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    Photography questions & tips for beginners

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    Its a secret Susana. LOL Its my retirement present to me Nikon D7100 using a Tamron 55/300 lens. I am hoping to learn the "eye" of people like Guava David billy and Betti and more.
    Nice, I have been using a Nikon D7100 for nearly a year now.

    David

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    Oh dear, another good one to consider.

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    Hi, I have been reading the posts about the camera with interest. Will be going to Angkor Wat and Sukhothai very soon and because I consider these two places to be my trip of a lifetime, I will really hope to take some really good photos. People around me have been urging me to invest in a dslr for the purpose and being the 100% amateur to the world of dslr (have never owned one), will you veterans very kindly explain:

    - the differences between d7100 and d3200? the d3200 kit with twin lens of 18-55 (which from my research I understand to be a lower grade lens) and the much talked about 55-300, costs HALF the price of the d7100 kit with a single lens of 18-105 (which I assume is a poorer lens than 55300).

    - for someone like me who knows so little about dslr, is it worth the risk to buy the body and lens separately? because at one reputable shopfront merchant, I get the d7100 body with 2 years warranty and I can get the 55-300 lens at another shop (Harvey norman) (one year warranty). The cost of getting the body and lens separately has the advantages: 1) I end up paying almost $200 less, 2) I get additional 1 year warranty, plus a 3year customer care service from nikon (whatever that means) for body, 3) I get a better lens (55300 rather than 18105)

    - is it really possible that purchasing body n kit separately can result in savings? I thought it would be the opposite or is there a catch somewhere which I'm missing?

    - what do the numbers 55 300 mean in comparison to 18 105? I guess the former has a longer focal distance?

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    ]Hi YY I am no expert in photography but have decided to learn more in my retirement. After a lot of research and having had a Nikon before I chose the D7100. It's taking me time to learn all of the controls but the ability to change all setting easily by the use of the dedicated buttons and 2 control dials is better than my previous Nikon and the results are excellent. I will leave to others to fully explain 55mm 105mm etc but the simple meaning is the angle of view. IE 28mm wide angle 300mm zoom. I bought mine from

    http://slrhut.co.uk/product/ID1364C5...ssory-Bundle-/

    As its a trip of a lifetime how about a halfway camera with most of the DSLR functions as well. A little while ago Khun Don Recommended a panasonic DMC TZ60 > i have one of these and the resulting photos outstanding. A couple of examples. The first in Pattaya when I was with Billy and Filliiip Chiang Mai and the second in Pattaya when I was with Billy and Filliiip



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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    Quote Originally Posted by yy View Post
    - for someone like me who knows so little about dslr, is it worth the risk to buy the body and lens separately? because at one reputable shopfront merchant, I get the d7100 body with 2 years warranty and I can get the 55-300 lens at another shop (Harvey norman) (one year warranty). The cost of getting the body and lens separately has the advantages: 1) I end up paying almost $200 less, 2) I get additional 1 year warranty, plus a 3year customer care service from nikon (whatever that means) for body, 3) I get a better lens (55300 rather than 18105)

    - is it really possible that purchasing body n kit separately can result in savings? I thought it would be the opposite or is there a catch somewhere which I'm missing?

    - what do the numbers 55 300 mean in comparison to 18 105? I guess the former has a longer focal distance?

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    There is no catch in buying separately- so long as you buy both from reputable established dealers, of course-ones with a Nikon dealership are better-but not essential-just so long as you can contact them in the future if there are problems!

    Yes -the 55-300 has a longer focal distance than the 18-105-see the pics here to get some idea of what a 55-300 can do!

    The Nikon 55-300 is considered a very good lens for the money-I have one and am very satisfied with it

    The 18-105 lens is less well thought of generally.

    The 18-55 is thought to be far better-and is a lens you will need for everyday use-the "18" gives you a wider shot for landscapes for example, whereas the in between lengths, 30 mm for example, is good for portraits of people and animals.

    I also have one of these and have no complaints.

    You have to remember when reading reviews they are aimed at semi-professional or professional photographers -or very good amateurs who demand perfection- and are prepared to pay for it-often spending the cost of a D7100 and much more on just one lens to get perfection.

    For the average person many of the cheaper lenses are more than adequate for the often occasional use they get.

    Also you need to physically try before you buy. Both the D3300 (it is far,far better than the D3200 for the extra money-surprisingly it has a more advanced image processor than even the D7100!! You should be able to buy a D3300 with 18-55 lens and a 55-300 lens easily for around the cost of a D7100 body The D3300 body is so good for the money that some experienced photographers have even bought such as a reserve/emergency. I really rate this camera for its cost and quality-and am tempted to get a body myself) -and the D7100 -as there is a big difference in size and weight - to see which you are more comfortable with.
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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    Might a 55 - 300 be too long for somewhere like Angkor and Sukhotai? I use my 18 - 105 far more than the 55 - 300 and sometimes wishing I had a 10 - 24.

    Another option to a D7100 is a previously owned D7000 from a reputable dealer. When I bought my D7100 I sold my D7000 to a friend who is very pleased with it. I only upgraded for the facility to bracket 5 images instead of 'only' three - many people probably dont use either of those options anyway.

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    The 7000 most certainly is to be considered if HDR and bracketing are not a great interest.

    PS-can you do the D7000 9 bracket trick on the 7100?

    I find the 55-300mm is very good at shorter ranges-but as you say something from 18mm upwards is needed .

    A Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 is at the top of my lens wish list! Would love to get into wide landscapes.

    How do you find the 18-105mm-is it as mediocre as many reviews have it?

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    Thanks Mikeheart, Khun Don and David. Your explanations and advice have all been very helpful in making the choice best for my needs a lot clearer. You guys have very rightly pointed out (explicitly and implicitly) that d7100 will better serve someone who has had more experiences and hence expectations out of a dslr. I sure wouldn't be able to learn all these in time for the trip lol. All I'm looking for at the moment is a good camera with possibilities of training me for more advanced photography in the near future - and from the comments by Khun Don about d3300 and a little more reading on my end on d3300 after learning from his comments, I decide that I would get d3300 after all 1) at 460g (as compared to d7100's 2.56kg), it is a much more convenient camera to lug around; 2) it is an entry level dslr n as such serves all my needs at the moment; 3) a d3300 kit (body + lens 18-55) is half the price of d7100 kit n that means I can still stick to my intended camera budget...

    one more question here: will the 18-55 lens serve all my photo taking at angkor n sukhothai? n those in the near future?

    many thanks!
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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    YY, I have been considering the D3300 also, thanks to the invaluable advice of more experienced photographers on this forum. I've just about made up my mind to get one.

    I found the link below to "The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials". Number 3 is specifically for Nikon digital SLR cameras.

    http://petapixel.com/2014/07/03/best...ses-tutorials/

    Maybe you will find something useful there.

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    Re: Billy and the Fat Boys go to Chiang Mai.....

    I forgot to say that of course I need to first hold one in my hand and see how the size and weight works for me. Exploring online and talking with friends is a great way to work things out, but for me size and weight are extremely important.

    This may not be the most important thing, but I really like the battery life of a Nikon, which I read somewhere is around 700 shots on this particular model.

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