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Third Party Manufacturers / Agfa Optima I and Zeiss Ikon Nettar
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:25:02 PM »

I have just bought these two cameras on eBay for fun and because I was there when the auctions have ended :)
Manual for Agfa Optima I:
Zeiss Ikon Nettar

I wanted to ask what kind of film I can use with them? (I received Agfa Optima 1 just now, and shutter and aperture seems to be working just fine, so i want to test it. (Havent received Zeiss yet))

Can you tell me what kind of film to use? (i've never used anything like this, or any non automatic film camera to be frank.. :) Just wanna try them for fun while i wait for my Canon 60D :) )

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 60D, what lens + accessories get?
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:36:48 PM »
What do you think about quick release buckle which is on the back? Is there any protection from someone opening it from behind and dropping camera on the ground? Looks very easy for someone to clip it open from behind...
I misspoke.  I have the RS-4, not the RS-7, and the RS-4 does not have the quick release.  I think Black Rapid sells a velcro cover that permits you to cover the quick release.
But i found this,
I looked though some videos, and it looks good (+ extra safety feature). So probably gonna get it.

Another question though.
Can I use any ball head with Gorillapod? If so, would it make sense to get Gorillapod + good ball head now, and get decent tripod later? (i would have one big and one small tripods sharing one ball head)

If yes, what ball heads do you recommend? (i heard manfrotto is a good company, any suggestions for smallish, not very expensive ball head?)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 60D, what lens + accessories get?
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:55:09 PM »
Thank you for your opinion.

Shoulder Strap: I have a Black Rapid RS-7 and I recommend them.  Comfortable and sturdy.

What do you think about quick release buckle which is on the back? Is there any protection from someone opening it from behind and dropping camera on the ground? Looks very easy for someone to clip it open from behind...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 60D, what lens + accessories get?
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:44:17 PM »
Thank you all for feedback - I really appreciate it.

So here is what I decided:

1) Canon 60D - 623£ -
This is the cheapest reliable shop I found (they import from Japan, give 1 year Canon WW and 2 year own warranty)

2) Canon EF-S 15-85 - 459£ -
Decided to get only this lens at the moment, see how each focal length works and then I will decide what to buy later (more wide/long end is a bit more important than large apperture (17-55) at the moment and 17-55 is 50% more).

3) Orion DayPack 200- 55£ eBay -
I think this bag will be very god for me - have place for camera, 1-2 lenses, flash, which is seperate from top of the bag - this will make perfect for day travels, or longer travels with just one bag.

4) Shoulder Strap - I would really like to get one of these but they are a bit expensive. So I wanted to ask, if cheap versions on eBay are any good (I wouldnt want risking dropping my camera, but if cheaper version is as good, might you show one?)

5) Mini tripod, GorillaPod+head - 43£ -
I dont need good and big tripod, but i wouldnt mind having smaller one, which i can carry and attach everywhere. I will also have a trip to Paris and Spain, with carry on luggage only, so I could take it with me.

6) Extra battery - 12£ -
No need to buy original Canon battery, is there?

7) Lens hood - 7£ -
Same as 6)

8 ) Hoya UV Digital Pro filter 72mm - 28£ -
Is this good enough, if i want to use a filter?

9) 16gb Class10 SD card - which one to get? Transcend 12£ or Sandisk Extreme 20£
Is there any difference or is it better to get 2 Transcends for the price of one Sandisk? (I dont want to have any trouble with 1080p or 720p at 60fps)

10) Microclean cloth + air rocket + lens pen - 19£

11) I will get 3£ wireless release, and was wondering if this was worth getting for timelapses? (dont want to use Magic Lantern just yet)

10) I will get 430EX II later on, but in the mean time, do things like this or this work?
Or is it better not to start with them?

11) Lightroom

I think thats it. Please have a look at this list, and let me know if there is anything you can add or change from this list, and then i can start ordering.

