I figured this would be a great place to get some FB on photography.... very few places rival Alaska for photo ops. We are in Wyo and we have some world-class scenery of our own, so I finally decided to buy a camera that's capable of taking some decent pictures.
I checked out the Rebel XT and XSI, and the Nikon 40 and 60 series cameras... ended up picking up the XT for a great price gave up a few features on the XSI/60 since I really just need a good starter camera anyway. I figured I'd put the saved money into lenses and get started that way.
This camera has WAY more features than I know what to do with.... I don't even know what the jargon is on some of this stuff. The first order of business is going to be reading the instruction booklet and hitting Google for the things that aren't explained well.
The second order of business will be picking up some lenses. There is a ton of wildlife here and everything from grass prairie to jagged mountain peaks. You can't drive for an hour in Wyoming without having the scenery change on you. One of my big frustrations with my little point and shoot has been that photos of the mountains (appearing very large and spectacular in person) always end up looking like a run of distant hills when I get the images back to the computer. I'm going to need some good lenses to make these places look like they really do in person.... I don't know a thing about lenses though.
Can anybody provide me some FB on this? I don't have unlimited resources to jump into a photo hobby (the gun hobby has pretty much eaten up most of that ) but I don't mind spending a fair amount on quality equipment. I'm looking for some different lenses that will do a good job, and I'm not sure I'm interested in the thousand dollar-plus lenses the pros use. Any suggestions? Can I get a hand decoding the numbers on the lenses and what they translate into for magnification, and the types of lenses that are good for mountain shots? Wildlife shots?