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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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I just bought my first SLR- Nikon D40 Costco special. What are some must-have add-ons and accessories for the SLR newb?

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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #4
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Ding. Fries are done.
Well, they have three of them, all with different lenses.. I figured you would have picked that one up.
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Well done, Holmes. Now back to the original question.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 08:05 AM   #7
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Let's start with wide angle lenses and filters. I'd like to have a well-rounded set of tools. Anybody care to recommend kits, good brands, brands to avoid, etc. . . or a link to an article for SLR newbs?
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Nice - I have the same package, except with the D40X (D40 with D80 sensor).

Start with a monopod (really sharpens up the tele photos) and some basic UV filters. And lots of SD cards.

I find the best learning comes from (1) reading the manual and (2) experimenting, which digital cameras excel at...
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ML-L3 remote, about $18. Great for late night 'bulb' exposures / tripod shots.
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Agreed on the remote. Also pick up an SB400 or 600 flash.

http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-10-20mm-...6675088&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/FILTER-NIKON-1...6675115&sr=1-5

Grab a nice bag as well.
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Puffer flash diffuser, nice for close ups. Cheap from Ritz.
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Ding. Fries are done.
Congrats. You have the exact same setup we have.

fun / cheap / functional stuff to get:

tripod (I found one for $10 on CL)
UV filters to protect the lenses
Polarizing filter for outdoor shots
camera bag
extra battery

Hope you like your camera as much as we like ours!
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I got a nice Lowepro bag with a fold-out rain cover.

It's niiiice.
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Accessories depend on what you are wanting to do with it. A GOOD tripod is a must. Don't buy crap. The remote mentioned above is a must have also. You mentioned wide angle, the Sigma 10-20mm is quite a hot lens. I don't think you can beat it for value.

B&H Photo and Normans are a good places to buy anything photography related:

www.bhphotovideo.com

www.normancamera.com

B&H is bigger, but Norman's is in Kzoo and quite good.

Nikonians is a good forum for any Nikon info: www.nikonians.org
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Agreed on the remote. Also pick up an SB400 or 600 flash.

http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-10-20mm-...6675088&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/FILTER-NIKON-1...6675115&sr=1-5

Grab a nice bag as well.
x2. wishing i had a backpack bag (christmas hopefully). Similarly, love my 400 flash, can't tilt for portrait pics, but can still be bounced and made to work. Remote is very valuable for self family fotos, and low light longer shutter situations
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Thanks again, guys. The essentials cost over $800.

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Thanks again, guys. The essentials cost over $800.

*sigh*
IMHO, get a decent bag (I paid $75 for ours) and a cheap tripod and remote.

Those three things should run just over $100 total and would let you start having some fun. :)
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A GOOD tripod is a must. Don't buy crap. [/URL]
Agreed. Bogen is probably the best bang for the buck.

You can always use the delay timer instead of a remote release.

Lowepro makes the best cases out there.

I've dropped my Pro Roller down a flight of stairs w/ $20K of equipment in it and picked it up and kept going w/o a second thought.
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