Lucky Guy needs help

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  1. Maddjack

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    Hi all yet another noob,but one with a that has had a good day.
    I just won a contest and recieved a $2500 gift certif. at a photography shop.Up until now I just had a fujifilm s5100 liked taking pics of family , closeups of flowers sunrises ,and stuff like but with this oppertunity seems like a good time to really get some high end stuff.Anyways help me out here camera ,lenses ,etc.(aready have a tripod).I seems everyone here thinks highly of Nikon.

    So to start maybe a Nikon D80 but what lenses how important is a flash ?any help would be welcomed
     
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    I think that the D80 and an external flash (sb800?) would be a pretty good combo. I would recommend getting just the d80 body and a wide angle lens (for landscapes/sunrises) a macro lens (for closeups) and a mid range prime or zoom something in the 20-70 range for your everyday family shots and the like. I have a Nikon and love it but Canon's are also very good I have heard.
     
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    Don't just go on reccomendations though, go to the store and try out the different bodies to see how they owrk for you. If i went Nikon, definitely a d80, D200 or D300. More comparable to a Canon 40D robustness and feel. Lenses: 105 VR for macro, 24-70 f/2.8.
     
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    Thanks the the lense break down Coldow .The guy at the store was saying the same thing about Canon as well hmmm so much to think about .
    A prime lense ? this is a new one I have seen ppl talking about.It dosent zoom ?I will have to read up on this .
     
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    Personally I would go Nikon, but many others will say differently. If you have the dough a d200 might be the way to go but a D80 will hold its own as well. The reason that people get prime lenses(fixed focal length, no zoom) are they can be and almost always are sharper and crisper, and also they usually are f/1.8 or something around that so they are fast and good in low light. If you don't understand just ask.
     
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    I think that you should stick to a slightly lower/mid end body like the D80, 40 or 30D, or even the Xti, (maybe a stretch), but get the best lenses you can get. You'll probably want an overall one for your snapshots, and also something in the portrait range maybe. Also factor in accessories, such as memory cards and bags, stuff like that. Research lenses suiting your type of photography.
     
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    I'll take that gift card off your hand...
     
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    I am always surprised at the lack of Fuji S5 owners/users. It uses Nikon lenses, a D200 body, but has a better sensor. I say go for the S5. I LOVE mine. You will still have enough dough to get a sweet lens, too. Go with a prime for the speed and sharpness. :wink:
     
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    Lucky you..:)

    I don't want to start anything but ..Nikon..Canon....it's up to you. Camera doesn't make good photographs - you do. Those are two major photo brands and whatever you feel comfortable with that's what you should buy. Just go to a local photo store, play with different models, brands and decide with one is best for you. I would stick with either Nikon or Canon but you have to decide whit one to buy:):).
    Lenses can be very expensive but with that kind of budget you should be able to buy wide angle lense 18-55mm , zoom lens 55-200mm or 70-300mm, external flash and some other accessories (filters, bag, tripod).
     
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    I'll second the fuji. H
     
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    I agree with what a previous poster said: best is to try a few ones, and see whichever fill your needs. Especially since you're talking about a specialized shop (and not a Best Buy, where they sell a little of all). Leave home with some idea of what you want, and knowing your goals with the camera (do you want to take landscape shots, or people's? Night shots or mostly during the day? Does brand matter?). Once there, ask for assistance, and try out as many as you want until you decide.
    And remember the beauty of the U.S.: you can always bring it back soon after if you change your mind.
    Cheers!
    Danny.
     
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    Double H, check your inbox ;)

    I'd say get a Nikon D200, from what I've seen, they look good :D
     

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