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  1. Flora

    Flora TPF Noob!

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    My Nikon D40 is coming in tomorrow, just in time for my bday! :heart: Thanks to everyone who helped in the decision making process that lead me to the D40. Can anyone tell me what basics I will need to get started? All that is coming is the camera and the kit lens(18-55mm). Thanks to all!
     
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    Congratulations. have fun!
     
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    Nice! Make sure you've got a memory card! SD type. Other than that, just start with the 18-55. If you want to go longer start looking for a telephoto (go to 200 or 300mm generally), and if you want to go wider, start looking for an ultra-wide lens (10-12mm at their widest)
     
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    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Congratulations! I'm sure you'll absolutely love it! As for extras, a polarising filter is a nice, relatively cheap accessory that can, when used right, make a big difference to your photos. A telephoto zoom lens is also good.

    Still, nothing is really "essential" apart from a kit lens, a memory card and, of course, the body! :mrgreen:
     
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    Great ideas, thanks a bunch!
     
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    have fun with it!
     
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    Just one thing: a Camera bag. I recommend Lowepro bags. My TLZ Mini (Bag name) has been rained on (Dry as the desert inside), and slammed into walls (Not a scratch to my XT). Aka... The padding and the rain resistant material used is amazing.

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    All good advise. Of coarse have fun
     
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    definitely a camera bag....a 2nd battery would not hurt, either...

    have fun! :mrgreen:
     
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    I'd get a UV filter, just a cheap one, for 20 dollars or less, to protect that lense of yours. I too recently bought the D40 and love it, I go out almost everyday, and once you get it you probably will too. Start out in auto mode, then read around a little bit and try apperture priority mode. Have fun! post your photos so you will get ideas on how to make them better as well.
     
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    Congratz! Mine came about 2 days ago and so far I love it! I'm sure you will too.

    Something else to get would be a Polarizing filter and a UV filter.
     
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    Just as the others are saying:

    Essentials: Bag, SD card and UV Filter (to protect lens)

    Nice Things To Have: Telephoto Lens, Ultra Wide Lens, Polarizing Filter, Extra Battery
     

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