This is my very first post and I am a newbie to professional photography. So please feel free to tell me your views on my questions.
I will be using my camera (FM2) for travel & normal daily events like birthdays etc. So i do not need that hi-end stuff, as long as its versatile and lasting, I will consider them.
a) I am sourcing for a wide angle lens, lets say (12-30mm) Nikon mount. If I have a tight tight budget of $500, what are my choices? Any particular brand that I should look out for since I am a beginner? I dun see myself upgrading, so a moderate lens that will last me, will be fine.
b) How should I maintain my camera? Regular check-ups like oiling etc? Can I DIY? or do i have to send it to a proper 'doctor'?
c) How do I maintain my lens? Cleaning methods?
d) Will storing my stuff in a camera bag with Silica gel be sufficient or do i really need a dry box?
I dun have the budget nor space for a electric dry box, so will those plastic type do?
thank you for reading this long cra*** thread.