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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby AndyM » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:24 am

Luren wrote:Have acquired a canon 400D with canon 70-300 IS lens.
Started photography and love it!
I may be able to get the following:
Sigma 150-500 lens and a 2X tele converter.
Thanks!!!


I would probably try and keep the 70-300 you've got a way better chance of getting usable pics with the 2X converter, next to no chance with the sigma. I had the 50-500 for a while and wasn't impressed with the quality, the Canon 100-400 beat it hands down.

Good Luck with the photography, it can become addictive like this forum !!

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Switchback » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:30 pm

I tested the Sigma 150 - 500mm OS HSM the other day on my Nikon D90.

They improved it a million times better then the old and previous 50 - 500mm and 170 - 500mm Sigma's. It got my thumbs up! :thumbs_up:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:50 pm

Canon Inc. announced today the development of Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS), the world’s first* optical Image Stabilizer which compensates for both angular camera shake and shift camera shake. The technology will be incorporated in an interchangeable single lens reflex (SLR) camera lens planned for commercial release before the end of 2009.

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Switchback » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:13 am

JOF wrote:
Switchback wrote:I tested the Sigma 150 - 500mm OS HSM the other day on my Nikon D90.

They improved it a million times better then the old and previous 50 - 500mm and 170 - 500mm Sigma's. It got my thumbs up! :thumbs_up:


The problem with all Sigma lenses is the slow focusing, especially in low light conditions. Luckily you're using a Nikon otherwise it would have been much worse.

:thumbs_up:


That's just the thing, this one's focussing was quit quick. The same day I tested the Niko 80 - 400mm as well and, although it may not have been a thorough test,the Sigma's focussing was (for me) faster than the Nikon. Giving credited that the Nikon 80 - 400mm is getting a bit long in the tooth.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:29 am

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to buy a new camera. I currently just have a Canon A470 Powershot with a 3.4 x zoom which is great for snapshots but obviously not so great for animals & birds unless they are REALLY close! :lol:

Unfortunately I only have a budget of about R5000.00, but then I really just want something that's user friendly and obviously more powerful than what I have now. I just want to be able to get those shots that (with my current camera) are just a bit too far away. If I could then add to it when I have more money that would be ideal.

Any suggestions?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby oddesy » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:38 am

Flutterby im sure that with that budget you could get a very nice superzoom. Something like the Canon Powershot SX20 IS would be a very nice camera and cost just below R5000, look HERE. Good luck on looking for a camera :thumbs_up:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:57 am

Thanks Oddesy....will definitely look into that. :thumbs_up: What camera do you have, by the way? Your photos are stunning!
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Unread postby oddesy » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:06 am

:thumbs_up: Thanks Flutterby! :D :redface:

I Have a pentax K200D with sigma 170-500mm lens and Tamron 70-300mm and then hopefully a Tamron 70-200 F2.8 soon :pray:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:23 am

OK...I have to admit that means nothing to me :redface:, but the end results speak for themselves. :clap:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:12 am

Flutterby, how serious are you about photography?
If you're planning on spending money, I'd advise you go for a DSLR instead of superzoom, which you're likely to grow out of anyway.

You can get pretty decent second-hand cameras for your budget (though finding a lens to suit you might be more expensive).
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:14 pm

Hi Josh, I can't say I'm a serious photographer (not yet anyway)...I just want to be able to take some nice photos when we're in the bush once or twice a year. For "people" pics my current camera is fine. As I said, I need something with a more powerful zoom, and to be honest, having to change lenses, settings, focus etc, would probably have me completely flustered & confused, and I'd end up missing the shot! :redface:

But I can understand what you're saying - when the photography addiction kicks in (which I'm sure it will), it's obviously better to have something worthwhile.

I am now very confused, and I still have to grovel and plead with SO a bit more! :?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:21 pm

Flutterby wrote:As I said, I need something with a more powerful zoom, and to be honest, having to change lenses, settings, focus etc, would probably have me completely flustered & confused, and I'd end up missing the shot! :redface:

The problem with superzooms, and the reason I moved to a DSLR, is that superzooms are slow:
slow to turn on
slow to focus
slow to zoom
and slow to shoot (shutter lag).

I missed a lot more shots due to my superzoom being slow than I did because of playing with settings on my DSLR.

I have not used a superzoom properly in at least 3 years, so they may be a lot faster now.

Go to a shop and try them out to see the differences :)
In any case, I'd recommend buy second hand, whatever you buy (preferably from a reputable source).
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:34 pm

Got a Pentax Kx, Sigma 70-300, Pentax 18-55, Tomorrow getting at last the Pentax 50-135 & Pentax ..... :thumbs_up:

Found the Sigma fast & also reliable, carried over from my previous Pentax & it took a few knocks in its time. :thumbs_up:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread postby Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:54 pm

Thanks Josh...what would be a reputable source for second hand cameras?
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