Wanted to say hi all. I have just found this site and have been reading posts today.
I am a D-90 owner that has been traveling with this camera for the last year and a half now.
I’m thinking at the moment of trying my luck at wedding photography, maybe later down the line after I get sick of my travels. I recently purchased a few lenses to complete my dx kit although I could maybe do with a good quality portrait lense.
So I think down the line I will purchase my self the nikon d700 replacement (what ever it is) as I think when it comes out I will be ready for the upgrade and then I have a good backup camera.
'So anyone with a good list of lenses for wedding use would be good info.'
It has been interesting reading some of the posts, some of which remind me of an old Billy Connelly sketch about when someone sides up to him and asks him if his camera is a B52. The sketch ends with him telling the guy to f' off. So the posts of D3x and D3s and DX and VX put a smile on my face.
I’m using what kit I have as it suits what I am doing. I don't need to or want to lug a d3x around with me on my travels and also my bank account doesn't need one either.
People seem to have the right idea about how to choose between Nikon and Canon. They look at both pictures using comparative lenses and they see which photos look the best for what they do. They pick Nikon because of the picture quality difference or style of quality ( contrast or handling of colour preferences) Then if the bank balance doesn't allow a Nikon they may choose a canon and then go online and bash Nikon for not being as good as canon while secretly crying over a Nikon catalogue.
It always seems funny to me that that process almost gets lost once they start looking within a brand. mega pix comes into play and the highest ISO gets in there too. Some go into bragging rights just like the old pc boys. Although theirs is frames per second.
I was always told to become good with what you have first and get what is right for the job. Even if that means buying a lower mp camera or lower iso rate camera.
So I'm taking pictures all the time I can using my d-90, then when I’m getting as hot as a few of it's pixels and good pictures are flying out like manure of a shovel, then I will look at getting a camera that will be best suited to trying my stress levels at wedding photography.
I’m one for not having video on my SLR it just doesn’t go in my opinion. It’s like trying to stare into your microwave and hoping to pick up SKY television. Holding a SLR up like a camcorder or handy cam just doesn’t work for me and trying to do any zooming while holding that square body isn’t good. So I would rather have the video taken out and the money either put into other things or just taken out all together.
I picked the d-90 because of price range to shot quality. I looked at pictures taken with a canon side by side and liked the Nikon better. Nikon seems to deal with colour that little bit better in my opinion. When I buy my next camera I will do the same again and put other brands side by side and choose.
So that’s my advice to anyone don’t just look at stats and specifications. Go get a hold of the thing see what works for you, look at picture quality against price rather than ISO and MP hunting, as you may be surprised of what works best for you. I know for some people extra ISO would be good but that is what suits them or the job they need to do.
Good site, will be picking peoples brains later for wedding photography tips. I’m busy reading up about it at the moment and will get around to being a gopher for a photographer at some point to see if my heart can take the responsibility before diving in.
Right I’m off the watch the 9 0’clock news on my new FX2000 VGH VRO DXC s version 2 2009 microwave, 1200w you know!