Ordered the D90, extra lens, 16Gb Class 10 card and a wireless remote last night, but decided to wait on adding any further accessories until getting some input from those of you with far more experience.
I have a lens pen for my scope, but after reading up a bit can see that the more involved cleaning kit is advised (air blower, etc.). Lens cleaning kits seems to be a rather standard add-on item with many of the combo's sold via Amazon, Adorama, etc., but is there anything special that needs to be included that is commonly not?
With my background in astronomy I know that cleaning the lens or mirror of a telescope is something that is rarely done, and when it is done the task is generally undertaken with a level of care and caution equal only to the most sacred of rituals. It's always been amazing to me how dirty a lens (or mirror) can be, and still provide quality performance. Does the same apply to camera lenses, or is it suggested they be cleaned regularly?
I am not an overly coordinated person, and as much as I might try I know that some things are going to get bumped. Lens hoods will be a must have, and the HB-32 and HB-36 seem to be the ones that fit my two lenses. Any suggested brands, or are they somewhat universal in design and performance?
Case; this one has already given me a headache, as apparently there are more case designs than there are cameras to go in them.. I have no doubt that within a couple years I'll have more than one, but for now I need one that is functional and efficient, and in the $30-$50 price range. I like the backpack styles, as there will be many trips into the woods (not far, just a few miles in and out) so that I can shoot critter pics. A backpack style with a space for a tripod, extra lens, etc. would be best for this. I can pack other essentials like water and lunch, etc. in my old bowhunting fanny pack. Any suggested brands to look into, or avoid?
Spent much of the evening on Nikon's "Digitutor" site; what an awesome resource that is, and combined with all the great tutorials here on CiC I almost feel confident enough to get the camera turned on, find the shutter button and maybe even take a pic or two...
Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations on the gear.