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Old Oct 26, 2006, 9:39 AM   #21
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The XTi has a significantly improved user interface, dust reduction system, 9 point auto-focus, larger LCD monitor and combined status display / setting change system.
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Old Oct 26, 2006, 11:23 PM   #22
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thanks for that info!

regarding the D50, is 6 megs enough to make larger prints? I would ideally like to print up to 11x17"

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Old Oct 30, 2006, 2:04 AM   #23
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ok I ordered my D50 tonight, should be here in 2-3 days!

I still need some lneses for it, any suggestions?

I like to shoot
- my family indorrs and out
- airplanes in the air and static
- sports events both indoor and outdoor.

I know this a broad spread but is there anything out there that can fill these requirments? I have another $600 to spend

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Old Oct 30, 2006, 10:03 AM   #24
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The 50mm f1.8 is almost a no brainer for about $100:

That will do for some of your indoor sports for now, as well as other indoor and lower light situations. It also makes for a good portrait lens.

And there are a couple of inexpensive 70-300mm lenses that might do for now for some of your outdoor sports and airplane shots. The Sigma is good--it's recommended you get the "APO" one which is a bit more expensive than the other, about $200:


The drawback here is that it's f4-5.6. But this will do for a pretty good zoom for outdoor sports in daylight, and for those airplane shots. It won't give the narrow depth of field you could get with a 2.8, though, and it won't be bright enough for good outdoor night game photos. But you really don't want to know what a 300mm f2.8 costs.

And then you have a couple of choices for a general walk around type lens for around $300. The Nikon 18-70 is a good one. Or maybe one of the third party lenses in that range if you want brighter glass. The Sigma 18-50 f2.8, and 17-70 f2.8-4.5 are both worth considering, but you migh also want to look at this Tamron 17-50 f2.8:


That is maybe going a bit over budget though.

And, try asking about lenses in the Nikon lens forum. They'll know more about Nikon specific offerings than I do:

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Old Oct 31, 2006, 1:47 PM   #25
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I missed this;

Congratulations v12 for getting the Nikon D50! :-)

I hope thatyou enjoy your new camera.
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