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Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by Skywatcher, Feb 3, 2010.

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    I simply cannot go to Africa without taking some decentish pictures of the local wildlife and surroundings

    My beloved eos 350d has now been butchered so it can only take astronomy photos.

    This has left me with the standard 15-55 :unsure: lens that comes in the box and the 75-300 Zoom again :unsure: they are in the garage and its cold - the second isn't really a brilliant lens and was cheap but it was bought for a purpose at the time.

    Not sure whether just to but a cheapo 350d body and get a better zoom lens or to go for a better camera

    I would want something for Macroish work as there are apparently phenomenal butterflies etc( to be honest I always thought the lens I got with the camera was pretty good for that) but also want something that could do the bird life justice as well

    I do not have a huge budget, but I would like something I can get soonish to practice with before the trip - we are definitely talking 100's and not 1000's here

    Fire away chaps
     
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    My quick tuppence worth.

    Get a quick 50mm. If you're looking at Canon, I think they've got a 1.4 also. I'm a Nikonite (hey, I just invented a word) so can't comment too much about specific Canon lenses but I absolutely LOVE my Nikon 50mm.

    Tom :)macwave:... takes great low light shots!)
     
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    I think he said "reasonable" just so I can't reply :cry1:

    :taunt:
     
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    canon do have a 50mm 1.4 (and a 50mm 1.2!) but sadly the 1.4 is soft and the 1.2 is expensive.

    The nifty fifty in the canon range is the 1.8 for about 70 quid or so
     
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    I'm gonna go against the grain and say I'm REALLY pleased with my sony model :yes: I got the a200k, not sure if it's even around anymore but when I tested them I much prefered the look and feel of the camera as well as the menus, when compared with the Canon and Nikon equivilents (price wise.) I think the lowest end sony out is the a230. I love mine and get some good results, too :yes:

    I'd reccomend a different lens than the kit one if you are looking for a REALLY good macro, though :yes: but with the price difference between the canon/nikon equivilent, you could easily afford a new lense :yes:
     
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    50mm 1.8 fantastic- about £70 you won't regret it. brilliant for low light and i use it on the camera most of the time.

    for your macro solution try this one- i have it or the one before it and it isn't bad value for money. I got it for £99 as part of a bundle

    http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/66320/show.html

    I have heard good things about the 500D- it has hd dvd- got £60 cashback at the moment. There are some bundle deals here. This is everything you need i think

    Canon EOS 500D with 18-55mm lens - Jessops
     
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    oh and if you're looking for a new camera bag i have a slingshot 100AW for sale at a very reasonable price :thumbsup:
     
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    absolutely! the latest 500 is a really nice camera no doubt at all :yes:

    In terms of lenses, the 55-250 is a good little buy to be honest! generally I hear people saying all the time that 250/300 is still not long enough for safari but jeez, to go much longer than that you're talking expense. You could perhaps go for an extender as well perhaps.

    The other option is to hire some really top class lenses for a couple of weeks Lenses For Hire Ltd.
     
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    I am presuming the white 100-400 lens would be pretty good - cheapest that is going for is about 1,100 though :eek:
     
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    I Cant say enough good things about the 100-400. If I were going on safari that would be the lens I took :yes: seriously, it's awesome
     
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    think of it as an investment, its going to last you forever, you change your camera not the lens :thumbsup:
     
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    That's an excellent and true point :yes:
     
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    you trained me well:yes:
     
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    Would the 500d do it justice?
     
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    once you've had an L lens.................. :drool:
     
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    I think Becca has the US equiv of the 500d and from what I've seen, it would absolutely do the lens justice yep! :yes:
     
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    I know these aren't the best compositionally or anything but I wanted to show you what the combination of camera + 100-400 would give. These were taken with an older version of the 500d and either 100-400 or 70-200 in some cases. As I say, not the best photos artistically but taken from a slowish moving vehicle and you can see how close you can get + how well image stabilisation works. No work done on them other than resizing to post.

    Obviously you'll get much better from a proper safari and I'll totally jealous :lol:
     

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    Those are really good shots Keith, despite there being no mention of Nikon. :lol:
    I assume they were taken at a UK safari park?
     
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    I think my mind is getting set , will need to get this in plenty of time to play before I go

    There seem to be 2 on Amazon one is slightly cheaper the other is about 60-70 quid dearer but is an EF lens - all else in th elong line of figures is the same

    what is EF - doe is have to do with the type of glass?

    I know about apochromatics and fluorite glass from my astronomy.

    I have a cheapo 75-300 lens and frankly its useless and I have not been able to take anything decent with it at all :sigh:
     

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