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    Essentials for 35mm photography?

    I'm wondering what equipment is essential for 35mm? What do you think, do I need a tripod when I have a flash? And, is a Nikon F5 used worth 800?
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    Cameras. Lenses. Film. Darkroom. Chemicals. Determination. Patience.

    Tripod--yes. Nikon F5--yes.

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    Determination. Patience. Practice. Vision. Those are far more important than whatever gear you're carrying. Quit being so anxious to upgrade your gear. Stick with what you have and make great images with it, use it until it becomes absolutely second nature to you. THEN worry about new gear if your current gear is not meeting a need you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively View Post
    Cameras. Lenses. Film. Darkroom. Chemicals. Determination. Patience.

    Tripod--yes. Nikon F5--yes.
    I'm going to ask for a good Gitzo tripod for christmas. This one: http://www.gitzo.com/Jahia/site/gitz...detailPid=5230

    Sorry for the long link, and I'm getting the F5 when my Pentax spotmatic/SP 500 breaks. When do you think that wil be? I only dropped it once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively View Post
    Cameras. Lenses. Film. Darkroom. Chemicals. Determination. Patience.

    Tripod--yes. Nikon F5--yes.
    You forgot => money

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    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Tripod - yes. Couldn't have made some of my "visions" reality without one. Sometimes you need depth of field, and your shutter speed will fall too low to adequatly hand hold the camera.
    Depends where you shop for that F5. Ebay can be a couple hundred $ cheaper, but that's sight unseen.
    Would help if you gave us a list of the equipment you already have...then you can see if you really *need* anything. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedidiah Smith View Post
    Would help if you gave us a list of the equipment you already have...then you can see if you really *need* anything. :-)
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    Are you looking in particular for autofocus or manual focus? Battery dependent or all manual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    Are you looking in particular for autofocus or manual focus? Battery dependent or all manual?
    Nikon F5
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    I got my pretty Nikon F5 for $409 US from keh.com a few months ago. $800 is expensive unless the camera is essentially mint.

    The F5 is a lot of camera. It's big, and it's fast. For most photographers it's too large. Are you sure you wouldn't rather an F80 or F100 instead? I certainly wouldn't want to be saddled with my F5 every time I went shooting, even though there are times when I would rather use no other camera. I think the F100 is a better compromise if a person is only going to have one camera.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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