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It's not been a long time since we've bought photo stuff, but I think that if I was to provide advice to someone, I'd tell them to do it slightly different than we did it.
1) I'd make sure that the tripod that I bought has a quick release. It's pretty annoying to spend 1 minute putting the camera on, than another minute taking off, all for a picture that might take 10 seconds to take. Slow, annoying, and if it's cold, freezing because using the screw isn't something that you can do with gloves on.
2) I think that rather than buying zoom lens that have a max aperture of f/3.5 I'd get a normal, prime lens with a max aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.8... something really fast. That way when taking pictures of all the children that people seem to have right now I could use available light and have the shutter speed fast enough that the kid isn't blurry. I find that the things that I get most frustrated with any camera that I've used is the low light performance.
3) This last thing I'm still not sure about. We bought the entry DSLR. It's smaller, has less features, but is less flexible by the types of lens / accessories that it can take. For autofocus to work, each lens has a motor that does the focusing. With the next line up in the camera focusing is done with a screw from the body. Our camera body also isn't compatible with Nikon's new GPS attachement. However, it's our first DSLR and if we find that it's actually limiting what we're doing, we can also upgrade / buy another. I mean, disposable income has to go somewhere, right? :-PPosted by jim at March 29, 2009 11:53 AM