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Old 24th June 2010, 16:16   #4306
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I am planning to buy Canon EOS 500D along with a telephoto lens from US. Can you please suggest your opinion on this camera as well the lens below,

1) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens
2) Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom

Which one will the better buy?
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Old 24th June 2010, 17:10   #4307
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i am looking for dof/hyperfocal distance calculator that i can use on a mobile device. looking for an application that works on either apple, palm or windows mobile devices. i had downloaded winmodof (windows mobile) but it kind of hangs during use and then i end up rebooting windows mobile device.

would appreciate inputs.
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I am planning to buy Canon EOS 500D along with a telephoto lens from US. Can you please suggest your opinion on this camera as well the lens below,

1) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens
2) Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom

Which one will the better buy?
55-250 IS is definitely better than the 75-300.
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Old 24th June 2010, 19:41   #4309
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i am looking for dof/hyperfocal distance calculator that i can use on a mobile device. looking for an application that works on either apple, palm or windows mobile devices. i had downloaded winmodof (windows mobile) but it kind of hangs during use and then i end up rebooting windows mobile device.

would appreciate inputs.

I used to use DOF calculator on an iPhone. I think it's a free application, look around and you will find it.
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I am planning to buy Canon EOS 500D along with a telephoto lens from US. Can you please suggest your opinion on this camera as well the lens below,

1) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens
2) Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom

Which one will the better buy?


@funda2max, without any hesitation go for Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS. Its one of the best available.
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Old 25th June 2010, 00:53   #4311
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these are the things i bought!

pentax k-x with 18-55 lens
50-200 telephoto lens
tripod and guerrilla pod with camera bag
a sanyo rechargable battery kit

all for 35k which is a good deal i suppose
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Old 25th June 2010, 06:46   #4312
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oh that's a fantastic deal. bouht in India or abroad.

others - check out the deals on D3000 body - going for 15k (1mth). not bad at all!
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i am looking for dof/hyperfocal distance calculator that i can use on a mobile device. looking for an application that works on either apple, palm or windows mobile devices. i had downloaded winmodof (windows mobile) but it kind of hangs during use and then i end up rebooting windows mobile device.

would appreciate inputs.
There are lots of such programs, just google
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Old 25th June 2010, 14:03   #4314
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I have picked up a Canon 70-200 EF f4 from the US for USD 1130. The best quote i got here was 63k which is a good 10k higher. I am waiting to arrive with my uncle next week and the only thing which is bothering me right now is the customs guys. hoping there is not going to be any trouble getting it past them. I would update the forum once i get it in my hand !

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I have picked up a Canon 70-200 EF f4 from the US for USD 1130. The best quote i got here was 63k which is a good 10k higher. I am waiting to arrive with my uncle next week and the only thing which is bothering me right now is the customs guys. hoping there is not going to be any trouble getting it past them. I would update the forum once i get it in my hand !

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If you are hand carrying the item you should be fine with customs.

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I am in the same boat as yours. I am looking to improve my photography skills. When I see the quality of photographs people load here especially in the travel section, I really get inspired. I have started reading a bit. Quite a bit of info is available in this forum. But I have started following this site for a detailed tutorial. It seems pretty good to me. Happy shooting.

Free Digital Photography Tutorial Site - Great Photo Tutorials
Thanks Taurean Bull,

Indeed I keep cursing myself when ever I see the quality of snaps loaded in the forum. Would start reading them.
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Guys,

Can anyone please get me the grey market prices for Canon 550D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 II + Canon 55- 250 IS in bangalore?

I have tried getting the same. But i am only told the BW price (Probably because its over phone!). It would be great if anyone who knows him well can get this price without BW?



Thanks in advance.
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People,

How necessary it is to have AF motor in lens or body? I have a D60 and would like add Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime. Neither D60 nor AF 50 mm 1.8D has AF motor hence thinking if to buy or not! There is 35mm 1.4 AF-S for approx 14K INR, thatís quite expensive for me

Anyone using this Manual focus lens ever found an absolute need for Auto focus? Can we easily focus with this manual lens
or it requires lot of practice to master the manual focus!
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People,

How necessary it is to have AF motor in lens or body? I have a D60 and would like add Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime. Neither D60 nor AF 50 mm 1.8D has AF motor hence thinking if to buy or not! There is 35mm 1.4 AF-S for approx 14K INR, thatís quite expensive for me
You can almost forget about action shots and most of the candid shots with a MF lens. You better buy used MF lens instead of spending on a new MF lens. There are gems you can lay your hands on.

If it is 35mm and f1.4, pick it up even if it is expensive.(as the say - "beg, borrow or steal")

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Anyone using this Manual focus lens ever found an absolute need for Auto focus? Can we easily focus with this manual lens
or it requires lot of practice to master the manual focus!
I use a old film rangefinder camera. I never faced any problem in focusing till few days ago for my childhood buddy's wedding. Either I missed lot of candid shots or got blurred pics due to manual focusing!!!.
As I said earlier, you have to forget action shots.

BTW, on a cropped body like D60, some practice is required and I hope there is no metal frame resting on your nose!!!
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People,

How necessary it is to have AF motor in lens or body? I have a D60 and would like add Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime. Neither D60 nor AF 50 mm 1.8D has AF motor hence thinking if to buy or not! There is 35mm 1.4 AF-S for approx 14K INR, thatís quite expensive for me

Anyone using this Manual focus lens ever found an absolute need for Auto focus? Can we easily focus with this manual lens
or it requires lot of practice to master the manual focus!
It is absolutely nonsence not to have AF. I have clicked around 100s of photo of my recent trip to Italy with manual focus, to save the battery because I was running out of battery and it was all blured even with tripod.
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