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   Old Thread  #1460 3 Jan 2012 at 0.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have the 18-55 lens which is standard with these models and it is not a bad lens as such. Most of the shots I have put up were taken with this lens apart from the most recent which were taken with the Vivitar 90mm f2.8 macro, which is work in progress

On the telephoto front if you want to stick with Canon then the 75-300 usm is good value, although a tad more expensive the model with image stabilisation is worth the extra money. I have the feeling that at the 75mm mark this lens is sharper than the kit lens at 55

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   Old Thread  #1459 3 Jan 2012 at 0.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1458 2 Jan 2012 at 11.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi people I'm going to purchase a CANON EOS 600D with an 18-55mm IS Lens at the weekend and I'm just wondering if anyone can recommend me with another lens. I'm mainly going to use my camera for Trophy shots for fishing, some close-ups of wildlife and finally to be able to zoom in in things like birds in trees from a distance and still get a good clear image. So what would you guys suggest as my other lens.
P.S I don't really want to spend to much on my other lens, thanks for your replies.
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   Old Thread  #1457 2 Jan 2012 at 9.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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thanks jeffery for the lengthy reply,

what you said is probably why i didn't get any where in wex then, went in there the other day asked if they could do a deal on the 3 items, and was a no go!!!! would of thought buying 3 expensive items in this climate they would of jumped at it!!!!

brought a 105 macro lens, 35mm prime, carbon tripod, bag and a few other bits before christmas with them, so would of thought they would look after customers who spend a few quid???

dangerous dave told us about wex thanks bud, would put up some pics of the seals i took at winterton over the last few days if i knew how to

tried following the how to thread but to no avail, managed to set up photo bucket account, then it all goes wrong
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   Old Thread  #1456 2 Jan 2012 at 9.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1455 2 Jan 2012 at 8.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Paul
Good question on the equipment front. I tend not to buy on the High street, because a lot of camera shops are part of big chains and have very little leeway in terms of price. Unfortunately a lot of people who work in them do not have any kind of in depth knowledge about the products they sell. There are exceptions but most of the knowledge they have is aimed at selling you their top ten products. Nothing wrong with sales people, I spent a large part of my working life in this industry.

Independent dealers are out there and are normally run by the owner, who mostly knows what he/she is talking about. The problem comes down to price. In many respects they canít match the price of the chains who bulk buy. In some cases that knowledge and back up is worth money, it depends how much you value it.

My approach to buying camera gear runs along these lines:
Knowledge and independent advice is key. I read just about everything I can get my hands on in respect of the item I am thinking of buying. The web is a great source of independent reviews. Just Google the item and add reviews/reports. You often can read reports posted by people who own the equipment. You should get a cross section of opinion.

Once you have made up your mind, then it is time to shop around for the best deal on the items on your short list. Where possible try and get hands on. Do an internet search on the big companies, they often do promotions and sometimes their prices are competitive but as said usually no room for negotiation. You would also want to be sure that their after sales service is aimed at the customer.
If you lived in London the a trip down Tottenham Court road with your haggle hat on can save you a lot of money. I always make it clear that I intend to buy and what can the dealer do to help me spend my money with him.

You may decide to buy on-line, again make sure that the company has a good reputation and if possible speak to a person and ask questions, if they canít be bothered, remember they should be interested in making a sale, so think about their likely attitude if you call them with a problem.

You can buy from an auction site, such as Ebay. Some items are new with a price attached. Some items are used and you need to bid for them. Ebay publish a guide to sellers so you should be able to form an opinion on them from the independent reviews that are published about them and their selling activity.

A lot of products have a good description as to their condition. If a product does not match their description or perhaps is misleading then you can return the goods for a refund. With the larger sellers they protect their reputation and will offer advice and usually refund without a problem.

