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thanks.  actually none of the effects were done in photoshop, but in-camera using mirrors :)  I'll keep the distractions thing in mind when I do my next shoot.  I have way more pics that I didn't use the mirrors for and just used them for cool effects.

Agree with these being great images. Have you tried printing them out yet? They may be a touch contrasty for great looking prints, but I suppose it depends on a number of things. On my monitor, they jump out into Tokyo. They look great. I've seen some prints based on such images that didn't turn out as well as on screen though.

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Finally arrived this morning...

 

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Great tripod. I used to own that lens. It is very sharp and has little vignetting compared to its predecessors. Ultimately, I find it too heavy for how I shoot. The 80-200D is the one I'll be picking up. Enjoy!

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I've had an 80-200D (the one with the tripod clamp) since the 90s and its still as sharp as the day I got it. Best price/performance in that segment, imo. I can afford the newer ones but theyre not worth the upgrade price to me.
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I've had an 80-200D (the one with the tripod clamp) since the 90s and its still as sharp as the day I got it. Best price/performance in that segment, imo. I can afford the newer ones but theyre not worth the upgrade price to me.

That is an excellent lens: light, sharp, fast focusing, and fast aperture. Currently, I borrow one from work mates when I have to use a fast telephoto. Typically, I get by with my 180/2,8 Ai/S ED for events. That lens is better than any of the 70-200 range lenses at 180 and 2,8, though it flares a bit more than the current VRII lens. The tradeoffs are worth it though, and the price: 350-500$ is excellent. 

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I'm proud to announce that I launched my website and facebook page today!  Thank you for all the feedback so far.  I'm still very driven to improve always.  I remember when I had 6 lenses at one point...!    Right now I only have a 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8 and am happy with these.  I had to take a few pictures already on paid assignments that required a much wider lens-- a condo and dental office.  I've gotten by with stitching a bunch of images (50mm stitched looks a little fisheye unfortunately), but they turned out satisfactory for now.  

 

Although I am using a full frame, I have found i can use the cheap aps-c 18-55 VR lens on DX mode of my camera and get good quality.  I am limited to 3 lenses total by the wife, so I'm still deciding what to do.  

 

The 50mm 1.8G lens is a superb versatile lens and I used it more than 90% of the time during my first engagement shoot.  It would have been nice to have a little more wider perspective in some shots, however.  The 85mm 1.8 is great, but I can great very nice portraits with the 50/1.8 close-up with no distortion as well... so maybe I should get a longer lens to replace the 85?  I would enjoy the extra compression and longer reach of either 105mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, or 135mm 2.0, but all of these are significantly more expensive.  For my wide end, I imagine the 28mm 1.8G lens or older 35mm 2.0 / 24mm 2.8 lenses would be okay--with 35mm being just not wide enough in certain circumstances.  Ideally, I'll get the Sigma 35 1.4 when it drops in price and I won't miss the cheap but superb 50mm 1.8.  

 

3 lenses is all I can have -_-  Perhaps I should just rent a 70-200 2.8 for weddings for now.  

 

 

 

My site:  www.hyofoto.com  - any suggestions welcome.  The mobile site is very different and I may get rid of it.  

 

My main portfolio can be seen here:  http://hyofoto.smugmug.com   

 

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Edited by hyogen - 4/18/13 at 5:21pm
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The music made me bail. You shouldn't put audio on a professional site. People in offices will be looking at it.

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The music made me bail. You shouldn't put audio on a professional site. People in offices will be looking at it.

 

hmm, good point and I'll carefully consider this..   Did you notice that there is a mute button at the top right?  

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The mute button didn't work. Java error. May not play nice with Macs.
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I turned the music off :)  You can hit play if you want now.

 

Thanks for the advice again

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Hi all, I'm looking to buy my first DSLR with a bit of early graduation money and get into photography in general. I've asked a few people I trust and they led me to the Nikon D3200, which looks quite nice. If there's a better camera out there for the money, do let me know. Otherwise I think I'd like to buy it. I am now wondering where I should actually purchase it; I live in a small town where the only place selling the camera is Wal-Mart (nearest Best Buy, Target, Costco, etc is an hour's drive away). Plus, WA happens to be one of those glorious states that charges tax for any online purchase made with an establishment in Washington. This means the state would collect an additional 8.9% tax if I purchased it from Amazon.

