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Old 07-07-2011, 15:38   #1 (permalink)
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G'day from Down Under

Hi guys

Ex pat Brit now consigned to convict land.

Well, I finally took the plunge and bought a secondhand D200. First real foray into digital photography but at heart I'm still a 35mm man.

So I'm going through the menu on this beast and it's never-ending...I can set choices for almost every aspect and, in some cases...multiple choices. Confused? You betcha...but I'll keep plugging away and try to rid myself of the 'manual photography' stigma I seem to carry around like baggage. But then again, maybe not.

See, I have shutter priority, aperture priority and full manual capability on this thing plus some dodgy setting called 'program' and some fancy autofocus thing. Old school? Me? Hell, yeah, and proud of it too. I want to take photos, I want to be in control of what I shoot. If I wanted the camera to be in full control I'd buy a Coolpix or Powershot and take photos for a Facebook page (no, I don't believe in Facebook either). I tend to take risks with photography, play it safe is for snapshots. I borrowed my brother-in-law's D3000 and loathed the bloody thing. It took me half an hour to scroll through the menu to set my ASA and I didn't have a clue how to set shutter or aperture priority because the fool had lost the instruction book...but, on the plus side, I could finally see what the risks I was taking looked like without having to spend a fortune on developing them first.

So, that's me in a nutshell, an old crusty who cried like a baby when his ME Super bit the dust and has never really recovered from Canon discontinuing the A1.

I'll need all the help I can get so I'm probably going to be bothering you guys with questions until you tell me (politely, I hope) to boil my head.

Looking at getting a decent secondhand 70-200 or so (Tamron used to be a decent brand) and, at some point, a macro, again, secondhand because money is tight right now so any pointers would be welcome. Don't really need a VR lens because my hands don't tend to shake and I use a tripod if I'm going to be in a situation where lens shake could be an issue (lessons learned the hard way a long time ago) but I'm happy with anything that has decent optics and won't cost me more than about $150 on ebay.

Please be gentle with me.
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ME super? That had a built-in meter, didn't it? And there was I thinking you were a real manual man

I've still got the Pentax SV that I bought in 1964. No battery compartment in that!

The higher end Nikons do have pretty direct access to the controls and settings adjustments, and you don't have to constantly go into the menus, but as you say, there are zillions of things you can control now, far more than in the old film days. As you get more familiar with it you will find that you will have most of the settings pre-set, and will only be changing two or three settings. you can even save fovourite settings into a memorty bank so that you can instantly swap betwwen action settings and landscape.

You will find all of the answers to your questions here.

Nikon still make the superb 80-200 f2.8 ED. They also go on e-bay for around 500 GBP, but are not a lot more new. No stabilization, but from the sounds of it, that should not bother you too much.

Nowdays, the 70-200 is usually going to be an f2.8 lens, and fairly expensive. I had a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 which gave super results, and was not too dear. Now there is also a stabilised version which is dearer. The 70-300 has taken over the old 70-210 range. Below that the 18-200 (or 18-270 from Tamron) make excellent general purpose lenses, but at the cost of a bit of image quality. For most average use though, they are fine.
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