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Very cool, SSJ4. I was going to go out on Friday night and look for the meteor shower, but I forgot.
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Old 23rd October 2006, 04:41   #322
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Old 10th March 2007, 05:02   #323
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It's been a while, so I figured I'd kinda update this thread a little bit with some new purchases I've made for my camera since last time. Over the past couple months, I've bought:

Canon E1 Hand Strap
Canon 72mm Sharp Cut UV Haze Filter
Canon 58mm Sharp Cut UV Haze Filter
General Brand 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Thread Adapter
Slik 700DX Pro Tripod Head
Hakuba Lens Cleaning Pen

I haven't had many chances to try out the UV filters yet. They might not change picture quality very much, but at the very least, they provide some protection for the lenses. The tripod head just arrived in the mail today, so I haven't used it yet. I've attached it to my tripod, though. I must say, I'm very impressed with it so far. It's much nicer than the pictures would have one believe. It's heavy, strong, smooth, and solid... Infinitely better than the all-plastic head that came with my tripod. Had to get the thread adapter to mount the new head. Also, the lens cleaning pen was probably the most surprising new purchase out of the bunch. I actually bought that from Wolf Camera for $8 (yes, Wolf Camera had it cheaper than B&H ). For such an inexpensive item, it's got amazing quality. I didn't realize it by looking at the pictures, but it's got a little squeegie thing built into the other end, underneath a little cap. Works great. And the hand strap... I must say, it's much nicer than the neck strap that came with the camera. It does make it a bit difficult to press the shutter button if the hand strap is tight, but I'd rather deal with that than constantly have the neck strap scraping the base of my neck all the time.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with these.
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Old 10th March 2007, 18:10   #324
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Good stuff Sarge.

I've bought a Sigma 12-24mm lens in the past 2 months or so. It's lush. Now I'm clamouring for a sigma 70-200 f/2.8 macro before I go to le-mans in a few months.



yeah, I have too much stuff. I forgot to put the pouch with my filters in there too.

lens' L-R:

Sigma 70-300 - wanting to replace this with the 70-200 f/2.8 macro
Nikkor 28mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Sigma 12-24mm
Nikkor 18-70mm

Plus there's my camera, the SB-600 flash, a few polarisers, a portable storage device with 100GB disk in it, spare battery, filter holder, SD card reader...

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Old 12th March 2007, 00:43   #325
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You forgot to list the heroes.

Don't get canon tripods. Just bumping them the wrong way breaks their components. I have had to superglue mine twice now because of it, once on the elevator crank handle that broke off, and once on the top where the joint that aims the camera up or down.

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Old 12th March 2007, 01:54   #326
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Good looking lot of shtuff you've got there. I've been considering a couple of different prime lenses and some ND filters, but I haven't decided to buy any of them, yet. What I really want now is an ultra-wide angle lens. I just wish they didn't cost an arm and a leg.
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Old 12th March 2007, 11:58   #327
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And I'm kinda glad I didn't go with a DSLR, so I can look at that pic without feeling tempted.



For now.
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What I really want now is an ultra-wide angle lens. I just wish they didn't cost an arm and a leg.
I got the Sigma 12-24 second hand and paid £310 on it (well still am as I put it on the CC). But it is the only lens that goes this wide and will work on FF - so if you get a 5D it'll still work. I may get a film camera which is why I got it, plus Nikon may release a FF sensor so I don't want to go DX if I can.

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Old 13th March 2007, 02:39   #329
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That's how I feel with Canon's EF-S lenses. The kit lens that came with my 350D is EF-S, and so, it can only work with cameras that have APS-C sized sensors. The 28-135mm IS USM and 70-300mm IS USM lenses that I bought separately are both EF mount lenses that fit cameras with both APS-C and full-frame sensors. Like you said, if I ever decide to upgrade to a FF camera, my EF lenses will fit it. As for wide-angle... the kit lens that I have goes down to 18mm, so it can be considered somewhat wide-angle, but not as wide as I'd like for a lot of things. I'll be looking in the 8mm to 10mm range (on the low end) for a wide-angle zoom lens. The Canon 10-22mm USM looks great, but it's expensive as hell.
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Photostitch makes any set of shots a hell of a wide angle.

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Old 13th March 2007, 21:02   #331
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With lots of distortion.
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Old 14th March 2007, 07:46   #332
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this is what wide can really do:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/firewireguy/363798507/

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Old 14th March 2007, 23:33   #333
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See, THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout.
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Old 15th March 2007, 02:05   #334
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I had nothing better to do. This fall I'll be taking a photography course for my major - no digital though.

