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Old    Brian (TXSurf) (bac)      Join Date: Feb 2008       06-29-2008, 11:03 AM Reply   
Hey y'all, I'm getting ready to pick up a D40 to start shooting some better pics from the boat. I've been talking with one of my friends who is a surfing photographer, but most of his stuff his crazy big zoom lenses. He gave me a few suggestions, but I was wanting to see what different lenses those of you who shot primarily from the boat were using? Thanks in advance guys
Old    Brian (TXSurf) (bac)      Join Date: Feb 2008       06-29-2008, 1:46 PM Reply   
Or should I go ahead and look for a nice, used D80 or D100? I saw a few that were around the price of a new D40. I know that the D60's are basically worthless to use. Any pro's or con's to either one?
Old    m13 (merrion13)      Join Date: Aug 2007       06-30-2008, 8:19 AM Reply   
I use the 80-200VR with my D40x for wakeboarding, seems to do the trick. I don't use the VR when shooting from the boat though.
I went through the same dilemma about getting my camera new or buying a D80 used, and after hearing from a million people that I should focus on spending my money on a good lens over a good body, I went that route.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       06-30-2008, 9:38 AM Reply   
I would get a used D200 over a used D100. Used D200's can be had for around $800-900 and will make a D40 feel like a toy.

I never buy electronics that are more than a generation out of date (like the D100) and I always try and skip generations before upgrading.
Old    Nate (mammoth)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-30-2008, 9:51 AM Reply   
Some find the 'toy' feeling of the D40/60 to be an advantage. It's a great camera not only for the price, but also the compact and lightweight body.

That said, your options for glass on the 40 are a bit limited by the lack of focus motor. The 55-200 is a good budget lens with a great range for shooting in and out of the boat.

You can always rent and try things out.
http://www.borrowlenses.com

http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/521017.html?1196386096
Old    Phantom (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-01-2008, 4:45 AM Reply   
Unless you carry several spare batteries, I would stay away from the D200. Battery life is horrible, especially if you plan on being out all day on a boat and camp all weekend.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-01-2008, 7:14 PM Reply   
+1 on the spare batteries for the D200. I always bring a couple along and charge whenever I can. If you are near a modern boat you should have no trouble keeping them charged.
Old    Nate (mammoth)      Join Date: Apr 2005       07-02-2008, 6:24 AM Reply   
+1 for battery life on the D40. I can't say how many shots it will get you because I've never run it dead. For that matter I've never run it down to '1 bar', even at ~700 shots.

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