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  1. DanishDevil

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    Welcome to the TPU Darkroom!

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    This club is for everybody who owns a Digital SLR, and for those who are digital photography enthusiasts. If you're still rockin' it old school with the film camera, or would like to share some techniques you learned back then, feel free to join as well!

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    Well now I just have to ask, anyone here think its worth the money to buy a Nikon D60 over a D40?
    Or have a better one in the same price range with a interchangeable lens to recommend?
     
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    I haven't bought my DSLR yet, but there are a good amount of reasons to buy a D60 over a D40.

    • Active dust removal system
    • 10MP vs. 6MP
    • Only $100 more locally
    • Stop-motion movie mode
    • White balance bracketing
    • ISO 100 capability (D40 is ISO 200+)
    • Active D-lighting
    • 3 frames per second (versus 2.5)
    • 1/200th of a second Top Flash Sync TTL (vs. 1/500th)
    • More retouch options
    • About 30 more pictures per battery charge
    • Same size and weight
    • Much newer camera

    These were all of the advantages that the D60 has over the D40 from the Nikon DSRL Comparison. The only sacrifice is the slightly higher price, and going from 17 to 11 custom settings. The two most appealing of those to me (because I really don't know a whole lot about this stuff) are the extra megapixels (much easier to crop from while retaining quality) and the fact that Nikon came out with it much more recently than the D40. The D40 is an old camera. It still works great, but if you can spare the extra money, I think it's worth it.
     
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    Nice! Have a favorite picture that you've taken so far? The thread is still coming together, but I'll get your info up soon.
     
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    Danish, if this thread is ONLY for digital photographers, why the picture of "wet photography" darkroom? :roll:

    Perhaps allow old timers who still have film cameras, or use techniques they learned on wet and share them here. :)

    PS. Hold back on the D60 purchase. Sell everything you dont need to raise cash to get the D90. Significantly better. And will last you longer. (You will want to upgrade the D60 within 12 months I guarantee it. The D90 will last you a few years, and the lens options are FAR better).
     
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    The D60 is going to my mom at the end of April once I get back from Argentina so I can get her accustomed to using it. Friend of mine here just got the D90. WAY too expensive for me right now, but possibly once that time rolls around.

    BTW, I'm going to have access to an 18-200mm VRII, and a micro lens throughout the semester, along with a bunch of others that people have here :)

    Thanks for the tips, though.

    And yeah, the darkroom thing is kind of a joke because it's digital photography. I have no problem with film camera enthusiasts either! Come one come all!
     
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    My mistake, I was looking at the D60 and D80 before.
     
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    Oh! Well, it's heavier, and it's older, it's more expensive, and it's more complicated. 90% of the time, unless people screw up, newer is better. It's going to be a LOT easier to use. Are you pretty DSLR savvy, or is this your first one? The D80 will take a lot more learning than the D60. If you're willing to learn, it might be a better choice. Also, the battery life is much better on the D80, because it comes with a much beefier battery.

    If you're going D60 vs. D80, can you possibly afford a D90? Keep in mind Ebay & Live.com's 25% cashback!
     
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    Wont be buying until probably spring, but I wouldn't rule anything out really as long as its under $1000 before extra lenses...

    It will be my first DSLR, but I have a lot of experience with standard SLR cameras.
    Don't really care about how much learning may have to be done.

    Also don't need anything amazing, I am not a professional photographer, I just enjoy doing it as a hobby for myself from time to time.
     
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    Hey can you guys turn some of this stuff into the Editorial Cartoons?

    I could with good picks of hardware.......which is hard to find on some basic view angles.....
     
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    man i wish i had the money to have a DSLR but instated i have a little Kodak 712 is
     
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    The review for my favorite pic so far isn't posted yet, but soon. This weekend I'm going to have a try at some pics outdoors.
     
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    No DSLR for me this year, just a high def camcorder HG20 with 3.2 same as my older S230 canon. Much better optics and zoom range though. Sensor is mediocre compared to the S230 for night and high contrast shots.
     
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    Canon EOS 40D, Speed light 430 Flash, 17-135mm lens canon lens hood Sandisk 4gb Compact Flash Extreme III .

    take a lot of pics thats all i can say.
     
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    Samsung NV7 OPS.... Compact camera with a big lens (7x optical zoom with image stabaliser)
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/samsungnv7/Images/NV7_3q.jpg

    Bought it originally for University assignement work and some of my fav shots were taken for that purpose:
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    Some of these images have been manipulated in Photoshop CS3 (espcially the night shot of Lincoln Cathedral, removed allot of background and moved water reflection closer), other shots had the same photo taken at differnt exposure settings and bracketted together using layer masks.

    Also used to have a Canon EOS 300V SLR (film) with 35-80mm lens and 80-200mm, and Speedlight
     
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    I would be screwed with that, I have a 4gb card in my Samsung L73 and run out a lot, in a single night.
     
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    Wow! Much better response than I was hoping! Great to have all you guys! I'll fill in the information as soon as I can!

    Welcome! :toast:
     
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    All right Double D... You pulled my leg..

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    where am i??
     
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