Thank you!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Buying 60D, what lens + accessories get?
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:08:17 PM »

I am almost finished choosing my first DSLR. After two months of internet surfing/reviews, forum readings, my decision ranged from 550D+18-55 to 5Dm2+24-105 (although price was too steep for that one).

However I went to camera shop today, and played with all the cameras in question (that should be first thing someone does, after reading about what controls on camera do (I wish someone told me that before :) ). I found that 550d/600d was a bit too small, and not as comfortable to hold as 60D. Control wheel and top buttons were a huge deciding factor too(very convenient to use). Also, I can dismiss 5Dm2 for now, because firstly, it was out of my price range, and secondly it was a bit too big for me (I'm glad I can justify not getting it now :) )

So I decided to get 60D. Now the question is regarding what lens and accessories to get.

1) Lens wise I will get 50 1.8 and I am leaning towards 15-85, but as a new DSLR user, will I be able to tell a difference between it and 400 pounds cheaper 18-55 IS ii? Is it worth getting 18-55 now, and later upgrading to 15-85 if I need to, or is it better to buy it in the first place and save those 70 pounds (good lens is always a good investment, right?:) )
(Though about 24-105 too, but being my main lens, 24 would be not wide enough on crop).

2) As for the future, I will want to get cheap telezoom, which I would use rarely (IS 55-250 fits here well, but maybe you would recommend another one (range and price are the important factors here, because I would use it rarely anyway (if I get 15-85).

As for other accessories, could you recommend me:

3) Camera bag (are Lowerpro slingshots good (those on one shoulder)?)

4) SD card (what speed would ensure me that camera wouldn't struggle while recording 1080p video and shooting burst mode in RAW (I know buffer capacity is limiting factor here, but maybe faster card helps a bit?)
And what make do you recommend?

5) What protection filters to buy for lenses?

6) (a bit later) What tripod and head (~100 pounds if possible)?

7) Anything else I've missed what should be included in my camera bag?

Really appreciate your feedback and thank you for all the advice!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Have anyone ever used techno7?
« on: March 23, 2012, 08:24:25 AM »
If nobody has used this company, what would you look for, how would you determine if its a legitimate business?

What steps do you take in order to determine if online seller is to be trusted?

P.S. i cant seem to find anything good or bad about his company. Only that it is a registered company:

Any tips are welcome:)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Have anyone ever used techno7?
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:37:00 AM »

I've just found this website -link removed by Admin
Prices here are very cheap... they say they are wholesalers and thats why prices are very cheap.

Does anyone know about them?

How can I check if they are legitimate?


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II vs T4i
« on: March 22, 2012, 06:15:20 AM »
I am kinda in the same boat....

I want to spend ~1000 pounds for a DSLR+lens
I am waiting for 650D announcement to make my decision

But the more I wait, the more i read about 5dm2, and the more i want it (the problem is that new 5dm2+24-105 is 2300 pounds....)

I am tempted to get used one, for ~1500, but its still expensive, and its used.... (and not many to choose from at the moment)

Hypothetically - IF 650D has new APS-C sensor, how would it compare with older 5dm2 sensor? 5dm2 would obviously be better, but by how much?...

I actually see persuading myselft of borrowing some money and getting 5dm2 (although i am new in DSLR work, but im very interested in it, reading books/magazines/internet). And i figure that this camera would be with me for a loong time, and i would just buy 1 lens a year, or so, and i wouldnt need to change all my gear to full frame if i choose APC now and later decide to go full frame....

If i would get new 650d, its price would drop a lot in a year, so resale value wouldnt be so great....

