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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2007, 16:54 »
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there has to be some advantage to getting the 70-200 f2.8L over the 70-200 f4.0L.
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To add my two cents.... I'm not sure which brand lens you are asking... but I have two Nikon 70-200 lenses - I think one is 3.5/5.6 I paid about $300 for in 05 and the 70-200 2.8 VR that I paid about $1800 for in 06.  

Big price diff huh?  But, I was blown away by the difference in the quality.  And it focusses FAST.   I got this lens for sports and nature and the speed and quality definitely makes a significant difference FOR MY NEEDS.   Does the average shooter need the speed?  It's not the funnest thing to have strapped around your neck on a nature hike though as it's bulky and heavy.    I also have a 2x converter which reduces it to a 5.6 but brings me nice and close to the action.

I'm still paying for this lens by the way - but if I treat it right I expect that it will be in my kit for years if not decades... wonder how many bodies we will all go through in the next 10 years?

I'd take just my p&S if I was hoping to get some cute pics of the kids... but never if there was a slight possibility of catching something special.  But for the record, I do have 4 or 5 stock images that I took on a Sony P&S.  Never say never.


« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2007, 16:58 »
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probably because they want to make it as dummy friendly as possible ...


Yeah, I know. I was just sounding off because it's frustrating. That camera has a reasonably-sized sensor and at 10Mp and that price sounds an interesting addition. Looks like the sort of thing you could carry in a pocket for all occasions. Too bad   :-\

« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2007, 04:38 »
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Hi, all, Whether to use a dslr or a prosumer or a point and shoot for stock, is irrelevant-As a photographer your skills should be above the equipment factor. Whichever of these cameras you decide to use will do the job, because you will always be aware of each camera's limitations, and you will adapt your modus operandi to suit. Fact: the best camera for stock photography is the camera you have,and know how to use-Read the manual until you can recite it backwards ( I mean that!)
learn how to expose correctly, so noise doesn't become a problem -(Even point and shoots have exposure compensation) Use a tripod-for whatever camera you use,whether your super-duper lens has IS or VR or not. Learn how to set appropriate white balance for each Kelvin temperature through the day,and the simplest point and shoot camera will perform stock photography for you,provided it has the necessary resolution (At least 5 megapixels-if you intend to submit to several sites- a 4 megapixel camera will give at best 3.9 MP, )

Regards, grizzlybear

« Reply #28 on: February 21, 2007, 06:33 »
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Hi grizzlybear,

Hi, all, Whether to use a dslr or a prosumer or a point and shoot for stock, is irrelevant-As a photographer your skills should be above the equipment factor. Whichever of these cameras you decide to use will do the job, because you will always be aware of each camera's limitations, and you will adapt your modus operandi to suit.

I know that you want to say something like "A better camera does not necessarily make a better photographer" and this is often true.

However, it's not always the case.  If my equipment is the limitation, then I'd rather see my equipment to adapt than to adapt myself to the constraints of my equipment. When I say that "my equipment is the limitation" then I assume that I know my equipment in and out and that it's just no longer up to par with what I would like to do from a technical point of view.

A simple case: If my equipment does not allow macro shooting, then I can either adapt by not doing macro shooting (doh) or I can extend/enhance my equipment to be able to do what I want to do. In this case I'd certainly chose the second alternative if it is within my budget.

All the best,
Michael
« Last Edit: February 21, 2007, 06:35 by Daneel »

« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2007, 06:34 »
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double post, sorry.


 

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