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    Default Basic Set-up

    hi all,

    im currently trying to put together a very basic set up for a first-time DSLR user. Won't be used very much, maybe just a few times per month. Purely for interest and non-proffessional use.

    1. Nikon D50 Body only - 2nd hand
    2. AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

    Is this lens recommended? Compared to the standard 18-55mm kit lens. Quite lazy to keep changing lenses.. haha.

    thanks all!


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    Default Basic camera set-up

    hi all,

    im currently trying to put together a very basic set up for a first-time DSLR user. Won't be used very much, maybe just a few times per month. Purely for interest and non-proffessional use.

    1. Nikon D50 Body only - 2nd hand
    2. AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

    Is this lens recommended? Compared to the standard 18-55mm kit lens. Quite lazy to keep changing lenses.. haha.

    thanks all!


    regards,
    jizeng

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameisjizeng View Post
    hi all,

    im currently trying to put together a very basic set up for a first-time DSLR user. Won't be used very much, maybe just a few times per month. Purely for interest and non-proffessional use.

    1. Nikon D50 Body only - 2nd hand
    2. AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

    Is this lens recommended? Compared to the standard 18-55mm kit lens. Quite lazy to keep changing lenses.. haha.

    thanks all!


    regards,
    jizeng
    IIRC, the 18-135mm is better than 18-55mm. If you can, get 18-70mm.

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    Hi,
    This lens is good too you can have wide as 18mm and you have enjoy the zoom till 135mm,
    This is for a start is good also. there is no such thing as basic lens, all lens has got their own style.
    So for the start u have to the best set bro...
    Enjoy shooting...

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    Default Re: Basic camera set-up

    maybe can try get the super zoom one...18-200...

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    As Roberbe have said ... it is true tt there is no kit lens.

    Personally i find tt 18 - 70 mm lens is sufficient.

    Maybe u might want to wait a while.. D40 camera may cause D50 prices to drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pRoLoS3r View Post
    As Roberbe have said ... it is true tt there is no kit lens.

    Personally i find tt 18 - 70 mm lens is sufficient.

    Maybe u might want to wait a while.. D40 camera may cause D50 prices to drop.
    http://nikonimaging.com/global/produ.../d40/index.htm

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    Go for the 18-70 or the 18-135... should be good enuff
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    Default Re: Basic camera set-up

    go for the 18-135mm...

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    if you are on budget
    get D50 18-55mm

    else, get D50 18-200vr

    i had 18-55mm 18-70mm and 18-200vr

    pretty sure 18-200vr is gooooooooooooood

    and 18-55mm is cheeeeeeeeeeeeeap


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    I think the 18-135 is gd enough.. The TS mentioned that he wun be using the cam very much, maybe just a few times a month.. No point spending more $$ on the 18-200Vr then.. The 18-135 covers quite a gd range liao..
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    Quote Originally Posted by pRoLoS3r View Post
    As Roberbe have said ... it is true tt there is no kit lens.

    Personally i find tt 18 - 70 mm lens is sufficient.

    Maybe u might want to wait a while.. D40 camera may cause D50 prices to drop.
    I'm not a N user, but based on what I've read, it seems that the D40 is targetting an even lower-end market than the D50. The fact that it has no AF screw as well is kinda ugh.
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    Default Help with lenses

    hello hello all,

    im a newbie with a Nikon D50. need some advice on what lenses i should aim to invest in, more for landscape/architecture/people shots.. mostly in low light too.

    im currently using
    1. 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 ED DX
    2. 70-300mm f4-5.6

    thinking of getting
    1. DX 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IF-ED VR
    2. and one of the following:
    -35mm f2D
    -24mm f/2.8D
    -28mm f/2.8D


    pls advise! willing to sell off the lenses that im currently using cuz i understand that there will be some overlap..


    oh yeah, also wondering:

    if my kit lens is 18-55mm, does it mean that it can go wider than a 24mm wideangle lens? if so then why are wideangle lenses more expensive than a normal kit lens if the quality of the glass is the same?


    thanks alot in advance!


    regards,
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    Default help with lenses

    hello hello all,

    im a newbie with a Nikon D50. need some advice on what lenses i should aim to invest in, more for landscape/architecture/people shots.. mostly in low light too.

    im currently using
    1. 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 ED DX
    2. 70-300mm f4-5.6

    thinking of getting
    1. DX 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IF-ED VR
    2. and one of the following:
    -35mm f2D
    -24mm f/2.8D
    -28mm f/2.8D


    pls advise! willing to sell off the lenses that im currently using cuz i understand that there will be some overlap..


    oh yeah, also wondering:

    if my kit lens is 18-55mm, does it mean that it can go wider than a 24mm wideangle lens? if so then why are wideangle lenses more expensive than a normal kit lens if the quality of the glass is the same?


    thanks alot in advance!


    regards,
    jizeng

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    It will be good to invest in a 50mm F1.8 lens. A new one costs only abt $195 (incl filter $10).. but if you are interested in the 50mm F1.4, it wil cost you abt $450. However these 2 lens are always out of stock and you will have to order them beforehand.

    I was also told that 17-55mm lens is good for portraits, esp for wedding shots but will cost $2180.

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    Read up on the lenses you want first.

    Coz,

    1. on the digital format, it's multiplied by 1.5 crop factor (thus a 18mm digi is equiv to 27mm on film)
    2. on certain lenses there are distortion (barrel and pincushion) which will affect architectural shots. You'd also need a good tripod for such shooting. Some even go to tilt/shift lenses to correct the perspective.
    3. primes generally have better image quality than zoom lenses and also they normally have a larger aperture too.
    4. if you need low light photography, then do consider a large aperture lens (f1.4 or f1.8)
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    Default Re: Help with lenses

    Sell off your 18-55 and 70-300.

    Get the 18-200VR and a SB800.And a 50mmf1.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediForce4ever View Post
    Sell off your 18-55 and 70-300.

    Get the 18-200VR and a SB800.And a 50mmf1.8
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    The 18-200 is a good travel piece. BUT it's not a all wonderful lens. Watch the distortion on the wide side.

    And if you're pushing for quality. Dun ever go for a super-zoom
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    Ever wonder why 17-35mm is ex than the 17-55mm.

    Go for 24mm if you shoot more on andscape/architecture.

    YMMV

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