Am a first time SLR buyer - and have been doing my product research (as I always do when buying something of value) and am enamored by the D600.
Love photography and I get to travel a LOT as I work for an international luxury hotel company...so I get to go to some very nice places several times a year.
Have built up a wonderful collection of beautiful images on my old Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 which I bought back in 2008 such as Myanmar, 2010
My problem is, I have tried to print these in to large sizes eg 16*20 to hang on the walls and the resolution is horrible...(unsurprisingly)
So, I have decided to take the plunge and invest in a really great camera...D600!
I obviously have no lenses...so I am starting from scratch and am looking for advice.
I will be taking pics of landscapes, cityscapes, people, family and also am an advid surfer...so would like to also have something to cover some surfing photography (which requires decent zoom). Lastly, I also want to do some HD video (family / surfing).
And lastly, my pockets are far from endless...so there is budget to consider. I read that you should spend 50/50 spilt on camera vs lens. I get that...But I can't do this all at once.
The camera will be a big upfront cost and I am fine with that as I see this as an investment which is probably beyond what I need now at my current level...but something I will grow in to and keep for years.
I can stretch to about $1000 on lenses right now...and have been looking at the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm...which I must say is pretty tempting given it "covers all bases" and will be great to travel with BUT I also understand it has its limitations...and is there any point getting such a great camera to be let down by the lens? (by all means correct me if I am wrong if you think that at my level this would be a good starter point).
Or do I really do the camera full justice and look at getting 2 specialized lenses. If this is the case, then I would need to get a starter lens...then later buy the 2nd one (something with longer length) when the bank account recovers.
Love to hear your opinions,