What should my next purchase be ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by glocke12, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

    glocke12

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    So this is what I have:

    D90
    Nikkor 12-24 mm lens
    NIkkor 18-70 mm lens (kit lens)
    tamron 70-300
    tamron 180 macro
    SB-900 speed light
    Slick carbon fiber tripod (used for backpacking)
    Some cheap mount for tripod


    This is what I am thinking of getting:

    Better head/mount for tripod
    More heavy duty tripod
    Some type GND filter (suggestions welcome here, been experimenting with low light dusk shots, and the results arent that great so far)

    I didnt include any lenses, I feel the ones I have now are decent enough, although I wouldnt mind getting a higher qaulity lens in the 24-70 lens or a different macro lens.


    Of course the one option I have is not to buy anything, and just spend more time behind my camera and get the most out of that before I get more stuff.
    The problem with that is I really would like to improve my low light shooting technique, and Im not sure I can do that without the use of a filter set.
     
  2. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Always the default option, I reckon...

    You don't need filters to do low-light photography... you just wait till the sun goes down. ;)
     
  3. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually Ive been trying to capture early morning scenes and scenes at dusk to capture some lighting effects that occur at that time and everything turns out underexposed or overexposed.
     
  4. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a lens with image stabilization and f/2.8, as well as an f/1.8 lens. Then it's just a challenge to stay in focus.
     
  5. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    A grey grad will help. Lots of people say you have to spend $$$, but I use a (cheap) Cokin P grad filter... and its fine (no magenta cast, which you get with some grey grad filters).
     
  6. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    At that point it's mostly delicately adjusting the settings manually.
     
  7. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Yes... manual every time... to capture subtle plays of light...
     
  8. Policar macrumors 6502a

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    FWIW, I have both Cokin and hi-tech graduated filters and both have magenta casts. If I had the money (which I don't) I'd buy a Singh-Ray ND grad. Two stops and a soft gradient seems to be kind of the default, though I use three stops most often for sunsets.

    That said, neither filter has a magenta cast on digital except under the most extreme circumstances. But on slide film it's extremely noticeable in underexposed areas. But it seems you have enough money to buy better filters, so why not?

    For sunsets, ND grads are pretty much necessary... If you plan to shoot side-lit landscapes at magic hour, throw in a circular polarizer. They're useless if you're shooting into the sun, though. And on extreme wide angle lenses (like your Nikon) they will polarize unevenly so one chunk of the sky is darker than the rest, but the effect is still extremely valuable for late day photography and anything involving water, as well as for glare reduction on leaves, etc.
     
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    isn't the kit lens an 18-105 :confused: at least thats what came in my kit...
     
  10. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Depends a lot on how fast the light is changing and how long your exposures are, but you can always blend exposures, expose for the lightest part first, since that changes the most, then the darker part.

    Paul
     
  11. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oops...sorry. 18-105 it is.
     
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  13. glocke12 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I already own a lowepro trekker. Really nice bag. Im really leaning towards a cokin holder and a ND grad of some type. Gotta choose wise!
     

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