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Old 28th November 2007, 17:58   #1531
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Canon S3 IS 6 MP 12x Zoom
Canon Rebel XTi with Canon EF S 18-55 & Canon EF 75-300
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Old 29th November 2007, 00:25   #1532
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Olympus can't get high ISO right ever I think.
We have been seeing snapshot size samples and people claiming good ISO 1600.
But look at the 100% crop. This is bad!
MY 2 year old canon does 2x better!
E-3 + PhotoAcute at 1600 ISO... (pics): Olympus SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
Of course the scaled down looks good, but then 100% or 50% crop is where the pudding lies
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Old 29th November 2007, 08:07   #1533
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Tanveer, if you judge every dSLR by their ISO performance, then you can never consider anything outside of Canon. In the film days I never really used anything above 200ASA. Once I bought 400ASA and 1600ASA each just to check it out, but that's about it. Also, in the film days we never cropped, that's a term I heard only after switching to digital.

I am quite happy with the high ISO performance in the Thai boxing images few posts back. The chances of shooting high ISO and needing cropping would be a rare requirement for me. Therefore I am not really worried about it. I am not going to eliminate an excellent dSLR based on such an obscure need.

Being a life long gadget freak (I have improved a lot in the recent years) I have often bought gadgets based on some obscure need, and then never use that feature. These days I buy equipment based on their ability to meet my major requirements. The reason I consider E3 are follows:

1) High speed AF specially in low light, that's a big problem in E-500 now.
2) Handheld indoor/lowlight photography. With E3 I can use both IS and highISO to maximise my chances of good photos. And I don't really care about cropping here.
3) Articulating LCD screen for composing. I hugely miss this feature since it is so handy in my Sony F-717. It is one of the reasons why I still hold on to my F-717.

If not for the above 3, I would happily settle for E-510 which is a bargain now.
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Old 29th November 2007, 09:17   #1534
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Its not an obscure need. I have used high ISO to compensate for the cheapo slow tele lens.
I guess will in body IS which can give me guaranteed 2 stop improvement in 600mm(300mmx2), high ISO is not needed.
But if you want to shoot action, you may need to bump up ISO, and except for Oly,Canon/Nikon/Pentax all three offer clean ISO 1600
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Old 29th November 2007, 10:44   #1535
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Not for you, but for me it is an obscure need. I am more than satisfied with the Thai boxing shots.
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Old 29th November 2007, 11:13   #1536
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Some guy has found a bug with the in camera NR also. It seems that even for 30 minute exposures, the in camera NR does only 8 minutes max, though the correct amount should be 30 minutes.
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Old 29th November 2007, 11:27   #1537
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That's one more feature I never use, I have never used exposrure longer than 60 seconds. Besides, that bug is a software issue, future updates will fix it.
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Old 29th November 2007, 11:45   #1538
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Hehe, Looking at the people here, I think I am a very obscure photographer
Many shots I have taken were at at 50mm F1.8 at ISO 1600
In couple of cases I underexposed and then in RAW pushed up the exposure making it effective ISO 3200.
But then with a IS in body, you don't need all this circus.

Coming back to E-3 I saw a few samples with the sigma 50-500(whopping 1000mm). They were quite good. Handheld moon shots.
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Old 29th November 2007, 12:05   #1539
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All of us are 'obscure' and remain there. Unless we discover solutions to our problems, ourselves.
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Old 30th November 2007, 08:42   #1540
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Link to the dealer site is Shetala Cameras
This is a ridiculous website, I know they are the authorised dealers for Olympus, but their website has not been updated since 2005. The only Olympus dSLR they claim to have is E-300.
Now they even lost their domain name, looks like they don't care about web presence.

I wanted get E3 info. Their phone number (published in Olympus site) when called says it is invalid. Do these guys actually exist?
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I wanted get E3 info. Their phone number (published in Olympus site) when called says it is invalid. Do these guys actually exist?
At least their email was active, I got a response. Their phone number is 080-41238528/29, the E3 will be released in India on Dec 15th.
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At least their email was active, I got a response. Their phone number is 080-41238528/29, the E3 will be released in India on Dec 15th.
I was told the same timeframe by the exclusive showroom when I enquired.
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I'm thinking of starting a new thread titled "My E-3 Fund". It will have my account number.

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First look video of the 1DS Mark III......drool



Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III - First Impression Video by DigitalRev - DigitalRev.com
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You need a more solid and heavy tripod to support a dSLR. At least aim for 4Kg or above, it will be mentioned in the tripod specs.
What are the pros and cons of a monopod part from that it cant stand on its own? Havent used or seen one being used. What shooting suitations will it work best in? Any good brands to consider?
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