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Old 16th March 2007, 03:59   #336
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After my brother brought back some really, truly, ill concieved photos of Paris using a $1500 Nikon, I had to remind him that cameras really don't mean a hell of a lot as long as they're halfway adequate.

Photography is about seeing things differently.
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Old 16th March 2007, 14:27   #337
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Definitely. Photography is a skillful art. And not only does it take skill, it takes good equipment. I'm still developing the skills, but I'd like to think that my equipment is good...




Took these pictures last night. Here are a couple full-resolution, unaltered images, too...

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Old 16th March 2007, 16:43   #338
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What surface did you take those on, sarge? Really fits them well.
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Old 17th March 2007, 00:38   #339
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Ok. Seeing how well Phily's SB-600 flash works with his dSLR, it's kinda making me want a flash unit for mine. I still want an ultra-wide lens, but those are too expensive for me right now. I've looked at a couple different flash units, and so far, the Canon 430EX looks the best. It's pretty large, but I like the features and capabilities that it has. The 580EX (link) looks awesome, but it's just too expensive and overly large. The Sigma EF-500 DG Super (link) doesn't look quite as nice as the 430EX, and it's almost as big as the 580EX, so it's getting scratched off the list of possible candidates. And it seems like all of the less expensive models (Canon 220EX, Sigma EF-500 DG ST, etc) just don't have the features/capabilities, lack build quality, or are just no better than my camera's built-in flash.

Anybody have any suggestions for other flash models that have features and specs similar to the Canon 430EX, aren't overly huge, and won't cost an arm or leg?
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I don't think you'd go too far wrong with the 430EX. I think they are both capable of being used wirelessly - if your body supports that (mine doesn't), or you can get some cheap wireless transmitters if you want to do that (obviously the pocket wizzards are the best, but there are cheap and chearful ones around that literally just trigger the flash).

Simply having the ability to bounce the flash is awesome, no matter what the flash is.

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If I get a flash unit, it'll probably be the 430EX, then.

But I do have another question: Aren't flashes supposed to be universally interchangable? I thought that was the whole idea behind the hot-shoe. Why can only certain flashes be used with certain cameras, even though they've got the same hot-shoes?
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Old 18th March 2007, 10:49   #343
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I dunno about all that. I know that they will fit the shoe, but they may sync differently so you may risk damaging the electrics using a canon on a nikon or visa versa.

My dad had a Centron, or something, flash for his Canon that I tried on my nikon and it worked fine. If you're going to be using the flash's wirelessly using a pocket wizzard or using a PC sync cord I think that it'll be fine.

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Old 18th March 2007, 11:11   #344
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Afaik most flashes will work in manual mode since the main contact is standard (exception: Minolta/KM/Sony) , but all extra features (whatever-TTL, zoom reflector, AF illuminator etc.) won't.

If you want a flash that'll work with different camera brands look for one that supports the SCA system of adapters.
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Old 18th March 2007, 14:56   #345
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Is this a good digital camera? I like it because it is pink.

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It's nice if you want a super wide angle in a small camera, and because it has no fragile extending lens.

Apart from that it's probably not so great, if you don't want to do large prints or shoot at low light (eg. indoors without flash, in that case better get a Fuji F20/30/31) it should be ok though.

Here's a review of its predecessor, the V705 should be faily similar.
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Old 18th March 2007, 18:50   #347
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I know that they will fit the shoe, but they may sync differently so you may risk damaging the electrics using a canon on a nikon or visa versa.
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Afaik most flashes will work in manual mode since the main contact is standard (exception: Minolta/KM/Sony) , but all extra features (whatever-TTL, zoom reflector, AF illuminator etc.) won't.
Got'cha. Thanks guys. I still haven't decided if I want to get a flash yet, but when I do, I'm pretty sure it'll be the 430EX, then.
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Thanks for the advice..... I guess I want a functional, girly pink camera
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I never did understand what the deal is with the dual lenses/sensors. Is one a 4:3 and the other 3:2?


My latest camera-related purchase (also posted in the Last Thing You Bought thread) is this. It's very similar to the Hakuba Lenspen that I bought before, except it doesn't have a squeegie in the other end. Instead, it's got a little cleaning solution squirt nozzle, and it comes with a microfiber cloth. It's decent quality, but not as good as the Hakuba. The Targus had quite a few loose bristles in the brush, and I had to flick it with my finger for a few minutes to get them out far enough so that I could pull them all the way out. After I got all the stragglers out, it looks to be a very nice cleaning brush.
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Speaking of dust, the 400D/XTi's removal system seems to be pretty useless according to two recent tests (one is here, the other was on a french site, in that one the Canon fared even worse than Sony&Pentax).

