I Need A Few Things…….

I’m always on the hunt for new gear. Why? Well, other than the fact that I’m a girl and like to shop, there are a couple of items that I truly need. For starters, I need a real tripod. Yeah, yeah, I’ve posted about that before. Can you believe that I still haven’t found one? This is going to take some special snooping and research. I can’t just purchase any old tripod. Given my past experience with my BestBuy grade tripod, I now know two things: I need a ball head and the legs need to be uber-steady. The hard part is finding a tripod that will accommodate my growing passion. My tripod doesn’t have to be carbon fiber. Although I wouldn’t mind if it came in pink. Yes, pink would be nice.

Ok, bear with me a second as I need to talk about something that I don’t understand. I often read photographers writing “It feels good in my hands,” when explaining how they chose a piece of equipment. Quite honestly, I don’t understand it. Fried chicken feels good in my hands, too, but that’s not how I decide whether or not I’m going to eat it. Sorry couldn’t resist. But seriously, I don’t get it. I chose my camera based on price and what little I understood about cameras in general. I also wanted to be somewhere between the ranks of ‘enthusiast’ and ‘I can make some money with this’.

So what else do I need? I need a chick bag. I want a bag that looks and functions like a purse to carry my stuff. I’m getting closer and closer to purchasing a bag and making inserts. I’m thinking it’s going to be the way to get to exactly what I want.

I also need a lens that gives me f/2.8. Ideally, I’d like to have the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 but I’m leaning towards the Sigma version. Why? Because I am still too new to justify the price. Hubby says he’ll get me the Nikon, but I want it now and not around Christmas, Mother’s Day, Easter or any other holiday he’ll use as a gift excuse.

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2 responses to “I Need A Few Things…….

  1. Actually, Dee… ergonomics is pretty important. If something doesn't feel comfortable while you are holding it you're going to eventually not use it and possibly resent the fact you bought it.When I went looking for my first DSLR I looked at both Nikon and Canon bodies. Both systems take fantastic images so I could have gone either way. It came down to what felt better in my hands, the placement of buttons and menu design. I liked the Nikon body better for its design and I found the menu system to be more intuitive… so I went with Nikon.For a tripod… you should get something fairly sturdy but don't go overboard with it. I can't see you shooting with any of the real big guns in the near future ;)A bag is going to be a personal choice, of course. My advice would be to get something that will let you grow into it as you add more gear to your collection.As for the 70-200… unless you need it brand new, Dee… keep an eye out for a used one. With the new 70-200 f/2.8 VRII coming out from Nikon I can see a bunch of good used ones going on sale as people offload them to get the new version.

  2. A bag is just as important as a tripod, I think!It is so easy to just get a bag that "will do for now", only to find out in two months time that, we like photography too much, and that camera with one lens and a flash gun, has somehow, managed to create two or three more lenses, filters, cleaning kit, etc…I am on my third bag bag in one year…yeah! made the mistake twice…bought"for now" and guess what? I need a bigger bag….I don't go out on a specific shooting trip, so I don't know what I am going to need, therefore 9 ties out of 10, I take the whole thing with me.The tripod I carry myself, so it had to be ergonomic, no two ways about it…As for the bag, I will take all my stuff to the shop and try out a few of them, just to feel the weight and comfort of them.

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