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Old 10th February 2008, 10:49   #1831
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200mm or even 300mm is very less for bird photography.
400mm is just adequate.
In cheaper options there is sigma 50-500.
For even cheaper option with IS the 70-300mm IS will just do.
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Old 10th February 2008, 14:15   #1832
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200mm or even 300mm is very less for bird photography.
400mm is just adequate.
In cheaper options there is sigma 50-500.
For even cheaper option with IS the 70-300mm IS will just do.
That's why I said "with teleconverter" . Yeah for proper birding you need somethings like 500mm or likes and even that too with a say 1.4x TC.As they say no focal length is sufficient enough for birding.And with every mm of focal length at that side the price of the lenses increases astronomically.
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:43   #1833
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Default Query - Rechargeable batteries AA

My Canon digital camera needs 4 AA batteries. I have used Panasonic 2100 mAH rechargeables for quite a few years and found them to be long lasting. These were bought outside India. Sadly, the battery casing seems to be peeling off and it is time to look for new rechargeable AA batteries.

Please suggest a good brand, approximate cost and location where it is available. Thank you. Note that I already have a recharger and am looking for batteries only.
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Old 15th February 2008, 11:28   #1834
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Cameleon is a good brand and I have been using that happily.
Stay away from no-name brand chinese which claim 2600mAh, and also try to get panasonic only from reputed dealers, most of them sold here are fakes.
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Old 15th February 2008, 14:59   #1835
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Have used Sanyo, they are also good and still working after almost 2.5-3 years. But as tsk said, camelleon is also a good brand.
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Old 15th February 2008, 15:13   #1836
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Canon Powershot A75 (3.2 MP) - my first digicam
Canon IXUS 800IS (6 MP)
JVC Everio GZ-MG155 camcorder (30GB HDD)

The best part about Canon is its user friendliness and service.
E.g. my 4 year old Canon Powershot A75 (bought in Philippines) had some manufacturing defect and I got it changed free of cost in Dubai! Now thats what I call GREAT after sales service

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Old 15th February 2008, 16:23   #1837
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The best part about Canon is its user friendliness and service.
E.g. my 4 year old Canon Powershot A75 (bought in Philippines) had some manufacturing defect and I got it changed free of cost in Dubai! Now thats what I call GREAT after sales service
Exactly!
My canon A70, bought in Canada, also had a manufacturing defect (CCD error - possibly the same problem you had?). It was repaired free of cost in Bangalore, even though it was more than 2 years old at that time and I had no receipt.
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Exactly!
My canon A70, bought in Canada, also had a manufacturing defect (CCD error - possibly the same problem you had?). It was repaired free of cost in Bangalore, even though it was more than 2 years old at that time and I had no receipt.
Same happened to my old A95.That was because canon has issued a service notice to replace the defective CCD's of few particular models which were affected due to some issue with their China factory during that time.It's some quality control issue.But whatever it is,it was very nice from Canon's part to do it for free to all the affected customers.
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Guys could some one confirm when the 450 D is getting released in the US and at what price? My uncle is coming down from the US in 1st week of April. So i get a good deal i thought i could pick it up.
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450D will be available in US by March 2008.
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Old 20th February 2008, 15:35   #1841
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Look what got reviewed
Olympus E-3 Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review
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I needed some information on scanning.

I tried scanning some of my old prints using an HP scanner, the matte finish ones turned out Ok, but the glossy ones were not good. I have the negatives, and I thought of getting them scanned. I was told at the photo-shop that the machine scans at 200 dpi only.

Anyone knows any alternatives? Any shop that has a better negative scanner in NCR?

TIA!
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Wow, I didn't expect them to post it so soon, they usually delay Olympus reviews.

The following page left me confused: Olympus E-3 Review: 20. Photographic tests: Digital Photography Review

Does that mean I can stick to shooting jpegs? He says there is no advantage to shooting raw in E3, and jpeg is great. That will save lots of disk space for me.
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It's up E-3 review ... Highly recommended (just) [Page 2]: Olympus SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

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Most cameras produce noticeably lower resolution results in JPEG than we can get by careful RAW conversion. The E-3 offers almost identical resolution in RAW and JPEG, because it's limited by the filter on the sensor, not the in-camera processing. It's actually not such a big deal (you're not going to see it in most shots), but it's, shall we say an 'interesting' decision by Olympus, given how good the lenses it offers are.
This is something very interesting.
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Old 21st February 2008, 00:00   #1845
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That basically means that in oly you do not get the extra advantage by shooting raw.
But I would still say shoot raw because
1. You can correct white balance issues, which are almost impossible to fix gracefully in jpeg
2. You can make minor exposure tweaks
3. You can choose the PP.
What they are saying that jpeg conversion of E-3 is very good, i.e. their PP is what one would normally do in PC flow. But what if don't want normal processing but something out of the box?
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