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 Post subject: Photos while I ride.
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:02 am 
I recently purchased a Nikon D40 to take with me on trips and when I go bike riding. So far I love this camera and look forward to getting some action shots of other riders I encounter on the trails. I'm curious about what lens I should look at for action and scenery photos. Below is a sample of some of the types of pictures I like to take. What is below is a ride report with photos.

Keep in mind I am new and still learning the better points of the dSLR world.

Saturday the 23rd of June 2007.
It had rained.. alot a few days prior so everything was pretty muddy or underwater.

Took the "jeep" trail along the top of the flood damn
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Off to my side we see the "pond" which is usually dry and has some really fun winding single track...unfortunately its under roughly 3 feet of water.
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So I head down and off the damn and into some more single track and a few creek crossings (again usually dry)
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Deer everywhere (I hate deer..) and due to rain plenty of blooming nettle plants >.< fyi my legs where stinging after the ride.
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So I was sick of mud and as you can see I don't have the right tires for it anyways.
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So I hit the paved trails back to my car.
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So I'm done the bikes dirty, I'm dirty and itchy.. pretty much a good ride.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:29 am 
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Hi Brate, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

Nice photos! I felt I was riding the track too!

The questions to ask when it comes to choosing a new lens, is what things CAN'T you do with your current lens which frustrate you?

Does it zoom-in enough?

Does it zoom out enough?

Does it focus fast enough?

Is it bright enough?

Would you like anti-shake?

Are you disappointed by the optical or build quality...?

Are there any kind of specialist photos you'd like to do?

It's also important to ask if this next lens will replace your existing one, or will it complement it?

Let us know what you think and we'll advise!

Gordon


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:49 am 
It is of course the kit lens that came with the D40.

I missed alot of nice wildlife shots due to lack of zoom and most of the trails I ride are in deep shade so i suppose zoom and maybe a lens thats a little better at capturing light.

I would love anti shake but I don't think I could budget it... I unfortunately have 3 very pricey hobbies :( Bike riding, PC gaming and now I'm getting back into photography so my largest gap would be price range.

**edit** a new lens would for the most part compliment my current lens.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:32 am 
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Well, the most affordable Nikkor telephoto zoom with stabilisation is the 55-200mm AF-S VR. There's some great user reports of this in our User Reviews section. Watch out for the version without VR though.

You can check the best price for this lens here:

http://cameralabs.pgpartner.com/search_ ... d=35120311

If you want something longer and have a higher budget, the 70-300mm is an excellent choice. The 18-200mm is also a wonderful single lens which could replace your kit lens AND zoom into 200mm, but it is quite expensive.

Gordon


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