Lens help

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  1. StreetShark

    StreetShark TPF Noob!

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    Well I will be getting a Nikon D50 (over the XT) and sooner than I expected. I am selling my dirtbike for about $1,500 Canadian. This is more than anough for the D50 so I am also going to buy a few lenses. First Here it what I know I will be buying:

    D50 Body: $589.95
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    AF 50mm f/1.8 D: $169.00
    Total: $758.95
    Left: $741

    So I have about $700 to spend on lenses or a better body. So should I say screw the D50 and get a D70 or get lenses?
     
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    I suggest sinking that money into lenses (don't forget about memory cards, batteries, tripod, polarizer filter etc.).

    The 50mm is a nice fast lens, but it's not too wide on that camera. I suggest somthing that starts in the 18mm range. I've heard good things about the Nikkon 18-70, or somthing like that. The 18-200 VR, is also supposed to be pretty good...but personally, I like to avoid lenses with such a wide range.
     
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    Ok so the 18-70? I think I seen that some where. I also own a cheap tripod and don't feel like buying an expensive one yet (though I hear they are worth it) Also if im not mistaken the D50 takes SD card and I have a fine load of them from mp3 players, my old camera etc. Also What filters are "must haves"? And what other components are good to have?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A circular polarizer is, IMO, the only 'must have' filter when using digital.

    You might want to thing about a flash. The SB600 for example.
     
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    What size polorizing filter do I need to fit my lenses? And are the bottom mounter battery grips any good?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It depends on the size of the threads on the lens...they are not always the same. If your lenses are different, don't buy two filters...buy a filter to fit the larger lens and then get a 'step-up-ring' for the smaller one.
     
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    haha I've actually changed my mind to the XT after relizing theres no local nikon dealers to buy lenses but there is a very good canon dealer here.
     
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    well since you're gonig canon, there is still a 50mm 1.8 (52mm filter) and I'd suggest the 28-135mm IS 4.5-5.6 USM (72mm filter), and maybe another prime.

    EDIT: canon used CF cards, not Sd so you now have to buy one of those.
     
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    I know about the card thing and im going to buy the rebel with a kit lens, a 50mm f/1.8 and bag that comes with a 1 gb cf card.
     

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