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Nikon 2137 SLR Lenses AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens Black
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Nifty Fifty 04/21/2014

This review is from: Nikon 2137 SLR Lenses AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens Black

Pros: Very fast lens

Bokeh is great

Very inexpensive

Works on FX and DX sensors

Fast focus

Cons: No internal AF motor, so you need a camera that has a AF motor or be okay with manual focus

Does not come with lens hood

Focusing is loud

Other Thoughts: Make sure your camera has an AF motor built in (higher end Nikons, such as D7000, D7100, any FX camera) otherwise the lens will be completely manual.

Also remember if you have a DX sensor, your lens won't be f/1.8 @ 50mm, but something like f/2.7 @ 75mm.

I would say this is probably the best starter lens if you want to get into photography. It's very inexpensive, works on FX and DX cameras just fine (and older Nikon film cameras--probably as old as 1960's Nikons), crystal clear and absolutely sharp in all areas of the image, and very small and lightweight. Plus, since it is prime, you cannot zoom and are forced to move around to compose your photograph.

Remote Shutter Release Switch MC-Dc2 For Nikon D90 D3100
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4 out of 5 eggs It's a shutter release 02/13/2014

This review is from: Remote Shutter Release Switch MC-Dc2 For Nikon D90 D3100

Pros: • It has a button on one end and a 10-pin Nikon connector on the other
• You press the button, the camera takes a photo

Cons: There's a "hold" feature on this device. There's a plastic slide that goes over the button to hold it down. However, this item is very cheaply built and the slide gets in the way.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a cheap shutter release, then this is the item for you! It works, it's cheap, and it feels cheap. I don't know if I would like to use this if my camera is in "bulb" mode due to the slide, but for any timed or mirror up release, this is fine.

The description says this works on a Nikon D90 and D3000 (if I recall correctly), but also works on a Nikon D7000 and D7100 (and should work with any camera with a Nikon 10-pin connector).

Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent enthusiast or pro camera 02/13/2014

This review is from: Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

Pros: • High build quality (magnesium alloy, as opposed to plastic), feels "right" (hard to describe good build quality, but you know it when you see it)
• Good value for "low level professional" camera (cheaper than D300S at the time of this post, has more features)
• Dual SD card slots can expand the number of shots you can take or use as an instant backup
• Excellent image quality if paired with good glass
• Light weight
• Offers the same features as professional level cameras (i.e., mirror up, takes a cable release, 6 frames per second, takes excellent video)
• Commonly-used settings (ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, flash compensation) are buttons, not options in the menu
• Body-only version, so you don't need to have the kit lenses (which aren't bad, but it's better to save your money and buy good glass)

Cons: • Slow buffer (it goes 6 frames per second, but only for a second or two in raw--it has to write to the card before it will let you take more photos) As I don't do sports photography (at least for a living), this does not matter to me

• Crop sensor--for a few hundred dollars more, you can get a full-frame sensor with similar features. But you'll need full-frame lenses.

Other Thoughts: If you haven't upgraded to full-frame lenses but need a new camera body, this (or the D7100) is the choice.


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Display Name: Chad S.

Date Joined: 08/03/10

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  • Last Review: 04/21/14
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