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Comment by Jacquie Whitt on July 5, 2012 at 11:42am

Thanks Ed.  Yes, I would like the resulting shots to be usable in print.  Does that preclude using a camera with a fixed lens?

Thanks again,


Comment by Ed Wetschler on July 5, 2012 at 11:06am

Jacquie, what I've done over the years is use a 28-200 mm zoom. That allows me to keep the advantages of an SLR without having to change lenses (and, inevitably, get dust in the camera). Of course, I still don't get the extreme wide-angle functionality I'd like to get. In any case, I want to add a qualifier to your "Am I asking too much" question: What if the resulting shots must be good enough to work in print as well as on websites? 

Comment by Jacquie Whitt on July 5, 2012 at 10:59am

Thanks Mark.  One of the features I'm considering is that I can take close-ups or distance shots without changing lenses.  I tend to wear my camera all day when I travel (which is how the first lens got scratched - I forgot to replace the cover)

Sometimes, I'll forget to carry the other lens with me or I'll opt out of taking a shot because of the hassle of changing lenses.  (lazy?)

I even invented a system for carrying the spare lens in a padded chalk bag on my belt loop.  But sometimes, I have to take it off. 

Am I asking too much to expect to get good, quality photos with a single camera without changing lenses?

Appreciate your feedback.

Thanks again,


Comment by Mark Elias on July 5, 2012 at 10:35am

Jacquie, if you are going to invest in that big a camera to replace the other, I would just buy the new lens instead! You may find yourself outgrowing the P510 in short order. If anything, I would go for the newer (and better image quality) Nikon D5100!

Comment by Jacquie Whitt on July 5, 2012 at 7:24am

Thanks Mark.  The replacement cost for the lens (which is a kit lens) is $199.  I am considering a new Nikon P510 that doesn't require changing lens.  The cost is affordable and it appears to do everything! (except maybe National Geographic cover shots)

NOW I know about the filters and will make sure I always use one.  I'm escorting a group of photographers to Machu Picchu in 3 weeks and I want to take a decent camera.  I'll be sure to listen in on the conversations to pick up tips for better photos.  (& camera care while traveling)

Gracias! Jacquie

Comment by Mark Elias on July 5, 2012 at 12:44am

Jacquie, If it was the "kit"lens that came with the camera, I would suck it up, and remember to get a UV filter to protect the front element next time. If it was a more costly lens like a 55 Micro Nikkor lens, I would consult with Nikon's repair center in NY, 1(800) NIKON-SV, to ask for an estimate on replacement costs.

Just buy the filter next time and leave it on all the time!

Hope this helps!


Comment by Jacquie Whitt on July 3, 2012 at 11:48am

Just got back from guiding a group on an amazing trip to the Tambopata Reserve in Peru.  Somehow, while traipsing through endless jungle trails, I managed to scratch the 55 mm lens of my Nikon D-5000. 

Is it possible to polish the scratch out?  Or do I just need to suck it up and buy a new lens? 

Comment by Darryl Musick on May 21, 2012 at 10:40am

As the Cannes Film Festival kicks into high gear, The World on Wheels is focusing on that wonderful city and the French Riviera for the next couple of weeks. It's one of our all-time favorite destinations. Today, our first visit with tons of pictures:

Comment by Darryl Musick on April 20, 2012 at 9:23am

We have another new report at The World on Wheels today, a photo essay of one of the most beautiful spots on earth, Yosemite National Park:

Comment by Ed Wetschler on March 23, 2012 at 9:57am

New Yorkers: Where would you take your camera for repairs in Manhattan? Thanks. 




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