7 hundred to a camera?

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  1. vbrandon91

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    i was thinking of getting the d40 kit with the 55-200 vr lense...

    just wondering if yall think this is a bad choice for me?

    i like to shoot photographs of

    animals
    people/parties
    rivers
    landscapes...

    lots of things..

    but is it all worth this much when i can get a point and shoot camera for under 500?


    i love crisp and clean looking pictures ..will this help me get them?
    or will a point and shoot camera do just as good?

    anything else i need to add?

    firrst post on this forum ..thanks for the help

    brandon

    i will make my decision by this weekend
     
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    I don't know if it's worth it... you need to decide.

    If you're taking "pics", get a point & shoot.
    If you want to take photographs, a DSLR is probably worth it.
     
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    nice way to put that...


    i think i might want to take photographs...

    do any of yall no how far a 55-200 lense can zoom out to? 50 yds?
     
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    Wiki has a nice reference:

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    28mm

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    50mm

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    70mm

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    210mm

    This was all on film, it will be 1.6x more "zoomed in" LOOKING on most digital SLRs.
     
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    pretty cool...

    i am goin to go camping in a couple of weeks and i cant wait to just start shooting...
     
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    Have fun!
     
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    i want to try the dreamy effect with a couple of waterfalls i know there..

    i just need to watch some more videos on what settings to use cuz i keep on forgetting
     
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    Hope you got a tripod.... you need a long shutter speed of a few seconds.
     
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    yeah i have a tripod...

    ok long shutter speeds and iso at about 200 or 400..

    aperature?
     
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    F/16

    Iso 100

    You're still probably gonna need a graduated neutral density filter to get any sort of speed in the seconds during the day.

    And just on a curiosity, what tripod is it? I don't want your D40 to take a tumble (see, losing all your paychecks on buying new equipment, then new equipment, then some new equipment and maybe some new equipment on the way is fun!)
     
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    To add to reg - shooting using the timer function would help a lot as well - that way you can take you hands off the camera and let it shoot with minimal shake
    Of course make darn sure if you tripod is a cheaper one that it is on solid flat ground and don't trust it for a moment - keep your eye on it!
     
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