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  • #569259
    nomad
    288 Posts

    Anyone ever used it? I’m looking at purchasing a kit which includes it at digicombos.com (If I decide it’s a reputable business). Looking at taking it out in the backcountry and would like any reviews or rants. Thanks.[/code]

    #599718
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    Anyone ever used it? I’m looking at purchasing a kit which includes it at digicombos.com (If I decide it’s a reputable business). Looking at taking it out in the backcountry and would like any reviews or rants. Thanks.[/code]

    I got one in May and you can see photos I took in Peru and in Italy, with it… compare them to the photos I took in Argentina with a Canon S2 IS point and shoot.

    It is a nice camera, whether you really like it or not depends a lot on your previous SLR experience. If all you have used before are point and shoot digicams, you will need to relearn higher ISO usage and sharpness / DOF on a 35mm mount lens (well basically you can go up to 400-640 ISO, you depending on your camera… things less than F5.6 get blurry or out of focus at lot). If you normally used AUTO or P mode, I wouldn’t suggest getting a dSLR as the main benefit of it is the added flexibility (more so than pure image quality in my opinion… although it is unquestionably better than a point and shoot).

    Personally, I would probably bring someone small and lighter… somethingt easier to pull out quickly to snap a few shots. Although again, depends on what type of quality photos you are expecting and how much you are willing to spend on the trail to take a photo.

    #599719

    I’ve been using one for about a year now and am pretty happy with it, but came from shooting fully manual SLRs which is one of the reasons I went with it. The control set up is quite similar to what i was used to.

    If I were in the market again I might consider the D40x, cheaper, smaller, and lighter with the exact same sensor. Or even the D40, even less money and almost the same as the D40x.

    check out this out for details, http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40x.htm

    I would would take any savings on the body and get the nikon 18-200 VR as my one do it all lens and call it a day. But when I was in the market I didn’t have these options.

    #599720
    TK
    47 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    Anyone ever used it? I’m looking at purchasing a kit which includes it at digicombos.com (If I decide it’s a reputable business). Looking at taking it out in the backcountry and would like any reviews or rants. Thanks.[/code]

    DON’T GET THE KIT!!!!

    As telesplitboardguy said, Thisis the only lens you need. You’ll thank me.

    w/ my Pentax setup i need two lenses (18-55,& 50-200) to do the same job.
    Since your body dosn’t have shake reduction, you’ll probably want to make sure you get lenses that have VR (unless you’re shooting from a tripod) built in -trust me.

    #599721
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    Personally, I didn’t like the D40X because it doesn’t have an internal motor, meaning it is not compatible with most lens (only Nikon AFS and Sigma HFM work with the camera). Now since Nikon’s AFS lenses are pretty good (although rather expensive for the non-kit lenses), that may or may not be an issue.

    On lenses.
    The Nikon 18-200 VR is a very versatile lens and only recently has become more available (for the past two years they were selling faster than Nikon could make them). The main thing is that you have a wide zoom range in a single lens. The 18mm is ok for landscape photos (24mm equivalent) and the 200mm range is not bad for medium range telephoto shots. However, common sense means that there are obviously performance tradeoffs that come with it. Most as a casual photographer you will rarely notice (somewhat high distortion and corner softness at 18mm… lack of sharpness at 200mm). What MOST people WILL notice is the price… it’s not as bad as the $900 link tellesplitboardguy had… more like $800 when you include tax and/or shipping. However, when you think of it as two lenses put together, the price becomes more reasonable. Personally… I have a separate wide angle lens because I was disappointed with the performance of the 18-200VR at 18mm. I found that the 120-200mm lens is typically useful for wildlife and organized sports photography (where you can’t get in close to the person). VR is ONLY in dim lighting ( once your shutter speed drops below 1/100) basically in the early morning and late afternoon (and indoors). That being said, it is a godsend when you do need it.

