Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Technical Details
  • 14 Elements in 10 Groups Lens Construction
  • 34.3 to 8.2 degrees angle of view
  • F22 Minimum Aperture
  • 59.1 (150cm) / 37.4 (95cm) Macro Mode Minimum Focusing Distance
  • 1 - 4.1 / 1 - 2 Macro Mode Maximum Magnification

I hesitated buying this lens for my Nikon D40X - probably looked at this property six or seven times before they buy. Honestly I was worried about how it is inexpensive. Now, I'm probably very average amateur photographer in that the majority of my pictures are things of the family: children's sports events, holidays, birthdays, etc.. But this does not mean I'm willing to compromise on quality to save a little money, and I know that the Nikon 55-200 is an objective quality.

But I bought based on the review Michael Del Priore (his was the only critical at the time) - I thought at that price (especially compared with the Nikon 55-200), why not give it a shot, and I 'm glad I did.

This is an excellent goal. The autofocus motor is quick and does not chew the battery (I was concerned about that, but I shot about 170 images on my son's games two Saturdays ago and do not use more energy than Nikon 35-70 lens supplied with the unit). Like "cinderoo" I have not had any problems to speak of stabilization or even behind the shutter, while following 12 years old boys run along a field. Perhaps more than one problem with macro photography, but I guess most of the photograph (albeit limited) macro that I'd probably be using a tripod anyway.

Now nobody take me for a professional photographer, but I can tell you that when I shoot pictures with my D40X and the Sigma on my 24 "iMac and the display in full screen, they are * all * I was looking for when I decided to move to an SLR.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Technical Details
  • Engineered for Nikon DX-format digital SLRs - Optical formula optimized for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs
  • Aspherical lens element - Minimizes coma and other types of lens aberrations, further improving image integrity
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) - Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) - Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
  • Close focusing to one foot for creative perspectives and versatility

Being a semi-professional self-proclaimed, I am not exactly a pro, but I'm still demanding when it comes to camera hardware (and software for that matter). I mention this because it is the opinion within the appropriate context.

On the ice ...

First, if a goal of $ 199 Nikon comes around I have two thoughts, "Bravo!" and "seems pretty cheap for Nikon." I was skeptical, but for $ 199 and all the great reviews why not give it a shot? Well, I did.

Amazon is torturing me, B & H teased me, and my local camera shops do not exactly allay my fear that it would be months before I could get my hands on one. Set pre-order at all sites mentioned above my local store came through the first (and for the same $ 199 price tag).

I get home, take it out of the box and the first thing that comes to mind is how it is much heavier than some of the kit lenses I picked up. Yes, it is plastic, but the thing has a different level of the quality of the budget other Nikon lenses / consumer. You can read the other reviews on Amazon and other websites for more details, but the fact is that there is a noticeable difference.

I then put the thing on my camera (meant to put on a first filter) and begin to chatter out there, within, and everywhere in between. The pictures are fantastic, the dim light, in particular. The bokeh is not top notch but for anyone but a pro likely that it will be a good compromise is the price tag 199 is a huge selling point here. And make no mistake, the bokeh is not great, I just see better with more (much more) expensive lenses.

So it's hype? Is a sale of $ 199 Nikon lens, is good enough for the most demanding consumers out there? You betcha, this thing is probably the best buy smart and I've done over the last five years. I have three other lenses and I can say without hesitation 35mm F/1.8 AF-S will be on my camera 90% of the time - if not more - from now.

In closing, if you love photography, but can not afford to drop hundreds, even thousands of dollars on nicer lenses, irritated by the fact that photography in low light with the kit lens does not the case, and want to develop is the goal to achieve.

I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Good luck!

Lowepro Fastpack 350 (Arctic Blue) bag

Technical Details

  • Side Entry Compartment provides easy access to D-SLR equipment and accessories, even when pack is being worn
  • Triple Compartment Design ensures superior camera protection, notebook protection
  • 180-Degree access panel with adjustable dividers provides excellent protection in a customized fit that's easy to load.
  • Outer accessory pockets provide external storage for other accessories with fast access
  • Tough, water-resistant outer fabric protects against moisture and abrasion

After about a month of using this bag a lot, I can say that I found almost exactly what I designed for myself! I took this bag with me on long commercial flights with more connections in the car for short and extended trips, four-seat propeller aircraft for aerial shoots, etc. It also still contains my laptop 17 " and Macintosh, plus two extra batteries for laptop. I packed in the bag "default" mode fairly complete, with all the hardware, I would probably need a trip to the laptop and the D300, the additional 105 mm Macro Nikkor lens, two lens hoods, flash SB800, additional filters, batteries, etc. Yes, of course it is heavy (by my choice, of course), but the key is that it can and do not handle it all well. The camera is easily accessible (but not with the visor, which would require opening the compartment on my side for access), I have peace of mind knowing that I almost everything about me that I might need to shoot, and the portability of a solid and well built backpack that fits beautifully when it is completely bent around the shoulders, chest and waist. The only reason I gave him four and five stars is because I thought I could not find a way to attach even my small tripod (except for the table version, which is already in the bag) into the bag to take with me. The cost to increase the model that accepts the tripod is quite steep, then it would have been a rather simple addition to a bag. this size to attach a tripod attachment mechanism Nevertheless Despite this drawback is the bag I want with me for 99% of my trips - and who became not only my # 1 camera bag, but honestly my # 1 (17 ") laptop bag as well, Now I can take my laptop and camera equipment with me at all times. Excellent work, Lowepro!

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras (Black with Green Accent)Technical Details
  • Bag fits two smaller SLR camera bodies, 3-4 lenses, and additional small accessories
  • Constructed of waterproofed polyester and nylon
  • Water repellant and urethane coated for extra durability
  • Padded divider system for on-the-go organization; includes tripod straps on pack bottom
  • Lightweight, with padded shoulder straps and back for comfortable use

Pure and simple is the best camera bag I've ever owned!

It is a very well thought out bag, and does exactly what I wa
nted to do. By moving and re-bending some of the dividers, I have
achieved my EOS 10D singing, with the lens ... And with a Stroboframe Press-T installed with a 420EX flash on top with the coil of wire that is connected .. . ready to use in a clamshell, with "no assembly required," with the base of the camera at the bottom of the bag and flash back to the optimal

distribution of weight. And there is still room
for charger, other goals, accessories in the main body, to say nothing of the outside compartments and pockets for your other junk like cell phone, iPod, GPS and Camera Digital Pocket (not all paparazzi need a backup in case somthing happens to the main camera?)

The main compartment zipper on the front of the case has room for two
16.9 oz bottles of Aquafina more snackage assortment plus external web will hold a rolled up jacket. It has external straps on each side an
d a pair on the bottom to attach tripods and other tools of engagement.

The thick padded shoulder straps are great, and the chest strap and waist belt keep it safely on your body regardless of your physical activity. You're ready to roll like a sailor in full battle rattle with this kit.

Since this bag is brand new, I have no idea how it will over the years, but the fit and finish and level of detail suspicion that some attention was paid to the quality of construction. And the price? A gift! People, buy this bag now!