Just did the BIG upgrade

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  1. maxalmon

    maxalmon TPF Noob!

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    Might say I'm kinda obsessed with photography, started off 1 year ago with a Nikon D40 the 18-55 kit lens. Then got a VR 55-200 and a VR 105 Macro lens.

    I'm totally obsessed with macro photography and outgrew the D40 pretty fast, was going to upgrade to the D300, but started to seriously look at the D700 with the new FX sensor.

    The otherhalf gave me a early x-mas present and said that I could get the D700:mrgreen:. I just ordered it, should arrive on Friday!!!!

    Since I only have the cheap 18-55DX lens and the 55-200DX, I can sell those with my D40...Keep the 105 VRG Macro and then I'll only have to upgrade maybe 2 mores lens to have a good selection...

    Going to enroll in some CC photo classes in the next few weeks....
     
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    Definitely be sure to get some real glass to go with the D700... it ain't about the 18-55 no more.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    psst get yourself a 1.4* teleconverter for your macro lens :)
    lets you get an increased magnification factor with little loss of quality or light problems. You can also try a 2* teleconverter, but then light is an issuse and its more suited to tripod work since the depth of field is dramatically reduced (handheld its a real pain to focus).

    that should keep you interested in macro for some time :)
    have fun with the new camera and good luck in the classes!
     
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    I've done my research and thats why the 18-55dx and 55-200dx will be going away with the D40. Figured I'd better laylow for a while before I start hinting around for new glass....The 105 i'll keep as it'll work with the fx.

    Not sure what my first lens will be, gota do some more research.
     
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    The 24 - 70 F2.8 and the 70 - 200 F2.8 work beautifully on my D700!
    The clarity and resolution are incredible!
     
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    Those were the lens that were at the top of my list!
     
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    After much debate and research, I decided that my first lens would be the Sigma 24-70mm 1:2.8 EXDG Macro, seems to be a good all around lens and the reviews have all been favorable. Ended up buying this at a local shop, it was priced $40 more than the online stores.

    I chose this lens for several reasons, mainly because I'm doing photography for realtors who have homes that are in the multi-million dollar range. Most of the images will be of interior rooms and I'll need wide shots that actually create a more realistic feel of being there without looking cramped. Perspective distortion is a major issue and something I've been studying up on.

    I had thought about going with something in the 12-14mm range, but with the FX sensor I think the 24-70mm will be fine for my needs

    Next lens will probably be something like the 70-200 or 80-200

    The D700 body arrives today:mrgreen: Whats amazing is how much price variance there was on the 700 body, topend was $3600 to low of $2479.... When I purchased my D40 I discovered all the fraud sites in New York and pretty much know who you can and can't trust, if the price is too good to be true, then it's a scam...
     
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    Woot! Congrats that rocks! Shexshy camera. :)
     
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    Sweet!, Good luck with your new camera and macro photography, I saw your Marine Macro thread and the pictures are amazing!
     
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    Thanks.
    Here is another one, these are green and orange cloves, about 1/4" to 3/8" across. The orange has a very bright, metalic look, very hard to capture the true colors.

    This image was sharpened and thats it. This was taken with the new 24-70 glass
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    The only problem with this lens is the dang 82mm size, gona cost me a fortune in filters and I won't be able to use them on my other lenses...Argh, Huff, Snort...

    Are tiffen filters any good?
     
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    Camera just arrived and I'm so confused, guess I should attempt to read the manual....LOL
     

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