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DSLR Camera Accessories - September 12, 2008, 12:29 PM

Sooo I just bought a Nikon D90, and am jumping on the DSLR bandwagon. I have a 18-105mm f3.5-f5.6 lens (which it came with) that I'm thinking about selling in favor of the 18-200mm brother (more zoom!). I also have a UV filter for it that I bought.

I'm wondering what other good accessories can you photo geeks recommend? I know a tripod is kind of a necessity for good looking photos. Can you recommend one that is small enough (light) to not be annoying? Or monopod?

Also any recommended lenses? Until I get used to the camera I'm not going to buy any new glass for it since I really am not sure what I'm going to be using it in the long run for other than vacations, etc. But any tips would be great!

I finally learned what all those different modes on the DSLR cameras I've been borrowing mean.. now I just gotta figure out how to make them work nicely to take good pics.


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Sooo I just bought a Nikon D90, and am jumping on the DSLR bandwagon. I have a 18-105mm f3.5-f5.6 lens (which it came with) that I'm thinking about selling in favor of the 18-200mm brother (more zoom!). I also have a UV filter for it that I bought.

I'm wondering what other good accessories can you photo geeks recommend? I know a tripod is kind of a necessity for good looking photos. Can you recommend one that is small enough (light) to not be annoying? Or monopod?

Also any recommended lenses? Until I get used to the camera I'm not going to buy any new glass for it since I really am not sure what I'm going to be using it in the long run for other than vacations, etc. But any tips would be great!

I finally learned what all those different modes on the DSLR cameras I've been borrowing mean.. now I just gotta figure out how to make them work nicely to take good pics.
Accessories? if you're gonna get a tripod, go monopod. Easier to tote. Good choice on the 18-200mm...VR (Vibration Reduction) is a plus especially when shooting track photos.

I am personally always on the lookout for a decent midrange lens;one with a super wide angle...I should just bite the bullet and get a fish eye, cuz I always fancy shooting architectural structures and I get frustrated that I can't fit everything in one shot!

I don't know if the D90 has one but I love my extended battery grip! It utilizes 2 batteries which cuts down time in between charges. the vertical trigger allows for ease of portrait orientation shooting. It may feel bulky but the extra juice is well worth it..plus it makes your camera look all profressional-n-sh!t...haha!

Polarized lens filters are a plus around water/beaches/fountains...generally cuts down on glares and reflections.

External flash-get the Speedlight SB600.. honestly you dont need all of the bells & whistles of the SB800 (it's way more expensive too). the SB600 will work beautifully, and don't forget to get a flash diffuser for it too!

oh yeah... for your flash buy rechargeable batteries! They eat batteries like a Hummer on 93 Octane!

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read this

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Monopod, not a tripod.

I have a 70-300 lense which I really like a lot for track photos. Fisheye is really a fun lense too. If you plan on taking pics at clubs and shit I'd look into a good flash with diffuser.


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here too
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a tripod or monopod isnt necessary for good looking photos. A monopod is good for holding a heavy camera, and a tripod is great for night shots or when you need the camera perfectly stable and stationary.


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I have a 70-300 lense which I really like a lot for track photos. Fisheye is really a fun lense too.
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It would be cool to get together with some of the smarty folks and practice taking pix. My D80 is great!

I have the 18-200 VR , tripod, and SB800.

I keep practicing in manual mode, but my pix still look better in P mode unfortunately. Im still a noob..

If i was standing next to a person taking the same pic that came out better, it would be cool for that person to explain to me the setting stuff. I can read ken rockwell all day long, but i just dont learn that way.

I am a haptic learner so i have to learn things by feel for it to stick in my brain..

Man, night/dark room shots are HORRENDOUS for me. Even with my VR lens i still get blurry shots...

Day shots come out great, even fast moving ones..

anyway...maybe some day it will work out. Brooks and I took a saturday a couple fall's ago and walked around a park for pics that was pretty cool.


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The sb400 flash is always very good.. it is much smaller than the SB600. It doesn't work as a slave/remote flash.. but eh.. who cares.. how many people REALLY get hte sB800 and then have one or more sb600's as slaves (that is $500 minimum).

I have the sb400, and even put on a "bounce card" so that I can aim the flash at the ceiling but still direct a proportional amount of light forward.. kicks ass!

Having a good flash matters a ton.. especially when taking pictures in FULL bright overhead sunshine light .. trust me!
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I have the sb-600 (flash diffusers help a lot), definitely a great flash. It's a great investment if you plan doing doing some portrait shots or indoor photography.

What do you plan on shooting? motorsports? people? anything that comes your way? The current lens you have is good. You'll be able to find good deals on craigslist. I just bought a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 for my d40x for $360, still has 6 years left on the warranty.

There is a lot of good online tutorials, you'll be very happy once you figure your camera out more.
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Got question for you guys. I have some few dusts on some pictures I took while ago. Here the result.





Is there a way to remove dusts of my len or mirror which is inside the camera?
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Are those UFO's? Dust cleaning can be done by carefully blowing off the sensor. They sell dust cleaning kits too. I haven't had to use one yet.


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