Which camera do you currently use?

 
  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
Just bought a Nikon L120 on Sunday. I'm hoping to try it out over the summer hoidays.
And as Newington said, would be better with a manual mode. However, so far, I'm impressed. Smile

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  futuredriver Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
I have a Canon 400D with the kit 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, will be doing camera and lens upgrade later in the year looking at either the 60D or 7D with a 100-400mm L telephoto lens.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
A Pentax X90 and the one on my HTC Wildfire phone. All that I need for now 8)
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Currently using an Olympus C-760 that has been doing the job well for many years. Looking at a DSLR upgrade in the coming months. Not sure what yet.
  NR52 Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Nikon D3100 with 18-55 mm, 18-105. Am debating whether to get a 28-300, 70-300 or 18-200
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
NR52, with the glass you already have there is only 1 choice, the 70-300. I also would be looking at selling or trading in the 18-55, as you have that covered by the 18-105.
  poppins122325 Chief Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
Current setup is a Canon 600D with an 18-55 IS lense and a 55-250 IS lense, at the moment im looking for both a wider angle lense for landscapes and a larger zoom lense.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated Smile
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Current setup is a Canon 600D with an 18-55 IS lense and a 55-250 IS lense, at the moment im looking for both a wider angle lense for landscapes and a larger zoom lense.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated Smile
"poppins122325"

Not sure about longer glass, but I sure would look at the Sigma 10-20 for your camera if you want a real wide lens.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Current setup is a Canon 600D with an 18-55 IS lense and a 55-250 IS lense, at the moment im looking for both a wider angle lense for landscapes and a larger zoom lense.

Any pointers are greatly appreciated Smile
"poppins122325"

Not sure about longer glass, but I sure would look at the Sigma 10-20 for your camera if you want a real wide lens.
"Shacks"


I tried three seperate Sigma 10-20's a few years ago and they were all soft on the right hand side. If you can get a good one, they would be a great lens, but I ended up giving up and shelled out the extra for the Nikon 12-24 and haven't regretted it.
  poppins122325 Chief Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
Thanks guys for the help, currently im shelving the small lense option after chasing a long range one, looked a a nice sigma 150-500mm today at the camera store and near fell in love just need to take my body in and i can get a trial so thinking that might be the best option
  ChrisDPom Locomotive Fireman

Location: Mainly Perth WA
I bought the 150-500mm Sigma last year and love it (though it's nickname "Bigma" is very appropriate as it is not light!!).

Auto-stabilised for hand shots really helps (though a tripod is more sensible after the first 10 minutes carrying it). 

Bought the Sigma 1.4 tele converter for the Bigma as well - have to run everything manually, but really helpful when on the tripod on long distance shots. 

I have a Nikon D90 & my old D50.

The D90 is a great balance between top of the range overly technical SLR's and user-friendly ones.

I am not a photo purist, so want the best possible without manually overiding everything all the time.

Find the D90 is a great compromise.

I looked at a new 300mm recently as my old Tamron one was getting a bit battered.       

Looked at the Sigma & the Nikon 55-300 and decided on the Nikon as it is auto stabilised while the Sigma 300mm is not  Rolling Eyes

I also use have a Nikon 55-200 & a Sigma 10-20mm (which someone previously mentioned they didn't like but I rave about).

Still carry both cameras about when I can, especially when I am at locations where I need a long shot (round the curve 1km away) followed by a near shot when coming through the platform.

I remember August 2010 when I was last in NSW and at Maitland station on a day trip.

I started muttering and cursing having to changes lenses from my then 300mm max to my 55mm to get the different type of shots!! That is when I vowed to keep 2 SLR bodies.

The D50's main problem is the stupid 2GB limit on the flash card. The smaller mexapixel's mean you can still get 150 shots but that can be an hour's shots.

 My D90 runs at 7.5MB per shot or 11GB in RAW) but I have a 32GB card in it.

For this reason, I carry 5 spare 2GB cards (plus a spare 32GB).

On one day in Antwerp (Berchem Station) last year, I used all cards I had with me !!   

