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Re: Canon 40D or 50D

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:19 am

With error 99 you should not only remove the battery, but the lens as well. Many people forget that last bit.

Cleaning the contacts on lens and camera often helps against the error recurring.

And after that action, cleaning the sensor may be needed....
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Re: Canon 40D or 50D

Unread post by Caracal » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:50 am

With error 99 you should not only remove the battery, but the lens as well. Many people forget that last bit.



I think I have heard you say that before Duques :D ...so yes I removed lens as well.
The lens in question being my Sigma 150-500mm. There is a bit of play on this lens when attached to my 40D and I thought maybe the lens was losing contact with the camera....
But it was the changing over of the batteries that sorted it out. BTW..it was a new battery...obviously the 40D did not like it. :D

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Ideas for new Canon Dslr camera.

Unread post by Gaz Tau » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:11 am

Hi guys

i am looking for some advice, i am a game ranger in thornybush in the greater kruger park and at the moment have a Canon 1000d and 70-300mm lens.

I am starting to get the itch to go a bit bigger and better, can anyone give me some advice on what i should be looking at? with both the body and lenses, i just want to get a idea so i can start putting some money aside.

your help will be great!!

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Re: Ideas for new Canon Dslr camera.

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:19 am

Good morning and welcome to the forums!

That itch is going to become worse, and costs a ton of money. :lol:

The 70-300 will probably be your friend a little longer. The lens you may want to switch it for is the 100-400 as it has a slightly longer reach, and better quality. (There is a new 70-300, but that is very costly!)

You may want to see if you can get a secondhand EOS 40D. Purely for the higher speed it has in focusing and the higher framerate. That will be a step forward at low cost.

In the future you may want to get yourself a 7D. It costs around R12.000 and is a really good camera for wildlife. Super quality, high framerate and very quick focusing.
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Re: Ideas for new Canon Dslr camera.

Unread post by Massimo » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:25 pm

Hi Gaz Tau,

Would love to have your job working in the bush instead of working at a screen...

Ok so you want to take the plunge into photography and i see you started by going the correct root by choosing canon :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

The canon 1000D is very entry level Canon body and not many people buy them unless they really have too. So my advice on this body is to rather save up some money and buy a better body. Depending on how much you want to spend is another question. If you have a small budget then try go for 450D upwards also try get a (50D) second though as they do not make these bodies anymore (60D) took its place. I started off with the 450D and still love the camera i use it as my second body.

Now... :hmz: for the lens. My advice is spend more on glass then the body. The lens plays a major part in photography. I would rather spend a little less and get a 450D instead of lets say a 550D and spend the extra cash on the lens. The 70-300 is (if im not mistaken) given as a bundle pack?? If you buying the two as a bundle then i would rather leave it. I would rather for a better lens. I suppose it will be a good start up lens and then grow from there but if you have the money i would rather spend it on better glass e.g.

canon / Sigma 70-200 F4 non IS (Half the price of IS)
Simga 150-500 APO DG

and then when you have the money and feel confident go for a canon prime.
if you use the zoom lens and find all your pictures are taken at full length (i had the 150-500 sigma and i shoot wildlife and birds and found that most of them were shot at 500. I then sold the 150-500 and bought the prime.) then go prime instead of zoom. Prime (fixed length) has better IQ (image quality) over the zoom so i would recommend the 400 F5.6 over the 100-400L from canon. or if you can afford it the 300 F2.8 x 2converter. or the 500mm prime F4

Hope this helps but if you give us a price limit we can help you a lot better...
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Canon 6D : Wildlife

Unread post by timbo » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:35 pm

I wonder what people think of the 6D for wildlife ethusiasts?

According to the guys at the canon show today, the 6D will be coming in around the R21k mark (orms has it at R19.5k) which is more affordable then both the 5D mark II and III and more then the 7D.

Seeing as it is a full frame sensor therefore offering the full frame advantages and slightly more pixels then the 1.6 crop 7D sensor.

Perhaps the frames per second are an issue seeing as the 6D is 4.5 frames per second with compared to the 8 frames per second of the 7d and 6 frames per second of the 5D mark III.

6D does come with built-in GPS (as far as i understand) and therefore, although a gimmick, perhaps would be nice to see exactly where you took images.

I wonder what people think, will the 6D be a competitor in the wildlife photography market?

Or is the 7D still the daddy in the market in terms of semi pro to pro DSLR for wildlife photography seeing as you have the added advantage of the crop factor.

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Re: Canon 6D : Wildlife

Unread post by brogan » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:03 pm

Hey guys,

As someone who goes to Kruger a lot for birding and wildlife photography, I would personally not go for the 6d, 5d, 1dx. Reason being it is full frame. I have just bought a 7d for this exact reason. With full frame you will need to purchase longer lenses in order to get the same zoom you would get on a crop censor. ie a 300mm on a 1.6 CMOS censor is a 480mm. you will need to buy a 500mm lens to get the same magnification, at 4 X the price. The 7d also shoots a lot faster than the 5d III and 6d.

Yes full frame is better than CMOS sensor for wide angle shots, and for low light, but you lose the "zoom" factor you get with a crop sensor which is what you need 90% of the time when shooting wildlife/birds.

The 6D construction is also a bit of a let-down, it feels to plastic and cheap, I think Canon have made a mistake with the 6D as there is not a proper need for the entry level FF. it also has less buttons which does not help for when you need to change a setting quickly for a specific shot. I once heard, the better the camera body, the more buttons it will have.

