• Gear discussion thread v. "I own more nifty fifties than cameras they fit"
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[QUOTE=donhonk;36991894]Ive been using this [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Battery-550D-LP-E8-Compatible-RS-60E3/dp/B004UTRY6K/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343588952&sr=1-6&keywords=meike+battery+grip+600d"]Meike Battery Grip[/URL] and its a really fantastic accessory. Had mine for like 6 months and it really really improves the grip. (Note: I have a 550D, should be the same.) EDIT: Find a place NOT shipping from Hong Kong btw. :P I think they have the same Meike grip on the 'Zon without the extra aftermarket battery. [/QUOTE] Thanks for the suggestion. a battery grip seems worthwhile and that particular one has good reviews. however my first focus will be to get a 50mm lens. But I will try to get that battery grip asap. I also need to get a new tripod (As the one I have is build for compact cameras) and a carry bag to keep my stuff in, but these are pretty inexpensive so I shouldn't have a problem getting my hands on them. I don't think ive been this excited for a product since the game boy I got for Christmas when I was 5!
It's rumored that canon is redesigning their 50mm f1.4 lens, which means possible price drops soon. If you don't mind waiting, see how that one pans out, could save you a decent sum of money.
YES! Once that occurs, I don't mind picking up the 50mm 1.4.
Not mine, but my aunt has used a film SLR for as long as I know, from my baby pictures to a few weeks ago. It's a 1982 Canon AL-1. It just impresses me how durable that thing is, despite I think her telling me that the batter compartment is broken.
Anyone here thinking of buying an EOS M? I'm not getting one myself, but from handling one at work I am pretty impressed. Especially considering that the body kits come with the adaptor for standard Canon lenses. I'm saving for my OM-D though. Very very impressed with that from playing around with it. Might even consider converting my G3 to an infrared or full spectrum.
Going to save up and get a Canon EOS 450D and 24-70mm f/2.8L, both second-hand. My guess is it's going to cost around 900 euros.
Just ordered the 600d 18-55mm kit, got it for a decent price "£465" new. Could have got it for cheaper but I didnt want to order it from hong kong, and I wanted the 600d model rather than the kiss x5 (Even though there isnt any difference, I just wanted the UK model) I have around £50 spare, so I will probably get a tripod or camera bag and then get a 50mm 1.4 if the price drops.
Could anybody explain the advantages of a battery grip besides making you look 'pro', having more battery and looking extremely awkard to hold?
Better vertical grip? 2-3 times the battery life is pretty useful
If you find yourself shooting in portrait orientation a lot, it might help. Otherwise, it just makes your camera look chunkier and gives you extra battery life.
It actually helps vertical and horizontal grip on my diminutive T2i. Without it my pinky and ring finger fall limply off the side when holding it horizontally.
[QUOTE=HiddenMyst;37002311]Anyone here thinking of buying an EOS M? I'm not getting one myself, but from handling one at work I am pretty impressed. Especially considering that the body kits come with the adaptor for standard Canon lenses.[/QUOTE] it doesn't come with the adapter. the adapter is $150 extra. it's honestly the most pathetic entry to mirrorless yet, it doesn't even beat the initial release of the nex 5 almost 3 years ago aside from audio levels and mic jack. plus you can get adapters for nex and m4/3 that allow full aperture and electronic control of EF and EF-S lenses, and with the manual focusing systems on those cameras you could probably outdo the 5-6 seconds it will take for the EOS-M with adapter to contrast detect a scene. just look at the sony LA-EA1 and 4/3rds to m4/3rds adapters. These are probably the most criticized accessories ever (leading sony to inventing a new adapter based on their SLT system to give good autofocus speed), and i don't see why Canon is getting praise for releasing basically the same thing.
Better grip.. What? My hands aren't really sliding off my camera.
I get stupidly over paranoid about things. so I just want to clear something up.. I got told recently about "Shutter Actuations" or "Shutter count" on DSLR camera's.. meaning that after a certain amount of shots the shutter breaks / Needs repaired.. This probably sounds really REALLY dumb but is this something I need to be weary of? Because I can see myself taking tons of pictures but I don't want to wear my camera out quick, or break the shutter. As dumb as this sounds, If I didn't ask it would always be at the back of my mind and I would probably get really paranoid about taking too many pictures..
You'll exhaust the camera before you exhaust your shutter. Just don't be a shutter bug and take like 1000 pictures a day.
