If you’ve read any of my websites, you’ll notice that I enjoy taking photos. I used to find that just being ready with a digital camera was good enough for me. I didn’t need any bells and whistles, and the fact that I wasn’t paying to develop film was an added bonus. I have slowly progressed through the years from using a Sony Cybershot 3.2 Megapixel camera, to a Canon Powershot S5 IS, to a Nikon D90.
I usually take several hundred photos a week and with just a little bit of manual reading I am taking the best looking pictures of my life with relative ease. I went all out on this and broke my budget, and I wanted to share some information with any other camera enthusiast on getting the best possible deal.
Since buying my Nikon D90 I have taken the best pictures of my life. I feel that there are times when the photos are better than what is available in real life. It is an amazing camera and if you put the right work ethic into it, you can be taking the best pictures of your life with it. I’ve been paid several times for photos I have already taken. How’s that for quality?
Some of the prices I paid for parts and accessories of the D90 have dropped since I bought mine in July of 2009 so make sure to jump on any good deals. This digital SLR is worth the money, but it is always nicer to get a better deal.
I’m also a fan of convenience and name brands. I figure that if I am going to spend nearly $1,000 dollars on a camera I may as well buy the best accessories and lenses to go along with it. I’d rather go without than have my heart broken by buying an inferior product to save a few dollars.
****as of 11/7/09 this camera was listed as $794.95 on Amazon.com. Click the link above link and then on the new link. Click Amazon to see the price and be pleasantly surprised. This is over $100 dollars less then what I paid for it 4 months ago.
I went to a store on Oyster Bay (Long Island, New York) called Berger Bros. They quoted me for the D-90 body at $999.99. I wanted to buy some things from them because they are the closest camera store to my house and if I should need any support, I believe they would be more agreeable to it if I have purchased from them. The problem was that their price was higher than others I found online.
After doing some research, I found that their store price was higher than their own Internet price! Online their price was $899.99. When I made this discovery I called to see if they would match themselves. They would. I saved $100 dollars right there and I was able to buy it from the store (and save the money on the shipping too!). So I ended up buying the body and a Lowepro 190 camera bag from them because the prices were the best I had found for the products anywhere.
The rest of the equipment I bought through Amazon because they were the cheapest and the shipping, for the most part, was free.
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR [Vibration Reduction] DX Lens :$699.
I chose this lens because I don’t want to be bothered changing lenses all of the time. I am a photographer that takes a lot of shots and tries to be ready all of the time. This lens is extremely versatile and if you can deal with some distortion on the low (18mm) end than this lens is a great choice. I always find myself wishing for even more on the low end however. I would love to pick up the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
It’s $800 + dollar price tag makes it a no go though at this point.
I did pick up the Tokina 11mm – 16mm ultra wide angle lens. It’s lower price tag and nice reviews made it a no brainer decision for me. I have already had a lot of fun using this lens. You’ll need to act soon though as there aren’t many of them left because they have been discontinued.
My Price: $134.95
I bought this because it was cheap. Yeah, I know it isn’t the best reason to buy something but having spent over $2,000 on the other equipment it makes paying the extra $200 for the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens harder to handle. I got it to start doing portraits of my family, and it is still a decent lens for the price. If the paying photography gigs start coming in, expect me to pick up the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens sooner rather than later.
My Price: $64.40
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I bought these. I think they are ok, but something tells me that I should have spent more. Nobody ever said photography was a cheap hobby.
My Price: $14.76
Haven’t used it yet but I anticipate it being fine.
My Price: $218.95
This flash is a beast. I haven’t done much with it but I can see I will need to be careful. It can really wash out a face if the flash is too close to the subject. Here are two photos, the first on, where the subjects come out nicely and the second, where the subject is washed out a bit:
My Price: $40.23
Why go with an off-brand replacement battery? The cost for this guy wasn’t much more than the off brands and I feel better knowing it is Nikon made. I need every ounce of battery muscle I can get.
My Price: $12.44
This guy snaps onto the end of the Speedlight.
My Price: $49.99
About $100 dollars less than what the store quoted me for the same exact thing. It isn’t the fastest for downloading but it is just fine for me. If I desperately needed space on my memory card for a job I would just buy another 16GB for $49.99.
The card has been working great for me and can store thousands of high quality photos. I went on a trip to North Carolina to do some interior house/real estate photography and was able to keep it all on the same card. Around 1,000 pics at my Nikon D90’s highest quality.
I saved between $200 – $300 dollars on my Nikon D90 kit by doing it this way. Keep your eyes open for the best Nikon D90 deals out there and you may get a nice discount on one too. I recommend checking out Ken Rockwell’s guide (only $5 to save it to your computer. It will help you a lot in the beginning, especially if you are a novice).