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  • Talk to me about the best camera to buy...

    Talk to me about the best camera to buy for doing still shots around the farm as well as getting good jumping shots at horse shows....

    I am pretty much thinking the Nikon D40 or D60 with an additional lens, but debating between the lenses. Before I go make a big purchase like this, please give me your input!!

    They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken...

  • #2
    We just got the Nikon D40 and love it. It is easy to use and I think it is going to be much better than a point and shoot digital. Ritz Camera has a really good package deal right now for the camera and two lenses.
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    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by NoDQhere View Post
      We just got the Nikon D40 and love it. It is easy to use and I think it is going to be much better than a point and shoot digital. Ritz Camera has a really good package deal right now for the camera and two lenses.
      Thanks! Because I have not a clue about cameras.... what is the difference between an point and shoot and the D40?
      They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken...


      • #4
        Get the D60 with a fast, responsive lens. Preferably the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED if you can afford it. It's the Nikon equivalent of what many sports photographers use and the lens is great for portraits.
        Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


        • #5
          I alternate between a D-300 and my old D-70. For an easier time use the D-70. You really have to know what you are doing with the D-300. For non zooming around the farm and close show pics I use a Nikkor 18-200 with my D-300, I sometimes use 28-300VR Tamron. I really bought that lens for the Galapagos but have used it with the horses. The 18-200 is pretty versitile. On auto focus, nothing compares to the Nikkor. The Tamron is slow. A couple of things to note, I like the bigger heavier camera, my hands have a tough time finding the buttons on the smaller ones. This is an issue if you use the cameras for hiking etc as it adds a lot of weight. Also the nicer thing about the D-300 is you can actually zoom in all the way on your pictures and check focus much better than you can on the D-70 and the screen is larger. While I was able to use the D70 out of the box. The D-300 required a book, the manual and an instructional video. I am not a pro. The D-300 offers a lot of optiona and alternatives that you really don't have on the D-70. Good luck, this can be a lot of fun.
          Lisa Coletto
          Standing Elite Hanoverian stallion, Cabalito


          • #6
            I'm not a camera professional by any means, but I have a Nikon D-50, which is the older model low end Nikon digital SLR. I really like the camera and it is very easy to use.

            The lower end digital SLRs for non-pro's do have "point and shoot" features. You just put them on "auto" and the camera figures everything out for you (f-stops, etc). From there you can choose to learn more and use all of the features and customize your shots more, or you can just stick with the easy mode.

            I have one lens that is 18-55mm and one that is 75-300mm. I like having both b/c you can get great wildlife shots and other distance shots with the 75-300, and you can get nice closer shots with the other lens.

            I also like that Nikon uses SD memory. It is cheap and usable on other electronics.

            Good luck with your camera!


            • #7
              I love my D60, and I just got a Nikkor 55-200mm VR lens for Christmas, which I can't wait to use. While it is true that you can get decent shots on Auto, if you do invest in this type of camera (and they ain't cheap!!), I would strongly suggest a photography class. I took one at the local community college last fall and learned a ton! It was so worth it! I shoot entirely in manual now, as I can't stand the way the pictures turn out on Auto. Good luck with whatever you choose!! Oh, and I too recommend going through Wolf Camera. They are very helpful and have competetive prices.
              "Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH


              • #8
                The D60 is a good camera, it isn't a full frame sensor like film cameras, Nikon's full frame sensors start out with the D700 & also include the D3 and soon to arrive D3X & D4. I believe the D60 takes 3 frames per second. I would recommend the 18 - 200 mm lens that Nikon makes, make sure you get a Vibration Reduction lens though (VR). You really will never have to change your lens for the pictures you want to take with that lens either.

                The D60 is really user friendly and fun, gives nice pictures and is still light in your hand too!

                Ritz sometimes has good deals but as far as the best price generally Amazon or Adorama are good. Make sure you don't buy from a brown market b/c you won't have the manufacturer's warranty.

                A good site for information is Ken Rockwell's site which is easy to google.


                • #9
                  Also clueless about cameras, but....

