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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Morkel777 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:51 am

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:
Planning the next trip already...

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:29 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by DuQues » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:00 pm

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.

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Ranred » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:14 pm

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:

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Cody » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:04 pm

Camera:
Canon 600D

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

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monopod, tripod and beanbag.

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by firefinch » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:29 pm

Camera:
Canon EOS 60D

Lenses:
Canon 17-55mm f2.8
Canon 100-400mm

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

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by yatiya » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:47 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by mikef » Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:11 pm

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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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Scottm » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:56 am

Nice setup.... but I would suggest that you focus on improving your glass quality rather than extending your range (clearly depending on your photographic bias...) The Sigma will gain you a little more reach at the cost of clarity and speed and you would probably be better off getting 70-200 f2.8 or a decent prime (which can take a converter without af loss).... quite a bit more cash outlay, but no logical reason to replace your 100 - 400 canon for a mere extra 100mm. If you are into birding or fast photography in any way, focusing speed and clarity of the canon range of lenses is seldom surpassed by equivalent 3rd party lenses.

As a D7000 user (from the dark side :twisted: ) I am happy with my upgrade from the iconic D70, but the quality of the Nikon body is only now showing the shortcomings of my substantial (but rather slow) lens collection, which includes an older model Sigma 170 - 500. Given that you have a reasonable range in your current setup, my suggestion to you would be to improve the quality of the lenses over time.....
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Morkel777 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:29 pm

yatiya wrote: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.


To answer your questions:

1. I used a 7D for over a year, and now have a D7000 as a 2nd body to my primary D3s.
I enjoyed the 7D - great tool. Files were always quite noisy but manageable. The files of the D7000 look much cleaner in Lightroom to my eye and detail seems sharper (I used pro lenses in each case). I won't put my head on a block, but in terms of image quality I think the D7000 has an edge. Where it lags behind the 7D is megapixels (16 vs 18), fps (6.3 vs 8) and buffer size for capturing a sequence of images in burst-fire and saving to the memory card. The 7D could get more images into its buffer due to the duel processors it employs. The AF on the D7000 is IMHO better than the 7D.

2. I would NOT use a Teleconverter with the 100-400mm. Great lens for the price, but it doesn't take converters well. The f4.5 is only applicable on 100mm, and with 1.4xTC would leave you at f6.3, but as soon as you zoom in to 400mm f5.6 it becomes f8 and unable to autofocus.

3. If you can get your hands on a 300mm f2.8 L IS USM (version 1) second hand...borrow money and buy! I used mine very successfully with both 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters on a 7D.
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by yatiya » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:53 pm

Thanks for all the advice.

@mikef - You're right - I don't know why I even thought about getting the Sigma!:)

Any thoughts on an optimal tripod for this setup? I plan to use it primarily for social events, photography courses etc. The carbon-fibres are too expensive, so I'll get aluminium, but what weight-bearing, height etc? I already have a portable one for the Park:D, with a Manfrotto ball head (RC4) - I'll probably just use that head interchangeably, since I don't really use a full-size tripod in the Park.

Secondly - flashes. Does anyone here use off-camera flashes? What about flash-extenders?

My feeling is that I'm getting too carried away with equipment - I'm an amateur, but reading magazines, books, tempts me to go for equipment I don't really need. I just really want to take great pics for myself, and maybe submit every now and then to magazines etc. As it is I splurged on the camera and lens!

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by EOS_User » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:18 pm

yatiya wrote:What about flash-extenders?


I have the 'Better Beamer' flash-extender. As Josh says; it is unwieldy - but boy does it throw out the light...

If you plan on doing much low-light (say sunset drive - or even around the camp in the evening) photography, the flash-extender IMO will do a better overall job for you than using a very high ISO to get enough speed up on a long lens...

In daylight - it's also useful for fill-flash when shooting into the sun...

Best used on focal lengths in excess of of 300mm. Set the flash manually to 50mm for optimum results...

FWIW - it's one of those tools that you might use only once in a while - but it's not too expensive, so once bought - it can just sit there... It packs flat and is easy to pack & carry... They are built for specific flashes - make sure you get the right one... The 580EXII is a superb piece of kit!

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:23 am

I use the better beamer too, mostly for fill-in flash when shooting birds. Fill-in flash makes a big difference, and the extender gives you a lot of reach. I haven't really used it in low light
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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by racman » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:11 pm

Wow, what a ride I've had since I posted my kit a few pages back and it now looks like this:

Nikon D3s
Nikon D7000
Nikon 24-120 f4
Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR
Nikon 200-400 f4 VRII
Nikon SB900 & BetterBeamer

2 weeks to go before I hit Mfolozi for a week and the Kruger for 2 weeks - can't wait!!

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Re: Photography Kit Parade

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:52 pm

Time I updated my list.


Nikon D50 + 2 batteries
Nikon 18-55 mm (non VR)
Nikon 70-300 mm (non VR)
This is my initial kit and I've passed it on to my wife and little boy.

My kit:
Nikon D90 +MB-D80 battery grip
Nikon D90 + MB-D80 battery grip
Yes, I have two identical sets!

Nikon 18-55 mm VR
Nikon 18-135 mm VR
Nikon 80-400 mm VR
Nikon 105 mm Micro
Sigma 300 mm f2.8 (non VR)
Sigma 150-500 mm VR

Flash: Speedlight SB600

Teleconverters:
Nikon 1.7X
Kenko 2x

Filters for all lenses.
Monopod + Tripod

Total of 400 Gb SD's
60 Gb Smartdisk
40 Gb X drive II
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