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Old 3rd June 2009, 15:23   #1141
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It would have been been better if all swivel lcds were designed like sony's its got an "arm" thats awesome!
True, after using that, I feel articulating LCD is just lame. I still have this DSC F-717 camera.

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Old 3rd June 2009, 16:44   #1142
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The swivel LCD is of immense use to get low down and high up angles going.
but on a tripod you cant get it to swivel as much

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The sensor-based LV is very slow and takes a looot of time to take a shot.
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By the way, LV works like a charm on the D700 but without a swivelling LCD i seldom find it useful.
I have used live view on my Canon 40D. I know I cant see the screen directly but atleast I have a general idea of the direction I am shooting at.

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I still have this DSC F-717 camera.
I gifted my still working Canon G2 to my son. We got it in Oct 2001 before he was born! It still works!
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Old 3rd June 2009, 20:46   #1143
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Hey Navin, it seems the swivel angle of the D5000 is severely restricted when put on a tripod. Anyone any comments?
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Old 3rd June 2009, 20:55   #1144
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Here is what google found.
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Someone is selling his 55-200 VR lens for 7500. It is 6 months old (may be more than that) and no original box. New one with the original box is quoted 11500 without bill. Is it worth the risk going for a second hand ? I have always burned my fingers whenever I went for a used gadget. So throwing this confusion to the members here, please give some ideas.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 22:24   #1146
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I was under the impression that lenses dont depreciate that much in value. Get it checked by someone who knows? Take some trial shots?
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I was under the impression that lenses dont depreciate that much in value. Get it checked by someone who knows? Take some trial shots?
That kind of depend on the lens too, some lenses just don't loose value (specially the pro quality lenses) and some does to an extent. And probably sometime the seller is ignorant about the pricing strategy. So if the lens is in good shape then grab it.

About the risk of going for second hand, I would say if you can find a good deal( good lens, good price etc) then it's value for money. But be very careful to thoroughly test the lens (for scratches, alignment & focusing, fungus etc). Lenses are probably not like cars to have that new smell so old or new doesn't matter.
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Old 4th June 2009, 09:25   #1148
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Has any one attended this "Canon Edge" photography workshops? There is one coming up in bangalore...

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Capturing story in a photograph
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Approach: Immediacy, discretion and an eye for composition and balance
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Session is 1000rs. Any one attended these sessions before? Look like they are doing this across all major cities in india. Any feedback?
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Old 4th June 2009, 19:44   #1149
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Someone is selling his 55-200 VR lens for 7500.
Atlast my week-long cross checking, confusions, bargaining, phone calls etc. have all come to an end !! Picked up the 55-200 VR from a BPO guy who was getting his D90 from US next week. So, he is disposing off his D40 with the 18-55 VR kit lens and 55-200 VR together or single. I think I got a fantastic deal for 7500. Now the real learning is starting. Hope to redesign my personal site and show case some creative work into it soon !! Thanks to everyone for the helps and tips ! Please tolerate my test shot here, I promise I will not repeat testing your patience againBy the way, this flower is around 15 ft above my head (even after standing on the 3rd floor of a building), its not a plant but a huge tree !!
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Old 4th June 2009, 20:19   #1150
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Came across this website with direct comparison of the RAW images from most dSLR's.

Any comments?

The camera ratings page does throw a lot of surprises(seems to be Nikon biased?!-or is it?).

The Nikon D90 and D700 seems to be the best dSLR's out there in terms of VFM. Another surprise was the Nikon D60 scoring above the Canon 50D/450D and also the Nikon D80/D200!

Does that make the Nikon D60 the best entry level dSLR?
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Does that make the Nikon D60 the best entry level dSLR?
With all it's limitations (only AF-S lenses, plastic mount, only 3fps, etc..) image quality is only 1 parameter.
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DXOmark does not rate the image quality (IQ), the camera or the features. It is only a benchmark for sensor quality.

A LOT of other factors come into play when it comes to IQ, not least the JPEG processing engine (Digic/Expeed/Bionz etc) of the camera. The same sensor can give completely different jpegs dependent on the camera's processing engine. Of course, shooting RAW eliminates that, but there also the RAW converter plays a big role!

Its just one feature of the camera and a very technical one at that.

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Someone is selling his 55-200 VR lens for 7500. It is 6 months old (may be more than that) and no original box. New one with the original box is quoted 11500 without bill. Is it worth the risk going for a second hand ? I have always burned my fingers whenever I went for a used gadget. So throwing this confusion to the members here, please give some ideas.
I am using a 70-210 F4 Minolta lens that's probably made in the late 80s! You can have a look at a sample image taken with that here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post1318176 (The Official non-auto Image thread)

I guess a 6 month old lens will be just like new, if it has not been abused by its first owner.
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Yes, its a clean lens without any issues. May be luck is in my favour to get a desperate seller for a decent price. I saved 4000 bucks in this deal (lowest grey quote was 11500). Now I can seriously think about a prime 35mm or 50mm as I progress in my learning.

24 Hours owning a 55-200 VR lens
This is a good lens for family, travels, portraits with nice bokeh, basic zooming etc. But not capable of any birding or wild life, unless you invite all the birds to come 10 meters from your camera and pose for you !! Today I tried focusing a pigeon (sitting 5 meters from me) in max 200mm zoom, sadly it comes as a small dot in the whole frame. I really feel I need to find a 200-500 range sooner than I wished !
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But not capable of any birding or wild life, unless you invite all the birds to come 10 meters from your camera and pose for you !! I really feel I need to find a 200-500 range sooner than I wished !
You just wrote my exact thoughts...! Sometmies I just wish that I had a 500mm lens. Currently the zooming hits its maximum at 210mm, but I have a 1.5 crop factor to my advantage.
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