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Your type of camera

Canon DSLR
54 (56.3%)
Nikon DSLR
26 (27.1%)
Other DSLR
14 (14.6%)
Point and Shoot
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« on: April 07, 2006, 07:23 »
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What type of camera are you using?


« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2006, 07:24 »
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ok, I'll be the first responder.

a canon 10D (6.4 mp)

Hopefully I can upgrade to a 5d before TOO long, but the photographer earnings have been pegged for a few other things first.

« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2006, 09:15 »
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My main camera is a 20D (8mp) which I got last November. I also have an ixus 55 (5mp) p&s which replaced my ixus 500 (5mp) p&s which suffered from a cracked screen.

Currently lens for 20D are:
17-85 is
70-300 is
50mm

« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2006, 09:27 »
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konica minolta 5d! :)

i have also a pentax k1000 analogic slr ;)

« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2006, 10:27 »
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Canon 10D, but I just purchased a 30D.

« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2006, 14:56 »
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I just got Canon 5D

« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2006, 16:09 »
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Depending on which way the wind is blowing...

My 'main' camera for micro stock and portraits etc is a 20D.  My 'second' body is a 10D.  I've also got a 1D (original 4mp one, not a MkII) which I use for sports because the focus system is soooo much better for moving subjects.

Currently saving my pennies for a 1DMkIIN..

Cheers, Chris (aka: gearhead)

« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2006, 16:28 »
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Hopefully I can upgrade to a 5d before TOO long, but the photographer earnings have been pegged for a few other things first.

You'll be buying the 24-70 first wont you? :-) That 28-135 IS will be not so hot on the 5D's FF sensor wide open. (as per your review comments.)  Or did you already get the 24-70?

I got the 20D, then spent up on lenses... When I'd paid the finance on the lenses I got the 10D and 1D bodies second hand.  I think I did things in the right order for the type of work I do.  Having the good glass significantly reduces post processing/editing time, and that is very important for the paper/sports stuff that pays for my 'toy' budget.

On a slightly different topic..

The biggest thing with good lenses is the improvement in out-of-the-camera image quality.  Contrast, colours and sharpness are all there.  If you're shooting for yourself or hobby purposes it dosn't really matter, you can spend 10-20 minutes per photo editing and touching up...  I'm doing three events this weekend for the paper, and expect to shoot 600+ photos.  I have to get 20-30 of them to the paper by 8am Monday, so they can pick maybe 6 to print.  If I miss the deadline, I don't get paid.  Simple.

This is also true if you're serious about micro stock / stock...   There's no doubting that a large portfolio is the way to go.  If you have to spend 20-30 minutes per photo and you want 2000 photos online...

Well you do the math.  But if your images only very slight editing you're going to get there a lot quicker, and your 'cost' price of yoru images will be much lower, getting into real profit quicker.

The camera body is slightly academic.  Pick the manufacturer you like, and then save, srimp, steal, beg so you can put good glass on the front!  (Unless you're shooting sports for money, get a 1D or d2x and just put up with the finance costs!)

Cheers, Me.  (As always, just my 2c worth.)

« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2006, 21:06 »
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I just got Canon 5D

Wow the 5D, so whats your impression from it? I've got the D60, quite a bit old, but it has the same sensor as the 10D, so I guess there is not much difference in quality. However a 5D, that really sounds great. That would be one I would like to have, but I cannot afford it. But as mentioned before, the lenses are so important. I just discover that with my Tamron 28-300 lens. Great range, but not the quality I wish it would have..

« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2006, 22:19 »
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So far I only had a chance to shoot for one day.  My first imression is WOW.  I absolutely love it.  My RAW files look so much nicer than out of 20D which I sold.  I sold 20D and 10D to get the 5D.  I am very impressed.  I like the full frame.  I am very happy.  I also got a new lens.  The 24-105mm.  I like it too.  I solfd my 24-70mm to get the 24-105mm.  I just had to get a lighter lens.  I travel a lot and the 24-70 was just too bulky.  I will shoot more this weekend.

« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2006, 10:13 »
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I use a 5D but also recently bought a 350D for my wife thatI will use for backup if need be.

I'm very happy with both and don't think I will change either for a while...

« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2006, 14:07 »
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Hopefully I can upgrade to a 5d before TOO long, but the photographer earnings have been pegged for a few other things first.

You'll be buying the 24-70 first wont you? :-) That 28-135 IS will be not so hot on the 5D's FF sensor wide open. (as per your review comments.)  Or did you already get the 24-70?

Yeah I have the 24-70 now.  I am not sure how long I will be able to keep it, but hopefully for ever.  I definatly agree that glass is more important than a new camera.. it makes such a big differance, as the comparison shows.  I was actually surprised how much better it was or how easy it is to see the differance.

« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2006, 19:23 »
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Hopefully I can upgrade to a 5d before TOO long, but the photographer earnings have been pegged for a few other things first.

You'll be buying the 24-70 first wont you? :-) That 28-135 IS will be not so hot on the 5D's FF sensor wide open. (as per your review comments.)  Or did you already get the 24-70?

Yeah I have the 24-70 now.  I am not sure how long I will be able to keep it, but hopefully for ever.  I definatly agree that glass is more important than a new camera.. it makes such a big differance, as the comparison shows.  I was actually surprised how much better it was or how easy it is to see the differance.

You mean you've borrowed it, or you're going broke paying for it? :-).  I've done both...

I borrowed one, and then couldn't do without it, it made a huge difference to the out of the camera quality of my shots.  I had a sigma 28-70/2.8 EX before that in the mid-range, which was good, but in difficult light the Canon is like night and day... 

Now I'm going broke paying off the finance on it. :-).  I lasted about two weeks after returning the borrowed one before getting one on HP.

Cheers, Chris.

« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2006, 06:05 »
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I bought it on a good deal with a few other camera things on an ebay auction.  The plan was to sell all of it again, andif finances get tight I will, but if I can make enough from photography to warrent 'buying' from myself i will.

« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2006, 08:49 »
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A little late jumping into the fray.  I have a 20d and a 1ds.  Use them both, more the 1ds now that I bought it.  Lenses many, but mostly now all L.  I think that the difference is worth the $$. 

« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2006, 08:58 »
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I am probably the odd ball here but I use an Olympus E300. I really like it!

« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2006, 09:18 »
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I have a 10D and 30D. I was really considering the 5D but finances being what they were I picked up the 30D instead. I've been toying with the idea of having the 10D converted to IR only.

« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2006, 10:09 »
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I am using Canon 20D with 17 - 85 IS
and Sony 7MP point and shoot!

Melissa

« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2006, 10:43 »
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I shoot with a Nikon D2X and will maybe upgrade to a D2Xs. Otherwise wil just wait until the D3X come out and hopefully it will be around 20mp full frame.

« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2006, 10:52 »
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I shoot with a Nikon D2X and will maybe upgrade to a D2Xs. Otherwise wil just wait until the D3X come out and hopefully it will be around 20mp full frame.

tyler <--- drooling....
tyler <-- would be drooling more if it was a canon

I am still stuck with a canon 10d :(
I am itching to upgrade in the worst way, but a nice screen to edit photos on, and perhaps another L lens are debatably a higher need.

« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2006, 11:56 »
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I am still stuck with a canon 10d :(
I am itching to upgrade in the worst way, but a nice screen to edit photos on, and perhaps another L lens are debatably a higher need.

Not to worry leaf, I'm still stuck with a 10D also.  I would like to get the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 lens personally.  With a 2x lens and the 1.6 multiplying effect it would be a 384-960mm lens.  The 20D and 30D just isn't enough of an upgrade.  I'm waiting for the 40D or what ever it will be. 

My lens
Sigma 24-70 EX
Sigma 12-24 EX
Sigma 70-200 EX

Mark

« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2006, 16:54 »
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I am still stuck with a canon 10d :(
I am itching to upgrade in the worst way, but a nice screen to edit photos on, and perhaps another L lens are debatably a higher need.

There's nothing wrong with the 10D....

Use a D30, D60 or 300D for a day and you'll never complain again. :-).  The only thing I dislike about my 10D is the occasional very contrasty image it spits out compared to the 20D (due to lower dynamic range???)  for most things the speed difference is not an issue, and it works like a camera should.  I supose the focus system isn't as good as the 20D either, but for non-sports stuff it dosn't let me down.

« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2006, 19:45 »
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i HAVE had problems with focus but i am not sure if it is me, or the camera, or the lens.

I am currently using two 10D's, and they have served me well... just itchen for an upgrade, when i see the fancy new cam's roll off the canon mill.

« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2006, 23:47 »
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My biggest grip with the Canon 10D is the focus.  It seems to back focus a lot.  I've lost a lot of excellant shots because of that darn focus.  Yes I've done the ruler test and it always turns out spot on.  The 10D just isn't consistant enough.  From what I hear the 20D/30D focusing system is only marginally better.  My second grip is the resposiveness of the camera.  But I have gotten a lot of excellant shots and I'm pleased with the image quality and have no regrets buying the camera.  I think the 40D will be released in May-July of next year.  And I'm positive it will be a major update unlike the changes from the 20D to the 30D.  Besides they just announced the new Digic III processing chip so they suggests it will be even faster. 

Mark

« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2006, 01:45 »
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I'm using an Olympus E-500 and 2 lenses (17.5-45 and 40-150) and I just purchased an Olympus FL-36 flash.

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