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  1. #1
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    First DSLR Buying Advise

    I am looking for some advise for my first DSLR and I don't know where to start. I am on a budget so I think the D40 fits well into my budget. I have read about the camera and heard good thing all around.

    I will be using the camera for vacation, indoor and outdoor family pictures and anything that looks interesting to me. I don't know much about cameras and lenses so bear with me please.

    I would like to experiment with HDR but I believe that the d40 does not have Auto bracketing but this could be done manually. I don't know how much I could do it manually (this though is not my priority). I would like something that is easy to use and gives me the flexibility of P&S, till I learn more about DSLR and its capabilities. I have a Mac, it that matters with the software etc.

    Now as far as the lenses goes. The d40 kit comes with 18-55, but I am confused about Auto focus. I definitely would like a lens that can be auto focused. I would also like suggestions as to if I can get ONE lens that will do both wide and telephoto (I hope I have used the correct terms here).

    I know that I can't get the d40 body only, so if I have to buy a second lens in the future and not have to remove it and will do the job for me for wide and telephoto without breaking the bank or compromising the quality which should I buy.

    I have seen the d40 kit at costco with the 18-55 mm lens and an additional lens 55-200 mm for $599. It this a good deal?

    I may have missed some important considerations when considering a DSLR, but I don't know what they should be.

    So that I don't have any buyers remorse, I would like to know what I am getting is the best in its class and not think I should have gone for a different camera or a different brand.

    Note: I know, I will be investing on this one DSLR and not expansing with different lenses until its working. So please educate me.

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    Hi sid369!

    I own the d40 and am very pleased with it as my 1st DSLR! Yes it is limited by some features but i get the sense that you may not know massive amounts about photography just now and you're looking to progress and learn more by using a DSLR! if this is the case then the d40 is perfect for you as it is pretty much the cheapest around!

    No it doesn't support Auto Bracketing but you can do the same manually by changing the exposure compensation to a number of stops below and above normal and taking the photo! Just make sure you have a tripod and do it fast! takes some practise but its generally easy!

    Here is a lens that would cover 18-200mm which is considered wide angle to telephoto in one lens! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...D_IF_AF_S.html

    I live in the UK and bought my d40 with the kit lends for 300 (around $600) so i would say that is a good price considering you get the 55-200mm lens which costs about 130 standalone!

    As for choosing a different brand, i started with canon p&s and came to nikon for DSLR as i had heard bad things about the entry level canon dslr's being plasticy and bad ergonomics! I now am positive i will stay with nikon for life when it comes to DSLRs as im so impressed and used to the layout/UI!
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    I had a little look around for you and came across this http://www.preferredphoto.com/viewpr...5158&l=Froogle

    If this is correct then you could get the body only and an 18-200mm walkaround lens for about the same price as the kit and 55-200mm!?
    Nikon D90 | 18-105mm VR | Sigma 10-20mm | Nikon 35mm 1.8G | SB-600/900 | Crumpler Backpack & Shoulderbag

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    First of all, I was in the same boat as you until I read up on a few things.

    My decision was swayed by the ease of use and ergonomics of the D40.

    Yes it may be limited in some senses, but not crippingly so.

    What's the deal with AF any way? You guys never used a film slrs? It takes a few seconds to get focus locked on manualy so it's not such a big worry for me.

    It may not have AEB either, but as craigyc said, pretty easy to do it manualy.

    It feels MILES better than the canons(and this coming from a long time canon shooter) and just has a overall better vibe than the Canon entry levels.

    Don't ask me to explain what I mean by vibe, but if I have to, you shouldn't be shooting a slr anyway ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by anco85 View Post
    What's the deal with AF any way? You guys never used a film slrs? It takes a few seconds to get focus locked on manualy so it's not such a big worry for me.
    It is a lot more difficult to focus manually on a dSLR than it was on the old film SLRs. The viewfinder is a lot smaller and the focussing screen is not as suitable for manual focus.
    Shooting moving subjects with only manual focus is very hard.

    Having said that, there are more and more lenses that autofocus on a D40, so the lack of autofocus for some lenses need no longer be an issue.
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    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
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    I manual focus quite a lot with the companies 350D/400D while I agree with moving objects, it's really not that bad.

    If you need a new lens for your D40, save for one with an AF motor, if you can't afford one, manual focus or save more. It still beats being stuck with a Canon
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    The 55-200 VR is supposed to be much better than the non VR version so make sure the kit includes the right one. On resellerratings.com it says that Preferred Photo is the same thing as Broadway Photo. That means it's pretty bad.
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    Thanks craigyc for the link, but I don't think they are reputable dealers.

    I would definitely like to only have one lens (18-200 mm), but its way out of my budget now. So I think I can either go with the d40, 18-55 mm and the 55-200 mm kit that I can get from Costco. Or I can just get the d40 kit for less that costco bundle and save money for the 18-200 mm lens.

    I know the kind of person I am, once I buy the camera I don't think I will buy any lenses in the future, so I just want to buy all the things at one shot.


    My question is will I be able to use the 55-200 mm lens to cover everything or will the 18-200 mm serve me a better purpose. Also the 55-200 mm at costco is the VR version, if that should be considered.

    Also since the 18-200 mm lens is expensive is there other 3rd party lenses that have AF and can be used in place of the nikor 18-200 mm. If there is which one and how is their quality.

    I want to be able to take my camera out and take a picture of anything that I see without changing lenses or manually focusing. Also is this a Fast camera in terms of response and also continuos shooting. Is it easy for a person like me to use it and understand this camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid369 View Post
    My question is will I be able to use the 55-200 mm lens to cover everything or will the 18-200 mm serve me a better purpose. Also the 55-200 mm at costco is the VR version, if that should be considered.
    No lens covers everything. That is one of the joys of photography.
    The kit that you are looking at (body plus 18-55 and 55-200) is a good starter set and the combination of both lenses will cover most non specialist situations so my advice is to go out and purchase it and start taking photos and enjoy yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid369 View Post
    I have a Mac, it that matters with the software etc.
    For a Mac iPhoto will do basic to medium editing tasks and if you want something more advanced then either Aperture or Adobe Lightroom are worth looking at.

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