So far though I've looked around at a few different websites and it seems that Costco has the best deal: http://www.costco.com/Nikon-D3200-DSLR-Camera-2-Lens-Bundle.product.100007777.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=d3200&langId=-1&storeId=10301 but I would have to pay about $70 sales tax. Are there any other deals I'm overlooking that would be better than this? And that combo is already at the top of my budget, for what it's worth.

Thanks!

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Hi all, I'm looking to buy my first DSLR with a bit of early graduation money and get into photography in general. I've asked a few people I trust and they led me to the Nikon D3200, which looks quite nice. If there's a better camera out there for the money, do let me know. Otherwise I think I'd like to buy it. I am now wondering where I should actually purchase it; I live in a small town where the only place selling the camera is Wal-Mart (nearest Best Buy, Target, Costco, etc is an hour's drive away). Plus, WA happens to be one of those glorious states that charges tax for any online purchase made with an establishment in Washington. This means the state would collect an additional 8.9% tax if I purchased it from Amazon.

So far though I've looked around at a few different websites and it seems that Costco has the best deal: http://www.costco.com/Nikon-D3200-DSLR-Camera-2-Lens-Bundle.product.100007777.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=d3200&langId=-1&storeId=10301 but I would have to pay about $70 sales tax. Are there any other deals I'm overlooking that would be better than this? And that combo is already at the top of my budget, for what it's worth.

Thanks!


 I do not know how they operate in the USA , however I was fortunate to work down the road from the Canadian Nikon Offices for a while and bought their factory refurbs with no problems. I recommended it to many a new Photographer and they always came away satisfied.

 

The US link is below.

 

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/en_US/list/ThemeID.27720500/categoryID.43896500

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Did you look at B&H, adorama, buydig, etc?

 

Do you want everything included in that bundle? IMO the WiFi adapter is useless. You might be better off buying what you need individually instead of buying them as a bundle?

 

If I were you, I'd get a D3200 with the kit lens and a fast prime, e.g., 35mm, and that's it. What do you intend to shoot?

 

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Originally Posted by mechgamer123 View Post

Hi all, I'm looking to buy my first DSLR with a bit of early graduation money and get into photography in general. I've asked a few people I trust and they led me to the Nikon D3200, which looks quite nice. If there's a better camera out there for the money, do let me know. Otherwise I think I'd like to buy it. I am now wondering where I should actually purchase it; I live in a small town where the only place selling the camera is Wal-Mart (nearest Best Buy, Target, Costco, etc is an hour's drive away). Plus, WA happens to be one of those glorious states that charges tax for any online purchase made with an establishment in Washington. This means the state would collect an additional 8.9% tax if I purchased it from Amazon.

So far though I've looked around at a few different websites and it seems that Costco has the best deal: http://www.costco.com/Nikon-D3200-DSLR-Camera-2-Lens-Bundle.product.100007777.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=d3200&langId=-1&storeId=10301 but I would have to pay about $70 sales tax. Are there any other deals I'm overlooking that would be better than this? And that combo is already at the top of my budget, for what it's worth.

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Hutnicks View Post

 I do not know how they operate in the USA , however I was fortunate to work down the road from the Canadian Nikon Offices for a while and bought their factory refurbs with no problems. I recommended it to many a new Photographer and they always came away satisfied.

 

The US link is below.

 

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/en_US/list/ThemeID.27720500/categoryID.43896500

Thanks for the link! Although I opted to not buy refurbished, as my overall experience with refurbs has been less than stellar.

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Did you look at B&H, adorama, buydig, etc?

 

Do you want everything included in that bundle? IMO the WiFi adapter is useless. You might be better off buying what you need individually instead of buying them as a bundle?

 

If I were you, I'd get a D3200 with the kit lens and a fast prime, e.g., 35mm, and that's it. What do you intend to shoot?

I just checked B&H and they had this bundle (that I just ordered) here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/875186-REG/Nikon_D3200_Digital_SLR_Camera.html

As to what I intend to shoot, probably a bit of everything. From scenery to family gatherings to dark streets. Whatever catches my eye really. I will also probably use the video feature a lot as well, so I thought my money would be better spent on a different lens. And I agree that the wifi adapter looks pretty useless.

I was also thinking about getting this lens a little later on to use at night: http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/pd/productID.213466700

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I really wonder if you want to buy a bundle because I still see a lot of junk in that b&h bundle. The only useful stuff there is the SD card and the filter, and (arguably) the spare battery. (for me, personally, i would only use the nikon battery) How much is it cheaper than buying them separately?

 

I like the 35/1.8 lens. It's lightweight, fast and sharp. Can't go wrong with that one.

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