• The "Which camera is right for me?" thread V2 - Get a used Rebel
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So i'm looking for a camcorder to support my t2i since it suffers from overheating in dusty places and when im switching between filming and taking pictures. I'm going to use it for Urban Exploring so it needs to have excelent low light capabilities and most of the main functions should be accessible with buttons since im wearing gloves I can't really use a touchscreen. It would be nice if it has good manual controls when im only walking around but also full manual contols when i breakout my slider/tripod. I was looking at the Canon HV40 but since it lacks buttons and most of the options have to be accessed true the menu I was more going for a used Sony Z1/Canon XL1/Panasonic DVX100B they are not that big and feature full manual controls and work great in low light they also record on DVTape which is great since it's one of the strongest storage devices. So do you guys have any suggestions or what do you think about this?
[QUOTE=Sylerr;34340490]So i'm looking for a camcorder to support my t2i since it suffers from overheating in dusty places and when im switching between filming and taking pictures. I'm going to use it for Urban Exploring so it needs to have excelent low light capabilities and most of the main functions should be accessible with buttons since im wearing gloves I can't really use a touchscreen. It would be nice if it has good manual controls when im only walking around but also full manual contols when i breakout my slider/tripod. I was looking at the Canon HV40 but since it lacks buttons and most of the options have to be accessed true the menu I was more going for a used Sony Z1/Canon XL1/Panasonic DVX100B they are not that big and feature full manual controls and work great in low light they also record on DVTape which is great since it's one of the strongest storage devices. So do you guys have any suggestions or what do you think about this?[/QUOTE] your 550D has the best low light capibility, much better than the Z1, XLR and DVX100 without a doubt. They all have tiny sensor. You might be best getting a wide-aperture lens for your t2i like a 30mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8 and boosting the ISO, or buying a shoe-mount LED lamp
[QUOTE=cueballv2themax;34343082]your 550D has the best low light capibility, much better than the Z1, XLR and DVX100 without a doubt. They all have tiny sensor. You might be best getting a wide-aperture lens for your t2i like a 30mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8 and boosting the ISO, or buying a shoe-mount LED lamp[/QUOTE] But as i mentioned my T2i can't be turned on for longer than 15 minutes or record longer than a 12 minute session because of overheating so i'm looking for something non DSLR to back it up.
Christ the night, I haven't a friggin clue what to look for in Tripods. I know Manfrotto and Gizmo are quality, but I can't spend more than £100 for a travel friendly but sturdy tripod + good head. Can Anyone suggest travel friendly ones or advice on shopping for tripods? I bought a Vista Voyager last year for home use, decent tripod but a brand I'll avoid.
Well I'm going to get a cheap Hama Traveller [url]http://direct.asda.com/Hama-Tripod-Traveller-Mini-Pro---Black/000630681,default,pd.html[/url]
[QUOTE=communistcat;34348369]Well I'm going to get a cheap Hama Traveller [url]http://direct.asda.com/Hama-Tripod-Traveller-Mini-Pro---Black/000630681,default,pd.html[/url][/QUOTE] Do report back on it. Which camera + lens do you use? The cheapo one I had before was barely enough to hold a D3000 + 18-55VR. I'd rather spend a bit as I'm sure light but strong solutions exist.
[QUOTE=Sylerr;34346223]But as i mentioned my T2i can't be turned on for longer than 15 minutes or record longer than a 12 minute session because of overheating so i'm looking for something non DSLR to back it up.[/QUOTE] battery grip or external battery will solve overheating issues as the heat of the battery discharging is kept away from the body, you could try using magic lantern with its auto restart feature to record longer than 12 minutes
[QUOTE=MisterM;34348435]Do report back on it. Which camera + lens do you use? The cheapo one I had before was barely enough to hold a D3000 + 18-55VR. I'd rather spend a bit as I'm sure light but strong solutions exist.[/QUOTE] Using a Zenit TTL w/ Helios 44-2 so its about a kilo in weight
[QUOTE=Sylerr;34346223]But as i mentioned my T2i can't be turned on for longer than 15 minutes or record longer than a 12 minute session because of overheating so i'm looking for something non DSLR to back it up.[/QUOTE] well that's not right, i have used a 550D for over 40 minutes without issue. [editline]23rd January 2012[/editline] this was with a battery grip [editline]23rd January 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=MisterM;34348435]Do report back on it. Which camera + lens do you use? The cheapo one I had before was barely enough to hold a D3000 + 18-55VR. I'd rather spend a bit as I'm sure light but strong solutions exist.[/QUOTE] i used one it broke in half
okay I forgot, can the canon L lenses be mounted on full sensor [I]and[/I] cropped bodies? so would a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro work with my Canon 7D?
