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 Post subject: Canon EOS 450D
Unread postPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 4:14 pm 
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Hi all, Just bought myself a Canon EOS 450 D with a 300mm lens all in a package. Do you think its a good buy(meaning quality wise) :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
Unread postPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 4:48 pm 
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Hi Harrys,

I am a big fan of Canon camera's and believe that they make great quality camera's. Can you tell us a bit more about the lens? Is it a fixed 300mm lens or a zoom lens? Does it have image stabalisation?
300 mm is the minimum amount of zoom that I'd recommend for wildlife photography, and image stabalisation helps you to get your images in focus even when you're completely zoomed in.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Hi, Its a zoom lens and no stabilizing, anyway not as far as I can see right now, still reading the info book :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Probably a 75-300mm lens? I had the same one starting out, and it'll do just fine.
Just to be sure, take a beanbag with you. That's just a cloth bag filled with rice or dry beans. You can put that on your door when you're window is rolled down and rest your zoom lens on it while taking your pics. It really helps against blurry images due to a tiny shake of your hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Thanks superstress :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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That is the camera I have, and I am still trying to progress beyond the 'green' settings :redface: As a result I usually drag out the older Kodak I have which now has a broken joggle button and only works on auto settings -but takes good photos anyway.

Instead of a beanbag I use a piece of pool noodle. Got one of the triangular ones, cut a piece to fit the window and then cut a slit in one of the apex lines. Fit it over the window and it works great to rest the lens on. Less likely to fall off than a bean-bag, and also useful as an arm rest! And so cheap it is easily replaced too. I have given bits of the rest of the noodle to several other folk.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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ecojunkie wrote:
That is the camera I have, and I am still trying to progress beyond the 'green' settings :redface: As a result I usually drag out the older Kodak I have which now has a broken joggle button and only works on auto settings -but takes good photos anyway.


Hi Ecojunkie,
If you want to progress from the green auto- button. Try using the P button for a change. You can play around with the white balance. You can get some amazing results with that.
When you're photographing a sunset for example, try putting your white balance on overcast. It'll filter out some of the blues in your pic and make the reds even more red.

If you really want to practice, try and put your camera on the AV (aperture variable) setting. That way you can controll your depth of focus and that's a great tool for a photographer! Imagine a great portrait of your favorite bird with just the bird in focus and the background completely blurry! That's what aperture can do for you.

Hope this all makes sense??? Or did I get too technical? Just pm me if you need some more advice!

Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
Unread postPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 1:00 pm 
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SS - will get back to you! I even did a digital camera course hoping to learn....but it focussed (!!!) more on post-processing than taking photos which was what I needed. Unfortunately raised on Instamatics I never learned the settings available.

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Hi ecojunkie,

Shame, taking great pics is the first step. If you master that, then post-processing is only a little tweek here and there! Too bad that your course wasn't what you expected.
I'll be in Lower Sabie next week if the ashcould and BA let me (Airport in Amsterdam is closed untill 14.00 today....), so if you wanna chat, you know where to find me!
Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Maybe we can make a plan to meet up somewhere......

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
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Also got the canon EOS 450D last week - but in a kit with a 55-250mm IS lens. And so far I've been only impressed. :lol: Trying out all it's in's and out's - so I'm well acquainted with it by the time we go to KTP!

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 Post subject: Re: Canon EOS 450D
Unread postPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:59 pm 
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superstess wrote:
If you really want to practice, try and put your camera on the AV (aperture variable) setting. That way you can controll your depth of focus and that's a great tool for a photographer!
I don't want to be nitcpicky, but this should be 'depth of field' not 'depth of focus'. They're 2 different things (something I was not aware of until a few months ago, and was corrected on the forum too).

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