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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by samsmith, Jan 6, 2010.

Which camara would you choose?

  1. Canon 1000D

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  2. Canon 450D

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  3. Canon 500D

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  4. Nikon D5000

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  1. Jan 6, 2010 #21 of 129
    samsmith

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    do you think canon 500d would be a good one for wildlife photography?? along with 400mm f/5.6 lens for wildlife and 70-200 f4 IS or 70-200 f.2.8 IS for moving objects??
     
  2. Jan 6, 2010 #22 of 129
    P Smith

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    sure, if it fit in your budget :)

    I'd like more better lenses with f/2.8 or f/1.4 but prices ...
     
  3. Jan 6, 2010 #23 of 129
    kfcrosby

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    You know it !
     
  4. Jan 6, 2010 #24 of 129
    samsmith

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    do you think i should be able to shoot something close with 400mm f/5.6? or do you think i have get a macro's???
     
  5. Jan 6, 2010 #25 of 129
    Mike Bertelson

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    I have the Rebel T1i(500D) and I love it. I've always had Canons so I'm a little biased.

    The reviews out there for T1i are excellent so I would read them as well as those for the Nikon and compare the features and results.

    You might also consider your own experience. They’re both great cameras so if you’re more familiar with one’s operation you might want to stick to what you know...reduces the learning curve. :)

    Mike
     
  6. Jan 6, 2010 #26 of 129
    dragon342

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    I completly agreee with you, the REBEL is a pretty handy machine!
     
  7. Jan 6, 2010 #27 of 129
    samsmith

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    i have seen some sigma lens but they says they require HDS motor in the camara to work properly can someone explain more about that?
     
  8. Jan 6, 2010 #28 of 129
    Grentz

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    Yes, it would be very good.

    How close? Macro is for VERY close things, and a dedicated macro is not needed unless you really want to shoot close (like insects, leaves, etc.)

    Basically, that is only for Nikon users to worry about. All EF mount lenses (Canon) have the motors in the lens. None of the Canon EF bodies have AF motors.
     
  9. Jan 6, 2010 #29 of 129
    samsmith

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    That was very helpful...
     
  10. Jan 6, 2010 #30 of 129
    samsmith

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    can someone post sample pics taken by 70-200 f4 IS or 70-200 f.2.8 IS or 400mm f/5.6 lens?
     
  11. Jan 6, 2010 #31 of 129
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Grentz

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  13. Jan 6, 2010 #33 of 129
    ncxcstud

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    my wife and I purchased the Nikon D3000 for Christmas and we absolutely love it. Of course, it is an 'entry level' DSLR, but we're just moving up from a point and shoot...we're having fun with it...

    We're using the AF-S Nikkor 55-20mm 1:4-5:6G ED and the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR lens
     
  14. Jan 7, 2010 #34 of 129
    funhouse69

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    I also highly recommend the Photography on the Net Website, I am a pretty active member and have been on there for a few years now. Keep in mind that the site is pretty much geared towards Canon Gear. While I am a huge Canon fan I will not trash Nikon as they are arguably comparable.

    I've posted many, many examples of my pictures within the various camera body and lens threads under the same user name which you can search for if you'd like.

    That said the "Hide The Wallet" comment is also something that might be taken to heart. When you get in the world of DSLRs you are now talking about a potentially significant investment but if done properly can really provide many years of enjoyment.

    With that in mind when I dove in to the DSLR waters I made a decision to invest in the best possible stuff when I would add anything to my setup. The reason I mention this is Canon for all practical purposes has 2 different body types know as "Crop" and "Full Frame" this is important if you ever want to upgrade. The Crop bodies are the cheaper consumer and "Prosumer" end of things like the Rebel Series as well as the 30D, 40D, 50D and now the new 7D (not sure why they went with a single number on that one) and the Full Frame version which are their 5D Series and most but not all of the 1D models and are quite costly.

    The reason this is important is that a lens that works on a Full Frame Body known as Canon EF Lenses will work on any of the bodies including the Crop Bodies (backwards compatible). The lenses that work on a crop body known as EF-S Lenses will NOT work on a full frame body but they tend to be cheaper.

    I am amateur photographer and take pictures only for personal uses nothing professional whatsoever but made all of my purchasing decisions based on upgrading in the future and bought only EF Lenses and no EF-S.

    Most people will tell you that Camera Bodies come and go but a good lens can last a lifetime and I honestly believe that. Sure I started out with lower end lenses with my first DSLR which was an original Digital Rebel but have slowly over the year ended up with a very nice collection of Canon Glass that I know will work on any body I have now and most likely in the future as well. Also worth noting is that unlike Camera Bodies lenses hold their value very well which also makes them a good investment.

    I'm not saying to go out and buy a Canon 5D Mark II and a 70-200 f/2.8L IS right away but keep in mind where you might end up over time. As mentioned there are always places you can rent lenses from that are very reasonable and reputable.

    Sounds like I'm not the only shutter-bug on here, hope this helps and if you have any specific questions let me know, I'm happy to help.
     
  15. Jan 7, 2010 #35 of 129
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Excellent advice funhouse. I concur on all accounts.

    And as a side note... I just rented the aforementioned 70-200 f/2.8L IS a couple weeks ago from lensrentals.com. Extraordinary lens. If I had an extra $1700 laying around, I'd pick one up in a heartbeat. :)
     
  16. Jan 7, 2010 #36 of 129
    funhouse69

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    I bought the 70-200 f/4L IS about 2 years ago and it was razor sharp but returned it and bought the 70-200 f/2.8L IS which is a pretty heavy piece of glass but absolutely amazing. I was also lucky that I got it for several hundred cheaper then they are selling for now. Unfortunately all of the Canon and Nikon equipment has gone up over the years which is great for me since they do hold their value so well. I could sell almost any lens I own now for more then I paid for it. Not many things that you use every day that you can say that about is there :)
     
  17. Jan 7, 2010 #37 of 129
    Mike Bertelson

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    I would post pictures but they are actually pretty big files and I would have to reduce them in size in order to upload them. That would not give you an indication of the real quality of the pictures. I suspect it would be that way for anyone else too.

    Additionally, while if found the HD Video aspect of the T1i to be very cool and used it over the holiday, it is limited when you compare it to an actual HD Camcorder. I shot a couple of good videos while visiting family and really like the feature but if I wanted to do a lot of video I wouldn't use the T1i as the primary device.

    Mike
     
  18. Jan 7, 2010 #38 of 129
    Richard King

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    I LOVE that lens.... I purchased it in about 2005 or so.
    Several of the pix in this gallery http://www.pbase.com/rking401/montanaminneapolis_trip were shot with the Canon 400mm lens. Also, if you go up in the galleries and search out some of my shuttle launch galleries, the more recent ones were all shot with the Canon 400mm lens. I bought the lens a couple of years ago.

    This is a couple of buildings in downtown Minneapolis shot from about 4 miles away. The house was about 1/2 mile away, the buildings about 4 miles away. I had the camera resting on a bridge railing for the shot. A tripod a remote shutter release would have been better.
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    here's where it was shot from:
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    A Montana Ospry:
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    Skydivers.... They were about 10,000 feet above me. I was sitting in a chair leaning back, handheld.
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    We Have Touchdown:
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    About 12 miles away:
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    12 miles from the pad, many miles downrange:
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    Did I say that I love that lens??? ;)

    It would be interesting to go back and do the shot of the house in the winter with the leaves off the trees. ;) I don't think I will though.
     
  19. Jan 7, 2010 #39 of 129
    Greg Alsobrook

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    Here are a few (down-rezzed of course) that I shot with the 70-200 f.2.8 IS.
     

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