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  • mal 27 Sep 2010 22:48:46 22,473 posts
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    That Ebay one's a refurb though isn't it?

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  • coda 27 Sep 2010 22:58:36 1,868 posts
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    mal wrote:
    That Ebay one's a refurb though isn't it?

    Yes, ofcause I'd prefer a brand new model but I don't think I can stretch my budget over 500.
  • FreakyZoid 28 Sep 2010 08:46:55 130 posts
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    Amazon have the 500 with kit lens for just shy of 500.
  • Tonka 28 Sep 2010 11:03:58 20,235 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    How do N-grad filters work?

    henro_ben wrote:
    Excellent answer.

    Thanks!

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • quadfather 28 Sep 2010 13:28:03 11,992 posts
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    mal wrote:
    The Nikon doesn't have a built in AF motor which means it can't use the cheap old 50mm f1.8

    This is important if you think you'll be buying different lenses in the future (And you probably will)

    Wish I'd have known this before I got my d5000. It's not a showstopper, as you can still manual focus with older lenses, but it's something to be aware of, definitely.

    You can get the equivalent in the DX range of lenses (That the 5000 uses), but for a considerably more amount of cash - Approx 80 quid for the old 50mm 1.8. Approx ~250-300 for the updated 50mm DX version (Althought depending on whether you get the 35mm to bear in mind the crop factor - 35mm becomes 52mm on a DX camera because of the sensor size compared to older sensors on film SLRS, this is around the 150 mark I think)

    Kit lens is fine for most stuff, but once you try a few different lenses, you'll find what you really like to photo, and it might force you to get another lens.

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  • coda 28 Sep 2010 20:28:05 1,868 posts
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    Apart from Canon and Nikon, are there any other SLR manufactures who are worth considering? I'm thinking of companies like Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung and Panasonic?
  • PhoenixFlames 28 Sep 2010 21:27:43 8,946 posts
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    coda wrote:
    Apart from Canon and Nikon, are there any other SLR manufactures who are worth considering? I'm thinking of companies like Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung and Panasonic?

    I have a Sony a330 and have no complaints. Although my next camera will be a Canon because it's what the pro's use (as well as Nikon). You will also find more accessories/lenses for Canon/Nikon.

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  • Gambit1977 28 Sep 2010 22:16:49 9,583 posts
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    I really like the look of the panasonic G in blue...but I'm so used to using canon for work, I don't know if this is stepping down just for aesthetics.
  • coda 28 Sep 2010 23:12:27 1,868 posts
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    Gambit1977 wrote:
    I really like the look of the panasonic G in blue...but I'm so used to using canon for work, I don't know if this is stepping down just for aesthetics.

    Funnily enough I love the look of the Pentax K-x in navy blue, it's refreshing to see a DSLR in a colour other than black or silver! And it looks like it's got very good specs for the price too.

    Right now I've got a choice of that Pentax K-x (430), the Nikon D5000 (480) and the Canon 500D (500), could someone more knowledgable give me a quick explanation of the differences between these 3 cameras?

    I don't plan on using the camera I choose as a camcorder so you can take that out of the equation.
  • mal 28 Sep 2010 23:15:11 22,473 posts
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    The G1 et al are significantly smaller and lighter than anything Canon do with a detachable lens. They're stunning cameras given they haven't got an optical viewfinder and can't do phase-detect focusing - the EVF is reportedly very good and gives you 100% coverage while it's apparently one of the fastest contrast-detect focusers out there. But the EVF isn't a patch on the viewfinder in a 1DMk3, and it can't focus as quickly as even a mid range SLR. But they do a very good job given their limitations, and you do get the benefit that they're tiny to offset that.

    But anyone buying a proper camera because it's blue is an idiot ;)

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  • coda 29 Sep 2010 00:54:05 1,868 posts
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    After doing some more research I'm leaning even more to the Pentax K-x, it's basically between that and the Canon 500D.

    I like the Pentax's price, size and the fact it's compatible with any Pentax lens, even ones from as far back as the 1970s, that's a very interesting feature. But I'm worried by the quality of it's screen and I'm not sure how user-friendly the camera's controls will be.

    Has used one? Would you recommend it for someone new to the world of DSLR photography?
  • Gartt 24 Oct 2010 12:18:52 1,736 posts
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    Hi guys, Im goin to be buying a new cam in the next week or so and am looking at the D90. Has anyone had any experience using it for a length of time? It seems right up my street but always like input of people who know more than I do. :)

    Specifically Im looking for good low light performance as I want to start doin a bit of gig photography, I'll be picking up a 1.8 50mm too (cant afford the 1.4).
  • Jeepers 24 Oct 2010 12:23:04 13,175 posts
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    It's a great camera, but it's in the process of being replaced by the d7000. That may well mean that you can get a decent price on it, but it's as well to be aware that it's on the way out.

    My sister has one - it's a cracking camera. What kind of prices are you seeing for it?

    And the 50mmf/1.8 is lovely - you'll have absolutely no regrets about getting it.
  • Red-Moose 24 Oct 2010 13:37:38 5,346 posts
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    14-24 for nighttime landscape and citynshots vs 17-35? Any EGer used or uses both and got an opinion? (on a D700)
  • Gartt 24 Oct 2010 14:22:44 1,736 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    It's a great camera, but it's in the process of being replaced by the d7000. That may well mean that you can get a decent price on it, but it's as well to be aware that it's on the way out.

