1/100sec @ f/5.6
300mm, ISO800, 0ev
AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6
I could type out that stupid song from “The Sound of Music” – actually I am having a hard time not typing it, as it is all I can hear in my head. However I am not going to. This was the first shot I ever took with my Nikon D300. I had got to the end of the line with the D40 – an amazing camera but I was a tech geek and wanted the latest and greatest. The difference did not come with how I composed my photographs or how good I was creatively. I could have continued using the D40 for the rest of my amateur photography career. I honestly gave in to the marketing war that the photographic press hits us with every time we turn on our computers or read a page of a magazine. If I could give some advice to myself back then I would have said, don’t drop $2k on a DSLR body that will be out-of-date in less than a year (actually the D300 has fared well), spend that $2k on a kick ass lens. I don’t regret having the D300 – it is an excellent camera body. However I do wish I had known where to spend my money. So my advice to every beginner photographer out there is:
BUY AN AMAZING LENS DON’T BUY THE LATEST BODY. MEGAPIXELS DO NOT MEAN ANYTHING!!
I would even suggest getting the bottom of the line DSLR in the manufacturer of choice and then putting all the money you saved on the body towards a lens. You will buy a new body in one or two years anyway. The lens will be with you for life.