There are no hard rules about buying on Ebay, they do publish a guide but I have fund that researching past sales gives a good idea of the going price. Some items are slow but when it comes to the last hour or so the bidding gets serious. I normally look at the top bid and then post my maximum bid. If my maximum bid is say £100 and the current bid is £80 then anybody offering £90 will not be top bidder and will be asked to bid again. If the bids go above £100 then that person will be the one to beat. I have successfully bid for items by increasing my max bid with minutes to go. A word of warning donít get carried away, bid what the item is worth to you and let somebody else pay over the odds.

If you want to send me a PM in respect of the wants you have listed I can talk you through some of those items.
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   Old Thread  #1454 2 Jan 2012 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1453 2 Jan 2012 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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stunning shots, was wondering where do you guys buy your equipment from???
jessops?
warehouse express?
any others??
do you try and support local business or just buy of the net?

reason for asking is am in the market for a new camera d300s/ d7000, macro flash kit and a tele lens, 120-400 or 150-500, wondering how you go about getting the best deals

cheers in advance
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   Old Thread  #1452 2 Jan 2012 at 12.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is harder than I thought
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   Old Thread  #1451 31 Dec 2011 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is an updated update, if that makes sense. The project was to get a foothold in Macro photography without breaking the bank. Against a backdrop of spending some £700 on the Canon 100mm f4 macro or some £380 or there about on either a Sigma or Tamron lens a cunning plan took shape.

The least cost option was to buy a 28mm or 50mm manual lens, preferably old German glass and reverse it using a reversing ring. This approach was abandoned for another day as a suitable lens was not forthcoming. Check out www.thomasshahan.com for some mind blowing work using this method.

The availability of Canon FD lenses looked attractive so I went down that route but it turned into a blind alley. There are a number of Canon FD lenses which have the word Macro in the model description; this is also true of other makes. If you take the meaning of Macro to describe a lens which produces 1-1 images and has upgraded optics then none of these lenses fit the bill. They mean close focusing which is not the same by a long way. Canon list three true Macro lenses in the FD range.

The Canon FD fitting lenses require an adaptor to fit onto the autofocus EOS cameras. The web is awash with them, they mostly have one thing in common and that is that they are rubbish. Plastic lenses, poor build quality and mainly do not focus on infinity. Fortunately I managed to get a bespoke adaptor from the Lens Doctor company, which has hand ground Hoya lenses in it, these can be removed for true Macro work. The adaptor has a chip inside which allows the focus confirmed feature to operate on the EOS camera. Frankly the only adaptor worth considering.

On the lens front I successfully bid on a Vivitar 90mm f2.8 Macro lens in Canon FD fit which does 1-1 and was in amazing condition. If i did not know how old it was I would have thought it had come out of a box yesterday.

I am still getting to know the lens but early results are looking good. Apart from focusing and depth of field issues which are the tricky part of Macro photography and getting the subject to stay still and in one place how the subject is illuminated plays a big part in getting the image you are looking for.
I started off with an object in a light tent lit with 2 mini photofloods but the images lacked bite so I resorted to electronic flash and results improved. The best results came from using the Canon 430x flashgun fitted with an inverted dome diffuser. The flashgun was set to deliver 1/16 full power with an aperture of f16. The high shutter speed allowed hand held shots at distances approaching 1-1.

This is a shot taken last year with the standard lens


This shot was taken from a comfortable distance some way short of 1-1 using the flash set up.


This shows the potential but does suffer with some focusing issues and lighting problems. Hand held 1-1 is not easy.
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   Old Thread  #1450 31 Dec 2011 at 4.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lovely capture Keebs
Heres some shots i took yesterday on the Bure in Wroxham
Black-Headed Gull

Gona get that Goose

 Swan Close-up
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   Old Thread  #1449 30 Dec 2011 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I think these are Welcome Swallow fledglings being fed. Taken in a park in Sydney.

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   Old Thread  #1448 22 Dec 2011 at 9.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Such obliging bugs in your neck of the woods, love it
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   Old Thread  #1447 22 Dec 2011 at 7.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Messing about with my 105, Caught this Lacewing sneaking a peek through my double glazing
Lacewing through double glazing
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   Old Thread  #1446 18 Dec 2011 at 7.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks pal. I like your thinking, I'll look in to those
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