[QUOTE=Trogdon;37011236]You'll exhaust the camera before you exhaust your shutter. Just don't be a shutter bug and take like 1000 pictures a day.[/QUOTE] I get what you're saying but I think your wording is a little off. The first thing to go on a modern DSLR would be the shutter, the rest of the camera should hold up much longer. I think you mean to say you'll be done with a camera before it (specifically the shutter) wears out. It'll be old and outdated and you'll probably have upgraded. [editline]31st July 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Jookia;37003995]Could anybody explain the advantages of a battery grip besides making you look 'pro', having more battery and looking extremely awkard to hold?[/QUOTE] For me? A whole set of buttons and dials in portrait orientation and it counter balances heavier lenses. Makes it infinitely less straining to use for long periods of time and allows one handed shooting with an 85L.
[QUOTE=bopie;37013082]I get what you're saying but I think your wording is a little off. The first thing to go on a modern DSLR would be the shutter, the rest of the camera should hold up much longer. I think you mean to say you'll be done with a camera before it (specifically the shutter) wears out. It'll be old and outdated and you'll probably have upgraded. [/QUOTE] yes this is more of the wording i meant, sorry if i wasn't clear. you will most likely upgrade your camera before the shutter dies. but i stick with the don't be a shutterbug advice, think about your shots before you take them, saves battery life as well.
[QUOTE=Trogdon;37005563]it doesn't come with the adapter. the adapter is $150 extra. it's honestly the most pathetic entry to mirrorless yet, it doesn't even beat the initial release of the nex 5 almost 3 years ago aside from audio levels and mic jack. plus you can get adapters for nex and m4/3 that allow full aperture and electronic control of EF and EF-S lenses, and with the manual focusing systems on those cameras you could probably outdo the 5-6 seconds it will take for the EOS-M with adapter to contrast detect a scene. just look at the sony LA-EA1 and 4/3rds to m4/3rds adapters. These are probably the most criticized accessories ever (leading sony to inventing a new adapter based on their SLT system to give good autofocus speed), and i don't see why Canon is getting praise for releasing basically the same thing.[/QUOTE] Kits must be a regional thing then, because the body kit in Australia will come with the adaptor.
How much is the kit there? Here it is $850 for the cheapest kit (22mm and body), which is ridiculously expensive but doesn't at all surprise me. So you would be looking at $1000 to awkwardly use EF lenses
[QUOTE=Trogdon;37019934]How much is the kit there? Here it is $850 for the cheapest kit (22mm and body), which is ridiculously expensive but doesn't at all surprise me. So you would be looking at $1000 to awkwardly use EF lenses[/QUOTE] I've also only seen it sold without the adapter and it's 800-850
Cheapest kit here is the 18-55 IS STM kit, and costs 849 euros. Body only costs 699 euros. Prices here are as follows: EOS M body only: € 699,- EOS M plus 18-55mm kit: € 849,- EOS M plus 22mm plus adapter kit: € 979,- EOS M plus 18-55mm plus 22 mm kit: € 1049,- EF-M 18-55mm: € 299,- EF-M 22mm: € 249,- EF(-S) adapter: € 129,-
They don't even sell it body only here. Those prices are scary
[QUOTE=Trogdon;37021625]They don't even sell it body only here. Those prices are scary[/QUOTE] Yeah, it's $861 usd from those prices for body only
The EU prices are way higher for a number of reasons. But most likely the prices I have stated in euros will be your prices, but in dollars/pounds. Sometimes I wish I'd live in the USA...
Yeah the US gets way cheaper gear. We don't even have import tax :D
What do you guys recommend for a good sturdy tripod?
I have a Giottos MTL 9261B (you'll need a head separately), and I've had absolutely no problems with it. Nice price too.
I use a Slik Universal U212, this tripod is awesome.
Been using a piece of shit [url=http://www.amazon.com/ProMaster-2496-Promaster-7050-Tripod/dp/B002HYFS0E/ref=sr_1_41?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1343808297&sr=1-41]Promaster 7050[/url] for almost 2 years. Gets the job done in my experience, even with a prism'd RZ67 (heavier than anything you'll find short of 1D's + huge L telephotos) it'll hold up for sure. Mine's even been underwater more than once and it's still able to support anything I throw at it. Only drawback is the max height.
I have this one [url]http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004A8N36G/ref=mp_s_a_9?qid=1343809279&sr=8-9-spell[/url] Recommended for metal construction, comes with hook do you can add stability, and most importantly to me independent legs and levelers. Helps to get creative low angles
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