New to photography, help with buying

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    Hi Yahuan,

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K is an excellent camera in its class. Get it! I'm betting that kit, though, is a waste of your money: add-on lenses ruin image quality, and coloured filters are useless with a digital camera (it tries to compensate for the filter all the time). And because they put those 2 items in the kit I don't trust their choice of tripod either. Probably flimsy swingers made of 'cardboard'...

    IMHO you had better spend your money on a sturdy tripod. With 18x zoom you really need a tripod! No way the camera's anti-shake system can compensate for that much camera shake.
    Take care buying a good tripod, because it will probably stay with you all your life! I still use a tripod I got 40 years ago. Because it is/was a good, sturdy one.

    Have fun!
     
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    Thanks, do you think I would need a telephoto lens or a wide lens giving this cameras speaks? Also where is a good play to buy a tripod and whats a good kind?
     
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    No, you don't need extra lenses. The FZ-18 has a zoom range from 28mm (= medium wide, good for indoors) to 504mm (= long tele, enough for wildlife). Besides, any add-on lens (because you cannot swap lenses on the FZ-18) will terribly degrade your image quality.

    Don't buy a tripod from a picture on the web or in a catalog! Go to a store. With your camera (so get that first!). Have them demonstrate the tripod(s) for you, set them up, stick your camera on top and give it a shove, then see for yourself how long the whole set swings before it stops. Get the tripod that is the stiffest = swings the least.
     
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    That is a MONOpod, not a tripod.
    Monopods are a lot less stable than tripods, so you'll get a lot more camera shake. But they are easier to carry around of course.
    A good TRIpod is more important, and more effective. So get a good TRIpod first.
     
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    why do you say that? And I dont really have a choice, every major city is 4hrs from here lol. Penn State proud lol
     
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    Because:
    You always have a choice! You could wait till you can get to a store. Never get a tripod from an ad. You don't know what you're spending your money on. Always test a tripod hands-on before you buy.
     
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    oooo roger, well walmart might have some in there, and what about best buy and circuit city?
     
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    I don't know what they have on offer. Go, have a look. Maybe they have websites you can search to see if they have any at all before you go.
     

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