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#51 Omega

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:28 PM

I will eventually get more lenses, but I am just mainly starting out, as I am just an enthusiast and I will more likely be taking pictures of the scenic images because I live literally 200 yards away from a Bay. I am also looking forward to taking just portraits/random shots of nature as well. My main question is, Do you think the D60 is a nice camera for a semi-starter that can pay around 500 or so, and what lenses are appropriate for each activity (E.G What lens is good for Sports? What lens is good for nature/Wildlife, What lens is good for all around, everyday use?)
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:02 AM

I would say get a 70-200 or 80-200 or whatever Nikon offers in that area. F/2.8 would be ideal but i'm guessing money is tight so go for a f/4 for now.
As for walking around and then portrait. Really i would just try the 70-200 first, you can do great head shots with it, and then great sports photos. As you learn more about photography you will understand what suits you best. Really i could ramble off about 50 lenses. But there no point since either way you won't have the capital yet to buy any of them.



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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:19 AM

Unless you want to drop over a grand on glass I suggest the Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR, it's not a terribly fast lens at 4.5 or 5.6 @ 300 but it's $500 and a good length for what you need. Once you find out if you like zooms or primes you can invest into a higher grade system but right now Nikon's offering are limiting, the 80-200 or 400 lenses Nikon currently offers don't have Silen Wave Motors and the 70-200 is a DX format lens... So yeah the 70-300 is your best bet right now.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:58 AM

Now I'm edging on the side of getting a D60, this would be the make up I could buy from Amazon.com for 500$(Including Shipping) Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens. Do you think that would be a good choice.


IMO get a used d70 or 80 since the 60 doesn't have auto focus. And get a new glass. Possibly a third party one.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:19 AM

Well If I'm going to get lenses that have autofocus integrated in them, not having integrated autofocus in the body wouldn't be an issue. What other issues are there that relates to not having autofocus integrated into the camera body?
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:01 AM

Well If I'm going to get lenses that have autofocus integrated in them, not having integrated autofocus in the body wouldn't be an issue. What other issues are there that relates to not having autofocus integrated into the camera body?

Well. that 18-55 wont cut it for sports and unless you want to drop $700+ on a lens to use for sports it's most likely is not going to have autofocus.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 03:11 PM

I have the D60 and you cant go wrong, of course the D90 is better than the D60, but the D80 is alot older than the D60. I would take the D60 over the D80. And Nikon > Canon :tup:

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:54 PM

whoa its been a while in here...

I've been trying to come up with a good solution for head on lens shots where the ball actually impacts the front of the lens and breaks. Thus far I haven't found any lens filters designed to resist an impact, so the only solution I can think of is to stack multiple filters and hope for the best ( or maybe make some sort of lexan cover? )

Does anyone have a clever fix they feel like sharing?
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:18 AM

Have a piece of plexi or lexan cut to fit a filter, then fix it to an empty filter ring (You can get one of these by knocking the glass out of a cheap-o filter). Just be aware that sharpness, contrast and flare resistance will all take hits. A hood will be more important than ever.

I'm still pushing around a few ideas, the latest being stacking. The last filter I had tested was a polarizer and while it cracked up, it didn't shatter. Two UV filters, perhaps mounted flush in the same ring, might stop a ball. Another idea is to cut a polycarbonate eyeglass blank to fit a filter ring, but I haven't even tested that optically to see if its viable.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:33 AM

whoa its been a while in here...

I've been trying to come up with a good solution for head on lens shots where the ball actually impacts the front of the lens and breaks. Thus far I haven't found any lens filters designed to resist an impact, so the only solution I can think of is to stack multiple filters and hope for the best ( or maybe make some sort of lexan cover? )

Does anyone have a clever fix they feel like sharing?


Oh i pray you don't actually stack filters...
If so your quality in your shots go down.



