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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1240 on: September 1, 2015, 12:05:56 AM »
Got the Olympus Pen E-PL5 , a micro 4/3 camera. Got it mainly for it's small size so the missus can use it like a point and shoot while I can delve deeper into the settings.

Got blown away by the quality of the pictures. It was between D5500 and the Olympus and I'm really glad I went for the Olympus because I'm sure it'll be used much more often than a full size SLR. Looking at getting a prime lens mainly for portraits (young children) so any suggestions would be great.

A good choice as far as I'm concerned. The D5500 might have more firepower, but it's worth nothing if you don't take it with you.

My suggestion would be either the Olympus 25/1.8 or 45/1.8. They're both awesome. The 25 will be more versatile, while the 45 is at a traditional "portrait focal length." Both are $300 here.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1241 on: September 1, 2015, 02:50:20 PM »
Thank you Nessy and cptrios!

Solid, solid advice!! I will be taking it - thanks alot!

Ciara
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1242 on: September 2, 2015, 10:32:26 AM »
A good choice as far as I'm concerned. The D5500 might have more firepower, but it's worth nothing if you don't take it with you.

My suggestion would be either the Olympus 25/1.8 or 45/1.8. They're both awesome. The 25 will be more versatile, while the 45 is at a traditional "portrait focal length." Both are $300 here.
Thanks for the advice. The 45/1.8 looks very tempting, and it's quite cheap too.

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1243 on: September 21, 2015, 04:37:31 PM »
Thank you Nessy and cptrios!

Solid, solid advice!! I will be taking it - thanks alot!

Ciara

Cheers again, guys!

Bought the Nikon 55-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX lens - very excited about its arrival!
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1244 on: September 21, 2015, 06:03:51 PM »
Does anyone make any money from photography?
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1245 on: September 23, 2015, 10:53:09 AM »
Just ordered a D810. The wife is going to skin me alive. Cant wait to get it now.

Anyone interested in a D7000 with just 3500 actuations on the shutter? ;-)

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1246 on: September 23, 2015, 12:27:37 PM »
Does anyone make any money from photography?

Yes. A bit.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1247 on: September 29, 2015, 02:43:23 AM »
Does anyone make any money from photography?

It's the main source of income for me and my wife.  She is solely a photographer (wedding and commercial) and I could afford to be as well but I've got too many other interests that I can make money doing.

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1248 on: September 29, 2015, 03:50:24 PM »
Does anyone make any money from photography?

My Dad was a professional photographer back in the day. None of this digital malarkey. All film, he even did his own prints as we had a darkroom in the house. He did weddings, cars and had loads of contracts with Universitys for their gradations. He retired aged 47 so I think he did alright out of it.
Different time though, these days people just want a DVD full of images from a wedding and print them themselves. Dad would make most of his money from prints.
He still tales pictures to this day (he's 72 now), but just as a hobby.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1249 on: September 30, 2015, 01:56:40 PM »
Ah good stuff guys!

My delivery has fallen through and I go on honeymoon tomorrow. I was set to buy the Nikon 55-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX lens but it's not in stock anywhere locally - Currys, Pc World, Argos, Jessops etc...

Can anyone offer advice on these alternatives...

Nikon 55-200 ED DX
Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon Fit Lens
Sigma APO 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon Fit Lens. 

Or worth waiting a few weeks for the original?
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1250 on: October 24, 2015, 02:58:35 PM »
Got a new camera bag recently. It's another lowepro, this one's bigger than the other, fits the camera with a bulky zoom attached, room for other lenses, a speedlight, even a pocket for a tablet.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1251 on: October 26, 2015, 06:04:40 PM »
Ah good stuff guys!

My delivery has fallen through and I go on honeymoon tomorrow. I was set to buy the Nikon 55-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX lens but it's not in stock anywhere locally - Currys, Pc World, Argos, Jessops etc...

Can anyone offer advice on these alternatives...

Nikon 55-200 ED DX
Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon Fit Lens
Sigma APO 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon Fit Lens. 

Or worth waiting a few weeks for the original?

Many congratulations Ciara and Mr Ciara :)

I'm not sure any of this will be useful but, my first SLR lens was a Sigma 55-200mm and I' loved it until I got more serious and now use only Canon. I can't comment on all the choices you are considering (having not used them), but I would say that the more expensive lenses will generally give you a larger depth of field to work with (i.e. for those not familiar, a lower "f" number which equates to the amount of shot in focus), which opens up a lot more options re composing a shot and creativity in general.

Can I ask why you are looking at 300mm lenses, as they are normally the preserve of wildlife or sports photographers, and spies :). Is this something you are looking to get into? If not, and trying to be helpful, as a broad photography tool, the Nikon 55 - 200 would be a good bet to get something good (great), out of most photographic scenarios. My own preference is to buy a lens with the greatest depth of field or lowest "f" number, as this gives you more control and flexibility to achieve the shot you are after.