yes, EF works on both, EF-S is specifically for crop-sensored ones
[QUOTE=Fake-XM;34356032]yes, EF works on both, EF-S is specifically for crop-sensored ones[/QUOTE] this man speaks the truth
[QUOTE=cueballv2themax;34354058]well that's not right, i have used a 550D for over 40 minutes without issue. [editline]23rd January 2012[/editline] this was with a battery grip [editline]23rd January 2012[/editline] i used one it broke in half[/QUOTE] I have magic lantern and a Canon battery grip but I was looking for a camera that I could just keep running for the whole time, I found a Used Sony Z1 with 2 battery's each battery has 550 minutes of standby time so that should be plenty.
I have a question for you guys: I've always wondered how my video camera could shoot in bright daylight with 1/50 shutter speed with no problems, while a DSLR would need an ND filter to achieve the same thing. Does this mean that camcorders and compact cameras have ND filters built in, somehow?
Try shooting at a smaller aperture or lower your iso. Are you shooting in full manual?
small aperture
[QUOTE=cueballv2themax;34362712]small aperture[/QUOTE] Is this a response to me, or?
yes
[QUOTE=Warship;34362393]I have a question for you guys: I've always wondered how my video camera could shoot in bright daylight with 1/50 shutter speed with no problems, while a DSLR would need an ND filter to achieve the same thing. Does this mean that camcorders and compact cameras have ND filters built in, somehow?[/QUOTE] Some cheap P&S and video cameras do have a build in ND filter rather than an aperture mechanism because it's cheaper.
[QUOTE=Xera;34363905]Some cheap P&S and video cameras do have a build in ND filter rather than an aperture mechanism because it's cheaper.[/QUOTE] Yeh, I've noticed by looking at my P&S camera (and several cellphones), switching from bright light to dark and vice versa makes it flip a little filter in front of the sensor. Pretty interesting how that works.
[QUOTE=waylander;34349437]battery grip or external battery will solve overheating issues as the heat of the battery discharging is kept away from the body, you could try using magic lantern with its auto restart feature to record longer than 12 minutes[/QUOTE] It's the sensor that overheats mainly, I would be very surprised if the batteries got anywhere near their max operating temperature.
Would a canon 600d with a EF 50mm F1.8 II be a good start? As in, for a absolute newbie.
that would be more than adequate
[QUOTE=Trogdon;34402970]that would be more than adequate[/QUOTE] Excellent. Thank you for the info!
you're welcome! it definitely has a lot of room to grow, you'll learn more about photography from the camera and it has good auto modes. make sure you read up on how iso, shutter, and aperture affect exposure to get the most out of it.
[QUOTE=TiMbl4;34402724]Would a canon 600d with a EF 50mm F1.8 II be a good start? As in, for a absolute newbie.[/QUOTE] Don't buy it body only though, the kit lens while not amazing is great for learning and cheap.
[QUOTE=Xera;34403377]Don't buy it body only though, the kit lens while not amazing is great for learning and cheap.[/QUOTE] I don't know what to choose, either the kit with the stock one or that 50 mm one(been reading a few articles). Is the difference big between these lenses? Or should I save up and maybe purchase a better lens later on?
[QUOTE=TiMbl4;34403445]I don't know what to choose, either the kit with the stock one or that 50 mm one(been reading a few articles). Is the difference big between these lenses? Or should I save up and maybe purchase a better lens later on?[/QUOTE] The 50mm will be faster and produce better quality photographs, but you'll be limited to one focal length. So you'll need to do a lot of moving around to get a shot. That's not a bad thing, of course. Kit lenses are generally 'do everything' lenses, so while they are very versatile (Some stuff is easier with a zoom, but not too much) they lack the optical quality of a fixed (prime) lens like the 50. A 50 will last you much longer in your photography life than a kit lens. Eventually you'll grow out of a kit lens, but a standard 50 is always useful.
maybe this will help you afford it more [url]http://www.digitalrev.com/product/canon-kiss-x5-eos-600d/MTExMzc_A[/url]
I guess this is off topic, but is there a detailed description onto how cameras work down to the bone? I don't get the whole lenses things and everything.
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