What would you do if it was your money?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by waloshin, Mar 28, 2012.

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Where would money be better spent?

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  2. B)

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    A) If you owned a Nikon D40 the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8/f D lens

    Would you keep A) and get a fish eye lens and a nikon zoom 55 to 200 VR or

    B) Sell the D40 and buy a Nikon D7000 body?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I'd buy glass.

    Lens(es) are (generally) more important than the camera body.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    Are you being limited by the camera body or the lenses you have?

    My last camera upgrade (over 6 years ago) was due to camera limitations I was hitting. Now, I'm looking more towards another lens.

    What would get you out doing more photography? A new camera body or a new lens (or 2)?
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    (c) None of the above. Fisheyes get old quick- I'd be looking for a more useful lens. In the budget category, it'd probably be the 70-300 coupled with maybe a 35mm.

    Paul
     
  5. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with option d) save your money until you have a better grasp of what new gear you really need.

    As the old saying goes, if you have to ask...
     
  6. FMJPhoto.com macrumors member

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    Bingo
     
  7. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

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    *Gnash Gnash*
    s c r e a m

    Get a grip on what you already have. When you fully understand your gear and find aspects of your shooting to be limited, then start thinking about other equipment. Just by spending shekels is not going to improve your results.

    KGB:cool:
     
  8. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    I actually regret selling my D40. I never felt limited by it's capabilities, and in retrospect, I would have been better off to have kept it and simply added some better glass to my arsenal.

    That having been said, D7000 and a 35mm f/1.8 is a really nice combo. Just sayin... :cool:
     
  9. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks everyone. Plan to keep my D40 and likely get a tripod.

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    Anybody what picture you like better and how could I have shot these better other then with a tripod?
     
  10. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    Normally I'd say glass all the way, but the D7000 is such a massive improvement over the D40.
     
  11. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Sorry, not really a fan of either. Better positioning, better framing and a tilt/shift lens - can't wait for the new Samyang this summer!

    Paul
     
  12. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Also don't wait until it's pitch dark to shoot. Taking the picture earlier in the day when there is still some deep blue in the sky really enhances these night time shots
     
  13. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a

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    +1 evening twilight is one key to pretty colors!
     
  14. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    I've found that shooting in the city with some low cloud cover can create some neat effects. You get the glow of the city lights off the clouds and texture in the clouds, while at the same time the sky is still acting like a giant softbox.
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    I usually opt for lenses over body. I've had a D70s for years, but I'd rather get a new lens then a new body - that's just me :)
     
  16. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    I love the D7K.
    had a D70 and it was breaking on me so upgraded last year...wow!

    The D40 is a lesser camera. cheaper optics and other stuff.
    My wife's co-worker had a D40 and shots and put out prints to sell. My wife was telling her my story about the camera and my new purchase and said how "amazing" it was with photos and speed. The Co-worker bought one and loves it too.
     
  17. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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  18. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Just what Paul said, good combo as I'm using this setup with a D7000. If you wanted a good lens with some reach then save for the 80-200 and the 35mm is a fantastic lens (had to put that in there again) :D
     
  19. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Not really- your composition is off- you've got a bright blob cut off in the near center of the frame that leads the eye right out of the frame.

    The image is slightly off of vertical as well.

    It was the right time to shoot though. It's close, a bit better composition and it'd work very well.

    This is tilted as well, but more importantly, there is simply too much going on in the frame. Lines lead the eye all over the place without a destination and without reason. Also, the tones are cluttered as well.

    Simplify the compositions, use leading lines whenever possible and pay attention to brightness levels.

    http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules

    Add in simplify or declutter and you're getting somewhere.

    Paul
     

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