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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:59 am 
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F mount supremacy. 8-)

My 50mm 1.8:

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Seriously though, when you miss shots because of a MF foul up, you feel the pain.


Fantastic lens, though. Generally if I don't want to miss any action I shoot it at about f/4 and preset the focus on the distance marker.

The fixed 50mm takes a bit of getting used to on a crop body, though.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:19 am 
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The fixed 50mm takes a bit of getting used to on a crop body, though.


The glass in the adapter magnifies it by about 1.25, and add the 1.6 crop of the 550D on top of that and it's a 100mm lens. And my 70-210mm zoom is a 140-420mm!

I've read that many other types of lens adapters don't have the issues the FD ones do (softness at low Fs and the optics in the adapter), so next up is getting some other kind of old-lens adapter and some cheap lenses off Ebay.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:41 am 
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Liked the stuff about the L Lenses & Lego Camera, going to give those a look.

Whilst I'm in here, I'd like to recommend the Book; Pring's Photographer Miscellany - Stories, Techniques, Tips & Trivia.

(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prings-Photogra ... 1907579435)

I picked it up in Waterstones about two weeks or so ago & I'm rather liking it myself. I wouldn't say its a Technical or Theory book at all, lots on the History of Photography & Camera's, fun anecdotes, tips & quotes. The book also has a really nice 'feel' to it as well in my opinion - an early 90's inspired cover, proper book paper & a peace of ribbon for bookmarking, which is so rare in books nowadays.

For the £7.99 I paid for it, I have no complaints.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Nikon D4 Announced

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More than two years after the D3S began shipping and roughly a half-decade after we first got a peek at the D3, Nikon has finally announced the full-frame DSLR's long-awaited successor. As expected, the Nikon D4 boosts both megapixel rating (to 16.2) and extended ISO (204,800 at Hi-4), and includes a brand new full-frame FX-format sensor. Video capture also jumped from 720/24p to 1080/30p, but so did the camera's somewhat-out-of-reach price tag -- you'll be dropping $5,999.95 when the D4 hits stores in late February. You're clearly not spending all that hard-earned photo dough for nothing, though. There's also a 91k-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Meter III, compared to a 1,005-pixel meter in the D3S, enabling the camera to evaluate the color and brightness of a scene with much greater precision, yielding much more accurate results. And since the D4 reportedly offers phenomenal low-light performance, you'll probably be using it quite often in the dark -- letting you get good use out of the new back-lit controls.

Photographers can preview images using the 921k-dot 3.2-inch LCD, which offers a 170-degree viewing angle and ambient light sensor. HD video can be previewed on the display as well, or directly through the HDMI port, which also supports uncompressed 8-bit preview video output with optional overlay. Naturally, the D4 is fast. It can power on and be ready to shoot in approximately 0.012 seconds, and can capture 10 fps stills at full resolution with full auto focus and exposure. Willing to lock both AF and AE? The D4 goes to 11. A new 51-point AF system offers full cross-type focusing that's compatible with all Nikon lenses, even when paired with a teleconverter. The D4 includes two card slots with support for both UDMA-7 CF and the recently-announced XQD format, which brings write speeds of up to 125 MB/s -- enough to capture 105 consecutive RAW images at 10 fps. You'll find full details and specs on the D4 just past the break, along with an overview of Nikon's new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens, which is set to ship in March for $499.95.


16.2 MP Sensor
204,000 extended ISO
$6,000 price tag

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:51 pm 
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Given that the D3X goes for £5k, that sounds about right. It's a top end professional model, the price is going to reflect that.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:05 pm 
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No doubt. Lot of camera for your dollar. My pictures would still be crappy :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:37 pm 
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http://www.tested.com/news/how-to-buy-t ... ined/3317/

Explains the reasons to get a decent memory card, always bought SanDisk's higher end models. My new 16gb Class 10 card arrived today, doubt my D3100 really has the capability to make the most of those write speeds though.


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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:39 am 
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Huge, ugly, and loads of things I can't ever see myself using.


A D7000 on the other hand would be awesome. Although I think the limitations of crops and superwide angles might force me to go FX some day.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:03 am 
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You know what I'm really lusting after on a camera now, after much frustration trying to shoot the crowds in London at New Year's? An AF assist lamp. It's not something I've ever cared about before but then, I suddenly found my lenses hunting like mad for focus in the dark, and I just about would have killed for one.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:48 am 
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Does your Sony not have the option to use the flash for it? I think that's a pretty crappy solution and makes flash even more annoying for others, but pertty much all Canons use it.


The D3100's is pretty great.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:59 am 
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It does, but I hate using it like that, especially if I'm photographing strangers, as they'll assume I've taken the picture and just strawberry float off. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:52 pm 
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Just got back from 10 days in a Canadian national park, managed to get some seriously good wildlife shots of proper wild elk, coyotes etc just wondering around :wub:

Hopefully they're as good as they look on the preview screen when viewed on a big screen... I'll put a few on here if they're any good.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:28 pm 
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AF assist lamps :x I turned mine off straight away.


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Kind of disappointing video, as it basically concludes "both are great," without actually analysing the real advantages/disadvantages of either system. Shame.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:22 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:07 am 
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The Canon PowerShot G1X comes in at the top of Canon's range of professional-level compact digital cameras, offering a dSLR-sized image sensor, ISO speeds up to 12,800 and full manual control packed inside a compact body.

Where most camera companies have blurred the line between compact and dSLR by making interchangeable lens compacts (such as Micro Four Thirds cameras), Canon's latest addition to its G-series cameras keeps the lens in place but offers features aimed squarely at the more serious photographer.

Canon has equipped this new beast with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, which is only marginally smaller than some of the sensors used in its EOS range of cameras, and a whole heap bigger than sensors found in most compact digitals. This extra size allows for more light to be captured in a single scene, resulting in lower noise in low-light images and a more even exposure in brightly lit scenes.

Image processing is done by Canon's latest DIGIC 5 processor that allows images to be shot at ISO speeds up to 12,800 while keeping image noise to a minimum. How those images look at those ISO levels remains to be seen -- typically, the higher the number, the more image detail is lost, but the large sensor size should do a good job at reducing that.

The body may be on the chunkier side of 'compact', but it's considerably smaller than most dSLRs and it's made from stainless steel, so there's no need to worry about chucking it into your kit bag among your flashguns and filters. Although at 534g, you might want a bag with a decent shoulder strap.

The lens offers a 4x optical zoom and provides a maximum aperture of f/2.8 as well as optical image stabilisation and a 3-stop neutral density filter, which allows you to darken a scene to achieve more creative control without overexposing your image.

To keep the pro shooter happy, the G1X offers full manual control over all its features, but also packs in various scene modes, including an automatic HDR function. To help get that awkward shot, the 3-inch LCD display swivels out so you can get a good view if you're shooting low-level macros, or crowd shots above your head.

The Canon PowerShot G1X may not be as pocket-friendly as most compact digital cameras, but it packs in the sort of features we'd expect to see on most dSLRS. We're extremely excited to get a full hands-on when it lands in February -- although less keen about that £700 price tag.





Want. Do not want to pay £700, though.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Can anyone recommend me a decent second hand (preferably Canon) DSLR body and standard lens for about £200? I want to get into photography but I'm not ready to spend £300-400 yet.

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:51 pm 
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I imagine you'll struggle to get a body/lens for that much, nearest I could find is a Canon 1100D with lens for £300.

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Canon-EO ... 47454.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:01 am 
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Any reason why this wouldn't be any good?

http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Canon-30 ... 47400.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Camera Thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:18 am 
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The 300D is a very outdated model now. Something like the 450D would be a much better choice.

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