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One thing- Macro photography is done using manual focus mainly- It is actually easier. (Many people will move the camera itself a few inches to focus) It is faster/m,ore reliable than autofocus in that situation......... plus you can buy old nikon macro lenses with reeaallyy high quality and just mf them!

Dont worry about autofocus when thinking about macros... MF is easier than you think. And you would still be fine with either in terms of autofocus- Locking recomposing takes almost no time- Focus, keep shutter half down recompose and shoot- Takes under a second... And I am using slow autofocus (D60 with a single AF point in the center....)
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One thing- Macro photography is done using manual focus mainly- It is actually easier. (Many people will move the camera itself a few inches to focus) It is faster/m,ore reliable than autofocus in that situation......... plus you can buy old nikon macro lenses with reeaallyy high quality and just mf them!

Dont worry about autofocus when thinking about macros... MF is easier than you think. And you would still be fine with either in terms of autofocus- Locking recomposing takes almost no time- Focus, keep shutter half down recompose and shoot- Takes under a second... And I am using slow autofocus (D60 with a single AF point in the center....)
Yes, I guess you're right with regards to macro. I could just lock focus at a set amount of inches away from the front element and then move the camera until the subject was within the focus plane. I guess that would work.

Having said that though, I think I'm going to have to pass up the D700, sadly. I've had a look at the lenses available and they're just hugely expensive. Both lenses I would need to start, cost more than a D300 individually.

With the D300, to start, I'd be going with good optical quality third-party lenses, which are very reasonably priced. I'd be looking at the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 for landscape and other ultra-wide-angle shooting and the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 as a standard zoom and also for some portrait work until I get hold of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 prime.

With the D700, to replicate these focal lengths and max apertures as closely as possible, I'd need to get the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED (the 12-24mm is for DX, not FX) coming in at £1100 (around $2200 USD) and the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8G ED, which costs another £1100 ($2200 USD). These would be the only AF lenses (with the focal lengths I need) available to me for full frame (FX). There are no third-party (that I know of) lenses for the FX format, only for DX.

That's £2200 (around $4400 USD) on two lenses alone, ignoring filters/protectors. Even with not having to pay for the D700 for a whole year, that's still outside of my budget; a budget, I may say, that has been stretched already out of all recognition since I first thought about the move to DSLR. Having only looked at DX lenses (and decided upon third-party, with excellent optical performance for the D300) I had no idea how enormously expensive FX lenses were.

So, sadly, I think I'll have to stop any thoughts of getting the D700. Even with the buy-now-pay-next-year offer, it's just too expensive once you factor in the cost of FX lenses. If I had the cash of course, I'd get both the D300 and D700, or even look towards a D3 or even a Canon 1Ds Mark III, but if I had the cash, I wouldn't have to base my decisions on financial cost at all and would just get the best of everything...

Anyway, thanks for your help guys! I appreciate the input on the issue!

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Edited by Highly-Annoyed - 7/18/08 at 10:26pm
    
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Here's some Race photos from Buell's 25th Anniversary:
http://wbphotography.smugmug.com/gal...28009593_WQzUQ

I can't link from this computer I'm on...But have a gander through this gallery:

There's some good race photos and even a panning race photo I took with my 10-22 (That's hard to do!)
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the 10-22 is a Very good lens. Sharp from corner to corner. Too bad I can use Ef-s lenses cause I would pick it over my 17-40L
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well I just bought the XSI with the kit 18-55mm lens. couldn't afford better but it will do for now.

please forgive my pictures though as I'm still learning the camera and I was just more trying to have fun and learn the thing then get the good shot.


picture of the wife as she was trying to get a picture of me with my new toy

as you can see though she is happy with her toy and wants me to tell you guys thank you for helping us out on picking that camera up.


then the reason she cries a lot over broken cameras



now I just need to learn how to take a picture
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www.DslrGeeks.com

Small but nice Dslr forum.
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This one looks diferent but is because it was raining and eagle was soaking wet


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Hey all, Just got this



Not the best, but definately better than what I had. If you want, i'll put some of my pix up later.
    
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Hi,
Well I've just got the Canon Eos 450D to replace my olympus E410. It's really good. I like taking shots of car racing - rally, tourning cars e.t.c
    
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nice shots equetefue, (monkey has bigger muscles than me hehe) haven't shot much lately but i got this pic i took of some friends

(there not gay )
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