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Nikon D80: What else should I get?
Hello everyone, this is my first post on the dpreview forums after lurking for a while..

I found my fathers old Pentax SP1000 SLR a few months ago, and I loved how I could take control of the way the pictures ended up looking in comparison to my limited Fuji P&S. But, due to the high cost of developing film, and the fact that I like to immediately get results, I've been seriously considering buying a DSLR over the last few weeks..

I've finally set my eyes on the Nikon D80. The D40, D60, Pentax K10D, Pentax K200D, and the Canon 450D were also under consideration. I chose the Nikon D80 because I like the fact that I can easily expand my collection of lenses and other gear in the future with Nikon, it has some features (Like DoF preview) that I missed on the other models, and it's only slightly more expensive then the D60..

Currently I'm planning on purchashing this exact setup:.

Nikon D80 Body (at 594)Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm F/4-5.6 G IF-ED (at 235)Nikon AF-S DX 18-55/3.5-5.6G VR (at 148)Lowepro Nova 3 AW bag (at 79)Nikon MC-DC1 Remote/Cable Release (at 24).

In total: 1080.00.

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I could/should change, I would greatly appreciate it if you'd let me know. My max budget is ~1200, and I live in The Netherlands..

Thanks in advance...

Comments (10)

I am sure that one of the suggestions will be to get the 18-200vr instead of the other two lenses though I am not so sure. Depends on what photography you are doing..

Perhaps, as you are new to DSLR that you just get a standars 18-70 kit lens and wait to get experience and see what you want. Then perhaps get some other lenses or perhaps an SB600/800?.

What about some filters? Oh and SD cards and a card reader ..

Comment #1

Getting these two lenses instead of the 18-70 (or 18-135) will only cost me 150 more.. And I'd be willing to spend that money on the extra range. Unfortunately the 18-200VR is out of my budget..

However, if the 18-70 has better IQ then those two lenses, then I'd probably just go for that one and expand my collection later on. If anyone knows if that's the case, then I'd be grateful for any information you could give me..

On filters: What kind of filters would you suggest? I don't want to spend too much money on them, since I probably wouldn't use them much for the first few months..

I also won't be getting a new SD card just yet. I currently still have a few lying around that I'm not doing anything with..

Clear Blue Sky wrote:.

I am sure that one of the suggestions will be to get the 18-200vrinstead of the other two lenses though I am not so sure. Depends onwhat photography you are doing..

Perhaps, as you are new to DSLR that you just get a standars 18-70kit lens and wait to get experience and see what you want. Thenperhaps get some other lenses or perhaps an SB600/800?.

What about some filters? Oh and SD cards and a card reader ..

Comment #2

All the stuff you've listed is good, but I'd agree with Clear Blue Sky about filters, and definitely consider either the SB600 or SB800 flashes, both of which you can use with the D80 off-camera wirelessly, and will hugely improve the look of flash-lit shots if you do portraits..

Filterwise, a good circular polariser (as opposed to the linear type) is highly recommended - it filters out non-specular reflections and improves contrast in outdoor scenes, and it's commonly used to deepen the colour of the sky. Most of the other filters you might use can be replicated in post-processing, perhaps with the exception of the graduated filter types, the most useful of which would be the "ND Grad" which can be used to give the sky more impact and detail by making it fit within the dynamic range of the camera when shooting landscapes..

Amy..

Comment #3

Looks like great choices - lenses and all..

What about tripod, lens and sensor cleaning supplies, cp filter and post processing software (Photoshop elements, at a minimum)?..

Comment #4

Some decent software to manipulate yourimages Photoshop Elements 6 is a winner, for under !00 cdn..

A circular polarizing filter, for the smaller of your two lenses..

A spare battery..

FLASH? Why not wait for a while, until you figure out the camera..

BAK..

Comment #5

I already have a tripod. It's very old, and probably not very good, but it's more then enough for me right now..

I should probably get the lens and sensor cleaning supplies immediately. Any suggestions on what works best?.

Post processing software won't be a problem because I already have a copy of Photoshop CS3 through my school..

Jrkliny wrote:.

Looks like great choices - lenses and all.What about tripod, lens and sensor cleaning supplies, cp filter andpost processing software (Photoshop elements, at a minimum)?..

Comment #6

I would recommend to get the body and just 1 lens, 18-70mm for the start. Learn your camera and this new hobby and enjoy. Then you will find what additional equipment that you need for your type of photography, every one has different needs. If you then shoot landscape more than anything else, you may need an ultra wide zoom more than the telezoom. If you like to shoot portrait, you will find a faster prime more useful than other lens. You may also like macro shots that you need a dedicated macro lens. If you shoot indoor more often you may need a flash or faster lens.Rafy Sugirihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rafysugiri/sets/http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/dna.php?username=79015415@N00..

Comment #7

Look at thesehttp://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/photographic%20accessories.pdf.

Also 18-135 instead of 18-55.

Ed..

Comment #8

Blaatmeister wrote:.

Getting these two lenses instead of the 18-70 (or 18-135) will onlycost me 150 more.. And I'd be willing to spend that money on theextra range. Unfortunately the 18-200VR is out of my budget.However, if the 18-70 has better IQ then those two lenses,.

18-70 is no better than the others..

On filters: What kind of filters would you suggest?.

None...

Comment #9

Blaatmeister wrote:.

I already have a tripod. It's very old, and probably not very good,but it's more then enough for me right now..

I should probably get the lens and sensor cleaning suppliesimmediately. Any suggestions on what works best?.

Lens cleaning, yes. Sensor cleaning, no. You could go years without needing it...

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