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    what to buy?

    Hello all, I am new to photography but was lucky enough to get second place in a work related photo comp. Anyway l won $250 and l thought l should buy some gear with it. Any suggestions? I have my camera - Nikon D5100, 18 105 lens and a bag, I'm thinking a tripod, a remote or maybe a polarizer filter??? I know $250 won't buy top of the range gear, but l'm open for suggestions.
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    For lenses: Sigma 30mm f1.4, Nikon 50 f1.8, tamron 17-50 f2.8 non-vc,etc
    For support equipment: Tripod + (ebay)remote, polarising filter, Flash, reflector, softbox, etc.

    It depends on what genre of photography you prefer.

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    Hello .. A tripod would be a good addition to your gear, or a polarizing filter if you shoot in the great outdoors.
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    Thanks Keefy & Mary Anne, I like landscape photography so l suppose a tripod is a must ... $150 should get a resonable one. Would l buy a filter for $100?

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    I would spend the whole lot on a tripod, and maybe throw in a bit of my own money. A good quality tripod will last a lifetime, and will be invaluable as a landscaper. The filters can come when you win the next comp, rather than second. Congrats on second by the way, well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    I would spend the whole lot on a tripod, and maybe throw in a bit of my own money. A good quality tripod will last a lifetime, and will be invaluable as a landscaper. The filters can come when you win the next comp, rather than second. Congrats on second by the way, well done
    If it's landscape. I'd recommend a wide angle lens like a 10-20mm and a good tripod. As rick mentioned, go for a more expensive sturdy tripod rather than a cheaper flimsy one.

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    You can pick up a decent Benro carbon tripod if you are prepared to throw in a little and it should last you for ages.

    The circular polariser definitely helps so I guess it depends on what your priorities are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissionMan View Post
    You can pick up a decent Benro carbon tripod if you are prepared to throw in a little and it should last you for ages.

    The circular polariser definitely helps so I guess it depends on what your priorities are.
    Take a look at Sirui as well. Better built for the same price of a Benro IMO.

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    Thanks all .... l will have a good look at tripods, if l win the 70 mill on tonights tattslotto, l'll shout you all one as well


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    Definitely a good tripod. A Manfrotto 290 series is a good place to start but if you can afford to throw in some of your own cash I would spend more. A good tripod is a must for landscape photography.

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    hi Banjo

    Id buy a tripod...

    on the remote side of things..ive a nikon ML L3 infra red remote to suit your camera in my office draw ..your welcome to it mate..pm me your Addy and Ill chuck it in a envelope for you
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    Thank you very much Steve, a very generous of you. I feel humbled

    I brought a tripod and Polarizer lens from Ted's Camera House in Fountain Gate last week. They were very helpfull there and gave me a fair discount as well.

    Thank you all for your input and support.


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    A good tripod is priceless. I learnt this the hard wa many years ago when I travelled over 350kms to catch a lunar eclipse (on film) and every shot had movement. I went and invested in a good Manfrotto which I have to this day. It's a heavy bugger of a thing (no carbon fibre back then) but it never flinches! I do have a more modern lighter one too but both get lots of use.
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    Steve,
    Checked my mailbox tody and the remote you sent me was there. Thank you very much.

    Cheers
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    No worries mate..pleased to help..it was gathering dust where if was..so go use it and post some picturez :-)

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