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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Switchback » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:13 am

JOF wrote:
Switchback wrote:I tested the Sigma 150 - 500mm OS HSM the other day on my Nikon D90.

They improved it a million times better then the old and previous 50 - 500mm and 170 - 500mm Sigma's. It got my thumbs up! :thumbs_up:


The problem with all Sigma lenses is the slow focusing, especially in low light conditions. Luckily you're using a Nikon otherwise it would have been much worse.

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That's just the thing, this one's focussing was quit quick. The same day I tested the Niko 80 - 400mm as well and, although it may not have been a thorough test,the Sigma's focussing was (for me) faster than the Nikon. Giving credited that the Nikon 80 - 400mm is getting a bit long in the tooth.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:29 am

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to buy a new camera. I currently just have a Canon A470 Powershot with a 3.4 x zoom which is great for snapshots but obviously not so great for animals & birds unless they are REALLY close! :lol:

Unfortunately I only have a budget of about R5000.00, but then I really just want something that's user friendly and obviously more powerful than what I have now. I just want to be able to get those shots that (with my current camera) are just a bit too far away. If I could then add to it when I have more money that would be ideal.

Any suggestions?
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Unread post by oddesy » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:38 am

Flutterby im sure that with that budget you could get a very nice superzoom. Something like the Canon Powershot SX20 IS would be a very nice camera and cost just below R5000, look HERE. Good luck on looking for a camera :thumbs_up:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:12 am

Flutterby, how serious are you about photography?
If you're planning on spending money, I'd advise you go for a DSLR instead of superzoom, which you're likely to grow out of anyway.

You can get pretty decent second-hand cameras for your budget (though finding a lens to suit you might be more expensive).
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Flutterby » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:14 pm

Hi Josh, I can't say I'm a serious photographer (not yet anyway)...I just want to be able to take some nice photos when we're in the bush once or twice a year. For "people" pics my current camera is fine. As I said, I need something with a more powerful zoom, and to be honest, having to change lenses, settings, focus etc, would probably have me completely flustered & confused, and I'd end up missing the shot! :redface:

But I can understand what you're saying - when the photography addiction kicks in (which I'm sure it will), it's obviously better to have something worthwhile.

I am now very confused, and I still have to grovel and plead with SO a bit more! :?
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Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:21 pm

Flutterby wrote:As I said, I need something with a more powerful zoom, and to be honest, having to change lenses, settings, focus etc, would probably have me completely flustered & confused, and I'd end up missing the shot! :redface:

The problem with superzooms, and the reason I moved to a DSLR, is that superzooms are slow:
slow to turn on
slow to focus
slow to zoom
and slow to shoot (shutter lag).

I missed a lot more shots due to my superzoom being slow than I did because of playing with settings on my DSLR.

I have not used a superzoom properly in at least 3 years, so they may be a lot faster now.

Go to a shop and try them out to see the differences :)
In any case, I'd recommend buy second hand, whatever you buy (preferably from a reputable source).
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Unread post by Scipio » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:34 pm

Got a Pentax Kx, Sigma 70-300, Pentax 18-55, Tomorrow getting at last the Pentax 50-135 & Pentax ..... :thumbs_up:

Found the Sigma fast & also reliable, carried over from my previous Pentax & it took a few knocks in its time. :thumbs_up:
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by kittykat23uk » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:48 pm

Hi there,

I own a Panasonic FZ18 superzoom and use it all the time on safaris. The latest model is the FZ35/38.

The key thing for me is I do not want to be carrying around heavy camera gear but still want the reach. The sacrifice is poor performance in low light (noisy shots and slow shutter speeds), slower focus than a DSLR (but I do notice that compared to partner's Canon 30 D and sigma 170-500 I get many more keepers out of the camera) and less control over the depth of field. Dynamic range can also be a bit of an issue at times. But the benefits are a really lightweight setup, great zoom range- no need to change lenses,really good Image stabilisation, great colour straight out of the camera (also can shoot RAW) and enough features to be able to manage the majority of my shooting needs. :thumbs_up:

Here's a link to my set from Brazil, see what you think:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8773601@N0 ... 174180742/

You'd still need to invest in a few decent lenses to get the best out of a DSLR but if weight is not an issue you would certainly have more flexibility than the superzoom option.

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:16 pm

I started on a Panasonic FZ20. I agree the range is great. I moved to DSLR because I found superzooms to be too slow (to do anything).
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by bert » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:49 pm

My SO owns and uses the Panasonic Z28
Great performance
With Leica lenses and also uses a Leice teleconverter
Great quality.
The only drawback is the noise
Above IS200 it starts to show

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Flutterby » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:24 pm

Thanks for all the advice - now I need some more. I think I have decided on a superzoom and have found the following in my price range: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ35, Canon Powershot SX20 IS, Olympus SP5904Z & Nikon Coolpix P90. Which would you buy?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:28 pm

I'm a fan of the Panasonics, BUT I have not used mine for over 2 years and have not used any other brand.
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Nikkon » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:06 pm

This is one for you clever people out there. I want to enter the world of photography and need a good cam to start with. So tell me now which one should I go for and if possible why?
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*Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP
*Nikkon D5000 12.3 MP DX

Thanks!

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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Switchback » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:34 am

Hi Nikkon,

Wow, I like your Forum name!! :thumbs_up:

You can't buy a Canon and have a forum name like that, so your decision has been made for you! :D Ok, between the two of those you mentioned, I'd definitely go for the Nikon. I can give you 10 million reasons why, but don't have the time now, will elaborate later.

What is your budget though and what do you want to achieve with your photography?
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Re: General Photography Chat

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:17 am

Nikkon wrote:Yes, my mind is/was made up for a Nikkon till I read an article about the Cannon. It seems (to me) that they are close to each other and therefore I need expert advice. I can send up to R7500 on a cam and mainly need it for wildlife and family photos. No plans in turning pro but I enjoy a good photo.

Buy a 2nd hand D80 for that money is my advice.
You could also consider spending less on a camera (ie buy an older 2nd hand camera like a D50 or D70) and spend more on lenses.
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