So basically it is made for the first time DSLR buyer, who doesn't have a lot of older Nikon lenses. Most of the lenses from the last 10 years or so will work though. Same sensor as the D50 and D70, so it should take equal quality shots. The battery is smaller, and with greater reliance on the large LCD (since there's no monochrome LCD), it might mean shorter battery life.
But anyway it looks nice.. and CHEAP.. and SMALL. If it had existed when I got my D50 I might have chosen it, since size and weight matter to me. I chose the D50 over the D70 mainly because it was smaller. I said before (a few weeks ago) that I think Nikon is re-arranging their line. They came out with the D200 which is the high end prosumer model now, the D80 below that which has the 10MP sensor from the D200, and a lot of good stuff.. that is a serious amateur model.. that kinda squeezes the market for the not-that-much-cheaper D70. And now the D40 consumer SLR which yea in terms of shooting features doesn't have as much as the D50, but it is really close for significantly less, so it takes a lot of the potential D50 buyers. I think it is likely that there will soon be a replacement model for the D50, D70 or both. I think there will be a D60 and they will drop the D50. They might keep the D70 only because it is very popular, but if so they'll improve it.
I think that I may wind up purchasing a D200 as a second body and leave a lens on that I use a lot (24-70), and then leave an 80-200 on the D2h. Having the ability to shoot 8 fps, it almost acts as an image stabilizer with a long lens. (I know this makes no sense, but I'll try and post an 8 frame burst handheld at 200mm.... You'll see 2-3 shots that are in sharp focus.
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I'd bought a UV/Polarizer pair, and was a little concerned when I suddenly started seeing distinctions being made.
One more question...any thoughts on those "close up" filters, which are supposed to add +1, +2, and/or +4 magnification to your camera (with/without its built-in zoom)?
Tue 02 Jan 2007 07:55:59 AM EST from Ragnar Danneskjoldin Shutterbugs> @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
They work, but they're generally of poor quality. You're better off with a macro lens (if your camera supports it).
My camera, a Panasonic FZ20, has a macro mode, and with the Peraraal PA62H adapter and appropriate step rings, adding them isn't difficult.
Right now, I'm bidding, on eBay, on an Olympus B300 teleconverter, and have my eye on a TCON-17, and a Sony one, as well.
So, that answers that question...look into a macro lens instead of a macro filter...at least for real close up stuff.
I think I'm going to have some fun with this stuff.
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