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Old 18th November 2010, 10:30   #5581
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Default Tripod query.

I haven't done too much research on tripods. I found one tripod in ebay, which can hold up to 4 kg!. here is the link. eBay India: Best Tripod Stand for Nikon D90 D300 D60 D5000 D3000 (item 330486921195 end time 19-Nov-2010 18:34:18 IST)

What would be the ideal height for a tripod who is 175 cm tall ?

Please share you views on this.
I am using D90 with 50mm 1.8D and 18-55 VR. I may add another 55-200 VR in future.

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Old 18th November 2010, 11:04   #5582
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I haven't done too much research on tripods. I found one tripod in ebay, which can hold up to 4 kg!. here is the link. eBay India: Best Tripod Stand for Nikon D90 D300 D60 D5000 D3000 (item 330486921195 end time 19-Nov-2010 18:34:18 IST)

What would be the ideal height for a tripod who is 175 cm tall ?

Please share you views on this.
I am using D90 with 50mm 1.8D and 18-55 VR. I may add another 55-200 VR in future.

Thanks
S-G
Please do extensive research on the net. A tripod can make or mar your photos.

The ideal height is Eye Level - DSLR height - Ball Head (if any), that is 170 - 5 - 5 (apprx) = 160 or 155 to 165 depending on the dimensions.

A tripod should normally be rated at least twice the load to ensure stability. Further some materials vibrate more than others - Aluminum most and wood & carbon fibre least. A centre column increases vibrations. Two extentions damp better than three, normally heavier ones damp better than thin light ones.

Choose one which has least vibration (most damping) within the price range you can afford.
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Hellow Image gurus,

I am planning to buy 52 mm Macro Close up lens Filters for my Nikon D3100. Please suggest some good brands under 1K. In ebay, a set of 4 filters are selling for 300 rs. Will these Low cost filters do any harm to the CCD ?

eBay India: 52MM MACRO CLOSE UP LENS FILTER KIT SET FOR NIKON D3100 (item 220695725656 end time 19-Nov-2010 09:43:52 IST)

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Default 55-250 IS Vs 70-300 Lens

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I am planning to buy a Canon 550D from US and as package, I have an option of 55-250 IS Lens as addition or 70-300 non-IS lens as a bundle.

I would like to understand which one would be better should I want to use this len for nature and fast moving objects at a distance.

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What brands are the lenses ? Are they both Canon ?

55-250 IS :
what is the aperture ? Atleast 3.5, it should be sufficient for regular use - BUT, you will still need something wider. So disadvantage of going for the 55-250 is that you may have to get a 28-80 or 28-100 (approx) to cover the wider range. But this will mean you will end up with an overlap.

70-300 :
May be a better choice, esp if this one is a Canon & the other is not. get this, and get a second lens to cover 28-100 or even 28-200.
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Guys,

I am planning to buy a Canon 550D from US and as package, I have an option of 55-250 IS Lens as addition or 70-300 non-IS lens as a bundle.

I would like to understand which one would be better should I want to use this len for nature and fast moving objects at a distance.

Cheers,
Please remember Canon doesn't provide international warranty so unless you have someone going to US frequently, you'll have to shell out for any repair. Furthermore, the prices aren't too different between US and India unless of course you are talking about refurbished pieces.
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70-300 :
May be a better choice, esp if this one is a Canon & the other is not. get this, and get a second lens to cover 28-100 or even 28-200.

Well I differ here Canon 70-300 ( non IS) is best avoided , This is an old bottom of pile lens and is often bundled free in US. If it is some good quality entry level 70-300 like Sigma 70-300 APO DG then it can be considered.

Secondly always buy the Camera from reputed online store which also have brick and mortar business like Adorama , Amazon , B&H etc and not from some shady web-store. There are too many scams just search for online + camera + scam you will get lots of links on how this scam works.
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Thanks for your quick responses.

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Well I differ here Canon 70-300 ( non IS) is best avoided , This is an old bottom of pile lens and is often bundled free in US. If it is some good quality entry level 70-300 like Sigma 70-300 APO DG then it can be considered.

Secondly always buy the Camera from reputed online store which also have brick and mortar business like Adorama , Amazon , B&H etc and not from some shady web-store. There are too many scams just search for online + camera + scam you will get lots of links on how this scam works.
Planning to buy from Dell.com

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Please remember Canon doesn't provide international warranty so unless you have someone going to US frequently, you'll have to shell out for any repair. Furthermore, the prices aren't too different between US and India unless of course you are talking about refurbished pieces.
MC, Quite a few people keep travelling to US so that should not be an issue as such.

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What brands are the lenses ? Are they both Canon ?

55-250 IS :
what is the aperture ? Atleast 3.5, it should be sufficient for regular use - BUT, you will still need something wider. So disadvantage of going for the 55-250 is that you may have to get a 28-80 or 28-100 (approx) to cover the wider range. But this will mean you will end up with an overlap.

70-300 :
May be a better choice, esp if this one is a Canon & the other is not. get this, and get a second lens to cover 28-100 or even 28-200.
Both the lens are from Canon.

The deal has an 18-55mm and one of the 2 lens. The following is the comparison on Dell.com of the two bundle deals:

Compare Products | Dell

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Ardy, I would recommend that you go with 55-200 as IS is very important in low light and speeding object photography.

If you need range and macro then you can always buy a 55mm-300mm Sigma or such at a later date after some practice with your new camera.
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Guys,

I am planning to buy a Canon 550D from US and as package, I have an option of 55-250 IS Lens as addition or 70-300 non-IS lens as a bundle.

I would like to understand which one would be better should I want to use this len for nature and fast moving objects at a distance.

Cheers,
Have you thought about 15-85 EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Have this on my EOS 7D and it is a fairly good lens.
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Ardy, I would recommend that you go with 55-200 as IS is very important in low light and speeding object photography.
+1. Get the 55-250 IS. Only downside is since this is a EF-S mount, it won't work on a full frame EF mount camera if you intend to procure one at a later date.

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If you need range and macro then you can always buy a 55mm-300mm Sigma or such at a later date after some practice with your new camera.
Has Sigma started a 55-300 is it
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Ardy, why are you going in for the Kit ? Just buy the body and lens as separate entities and acquire exactly what is useful for you!. Trust me, by getting a lens with restricted zoom ranges to start off with is not something you'd think as clever. Id say go in for a fast standard zoom lens( 18-55mm , f2.8 types) now or a fast tele zoom lens (atleast 300mm types)

Besides, if you're shopping online, then check out B&H as well for good deals and prices. I've also found Amazon to be a good start if you know what you're looking for.

Edit : Apologies , you are getting a 18-55 in the kit, but I'd still say, go for a fast lens in the standard zoom range to get better pics at nights and avoid the kit lens.

Bottom line : Stay away from Kits!, especially when you have the a fair few DSLR Guru's on Team-bhp to help you as per your budget and requirements.

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My bad. I meant 70mm-300mm
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I haven't done too much research on tripods. I found one tripod in ebay, which can hold up to 4 kg!. here is the link. eBay India: Best Tripod Stand for Nikon D90 D300 D60 D5000 D3000 (item 330486921195 end time 19-Nov-2010 18:34:18 IST)

What would be the ideal height for a tripod who is 175 cm tall ?

Please share you views on this.
I am using D90 with 50mm 1.8D and 18-55 VR. I may add another 55-200 VR in future.

Thanks
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Guess you would get better ones if you go to some of the good shops, in the same price range. Good shop i menat by, who give good prices in the city. The one you listed do not look great to me atleast.

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Bottom line : Stay away from Kits!, especially when you have the a fair few DSLR Guru's on Team-bhp to help you as per your budget and requirements.
If someone had helped me to cover the budget, I too would have avoided the Kit lens.

Tell me something, are kit lens are so bad that you suggest to stay away from it? Becuase, I always thought it is not a bad idea to start the DSLR innings with kit for a beginner as it is cheap, gives fair idea and experience and allows purchasing good body combination within the possible budget.
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Please remember Canon doesn't provide international warranty so unless you have someone going to US frequently, you'll have to shell out for any repair. Furthermore, the prices aren't too different between US and India unless of course you are talking about refurbished pieces.
All Canon lenses come with international warranty. Its only the body that has limited warranty. Also, bodies bought from some countries like Singapore come with India warranty.

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Tell me something, are kit lens are so bad that you suggest to stay away from it? Because, I always thought it is not a bad idea to start the DSLR innings with kit for a beginner as it is cheap, gives fair idea and experience and allows purchasing good body combination within the possible budget.
There is nothing bad about the kit lens. If you are new to photography, it would take years to even use the full potential of the kit lens. Just do a flikr search for the lenses you are interested and see the results for yourself.
Btw, I too use the 18-55IS + 55-250IS combo and I am very happy.

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