Well I may be getting my first DSLR in a few months, or by the end of the year (depends of my financial situation). I started researching what could be the best option for me to "start" in this DSLR world. I have a Sony H9 but got tired of its shutter lag and small aperture mostly, and tough I took some fantastic shots with it, I want more, and for that reason I'm selling it.
A little background of me: I'm 21 and I'm a IT Consultant, so Photography is my hobby. I'd love to work in this, maybe shooting at weddings, parties, etc., which would be great for me as I've found a great passion about photography, and may decide later to change my job, but first I need to start somewhere, also I don't have lots of money to spend right now, so for now I want an entry level DSLR, and may be upgrading to more expensive gear in the future (AF bodies, bigger lenses, flash, etc) if I really love it (which I think I will). I like to shoot portraits, parties, family gatherings, some outdoor, even my dog, regular stuff (as I said this is my hobby), but I also understand the trade in-outs of shutter speed, iso, aperture, bracketing, dynamic range, DoF, etc. At least I'm not a total noob haha, although everything I know is because I love to read about it, sadly I don't have that much practice (thus another reason to start with the basics).
My budget will be up to $1,000 USD for now. First I thought to start with the D90 or the new D5000, but I would be getting the kit lens only, and after some research I realized that it's more important to get better (more expensive) lenses than a body itself, and for that reason then I thought get a combo like Nikon D40 + 18-200mm VR (for all purposes), but that lens is so expensive, and I was not counting the bag, memory, filter and shipping (I'm from Mexico), so I ended up with this setup for now (at Adorama):
$472 - Nikon D60 (Black Gold Edition, looks good haha)
$200 - Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX (after reading it was very good for the price)
$40 - Nikon 52mm Neutral Clear Filter
$35 - Nikon Gadget Bag (the black one with a yellow line)
$20 - Transcend 8 GB SDHC Class 6
$10 - Kingston USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 9-in-1 Memory Card Reader (I use a MacBook)
$777 + $65 (Shipping) = $842
Now, there are lots of questions I have regarding this and, as this will be my first DSLR, any tip, suggestion or comment IS GREATLY APPRECIATED =):
- Should I get D40 instead?.
I read at kenrockwell.com that D40 is better because of it's shutter speed, I don't know how trusted this guy is, since I've read everywhere he's not the best source haha, so I thought about asking you guys =). Is there really a big difference?, under which circumstances can I notice that?
- Is the new 35mm 1.8 DX good to be my first lens?.
I may use only this for over a year, after which I plan to get a Zoom lens (maybe 18-200mm VR). Also, some say that prime 50mm (equivalent in DX format) are the best lenses to "learn to be a photographer". Why is this?, this is one of the reasons I want this to be my only lenses until I know the pros and cons of it in order to get the next one.
- Are the 18-55mm VR kit lenses worth and usable?.
My guess is that I wouldn't use them if I have the 35mm lenses. Again, at Adorama they have the D60 + kit lenses for $547, only $75 more, and considering that those lenses alone are $185, I was thinking about getting it, and IF I don't use it, KEEP it and WHEN I upgrade to a bigger body that lens would do fine in D60 for my bros, parents, etc.
- Should I get 18-200mmVR or stick with 55-200mmVR?.
I know that 18-55mmVR and 55-200mmVR cover 18-200mmVR for less $, positive being cheaper, cons being "having to change" lenses. Again, for the price of the 2 and a little more you have full range.
- Does anyone recommend any good filter?
I'm getting the listed above just for protection, but I understand there are filters to take better pics (some to take really blue skies).
- Is another battery necessary?
Mostly a question for experienced D40/D60 users =).
I hope this is not too much. I'd be happy if you can help me answering at least only one of those questions, just threw some to avoid opening new threads, also I guess it would be better to answer an specific question with all the context I've provided. So, what do you think? =)