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Written by Dean Neitman   
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
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Photography has become a true passion of mine along with art, computers, and motorcycling. I try to get out several times a week to explore and capture new and interesting things. I feel many times, we as people tend to glance over the wonders of life and nature without much thought but, if you can capture one of those wonders and present it in a way that appeals to eye, the mind, and heart, people stop and take notice and that is when you realize you have created something special.

My equipment currently consists of a Nikon D200 as my main camera. I love my Nikon cameras. Part of my devotion comes from past Nikon cameras and my experience. My first Nikon was a 2 megapixel Coolpix 2500 with a swivel lens. It was a compact point and shoot. For its size and price, it took some great photos. I loved the swivel lens which allowed me to get some great angles most importantly... those really low angles which I love. I still have that camera but don't use it much now. It took a nice beating once during a motorcycle spill. The accident had cracked the housing on the camera but, it still worked. I quit using it though because the 2 megapixel size of the photos was too limiting for me. I desired larger, high-res shots so that is what lead me to next camera... a Nikon D40. Again I loved the D40. My only other experience with a SLR was entry level film Pentax ZX-50 which was ok camera but I lost interest due to cost of film and processing. Was difficult to really raise my skills with film because of the lack of instant feedback and lack of camera data on the prints. From the D40... I jumped up to the D200 which I am happy with for now but, I do look forward to getting a D300 later down the road.

My lens collection has been slowly growing. I started out with the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens that came with my D40 kit. Great lens for the price. Later, I added a AF-S DX VR Zoom- NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens for the added reach in focal length. Again, another nice lens for the price. I think the VR spoiled me. I also purchased a Vivatar Series 1 70-210 Macro lens used on ebay. It was beat up a bit more than I expected but... it does make nice shots with a silky smooth bokeh. Just wished it wasn't so darn heavy and it doesn't lock in to my camera mount and easily comes unattached if you are playing with the aperture ring. My latest addition to these lenses... a very pricey AF-S DX Zoom- NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED that I absolutely love. Its my most used lens currently. Its big, heavy and sexy. It allows me to get more DOF even at wider aperture settings allowing me to shoot my landscapes hand held even in lower light situations which is often the case since I travel in realm of evening time for that nice warm lighting. I hope to get a 300mm prime f/4 lens someday soon but that is more wishful thinking.


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