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I never did understand what the deal is with the dual lenses/sensors. Is one a 4:3 and the other 3:2?
One's a 23mm equivalent wide angle lens, the other's a 3x zoom (39-117 equivalent iirc).
Apparently the sensors used are so cheap that this construction makes sense.
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Ah, got'cha.

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Speaking of dust, the 400D/XTi's removal system seems to be pretty useless according to two recent tests (one is here, the other was on a french site, in that one the Canon fared even worse than Sony&Pentax).
With the amount of talk about dust getting on dSLR sensors, I'm beginning to wonder if every other dSLR owner in the world is taking pictures out in the desert during sandstorms. I've gotten one speck of dust on the inside of my 28-135mm IS USM lens (blew it right off with some air), and I've NEVER had a spec of dust on my sensor to date. Of course, I try to keep my lens switching to a minumum, and I try and switch lenses in relatively dust-free places, but still... It's a difficult thing to get dust on a dSLR sensor when changing lenses simply because the shutter is closed when you do it. I know that dust might get into the mirror chamber, but nine times out of ten, it'll settle to the bottom before the shutter is ever opened.
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I've only got dust in my sensor about twice but neither time it was a problem. Now the mirror on the other hand.... well that's quite dusty. But then I do change lens' a lot. But it doesn't affect the picture quality at all.

I need to decide what I want to get before I go to LeMans this year.

It's currently a toss up between:

Sigma 50-150 f/2.8

Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 macro

Nikon 80-200 f/2.8

Currently the Sigma 70-200 is winning in my mind because then I could get rid of my Sigma 70-300 lens completely instead of keeping it around for it's macro abilities. The 50-150 is tempting but the lack of FF support makes me want to stay well clear.

Even though I can get about £100 back from selling my current lens, it's a big investment I can't bring myself to make right now at £400 net. Having said that, I haven't regretted at all putting the 12-24mm on the CC and paying that off over a few months.

I should probably wait for what the pay raise brings this year - it's backdated to the 1st Jan this year so it could be tempting.

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Out of those three, I'd choose either the Sigma 70-200 or the Nikkor 80-200. I would probably get the Sigma because it would fit nicely in your current lineup of lenses. You've already got an 18-70 lens, and this 70-200 wouldn't leave you with a 10mm gap like the 80-200 would.

And... I just built a counterweight for my tripod. Went down to Ace Hardware and bought:



-Two 1/4" x 4" (20tpi) Hex Hed Cap Screws
-Package of four Coupling Nuts (1/4" x 7/8" (20tpi))
-Box of 100 Flat Washers (1/4" x 2")

Here's a little visual documentary of the construction...

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I bought enough parts to make two counterweights (well, I'm actually about six or eight washers short of making two complete weights). The cap screws were $1.75 each, the package of coupling nuts was $3.19, and the box of washers was $12.99, for a grand total of $19.68 before tax. So, for about ten bucks, I made a ~5 lb counterweight for my tripod. A similarly sized premade tripod weight from a camera store probably would've cost upwards of $50.
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why would you want to make your tripod heavier?

I got the EF-S 10-22mm today and now I need a bigger bag

Or at leas a sliplock Lowepro bag that fits the new lens.
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Old 22nd March 2007, 17:23   #355
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Extra weight = stability.


And I think this might be my next lens purchase.
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Looks like fun! I would like a fish at some point but I think they're a bit gimiky to get one before I have a good set of normal glass first.

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Well, I've got three lenses so far:

Canon 18-55mm USM
Canon 28-135mm IS USM
Canon 70-300mm IS USM

So that covers everything from 18mm all the way to 300mm (apertures notwithstanding). I still want to get a Canon 100-400mm L IS USM to cover the longer end of the focal length range, but that lens is $1,400 by itself. I'll probably get that (or whatever replaces it) when I get around to buying a whole new dSLR in a few years or so. For now, though, I think I'd be pretty happy with closing up the shorter end of the focal length range with this Tokina 10-17mm. I can do some awesome things with it... It's got a minimum focusing distance of one inch! I don't necessarily like the fact that it's designed for cameras with APS-C sensors only, but that's what I've got right now. I still haven't decided yet, though. I've got a lot of other things on my mind at the moment.
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I went back to the hardware store earlier today and bought three more 1/4" (20tpi) hex head cap screws, but this time I bought different lengths. 3", 2.5", and 2". Now I can custom build tripod weights of different sizes.
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was expecting "Now I can build my own custom tripod."
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