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General Chat Thread, Where to get decent priced DSLR lenses? in General; I have bought a few things from 7dayshop.com - Online shopping made easy ! before now. Worth a look....
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    I have bought a few things from 7dayshop.com - Online shopping made easy ! before now. Worth a look.

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    argos sometimes arnt too bad for standard lenses think one of mine came from there as it was cheapest place (or at least close enough)

    ebay is ok for filters but id be very wary about lenses (but im not the biggest ebay fan though)

    as to 50mm 1.8f prime ive got one and tbh hardly ever use it i usually end up using wither my 18-55 efs or my 55-250 efs-is (another canon man here) i tend to find for what i do (which is mainly motorsport or "quick snaps" of things you need to be too far away with a 50mm as i tend to either be shooting in the distance of pretty close up

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    I love my 50mm as it forces me to get up close and personal and really think about composition. Zooms make you lazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I love my 50mm as it forces me to get up close and personal and really think about composition. Zooms make you lazy!
    i finf the oposite i end up having to walk away and sometimes cant get things in shot

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    It all depends on what you're photographing. If you find you have to move back more than you do forward you'd probably be more suited to a 35mm.

    The best way to find out, if you have a zoom, is to use it constantly at a fixed zoom level equivalent to a prime (35mm, 50mm...) and see how you get on.

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    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX Lens

    they are hong kong based but i have used twice (same lens - dropped the first doh)

    my friend has one and it is amazing - focus time is almost 0!

    i would say dont worry about getting to much in the shot, learn to use what you have. i got a 1.8 purly for gig photography (low light). i am still learning mind, but happy with the results so far.

    i would say that a great trick/advantage of digital is shoot til your card is full, and take lots of the same thing. i learnt along time ago that whilst it looks in focus on the lcd its not when its blown up on screen - shooting afew times you are more likely to get a good shot + blinking of the subject is reduced.

    dont spend loads on equip, i have just finished my kit now (canon 450d, 18-55, 50 1.8, 70-200 + jessops flash ... oh and a bag of fleabay) i have a lens for each occasion and the power to use it, i just need the experience and knowledge to use it.

    ps. if you want wider that 18mm it cost ... alot. unless you go manual focus old lenses. i can prob ask my make the site he gets his from but i believe they are forums. he told me a quick trick - ask uni's that are/maybe getting rid of old stuff.

    when you do get on look at deviantart.com - shameless plug time - gibboap on deviantART

    pps. alwas shoot 'photography' in raw, (and remember to take it off raw when shooting prat around 'facebook' images, really need to bulk convert a load of raw stuff from a house party the other week arrrg) i have rescued a load of photos from gigs that the lighting was pooh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX Lens

    they are hong kong based but i have used twice (same lens - dropped the first doh)

    my friend has one and it is amazing - focus time is almost 0!

    i would say dont worry about getting to much in the shot, learn to use what you have. i got a 1.8 purly for gig photography (low light). i am still learning mind, but happy with the results so far.

    i would say that a great trick/advantage of digital is shoot til your card is full, and take lots of the same thing. i learnt along time ago that whilst it looks in focus on the lcd its not when its blown up on screen - shooting afew times you are more likely to get a good shot + blinking of the subject is reduced.

    dont spend loads on equip, i have just finished my kit now (canon 450d, 18-55, 50 1.8, 70-200 + jessops flash ... oh and a bag of fleabay) i have a lens for each occasion and the power to use it, i just need the experience and knowledge to use it.

    ps. if you want wider that 18mm it cost ... alot. unless you go manual focus old lenses. i can prob ask my make the site he gets his from but i believe they are forums. he told me a quick trick - ask uni's that are/maybe getting rid of old stuff.

    when you do get on look at deviantart.com - shameless plug time - gibboap on deviantART

    pps. alwas shoot 'photography' in raw, (and remember to take it off raw when shooting prat around 'facebook' images, really need to bulk convert a load of raw stuff from a house party the other week arrrg) i have rescued a load of photos from gigs that the lighting was pooh.
    unless you plan on heavily editing the photo i dont see the point of raw tbh all i end up doing is converting them back to a jpeg anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    unless you plan on heavily editing the photo i dont see the point of raw tbh all i end up doing is converting them back to a jpeg anyway
    Got to disagree there... you never know when that added flexibility might come in handy. I still get 600 RAW images on a 4GB card and hard drive space is cheap for backup.

    One great advantage with RAW is in low light conditions because you can get away with under-exposing your shots by as much as a stop sometimes and you can still get enough of the detail back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Got to disagree there... you never know when that added flexibility might come in handy. I still get 600 RAW images on a 4GB card and hard drive space is cheap for backup.

    One great advantage with RAW is in low light conditions because you can get away with under-exposing your shots by as much as a stop sometimes and you can still get enough of the detail back!
    i have used raw before and not found it worth it and iirc slows down the number of shots you can take in quick succession and my main bug atm canon dont support x64 with their codecs and its been years since ive run an x86 as my main pc infact its probably 3-4 years ive been on vista/win 7 x64. Ive just found a nice plugin pack for paint,net though so at least i can now do something with them

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    Having the right software to open and edit RAW photos is half of the equation. Without it, just stick to JPEG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX Lens

    they are hong kong based but i have used twice (same lens - dropped the first doh)
    Sorry to take the wind out of your sails but;

    Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8 G DX Lens from £157.00, UK Specialist Price Comparison Site, Camera Price Buster

    If you use the discount code Jacobs can do it for a fair bit less. Although one stop might well bring their price down soon. It seems these lenses have come down in the last few days.

    I'm after one myself but I can't spend the cash at the moment, .

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Having the right software to open and edit RAW photos is half of the equation. Without it, just stick to JPEG.
    Hit the nail on the head. RAW + Adobe Lightroom is a great combo. The noise reduction in Lightroom 3 is powered by unicorns

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    dont spend loads on equip, i have just finished my kit now (canon 450d, 18-55, 50 1.8, 70-200 + jessops flash ... oh and a bag of fleabay) i have a lens for each occasion and the power to use it, i just need the experience and knowledge to use it.
    Which 70-200 do you have? And was it affordable? I only ask because I have a 400D, with the 18-55, and the same 50, so a big zoom lens is what I need next

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    Which 70-200 do you have? And was it affordable? I only ask because I have a 400D, with the 18-55, and the same 50, so a big zoom lens is what I need next
    i quite like canons own 55-250 with image stablization i also have their 90-300mm non image stabalized lense but image stabilazation is damned handy

    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Hit the nail on the head. RAW + Adobe Lightroom is a great combo. The noise reduction in Lightroom 3 is powered by unicorns
    and just how much does lightroom cost id guess being adobe its more than id like esp as i now use paint.net as it does what i want and is free (and deploys over networks quite happily so i have the same software everywhere lol)

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