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I was given a Nikon D80 - hello

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by mr00jimbo, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. 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:
  2. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    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:

  3. 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! :)
  4. Fred

    Fred Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Dec 17, 1998
  5. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

    Nov 19, 2007
    Debris Field
    And if anyone 'happened' to be murdered on December 28th at 2:49 and 55 have an excellent alibi!! Very clever indeed.

    Congrats on the new baby.
  6. X-Spec


    Dec 20, 2008