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Raymond M. Veran

essential stuff...

hello!!!Aside from a cam,lens and memory card, what are other essential equipments do you need to have if your starting out on dslr. thanks!!!

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9/17/2006 5:10:45 AM

Ed Wenger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2004
  A flash attachment is a good thing to have. Usually the flash that is on the camera is a “value added”, and isn’t the best. Also with digital you will tend to take more shots then with film, so an extra memory card is nice.

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9/17/2006 5:39:40 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Extra batteries!!!

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9/17/2006 1:32:59 PM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  A tripod and cable release, polarizer filter.

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9/17/2006 4:21:31 PM

Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  A definite 'yes' on the extra batteries and memory card. Or at least a one big one. 1Gb or larger.
Now that you have the gear to take digital pictures, what are you going to do with them.
Most all digital pix are in need of some sort of post processing to either lighten/darken, saturate and most defenitely sharpen. I'm assuming you own a computer or a digital SLR is kind of pointless. Good imaging software is a must. Photoshop is rated the best. Fortunately, you don't have to drop six bills for the full blown version. They make a streamlined version called Photoshop elements for a lot less. Version 4 usually goes for a little less that $100. They just announced version 5, though I haven't seen any pricing on it yet.
Secondly a good photo printer if you intend on printing any of your (ahem) artwork.
Make sure it is a genuine PHOTO printer and not just an inkjet capable of printing photos. There is a big difference in output quality between the two.
I will recommend Epson R series photo printers only because I am familiar with their product line and can tell you that these particular models do a super job of creating outstanding prints full of color as if done in a commercial lab. I'm certain Canon and HP both make printers of equal quality and produce like results, but I'm not familiar enough with their product lines to know exactly which models are made for photos specifically. Epson does make mutli-purpose and plain inkjet printers using thier Durabright ink. I'm sure these prints have outstanding longevity and are supposed to be water and smudge resistant. However, compared to photos done on one of the photo printers, the results leave something to be desired.
Also, paper is another important consideration if you want quality prints. And when it's time to make your first ink cartridge purchase, I would highly recommend staying with that manufacturers brand. Stay away from third party inks even if it means saving a couple bucks. I'm not saying that all are bad, but if you take that chance and these inks mess up your print heads, guess what? Warranty is void and you are out of a printer. Best to stay with the manufacturers brand of ink cartridges.
While a polarizing filter would be a good investment, I wouldn't consider it a must have. However, to help protect the front element of your lens(es), I would highly recommend a UV or skylight filter for each lens you own. They would either have no effect or a slight warming effect. Mostly there to protect your lens and you can still screw other filters on front of it.
And if/when you do get a polarizing filter, make sure it is a circular polarizer. Some auto focus cameras, including SLR's, don't work too well with the older linear style PF.
Best of luck. Hope to see some of your digital work posted here.

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9/17/2006 5:40:30 PM

Raymond M. Veran   Hey guys thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it even though I havent bought a dslr yet, im really considering your advices.i don't know if you have read my other question, i'm really bummed out coz I don't know what dslr to get. i'm considering buying either...350d or d70s.d 350d is lighter but the kit of d70s has a better lens. I read from dp review that canon/nikon recently launched the 400d and the d80. so i'm really lost in picking a cam. thanks a bunch for your time!!! by the way I tried both 350d and d70 though they have a different feel, I still like them both. the lightness of the 350d is great and the grip of the d70s is great too...

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9/17/2006 10:43:09 PM

Deb James
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2006
  I have a Nikon D70 and love it! I will, however, be upgrading to something (Nikon) with more megapixels when I can afford it. My advice is to get one with the most megapixels you can afford. Of course, that kind of depends on what you want to do with your images too. If you want to be able to enlarge them, the more information the camera gathers, the better quality your enlargements will have.

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9/20/2006 12:14:36 PM

Jessica  A. Eiss
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/6/2006
  Hello Raymond, I love my D70, and have had it for just short of two yrs, and would highly suggest that, BUT, the D200 is the way to go from other Nikonians I've talked to. by the time I could jump up to that, there'll be something else. The D200 is SO much more camera than the D80, The d70 won camera of the year in 2004. Jess

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9/20/2006 7:18:37 PM

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