Another option is getting 550d+ good EFS lens, like 17-55, but again... if i decide to go full frame in couple of years....

aaaaa decisions decisions...!!!... why cant US prices be in UK? :D

P.S. i dont see the need for xxD or 7d for me at the moment, because i dont need super AF or weather sealing (although 5dm2 has it), so for me choice will be (is?) of old/new xxxD vs 5dm2, which is 2x expensive....

any ideas are welcome:)

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 11:49:03 AM »
Im waiting for 650D announcement until i decide on my first DSLR: if it is going to have a new sensor, ill probably get it, if not, i will most likely take used 550d (cheapest one with the same sensor) and a good lens.

I wouldn't bother waiting, no new camera will compensate you for the shots that you will miss in the meantime.  If we were all expecting the 650D to be a quantum leap in performance, then you might have a reason to hold off buying, but generally Canon do not introduce their latest technology on the 'Rebel' bodies.  Buy a body now that appeals to you, be that Canon, Nikon, Sony or whatever. 

My second piece of advice, if you think that photography will be anything more than a passing interest, is to buy the next level up in the range (of whichever brand you decide upon).  I made the mistake with my first DSLR (a 450D) and within a year wished that I'd gone for a 40D or D90 instead.  It isn't a big difference in price compared to the improved ergonomics and performance that you get in return.  O.K. if you're really skint I can see the reasoning for an 'entry-level' model, but I'd still be tempted to recommend a second hand, higher spec model from the previous generation in most cases (I wouldn't go too old though -30Ds and D80s are a bit on the dated side now).

Thanks for your thoughs.

I thought about that too, but the most important thing to me in a camera is (will be) the IQ. I dont need lots of fps or weather sealing (although all of it, together with better AF would be nice, and i like buying the newest gadgets). And as 7d, 60d, 600d,550d all have the same sensor, they will (should?) give the same IQ given the same lenses and conditions. Id rather invest in better lenses (as everyone is telling that to newbies - i am starting to believe it :D )

I even though of used 5d mark2, as they should be getting cheaper now, but its a little expensive with decent lens (and buying 4year old piece of electronics havent settled down with me yet.. :) And 5dm2 as a first DSLR seems a bit too high (?) (I've been reading books/magazines/internet for about 3 months now, getting to know how photography works - manual setting of my girlfriend's bridge camera doesnt seem strange to me anymore :) )

The actual deadline for me when to get camera is middle of June, because then i will have a trip to Spain, and i would really want to take my new camera with me.

How would you invest ~1000 pounds if you wanted to get camera+lens+all the accesories (bag, cards, tripod etc.) (think UK prices too :) )? (or at very least, just camera+lens)

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:13:18 AM »
Im waiting for 650D announcement until i decide on my first DSLR: if it is going to have a new sensor, ill probably get it, if not, i will most likely take used 550d (cheapest one with the same sensor) and a good lens.

Lenses / Re: What, exactly, does it mean when Canon "patents" a lens?
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:04:13 AM »
Take that nikon 14-24mm zoom.  That optical formula is patented, so anyone caught copying it would be quickly shut down by Nikon's attorneys...

What if someone would create 14-25mm, is it infringing? What about 14-24.5mm? 14-24.1mm? Where is the limit? (well i guess even smallest shift in the mm would probably require different optical formula...)

Also, a bit different question: is there a rule of some sorts that is required for lens manufacturing that requires certain lenght? (for instance there are a few lenses that start at 15,17,18,24mm, but not at 16 or 21mm, why is that?

EOS Bodies / Re: APS-C Roadmap for 2012: A Prediction
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:00:10 PM »
Updated AF system would be nice for Rebel, but would Canon ever consider that?

EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone sad about no T4i/650D announcement
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:20:57 AM »
I had a dream tonight, that canon released new 650D, and it had an APC-H sensor :)

Im not saying i have superpowers, but maybe i do?  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Refurbished Equipment
« on: March 09, 2012, 11:57:03 AM »
Has anyone bought refurbished Canon in UK?

EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone sad about no T4i/650D announcement
« on: March 07, 2012, 12:04:34 PM »
Has anyone heard any recent rumors about 650D?

March 2nd was CR2, so it cant be far away...

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