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Old 3rd September 2012, 15:09   #10426
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No really, even EVIL cameras can do equal justice for a learner or amateur photographer.
+1 - they can be used in place of a DSLR even if the intent is to learn the basics like aperture, ISO and exposure. Heck, with EVF these cameras can be better teachers on how these parameters affect the image just by playing around with the settings.

For example, shooting the below macro would've been really difficult if I didn't have the EVF - since the place was dimly lit and secondly because of the difficulty in achieving a perfect focus manually without the EVF's focus assist thingy. For this, I just had to move the camera back and forth precisely while looking for the green highlight to appear on the focus point I wanted. If that wasn't enough, one could see a 100% crop live view of the place where focus is needed.


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What do you mean when you say EVIL camera? Is it like the Sony NEX-7? That is very expensive and not yet available in India. I didnt like the NEX-3/5 though. For starters, they didnt have a viewfinder.
Any recommendations among the EVIL lot? Budget is anything upto 75k but idea is not to just buy an entry level model but a more serious and feature rich camera.
You can have a look at NEX-5R or upcoming NEX-6. 5R combines phase detect and contrast detect AF! Canon's new mirror-less also has it.

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Old 3rd September 2012, 16:33   #10427
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Guys...I've got my heart and wallet set on the D7000. Had considered the 60D briefly but I'm convinced the Nikon, although a tad dated, is a better overall camera. However there have been strong rumors floating around that Nikon is planning a successor to the D7K with a possible launch this September itself. Enough has been written about this on this thread alone. I still don't mind going ahead with my purchase.

However part of me is curious on what the upgrade/new version will hold. There is also the obvious possibility of Nikon slashing prices off retail. Any thoughts/info/ideas?
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Guys...I've got my heart and wallet set on the D7000. Had considered the 60D briefly but I'm convinced the Nikon, although a tad dated, is a better overall camera. However there have been strong rumors floating around that Nikon is planning a successor to the D7K with a possible launch this September itself. Enough has been written about this on this thread alone. I still don't mind going ahead with my purchase.

However part of me is curious on what the upgrade/new version will hold. There is also the obvious possibility of Nikon slashing prices off retail. Any thoughts/info/ideas?
Wait till the announcement is made. It'll help you make your choice based on what they'll announce.
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However part of me is curious on what the upgrade/new version will hold. There is also the obvious possibility of Nikon slashing prices off retail. Any thoughts/info/ideas?
Like you I am also set on the D7000 and the only thing of interest for me from the upgrade rumors is the inevitable d7000 price fall. I think its wise to wait for the announcement. It is supposed to be this month.

I heard there was a 200 dollar correction already in US market. Maybe they will extend that to India as well.

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Wait till the announcement is made. It'll help you make your choice based on what they'll announce.
Thanks HellwratH. That's what I'm increasingly inclined toward. Do you have a fix on the possible date? Heard its like September 13/14.

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Like you I am also set on the D7000
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I heard there was a 200 dollar correction already in US market. Maybe they will extend that to India as well.
Yup, you're right. In the US, Amazon was the first to knock $200 off the camera's retail. I understand some other sellers have promptly followed and this is pretty much standard now. However historically, and this is the sad part, the cascading effect rarely comes back to India right away. Manufacturers tend to milk customers till the last instant. Remember what happened with the D90; it took months for the correction to effect here. Or perhaps we're not seen as a serious enough DSLR market unlike the US and the EU.
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Like you I am also set on the D7000 and the only thing of interest for me from the upgrade rumors is the inevitable d7000 price fall. I think its wise to wait for the announcement. It is supposed to be this month.

I heard there was a 200 dollar correction already in US market. Maybe they will extend that to India as well.
I haven't been too impressed with the D7000, but then I have a D90. I have heard of recurring focusing issues with the D7000, and the delta increase in capabilities is not worth it for me. Waiting eagerly for the D400 or D7000 successor. If you are buying a D7000, do test out the focusing and make sure that you can exchange it if there are issues. I was shooting with a couple of folks in Tadoba who were using the D7000, and both of them complained about the focusing issue.

By mid September I feel most of us waiting for higher end Nikon DXs would be in a position to decide what to do.

