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Old 19th July 2010, 22:33   #4501
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Why didn't my previous post turn out the way I neatly formatted it , with paragraphs , yet this one did ?

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ViewNX. CD accompanying my D90 had this tool.
I have read that this is very basic, and ViewNX2 is much better but must be purchase separately for like $180.
Odd enough, the site doesn't list D90 among compatible cameras :
ViewNX from Nikon

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>> video is not important to me and it shortens shutter life considerably <<
Really? I thought, for video, the shutter would open once you start recording and close when you stop it.
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Yes, it won't shorten the shutter life considerably. One shoot will only increase the shutter count by one, just like a still photo click.
I'm not sure about that. Movies are captured at upto 24fps, so that should mean the shutter opening and closing at that rate. Additionally, shutter does not remain open for long to prevent the sensor from overheating. I think that is why movies are limited to 5 min on the D5000 ? Same sensor as D90 ; doesn't autofocus during the recording as well, but it's nice to have video nonetheless than not at all. Maybe the next generation will have good movie capability.

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That should not be a point of consideration you can use UFRaw which decodes and converts every possible RAW Format. Can be used as a plug-in to GIMP as well.

UFRaw - Download & Install
Thanks a ton, I'll download that for exploration. I thought RAW being proprietary, there might not be any other open source tools available, so this is great.

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Old 19th July 2010, 23:19   #4502
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I'm not sure about that. Movies are captured at upto 24fps, so that should mean the shutter opening and closing at that rate.
Do you really think that is happening? 7200 shutter counts GONE for a 5 minute movie? Then a D90 is only worth 14 such 5 min video shoots - considering its average shutter life of 100000.

From where did you get that info from? Check out the DSLR video thread.

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Old 20th July 2010, 20:44   #4503
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Maybe you're right, but then why not use electronic shutter alone, why bother with the mechanical one at all? It would make sense if protecting the sensor was the reason, and the sensor is expensive, but then at 1/3rd to 1/2 the half the cost of the body, the shutter itself isn't cheap.

What about lenses? Which do you folks recommend in general, in terms of qualityrice ratio and availability? I have read up a little, and it appears Nikon lenses are not as readily available anywhere in the world, you often have to order and wait - and it's not for pro lenses alone. I suppose quality-wise they shouldn't be too far off from each other.
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Folks, has anybody here used a Tokina lens ? I plan to pick up either an ultrawide angle 11-16 f2.8 or a 12-24 f4 lens from Jayesh in Bangalore. The price range indicated is 28-30k (retails at around USD 500 on amazon)

I have read good reviews on the net, but it would be really useful if someone has first hand comments. Also i wanted to understand whether an ultrawide angle lens really needs to be as fast as 2.8 or whether f4 is a reasonably good option.

I intend to use this lens primarily for landscapes (including my Ladakh trip starting tomorrow

Separately, any suggestions for a Tripod - i have been suggested Manfrotto by Jayesh, but they are way to expensive.

Any inputs would be greatly appreciated, since i plan to pick up the same today.

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Old 21st July 2010, 09:39   #4505
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Guys, does Nikon offer any zoom lenses in the 10-15k range, similar to Canon 55-250 IS?

I am aware of 70-300 that costs around 8k, but it comes without VR! Sigma APO DG 70-300 is also there, but its also without image stabilisation.

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Hi Guys,

I got my 550D finally from Jayesh.
One thing I want to find out is whether 550D comes with the speed light mount point cap along with the kit?
I got it with the 18-55 kit lens and I want to make sure I make full use of the lense and learn most off it.

Also, I dont know how to calim for the camera bag online? I went ahead and registered my camera on canon.co.in and canonedge.com both.

Could you please let me know how do I claim the carrying bag from Canon that comes free with the camera? Is it really worth? or shall I start looking for another one that is more practical and usable!
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Guys, does Nikon offer any zoom lenses in the 10-15k range, similar to Canon 55-250 IS?
Nikon has a 55-200/4-5.6 VR (mind you it is a 55-200 not 55-250 like Canon's). It retails for about Rs. 10-12K.
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Folks, has anybody here used a Tokina lens ? I plan to pick up either an ultrawide angle 11-16 f2.8 or a 12-24 f4 lens from Jayesh in Bangalore. The price range indicated is 28-30k (retails at around USD 500 on amazon)

I have read good reviews on the net, but it would be really useful if someone has first hand comments. Also i wanted to understand whether an ultrawide angle lens really needs to be as fast as 2.8 or whether f4 is a reasonably good option.

I intend to use this lens primarily for landscapes (including my Ladakh trip starting tomorrow

Separately, any suggestions for a Tripod - i have been suggested Manfrotto by Jayesh, but they are way to expensive.

Any inputs would be greatly appreciated, since i plan to pick up the same today.

Cheers
vinay sambaragimath
I use a tamron 10-24. You can look at my t.log for how wide angle shots appear. As for tokina, its a great lens too!
Regarding tripod, get a heavy vivitar (1300rs approx) and you should be okay.
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Should I get a Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED after selling my 18-55 VR?
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Should I get a Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED after selling my 18-55 VR?

After selling 18-55 vr (came with d5000) i bought 55-200mm VR.
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Guys, does Nikon offer any zoom lenses in the 10-15k range, similar to Canon 55-250 IS?

I am aware of 70-300 that costs around 8k, but it comes without VR! Sigma APO DG 70-300 is also there, but its also without image stabilisation.
Hey CrazyDriver,
Nikon has the 70-300 with the VR option but it is in a higher price range (i think it is about 25K).
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Should I get a Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED after selling my 18-55 VR?
I told you the other day put your money on the 18-105mm VR. Its sharp at 100mm which is not the case with the 18-135mm.

Else go for the Sigma 17-70 mm F2.8-4 DC Macro or the Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 .
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Hi Guys,

I got my 550D finally from Jayesh.
One thing I want to find out is whether 550D comes with the speed light mount point cap along with the kit?
I got it with the 18-55 kit lens and I want to make sure I make full use of the lense and learn most off it.

Also, I dont know how to calim for the camera bag online? I went ahead and registered my camera on canon.co.in and canonedge.com both.

Could you please let me know how do I claim the carrying bag from Canon that comes free with the camera? Is it really worth? or shall I start looking for another one that is more practical and usable!
Congrat on the buy. How much did you pay for it? The bag is really basic. You can call the helpdesk number listed in the canon edeg page.
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Thank you NFS. I paid 44.5K for the kit. I shall call the helpdesk to find out more.

So, along with a decent carrying back to protect the camera, what are the other accessories I should go with guys?

As I said, I'm in the learning phase and may wait for some more time before I add another lense or two to my kit.
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Hi Guys,

I got my 550D finally from Jayesh.

Could you please let me know how do I claim the carrying bag from Canon that comes free with the camera? Is it really worth? or shall I start looking for another one that is more practical and usable!
Congrats Ketan. You'll get your bag along with the welcome kit for canon edge. You don't have to do anything apart from registering at canon edge. It will take some time though. I got mine after about 2 months and my friend after around 4 months (his was a 7d and the welcome kit was different).
I suggest you wait 3-4 weeks and then call the canon edge customer care to get an updated status.
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