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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Switchback » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:24 am

I'd go for the D5000, here's why (IMHO):

- Tons of in-camera edieting options
- Tons more focus modes
- 11 Focal points vs only 9 at Canon
- Tons of Advanced Scene Modes
- Better metering range
- Vari angle LCD monitor

Both cameras are almost equally great entry level DSLR's, play with both on them, shoot with them, feel them in your hands, and then decide on the Nikon... :lol:

Have a look here: Nikon 5000 vs Canon Ti

Second hand you do get good deals though, have a look at Outdoor Photo and see if you can maybe even pick up a D90. A 70 - 300mm lens in my eyes are the least you need for wildlife, unless you go to a zoo... :hmz:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:18 am

Right, way to much Nikon here! :rtm:

:lol:

For a limited budget and not photography addicted person I have another option: Fujifilm FinePix HS10

This has an impressive range, 24-720mm in 35 mm equiv, which is good enough for most photos.
It's sold in Holland for 429 euro, call it R4800, and I'm seriously considering getting one for my SO.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Jane » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:36 pm

I'd say stick to your original Nikon Choice all the way and dont be deviated. I had a Canon 40D and 100-400 lens which was stolen as part of the S African way of life. I now share my SO's Nikon system...chalk and cheese believe me. Sure the 5000 is a bottom of the range job but that is not the point...you have entre to the best lens system known to man. My Husband is actually selling his beloved 200-400 f4 lens commonly recognised as the best Wildlife zoom ever made and is getting the improvement on what was the best 300 f2.8 until Nikon improved its last world beater with the newly announced Nano (patent) VRII version to include the 2x Aspherical elemented (only Nikon has this ) 2x convertor to add to the unique 1.7 x convertor and 1.4 x convertor. Nikon in the lens department is jumping ahead all the time and only today announced a Nano coated f1.4 24mm lens and a 16-35 F4 to compliment the untouchaable 14-24 lens.

My SO was shooting a sport meet the other day next to a guy using a Canon MkIV 1D and SO had a borrowed D3S at much lower Megapixels . The Canon Shooter had to admit that the lower speced Nikon ate it the 1D MKIV for breakfast in the IQ dept. ...probably lens related but also other in camera stuff which I dont understand...you will pay more for sure but in the end you will know you got the best for your talent and equipment...go the Nikon Route ..I have been bitten through circumstance but I am just passing on my experiences
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:39 pm

Jane wrote:Sure the 5000 is a bottom of the range job but that is not the point...you have entre to the best lens system known to man.

Sure, but the D5000 (and D3000, D60 and D40) won't autofocus with the majority of entry-level long lenses required for wildlife (Sigma 150-500mm etc).

At this stage, for me manual focus on D40X, 80-200mm F2.8 with 2x teleconverter is waste of time.

Am still looking for a D50 or D70...
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Jane » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:35 pm

Maybe I am doff Josh but if a lens has AFS surely that will focus on any Nikon Body...Apart from the current 80-400 VR I dont know of any Nikon lens announced in the last 4 years that doesnt have AFS...Sure theold Dinosaur lenses had no AFS and relied on the camera to do this like our 50mm f1.4 AF D
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:43 pm

You're not doff, but there are plenty of non-AFS lenses around that a lot of people use.

The most common wildlife lens in use is the Sigma series of 170-500mm etc. These won't autofocus on those bodies. This is the type of lens a beginner is most likely to start off with. Unfortunately we can't all afford lenses like the 70-200mm F2.8, the 80-400mm or even the 300mm F4 AFS.

I also own a 15 year old 80-200mm F2.8 which is perfect optically but won't autofocus on my D40x. And as I said before, I may as well not bother shooting that lens on manual focus because the results aren't good enough (because I can't focus manually well enough).
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Thebi » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:19 am

Last year I bought a Cannon G10 and used it on a trip to Egypt (western desert, etc) and it gave me excellent results. Later in the year I used in the United Kingdom and also got excellent results. I know it is only a "pocket camera" but it is head and shoulders above its competion in this price bracket (+/- R7 500).

Before all you Nikon fans start jumping up and down I do use Nikon DSLR cameras with a selection of lens ranging from 18mm to 600mm for wildlife.

I just find that the G10 is a great camera to carry around in your coat pocket - it is a bit big for a shirt pocket.

