More questions on first SLR purchase...

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  1. jbeanv

    jbeanv TPF Noob!

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    I've pretty much settled on getting a D60 for my first SLR. Best Buy has a package where you get the body, 18-55mm and a VR 55-200mm for $750. Do I need both lenses to start?

    Mostly taking portraits of my son, and outside/nature photography. Should I just go with the camera and 18-55?

    Help! Thanks!

    Edit...they have similar packages w/lens that don't have VR...is it worth spending extra for it?
     
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    No, you don't need both lenses to start with, but it's a good combination to start with.
    If you're going to do nature photography you might miss the extra focal length the 55-200mm would give you.
    VR may not be too useful on the 18-55mm but it will definitely be worth it on the 55-200mm...unless you plan to carry your tripod with you all over the place.
     
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    Ditto the above. But hell, go with VR on the wide-angle too. I sometimes miss IS (Canon's equivalent of VR) on my 50mm f/1.4, but only when I need long DoF in lower light conditions (with no tripod). Boosting the ISO is usually my answer to the problem, but I'd much prefer to avoid that when I can.
     
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    I had that setup and it's pretty versatile. I would opt for the VR version of the 18-55 just because it's a slow lens in low light so the VR does come in handy then. Plus, it's still an inexpensive even brand new.

    PS: I bought mine at BB in February for $699, $750 isn't a good deal considering you're going to pay tax. Most good online dealers have it for $700 or less with both lenses (Amazon, Adorama, B&H). Plus I sold mine after two months use with only the 18-55 lens for $550, which was a pretty big loss. Something to consider if there's even a slight chance you'll want to upgrade.
     
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    Thanks for the input, I feel much more justified in getting both now :thumbup:

    I'll also shop around a little more for price and look into the VR for the 18-55. Trying to do all my research tho it's tempting to just run out and get it!

    Thanks again!
     
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    I got that same package at Costco a month ago for $699
     
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    You might also check www.buydig.com . It's the online part of Beach Camera.
     
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    This would be your very best option as they have a 90 day, no questions asked returned policy on electronics. I'm all about supporting camera shops rather than the megastores, but having 3 months to try it out is an absolute plus.
     
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    Thanks again everyone!

    I just ordered from Ritz. Both VR lenes, and a bag for 699 plus i found a promo code online so I ended up paying 665, shipping was included. So cheaper then BB plus both VR lenses. Return policy isn't as good (only 10 days) but I can deal.

    Now I just have to wait "patiently" for the delivery! :lol:
     
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    I'm a little late to the party but hey, enjoy - that's a great setup!
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Congrats for the purchase. I still remember the feelings of when I got my first DSLR ...... and need to wait for battery to be charged up ..
     
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    have fun! i was going to recommend going for the setup you ended up getting anyway :D

    i had those same lenses on a D50 for 4 years before i felt the need to upgrade.
     

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