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12-28-2008, 17:11
Hi all! Me and my sis and step-mom threw down for my dad's Christmas present, a Nikon D90! Well my dad bought my sister some tires which are expensive! He gave me cash (thanks dad!) and he gave me the camera.

Well, I know my sister needed the tires, and they ain't cheap. But still I went out and bought her a camera, an Elph SD1100 Nikon in blue. I figure she should have something cool for Christmas, since she has the kids and needs something that can take some decent pics!
I have yet to give it to her.

Anyway, now I adopted a pretty much brand new Nikon D80 with two lenses; a 55-200 non-VR and an 18-55 with VR.

I know NOTHING about photography and I should read some books! Buuut I'm also impatient. These are some shots I tried to take...I hope they turn out okay. Constructive criticism is welcome, what I could do without is the "Oh that's crap I can do much better blah blah"

Close-up of my watch in Macro mode with the 18-55 lens, VR on, auto focus and holding the camera one handed and my left arm out.

I think this was in Macro mode too:

12-28-2008, 19:22
Neither are bad for first shots :)

Congrats on an awesome present. That rocks! I got a flash for Christmas for my XT. :)

If you know nothing about photography, check out Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (I think I got the name right...). He has a series of books. Start with that one then read Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Shutter Speed and one on creative people photography (that might be the name...I can't remember).

I knew nothing four years ago when I bought my XT out of the blue. Several books, and lots of money, later I have decent photos and am still having a lot of fun. I'm gonna warn you: this hobby is very expensive and it sucks you right in. :supergrin:

12-28-2008, 19:38
Thanks! I shall. :)
Here in Canada, the Canons are pretty cheap for some reason. I saw for 620 Canadian (512 USD) an XSi with an 18-55 lens! Wow. But I got the Nikon and I am happy with it! :)

12-28-2008, 19:54
Congratulations, you definitely have a nice camera there! If you're so inclined to browse, here are a couple of Nikon-specific web sites that might be of interest:


There are also a few Nikon forums on www.dpreview.com, and one at www.fredmiranda.com.

01-09-2009, 12:21
And if anyone 'happened' to be murdered on December 28th at 2:49 and 55 seconds...you have an excellent alibi!! Very clever indeed.

Congrats on the new baby.

01-15-2009, 09:02
Here is another great site with lots of info.

BTW great score! :thumbsup: