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Old 16th August 2010, 20:35   #4771
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Which lens was this taken with ? ...
I used a normal polarizer for this on my Tokina 12-24mm.
Riju, it was the kit lens that came with D60, 18-55 VR which is sold long back. I too feel a CPL is very much required for landscape related shots.

Here is an example from the same D60 and kit lens, look at the sand area, its totally overexposed and was taken in JPEG. Sky was very blue with white clouds, but all that is lost in the pic. It would have been a pleasing one with the Polarizer, I feel. Open to correction if that is technically incorrect.
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Pawan, also remember a CPL will affect your aperture value by default.

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Old 16th August 2010, 21:18   #4772
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@shajufx: No they are not the same. The lens may not be focusing at infinity at all and focusing only within infinity distances. So just check this. Soft output is sofness after the lens has achieved perfect focus.
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Old 16th August 2010, 23:36   #4773
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What do you guys think of the below combinations?

Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 carbon fiber tripod + 322RC2 ball head
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 carbon fiber tripod + 498RC2 ball head
Manfrotto 190XPROB + 322RC2 ball head (less costly)
Manfrotto 055XPROB + 322RC2

I see them up there on ebay and thought if I can pick one of the combinations either from India or during my next visit to US after a few months.

I'm planning to use 550D with this.
Thanks.

Anyone here used any of these gears! any inputs? I want to know the difference between light, compact, CarbonFiber tripod v/s bigger, aluminium ones and also between 322RC2 type v/s 498RC2 type.
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Old 17th August 2010, 10:28   #4774
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have you considered the PROB+498R?

Sorry Navin,

I missed your post in between, I have not seen that combination on offer so far, but I guess I can get them seperately.

With this, I'm trying to understand the difference between light, compact and better tripod (I'm assuming if I have one such, I will be using it more frequently compared to carrying the bulkier / bigger one - this may help me develop good habits for tack sharp photos).

I really dont have any ideas about the ball head and technicalities either, just want to get something practical. I saw a video on 322RC2 on flicker somewhere and thought it may have a better applicaton compared to 498RC. It will be costly howerver.

Edit: I also see a combination of 190XPORB with the 322RC2 + bag. As I said earlier, I wish I can get a carbon fiber one, but dont know if it will really be able to serve the Indian conditions while usage.

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Old 17th August 2010, 11:24   #4775
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....The lens may not be focusing at infinity at all and focusing only within infinity distances. So just check this. Soft output is sofness after the lens has achieved perfect focus.
Luckily I couldn't find any issues within or beyond infinity. Its lightning fast focus and super silent. Next test is for action shots, which I will be checking this weekend.
Here is a test shot at 200mm, f/2.8, ISO-200, 1/750 sec, early morning.
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Ketan, dont be stuck to Manfrotto, they are terribly expensive according to me. If you are a hobbyist, you should get very good quality carbon fiber tripods from Benro, Velbon or even fiesol. You will find majority of Bangalore shops keeping Manfrotto because they get higher margin and their good models are premium priced. I got my Benro ball head from Gaffarbhai and sons Mumbai, they are authorized dealers.
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Old 17th August 2010, 14:49   #4776
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Thanks to "sukiwa" for his help on this hunt (which has been on/off for months/if not year(s)) and all the posters on these 300+ pages full of information.
Will probably do the purchase today/tomorrow.
Bought the D3000 (with kit lens 18-55, bag and 4gb card) for 22k a few hours after I posted this. Very excited about handling my first dSLR and getting to know it better.
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pawan something on the same lines as in the pic below ? I used a normal polarizer for this on my Tokina 12-24mm.

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I think what he is looking at is a graduated ND filter rather than a circular polarizer.
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Am planning to buy Canon 550D with 18-135 Lens and a sigma 70-300 Lens, but i am alittle doubtful on the Sigma quality. the other option is that i buy the usual 550D with 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS Lens.

Pls advise.

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I very recently got the Nikon L110 from the US.
The concern I have is that for every picture, I need to press the "click" button for a comparatively longer time than any other camera I have ever come across (point-shoot and some basic DSLRs).
I do not find the shutter speed adjustment in the camera too.
Is there a work around for this?
Its quite irritating to hold the camera for this long time or-else it results in shaky pictures.
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Am planning to buy Canon 550D with 18-135 Lens and a sigma 70-300 Lens, but i am alittle doubtful on the Sigma quality. the other option is that i buy the usual 550D with 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS Lens.

Pls advise.

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I am not sure about Sigma 70-300 lense. But if this lens does not have IS then I would suggest not to buy. When you zoom the max, IS helps a lot.

I have 55-250 IS, it rocks.

@All - After some issue with the amazon delivery, finally today I have recieved my 50mm 1.8. This weekend I will try the new lens.
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Am planning to buy Canon 550D with 18-135 Lens and a sigma 70-300 Lens, but i am alittle doubtful on the Sigma quality. the other option is that i buy the usual 550D with 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS Lens.

Pls advise.

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Even I would suggest the 55-250 IS since the Sigma 70-300 doesn't come with IS.
If you are into macro, the sigma lens is the one to go for since its macro lens as well.
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Ok guys, having stuck to a professional and pro-sumer Nikon film SLRs for decades (F5, F100, F90, F80), I finally took the plunge into the DSLR world last week and bought a Nikon D700, a 24-120 AF-S VR with UV filter and a 70-300 AF-S VR II plus a SB900 flash and 16 GB Sandisk Extreme CF card. This is complimented by a Vanguard Alta Pro 283 carbon fibre tripod and SBH 30 ball head. Manfrotto was my 1st choice but too expensive for the type of tripod I wanted.

PS - Already have a couple of Nikon lenses so stuck with Nikon though Canon are my next fav brand.

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Ketan, dont be stuck to Manfrotto, they are terribly expensive according to me. If you are a hobbyist, you should get very good quality carbon fiber tripods from Benro, Velbon or even fiesol. You will find majority of Bangalore shops keeping Manfrotto because they get higher margin and their good models are premium priced. I got my Benro ball head from Gaffarbhai and sons Mumbai, they are authorized dealers.

I checked Gaffarbhaiandsons, a carbon fiber starts from around 12-13K+ - basic one and a decent ball head goes for around 5-8K. This becomes almost same as what I'm going to get the Manfrotto 190CXPRO + 322RC2.
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Nikon launches D3100 with Live view & HD Video. Read more here - Nikon D3100 digital SLR announced and previewed: Digital Photography Review

They have launched 4 new lenses as well, including a 28-300. Read more info here - Digital Cameras: Digital Photography Review, News, Reviews, Forums, FAQ
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Even I would suggest the 55-250 IS...If you are into macro, the sigma lens is the one to go for since its macro lens as well.
Get the 18-55IS, 55-250IS and a 60/2.8 Macro if you want macro this is a much better combo.
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