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[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 02:47:33 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Just remember that you lose resolution, contrast and brightness with those kinds of adapters.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 07:48:27 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Well, didn't have a lot of other choices...the lens on my Panasonic FZ20 isn't removable/replaceable, like the Canons.


[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 07:54:33 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Just purchased a Nikon D70 off ebay as a backup body to the D2h. The D70's auto-iso performance is excellent. I put on a 50 f/1.4 and was walking around at night. I was able to take pictures of people's Christmas decorations HAND HELD.

If you've ever been interested in getting a digital SLR body, the last generation of bodies are fast becoming affordable, and their quality is excellent.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 09:33:08 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yea I miss my F/1.4 50. That used to be my lens 98% of the time, but it's an AI lens and doesn't work well on the D50.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 09:40:41 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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That's a bummer.... There is no reason they couldn't turn on the meter when you mount an AI lens. They'd just need to have a menu option so you could set the F-stop. (They do this in the D200, D2h, and D2x.) I guess they don't think that the people who are buying "consumer" DSLR bodies are going to have any older lenses?

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 09:44:52 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Pete, you may want to consider picking up a 50 f/1.8. You lose half a stop, but it's really inexpensive and still quite sharp. Adorama is selling them for $99.95 (gray market, new), where the f/1.4 model is $279.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 10:52:23 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Hmm, didn't realize they were so cheap. Yea it was a lame omission to leave out that menu setting, I was dissapointed by that. I can still use AI lenses, I just have to guess the exposure. Not such a big deal with digital. Actually I was looking at the Nikkor F/2 35mm for the digital, rather than another 50mm. I tend to have more use for wide lenses.. makes the whole APS sensor size thing a real pain in the ass. Problem with me is I have too many expensive hobbies. I want an F/2.8 wide zoom.. which is something like $1200... But I just treated myself to a speaker upgrade in the dj setup... I don't deserve a $1200 lens right now. Plus the issue of walking around the city with $1200 of glass hanging off my camera, getting banged around. But right now I'm kinda too busy to enjoy a new lens anyway. I think after I am done with this next round of work projects and I get paid, then I will treat myself to a prime.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 10:56:45 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Take a look at Sigma. They've got a couple of fast wide lenses that are more reasonably priced:

24mm f1.8 - $339
30mm f1.4 - $395
20mm f1.8 - $309
28mm f1.8 - $269


[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 11:00:42 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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30mm f1.4 - $395

Thanks, yea.. that would be real nice. I have a neeed for speeeed :)

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 11:23:26 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Speed is the main reason I keep thinking of buying a Leica rangefinder and getting their stunning Noctilux f1.0 lens. Can you imagine hand holding a camera for night shots at ISO 200?!? :)

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 11:50:35 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yea that's nuts. I've seen some of those pictures, they're really fantastic. There's an F/1.2 Nikkor around, if you can get one...

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 12:55:20 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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silly question. I heard you can get a 6megapixel digital camera for under $150.
I figured in a few months that price will come down too.
I'm going to need a camera in may or june and figure I'll wait for the price to come down to whatever it is at that point then buy something decent.
So the silly question is: where does one look for top of the line but old cameras?
maybe I don't even want top of the line, I want simple and cheap, with lots of memory and long battery.
Do they all take sd cards now or are there still competing standards?

[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 13:19:13 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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There are a kajillion cameras out there, a lot which meet your criteria. There are still competing memory standards. I think SD is probably the most popular though in the cameras you would be looking at. If you want a no-brainer choice the Canon A530 or A540 is nice. Uses regular NiMH AA batteries so you can buy cheap extra batteries instead of paying for a proprietary battery.
You will have to buy an SD card, the ones that come wit the camera are tiny and a joke. A 2 gig card will store a ridiculous number of JPGs. If you want to go cheap a 512M card will still hold 100-150 shots depending on your settings maybe less or more. But still useable. If you want easy, Kodak makes some nice ones. Fuji is nice, if you could find a cheap S7000 on ebay...


[#] Tue Jan 09 2007 13:38:32 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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cool, thanks. I will store this for later purschasing.
I got a 1 gig sd card for $10 from slickdeals the other day. memory is cheap.

[#] Fri Jan 12 2007 16:25:00 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Received my B300 Teleconverter on Tuesday, and my WCON-08, yesterday. Both seem to do pretty well, but I need to do more playing, for comparison.

[#] Fri Jan 19 2007 21:55:18 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Just got a 1.6x teleconverter off ebay today.

[#] Sat Jan 20 2007 00:14:13 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Which one?

[#] Sat Jan 20 2007 08:40:32 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Ahh... Sorry. For Nikon (D)SLR's.

[#] Sat Jan 20 2007 23:16:29 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I'm assuming, then, that it's a Nikon branded unit.  Which model?  Specs?


[#] Sun Jan 21 2007 08:46:16 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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It's a TC-16A. It converts manual focus Nikon lenses to autofocus (alibeit VERY slowly) while adding 1.6x magnification.


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