I have rejoined the magical world of photography after a few months hiatus. My buddy Mark started using my Nikon D50 a few months ago for sports photography, and I never got it back. It’s just as well. He has been able to use that rig to get some fabulous photos and has even managed to sell a few. His efforts came to a screeching halt when the 55-200 lens he was using went toes up.
My new camera is a Nikon D80, which raises the bar on features and also gets me to a 10.2 Mega-pixel camera. I’ve started reading through some forums and discussion groups online, and from what I can tell, my camera choice was a winner.
I also picked up two of the new vibration reducing 55-200 lenses for Mark and Stef to use. My camera came with an 18-135 lens, so I’m in pretty good shape with that one. I did notice that a VR 75-300 is also available. That will make a nice addition in the future.
Another thing I am excited about is the SB-800 Speed Light flash that is on it’s way. This flash can be used as a controller for other wireless enabled Speed Lights. I spent more for it than I had originally wanted to, but in the long run, we’ll be able to do some nice portrait photography by slaving additional SB-600 flashes off of the SB-800. (Of course, I still have to buy additional SB-600 flashes to make that work)
As I work through the features this camera offers to me, I’ll be sure to post some of my work here. I’m sure there will be success and failure, but that’s how you learn.