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Nikon D90

For an hour I got a reprieve from working because I had some new toys arrive today--Nikon D90 and Nikon AF-S 18-200 VRII lens!

Just in the short amount of time I've spent playing with them here in my home office, I'm immensely impressed and very happy. Big thanks goes to mikiedoggie's excellent advice and to Ken Rockwell for his excellent information on the Nikon D90.

While the D40 is a fantastic camera, I was needing more features and better ergonomics to give me fast access to several controls that the D40 forced you to go through menus to change. The D90 camera takes fabulous pictures, very fast and even more accurately than my D40. The lens is just phenomenal. I focused on a map across the room with full zoom. I could not get it clear holding the camera. I switched on the VR (image stabilization) and I nailed it the first time--wow! This is pretty much a lens I can use for just about anything. Then I switched over to my prime lens (Nikkor 1.8D) and was blown away again. Finally, a camera that can drive the auto-focus on this lens! The D40 did not have the drive motor to control it.

I am definitely going to have some fun with picture taking with this fabulous combination. It cost a pretty penny, but I really enjoy getting out there and capturing some great pictures. The extra zoom lens with VR will make a huge difference too. I've been eying this for months and after my state income tax refund hit the bank and I decided it was time to just jump in.

If anyone is interested in a Nikon D40 in mint condition (with 18-55 lens), let me know.


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Apr. 30th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your new camera and lens, Joe!

Happy shooting!

Apr. 30th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
I obviously approve of all your choices. lol. I wish you will with your shooting.
May. 1st, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I should hope so. :) I'm really looking forward to it. I still need some time to learn all of the bells and whistles though.
Apr. 30th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
The lens is awesome, of course, but the D90 is even better than what I have. Very nice! Have fun with them.
May. 1st, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think the D90 is perfect for what I want to do and it will be a camera to keep for years. What is it you have again? D200?
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Apr. 30th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
The 18-200 is a fantastic "do everything" default lens that lives on my D300. It's not that sharp, and not distortion free, but it's easy. You'll rarely say to yourself "if only I had that other lens" when you have it mounted up. For shooting in the dark, though, nothign matches fast primes. That's when I switch to my 50/1.4 or I steal K's 30/1.4 or 85/1.4.
Apr. 30th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Ironically, what I hear at this point is that the D90 actually has very marginally better image quality than my D300 (although it's too light for me to hold comfortably).
May. 1st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I hear nothing but glowing remarks for years on this lens. It's not perfect because you're asking it to do a lot. I think as long as I stay away from the extreme settings it will work beautifully.
May. 1st, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
What would ye be asking for your D40?
May. 1st, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
For the D40 and lens I think $300 is a good starting point.
May. 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
oh, you will enjoy it! :)

I am still in heaven with my canon eos 50D, especially now with 17-55mm f2.8 lens :)
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