                  I just saw an infomercial (!) about a little digital Kodak for $180 that doubles as a video camera. I was thinking it might be good for snapshots and horse videos. Any thoughts?


                  • #10

                    What is your budget?



                    • #11
                      I just got a Panasonic Lumix FZ28. It is a point and shoot with a super-zoom - -which is the best of both worlds to me. It is still automatic (so I don't have to learn settings I don't want to or mess with focusing) but I can zoom up to 18x. I got it at B&H in NY- but they have a great website too.


                      • #12
                        I have the D40, really like it. Easy to use right out of the box.
                        Jen Evans & DaBear


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by Freelance View Post

                          What is your budget?

                          As with everything, it's all relative! If it does my laundry, I'll cough up more! LOL! I'm guessing the budget would be up to $1,500. I want a GOOD camera, but I also don't want to have heart failure if anything happens to it. You know... things break, things get stolen.... I certainly don't want to break the bank if something happens to the camera and I have to replace it... ya know??

                          What is the difference between the lenses that start at 18 and the ones that start at 55 or 75?
                          They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken...


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                            I just got a Panasonic Lumix FZ28. It is a point and shoot with a super-zoom - -which is the best of both worlds to me. It is still automatic (so I don't have to learn settings I don't want to or mess with focusing) but I can zoom up to 18x. I got it at B&H in NY- but they have a great website too.
                            This is the camera I have now.... I hit a bump with my 4-wheeler and the camera dove into a pile of fresh cow poop. It's never worked quite the same since....
                            They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken...


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LaBonnieBon View Post
                              What is the difference between the lenses that start at 18 and the ones that start at 55 or 75?
                              That's just the zoom on the lens. The 18 - 200 mm gives you the most freedom regarding range and it is all and all a very good lens. You are welcome to look at mine, I have this set-up (D60 w/ 18-200 VR) and also a D700 body with a few FX lenses. Really unless you are shooting in low light conditions this should be great for you.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by LaBonnieBon View Post
                                This is the camera I have now.... I hit a bump with my 4-wheeler and the camera dove into a pile of fresh cow poop. It's never worked quite the same since....

                                LOL, I wonder why????????????


                                • #17
                                  Canon user chiming in here....

                                  Have you considered a Canon? The Canon Rebel XSI? It boasts a 12.2 megapixel as well as 3.5fps (frames per second) when shooting in Continuous mode.

                                  I personally own the 30D but my parents own the Canon XSI, and have been very happy with it. They went to Africa this year and took some amazing pictures! I made a 24 x 36 poster for them for Christmas with several of the images on it and the sharpness of the images was incredible!

                                  I have my eyes set on the 50D which has a 15.1 megapixel, 6.3fps...but I will have to wait till I have some money saved up for that one! So far the reviews on it are great, and the color saturation is supposed to be excellent and a great SLR without have to spend the money on a full frame camera....

                                  I just wanted to add my thoughts coming from the Canon world here... B&H photo is a great place to browse selections on Camera's, they have incredible customer service and they ship either the same day or the next day: http://www.bhphotovideo.com
                                  Caught by a Flash -Equine Photography

                                  East Coast Jumps -Custom Wood Horse Jumps


                                  • #18
                                    The Nikon D40 or the D60 are both good cameras for an amature photographer. The Canon Rebel models are good too. An 18 - 200 lense is good, or if you get two lenses, go with 18 - 135 and 70 - 300.

                                    The most significant difference between the SLRs and the point and shoots is that the point and shoots all have shutter lag. Meaning that there is a pause between when you push the button and when the camera takes the picture... this is a huge factor when you are taking pictures of moving things, like horses.


                                    • #19
                                      PM PrivateDiamonds. Her husband is our show team photographer and is all into the camera stuff. Here are a few pictures he took this year;
                                      Attached Files


                                      • #20
                                        I just got the Nikon D90 for Christmas. My husband bought that one because it takes video shots as well (up to 5 minutes). I spent the day taking pictures yesterday trying to learn to use it. It does have an auto feature...but, I am determined to learn the manual use.

                                        I like the video feature b/c I put together slide shows of our shows such as below:


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