    Also… know that Ken Rockwell is a bit of a “character” on the online world, in that he has very strong opinions on certain topics since that’s what people like in a blogger. He caters to people new to photography and gives straight… somewhat one-dimensional advice like (buy this!… don’t buy this!) as his readers have a lot of questions and tend to want someone else to answer it for them.

    In contrast, here I have tried to give you a “balanced” explanation of my opinions, telling you the pros and cons of everything… with a slight nudge on what I believe.

    Perhaps it would help if you said what your typical use of the camera in the backcountry would be… mountains? wildlife? snapshots… or more careful photography (i.e. you spend more than 5 mins at a spot taking photos), web posting? or prints?

    #599722
    bcd
    232 Posts

    I got one at the beginning of the summer, so I haven’t had a chance to take it onto the snow yet. But I’m sure it will do just fine. It starts up and focuses about a million times faster than any point-and-shoot camera I’ve used. And even in raw it clears the memory buffer as fast as I can fill it.

    Battery life seems excellent, though I haven’t exposed it to the cold very much. I got a couple of generic replacement batteries, and they seem to do better than the Nikon brand one that came with the camera. I haven’t even come close to completely draining a battery, and I’m guessing I could get at least 1000 pictures with one that is fully charged.

    It is kind of big, but that’s the way it goes with SLR’s. I have a 17-70mm lens which is relatively small, and will probably be the only one I’ll use for shooting backcountry skiing. It lacks the telephoto, but it keeps the weight down. And I don’t really use the telephoto much anyway.

    Over the last two years I’ve shopped around and purchased a bit of photo equipment on the internet. After a quick glance at the digicombos website I’d say RUN! RUN AWAY!!!!!!
    Nikon recently released two new cameras, and in turn the prices on the other models have dropped. So you should be able to find comparable prices from a legitimate retailer. And you’ll get a camera that has the menus in english!

    #599723
    brg
    141 Posts

    I grew up taking shots with my Nikon SLR film camera, I have been looking at the D40 and D80 myself, however for me this is most likely next season. It seems every time I bring up Nikon in a room, about 15 canon users start ranting about the rebel. How would you say the Nikon compares to the canons?

    #599724
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @brg wrote:

    I grew up taking shots with my Nikon SLR film camera, I have been looking at the D40 and D80 myself, however for me this is most likely next season. It seems every time I bring up Nikon in a room, about 15 canon users start ranting about the rebel. How would you say the Nikon compares to the canons?

    It’s the same as it ever was… Canon vs Nikon camera bodies… Canon vs Nikon lenses… I think I technically like the Canon’s better… but I don’t like the small grip of the Rebel (try it to see) and the 40D was a little beyond my needs and price range. Again… check out the photos I posted in my previous post to see… I serious doubt the camera is the thing that is holding me back.

    #599725
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    No advice on the camera but in terms of buying expensive electronic equipment online, http://www.bhphotovideo.com is highly recommended.

    #599726
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    the D80 with the 18-200 VR is all you need … for the beginning!
    several friends have this setup and it’s great!

    the D40/D40x are great and light cameras too. but they have the big disadvantage that you you can only use Nikkor AF-S lenses (or Sigma HSM). with other lenses you can not use the autofocus!

    I use the D70s for nearly 2 years now, want to upgrade to the D300 next weeks. 80% of my shots I take with 18-200 VR too. It’s perfect if you don’t want to carry a lot, esp. on a snowboard trip.

    you can see some examples at flickr (-> signature).

    #599727
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @Jogi wrote:

    the D80 with the 18-200 VR is all you need … for the beginning!
    80% of my shots I take with 18-200 VR too. It’s perfect if you don’t want to carry a lot, esp. on a snowboard trip.
    you can see some examples at flickr (-> signature).

    Alas… you seem to have posted more photos taken with your Sigma 10-20 then you did with your Nikon 18-200 Vr.

    Oh and bhphoto.com is an excellent site, decent prices and excellent service (I’ve had issues with equipment and they exchanged it will out any hassle).