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by bert » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:41 pm

Tamron 18-270 mm
New lens by Tamron
Landscape and nice reach for a moderate fee
Heard and read some nice comments

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Flutterby » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:55 pm

After my last post where I said I'd decided on a superzoom, I got the chance to test drive a friends Canon DSLR... needless to say I was hooked and have already ordered mine! :P

I found a really good deal on a Canon 1000D with a 18-55mm lens, a 75-300mm lens, a wide angle lens plus all the extras - flash, bag, tripod, memory & more! I know it's entry level but then so am I! :lol:

Can't wait to start shooting. :dance:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Flutterby » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:41 am

What is the general opinion on polarizer filters? Do they make a big difference to photographs?
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Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:12 am

Good morning Flutterby,
I've been using polarizer filters for years and it certainly does make a difference in photographs.
They have a few basic functions but also a drawbacks.
First: they tend to saturate your colours
Second : they get rid of reflections

Drawback:
You loose approx 2f stops

I always use it when lighting is very harsh as it adds that extra brilliance to your colours
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:53 pm

EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.3
Firmware changes

Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates five enhancements to the movie function and a fix to the manual sensor cleaning function of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.

1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.

NTSC:
* 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
* 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
* 640×480 : 30 fps (changed - actual 29.97 fps)
PAL:
* 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)
* 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added - actual 23.976 fps)
* 640×480 : 25 fps (added - actual 25.0 fps)

2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware up to version 1.2.4. If the camera's firmware is already version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Movies captured using EOS 5D Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.0 to 1.2.4 can be played back on cameras updated with Firmware Version 2.0.3. However, if you try to play back movies captured with a camera with the new firmware on a camera with a previous firmware version, a message, Cannot play back image, appears on the camera's LCD monitor.

It is recommended that you use the latest Canon applications*1 to edit movies captured with EOS 5D Mark II cameras that have the latest firmware because some previous versions do not support movie-editing functions and the frame rates that are added or changed by the latest firmware. You can download the latest Canon applications from our Web site.
*1 ZoomBrowser EX Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Windows XP/Vista/7)
ImageBrowser Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.6)


Quite worth downloading if you have that camera I think?
Link.

Video is not (yet) allowed in the competition, photos are. Did you send in yours?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:58 pm

Canon did an Oopsy!

Recently we have discovered a malfunction that occurs with Firmware Version 2.0.3, in which the manual recording levels for C1/C2/C3 are changed and the camera becomes unable to record audio if the power is turned off (or if Auto power off takes effect) after registering "Sound Recording: Manual" in the camera user settings.
We apologize very sincerely for the inconvenience, but we are going to stop making this firmware available for download. For customers who have already updated to the new firmware, when using the camera with the mode dial set to C1/C2/C3, please either set the sound recording settings to Auto.
We are currently preparing firmware that will correct this malfunction. As soon as those preparations have been completed, we will let you know on this Web site. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience this represents, but please wait until the fixed firmware is ready.

But at least you know a newer version with more options will become available.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:01 am

Dakka wrote:[img]2009_0709pala090064.JPG[/img][size=85]

Please help DB, got this far and am stuck..wont preview or open



Morning Dakka,

I can see what you are doing wrong and lets see if I can help.
First of all I see that you're trying to insert the image that you have on your computer (??).

Images can be inserted in the threads only if you have them stored in a web site (Flickr, Picasa and so on)
Once you have them inserted in the site you click with your right mouse button on it and copy the image url (should look like this:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_jovEc4qsJMA/SpqiA ... ARLING.jpg.

Copy the URL of the image you want to insert follow the same steps as your above picture: Img = Image, that so do it.

Hope I was clear enough.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:07 am

Correct, you forgot the bit on which server it's placed, and then the browser can't find it...

I have been messing around with a little program, trying to get some more interactive tutorials. While far from finished you may want to have a look at this 'beta' of it. It's a 2.8 MB flash movie.

Image

For those wanting to use Lightroom, the second beta of version 3 is out and ready for download. This link will probably work:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlemen ... lightroom3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Beta Timeframe

When you install Lightroom 3 beta 2, the software will remain active through June 2010. Once the commercial version of Lightroom 3 has shipped, you will need to uninstall the beta and install the final version.
Lightroom Beta 2 Installers

This download will install Lightroom 3 beta 2 and will work independently alongside your installation of Lightroom 1 or higher. The beta version is intended to provide an opportunity to give feedback and as such, does not read, upgrade or import catalogs from previous versions of Lightroom. If you currently own Lightroom, please continue to use Lightroom 1 or higher for your primary workflow needs.


New in Lightroom 3 Beta 2

* Improved performance throughout the application for faster importing and loading of images
* Native tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras
* Luminance noise reduction has been added to the previous color noise reduction improvements available in the first public beta for outstanding overall high ISO quality
* Support for importing and managing video files from DSLR cameras for better overall photographic workflow control
* Improvements to the import experience in the first beta to reflect public feedback
* Improved watermarking functionality from the first beta to reflect public feedback

Lightroom 3 beta 2 builds on the enhancements introduced in the first Lightroom 3 beta release:

* Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
* State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
* Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
* Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
* Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
* Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
* New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
* More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)*
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