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Posted 15 February 2009 - 03:16 PM

18-55 lens should be ok for speedball if you are on the feild. But the 75-200 is awesome, though I wish I had image stabilization and a bipod whwen fully extending it.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:46 AM

18-55 lens should be ok for speedball if you are on the feild. But the 75-200 is awesome, though I wish I had image stabilization and a bipod whwen fully extending it.



no 18-55 isn't a good lens for paintball when your "on the field"
Also IS wouldn't help you in paintball... What do you think IS does?
And maybe a monopod... but it would get in the way and doesn't allow you to move quickly.



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Posted 22 March 2009 - 12:26 PM

Hey, was just wondering what your thoughts were on the sony a300...

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

Hey, was just wondering what your thoughts were on the sony a300...


I'd stray away from any DSLR not made by Nikon or Canon. Nikon and Canon make the best camera's in the buisness.

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 02:34 PM

I am looking into photography. I got a Canon EOS RebelG also 3 canon lenses: 75-300mm, 35-80mm, and a 50mm. Am really new to photography and my family wants to upgrade the camera to a digital back. The camera needs to be able to shoot paintball and everyday crap. the budget is 1000$ +- a few 100$
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Posted 11 April 2009 - 11:19 AM

I am looking into photography. I got a Canon EOS RebelG also 3 canon lenses: 75-300mm, 35-80mm, and a 50mm. Am really new to photography and my family wants to upgrade the camera to a digital back. The camera needs to be able to shoot paintball and everyday crap. the budget is 1000$ +- a few 100$
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At that price look at Getting a Used 40d or 30d and a 70-200mm f/4L

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 04:46 PM

I want to get my first ever camera so I can take pictures of paintball. Paintball photography has always intruiged me and I want to take my shot at it.
What is an INEXPENSIVE camera that would be good for a first-timer? I have no photography experience, that's why I am coming here. What cameras did you use?
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 01:11 PM

Price Range?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:19 PM

500 is my max
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:39 AM

If you will buy used go find yourself a used Canon XTI/XT or XS/XSI and either a Sigma 17-200 or Tamron 75-300

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 04:52 PM

I am looking into photography. I got a Canon EOS RebelG also 3 canon lenses: 75-300mm, 35-80mm, and a 50mm. Am really new to photography and my family wants to upgrade the camera to a digital back. The camera needs to be able to shoot paintball and everyday crap. the budget is 1000$ +- a few 100$
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At that price look at Getting a Used 40d or 30d and a 70-200mm f/4L


why a 70-200 and what does f/4L mean? must i go used?
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 05:42 PM

I am looking into photography. I got a Canon EOS RebelG also 3 canon lenses: 75-300mm, 35-80mm, and a 50mm. Am really new to photography and my family wants to upgrade the camera to a digital back. The camera needs to be able to shoot paintball and everyday crap. the budget is 1000$ +- a few 100$
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At that price look at Getting a Used 40d or 30d and a 70-200mm f/4L


why a 70-200 and what does f/4L mean? must i go used?


70-200 is perfect for paintball and everyday stuff.
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F/4L Means it's max Apperture(Smaller number) is 4 and L mean it is canons L series glass which is the highest quality

And used is cheaper and better imo

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:27 PM

Cool, so a f/3L would have more apperture? And how would used be better?
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:35 PM

Cool, so a f/3L would have more apperture? And how would used be better?


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Posted 25 April 2009 - 10:19 AM

Will any of my lenses i have work or no?
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:40 AM

They should since they are EOS mount

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:06 PM

Well i got the canon 50D and its great. thanks.
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 12:51 AM

I have a nikon D40x 18-55, 18-70, and 70-200, and a 190MF4 magfiber
does anyone know what i can take to take pictures to paintball
yes its my first time taking pictures for paintballin plz help
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 10:10 AM

Canon EOS Rebel XS & EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.