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I haven't been too impressed with the D7000, but then I have a D90. I have heard of recurring focusing issues with the D7000, and the delta increase in capabilities is not worth it for me. Waiting eagerly for the D400 or D7000 successor. If you are buying a D7000, do test out the focusing and make sure that you can exchange it if there are issues. I was shooting with a couple of folks in Tadoba who were using the D7000, and both of them complained about the focusing issue.

By mid September I feel most of us waiting for higher end Nikon DXs would be in a position to decide what to do.
Well you hardly need the upgrade (unless otherwise to satisfy the latest and the greatest urges). D90 is a highly capable camera in its own right as I have gathered in the last month of reading countless reviews.

If you really want an upgrade then it has to be a full frame (D300s?) or something entirely different (and novel) like the Sony alpha 77 (or the upcoming 99). I am not much familiar with the Canon world though. Have been concentrating on the Sonys and the Nikons only so far.
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I am not much familiar with the Canon world though. Have been concentrating on the Sonys and the Nikons only so far.
Canon has the very accomplished and highly acclaimed EOS 7D in its semi-pro lineup. This one, rather than a replacement for its earlier very capable 50D, is actually like its big brother. However it is quite pricey as well - with kit costs typically upwards of a 100K. And it is still not a full frame SLR.
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Hi,

Does anyone know where I can get my camera, lenses and flashes insured?


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Does anyone know where in India I can get Phottix Strato II or Phottix Odin wireless flash triggers for Canon (60D)? I can buy them from eBay India, but I will end up effectively paying twice the actual cost for Customs and shipping.

It would be great if I can make the purchase online if there is no dealer in Trivandrum/South Kerala.

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Hi,

Does anyone know where I can get my camera, lenses and flashes insured?


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Does anyone know where in India I can get Phottix Strato II or Phottix Odin wireless flash triggers for Canon (60D)? I can buy them from eBay India, but I will end up effectively paying twice the actual cost for Customs and shipping.

It would be great if I can make the purchase online if there is no dealer in Trivandrum/South Kerala.
I think there's one Kerala based dealer who might have it. His name is Anish, give him a call. PMing you his number.
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Amazing pic, clevermax

What is the subject BTW ...a spider ? an ant ?

PS : I can see a pair of Hellas in addition to the stock headlamps .
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Amazing pic, clevermax
What is the subject BTW ...a spider ? an ant ?
PS : I can see a pair of Hellas in addition to the stock headlamps .
Ha ha..! It is the shell of a Huntsman (Spider)
Regarding the Hellas, he had more, as you can see one has fallen off from its holder on the upper row

Sorry for being

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After reading strobist, i am even more confused.

Please advice on the flash / wireless trigger combo that works on canon.

I was thinking of the nissin 622, but unsure on what wireless triggers / receivers would work with nissin 622 / canon combo.

Any advice, as i would like to get flash / triggers all at the same time.

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So I have started dreaming about my next camera (D400 or D7x00 - or long shot, D800).

Now, the first two will have far higher pixel density than the D90. So any improper technique leading to camera shake will result in increased chance of blurring.

Question: how many folks shoot hand held with the higher MP cameras here? I shoot almost 100% handheld, and like the flexibility that comes with it. I am concerned about whether I will have to be reliant on tripods and beanbags if I go for a higher pixel density camera.

One expensive solution: lenses with excellent VR e.g. the 70-200 VRII.

But it would be comforting to know that folks are shooting handheld with << 1X focal length/shutter speed formula e.g. using D800, 7D, D7000 etc.
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Now, the first two will have far higher pixel density than the D90. So any improper technique leading to camera shake will result in increased chance of blurring.
The relative magnitudes of the blur (or shake) will just be the same. It is just that it will be more in terms of pixels. It doesn't matter when you view both images in a PC screen or when you re-size both for web (say 1024x800 or so).

So, whether it is 8MP, 16MP or 24MP, the blur induced by the same amount of camera shake will have the same effect when you are viewing all of them at a much smaller but equal size - in your monitor for example. You will see the difference only in the 100% zoomed in views of those pictures. But when you have more megapixels, its not only the shake but everything gets mapped onto more and more pixels! So the blur (in % pixels) will just be the same relative to the overall picture resolution.

Most of us re-size the pictures to something like 1024x800 or so, effectively making the megapixels to a much much lower value making the blur less predominant.

I have a 16MP camera and I shoot 99% handheld.

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