    #599728
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    @lonerider wrote:

    … you seem to have posted more photos taken with your Sigma 10-20 then you did with your Nikon 18-200 Vr.

    sorry, lonerider … I get this result: 18-200 VR
    (and I have to say “sorry” again: I’ve used a different tag before -> “nikkor 18-200 VR”)

    I’ve taken nearly 15.000 pics the last 17 months … on flickr you see only a fraction …

    #599729
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @Jogi wrote:

    I’ve taken nearly 15.000 pics the last 17 months … on flickr you see only a fraction …

    Ahhh… that’s where they were. Yea, I know what you mean about taking a lot of photos, but only posting a few… last month I took around 3000 photos while I was in Italy… but I only ended up posting about 300 total.

    #599730
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    @lonerider wrote:

    … last month I took around 3000 photos while I was in Italy… but I only ended up posting about 300 total.

    nice pictures! 😀

    #599731
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @Jogi wrote:

    @lonerider wrote:

    … last month I took around 3000 photos while I was in Italy… but I only ended up posting about 300 total.

    nice pictures! 😀

    Thanks! although I don’t have any nice winter scene shots like you do as I tend to only pack a small digicam when I’m doing BC myself (half because of the size/weight of my D80, half because I don’t want to get it damaged). Actually I might just bring my new camcorder with me instead.

    #599732
    nomad
    288 Posts

    Thanks all for the advice – seems like the d80 will do me well, though I’m still undecided as to the lens setup. Anyone have any advice on a chest harness or equipment protection for a backpack?

    After looking into it a bit – it’s quite obvious that the aforementioned retailer is sketchy, so I’ll definitely be going somewhere a bit more reliable.

    #599733
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    Thanks all for the advice – seems like the d80 will do me well, though I’m still undecided as to the lens setup. Anyone have any advice on a chest harness or equipment protection for a backpack?

    After looking into it a bit – it’s quite obvious that the aforementioned retailer is sketchy, so I’ll definitely be going somewhere a bit more reliable.

    Hmm… well I don’t even bring my D80 with me so take all my advice as guesses… I suppose inside your pack a padded sleeve inside a large ziplock bag should be sufficient (more padding isn’t really going to help if you slam into a rock or a tree). I guess you could get a hardcase. Still put it in a ziplock bag and keep the camera in the ziplock bag until it warms up to avoid condensation when you bring it indoors.

    While skinning up, I would just loop the pouch through your chest strap and perhaps use a stabilizer strap to keep it from bouncing.

    #599734
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    Thanks all for the advice – seems like the d80 will do me well, though I’m still undecided as to the lens setup. Anyone have any advice on a chest harness or equipment protection for a backpack?

    if i take several lenses with me (if neccessary) i use a burton zoom pack. too bad that the 08 zoom pack is not as good as the 07. but i did a bit “reinforcing” to the 08, so it’s ok now.

    zoom pack:

    or if i take only the body with a lens i use a lowepro tlz1. for the ascent it’s on my chest, for the descent it’s in the pack.

    just a tip: for the descent remove the lens from the body and put the caps on body/lens! so you can not damage the mount/bayonett if you crash … 😉

    #599735
    jcocci
    699 Posts

    I have been thinking of getting an SLR digital camera and have ben looking at the D40 and D40x. Is the main difference between the two that the D40 is 6.1MP and the D40x is 10.2? Any other major differences? I haven’t really seen any.

    #599736
    lonerider
    68 Posts

    Hey Jogi, I have the TLZ1 Lowepro as well… I like that the flap opens OUTWARDS from the body compared to the Tamrac bags. Such a simple little change means you can use BOTH hands to grab the camera instead of using one to hold the flap open

    @jcocci wrote:

    I have been thinking of getting an SLR digital camera and have ben looking at the D40 and D40x. Is the main difference between the two that the D40 is 6.1MP and the D40x is 10.2? Any other major differences? I haven’t really seen any.

    Yes… that’s the main thing… along with ISO100 capabillity (D40 starts at ISO200). For more info check out the dpreview.com review.

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