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    More camera advice....

    OK, got a Nikon D7000 for the wife and now I want to get some accessories for Christmas and birthday, both right around the corner. I'm thinking a bag and maybe a flash, but it's been a while since either of us has had any SLR equipment, I'm not sure what to look for any more! So, who's got suggestions about camera bags and flash units?

    What other suggestions are out there? We have 3 tripods, so don't need one of those! Filters? Good books to figure out all the features of the camera? What else?
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    A photography class? Join a photography club?

    First, congratulations on your (or the wife's ) new camera. As a D90 user trying to justify the upgrade, a bit jealous.

    In terms of photography classes, you will find that there are 2 types. One simply teaches the specific features of the camera. You will learn a lot about the various controls, but much of that can be gained from other sources - books, dvd (library/rentals?) or online, starting here http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/o/sW8R...tor/index.html
    The second type of class teaches concepts with assignments and review. My daughter took one of those (on her own initiative) after we gave her a P&S for Christmas 6 years ago, and it is amazing how her photography grew. Again there is a lot on-line that is similar, without assignments and feedback, and would start with the "Learning" topics on the Nikon site.

    Accessories are something that you identify over time as the need arrives. Bags fit the accessories and are replaced as the accessories grow. I still use my smaller bag when I know I am going to be traveling lite. But, they are also very personal - sling, backpack, or shoulder, and ease of access. Replaced my Lowepro 170 when had camera with lens, 55-200 lens and SB600 flash inside (with careful fit) and a 10-20 lens and an SB900 hanging outside as they would not fit, even with the other lens and flash removed. Fully intended to get a sling or backpack, but after trying on with my gear in them at a camera store, ended up with another shoulder bag - Domke F6 - which holds everything and more. Many people don't like the Domke because the perceived lack of protection from minimal padding - but the lack of bulk is a huge advantage. as is not "looking like" a camera bag, but just a canvas sack. Oh - don't try this in a camera store on Saturday when they are swamped, mid week is great.

    On flash, if you can find a good deal on the SB700, consider that. They no longer make the SB600. It will provide a lot for future growth, including immediate off camera use with nikon's CLS system using theD7000 and pop-up (can be set to -3 output, using the preflash for iTTL) as the master with the SB700 as slave. A little cheaper are the Nissin Di622 Mark II, and two models from Sigma, EF610 ST or Super, that have iTTL capability and would probably consider them over the Nikon SB-400. With the SB-400, would defer that to see if the pop-up flash is sufficient for your needs, as it is a step up with more light output but without the advanced capabilities.

    Filters? again wait to see what needs are. Most filters can be replicated in software, particurally when shooting in NEF (RAW).

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    I go through bags like their tissues, it can get a little ridiculous sometimes. I would wait on the bag, and take her shopping with you so she can pick out what she likes. Everything tizeye said is right on point. A few adds are maybe some extra flash cards? A card holder? they help keep everything organized. and extra battery is always a good chioce, along with some sort of car adapter in case you need to charge on the go....Oh, a card reader I beleive is a must. Yes, you can use the camera, but now that your moving into the DSLR realm, you don't want to put more hours than you have to on the internals, and the readers are so cheap it's kind of a no brainer. As for filters, I still use them heavily. People will try to sell you Tiffen, and they're good. But the best kept secret in the photography industry is Promaster filters. I believe they have the best construction and are much cheaper than tiffens or others. Just personal preference. Hope that helps....
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    A 50mm lens.
    Any Nikon flash.
    A circular polarizing filter.
    A bulb release or wireless remote shutter.
    An Epson printer and a pack of Moab paper.

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    or perhaps

    a gordy camera strap http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/index.htm
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    I have a D300, which is sort of the model that the D7000 replaced. One of my first acquisitions was the SB600 flash. It works very well, I use it mostly for indoor family events.

    You didn't say what lens you got with the body. I didn't buy a lens when I bought my first body and temporarily used a lens left over from my old film SLR. I eventually got the Nikon 18-200 lens which is a very versatile lens for family events, travel, etc. I later got a Sigma 10-20 for architecture and landscape use. I have a cheap macro lens but I would like to get a good macro lens. I would also like to get a faster zoom for indoor use and a good telephoto.

