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  1. I don't consider myself expert either. From what I've read, the real differences are seen in the higher end cameras; in the entry levels, not so much. I was originally going to buy Canon since that's what everyone else I know shoots. But got swayed to Nikon at the last minute. What swayed me was Nikon's "Guide Mode" in some of their entry level (D3XXX) DSLR cameras (http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3200/features02.htm). It simplifies setting up for specific types of shots. I thought this would be useful for someone coming from using point-and-shoot cameras for decades. Truthfully, I've only used it a couple of times. On-line tutorials have helped immensely. I'm happy with my Nikon. Never used a Canon; so I won't say anything bad about them. I know plenty of people that are happy with Canon. As far as focal length (the 300mm thing), that doesn't always translate with magnification as far as I've read so far. IIRC, my 200mm Nikon is about 2-2.5x.
  2. Nikon and Canon have entry level kits with two lenses for right around $500. Both have their followings; kind of like Ford v. Chevy, etc. I opted for a Nikon a couple of years ago. I'm happy with it. I know people that are just as happy with their Canons. There are other manufacturers. I limited myself between these two since I saw more options for these two as far as lens and other accessory options for down the road Examples: Nikon Package: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T8LQ8VW/ref=twister_B00PHRVJSS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Canon Package: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Camera-18-55mm-75-300mm/dp/B00V73JZY6/ref=sr_1_14?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1456869330&sr=1-14&keywords=canon+dslr+bundle
  3. I got an entry level DSLR a couple of years ago. I've done pretty well with it so far and captured some pretty good shots. At nearly 40 years old, I am in college trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (Wildlife Biology). This semester, I got into a digital photography class. In our first assignment, we were given a website to look in to. The site took us to a local sculpture walk through the downtown area. The site previewed the sculptures and one stood out to me as a veteran. The sculpture is titled "Vote." I got a pretty good grade but points were knocked since I gave it kind of an HDR feel. I was glad to find that the defunct VFW across the way still has the colors flying for him to salute (that was the pic I submitted for grade).
  4. "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war"
  5. Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Years of Service: 7 yrs 6 months and 22 days, 1995-2002 Occupation: 2311 Ammunition Technician Rank on Discharge: Sergeant Places Stationed: MCRDSD (95) Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan (95-96) Camp Pendleton, California (96-99) Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan (99-01) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (01-02)
  6. Stepped onto the yellow footprints of MCRDSD on 24 April 1995, Plt 3113 Mike Co. Recruiter told me I could go in EOD, guaranteed 23XX; I got 2311, Ammo Tech (had to be SSgt or above for EOD). Spent most of the time in ammo dumps, but spent two years with SOTG, III MEF (good times). EAS'ed in 2002
  7. my XM is set to Symphony Hall pretty regularly. I've been on a jazz/big band/swing kind of kick lately, however.
  8. There's an app(tool) for that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe...p;v=R6G2ZfhYNkk I don't have or use one of these. I use punches and bench blocks. I saw this on a couple of other boards.
  9. an older quote has come to mind lately:
  10. I'm trying to convince my wife that I need a "real" camera: A clouded sunrise over a local lake: The sun setting over the same lake: Just after the sun dipped below the horizon over the north shore of Lake Superior: I kind of have a thing for sunrises/sunsets...
  11. Dicks is pulling more than Bushmaster; Troy Ind. announced earlier:
  12. My wife's Dissy is a Colt HBAR chopped and re-profiled with a semi bolt carrier. We anticipated it to be finicky with the rifle length gas system. We didn't open the gas port on it at all. We found a load that works for it and have kept that diet steady. It's not run as hard as one would be through a carbine course. It's a plinker, and does the job well for what it was intended to. As was mentioned in earlier posts, the recoil is VERY mild on this rig. ETA: The SureFire Brake does help too. However, we originally put a chromed A2 FH on the end, and the recoil was mild then too.
  13. I finally got out on Sunday. I found this guy wandering all by by his self. I decided to offer him a ride home (he looked so lonely, and scared). I sent him a 140gr Barnes TSX invitation; he just couldn't resist: He's been a wonderful guest at meal time since.
  14. I finally got to put the knife to use last week. I'm happy to say that the warning on the end of the box about sharpness is NOT an understatement. The knife cut through the hide of 2 whitetails like a scalpel. My uncles were impressed enough to have ordered their own after seeing mine in use.
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