Need advice for getting a Nikon camera


giggsmu

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Hi

I am a newbie to DSLR, thinking of getting a one soon. My purpose of getting the camera is to be able to shoot sharp images of landscape, scenery and most importantly sharp night shots.
I will need some expert advice from you all. I'm looking at Nikon D7000 at the moment. Should i go for the body or with the kit and buy the lenses separately?

Is the Lenses AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR come with the kit good for everyday use for a beginner like me?

Which are the other options available for me if i want to get a better lenses for everyday use for shooting landscape and night shots?

Thanks for your help.
 

luckyorange

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Hi

I am a newbie to DSLR, thinking of getting a one soon. My purpose of getting the camera is to be able to shoot sharp images of landscape, scenery and most importantly sharp night shots.
I will need some expert advice from you all. I'm looking at Nikon D7000 at the moment. Should i go for the body or with the kit and buy the lenses separately?

Is the Lenses AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR come with the kit good for everyday use for a beginner like me?

Which are the other options available for me if i want to get a better lenses for everyday use for shooting landscape and night shots?

Thanks for your help.
for me 18-105 is enough for everyday use haha, but some will prefer 18-200mm (for me the 95mm i will just use my leg to zoom haha) or u can choose to use 50mm 1.8 ($190 new - $150 or below for a used 50mm)
 

Nmadness

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do u have any budget? anyway 18-105 is good for a start. remember do get a tripod too for your night shots.
 

giggsmu

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do u have any budget? anyway 18-105 is good for a start. remember do get a tripod too for your night shots.
if i just getting the body, den my budget for the whole things will be $2000. Thanks guy for sharing with me. :)
 

luckyorange

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$2000? why not a D7000 kit? its below 2000 =). and you will get a free tripod memory card, nikon bag and some other stuff?(maybe)
 

Alan Chan

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get the body and 18-105mm for a start, its more than enough for beginners, until you find out what is the focal length you use most of the time.
18-200mm is overkill and overpriced in my opinion, it does serves as a good walkabout lens, but wont be sharp and the auto focus speed is slow due to the small aperture.
your applications seems to call for a wide angle lens instead of a zoom.

my 2cts
 

Irvine

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Hi

I am a newbie to DSLR, thinking of getting a one soon. My purpose of getting the camera is to be able to shoot sharp images of landscape, scenery and most importantly sharp night shots.
I will need some expert advice from you all. I'm looking at Nikon D7000 at the moment. Should i go for the body or with the kit and buy the lenses separately?

Is the Lenses AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR come with the kit good for everyday use for a beginner like me?

Which are the other options available for me if i want to get a better lenses for everyday use for shooting landscape and night shots?

Thanks for your help.
the kit lens is more than enuf for everyday shooting. even for landscape.

how sharp the pictures turn out all depends on ur technique and skill, since the 18-105 already produces great results.

if not u can tink of getting the d7k body only, n get a AF-S 16-85 instead. wider angle but with shorter reach.. and of course.. u need more $$
 

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if i just getting the body, den my budget for the whole things will be $2000. Thanks guy for sharing with me. :)
since u dnt knw how to start and have a budget of 2k...
i would suggest the D7k body.. maybe 16XX now...
and then a used tamron 17-50 f2.8...
the kit lens (slow to focus lock - but in your context is not applicable due to what you intend to shoot) is hard to sell based on my personal experience...
if you knw where to search (mass market section), a brand new tamron without vc is also around 550 region i guess.. need to stretch by 200 maybe...
my personal opinion...
 

giggsmu

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thanks guys for your tips.
I think i will just go for the Nikon D7000 kit set.

Will appreciate if you all could tell me which are the stores that are reliable and trustworthy. What else should i check when i'm buying the camera? I saw on the forum that someone is talking about hot pixel. Is it normal for a brand new camera to have hot pixel?

Please advise me. Thank you once again for all the help. :)
 

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i got mine at slr revolution :), or u could try tk foto too. both have great service. funan anw.

for me, haven't kena hot pixel but do take note there could be a case for liveview autofocus problem if u use 3rd party lens. it happened to me. haha. not everyone will get this problem, apparently with the lens contacts.
 

ligion324

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thanks guys for your tips.
I think i will just go for the Nikon D7000 kit set.

Will appreciate if you all could tell me which are the stores that are reliable and trustworthy. What else should i check when i'm buying the camera? I saw on the forum that someone is talking about hot pixel. Is it normal for a brand new camera to have hot pixel?

Please advise me. Thank you once again for all the help. :)
You need a solid tripod for nightshot. I say solid, not the one you can get as free gift.
 

ZerocoolAstra

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thanks guys for your tips.
I think i will just go for the Nikon D7000 kit set.

