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Old Jul 22, 2006, 6:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the friendly repllies and information. Any input on a compact lightweight tripod?
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Old Jul 22, 2006, 7:02 PM   #12
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walmart has some pretty sturdy compact tripods that are worth a look.

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Old Jul 23, 2006, 12:14 AM   #13
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Welcome

I agree with all the others, Just Work with the one lense for a While and then decide what you Will Need.
As To a tripod. Again It depends on what you will Be shooting. When i first got my DS i was using a $39 Cheapy. It was light. But i Quickly Found out that it really was not that stable a platform for my usage.
Since i use a tripod Infrequently, i Chose to get a good quality tripod. But not Spend a large amount of cash. I finally settled on a SLIK Pro700($120). Works great for me.
Other Quality manufactures are Giottos, Manfrotto,Bogen,
In Closing. My suggestion is just play with your camera for a while and see what type of photography Interests you and then take it from there.

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Old Jul 24, 2006, 9:14 PM   #14
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jabilson007 welcome aboard. I have a *ist DL withthe Sigma 24-135mm as well as the kit Pentax DA 18-55mm lens and a Pentax FA 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 all kept in a Lowepro micro trekker backpack. I think you will really enjoy your camera.

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Old Jul 24, 2006, 10:51 PM   #15
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How is the Sigma working for you. I've read about some troubles and have yet to receive mine. I am also interested in the 100-300 lens. As for backpacks I have decided on the Tamrac Expedition 3 (5273).
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Old Jul 24, 2006, 11:34 PM   #16
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May I make a Sugestion

If you have not already ordered the Back Pack- Check out This
The lowepro slingPack AW100. Carrys like a back Pack, then when you need your camera you Rotate the pack sideways on your chest and there is the opening for your Camera and lenses.
http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Slin...ot_100_AW.aspx
I absolutely love it.
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Old Jul 26, 2006, 9:57 AM   #17
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jabilson007 wrote:
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How is the Sigma working for you. I've read about some troubles and have yet to receive mine. I am also interested in the 100-300 lens. As for backpacks I have decided on the Tamrac Expedition 3 (5273).
Mine works fine, it is heavy and there is zoom creep when you aim it up or down but it is sharp and a great walk around range.

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Old Jul 26, 2006, 12:05 PM   #18
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I decided to buythe Lowepro 200last week after thinking about it for months

I do have 2 drawbacks - one, I can only use it on one shoulder so it's not made for left-handers. Two, although the camera is accessible the lenses on the left or right are NOT easily accessible.

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Old Jul 27, 2006, 2:28 AM   #19
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nlp239:
Thanks for the comments. I saw a few sling packs and thought that they would be good, but figured in my case I would be better off carrying the weight of the camera, lenses, tripod, etc on both shoulders. I may get a small one for short trips because these dslr cameras are too heavy to hold or use a neck strap for too long.
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 2:30 AM   #20
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Monza76:
Could you explain zoom creep and why it is a problem? Also how does the focus speed of the lens compare to the kit lens or others? Thanks.
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