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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:41 pm 
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I have the both the Canon 50D and 7D, and find the 7D AF faster and more reliable than the 50D. The 7D AF focusing points can also be customised to an some extent, also shoots at 8 fps. I think 7D would be a better choice than the 50D, particularly for BIF.

The 100 - 400 is a very nice all round lens, mine is 12 years old. With the 7D's 1.6 crop the lens gives you a 640mm, but will not auto focus with an extender. The AF on the lens is good, but not lightening fast. I found the lens is sharp at closer objects, maybe within 20 metres, beyond this the lens is slightly soft, but nothing that LR 4 can't fix if you shoot RAW. Could be the lens shows it's age with modern cameras being more critical of the glass. The lens also focuses down to about 1.5 metres.

In the last couple of years the 100 - 400 has sat on the shelf, I prefer the 400 5.6 on the 7D and a 70 - 200 on the 50D.

If you do rent a camera and shoot RAW make sure your software supports the file format.

I have never used Nikon, but based on the price difference between the 100 - 400 and the Nikon 200 - 400, the Nikon lens should be superior.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:21 pm 
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The Nikon 200-400 will be indeed a great lens to have...and at f4, should be quick.

I don't know about the D3000 though and how it will perform with that lens sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:03 pm 
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I must admit, my behind is itching in getting a D7000 instead of a 70-300VR lens for now. Saw a secondhand body for R7k.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
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IMHO top end lenses are not manufactured to be put on the front of entry level camera bodies.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:12 pm 
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If you can afford a d7000 , I would go for it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:24 pm 
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john n poppy wrote:
If you can afford a d7000 , I would go for it. :D


I was planning on spending about R10k for a lens. So maybe towards a body? :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:34 pm 
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Second hand d7000 and hire a lens for Kruger...

Then start saving...once you've used the 200-400 you won't want anything less :wall:

John :thumbs_up:

Ps when are you in Kruger?

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
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john n poppy wrote:
Second hand d7000 and hire a lens for Kruger...

Then start saving...once you've used the 200-400 you won't want anything less :wall:

John :thumbs_up:

Ps when are you in Kruger?



I will be there from 16 August to 23 August. I will be staying at Ngwenya Lodge just outside Komatipoort. Got a bargain on accommodation.
I have never been in the Crocodilebridge area. So I am looking forward to cover that side of the Kruger. Not sure if I will go beyond Skukuza on my trips.

So true on the 200-400. At least I then know what to save for. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:21 pm 
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Don't forget your yellow ribbon as we might bump into you in that area on your last days...

Croc bridge area is a great platform for Kruger forays

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:38 pm 
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Hi guys,

have any of you done business with Best Cameras? It looks like a shop in Kimberley with some very good prices.

www.thebestcamera.co.za

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:52 am 
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LET THE BUYER BEWARE.....

Copied from their price list:

Canon EOS 5D MK II Body Only | R11,000 Really???
Nikon D3X | R35,000 - Nice, but the new price at B&H New York is $6996, so over R70,000 excluding shipping and taxes - a bit suspicious....
Nikon D200 Digital SLR Body | R2,500 - old camera, but at this price???? are there ANY still available new in the world?
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Body | R6,500 .... or Nikon D700 Digital SLR Body | R9,850 ... so which one is it?
I do not believe that most these prices are possible and in some cases, I do not believe that these products are even available. I would not part with my cash until I had the physical product in my hands....

It would be nice for the photographic community for somebody to prove me wrong (prove, not claim)

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:58 am 
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Hi guys,

I can pickup a secondhand Nikon D7000 with a 18-105mm lens for R9 500. Good price?

Bodies are going for R7k-8k secondhand.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Scottm wrote:
LET THE BUYER BEWARE.....

Copied from their price list:

Canon EOS 5D MK II Body Only | R11,000 Really???
Nikon D3X | R35,000 - Nice, but the new price at B&H New York is $6996, so over R70,000 excluding shipping and taxes - a bit suspicious....
Nikon D200 Digital SLR Body | R2,500 - old camera, but at this price???? are there ANY still available new in the world?
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Body | R6,500 .... or Nikon D700 Digital SLR Body | R9,850 ... so which one is it?
I do not believe that most these prices are possible and in some cases, I do not believe that these products are even available. I would not part with my cash until I had the physical product in my hands....

It would be nice for the photographic community for somebody to prove me wrong (prove, not claim)


There is absolutely no way these prices are possible through legal processes, so I wouldn't part with my money just yet.

Guys, there are a couple companies in SA who will take your money, smile and leave and you will never get any of it back, so just be careful. Take a look at the big guys like orms, sacamera and others and match prices to theirs, they usually sell for their cost and make 5%-10% by paying cash to the supplier and getting a 5-10% discount.

Hope everyone is enjoying their equipment. I just added an old 5D MK I to my kit to play around with in studio.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended superzoom cameras
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:42 am 
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Sorry just hijacking here a bit. I'm looking for a lens for my Canon 450D body.

Maybe a 18-200 where would you advise I start looking. Obviously I would prefer not to pay an arm and a leg but the body without a lens is worth nothing to me so it will have to be done......


If there are somebody that might have one "laying around" that upgraded please PM me.

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 Post subject: Re: Lens Discussions
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:56 am 
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Hey there! I have begun planning for my week in Kruger in December and was hoping someone may be able to answer my question.
I have a Nikon D5100 with a 300mm telezoom lens (can't recall the details as it is at home) which i am happy with and worked wonderfully on my previous safari.

However i was wondering about a lens for landscapes. Currently i have the Nikon DX 18-55mm that came with the camera, but i have been thinking about getting a wide angle lens instead.
Possibly the Nikon 18-105mm F3-5-5-6G ED VR AF-S DX.

Do you think this is a worthwhile buy?


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