Well today was the first day we have had above freezing temps (well, except while I have been at work) since we bought our camera, so I finally got to go shoot some photos. Got a Topeak bag and rack setup for my bike, works real good for bringing the camera and stuff along.
I have been taking advantage of being stuck inside to read up on photography, learning how the various settings affect how your photos turn out, and getting to know the controls on the camera itself. However after actually getting out and taking some photos I see I definitely need to work on my technique. Also it became clear the kit lens is less than adequate for most of what I want to do. Trying to take pics of wildlife is frustrating and architecture, well it is kind of disappointing. Even with those limitations I am still amazed by the quality of the pictures I have taken so far, I am really happy with the camera itself. I am thinking of getting the same telephoto lens as Sarge has, our local photo shop has one for about the same price as I can get one on the internet. Hopefully I can get in there this week with the camera and give it a test spin. I will check to see if it has the serial number listed in the link Sarge posted also. It would be nice to be able to pick up either one of these
or one of these
but those are slightly beyond the budget for now. I'd also like to get one of these
but I think I'll use the telephoto more and I am also still shopping for a tripod (we're almost going to be in civilization in a couple of weeks, hopefully someone will carry Slik products there) and would like to pick up the battery grip and a polarizing filter soon. Plus there's Photoshop CS3 and the Macbook Pro to run it LOL
Definitely need a card reader for the computer. One of our printers has a card reader built-in so I tried to use it to transfer pictures from the card to the computer, took almost five hours to transfer about 60 raw files, using the USB connector for the camera only takes about 4-5 minutes to do the same. Thats not bad but I would rather just run the cards from the computer than having to unplug a USB cable, connect the camera and then reconnect whatever I disconnected to start with.
I'm also thinking of making some sort of rack for the tripod to mount to my bike frame but I will probably wait until I actually get a new tripod.
As usual any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.