1st REAL Visit to A Photog Store

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  1. myvinyl333

    myvinyl333 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I visited one of our local photography stores yesterday to look for a possible used Nikon D2 body and a photog bag. As I entered I suddenly heard conversations that I thought I understood . I was overwhelmed at all the great accessories. A clerk (who sold me point and shoot years ago) asked if I was looking for something. I froze. Uttered aaaaa Nikon D..... He showed me a D1 that was well used. I looked some more then exited. It is much more reassuring to talk and ask here. I think I need more education and self confidence before visiting the Photo Pros again. Accent on Pros~
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    Generally if you ask questions they'll help you out at these places... maybe it's the whole in person thing? You're comfortable here.. at some point you'll have to break out of your comfort zone though ;)
     
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    I think you are correct in trying to get some advice form the experienced folks on here. Some are very helpful. I just purchased a new camera and lens at my local photography store, rather than going through Adorama or B&H or Amazon. I would have saved a bit by purchasing online, but my reasoning was that I can bring it back to them a lot easier if there is a problem and I should support them if I intend to rely on them for maintenance, advice, and other photographic support. They answered my questions, but I did get the feeling that they were not comfortable steering me towards a specific product. They wanted me to be solely responsible for the choices, which I totally agree with. The scary part is when you are too new to the hobby, you might make the wrong decisions simply because you did not know what to ask.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The other part to remember is that often sales staff might not know as much as you think and might soley want to sell you one camera over another (higher comssion) and will herd you in that direction.

    Online you can at least get impartial advice about aspects and get an idea of what might be best to suit your needs and why.

    this is not a knock against camera stores - some are very professional and very good and will have staff that will guide you to the right purchase - even to debate with you if a DSLR is seriously what is really best for you.
     
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    Well, I'm not sure how much Impartial advice you will get, as much of the advice often seems to be fan boy based. That being said, we don't get commission on what you purchase so you have a point there.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    What is a photog bag? For that matter, what the heck is a photog? :D
     
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    myvinyl333 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I got the term from my son who shoots professionally for a major television station in Raleigh, NC. So video is photgo...photography is:er:?
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You don't want a D2 for shooting bands there not good at handling noise
     
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    myvinyl333 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you, I did not know that.... suggestions? Was also thinking of another D90, but maybe varying bodies would give more flex ability?
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm not up to speed on Nikon but the d300 is good at high iso's
     
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    A lot of it depends on your price range, and what you enjoy shooting... Tell us that and maybe we can guide you to something that works for you.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A D2/D2x is pretty pricey for it's age. A used D300 or even a D90 with a grip would probably be a better bet.
     

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