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1252 on: October 29, 2015, 10:45:00 AM »
Many congratulations Ciara and Mr Ciara :)

I'm not sure any of this will be useful but, my first SLR lens was a Sigma 55-200mm and I' loved it until I got more serious and now use only Canon. I can't comment on all the choices you are considering (having not used them), but I would say that the more expensive lenses will generally give you a larger depth of field to work with (i.e. for those not familiar, a lower "f" number which equates to the amount of shot in focus), which opens up a lot more options re composing a shot and creativity in general.

Can I ask why you are looking at 300mm lenses, as they are normally the preserve of wildlife or sports photographers, and spies :). Is this something you are looking to get into? If not, and trying to be helpful, as a broad photography tool, the Nikon 55 - 200 would be a good bet to get something good (great), out of most photographic scenarios. My own preference is to buy a lens with the greatest depth of field or lowest "f" number, as this gives you more control and flexibility to achieve the shot you are after.

I've been using a 300mm for street photos recently.

http://www.facebook.com/AndrewNessPhotos/albums/1225560794128029

It's perfect for getting intimate candid shots from a distance.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1253 on: November 3, 2015, 05:08:12 PM »
I've been using a 300mm for street photos recently.

http://www.facebook.com/AndrewNessPhotos/albums/1225560794128029

It's perfect for getting intimate candid shots from a distance.

You creative old so and so. I've just had a look at your page and liked the work :) so what do I know. I'll just throw in that creativity has no bounds, independent of kit, and to demonstrate this point if you search online for the best iPhone or similar, shots, photographers/amateurs have come up with some really beautiful stuff.

My comments were intended to be broad and aimed at someone new to the business, and fingers crossed, hopefully helpful.

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1254 on: January 13, 2016, 11:27:09 AM »
So finally got round to buying a canon 6d I now have to get a lens was thinking of getting the canon 17-40 f4 unless anyone can recommend something better for around the same price?

I used a sigma 10-20 mostly on my 60d and mostly do landscape stuff

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1255 on: December 13, 2018, 04:11:24 PM »
Digging up an older topic as i am stumped between a Canon 5D mark IV (5DS/5DSR) or a Canon EOS R

Anyone got these and suggestions? I'm upgrading from a Canon 600D so all Canon glass.....I love the look of both but feel the 5D is getting on too much now maybe?

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1256 on: December 14, 2018, 01:29:29 AM »
Digging up an older topic as i am stumped between a Canon 5D mark IV (5DS/5DSR) or a Canon EOS R

Anyone got these and suggestions? I'm upgrading from a Canon 600D so all Canon glass.....I love the look of both but feel the 5D is getting on too much now maybe?

I'd go for Sony A7III or A7rIII and a canon adapter, or if you have the money, a lovely grey market A9. Seriously. They wipe the floor with both of the canons in most departments and the A7III is cheaper.

If you must go Canon, from using both I prefer the 5DIV over the EOS R, and I'm a massive mirrorless advocate. The 5DIV is a mature and refined DSLR whereas the EOS R feels pretty beta.

The EOS R has more or less the same sensor as the MKIV and it was already lagging behind the competition when it was released a few years ago. Compared to Sony and Nikon, the files have limited DR and a lot of noise. AF was slow and finicky compared to the A7III - the EOS R often hunts for faces while the Sony easily tracks eyes.  If you're shooting anything fast moving, avoid this camera like the plague. The battery life is pretty poor and it only has one card slot. If you're doing video, it crops 4k (and apparently shutter roll is awful on 4k). The controls aren't as good as either Sony, Nikon or canon (DSLRs) - I found the Fn bar to be pointless if not annoying and the buttons feel cheap. It's got terrible rolling shutter effects in silent mode. On the upside, the colours are nice.

The downside of the 5D is that it's a lot bulkier than the EOS R. It's a proper big brick of a camera - which is fine if you like that sort of thing but I couldn't carry two of them on my 12-hour shoots without having to spend a lot on physio! It's also a lot dearer.

All in all, I've been pretty disappointed by the CaNikon mirrorless offerings. I'd hoped for much more. I'd advise waiting on an EOS-RII before going Canon mirrorless.

If i was you I'd try out your lenses on the EOS-R, 5D and also look at the sony A7III and see what feels right.  600D is a crop sensor camera, so make sure your lenses are full frame, otherwise, you'll get awful vignetting or have to shoot in crop mode. I'm sure you knew that already, though.

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1257 on: December 14, 2018, 09:48:34 AM »
I'd go for Sony A7III or A7rIII and a canon adapter, or if you have the money, a lovely grey market A9. Seriously. They wipe the floor with both of the canons in most departments and the A7III is cheaper.

