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Re: Canon 40D focusing screens

Unread post by PJL » Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:10 pm

Hi wingman,

I can't say that I've tried alternative screens, but I think they tend to be a similar matte surface with the additions of composition aids such as horizontal and vertical grid lines. This in itself won't really help in manual focussing.

Does your 100-400 autofocus with the 1.4x converter on when the aperture is wide open? If so, one option might be to autofocus at your lowest available f-stop, flick off the autofocus and close the aperture to increase your DOF before snapping away. Bit of effort involved, but it might work??

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Re: Canon 40D focusing screens

Unread post by wingman » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:38 am

Many thanks, someimes it will autofocus but on most occasions not, Im getting conflicting info from the suppliers on the screens there appears to be 3 options. 1st is a grid which I dont need, 2nd is a very fine version of the standard screen which is apparently clearer and the 3rd which I cant confirm is a split focus screen. All are available for to higher level camera's but not so sure for the 40D.

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Re: Canon 40D focusing screens

Unread post by PJL » Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:29 pm

Hi wingman,

Done a little bit more research and I think you're right - there are 3 different focussing screens for the 40D:

"Ef-A Standard Precision Matte Screen: Is the standard one that came with your camera and provides good viewfinder brightness and enables easy manual focus.

Ef-D Precision Matte with Grid: same as above but with the grid which is very useful for landscapes for example or where you wish to align your images better.

Ef-S Super Precision Matte Screen: Makes manual focusing easier than with the standard screen and is excellent for wide aperture lenses 2.8 and faster. Great for someone who likes to manual focus, especially in low light with faster lenses."


So it sounds as though the Ef-S would be the one to try.

One other strange-sounding thing to try is to autofocus using any of the AF points other than the central one, and see whether you get any improvement in autofocus ability. The reason is because the central one does a bit of work in figuring out best contrast levels, and that might be interfering with the focussing ability/speed.

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help needed with equipment selection

Unread post by marissa » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:27 pm

Hi guys. i need help on selecting equip. I am thinking of buying a canon 500D or a 40D and fitting a canon 75-300mm lens to it. Is this a good combo or can you guys suggest something cheaper or similiar?

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Re: help[ needed with equipment selection

Unread post by DuQues » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:41 pm

Think from the lens back towards your eye...

The lens is the most important bit of equipment, if that's iffy you'll get iffy photos even with the best camera and photographer behind it.

So if budget is a problem (as always) rather go for the 500D than the 40D.
The 550D is out, so the 500D will become cheaper.

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Re: help[ needed with equipment selection

Unread post by marissa » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:13 pm

I was looking on ebay for a lens and saw that there is lenses with f and some wih l and even a few with IS in the name and description what do these stand for? What should i look for, for all my wildlife photography?

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Re: help[ needed with equipment selection

Unread post by wingman » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:08 pm

Hi Marrisa
you dont say where you come from if it is in SA take a look at www.outdoorphoto.co.za
on your camera I would look at a good second hand 40D there are plenty around at the moment for wildlife it will give you a lot more versatility camera wise, if it is general wildlife the 70-300mm will be fine but go for the IS (image stabaliser) this is a system built into the lens, the F is the miniumium aperture (number wise) for that focal length that the lens will operate at: ie 70-300mm IS F4.5-5.6 means it is a zoom lens that zooms from 70mm at a minimium Fstop of 4.5 and to a maximium zoom of 300mm at a minimium aperture of 5.6 what I suggest is before you proceed to buying anything search through this forum for the lessons on photography and read them the members have explained a lot of the terms and how they effect the photos and equiptment this will help you considerably to make your decisions correctly and ask as many questions as you want no matter how basic they seem someone will always give you an answer.

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Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by Kenmo » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:54 pm

I currently use a Canon S5 IS, which gives me great pictures, but want to upgrade to full DSLR. (Am I going through a 'toys for boys' phase?). I go at least once a year to a Sanpark's location; this year it is the Kgalagadi (again), so I need a good set-up for wildlife photography. Unfortunately I don't get much time for photography back home (UK) so the camera is mainly for holiday use.

I have already had one recommendation of the Canon 1000D (with 18-55 IS lens) and an additional 55-250 IS lens. Does anyone have any other suggestions/advice?

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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by NickyG » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:01 pm

Hi bud,

Only limitation is a budget.
Overseas there are a few places (I mean in England) like Jessops, who do great deals. You can enquire about a trade in ?

Currently teh top range of entry levels from canon (Im assuming canon as you are conversant with their compact) its a 550D, these as far as I know here are not sold with kits.

The DSLR will enable you to catch movement better,as well a more frames per second. (I currently have teh 450D, and bought it with a kit lens and a 300mm although teh lens is unstabilised....something I got used to using a compact).

The 1000D is a brilliant entry levbel camera, with all teh same functions as the advanced entry level cameras. However I think it lacks a live view facility. Having said that, I rarely use mine.

Google a load fo reveiw from reputable sites on the various models available, like teh Canon 450D, 500D 550d, Nikon D60 / D3000 / D5000 etc.

Nick,

These days a 450D are thrown at customers with additional lenses, its a 12.2 megapixel camera, and 3.5 F.P.S if you shoot in RAW.
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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by oddesy » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:26 pm

Hi kenmo :D

looking at your uses for the camera it sounds like the 1000D would be great start to DSLR's for you, although one change i would make is that for wildlife you often end up with your subject quite a distance away so with zoom lenses tend to be at the long end of your zoom where the quality degrades. Instead of the canon i would suggest one of the sigma 70-300 optically better and longer range. Seen a few impresive pictures with it :thumbs_up:
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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:21 am

Hi Kenmo!
I recently got the Canon 450D with 18--55mm IS and 55-250mm IS plus camera bag and 8GB memory card in a kit - goes for around R8000. Think this is a good deal - and although it is not a 70-300mm as most would recommend for the parks - it has IS (Image Stabiliser)- and if you have to get a 70-300mm with IS - it starts getting a lot more expensive! It all depends on what is more important to you - a few mm or sharper photo's... Good luck with you decision!
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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by NickyG » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:45 pm

Bushbuddies is right....if you get a change at a stabilised lens take it. Knowing now I would definitly take teh 250mm IS over teh 300m unstabilised i have now...I have to stop teh car, put teh caera and lens on a beanbag and fire.(Everytime)
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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by oddesy » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:53 pm

The new sigma 70-300 has stabilisation built into the lens and very decent optics for the class. But looking now it is quite a bit more expensive than the canon 250mm and the shake reduction is very important. My brother always had problems with his un-stabilised lenses so the canon 250 is probably a very good bet or maybe look for a second-hand canon 75-300 IS.
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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by Mike1916 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:03 pm

Hmmm it a tough choice between all of them!

In my opinion the best starting kit would be the Canon 450D, kit lens and then the Canon 55-250 IS, although it does not have the best optics the lens is stabilized and starting out with be more than good enough, then you can start saving for the better canon lenses like the 70-300 IS which is an awesome lens!

YOU NEED STABILIZATION i went from lens to lens to lens before i got my first stabilized lens the Canon 75-300 IS USM!

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Re: Upgrading from Compact to DSLR

Unread post by skywalker2251 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:29 pm

For wildlife photography, you can't go wrong with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L. I purchased it before my first trip to Kruger and haven't regretted it since.


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