    As for bags, I like the messenger-style bags. They are easier for me to carry and when walking around with it it is easier to maneuver through crowds, stores, etc. I first got an Adorama Slinger but the strap didn't work well for me so I got a Tamrac Velocity 3. Either bag will carry the camera body with one lens on it, plus 2 additional lenses or one lens and the flash.

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    Welcome to the club...
    The camera is only the beginning.

    Good luck finding the SB600 as it is no longer manufactured, and like the earlier SB800 (a phenominal flash) both are selling on the used market for greater than they sold new. The two current Nikon flashes to consider are the SB700 which replaced the 600 and the SB900 which replaced the 800. I own both the 600 and 900, and rumor has it that the 900 will soon be replaced with the SB910. http://nikonrumors.com/2011/11/21/ni...ountries.aspx/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tizeye View Post
    Welcome to the club...
    The camera is only the beginning.

    First, congratulations on your (or the wife's ) new camera. As a D90 user trying to justify the upgrade, a bit jealous.
    Much like bikes! lol

    Thanks. We researched, made our decision and then started saving, building points on the Amazon card and waited for a price dip and then jumped. It went $30 lower at one point before going back up, but we're comfortable with our overall price with all things considered. I just hope the Christmas sales don't burst my bubble, but it's still new enough that I don't think it'll go much lower than we got it for. And it is hers. Yes, I get to use it since we share everything, but it is officially hers. I'm content with my Panasonic Lumix tough P&S for now.

    As for lenses, we got the 18-55 and a 55-200. It's all stuffed into an old bag I had, but there's not much room in there already, so a I think a bag is in order... something to let her get an idea of what she likes and go from there. Someone recommended a SlingShot and I like the look of that, so may go with the mid-size bag as a starter. I'll keep an eye out for the various flashes; Amazon occasionally has random price drops on stuff, so....

    A class is a great idea, but with her schedule, I don't think I'd make any points signing her up for something else! That's why I'm thinking one of the books out there. Then if she wants the class, she can work it into her schedule.

    Allen - a circular polarizer is a definite. It'll make a good stocking stuffer. We had an Epson multi-function unit but it died way before its time. Well, the print heads did... the scanner still works. Why Epson vs HP vs Canon? That's in the cards at some point - probably would have been another thread, but since we're here...?

    Thanks for the suggestions... keep 'em coming!
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    Epson for the pigment based inks. They last forever and they have 2 flavors of black which is nice when doing monochromes.
    I have a Canon 9000 and it's ok but when you print a black & white it comes out blue and white. My brother's Epson however prints astounding black & whites. No contest between them.

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    The 18-55 is an inexpensive lens but also has very good image quality. Unless you need a significantly faster lens, or wider or longer, you could save your money and not get distracted by expensive lenses.

    I recommend getting some image processing software too. I got Photoshop Elements to go with my D300, it can be found fairly inexpensively. You can use Gimp or other free programs, but PE is easier for me to use. I'm not an expert on image processing but I do some touchups on every photo that I print or send to someone. This can make more difference in your images than any equipment you can buy.

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    You have three tripods... but do you have a good one?

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    Macfred...that was just my point. 1) The SB600 is not manufactured anymore, and 2) Used ones are selling for more than originally cost new.

    For reference, I purchased my SB600s new at $179 and $199 at local stores, and I think the highest they got was $225 - which was the MSRP when I snagged the $199 deal.

    On the link it shows the SB600 available:
    New: $479-499 with no warranty as not an authorized dealer. YOu can get a new SB900 for that !
    Used: $220-$229 (Very good to like new conditions)
    Refurbished: $250-$293. One I had to laugh as touted "Bought refurbished from Nikon"

    So, going to the Nikon Store, refurbished is $179 direct from them and has a short term warranty. http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikon...oryID.43898300 Nikon does not offer the SB600 new on its site.

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    A carbon fiber tripod...

    I also recommend using the Nikon View software (a free download) for importing and organizing your pictures but the Capture editing software for NEF (raw) files is the cat's ass as far as I'm concerned. That's $99 I think.
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