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Old 3rd May 2013, 17:13   #11761
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That's glib and opinionated - I actually don't see what's wrong with Clarkson or Rockwell. Sure they either love or hate stuff and one has to take their reviews with a pinch of salt but you won't go ridiculously wrong with either if you solely depend on them. Rockwell publishes real practical usage information that "proper" sites often don't bother with.
As I mentioned earlier, I look at him for the first report. As a post mentioned, he may have extreme views. But at least he gives a good direction/basis to start with. Then I look at other places like DP reviews to add on to it to get a good handle overall.
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That's glib and opinionated - I actually don't see what's wrong with Clarkson or Rockwell. Sure they either love or hate stuff and one has to take their reviews with a pinch of salt but you won't go ridiculously wrong with either if you solely depend on them. Rockwell publishes real practical usage information that "proper" sites often don't bother with.
Ken Rockwell actually reviews a lot of equipment even without using it. I guess now he even reviews audio equipment. There might be a few useful things on his site but he has these extreme views when one day Nikon was the latest and the greatest but the last time I saw his site it was Canon so that does not leave him with too much integrity to speak of. Most of the times he is only trying to generate wealth out of his web site by making outlandish comments to attract attention and hits.
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Old 3rd May 2013, 22:55   #11763
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I find photozone.de and lenstip.com reviews more objective and useful.
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Old 4th May 2013, 09:45   #11764
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Most of us have brains and hopefully some intelligence to make a conclusion based on what is posted at various review sites. That being said, the sites mentioned above (rockwell, dpreview, photozone, lenstip) are usually good and reliable. Reading through them and also shopping site reviews should give one an extremely good idea about products. What about digitalpicture, ephotozine. There is also a canonrumor forum which has blogs and good news.
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Anyone here used the Sigma 17-70 Contemporary or Tamron 17-50 VC?

This is all about the brand new "Contemporary" lens launched by Sigma a couple of months back. $499 it is.

http://www.lenstip.com/366.1-Lens_re...ro_OS_HSM.html
(dont agree with their final summary though).
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013...nikon-f-mount/
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...1277165&page=2
http://ourshutterjourney.wordpress.c...-2013-edition/

In real life testing I found it tack sharper than the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 nonVC (the VC one was just not sharp enough, and too noisy). This is SUPER fast, has far more reliable focus lock in limited light conditions. It is a really nice lens much better in real life, but I'd like a owner's perspective!

But if anyone has bought it -would appreciate their comments / reviews / insights. Thanks in advance - Am looking to buy shortly.
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Old 4th May 2013, 19:16   #11766
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Upgrading a lens for crop camera is a difficult process because the full frame is always there at the back of your mind. Just finished the review of Canon EF-S 15-85mm. I hope it will help others like me who faced the dilemma:

http://www.bitwindow.com/canon-ef-s-15-85mm-review
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Ken Rockwell actually reviews a lot of equipment even without using it. I guess now he even reviews audio equipment. There might be a few useful things on his site but he has these extreme views when one day Nikon was the latest and the greatest but the last time I saw his site it was Canon so that does not leave him with too much integrity to speak of. Most of the times he is only trying to generate wealth out of his web site by making outlandish comments to attract attention and hits.
I don't hold a brief for Rockwell but some of things you said shows an inherent bias.

Every review I have read of his is for equipment he has used. Unless it's newly launched stuff for which he just publishes the specs and says he has ordered it and will review in detail later. As far as the switch to Canon is concerned, when they stole a march over Nikon, he called it like it is - there's nothing wrong with that. Every Nikon user knows that as the truth.

And most of his comments are not aimed at generating income - all of them are! The site is what he does. It is his full time profession and his only source of income. He says so at the end of every page. He is not backed by any manufacturer nor does he get equipment gratis to test. That makes him more independent than 90% of the reviews out there.
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I am in love with Nikon 35mm prime lens. It is really value for money. I have been using the lens indoors and it shines in low light conditions. Bokeh comes out well. I am glad that I bought it along with the camera. I started appreciating the lens more once I switched to the kit lens - the sharpness and speed is much better. I am yet to venture outside. I think the 35mm lens will stay on the camera unless I badly need some zoom outdoors.

I started liking the manual mode more than aperture control as I find it easy to read the exposure from slider by changing both aperture and shutter speed. I am enjoying the learning phase.

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Anyone here used the Sigma 17-70 Contemporary

- Am looking to buy shortly.
Is it available in India if yes what is the price ?
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How do D3100 - D5100 - 550D compare ?

Also does 550D have an Auto-Focus in Body ?
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Also does 550D have an Auto-Focus in Body ?
All canon AF lenses and also 3ed party lenses for Canon EF/EF-S have a focus motor so all lenses will autofocus and this point does not apply.
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All canon AF lenses and also 3ed party lenses for Canon EF/EF-S have a focus motor so all lenses will autofocus and this point does not apply.
I know that but does 550D have a Auto-Focus motor in the Body ? Nikon D90, 7000, etc. have them & these work in conjunction with the AF-S lenses.
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I know that but does 550D have a Auto-Focus motor in the Body ? Nikon D90, 7000, etc. have them & these work in conjunction with the AF-S lenses.
The answer is no , No Canon camera right from 1000D to highest 1DX has AF motor.
Canon EF mount does not have screw driven focus provision, design is to have AF motor in every lens. s

As they maintain the consistency in system all Canon EF mount lenses work on all Canon EOS bodies.

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The answer is no , No Canon camera right from 1000D to highest 1DX has AF motor.
As they maintain the consistency in system all Canon EF mount lenses work on all Canon EOS bodies.
Thanks, that clears my doubts. Is 550D a good buy still ? Records Vids in HD ?
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Thanks, that clears my doubts. Is 550D a good buy still ? Records Vids in HD ?
What you mean by still in this case ? AF Motor can not be point of comparison here. That point is only relevant to Nikon D3100, D5100 etc because lack of AF motor breaks AF with some nikon lenses.

Yes it has full HD recording , I would advice to move to Canon 600D due to following additional features above 550D.

1. Articulated LCD screen which helps a lot in low angle and overhead shots.
2. Master mode flash that onboard flash acts as master and can fire remote slaves but this is important only if you are in to flash photography.
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