The 6d is much like the 60d, either stick with the 50D or get a 7D. Stick with the 7D or go for the 5D MK II or III.

My thoughts from Canon’s perspective are: the more camera bodies you have, the money customers you will have as everyone’s needs are different. I don’t believe in the concept, rather make better versions or current bodies, then new bodies for a market that was not there because on the divide between 7D and 5D. If you can’t afford the 5D III buy the II.

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Re: Canon 6D : Wildlife

Unread post by timbo » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:21 pm

brogan wrote:Hey guys,

As someone who goes to Kruger a lot for birding and wildlife photography, I would personally not go for the 6d, 5d, 1dx. Reason being it is full frame. I have just bought a 7d for this exact reason. With full frame you will need to purchase longer lenses in order to get the same zoom you would get on a crop censor. ie a 300mm on a 1.6 CMOS censor is a 480mm. you will need to buy a 500mm lens to get the same magnification, at 4 X the price. The 7d also shoots a lot faster than the 5d III and 6d.

Yes full frame is better than CMOS sensor for wide angle shots, and for low light, but you lose the "zoom" factor you get with a crop sensor which is what you need 90% of the time when shooting wildlife/birds.

The 6D construction is also a bit of a let-down, it feels to plastic and cheap, I think Canon have made a mistake with the 6D as there is not a proper need for the entry level FF. it also has less buttons which does not help for when you need to change a setting quickly for a specific shot. I once heard, the better the camera body, the more buttons it will have.

The 6d is much like the 60d, either stick with the 50D or get a 7D. Stick with the 7D or go for the 5D MK II or III.

My thoughts from Canon’s perspective are: the more camera bodies you have, the money customers you will have as everyone’s needs are different. I don’t believe in the concept, rather make better versions or current bodies, then new bodies for a market that was not there because on the divide between 7D and 5D. If you can’t afford the 5D III buy the II.



I tend to agree with you. If you simply need a camera to take images of wildlife, then the 7D is the body you use because of the frame rate and the crop factor.

But I feel that, that 7D body needs an upgrade, a mark 2 version needs to be realesed. There are of course the rumors of the 7D mark 2 being announced in feb but you can never trust the rumors.

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Which is an improvement on the current 7D model. I have also heard a rumor of the 61 point AF system currently in the 5D mark III being placed in the 7D II, which I somehow doubt will be true.
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Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:53 am

So the time has come to contemplate shelving my trusted Canon 450D. It has served me well since purchased in 2008. Boy have we had some magical moments in the KNP. Just look on the TR's written by SurfCindy and you'll see some of the pictures.

Now the question is this: Which of the Canon camera bodies do I 'upgrade' to? I'm loath to go for the 60D and more tempted by the 7D. The 5D is a tad pricey. My 100-400mm lens would love appreciate either. The 7D body I can source for circa £750 or R12k near me. So my wallet and head is nudging in that direction.

Is there any advice going on which to get?
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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by saraf » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:12 pm

I've heard nothing but good things about the 7D and if I was upgrading that's the one I would go for.

Have you checked out DPReview? They do in depth reviews and their Canon DSLR forum used to be fairly active so may be worth checking out.
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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by MxM » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:57 pm

Are you planning on using the camera mostly for animals, or also for sunset or mostly birds?

I would not go for the 7D. Were price a consideration I would indeed go 60D, very nice body. But I would far rather have the 70D if lots of birds. If there are mainly larger game and some landscape, I would consider the 6D. The 100-400 will work well on both.

If you are really serious, perhaps consider a second hand 1D4?

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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by EOS_User » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:54 pm

Although it's the oldest body in the current Canon line-up, it's still a very good piece of kit, with a superb frame-rate, (bettered only by the 1DX !) so, if you can source a 7D for £750 then I would say it was a no brainer!

My 100-400 will be permanently attached to my 7D when we're in Kruger in 2 weeks time! ( I also have a 5DII which I'll be taking with for use with shorter lens for wider & landscape images...)

You mention a 5D series as an option. One big thing to bear in mind is that all the 5D's are full-frame, so you will lose the benefit of the extra (effective) reach of your lenses, and they have a much slower frame-rate than the 7D...

A small factor, but could be costly; the 60D & 70D take SD cards, whereas the 7D will take your existing CF cards from the 450D...

Good luck with whatever you opt for...

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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by saraf » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:46 am

An interesting perspective on older cameras here
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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:46 pm

So I have done my testing. The 7D is a very good camera, but the Compact Flash does put me off. I have SD cards currently and having to get Compact flash cards increases the price.

I tested the 60D as well and I'm inclined to play the waiting game for now whilst the price of the 60D reduced a little. The added benefit will be that no memory cards are necessary as I have more than enough SD Cards to hand.

Until then I''ll be aiming and framing with by trusted 450D.
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Re: Upgrade time Bye Bye Canon 450D

Unread post by tedredrum » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:43 am

Riannf31,

As a 7D user I do not think you would regret the purchase. I have upgraded several times over the past years. I started with the 20D, then upgraded to the 30D and on to the 40D. About two years ago I bought a 7D and LOVE it. I thought about the 5D for a full frame, but the fps rate was so much slower. I ultimately bought a second 7D body to avoid changing lenses repeatedly. Prior to my last trip I purchased the 100-400mm lens and it performed superbly on the 7D body.

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