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Old 02-29-2012, 08:12 PM   #31
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What do you consider inexpensive? You could get a Sigma 50 f2.8 autofocus for $370.
That's more than I spent for the camera including kit lens. I think that it may have "fallen off a truck" I bought it online at a, too good to be true price, and it came brand new completely sealed, a bargain!

I do realize that good glass often costs more than the camera, but I'm not quite sure that I am there yet as far as spending hundreds on a lens.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #32
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Yeah I hear ya! Glass can get damn expensive! I think I finally have all the lenses I need so I can sit back and just enjoy using them now.

Your cookie shot is great! I love the depth of field.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:20 PM   #33
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That lens is circa 1980, and it helps me get decent shots with no flash and available light. It was neat popping on such an old lens on a very modern digital camera. I still have the film camera that it was used on, but now it's just a display piece.

Thanks for the compliment!
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #34
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Claire made an excellent point. As each child got married and left home, I went through the pictures and picked out the ones that related to them. They each got them to start their own family albums to show their kids when they were small. I also when I first strted this, wrote on the back who it was, age and any other infor I could remember. Now of course we upload them to the cmputer. When I do I immediately place the info right under each pic. I also make sure my camera is set for the right date. I don't have the date on the pic, but I do add it in the info. Each one goes into an album for that date. I have recently been downloading them onto CDs. If it was for a Xmas at someone's house, they get the CD. My computer also prints out labels for CDs. Now it has run full circle. The kids are bringing them back to me to scan into my computer, then load onto a CD with a label.
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I have all my pics uploaded to Picasa and organized. When I went home to plan my dad's funeral, that came in handy. My sister and her husband had been sitting in the waiting room making a slideshow of memories for the funeral and I told her "I have just about every family photo online" we were able to make a really nice slide show!
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I have all my pics uploaded to Picasa and organized. When I went home to plan my dad's funeral, that came in handy. My sister and her husband had been sitting in the waiting room making a slideshow of memories for the funeral and I told her "I have just about every family photo online" we were able to make a really nice slide show!
When Son#2s wife died, they did that and had "It's a Wonderful World" playing in the background. I couldn't help harmonizing with it. I think if my sister had been there, we could have given a concert.
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Yeah I hear ya! Glass can get damn expensive! I think I finally have all the lenses I need so I can sit back and just enjoy using them now.

Your cookie shot is great! I love the depth of field.
I think that glass is always going to be more than what the bodies are worth. Sure, the tech in the bodies changes, but mainly the sensor. optics, and good quality optics, cost money, BUT also retain their resale value 10x what bodies do.

Good glass, like a good set of knives, is an investment in the future, and can last lifetimes.

The nifty 50 for example, the 1.8 can be had all day long at $117, and my ole D80 body can now be had for $300. In 5 years, provided there are no scratches/dust/fungus, I can still get $100 for my prime 50, the body, who knows. . .when the d80 first came out, it was one of those $800 bodies.

Investing in a camera is just like any other set of tools, you get what you pay for, and you know going in, that it isn't always a cheap hobby, when you want to do it right.

New glass has brought new life to my now considered "out of date" body, but I am just not wanting to make the jump to full frame, as my rig suits my needs.
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Thanks to you all for all your comments and suggestions! I finally made the decision and I'm now the proud owner of a Nikon D3100:) I thought about all your advice and I know if I had spent almost the same amount on a point and shoot I would be frustrated that I could not play around more and change lenses etc so now I'm going to learn how to use it properly and hopefully take some photos of my culinary creations soon:)

Thanks so much everyone!
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #39
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Looking forward to the pics. Make me hungry.
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Looking forward to the pics. Make me hungry.
They won't be long:) Just made some tomato sauce to spread over my pizza base and now thinking about the toppings and what cheese and then we'll be in business
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