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Got a sunroof installed

Hey all, I just got a new sunroof put in in Hungtington Beach. I thought some might be interested. I know a new sunroof isn't the first mod most of you would do. But I gots to have my sun! Really brightens up the inside.

I'm pretty happy with it, and the company. I wish it were a little bigger. But you can't have everything.

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Oh also if anyone's interested here's the main reason I got my FJ. I love hiking around and taking pictures in the deserts around here:

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"Round Rock Path" looks like an excellent place to take the FJ!! Great clarity in the shots. What photo gear are you using?
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They did a really great job and looks sharp. Was the addition of the dome light part of this installation?

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Thanks! The desert pics are with Sony point and shoot DSC-W1, which finally died (probably from sand and dust exposure - Doh!).

The FJ pics are with a Nikon D80 I got to replace the Sony. I've never had a serious camera like that before so I'm taking a class to learn the basics of real photography and all the settings, etc. I'm pretty excited about getting out there and taking some real shots with the D80.

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They did a really great job and looks sharp. Was the addition of the dome light part of this installation?
I asked him if they could put in a maplight. He said he would if he had one in stock. They ended up putting one in and not charging me anything extra. I thought that was pretty sweet.

Oh btw - the sunroof was $1050 with tax and everything.
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Re: Got a sunroof installed

Looks good. I'd like to have one someday. What kind of warranty did you get as far as water leakage??
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The FJ pics are with a Nikon D80 I got to replace it. I've never had a serious camera like that before so I'm taking a class to learn the basics of real photography and all the settings, etc. I'm pretty excited about getting out there and taking some real shots with the D80.
I love my Nikon D50. Even though you didn't ask - a forewarning: avoid changing lenses outside of a controlled environment. The sensor is extremely sensitive. While you can send it off for cleaning that means missed photos. I tried to warn a friend with her Canon D2D, but she had to learn the hard way - $100 and two weeks later she decided to listen. Good luck with the D80, it is an amazing tool in the hands of an educated photographer. One thing I despirately need (which all Nikon SLRs do too), an external flash. The built-in flash sucks major apples and ruins shots with shadowing and focal glare. Are you taking the Nikon classes or something at a local college?
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Thanks Baldman, right now I only have one lens, so not a problem. But your warning is well noted.

The photo class is through the city of Redondo Beach. Here's the class description. I really like the instructor. It's been a fun class so far (3 weeks in).

PHOTO SAVVY Ė MOVING PAST
AUTOMATIC FEE: $57, 8 WEEKS
This class is for those that want more out of taking photos. Designed
for people that have adjustable digital or film cameras and wish to
take control of their photography. This class will allow you to use all
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the manual but donít understand. Topics will cover light and color,
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composition for better images. Taught by a professional photographer,
money saving tips and techniques will be emphasized. A field trip will
be arranged to practice all that you have learned. It is preferred that
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Looks good. I'd like to have one someday. What kind of warranty did you get as far as water leakage??
That's a good question. The sunroof itself comes with a warranty, but it looks like that might be about it. If I went through the dealership, these guys would have still been the ones to do it, but I probably would have gotten some kind of leak-warranty. But from what I understand it would have been around a grand more.
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Re: Got a sunroof installed

looks like a great install. im just a bit worried about the long term reliability of the weather seal with all the grooves on the roof. looks really nice from the inside as well. professionally finished.
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