If you must go Canon, from using both I prefer the 5DIV over the EOS R, and I'm a massive mirrorless advocate. The 5DIV is a mature and refined DSLR whereas the EOS R feels pretty beta.

The EOS R has more or less the same sensor as the MKIV and it was already lagging behind the competition when it was released a few years ago. Compared to Sony and Nikon, the files have limited DR and a lot of noise. AF was slow and finicky compared to the A7III - the EOS R often hunts for faces while the Sony easily tracks eyes.  If you're shooting anything fast moving, avoid this camera like the plague. The battery life is pretty poor and it only has one card slot. If you're doing video, it crops 4k (and apparently shutter roll is awful on 4k). The controls aren't as good as either Sony, Nikon or canon (DSLRs) - I found the Fn bar to be pointless if not annoying and the buttons feel cheap. It's got terrible rolling shutter effects in silent mode. On the upside, the colours are nice.

The downside of the 5D is that it's a lot bulkier than the EOS R. It's a proper big brick of a camera - which is fine if you like that sort of thing but I couldn't carry two of them on my 12-hour shoots without having to spend a lot on physio! It's also a lot dearer.

All in all, I've been pretty disappointed by the CaNikon mirrorless offerings. I'd hoped for much more. I'd advise waiting on an EOS-RII before going Canon mirrorless.

If i was you I'd try out your lenses on the EOS-R, 5D and also look at the sony A7III and see what feels right.  600D is a crop sensor camera, so make sure your lenses are full frame, otherwise, you'll get awful vignetting or have to shoot in crop mode. I'm sure you knew that already, though.

Thank you :) I'll have a look a the Sony too

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1258 on: December 14, 2018, 12:46:00 PM »
Thank you :) I'll have a look a the Sony too

Definitely, do.  I was an ardent Nikon user for 10 years until I shot with the A7III.  I immediately sold everything (4 bodies, 9 lenses and countless accessories) and switched to Sony. 6 months in and I'm 100% satisfied with my decision. It's so much lighter and smaller than a DSLR but every bit as capable. If you're a manual shooter, using an EVF will greatly help you by showing you your exposure as you shoot. The AF and files are as good as anything I've ever used.


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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1259 on: December 14, 2018, 01:23:15 PM »
Love Sony. Not heard great things about the Canon-Sony adapters though.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1260 on: December 14, 2018, 08:58:46 PM »
Love Sony. Not heard great things about the Canon-Sony adapters though.

Of the ones I've used, they're not as quick to focus as native glass but still incredibly good. I think the one I used was a  metabones adapter. 

However, I would advise to sell up though unless you have a spectacular lens that you'd miss. I managed to sell all my Nikon glass, buy brand new native Sony equivalents (by Sony/sigma/Zeiss) and still had cash left over. The Sigma art lenses are all native for Sony now and are excellent value. Sony's own 85mm and 55mm 1.8 lenses are quick, accurate and razor sharp for relatively little money. I held onto my manual lenses and use a metabones Nikon converter. Thanks to EVF and focus peaking they work better on the Sony than they ever did on my Nikon DSLRs.

I have 5 A7IIIs but I'm considering offloading one in the new year and getting an A9 or A7rIII just to mix things up.
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1261 on: December 15, 2018, 04:06:16 PM »
Why don't speedlights either use built in rechargeable batteries or the camera's LP types?  AA/AAA get really annoying :/ or do some and I'm just not looking properly?

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1262 on: June 10, 2020, 09:12:51 PM »
im a novice and looking for a camera which can take decent pictures of the moon. a few people have mentioned the nikon p1000/p950. theres also the sony a7 range, any advice. budget under 1k.
do i need a tripod or can it be done without?

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1263 on: June 10, 2020, 10:48:57 PM »
I've leant a nikon p900 of my friend...

not impressed with it to be honest pretty crap in low light once you have got over the novelty of the zoom capabilities and it's fixed lens I've not used the 950/1000 tho

I'd go for a Sony a7 camera at least you can get different lenses
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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1264 on: June 14, 2020, 11:29:57 PM »
I've leant a nikon p900 of my friend...

not impressed with it to be honest pretty crap in low light once you have got over the novelty of the zoom capabilities and it's fixed lens I've not used the 950/1000 tho

I'd go for a Sony a7 camera at least you can get different lenses
I've looked at a7, there's a few different models, price differences. I think decent camera and then go for upgrade lens rather than a fixed Nikon lens one

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Re: SLR Cameras - recommendations and advice
« Reply #1265 on: June 15, 2020, 08:46:17 AM »
I've looked at a7, there's a few different models, price differences. I think decent camera and then go for upgrade lens rather than a fixed Nikon lens one

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