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    Quote Originally Posted by Daoyin View Post
    An international student with S$5k to spend on a camera system sounds surreal but S'pore needs everyone of them.
    Err... Translation... Help the economy??

    If I own a D60, and I have spare 5k of cash, I would spend to buy really good lenses. I once told by some veteran photographer, camera body comes and goes, but the lenses would stay with you for very very long time.

    Anyway, just my opinion...

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    haha.. sound surreal, but there are numbers of international student who own a dslr with an extremely good lenses, lots have purchased more than 10k.
    @ the moment i havn't make up my mind, but certainly it will be either d300 or d90, my 1st lens should probably 18-55f2.8 or 18-200 vr, then a manfrotto tripod and if there are more cash to spent, probably will bought 50mmf1.4..
    is it a good idea? or are they any thought u guys like to share??
    thx..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kervin13 View Post
    haha.. sound surreal, but there are numbers of international student who own a dslr with an extremely good lenses, lots have purchased more than 10k.
    @ the moment i havn't make up my mind, but certainly it will be either d300 or d90, my 1st lens should probably 18-55f2.8 or 18-200 vr, then a manfrotto tripod and if there are more cash to spent, probably will bought 50mmf1.4..
    is it a good idea? or are they any thought u guys like to share??
    thx..
    errr there is no 18-55mm F2.8(not that i know of) only 17-55mm F2.8

    anyway there is a list of recommended shops in singapore u can visit in the forum.

    u can try out cathay photo at penisula plaza beside funan or alan photo/john 3:16 inside funan or MS color at ang mo kio central. this few shops i personally like either the pricing or services

    try to look for a guy call joseph if u planning to buy at alan photo funan, pleasant guy and dont really cheat ppl. other sales person there look at ppl and sometime try to sell alittle more expensive.
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    yeah,, my bad.. it is 17-55f2.8
    thx for the info, lots of my friends tell me to go to john..
    now i'll be patient till the PMA is over, then goin to purchased it soon.. haha
    btw for a DX format camera, 17-55 suit better or 24-70?? both f2.8
    or i should get the 18-200 instead??

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    DX format u have to know that for nikon they got a 1.5x crop factor actual is more like 1.45x only

    so on a D90 the 17-55mm DX will behave like a 25-82mm while the 24-70mm on the D90 will be like 36-105mm and to me personally 36 is not wide enough when taking group photo or photo up close. if u use the 24-70FX u lose out on the wide angle, but if u use the 17-55DX u got wide angle and if need be move forward to zoom in, its easier to move forward than back as it is not always possible to move back to zoom out, esp indoor.

    the 18-200 is a good walk about lens and everyday general use lens which most ppl use it and only it, they hardly have to change lens. but being a 11x zoom lens it dont have a constant F stop that is why there are ppl supporting the other lens which is the 17-55 F2.8 thou i dont have nor use it b4 (i am using a tamron 17-50 F2.8) the IQ is good and good for bokeh shots and dim light condition since it is a F2.8.

    alot of canon user are attracted to L lens becos of their good IQ and big aperture, if you are really into photography, sooner or later u will fall in love with big aperture lens for the effect they can do. go for a constant F2.8 lens if possible

    john 3:16 the boss and sales ppl all very friendly, they will not try to con their customers, they are frank in telling u the cons and pro of the camera or lens u choose if u ask them for comment on your choice. but being a shop in funan their price is usually a little more expensive than some other shops to cover for their rent. but for sure that little $$ more is still alot cheaper than those CON-ing shops blacklisted by alot of ppl in CS and their service i would say is very good.

    i got my D700 recently from MS color cos they got the most competitive price, service wise 'good'

    there are no good tele lens with constant F2.8 for the DX camera, so in future if u do want tele, go for the 70-200 F2.8 if possible, if u gotten the 17-55 already u will have the range of 25-82mm 105-300mm thou there is a missing gap between 82-105, a few steps forward would do the trick. else for cheaper alternative can go for the 70-300VR
    Last edited by nixontkl; 19th February 2009 at 08:23 PM.
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    thx.. a very useful information..
    then i think i should go to 17-55f2.8, coz i do love bokeh..
    if i have this lens, will 50mm f1.4 be useful? should i purchased it?

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    the 50 F1.4 will make beautiful bokeh for sure but being a fix lens, u got to move alot to compose your shot or your subject is posing for u.

    my 2 cents
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    ic..
    btw i'v new thought, need advise from u guys to decide..
    now i'm making up my mind and thinking about d700 instead, choices which are available:
    1. d300 + 17-55f2.8 (2100+2500=4600)
    2. d700 + 50f1.4 (3600+500=4100)
    Give me response guys.. thx alot..

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    choice 1 more flexibility as u got a zoom lens

    choice 2 tougher to use as u are constrain to 1 focal length but u got good bokeh and be prepared to spend alot more as FX lens are more ex than DX lens, FX lens for nikon so far also less variety to choose from
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    ic.. it seems that u have both DX and FX format cam..
    is there any significant differences between them?? especially between d300 and d700.
    thx a lot bro..

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    how i see the D300 and D700, both are good camera just that one is DX with 1.5x the other is a FX thats all.

    stepped up to FX cos i wanted the wider angles and better ISO performance
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    ic.. thx for ur info..
    btw how much did u purchased ur d700 @ MS?
    Heard that 24-70f2.8 is the best lens for d700, isn't it?
    How much will it be for both of them?
    i realize that for sure it will be out of my actual budget, but i think i can get more cash in this up-coming week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kervin13 View Post
    ic.. thx for ur info..
    btw how much did u purchased ur d700 @ MS?
    Heard that 24-70f2.8 is the best lens for d700, isn't it?
    How much will it be for both of them?
    i realize that for sure it will be out of my actual budget, but i think i can get more cash in this up-coming week.
    got my set at 5680 but dont think u can get that price now that nikon lens price have gone up, nikon high end lens have up mostly by 300-500 FYI
    D80/D700 18-135/17-50/14-24/24-70/70-200/70-300/50/60 SB600/900

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    I suggest you invest in 2nd hand D90 or D300. Camera depreciate very fast, 2nd hand camera minimize lost, especially when you are not firm on which camera suits you. Different camera or lens come with different weight, not just a question if you can afford it, but also a question if you can carry it for a day or so.

    Remaining budget can invest in a good f2.8 lens and a f1.4 prime. These lens would follow you for years.
    Last edited by blackman; 22nd February 2009 at 01:25 AM.

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    thx.. yesterday i went to john @ funan..
    A very nice guy, he told me that the 24-70 lens had gone up $500 dollar, used to be 2.2k last week, and now 2.7k.
    While the d700 will be 3.5k. the set together should be 6.2k
    I'm in love with it, an extremely great camera plus great lens..
    I think i'll go for it..
    thx anyway for the guidance guys..

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