Good for taking wildlife/zoo photography?
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 10:57 PM

Hey, I got a question for you guys. Theres a pretty nice looking Nikon out at a local pawn shop for $800. Its obviously going to be used, but Im not sure how much wear is on it, or if it works. I havent taken a real close look at it yet, but from a few minutes peering at it from behind the glass case, Ive got a general idea of it.

Im pretty sure its a Nikon D series. Dont know the exact model though. Possibly a 60? Not sure.

As for the lens, it has one that looks a lot like this one. Its all black, and doesnt have the little flat protrusion on the bottom, though. The guy at the shop told me that the lens alone is worth the $800 he is asking for it.

Im going to go take a look at it later today and actually see how it works, so I will post back about it. But from what Ive gathered so far, do you think I should shell out the $800 for it?

Im thinking about getting further into photography than I already am. Maybe not professional (at least not while Im in the Army, maybe afterwards), but definitely as a hobbyist. Right now, Ive got a little Canon Powershot point and click, so if this thing works, it will be a huge step up in my gear. Ill probably be shooting a mix of sports and landscape with it. Im not too sure on the specifics of the lens, so Im not sure how that will cope with two different styles.

But yeah, Ill try and find out more about it, and post back.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 03:21 PM

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 05:19 AM

Turns out the camera is a Nikon D50, with a 70-200mm F2.4 lens. managed to talk the guy down to 750 after I looked at it for a few minutes and made a bunch of negative nonsense comments about it. Lol.

But regardless.. An 800 dollar camera with a 1000 dollar lens, for 750? Epic win. :wub:

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 07:07 AM

Turns out the camera is a Nikon D50, with a 70-200mm F2.4 lens. managed to talk the guy down to 750 after I looked at it for a few minutes and made a bunch of negative nonsense comments about it. Lol.

But regardless.. An 800 dollar camera with a 1000 dollar lens, for 750? Epic win. :wub:



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Posted 25 July 2009 - 10:59 AM

Turns out the camera is a Nikon D50, with a 70-200mm F2.4 lens. managed to talk the guy down to 750 after I looked at it for a few minutes and made a bunch of negative nonsense comments about it. Lol.

But regardless.. An 800 dollar camera with a 1000 dollar lens, for 750? Epic win. :wub:

So it is this lens correct?
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 05:16 AM

Almost, HKA. The lens that is on it doesnt have that little mount looking thing underneath, and it has a removable glare reducing plastic shroud thing that goes on the front. At least Im guessing thats what it is. I really have no idea. Im a nublet photographer, especially when it comes to equipment. I just see prices. Lol.

Ill post a picture of it on Saturday, once I actually have the camera in my room.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:25 PM

Yeah post a picture....

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 11:13 PM

Ok, correction on that camera I bought. The label around the lens says "Sigma 28-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 DL Hyperzoom Macro" on it. I just played with the settings for 2 hours trying to get it set up pretty well, so the battery is charging right now. Lol.

After being able to get accurate names and descriptions of the lens and camera, it looks like the $750 price tag is about accurate. Lens seems like its about a $200 dollar, and the cam is still about $500.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:55 PM

alright i want a camera for about 300 that will be able to keep up with paintball it doesnt have to be a remarkable camera its just for myspace/facebook and look nice im completely new at photography and aint lookin for a enthusiastic hobbies t grade camera? but it will be nice if it quick shot. any suggestion
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:45 PM

allright i found two cameras in my price range with speed shots for paintball what do u think and are they any better one for the price

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:10 AM

I have an Cannon EOS 400d with a 18-55mm lense...what ISO should i use when taking sport pics?(paintball of course)

Depends on the lighting if it is nice and sunny iso 200 should do fine. If its overcast a bump up to 400-640 should work. And try and keep your shutter at about 1/500th to keep motion blur to a minimum.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 05:15 AM

is there anyway to protect the lens just in case it gets shot? or do you just go out there and shoot?
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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:05 AM

how much does a lens hood help?



is CF better then SD? or vise versa?

