss the extra 100mm I had on my FZ20 but I guess that means another lens in my future-probably somebodies 70-300. For now, I'm loving this machine.

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 11:31 AM   #19
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Wow

That looks great, I bought mine from the same place. I have taken several hundred photos since last Friday and I still could not replicate your picture.

I have to be honest here, I am totally an amatuer, my last 5 cameras have been point and shoot.

This camera is really frustrating me, even though I know it's not the camera, it has to be the photographer.

Most of my photos are yellowis or very blurry.

If anyone is willing to walk me through this and help me, I am willing to pay someone instantly via Paypal, I know it probably sounds desprate, but I am. Most of my photo's will be indoors or out on a boat. Seems the outdoor shots are easier to take, but still blurry. My direct email is [email protected]

Out of the 300 + photos I have taken, this is the best photo I took.


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Old Apr 30, 2006, 12:25 PM   #20
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I guess a person just needs to be patient and keep playing with it, been browsing this web site and learning a great deal.

There are a lot of great people here.

I just discovered the "M" mode, boy, what a difference that mode can make.

Thanks,

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