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    Default Dummies guide to DSLR

    Ok, I keep hearing wonderful things about DSLR, and sometime in the future I would really consider getting one...

    Thing is, how do you DSLR owners start? Things like what lenses to get, what are the different types of lenses (keep seeing things like AF, EF, prime lenses)

    ALso, why are there such a big difference in prices among lenses with similar zoom range?

    Last question, to start of, what lenses would you recommend getting for a newbie DSLR owner?

    Advice and insights appreciated!

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    Some devils will tell you,

    "Look for the L "


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    Originally posted by togu
    Some devils will tell you,

    "Look for the L "

    speak of the devil ....


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    the other Devils will tell you

    LOOK 4 AFS

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    Seriously u need 2 know wat u wan 2 shoot and your budget b4 asking this cos too many types of combinations is involve
    Last edited by jeffgoh; 17th January 2003 at 12:59 AM.

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    but lotz of devilz will juzt tell u:

    BUY BUY BUY ..... !!!!! .....


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    actually, why don't you just come SEED (the normal ones, not the Birthday Bash type ), sure got people happy to explain everything in detail to you...

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    Well if u drop by SEED u will get 2 play with the different DSLR especially larry's

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    Originally posted by togu
    Some devils will tell you,

    "Look for the L "

    err.. only some meh??

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    Originally posted by gremlin
    Ok, I keep hearing wonderful things about DSLR, and sometime in the future I would really consider getting one...

    Thing is, how do you DSLR owners start? Things like what lenses to get, what are the different types of lenses (keep seeing things like AF, EF, prime lenses)

    ALso, why are there such a big difference in prices among lenses with similar zoom range?

    Last question, to start of, what lenses would you recommend getting for a newbie DSLR owner?

    Advice and insights appreciated!
    If I had known about the lenses, I may never have bought a DSLR...

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    hehheh looks like there are alot of devils around here... :

    ok, lets say I would like to take landscape and an occasional potrait shot and have a budget of about 5k, is this enough for a start?

    Whats "L"???

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    More than enough.

    $2K for a second hand D30, $130 for 50mm f1.8 lens (or $600+ for an 85mm f1.8 if you're feeling rich) and a 24mm f2.8 or 28mm f2.8 lens for the landscapes.

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    dummies guide to DSLR:
    1. Start with a big wallet.
    2. Check wallet is full.
    3. Buy small wallet.
    4. Never look back.
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    Originally posted by gremlin
    hehheh looks like there are alot of devils around here... :

    ok, lets say I would like to take landscape and an occasional potrait shot and have a budget of about 5k, is this enough for a start?

    Whats "L"???
    5K should be just enuff. If you like to take landscape. do consider a good backpack(for trekking) and a sturdy tripod with tripod head.

    For lanscape, a 20 or 24 mm will be good. However, due to the magnification of DSLR, you will no get a film equvalent of a film 20 or 24mm.

    For potraits, 50mm(full body), 85mm(half body) or 105mm(head)only) is good.

    Join one of the SEED and try out the various DSLR.

    P.s. For landscape photography mainly, I would recommend Nikon system.

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    Originally posted by gremlin
    hehheh looks like there are alot of devils around here... :

    ok, lets say I would like to take landscape and an occasional potrait shot and have a budget of about 5k, is this enough for a start?

    Whats "L"???
    for your needs, you will want lenses with focal lengths below 24........ whether a fixed focal length lens or a zoom. For the occasional portraits, just get a cheap 50mm lens.

    PMA is just around the corner and u may want to wait for that to see if there are any new annoucements. Not because u want the new models (wait....u may well want those ;P) but cos u can use them as bargaining chips to drive the prices of second hand CURRENT models down (and no doubt there will be a lot of them for sale after NEW models are announced )
    David Teo
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    thanks guys for all your feedback...will try to make it to SEED one of these days...

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    Originally posted by togu
    Some devils will tell you,

    "Look for the L "

    !! u upgrade already huh? D60...

    but why u dun have L lense?

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    a L telephoto lens can easily cost more than D60

    haha!

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    Originally posted by behyx


    !! u upgrade already huh? D60...

    but why u dun have L lense?

    You just answered that question!!

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