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 03:26 PM

ok. I have about $600
and im looking at the

Nikon D60

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Olypus E520 (comes with 2 lenses)

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ok. I have about $600
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Nikon D60

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Olypus E520 (comes with 2 lenses)

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 11:20 PM

how much does a lens hood help?



is CF better then SD? or vise versa?

What do lens hoods do

And your other question.

SD vs. CF What's the difference - and what's SDHC?

Secure Digital (SD) cards are quite a bit smaller and lighter than CF cards. They have a 9 pin interface rather than a 50 pin interface and this limits them to a 4-bit data transfer bus rather than the 16-bit data transfer bus of CF cards. In principle this makes their maximum possible transfer speed slower, but in practice there is little difference when used with current digital cameras. In the past SD cards were more expensive than CF cards and were not available in as high a capacity versions, but this is really no longer true. The very small size of SD cards means that they are not available in a microdrive version, they are all solid state memory.

The fastest SD(HC) cards are currently 133x (20MB/s). Though this is still not as fast as the speed of the very fastest CF cards (45 MB.s, 300x), it's still pretty fast.

The SD format itself is limited to 2GB. In principle they could be made up to 4GB but that would require the use of FAT32 formatting which isn't part of the standard SD specification (SD uses FAT12 or FAT16 formatting). However a new SDHC (SD High Capacity) standard has been introduced which uses the same physical form factor but which uses a different memory addressing method (sector addressing vs byte addressing) and enables cards to be produced with capacities from from 4GB to 32GB. Cameras must be SDHC compatible to use SDHC cards, though most SDHC compatible cameras should be able to use regular lower capacity SD cards. However SDHC is not backwards compatible with SD and that means a 4GB SDHC card will not work in a camera designed only for use with SD cards.

Most new digital cameras will be SDHC compatible, but not all current cameras are. For example the Canon Powershot G7, A710 IS, A630 and A640 are SDHC compatible, and Canon have just released firmware updates for the 1Ds Mk II, 1D MkII N and 1D Mk II to make them SDHC compatible. Sandisk have a compatibility checker on their website

CF cards also have an onboard microcontroller for the memory which takes some load off the host, but this is currently more of theoretical interest than practical significance. The "Secure" in Secure Digital comes from the card's origin which was concerned with digital rights managements schemes to prevent copying of music! SD cards contain encryption hardware, but it's not used in 99% of all applications and it looks just like flash memory to a digital camera. MultiMediaCards (MMC) are essentially the same as SD cards, but without the encryption hardware and with a few other technical differences.


ok. I have about $600
and im looking at the

Nikon D60

and

Olypus E520 (comes with 2 lenses)

Neither... Look at the Canon Rebel xs/xsi or a used 20D

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 11:45 AM

Neither... Look at the Canon Rebel xs/xsi or a used 20D

i was looking at that one too.
but the whole "two lenses" thing appeals to me.
im taking alot of action pictures in a bunch of random lighting conditions.

but what makes that one better than say.. the olympis?

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 12:05 PM

Neither... Look at the Canon Rebel xs/xsi or a used 20D

i was looking at that one too.
but the whole "two lenses" thing appeals to me.
im taking alot of action pictures in a bunch of random lighting conditions.

but what makes that one better than say.. the olympis?


Trust me go canon. Nikon entry level bodies SUCK! And Olympus is meh overall.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:18 PM

Hey Guys,

i love photography! i love lookin at different pics and seeing the different expressions each one has, but now i want to start taking those photos to call my own. what camera should i get to start out with? my budget would prolly be from 5-600 maybe - the cheaper is always better, but not so sure in photography.

also, id like to start out by taking random pics; from paintball to friends hanging out to weddings and partys - but just for fun, not for a profession...yet. HAHA

im currently using a nikon 8.1 coolpix camera hahahaha its not a dslr, but its digital...

thanks!

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