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

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    Actually Chris, you will be surprised at how close you will be to most of the animals, even some of the big cats like the lions.
    By now, most of the animals feel totally at home with the plethera of tourist vehicles that are around.
    One day we even had a cheetah walking right alongside our minibus and using it as cover to hide it from some Thompson gazelles that were a short distance away on the other side of the vehicle!
     
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    can you link me to the two types? (ps if you DO buy from amazon please use the site link ;-)
     
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    Sorry having a bit of trouble if you type canon 100 400 into amazon you get a choice of 2. Matthew is going to explode if I don't play with him
     
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    both the same lens as far as I can see
     
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    Ok terrifyingly enough i have just clicked on both and bought them from amazon after using the link

    :mental:

    need plenty of time to play with it to get used to it prior

    will need spare batteries and a tripod now but not going to push my luck

    hope the 18-55 lens is good enough for some macro shots it too has IS so :fingers:

    what a scary amount to just click

    ah well

    :carpediem:
     
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    yep life's too short :yes:

    The 18-55is is actually a real steal now! the first version some years ago was yeuck but it's a worthwhile lens nowadays :yes:

    I think you'll have a GREAT time with them :D
     
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    It means I have a good range from 18-400 so that should do me 'for now'

    Will aslo mean I can start to use it for my increasing love of ornithology at home as well, will go in search of the blue chaffinch on Tenerife

    Plus I can stick the Uberlens on my modified 350d and take widefieldish space pics - the rubbish 75-300 had such appaulling vignetting when using it for astro work I nearly put it in the bin.

    To think I actually stayed my hand once on getting a fixed 200mm as the cost was too much and here I am just clicking away :lol:

    Looks like I'll need a lens hood for it :unsure: as the glass looks very close to the end

    Also it looks like it has a push pull focus rather than a twist - never used a lens like that before - I trust it has a lockable focus :unsure:

    expect many a call of

    'KEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIITH' over the next few weeks :lol:
     
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    sorry to cut in on your thread chris

    guys what would be a good lens to replace the kit lens and seeing as i have the 70-300 macro as well i take it would need to go up from xx-70ish mark yes?
     
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    It's a canon L pro lens my friend :) it's a different category to what you've been used to. It'll come with a large hood and a nice carry case :yes:

    push-pull yeah I know what you mean, debate rages on that but I actually find it faster to go from 100-400 with the push/pull than rotate. You'll love it I'm convinced :yes:
     
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    The canon 18-135is is a very nice relatively cheap replacement! if you want to cover a large range. I'm pretty impressed with it for the price!

    If you want the traditional answer then either the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or the Canon EF 24-70 (with most people just getting into it seriously opting for the former since the latter is more expensive, heavier and no IS)
     
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    ok thx keith will go a hunting :)
     
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    For the sake of my marriage I hope you are correct :lol:

    Thanks for everyones help as usual - and as usual it has resulted in me spending far more than I thought :lol:

    Still it is true that you get what you pay for in life

    I shall enjoy playing with the 500d - ever since I modified the 350d I have lost my DSLR and will have to relearn all the functions - not sure how much I would ever use the video function but it will be a nice gimmick for a few seconds of vid here and there.

    I can see me becoming obsessed with normal photography now as well as my astro stuff - it was only a matter of time I suppose

    I had better get a nice furry closeup of a lions face bathed in orangey twilight now :dozey:

    Either that or when I get back I'll nick one from the National geographic website.

    Oh and feel free to hijack Mick - I am spent out for a while :lol:
     
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    well i was told by sir keith that the video function on a dslr is much better than a camcorder. so go get a whopping big mem card too while your shelling out :D
     
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    Or six! :thumbsup:

    Tom :)macwave:... who REALLY likes the video function idea!)
     
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    got a 4gb one and i still can't believe how cheap they are considering how much I spent on a whopping 128 mb card 6-7 years ago :lol:
     
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    i know they are sooooo much cheaper, like most things tho :)
     
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    can't wait to see the results Chris!
     
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    I will certainly let you know Julie :yes: or I may have a cheap 100-400 L lens to interest you in if I can't figure it out.

    Just been googling sample images and they look amazing

    Blimey just seen the ISO goes up to something ridiculous!

    I take it its not advanced enough a camera to have its own dark frame subtraction , what with it being an 'entry level' one :unsure:
     
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    Cheers for that I will have a look when my buyers guilt settles down ;)
     

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