    My sister has one - it's a cracking camera. What kind of prices are you seeing for it?


    Amazon have the 18-105 kit for just under 750. About the cheapest Ive seen around. If anyone could point to towards somewhere reputable and cheaper Id be much abliged.
  • monkman76 24 Oct 2010 20:22:12 4,185 posts
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    Gartt wrote:
    Jeepers wrote:
    It's a great camera, but it's in the process of being replaced by the d7000. That may well mean that you can get a decent price on it, but it's as well to be aware that it's on the way out.

    My sister has one - it's a cracking camera. What kind of prices are you seeing for it?


    Amazon have the 18-105 kit for just under 750. About the cheapest Ive seen around. If anyone could point to towards somewhere reputable and cheaper Id be much abliged.

    I'd really think about waiting a couple of weeks for reviews on the D7000, and using the extra time to save the extra pennies - initial reports say its high-ISO (ie. low light) performance is significantly better than the D90. I have a D90 and love it but man, that D7000 looks nice! Of course, it's a fair bit more expensive so that may be the deciding factor.
  • mal 24 Oct 2010 20:51:43 22,473 posts
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    The D90 looks to have dropped about 50 quid since the D7000 was announced - how much is due to that and how much is just natural for a camera of its relative age I can't say. I'm quite tempted by the D7000 myself - 1080p video, natural 100 ISO, support for even older lenses than the D90, more AF points and a 100% viewfinder, but I'm a bit dubious about the double-stacked mode dial the dpreview's preview pointed out.

    Red Moose wrote:
    14-24 for nighttime landscape and citynshots vs 17-35? Any EGer used or uses both and got an opinion? (on a D700)

    I've not got either, but I'd say it depends what sort of city shots you want to take. The 14-24 is very much an extreme wideangle lens on a FX body like the D700, while the 17-35 is more restrained. For both of them you'll have to think very carefully about position and framing to not get unwanted extras in shot though.

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  • Nth 24 Oct 2010 21:27:05 3,121 posts
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    Or just wear nice shoes as they'll be in the shot :)
  • Gartt 24 Oct 2010 21:36:05 1,736 posts
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    Thanks guys. I do like the look of the D7000 but I cant really afford the extra 400 notes. Dyou think its worth waiting to see if the D90 drops a bit more in price? I hate playing that game though.
  • Jeepers 24 Oct 2010 22:16:20 13,175 posts
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    Gartt wrote:
    Thanks guys. I do like the look of the D7000 but I cant really afford the extra 400 notes. Dyou think its worth waiting to see if the D90 drops a bit more in price? I hate playing that game though.

    ByThom is generally pretty good on Nikon production cycles; his last article suggested that the d90 was going to be run down in stores (and not replaced) over the next 6-9 months, iirc. That *should* lead to cheaper stock further down the line, but I guess you never know.

    If I was in your position, I'd probably buy a d90 now rather than wait for further falls - even if the cost went down a hundred quid over the next six months, that's six months you'd be without a camera. The d90 is a great box - better than the d80 that's kept (and is keeping) me happy - I've got no doubt you'll love it (especially with that 50mm f/1.8 on the end of it).

    Edit: typo.
  • presh 25 Oct 2010 12:36:11 1,221 posts
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    quick question for you forum folks - I've just decided to move to Aperture as iPhoto is straining at the seams a bit, and I want to start colour and exposure correcting and stuff like that.

    Anyway, question is: does anyone have any recommended resources for getting the most out of Aperture? I'm using Aperture v2 and apart from the basics, I'm not yet up to speed with it's capabilities.

    Cheers!
  • Gartt 23 Jan 2011 14:17:42 1,736 posts
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    Hi guys, bit of a random one but Im looking for a new camera bag and was after any recommendations. Ideally a shoulder/messenger type bag that doesnt scream "I have an expensive camera inside me, mug me please!" Around 40ish?
  • Nth 23 Jan 2011 18:21:42 3,121 posts
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    Had a look at the Lowepro site?
  • PhoenixFlames 23 Jan 2011 20:07:04 8,946 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Gartt wrote:
    Hi guys, bit of a random one but Im looking for a new camera bag and was after any recommendations. Ideally a shoulder/messenger type bag that doesnt scream "I have an expensive camera inside me, mug me please!" Around 40ish?
    This

    Reviews say that is too small for most DSLR users. Gartt have a look on Warehouseexpress.com - great company.

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  • Gartt 27 Jan 2011 13:50:35 1,736 posts
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I ended up going for this one. I actually found it in Jessops for 19.99, first time Ive found something cheap in there.

    I wouldve preferred a crumpler bag but theyre a bit too pricey for my budget at the mo.
  • Neverness 28 Jan 2011 11:49:48 1,186 posts
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    Nightmare, I am selling my Crumpler Pretty Boy XXL for 25.
  • Gartt 29 Jan 2011 12:47:44 1,736 posts
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    Gah, where were you a few days ago? I havent got my receipt either.
  • Neverness 29 Jan 2011 15:41:54 1,186 posts
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    Sorry, just haven't checked Eurogamer for a while.
  • PrivateFloyd 29 Jan 2011 18:56:02 4,117 posts
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    Neverness wrote:
    Nightmare, I am selling my Crumpler Pretty Boy XXL for 25.

    you still got it for sale fella?

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