Will appreciate if you all could tell me which are the stores that are reliable and trustworthy. What else should i check when i'm buying the camera? I saw on the forum that someone is talking about hot pixel. Is it normal for a brand new camera to have hot pixel?

Please advise me. Thank you once again for all the help. :)
The 'hot pixel' issue seems to have quietened down of late.
Perhaps it has been resolved.
From what I understand, early buyers were subjecting the camera to situations not normally encountered in everyday shooting. Then when the hot pixels surfaced there was a lot of unhappiness, coz people expect perfection from a $2K purchase :)

Check out TK Foto (Funan level 2), SLR Revolution (Funan level 4), John 3:16 (Funan level 5) for pricing.
Do try not to be swooned by the 'freebies' offered, coz usually they're worth less than claimed.
 

bethpapa74

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You need a solid tripod for nightshot. I say solid, not the one you can get as free gift.
agree.
I bought manfrotto tripod and ballhead ... fren also but ballhead is china brand one. (sales from NEX)
We set our exposure to 30secs at MBS ... his d7k starts to dip around 15sec mark. hahah
he is using d7k with kit lens 18-105mm ...
i am using d700 with 24-70mm lens ...

get a good tripod and ballhead ... it will last you very long.
 

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To me the only way to tell what direction you like to pursue and what you like to shot and how skillful you are... go shoot, shoot, shoot. Many people think that they like photography because they saw their friends' photos. Soon they realize that this hobby needs money and time and passion (like most other hobbies). Some of my friends kept their cameras in the dry box for more than 1 year without touching (preferring to use PnS which is nothing wrong because this is what they like to do for reasons that they have). Some use their camera only for festive and birthday shots. Shoot, shoot, shoot and you will soon discover what you want and you will make adjustment to the equipment to own (upgrade or downgrade or discard).
 

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Ain't it always the case, for most that is. For me, it literally opened up a "3rd" eye - you freeze interesting moments, isolate objects, give them a different feel that you'd normally ignore during a "walk-through" of your daily life... THAT alone is intriguing and addictive enough that you find it hard to put back into the dry cab, and you'd seize every moment possible wanting to bring the cam along whenever you can. That want is so great that you'd ignore all the weight that's causing all the hurts and strains on your shoulders and back...

To answer TS's question. Kit lens is good for starters, slowly work your way up from there... Ask yourself why do you want a DSLR - what do you really want to capture? Portraits, objects afar, really close stuff? How much opportunities do you get to do for each, then determine which zoom lens to start with... E.g. if you like to shoot airplanes and you think you'll be doing it very often - then start with the 55-200mm. If you will be shooting portraits or landscapes often, then it's 18-55mm or 18-105mm, etc. But for landscapes at night, be prepared that you might need good tripods...

Starting off with a prime is a bit limiting... It maybe too "specialised" for a beginner, you'll still end up wanting another lens right after...
 

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kennyso

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Ain't it always the case, for most that is. For me, it literally opened up a "3rd" eye - you freeze interesting moments, isolate objects, give them a different feel that you'd normally ignore during a "walk-through" of your daily life... THAT alone is intriguing and addictive enough that you find it hard to put back into the dry cab, and you'd seize every moment possible wanting to bring the cam along whenever you can. That want is so great that you'd ignore all the weight that's causing all the hurts and strains on your shoulders and back...

To answer TS's question. Kit lens is good for starters, slowly work your way up from there... Ask yourself why do you want a DSLR - what do you really want to capture? Portraits, objects afar, really close stuff? How much opportunities do you get to do for each, then determine which zoom lens to start with... E.g. if you like to shoot airplanes and you think you'll be doing it very often - then start with the 55-200mm. If you will be shooting portraits or landscapes often, then it's 18-55mm or 18-105mm, etc. But for landscapes at night, be prepared that you might need good tripods...

Starting off with a prime is a bit limiting... It maybe too "specialised" for a beginner, you'll still end up wanting another lens right after...
+1, agreed. Kit lens is for beginners. Soon after, you will know what kind of photography you are in to. After which, then you pick lens that suitable for your photograhpy field.

By the way,
what kind of lens that are normally used for concert photography?
 

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+1, agreed. Kit lens is for beginners. Soon after, you will know what kind of photography you are in to. After which, then you pick lens that suitable for your photograhpy field.

By the way,
what kind of lens that are normally used for concert photography?
Sorry, no experience with that. But I'd gather that for night concerts, one'd prefer fast aperture lenses (f/1.2 to f/2.8) so that you would not resort to using ultra high ISOs. No specific FL range, it all depends on what kind of shots you're after - group, zoomed in, overall ambience shot? Keep in mind that for long zooms, you'll compromise on ISO setting (need to keep it higher) for sharper images unless you're using Nikon's King of ISO...
 

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