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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:22 pm 
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Congrats Morkel, made the switch myself about 6 months ago and slowly building up the gear (haven't had coffee with the bank manager for a while - maybe I should :D ), but all in all very happy.

Gear at present:

Nikon D7000
Nikon 24-120 f4
Sigma 120-300 f2.8 EX OS
Sigma 1.4x EX
Sigma 10-20 EX

Just purchased the 120-300 OS last weekend and VERY impressed!


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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racman wrote:
Just purchased the 120-300OS last weekend and VERY impressed!


Nice, I heard great things about that lens... 8)

As a sidenote, just returned from Kruger and the 500mm was mostly "welded" onto the D3s, used it with the TC a few times, but most of the time it was enough. The D7000 was "welded" to the 70-200mm and it worked very well for shots where the sightings were closer. The 120-300mm on the D7000 should be an excellent option all-round for Kruger.

On other occasions to get more reach I slapped the 500mm with TC on the D7000 and it worked well, but it puts your technique to the test, as you effectively need to keep a 1050mm focal length steady. I had to switch the car off when using it this way, but got some sharp results most of the time.

Now I need to plan my next KTP trip so I can see how they perform there - I think the 1.4x TC will be stuck to the 500mm there... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:55 pm 
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Thx Morkel - and glad to hear you're enjoying the Nikon kit as well. I have my eye on the D3s and 500/600 f4 VR as well.

I will be thoroughly testing the D7000 and Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS next week in Mashatu (8-13 Sept) and then a week in Mfolozi and 2 weeks Kruger in November, so it will definitely earn it's keep!


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:23 pm 
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I don't have a camera yet so i just use my ipod touch and binoculars.
works pretty well :D.


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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welcome to the forum NickHall :D
glad to see you are happy with a Ipod :wink:
first going to the park... then... :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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No i've been goin to the park since my life.
but I'm thinking of saving up for a Canon EOS 500D with a 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens. Unless thats not a good choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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it's a good choice... I have a Canon 500D :D
:hmz: try to have a xxx(maybe75)-300mm or 100-400mm

in the "short" distance there is a 18-24/200mm

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Welcome to the forums! :yaya:
NickHall wrote:
I don't have a camera yet so i just use my ipod touch and binoculars.
works pretty well :D.

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I'm thinking of saving up for a Canon EOS 500D with a 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens. Unless thats not a good choice.

You'll see a HUGE difference in quality of photos! Image

The 18-55 is good for landscapes, the 55-200 is a bit short for Kruger. Well, for most parks.
You want at least 300 mm, and that will keep you wanting. My 100-400 is a push-pull lens, and I have wanted to pull it way further than it can go. :)

I understand budget is a problem, so get the 500D with the 18-55, that is a good set which you can use outside the parks too. But then do not buy the 55-200, but rather save up for the Sigma 150-500. And if you go into a park when you don't have that yet borrow or hire one.

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Super thanks for all the help :D
can't wait to start getting into photography :wink: .


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It'll make huge dents in your wallet......

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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It is one of the most expensive hobbies but also can be one of the most satisfying. Im still surprised at how those pics using ipod touch and binoculars came out :clap: and about those lenses:

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The 18-55 is good for landscapes, the 55-200 is a bit short for Kruger. Well, for most parks.
You want at least 300 mm, and that will keep you wanting. My 100-400 is a push-pull lens, and I have wanted to pull it way further than it can go. :)


I couldn't agree with you more :mrgreen: Maybe skip on the 55-200 and save up a bit more for a lens with at least capable of 300mm zoom. The extra cost will be worth it! :wink:

However, one thing to take into consideration is how often you will use a big lens like a 150-500 compared to a shorter lens like a 55-200. You may find that the number of times you use the bigger lens does not justify it's cost- I'm talking about using your camera throughout the year, not just trips to the bush. If this is so then go for the 55-200 and borrow or rent a big lens for trips to the bush.

Even with a 170-500 I'm still left wanting on occasion. :hmz:

All the best!! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Canon 600D

Lens:
Canon 18-55mm lens
Canon 55-250mm lens
Sigma 150-500mm lens

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monopod, tripod and beanbag.

1x 16GB Sandisk card

And two Lowepro Bags - a small one and the Compu Day pack!

:cam: LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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Canon 17-55mm f2.8
Canon 100-400mm

Next on wish list :)
Canon 10-22mm
Canon 400mm f5.6


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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I just made the jump to DSLR

Canon EOS 7D
Canon 18-135 EF-S IS
Canon 100-400mm L USM IS
Kingston 32GB 600x CF

Can't wait to try it out end of October!:)

Planning on getting Canon 580 EXII flash, and eventually, Sigma 150-500mm, When I'm ready to sell my house,I'll get Canon 800mm F5.6:D :shock: :shock:

When I was buying, I was torn between Nikon D7000 and Canon 7D. I eventually chose Canon because I'm more familiar with the brand, and lenses are (supposedly) cheaper. Any thoughts on image quality between these two, or anything that sets them apart beside price? Most sites I've reviewed (incl this one!) have heavy bias, with proponents of each brand touting their brand as being the best.

Also, should I get a teleconverter? Considering the largest aperture on the 400mm is 4.5, that makes it an effective f6.3 with a 1.4x - bit slow? I'd love to get a 300mm f2.8, but the price makes my knees go weak!

I must say, so far I am LOVING this camera.


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 Post subject: Re: Photography Kit Parade
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yatiya wrote:
I just made the jump to DSLR

Canon EOS 7D
Canon 18-135 EF-S IS
Canon 100-400mm L USM IS
Kingston 32GB 600x CF

Can't wait to try it out end of October!:)

Planning on getting Canon 580 EXII flash, and eventually, Sigma 150-500mm, When I'm ready to sell my house,I'll get Canon 800mm F5.6:D :shock: :shock:

When I was buying, I was torn between Nikon D7000 and Canon 7D. I eventually chose Canon because I'm more familiar with the brand, and lenses are (supposedly) cheaper. Any thoughts on image quality between these two, or anything that sets them apart beside price? Most sites I've reviewed (incl this one!) have heavy bias, with proponents of each brand touting their brand as being the best.

Also, should I get a teleconverter? Considering the largest aperture on the 400mm is 4.5, that makes it an effective f6.3 with a 1.4x - bit slow? I'd love to get a 300mm f2.8, but the price makes my knees go weak!

I must say, so far I am LOVING this camera.


Great setup :thumbs_up:

I do not know why you want the Sigma 150-500 as it is a similar lens (although heavier and slightly lower IQ) to the 100-400L which you already own :?

I am biased as I am also a Canon fan but I would say overall the 7D would also be my choice. The D7000 is closer to the 60D. In any event I would not worry about the small differences - the skill of the nut behind the camera plays a far bigger role. :twisted:

With you current setup a TC is not ideal - a 1.4x would work with the 100-400L but in most instances you would lose AF and some IQ. TC are generally better with the faster primes or possibly the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKii. Depending on what you want to shoot you could also consider an ultra-wide like the 10-22 lens.

Good luck with your :cam: and I hope it gives you a lot of enjoyment.


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