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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:05 am

Bought first dslr in August 09, shot with Nikon D60 & Kit Lens 18-55mm VR



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Postby pho » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:52 am

what are people's favorite kind of photography?

photojournalism
landscapes
portraits
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Postby mothballs » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:42 am

here are a few i took years ago on a canon ae-1. i am looking to get an entry level dslr sometime in the spring; any suggestions?

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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:52 pm

upper entry-level with kit lens: take a look at the nikon d5000 620 euros, Canon EOS 450D (digital rebel xsi) 560 euros and Pentax K20D 660 euros

the Pentax is the best of these imo and was considered mid-level when it came out, but now its price has dropped from 1300 euros to 660 euros with kit lens, it's an awesome deal
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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:54 pm

where are fraew and ghostguts
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Postby deadwolfbones » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:00 pm

mothballs wrote:i am looking to get an entry level dslr sometime in the spring; any suggestions?


Pentax K-x is the best deal going right now.
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Postby windfucker » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:17 pm

I'm probably going to use this thread to occasionally post landscape shots from my road trip last spring.

Antelope Canyon

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flickr seems to reduce the resolution of my photos. Where do you guys host your shots? Or it could be the way I'm saving them in photoshop makes them more blurry when they are uploaded to flickr?
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Postby windfucker » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:18 pm

Yeah those got blurry. I guess it could be using a smaller monitor at work compared to my 21" at home that they look like this, but whatever.
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Postby mothballs » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:30 pm

glass_candle_grenade wrote:Pentax K20D price has dropped from 1300 euros to 660 euros with kit lens, it's an awesome deal


this looks like a great camera, but the price in canada is still about $1300. i am looking for something significantly cheaper, which makes dwb's suggestion of the K-x the number one contender at this point. are there any entry level dslrs coming out early next year that i should hold out for?
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Postby deadwolfbones » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:34 pm

mothballs wrote:
glass_candle_grenade wrote:Pentax K20D price has dropped from 1300 euros to 660 euros with kit lens, it's an awesome deal


this looks like a great camera, but the price in canada is still about $1300. i am looking for something significantly cheaper, which makes dwb's suggestion of the K-x the number one contender at this point. are there any entry level dslrs coming out early next year that i should hold out for?


The price is that high because it's out of production. You can find near-mint used K20Ds for ~$500. Check Pentaxforums' buy/sell/trade forum.

I got mine for $725 new in December 2008, for reference.
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Postby ghostguts » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:38 am

playing around with my new AB800. all shots, save for the last one are B800 shot through 47" octabox to camera left @ 1/4 power. last one is using natural light.

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Postby fraew » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:50 am

i'm here!

been a little quiet on the photography front recently...

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Nikon D90, Sigma 30mm f1.4
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Postby Savage » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:02 am

fraew wrote:i'm here!

been a little quiet on the photography front recently...

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Postby ghostguts » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:06 am

fraew, I love that first picture. so well composed in the point of view, among other things.
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Postby fraew » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:08 am

i don't think so - there's salt, cigarettes, alcohol... stayed at a friends place in auckland with my girlfriend. place was like a decadent disaster area. big city livin'
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Postby fraew » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:12 am

oh hehe check this out - got a cheap-as-chips polaroid back for my Bronica. Messed up a bunch of shots but a few worked. Here's a nice enough pic of my girlfriend Johanna. Note the film is well expired:

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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:45 am

No matter how cheap the gear, polaroid appeal always sticks. I guess I'll dig mine up out of the basement in the winter holidays and try to make some christmas shots

I still haven't come around buying a prime yet, my uncle's been lending me his 50 mm/ f1.8, but it doesn't have AF on the d60. Taking pictures which require quick focus (wanted to get the wineglass here sharp) are such a hassle without autofocus

Get the nikor 35mm/f1.8 or go for the +100€ 50mm/f1.4 ? or even more for the sigma 50mm/f.1.4?
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Postby leather daddy » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:09 am

glass_candle_grenade wrote:Get the nikor 35mm/f1.8 or go for the +100€ 50mm/f1.4 ? or even more for the sigma 50mm/f.1.4?


go for a 50mm 1.8 or 1.4. wouldn't get too hung up on the extra .4 aperture, it becomes a bit too much in most scenarios anyway. 50mm is what i use almost exclusively now, just seems to be the perfect angle and the glass is usually great and sharp for the price. 35mm lenses often seem to autofocus slower, which is strange. but that might just be what i've used.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:02 am

The 35 will be a lot more generally useful than the 50, but get both. The 50 is only like $100, right?

The 35 is basically the FOV equivalent of the film days 50 aka "normal." (28 is actually a lot closer but I dunno if Nikon makes one.)
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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:26 am

Yea, the 35 is like a 50 on an FX which I hope should still be ok for portait. Unfortunately the 50 1.8 for 80€ is only af-d compatible (the D60 is af-s and af-i) http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/slr-lens.html, so I can't use autofocus on it.

Since I'm still at novice level, I need af and the cheapest 50 with it is the 1.4 for 350 €. 35 is like 200 € and has af-s. hmm but you're right getting both the 35 and the 50 1.8 seems like a better deal than only the 50 1.4
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:29 am

You know, manual focus isn't the end of the world. Especially for portraiture. Pros used it for decades. Lots of Canon dudes buy Pentax Takumar 50/1.4s because they're dirt cheap and better optically than the modern-day AF equivalents. You might look into that.
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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:30 am

A few euros more back then for the d90 would have saved me the money I now spend on lenses
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Postby glass_candle_grenade » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:54 am

For the takumar I'd need a M42-Nikon adapter to get infinity focus because of flange difference, whereas the Canon dslrs don't need the optical element I think. The adapters are with glass, so I'd lose image quality.

If I buy the correctional element, it will be more expensive than just getting a nikon 50mm f 1.4 with manual focus.

But Im coming around, I guess having one lense with only manual can't hurt, forces you to work on focusing.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:29 am

Yeah, an optical adapter would degrade the IQ, too. Sucks. God bless Pentax for keeping the same registration distance.
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Postby kentucky » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:33 am

ghostguts wrote:playing around with my new AB800. all shots, save for the last one are B800 shot through 47" octabox to camera left @ 1/4 power. last one is using natural light.

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Postby kristop » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:01 pm

dunno if these will work (linked from facebook)

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Postby windfucker » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:01 am

Four Mile Beach:

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Postby windfucker » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:07 am

Point Sur:

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Pfeiffer Beach:

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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:14 am

Good stuff, windfucker. As usual.
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