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Software & Accessories / New monitor for photo editing and gaming
« on: May 26, 2013, 04:14:05 PM »

I’m looking for a new monitor for photo editing and casual gaming.
My current monitor is a 20” Samsung SyncMaster 2032BW (approx. 5 years old) with terrible viewing angels (and possible bad colors too).

I’m looking for a monitor around 24” preferable in 16:10 format (1920x1200).
I do not think I will buy a calibration tool, so color out-of-the-box must be ok.

I have been looking at the Dell U2412M which seems to fulfill my needs and in general gets good reviews for casual photo editing.
As far as I can see the U2412M has been on the marked for almost two years now, so there's probably a newer/better monitor on the market by now in the same price-range. 

Do you have any suggestions/advise towards different monitors with good image quality for the money?
My budget is around 300€.

Lenses / First dSLR, lens recommendations
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:35:39 PM »

I'm buying my first dSLR and I'm looking for some advice.

My current camera is the Canon Powershot G9. I have played with the different modes for e.g. aperture and shutter speed, and now I want more :)

I have looked around on the internet, reviews and forums and have reached the conclusion, that the 60D will do a nice upgrade from my current camera.

I like to photograph landscapes and animal as well as portraits.

As for lenses, I have read that the EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is a good choice for an all-round starting lens so I’ll buy that unless you convince me otherwise :)

Now, the thing is I’m going to Malaysia in six weeks where I among other places will be going to the rainforest and hopefully I’ll be able to 'shoot' some wildlife.

I was fist thinking of getting the ES-F 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM as my second lens for landscapes, but now I’m wondering if a tele lens might do me better as the difference between 10 and 15 mm isn’t that much.
How long focal length will I need for 'shooting' animals? My guess is that even the 15-85 mm will be too short even at the long end. So is this 200, 300, 400 mm?
I will be shooting handheld most of the time, so IS is almost a requirement.
I’d appreciate any suggestions for primes or zooms lenses. My budget for lenses is 1,500 € at the most.

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