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I am a career computer scientist and just decided to pick up photography as a hobby. I just got my first camera! I'll keep my list of gear up-to-date:

Bodies:

  • Nikon D7000

Lenses:

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Tripods:

  • Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
  • Vanguard Tracker PT-28 (legs) with Vanguard SBH-100 (ball head)

Dec
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awarded  Commentator
Dec
28
comment Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?
+1. Note: I've been holding off on accepting the answer until I actually get my camera :-). But I have done quite a bit of research now and I do like what you have to say. One thing I might change: you say that "lower-priced entry-level cameras concern themselves with automatic modes". I'm not sure what you consider "lower-priced", but all the cameras I have looked at have automatic modes: canon 60d, canon 7d, and nikon d7000.
Dec
28
comment Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?
A sensible answer, thanks. I like that you mentioned it's important to keep the lenses in mind. At the time I posted this I don't think I realized this :-). (I'm still deciding what I want to get...)
Dec
28
comment How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?
+1 because I do like this answer -- but I do have a hard time with such a general statement that IS is a gimmick. Do you mean that in general or just for this particular lens? Then again, I really have 0 practical experience :-o. But it just doesn't seem consistent with what I've read on the web and this site.
Dec
28
comment How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?
I think my second lens will be either a 100mm macro or 70-200 telephoto. But I'm not ready for another lens for a while :-). I'm just trying to think ahead so it will help me pick my first camera.
Dec
28
comment How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?
Yea, it sounds like I shouldn't be worried that there is no IS/VR. I'm looking at this lens as my very first lens for my very first dslr. I've been doing the research and 24-70 just seems like an awesome, practical range to deal with. My gut tells me that at 18-55 I'll be yearning for a little extra zoom and that since this is my first camera I won't be missing much at the wide end of the spectrum. I am however, a bit concerned about camera-shake -- but I guess I should look forward to learning how to keep steady :-).
Dec
28
comment How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?
Yes, I'm particularly interested in the f/2.8, I was thinking about the f/4 you mentioned as well...
Dec
27
asked How come there are no 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses with image stabilization?
Dec
27
answered Image stabilization in aerial photography
Dec
27
asked Are there practical differences between Canon's IS and Nikon's VR?
Dec
26
comment How close can a lens focus?
Great info, thanks! I'm going to keep the other question as the answer because I was more interested in the minimum focusing distance than macro photography -- but this is still great :-)! I am going to read up more about this so maybe you will see another related question from me :-). You're absolutely right that the info is at the end of the manual -- a bit inconvenient but worth it to see what you're getting.
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted How close can a lens focus?
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25
comment How close can a lens focus?
Thanks! I realized I can find this number now if I look at the "tech specs" of lens. I've noticed some of the specialized lenses have a MFD of 1 ft.
Dec
25
comment How close can a lens focus?
@rm999: yes - for the purpose of my question I was assuming a constant focal length. Do you have a recommendation for a focal length used for photographing insects and/or flowers?
Dec
25
asked How close can a lens focus?
Dec
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comment Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?
Awesome... so nikon or canon? :-)
Dec
20
awarded  Student
Dec
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asked Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?
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awarded  Autobiographer