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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · nikon DSLR

My daughter 19 got a job working for xanterra in Yellowstone for the summer, which means I will be bringing her out and picking her up. The things we do for our kids,guess I will just have suck it up . Plus she can get me a bed in the dorms for five bucks a night when space is available. I don"t know yet if that rate is per room or person. I think person. So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a DSLR even though I have had great results with my point and shoot Sony DSC H2.
This is the body and lenses I am considering.




Any thoughts suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any accessories recommend. Do I need lens hood or filters? I can get 18 months interest free financing, so anything you can think of would be great.

Here are some pics form my H2

61 by tallica69

Dad 2007 1223_edited.1 by tallica69, on Flickr

yellowstone 2006 179 by tallica69, on Flickr

DSC04108 by tallica69, on Flickr

mn willmar 084-1 by tallica69, on Flickr

DSC00340 by tallica69, on Flickr

DSC04497 by tallica69, on Flickr

DSC00111-1 by tallica69, on Flickr

DSC00321 by tallica69, on Flickr



yellowstone 2006 094 by tallica69, on Flickr

May 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Jonathan Huynh
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · nikon DSLR

Very nice series, all images are clean and sharp.

May 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · nikon DSLR

Very nice shots.


May 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · nikon DSLR

A nice set Jon. sorry, but I can't help with Nikon. Generally speaking though, get as long a lens as you can afford ~ Ron

May 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · nikon DSLR

excellent set, if you got these with just a p&s will be great to see what you get with dslr!

May 20, 2012 at 05:30 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · nikon DSLR

Very nice set with your P&S. I haven't used the D3100 but as Ron had mentioned try and get as long a telephoto you can get. Not sure what your budget is but you can always look at used lenses and cameras. I currently use a Nikon D300 which can be found used for around $800. Other great older DSLR's include D90 and D200 as starter cameras. The D7000 is a great camera too but is a little more expensive than the older cameras.

I currently use the Nikon AF-S 300mm f4 with the TC14E and it does a superb job and will get you to 420mm focal length. I use to have the Nikon 80-400mm which I used for almost 6 years and it served me very well, but one of the problems with the 80-400 is that the auto focus is much slower especially in low light and can be frustrating. That was the reason I switch to the 300+TC.

If you don't have around a $1000 for the above used lenses then a great deal is the Nikon AF-S 70-300mm VR. Used can be had between $350-400 and the 70-300mm has excellent image quality and fast auto focus. I use the 70-300 as back up. You can also check out the Nikon forum here on FM and see if anyone that has more experience with the D3100 could help you. Hope this info helped. Feel free to ask any other questions.


May 21, 2012 at 01:30 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · nikon DSLR

very nice set Jon

Jun 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM

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