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    Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    I am new to DSLR photography and recently purchased a used D40 with the help of a friend. The camera came with the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens. My friend was going to help me find the necessary accessories for the camera but he moved away. My question is this, I am struggling finding what I need because I do not yet understand the terminology used in trying to buy accessories, since I am a newbie. I don't know what will fit and won't fit the lens I have. When buying accessories, I want to buy something knowing it will work with my D40 and that I won't have to return, or be stuck with the item. With that said, I know I need/want some sort of strap for the camera. I do have a disability and walk with a bit of a limp, so something that if I were to fall, the camera would have the best chance of survival. Not sure if a neck strap or a over the shoulder strap would be best? I also need a UV filter for the D40 and a lightweight easy to use carrying case. Any suggestions on the items that will best suit my needs would be appreciated. I would also appreciate any assistance in knowing a good source for purchasing new or used accessories for the camera and any other tips/help would be appreciated. I'm not afraid to purchase used equipment as long as it does as described, is reasonably priced and is compatible with my camera. Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Howdy and welcome to Nikonites!!!

    For the strap question, you picked one of those topics that tends to have every possible answer as the right answer and it all just "depends". Neck strap vs sling strap is kind of like potato vs potato. It ultimately comes down to what works best for you, and most of us end up with a few straps from our testing to see what ends up working. I can see where a sling strap could help, particularly if you could have the camera stay on your strong/dominate side, but also not sure how that would fair in the event of a fall.

    For filters, modern digital cameras really don't need the UV filtering that film cameras did, but there are still two camps that debate whether a clear protective filter is needed or not. I tend to use them, particularly when shooting in environments where things will tend to get dirty, but then I also tend to remove them when doing things like studio portraits. Your kit 18-55mm lens should have a 52mm filter. You can usually verify this by looking on the lens itself ...

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    I don't have your specific lens, but this is the bottom of my AF-S 35mm f/1.8 prime. This lens has a 58mm filter size, as shown on the right hand (top side with how the picture got orientated by the website) of the label. 52mm is a fairly common size. I prefer Hoya HD filters, and the filters will be re-usable as you buy new lenses ... assuming you stay with common sizes like 52mm or 77mm.

    Hope this helps, and again, welcome!
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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Thank you RocketCowboy that is very helpful.

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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Welcome!

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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Welcome!
    Thank you Needa

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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Welcome to the forum
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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
    Brent Harritt: Poway, CA: D7200, D200, D70, F100: Tokina 12-24mm, Nikon 18-200mm, Sigma 150-600mm, Nikon 18-70mm, Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8, Nikon 50 f1.8, Nikon 80-200mm f2.8, Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro

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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Welcome!

    I like an over the shoulder strap since my shirts don't have collars. The neck strap makes my neck sweat in the summer.


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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Hello and welcome........................................... .......................
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    Re: Newbie to DSLR photography, looking for accessories and tips.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Welcome to the forum
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