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Need recommendations on where to purchase

I have decided it's time to take the plunge and move up to the DSLR family. I have decided after much research and reading the advice of forum members to purchase the Nikon D300 and Nikon 10.5 AF fisheye f/2.8G ED AF lens.
Have a few questions:
1. Has anyone ever dealt with this company they seem to have the best prices.
2. What is a good over-all Nikon lens to use for my wide angle still shots, mostly real estate?
3. I remember reading in this forum something about shaving the lens shade on the 10.5, is this required to shoot pano's?
4. If you have anymore input in regards to my choice please let me know I don't want to make an expensive mistake. The wife would never let me live it down!

Thanks for any advice.


Nikon D300, D3s, Nikon 10.5 lens, RingT105N+Footplate+MrotatorTCPs, Giottos MT9261 Tripod, Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head.

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Hi Jerry

Congratulation with your decision to plunge in to the world of DSLR. I took the same step not long ago, where I came from the same set-up as you. I now wish I had taken the decision much earlier as the improvement in image quality is un comparable.

I can't tell you much about your choise of new equipment as I went the other way and swithched over to Canon 5D and sigma 8mm. My main reason was that I wanted to keep my workflow from the 8700 and fc-e9 taking 3 shots (bracketed) to create a panorama. The funny thing is that now I actually take 4+t but that is an other story..... But Smooth recently published a link to a panorama taken with just 3 shots with a 5D/sigma8mm. You can see it here http://smooth360.com/2008/echuca_001/ 

If your choise of rotator falls on a Agnos TCPshort, then let me know. I have a spare one, used only once that I might as well sell. I also got the RingT.

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Morten 


Best regards

Morten Andersen
- a newbie trying to improve
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Hey Jerry,

As far as the camera store you are looking at, I would look else where. Camera Professionals Reviewsnot looking very good in the review department.

As far as Nikon or Canon? I went with Canon and don't know a whole lot about the Nikon lens line up. My EF-S 17-85 IS does a pretty good job for shooting stills. So my guess would be to look at the Nikon comparison.

If you have not purchased, I would recommend going with Canon and the Sigma 8mm. Canon leads the way with the full frame sensor in the 5D which you could later upgrade to. I would suggest to compare the D300 to the 40D.

This is all just my opinion and I prefer Canon to Nikon.

Congrats though on making your way to DSLR

Regards,
bp

By the way, I mainly use BH Photo or Adorama for buying camera gear.
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Thanks Morten for the offer of the rotator. I now use the Agnos with my current set-up so will most likely go that way. That is another question I had for a later date but maybe you can answer now. I don't understand how the Ring works with the TCPshort when shooting in portrait mode with a top and bottom shot. I am getting my cash together now with some shoots I have over the next few weeks.
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Thanks Pixelator, not very good reviews. I looked at the other sites you used and they charge full retail. Seems like there should be a decent discount dealer somewhere.
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Hi Jerry

I believe that the benifit of the RingT is if  you have to use different lenses with your camera body.

Using the RingT you don't have to worry about finding the Nodal Point (No parallex Point) every time you have to switch lenses. That's a great help :)

 


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Thanks Morten, after looking at the bad reviews that Pixelator sent looks like I will have to spend an extra $1,000US to get the camera. If I went with the Canon that would even cost more.
Nikon D300, D3s, Nikon 10.5 lens, RingT105N+Footplate+MrotatorTCPs, Giottos MT9261 Tripod, Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head.

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Anyone else have any suggestions on where to purchase at a reasonable price? Hate to pay retail but don't want to get taken either.
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Jerry,

Congrats on the move up!  I just recently made the same move myself, but from a Nikon 4500 w/fisheye to a D200 w/10.5.  The improvement is leaps and bounds beyond my expectations.  That being said, I'm a frugal and oft trusting shopper.  The upgrade for myself was right at $1300 for both the body and lens.  I'd love the D300 with live preview, but just wasn't to be yet.  Great setup.  Doesn't really matter if you go with Canon or Nikon, both are great tools that do a great job.  You'll get great results with either.  BTW, you going to take Morten up on his offer of the TCPShort and ring?  If not, I may have to see if he still has them :)

 


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Donald Hill
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Hey Jerry,

Canon has rebates going until July 19 at consumer retail stores.  You can get $200.00 off the 40D.  Other rebate prices can be found HERE

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Hi Donald and thanks for the information, I am checking with Morten about the rotator set-up. Where did you purchase your equipment? I have found several places that advertise very low prices which makes me suspicious.
Pixelator, I know these are both excellent cameras but I guess I'm just hung-up on the Nikon equipment. Been using Nikon since my Navy days, which was a long time ago.


Nikon D300, D3s, Nikon 10.5 lens, RingT105N+Footplate+MrotatorTCPs, Giottos MT9261 Tripod, Manfrotto 410 Jr geared head.

If you know the "secret" then everyday is a good day!