Bought a Nikon d40x first DSLR anything else I need?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mag2001, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. mag2001 macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    I am new to the dslr world. what are some good tips on getting started. any websites I can go to for advice. Also is there anything elseI need to buy?
    Thank in advanced.:D
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. mag2001 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    came with a lens and bought a 2gb memory card
  4. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    After a hot day, or a cold one, of shooting you will need to wash your clothes. I have a washer and dryer for sale, work like new. And, some new beautiful vinyl flooring that would be perfect for a darkroom floor:rolleyes:

    One interesting site that I like is Seems to be realistic.
  5. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    Ken Rockwell? Really? Each to their own, I guess.
  6. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

    May 18, 2007
    Woodbridge, NJ
    there are alot of great sites and books out there that will teach you alot

    im a daily visiter to flickr, .. they have alot of great groups you can read

    also, dont be afraid to grab a few intro books to photography, Buy " UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE " , i think its by bryan peterson.
  7. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    Beyond the basics, you don't know what you really need till you've taken a few hundred pictures. Why anticipate? Keep shooting with the gear you have until you reach the point of frustration: ie "I could get the shots I want if only I had a new lens, or a flashgun, or a tripod"...

    Don't spend money on things you MIGHT need; wait until you can't do without them...

    Shoot loads of pix. Experiment. Have fun... :)
  8. srf4real macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    Now that is a very scary open ended question. Best advice I'll reinforce... shoot a ton of pictures and figure out what you are really missing, then buy it. Lenses and gear don't hold much value although they can last forever, so make sure you spend money on things you'll actually use. The first ad on accessory I bought was a shoulder bag, then more memory, then an extra battery, then a car charger and more memory, then another lens, then a monopod, then more memory, then another lens, then a manfrotto ball head, and another lens... welcome to the dSLR world!:D
  9. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    How I wish somebody had said that to me when I bought my dSLR last year.

    But it is very good advice, otherwise you'll find you can't help buying things for it, just because it seems like a good idea.
  10. seany916 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2006
    Southern California
    a manfrotto lightweight monopod will help for some types of pics, but you may not be able to use it very often if it's for casual shooting

    skip the filters for now

    I use a wrist strap instead of the neck strap (P.O.S.), or shoot strapless

    a fairly large fanny pack from Walmart or Kmart would be helpful

    We use Lowepro & Tamron Expedition bags to transport our equipment when moving locations, but they can get a bit pricey. I LOVE the Expedition 7 & 8, but that's for much later.

    If you are willing to take the time to learn how to use it, I'd recommend an SB-600 & Stofen Omnibounce. Will help tremendously for shooting in lower light. (the on camera flash is fine though)

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