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Old April 15th, 2008, 11:14 PM   #61
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I really keep meaning to get some pictures into the contest, I am hoping to submit a couple when the next cycle begins.

I have a Canon 40D, which I bought body only. My lens of choice is my lovely 70-200/4L IS, a wonderful piece of glass which produces some of the sharpest pictures I've ever taken handheld thanks to the 4 stops of IS, even at the long end. My 'walkabout' lens is a Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 DC Macro which again, produces some tack sharp pictures, and great captures wide open. I also have a fixed 50mm 1.8 canon lens, cheap and cheerful but great for portraits.

I do need to work on my post processing techniques though, I shoot exclusively in RAW so that I've got total control over my exposure after the fact but otherwise I know next to nothing about 'enhancing' my images, and I would also love to explore HDR too- not in terms of going too far but just generally giving the pictures an overall exposure which matches the actual scene rather than the limited picture the camera can capture off the bat.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #62
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That Tokina 11-16mm looks great! I just can't find it anywhere (except ebay) for less than £450! I think I'd still go for the Sigma, though. Oh I don't know! Photography is an expensive hobby!
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Old April 17th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #63
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that tokina 11-16 looks mint....and appear to be of a much higher quality than the sigma from the review....it will probably be worth that extra 100 quid....
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Old April 17th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #64
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It's only out in Japan at the moment that's why it costs that much. It will be available in the UK sometime in May.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #65
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I don't like that Ken Rockwell though. I remember reading a news article or something completely tearing him to shreds! The author constantly branded him a fake and phoney throughout the article!
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Old April 29th, 2008, 01:34 AM   #66
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something that most SSC forumers have a fetish for are bags. after looking at the pictures from the wharf walk on sunday i was suprised to see a lack of actual camera bags (unless i wasn't looking hard enough). just wondered what people use for lugging their gear around when out and about.

also how often do people carry their camera?



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at work i carry my compact in my pocket all day everyday
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Old April 29th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #67
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I have an old camera bag that I bought ages ago for my camcorder. It's nothing fancy.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #68
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yes but how often do you go out with your camera?
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Old April 29th, 2008, 08:13 PM   #69
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Old April 29th, 2008, 10:39 PM   #70
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What a fetching colour - needs more flowers though

I just have a boring old Lowepro camera bag like this....


When the camera is sitting around at home i leave it in there to stop it getting dusty (2 cats means lots of nasty particles in the air to work its way into my camera.....i've already noticed a few specks of dust )

When i'm out and about though i just shove the camera into my regular Timberland backpack....gotta look cool, ya know.
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I have a brown-ish satchel-like thing. It's not a proper camera bad at all but it does the job without screaming "I'm a photographer, lugging a big, expensive camera around!" I do have a camera bag but I just feel like a prat with it protruding from my waist.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #72
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you see thats why i asked, a DSLR is an expensive piece of kit and its not exactly compact (even the so called compact models). you don't want to carry something that shouts 'this is expensive mug me!' so i just wondered what people did and how often they lugged them about.
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At the moment I have an Olympus F710 and it's a bag of shite. It's alright for taking pictures in perfect light but if it's overcast or slightly dark they look terrible.
Im hoping to get a Nikon D40 for my birthday. Might get the X model but not sure yet. The bog standard one will probably be more than enough for me.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 02:15 AM   #74
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i actually think nikon DSLR's have a richer picture quality than of canons or at least among the low to mid range models. i used medo's old D50 when the battery on my canon 300D died and found the pictures from his much more vibrant and clearer than on mine and we both had kit lenses.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 07:53 AM   #75
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Good days.

I'll let you use my D300 next time you come.
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gotta wide angle lens for that bad boy? anyway, still on for july?
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you see thats why i asked, a DSLR is an expensive piece of kit and its not exactly compact (even the so called compact models). you don't want to carry something that shouts 'this is expensive mug me!' so i just wondered what people did and how often they lugged them about.
I cover the brand and model number in black tape, it makes the camera look older, more generic, more like a workhorse. Usually dont bother with a bag, if I do it just gets put in my normal bag as I think camera bags can look even more obvious than the camera itself!
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gotta wide angle lens for that bad boy? anyway, still on for july?
Yep still on for July. I'm getting the wide angle some time in June.
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I cover the brand and model number in black tape, it makes the camera look older, more generic, more like a workhorse. Usually dont bother with a bag, if I do it just gets put in my normal bag as I think camera bags can look even more obvious than the camera itself!
That's not a bad idea Potto.

Yeah I too put my camera bag into my normal bag.

Sometimes I think it would be nice if I had a bodyguard so I can go to rough areas, that's where all the interesting photo opportunities are.
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I cover the brand and model number in black tape, it makes the camera look older, more generic, more like a workhorse. Usually dont bother with a bag, if I do it just gets put in my normal bag as I think camera bags can look even more obvious than the camera itself!
i bloody love that idea it just like when people do it their bikes.
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