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Nikon D50 Help?  
User currently offlineTristarfreak From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

I just took the plunge and bought a Nikon D50 (was a great deal) after years of use with a coolpix 8700 and getting used to the feel of a SLR camera with a N55 and was wondering what i would need to go with it I have a 28-80mm and a 70-300 lens and a 1gb SD card anything else (i.e. filters other lenses etc???)

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User currently offlineDamien846 From UK - England, joined Dec 2006, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Good choice! I also have a D50.
I have the 18-55, and the 55-200 and the 70-300.(all nikon) Have found it a great camera for me. All the photos i have on the DB (only 3) were taken with the 70-300.
http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...rch?photographersearch=Damien+dyer
i have a 2gb card. which gives 560 shots in jpeg fine. no filters yet?
Have fun.
Damien846


User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

My favourite two lenses are the 70-200 f2.8 VR and the 200-400 f4 VR - start saving your pennies for those bad boys. In the meantime, you might find a monopod is helpful with the longer lenses, especially if you shoot in lower light. If you buy a bag, make sure you buy something that will take more lenses, NAS will afflict you and you will end up buying more! If you shoot indoors, consider an SB-600 or SB-800 flash as the on-camera flash has limited range.

I put a UV/Haze filter on every lens (except the 200-400 as it comes with a custom filter) to protect the front elements from getting scratched. I'd stick with brand name filters to prevent loss in image quality, I use B+W. It's a personal choice - some folks refuse to put a filter on, others do it just to protect the lens - you decide what works for you.

The price of SD & CF cards just went down dramatically in my neighborhood. Sandisk 4GB Ultra II cards are under $100 CDN and $2GB are in the $50 range...

Congrats on the new rig and happy shooting!

B


User currently offlineTristarfreak From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 2):

Great googly moogly those lenses were a little too pricey for me right now I have a tripod a big bag and a 1gb card for it i am looking at the uv/haze filters too tanks for the advice and maybe one day i will buy a 200-400 lens


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Quoting Tristarfreak (Reply 3):
i am looking at the uv/haze filters too t

Don't waste your money on the filters...they do nothing. Same them for your film camera.


User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 4):
Don't waste your money on the filters...they do nothing. Same them for your film camera.

I'd get one if only to protect the front element from fine dust abrasion, dirt and fingermarks etc. Don't get a massively expensive one, just a UVB haze. I think they'd be around $10-15 USD.



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 5):
I'd get one if only to protect the front element from fine dust abrasion, dirt and fingermarks etc.

I've got a few lenses that I've used for 25 yeas on a film body, never had a filter, have cleaned them with t-shirts, tissue and fluid, dust off, and spit. Never had a problem.


User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 6):
I've got a few lenses that I've used for 25 yeas on a film body, never had a filter, have cleaned them with t-shirts, tissue and fluid, dust off, and spit. Never had a problem.

Would you take the chance with a brand new Nikkor 70-200? I figure its better safe then sorry. Besides, they really don't do that much to the shot.



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5703 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
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Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 7):
Besides, they really don't do that much to the shot.

You really think not... do some comparative shooting with & without.. you may be surprised.

Cheers

Chris



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User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 8):
You really think not... do some comparative shooting with & without.. you may be surprised.

Not compared to a Cokin Gray...



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 5 days ago) and read 2093 times:

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 8):

You really think not... do some comparative shooting with & without.. you may be surprised.

Folks who spend six bucks on the cheapest filter they can find will get pictures that look like they're taken though a six dollar filter. The pro quality, coated filters do not affect image quality in most situations - they're expensive, but they don't impact image quality and they could save prevent a much more expensive front element repair. The only times my filter comes off are when I'm shooting at night as harsh lighting might cause ghosting, and when I'm using a polarizer or other filter such as graduated ND.

B


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 7):
Would you take the chance with a brand new Nikkor 70-200?

It's not a big deal, and I don't see what 'chance' your talking about. I have a 70-200 f2.8, and I woudn't put a filter on it if you paid me.

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 10):
but they don't impact image quality and they could save prevent a much more expensive front element repair.

Sure, and all the broken pieces of that thin glass can make hundreds of little scratch marks when it breaks and all that stuff hits your lens.

Insurance..... much better then a filter. Look into it....


User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 11):
Insurance..... much better then a filter. Look into it....

Last time I checked, insurance doesn't cover abrasion damage. I suppose my conditions down here is Oz are probably a lot different to where you are. All I am saying is that I like to cover my bases... I've seen it happen and don't want it happening to any of my lenses.



It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 7):
they really don't do that much to the shot.

They may make it soft.



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 2051 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 11):
Sure, and all the broken pieces of that thin glass can make hundreds of little scratch marks when it breaks and all that stuff hits your lens.

Sure, assuming the worst. But it still prevents daily scuffs and scratches, to which lens coatings are especially susceptible. I'd also rather clean my filter repeatedly than clean the front element of my lens. When someone proves that pro quality filters damage images I'll rethink the choice. For everyone else, to each their own.

B


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