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Tracy Green

Which lense should I buy?

I am new to this, I have only had a nice camera for a short time! I have a Nikon N75, which I have had almost a year and love! I am wanting to buy a zoom lense now, and am not sure which one I should get. I have looked online some but there are so many choices, how do I know which one is the right one? I am taking a variety of pictures including landscapes, nature, portraits, and still life. The only equipment that I currently own is the camera and the lense that came on it (28 to 80mm. Thanks for any input you can give me!

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7/13/2006 11:56:48 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  welcome tracy,
didn't want you to think nobody cared,but that is a very hard question to answer.
i've bought all my lenses except one used.some were hardly used or very well taken care
a 70-300 will save you a lot of walking.
but if your more into still life and portraits ,it would seem you should get a tripod and remote release to avoid camera shake for sharper pictures.
but there really isn't a right one.
somehow I acquired over ten lenses,and if I had to get rid of one,
???,be a tough decision.well unless the price was right for a specific one.
my landscape photos got better when I got a 28mm prime,better optics.
once you get hooked,you'll see.
good luck,sam

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7/15/2006 4:22:04 PM

Tracy Green   Thanks for the input! I actually bought two used lenses at a garage sale yesterday. He wanted $35 each but I talked him into $35 for both, so I definately didn't invest too much money if they don't turn out to be any good. They are a Nikon Series E 50mm 1:1.8 and a Nikon Nikkor-Q Auto 1:2.8 f=135mm. They are both manual and I have only been using automatic up to this point so this will be a learning experience for sure! I am going to take them to a local camera shop to have them cleaned and hopefully they can tell me if there is anything wrong with them as I do not know enough about them to be able to tell. I still want to get another automatic lenses and have looked at the 70-300 and thought I might should get that one. I do want a tripod too, and I probably should get an external flash at some point....I actually am not sure what a remote release is? There are so many things I would like to buy and probably some that I really need to take better pictures but it is hard to know where to start. Anyway, thanks for the help I will keep the 70-300 in mind!

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7/16/2006 11:59:15 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey tracy,
I never regreted getting my 70-300,i use it the filter for outside shots I find almost necessary is a circular polarizer,cuts glare and reflection and can make the sky a little more blue.
I have one manual lens.since it doesn't communicate with my camera it doesn't was a freebie so??
your camera has an f-mount.are the lenses?some older lenses might not have the same mount,i'm not sure.
remote release? mine has a port on the right side I can plug a cord into with a shutter button on the instead of pushing the shutter button on the camera and shaking it,ya push the one on the cable.i really don't think your camera has that option,but to help avoid camera shake on a tripod you could use the self timer.but there may be an ir remote for yours,not sure.i use minolta film cameras.
if you haven't already tried the kodak 4oouc,you might want to check it out.only comes in 36 exposure but oh well.i really like it for all around shooting.
also you might want to check out ebay.used film cameras are going cheap.i picked up one like mine with two lenses(50mm and a 28-200),a couple rolls of film,a cleaning kit and an external flash for 89 all looked nearly brand new.
any thing else just ask,i think there are some knowledgeable nikon folks here?
good luck,sam

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7/17/2006 1:41:10 PM

Tracy Green   I do keep a circular polarizer filter on my lense all the time. That is the only filter I have so far, I would like to get one that I saw that makes your pictures turn out sepia toned.
I am not sure about the mount on the lenses or on my camera. Hopefully the camera shop will be able to help me with that.
Not sure if my camera has a port to plug in a cord, but it is the newest version of that line of Nikon film cameras so I am thinking it should. A remote release sounds like a good buy when I do get a tripod.
I haven't tried the Kodak 400uc, but I need to start experiementing with different films (speed). I usually use black and white and for color I get the Kodak 400 (24 exp). I do like both of these films but I don't really have anything to compare it to.
I have looked at lenses on Ebay before, I guess I am just afraid someone will rip me off and sell me something that is not worth the money I end up paying for it. Maybe I should look again though.
Thanks again for the suggestions! Tracy

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7/18/2006 8:39:27 AM

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