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Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:43 am
by OldSoulCyborg
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I'm thinking of investing in a Metabones Speedbooster, which would allow me to use my old Canon FD lenses on my MFT camera and they'd have closer to the same focal length that they do on a full-frame camera as well as making them a stop brighter.
It's basically a lens adapter that has a lens element that shrinks the image from the lens to better fit the smaller image sensor.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:25 am
by Ad7
Love the shed one :wub:

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:57 pm
by jamcc
Yeah. That is a fantastic photo.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:30 pm
by OldSoulCyborg
Aw, thanks guys!

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:21 pm
by SandyCoin
I'm looking into getting a Nikon D3200 as my first DSLR. It gets excellent reviews for a starter and the offer I'm eyeing up is this..

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/cat ... /Show.html

I'm just wondering, whether it would be worth getting just the body and another lens? Not sure if the kit this comes with is very good. Although I'm a beginner I'm not exactly gooseberry fool at photography so want to be able to do the best I can within a reasonable budget. For Camera and Kit I am willing to invest up to £400.

Any advice on a lens that is a good start up for general use? Annoyingly I actually like all kinds of photography. I like general shooting, Macro on wildlife and love landscapes.

I know there are a good few of you in here who know your stuff, so any advice would be great.

Cheers.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:19 pm
by OldSoulCyborg
A 50mm prime with a large aperture would be a pretty good and relatively cheap addition, although it will take you over £400.

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/cat ... /show.html

You might also be able to find it used for less and keep it under £400 that way.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:41 pm
by Kezzer
[iup=3597445]OldSoulCyborg[/iup] wrote:
I'm thinking of investing in a Metabones Speedbooster, which would allow me to use my old Canon FD lenses on my MFT camera and they'd have closer to the same focal length that they do on a full-frame camera as well as making them a stop brighter.
It's basically a lens adapter that has a lens element that shrinks the image from the lens to better fit the smaller image sensor.



If you do this, please tell us the results :mrgreen:

I have a few old FD lenses belonging to a Canon A1 but would love to use them on something that doesn't involve film :oops:

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:43 pm
by SandyCoin
[iup=3629765]OldSoulCyborg[/iup] wrote:A 50mm prime with a large aperture would be a pretty good and relatively cheap addition, although it will take you over £400.

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/cat ... /show.html

You might also be able to find it used for less and keep it under £400 that way.


Cheers. You have any good sites or recommendations for 2nd hand lenses?

Because I'm a n00b I'm thinking of getting the kit it comes with, but just weighing up my options.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:22 am
by OldSoulCyborg
There might be good sites specifically for 2nd hand camera gear, but I don't know of any. I've always just used eBay.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:58 pm
by SandyCoin
[iup=3630905]OldSoulCyborg[/iup] wrote:There might be good sites specifically for 2nd hand camera gear, but I don't know of any. I've always just used eBay.


Sure.

How do you know what kind of lenses to really go for? I mean, I know I'll learn, but when looking at lenses there seems like a billion. How do you narrow it down for yourself?

Example, more browsing finds cheaper prices for D3200. But no idea what the lenses are like.

http://www.kogan.com/uk/buy/nikon-d3200-dslr-camera-18-55mm-55-200mm-twin-vr-kit-black/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_ads&gclid=Cj0KEQiAtZWkBRC9ibSfhoKEyLYBEiQA5fDxkVkHJp1DfCSgyn9lDVXYkkxNIeZ-RyBtxxnn8gP-ol0aAjrG8P8HAQ

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:03 pm
by OldSoulCyborg
[iup=3632077]SandyCoin[/iup] wrote:
[iup=3630905]OldSoulCyborg[/iup] wrote:I mean, I know I'll learn, but when looking at lenses there seems like a billion. How do you narrow it down for yourself?


I'm no pro and I don't really know all that much about what equipment is good or not so I just rely on Google to find me good, informative reviews of whatever I'm thinking of buying.
Basically this is me, except replace Wikipedia with Google.

Here's a review of that 55-200mm lens:
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikko ... ndex.shtml

And the 18-55mm:
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikkor_DX_18-55mm_VR/

I would strongly suggest a 50mm prime though, whatever other lens/lenses you end up getting. Prime lenses (lenses that don't zoom, basically) tend to be sharper and just better all around and the wider aperture they usually have means you can throw the background/foreground out of focus way more than you can on a kit lens. It's also really good practice to be stuck at one focal length and be forced to make a picture work without being able to zoom.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:41 pm
by SandyCoin
Interesting. I'll look into Prime lenses.

I'll pop into an independent shop around here. Whilst I'm sure Jessops are fine to talk to, they are usually busy.

Annoyingly, that other bundle I posted works out around £400+ as the price doesn't include VAT/import tax etc. The lenses seem to get good reviews though and each on amazon are around £140 on their own. So in theory that would at least be a £200 saving with just the body.

I can go that high but it's not ideal.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:00 am
by Suffocate Peon
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Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:41 am
by SandyCoin
Got my new camera the other day. Went for the Nikon D3200 so I'll try and get good and post some snappies.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:48 am
by Poser
[iup=3654142]SandyCoin[/iup] wrote:Got my new camera the other day. Went for the Nikon D3200 so I'll try and get good and post some snappies.


Nice one. That's the camera I have. For my purposes, it's been great, and a colossal step up from the bridge camera I had been using.

What lens did you get? As mentioned above, I can recommend getting a fixed lens asap.

I have a 35mm prime lens which is fantastic for most purposes, especially portraits, etc.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-AF-S-NIKK ... B001S2PPT0

While you're getting to grips with the camera, though, the kit lens (I have the standard 18-55mm one) is good enough.

I also bought a cheap 70-300mm Tamron zoom lens for wildlife shots, but you can tell it's cheap and the results generally aren't very good.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:08 pm
by SandyCoin
[iup=3659233]Poser[/iup] wrote:
[iup=3654142]SandyCoin[/iup] wrote:Got my new camera the other day. Went for the Nikon D3200 so I'll try and get good and post some snappies.


Nice one. That's the camera I have. For my purposes, it's been great, and a colossal step up from the bridge camera I had been using.

What lens did you get? As mentioned above, I can recommend getting a fixed lens asap.

I have a 35mm prime lens which is fantastic for most purposes, especially portraits, etc.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-AF-S-NIKK ... B001S2PPT0

While you're getting to grips with the camera, though, the kit lens (I have the standard 18-55mm one) is good enough.

I also bought a cheap 70-300mm Tamron zoom lens for wildlife shots, but you can tell it's cheap and the results generally aren't very good.


The lens I got was the one that came with it. Nikkor 18-55mm VR II

The Tamron you mentioned was in another offer but the reviews weren't overly favourable so decided to wait and save for a better lens.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:12 am
by Poser
Yeah, definitely do that. I might chop mine in, TBH, but I doubt I'd get very much for it.

Seems you can get a decent Nikon zoom lens for about £200-£300, so I think I'll be doing that next.

Make sure you post some pics on here when you've had chance to take some.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:25 pm
by SandyCoin
Will do. Still trying to understand the settings, like when to use each different manual setting etc. I like the portrait pictures it takes though. Nice and soft backgrounds and really clear focus on the face.

Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:59 am
by Poser
Pic of the hound. I was pretty pleased with this one. She will quite happily spend hours just staring at me like this.

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Re: Take some amazing photos and post them here

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:59 pm
by Cal
[quote="Suffocate Peon"]

Genuinely impressive photography, there.