A&P It's about that time again, what upgrade to my d70?

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  1. Ingen

    Ingen New Member

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    Well, I'm wanting to get that sweet shutter release remote. Anyone know where to find one? Beyond that and a new plastic screen protector, I wanna get some sort of big upgrade. I've more or less narrowed it down to one of the following, listed in order of cool factor:

    28-70 dx (kit lens)
    50mm f1.8 lens (cheapest and sharpest, would make a good macro maybe? fits filters I have now)
    sb600 (seems useful...)
    [insert your suggestion here]

    I have a 28-80 G mount lens and a 70-300 g, both with pretty piss-poor apature performance. Anyone got any advice for lenses on a jobless budget? I'm gonna try to sell some work on ebay soon... hopefully that pans out.
     
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    the kit lens is 18-70, not 28-70. The remote would be fun and can probably be ordered through any reputable camera shop. the 50mm would be fun too. I'd love to pick up a 14mm or 10mm fish eye (500-600 i believe)
     
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    I would get the sb800 instead of the 600, the 50 1.8 is awesome; def worth it... the kit lens is great too for its price.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    if you want to buy a used kit lens, i've got one with a 67mm sigma ex protective filter on it too -- i don't use it much anymore
     
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    FryingPan Certified Thread Killer

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    The 50mm f1.4 is a great lens. I borrowed a friend's for a while, and I must say- hand held low light shooting doesn't get any better than that. :eek3:
     
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    I know the feeling of how cool f1.8 is... my telephoto lens = 4-5.6 I think. And my wide angle (heh, 28-80 g) is 3.3-5.6 Jesus... 1.8... it's like a dream :p I want that 70-200 f2.8 though :(
     
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    Get a flash. :run:
     
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    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    dont get the kit lens
     
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    FryingPan Certified Thread Killer

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    Why not? It's a very good lens.
     
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    fade tie your shoe bitch

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    not sharp enough for me :hs:
     
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    maybe you're not sharp enough for the lens...!

    :mamoru:
     
  12. Ingen

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    Reccommend something better?
     
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    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    I have the SB-600. With the $25 rebate, you should get the SB-800. With the extras that it comes with, it's a good value.
     
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    Another flash option is the Sigma dg 500 Super. Screen protector=waste of money, on any dslr.
     
  15. Kinks

    Kinks Sup. OT Supporter

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    learn to take good photos.

    the best upgrade you can buy for any camera.
     
  16. Ingen

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    I already can. But I want faster lenses and a new toy :) I have the talent, but all the talent in the world won't make a model T work better than a ferrari. The new lenses with teh aspherical elements ( i was lookin at them last night.. I love the toy store) are wonderful, so is VR and the internal focus. Screw driven, deafening and slow focus simply has to go sometime. Nicer glass = better pics, new (non 3 dollar) flash = shorter exposures when doing off-cam lit stuff.

    Right now when I do something with side lighting I have to leave the shutter open and put the light wehre I want it, pop it manually, then wait for 10-15 seconds while it recharges. teh suck. But the lenses are sweet too.
     
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    Kinks Sup. OT Supporter

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    Well, if you can already take good photos then you should really know in what way your current kit is holding you back. Do you want to go wider? longer? faster? or be able to shoot at night? that should direct you to the appropriate piece of kit :)

    the two G lenses you have would be fairly average in optical quality that much is certain. i read kenrockwell.com quite extensively before buying my D70 and went with the kit lens (which is about half price when bundled with the body!!) because it's a really good performer. and then bought an AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6 nikkor second hand off ebay. That's the extent of my gear so far but I've taken some great shots with it. The zoom being quite slow (aperture-wise, it focuses very quickly for a screw lens!) is probably the main thing that irks me now and then, so I'll either get a 70-210mm f/4 second hand or spring for a new 80-200mm f/2.8D. An SB-800 would also be a nice addition but I have other expensive hobbies to finance, so photography can wait :rofl:
     
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    wider? yes. faster? yes. longer? that too :) yep, that's why I can't decide, which do I want more? :noes:

    I like that 12-24... wonder how the quality is compared to the nikon equivilant?
     
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    :mamoru:
     
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    I can't stand that guy, Ken Rockwell is the biggest Nikon sackrider on the face of this planet

    and in other news my 50mm 1.8 arrived yesterday so here is a generic dog picture..DAMN I already LOVE this lens

    [​IMG]
     
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    WTF NIKON GUY DISOWNS NIKON SACKRIDER!?lc
     
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    if you can believe that!
     

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