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   Old Thread  #179 6 Feb 2011 at 7.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well I bought a Canon EOS 500d in the end, got it at a real good price with the 18-55mm kit lens. Below is a handful of test shots from the last couple of days.










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   Old Thread  #178 6 Feb 2011 at 10.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thatís a useful accessory. I use one for anything on a tripod and for all the still life stuff. For the close up stuff I lock the mirror up and view the image through the lap top. Reason being that you get less vibration when the mirror moves up out of the way when shooting. We have been feeding birds in the garden for years, costs a fortune. I have set the camera up in the garden and using the 300mm got some reasonable shots. I normally run the remote release which is a Henel model into the house and view the image on the wall mounted LCD TV. Might as well have some comfort
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   Old Thread  #177 5 Feb 2011 at 11.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've just bought a remote for it. Won't use it for the sport shots but planning to try it on the tripod for birds in the garden and night shots fishing in France
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   Old Thread  #176 4 Feb 2011 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The image stabiliser model is worth the extra money. At the time I was pushing the work budget so settled for the cheaper model. The football shot was hand held at around 250 using a post that happened to be there. Most of the time I am using it at around 100 mark for events and the times I use it at the other end a tripod gets used.
All images are put through Photoshop so you can get away with some things. I used to sell professional camera gear and I am surprised at the cost of digital equipment in comparison. Havenít been in a studio for years but it must be a lot easier than I remember it. Have you tried attaching the camera to your PC/Laptop and used the direct link, great for remote shooting
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   Old Thread  #175 3 Feb 2011 at 11.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd echo the comments about the 75-300mm lens. I've got one for my 550D and the results are excellent, especially action shots. I paid a bit more and got one with the Image Stabiliser. Makes a big difference and I find I can use it handheld at full telephoto yet still get non-blurry photos. My step-dad has one without it and he could see the difference immediately.
I'm pretty new to all this as well and have already realised that you will never find a lens that does everything and could spend thousands trying to
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   Old Thread  #174 3 Feb 2011 at 0.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Daughter in law and champaign Photoshop post production. Nothing to do with Carp angling but
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   Old Thread  #173 3 Feb 2011 at 0.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Photoshop for me, expensive but worth it if you are doing a lot of photo post production work. You could try GIMP which is free on the web and has a lot of Photoshop type applications. It is a pig to use as the help section is poor, not user friendly
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   Old Thread  #172 3 Feb 2011 at 0.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great choice mate, I have a 450d and well chuffed with it. A lens which has 2 numbers ie 18-55 is a wide angle 18 (gets more in the picture) wider angle. The 55 on a DSLR is seen as a telephoto lens, ie makes the picture bigger ( like looking through a telescope) The higher the number the more the lens magnifies the image. I have a 75-300 zoom lens which at the 300 setting is quite good. It also magnifies through the range so itís a 135, 200, 250, magnifying more as you go up the range. On the price front the 75-300 is around the £230 mark which is not a lot of dosh for a lens of this quality. On the other hand you can add a 2 in front of the above figure if you buy the top of the range model in the equivalent zoom range. Have a look on the Canon site as they feature a picture guide showing the various magnifications. One tip shop around and haggle, if you are in London, have a walk around Tottenham Court road dealers and you can save loads of money
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   Old Thread  #171 2 Feb 2011 at 11.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Somebody may have answered this but it is difficult to say, you could be lucky. Remove batteries, carefully wipe away any obvious moisture and allow as much air to circulate as possible. A warm room is good. Do not apply any direct heat. From experience repairers will not touch anything that has been water damaged. The repair bill could be more than the cost of buying a new model
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   Old Thread  #170 27 Jan 2011 at 5.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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any one know were i can buy a spare filter case from? i got some filters but one dosnt have a case and i cant find any were that sells the empty hard plastic cases?

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   Old Thread  #169 8 Jan 2011 at 7.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Try this mate

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   Old Thread  #168 8 Jan 2011 at 6.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can anyone help I would like to photograph stars but have no idea what settings the camera shoul be on it's a 400d if anyones got some tips
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   Old Thread  #167 6 Jan 2011 at 8.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm pretty confident in my photographic knowledge. But having never owned a DSLR I don't really know about the lens business.

Been looking around on the net, and have found some good pictures for examples.

Now I just need to get the pennies together!
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   Old Thread  #166 4 Jan 2011 at 12.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You might like to try Wikipedia or similar for photographic examples of different focal lengths. If you are considering spending that sort of money on a camera it is probably worth having a good look at some photographic websites to get a better clue about the subject in general. You'll never get the best out of it if you don't understand the basics.
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   Old Thread  #165 3 Jan 2011 at 3.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hey guys,

I'm quite interested in my photography and am looking to get my first Digital SLR.

Going on reviews and my budget, I think i'm gunna choose the Canon EOS 500D.

However, that chosen, I would also like to get a zoom lens for some wildlife shots etc, but can't understand all this EF 55-80mm blah de blah malarky.

So, can someone please explain a little, in simple terms, the differences in the zoom distances etc, so that I can choose one with a capable zoom on it?

Hope that's possible and that what i'm asking makes a little sense!

Cheers

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