Buy the Sigma 500mm   8)
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I bought the 150-500mm Sigma last year and love it (though it's nickname "Bigma" is very appropriate as it is not light!!).
"ChrisDPom"

Bigma is actually the 50-500mm. 
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
Recently bought myself a Cannon 60D with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. So far Im very happy with it Very Happy
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I have two cameras I regularly use. The first is a Nikon D700 with a 28 to 70 mm f2.8 lens. I have the Nikon GP-1 gps atachment fitted to this camera. Also has the MD something or other additional grip and battery attachment , ie the camera has two batteries. The second camera is an Sony A35 with two lens,an 18-55mm f2.5-5.6 and an 75 to 300mm f4.5-5.6. The Sony was purchased as a kit.

The Nikon cost squilllions but is one of the best cameras I have ever used the low light performance being first class, it will go down to 12,000 ASA with little noise in the image. The image detail avaible from the camera/lens combination being very good comparing reasonably well with my old Mamiya RB67. The camera and lens being both big and heavy, no problem, I think.

The Sony was purchased as I wanted a more compact camera to use on some occasions, both cameras are just simliar enough to use both physically and on the menu systm's to give me little trouble, perfromance of it being quite good, its not the D700  though.. Low light level performance does NOT come anywhere even near the D700. Both cameras are set to manual, shutter priority. The Sony eats battery charge compared to the D700, the GPS unit on the D700 is not activated until one pushes the shutter button half way down. This prevents it from eating battery power, it does though mean the GPS will take a few seconds to establish the position. Overall battery life on the Nikon being excellent. I mentioned the batteries as I was surprised how quick the sony discharged the battery (compared with the D700).

The nikon is a still camera only but it will do 8 fps continous for short durations, the Sony apparently along with practically every other camera now made will do HD movies.
Never used it in that mode as yet, decent movies being WWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY to difficult to do WELL, requireing proper scripting and preferably some kind of previsualisation unless one wants to waste way to much time and resources.
  R719 Locomotive Driver

Canon 5D MK2 w/ 14-70mm.
  8010 Station Master

I also have 2 that I use. The first one that I mainly use is the Canon 7D with my Sigma(Bigma) 50-500mm and my second one is the Canon 450D with the twin lense kit with 18-55mm and 55-250.
  BR BILL Locomotive Driver

Location: Melbourne
My current camera is an Olypmus Fe-20 digital camera. I do want to change that to an SLR soon!
  nr1_r761_s300 Train Controller

Location: Where ever the wild wind blows....
Fuji S2000HD as well as a Sony CX110e... More than happy with my video camera but the Fuji is on its last legs... Im considering a Nikon Coolpix P510 for the upgrade...

7 FPS at Full Res and a 24-1000 mm equivalent lense, thats true size the digital zoom takes it too 2000   Twisted Evil
  J-C Chief Commissioner

Location: Victoria
Iv'e got a Canon 550D with the twin kit lenses of 18-55 and 55-250. Buying a canon 15-85mm lens tomorrow. Does anyone use canons 70-300mm lens and if so would you recomend it for an upgrade of my 55-250mm

cheers!
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Iv'e got a Canon 550D with the twin kit lenses of 18-55 and 55-250. Buying a canon 15-85mm lens tomorrow. Does anyone use canons 70-300mm lens and if so would you recomend it for an upgrade of my 55-250mm

cheers!
"J-C"


J-C look at the 70-200mm f4 L series for a little bit more. You give up 100mm but the image quality is great and means you can crop without losing much quality.



  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Canon 5D MkII
Samyang 8mm fisheye
EF17-40mm f4L
EF50mm f1.4
EF100mm f2.8L
EF70-300mm f4-5.6L
430EX II Flash with ST-E2 Transmitter
Nodal Ninja 5
Misc remote controllers, filters, tripods etc.

I primarily use the 17-40 & the 70-300 for rail shots but have only just got the 8mm.

I mainly enjoy shooting panorama's & long exposure night stuff.

My Flickr account
  petey3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: On the rails
I've got a Canon EOS 50D with a 24-105mm L Series lens and just bought a 70-300mm L Series lens.

Does anyone use canons 70-300mm lens and if so would you recomend it for an upgrade of my 55-250mm


If you go with the 70-300mm L series, then yes, definitely do the upgrade. The photos that i've taken so far with it have left me with a fantastic first impression!
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Iv'e got a Canon 550D with the twin kit lenses of 18-55 and 55-250. Buying a canon 15-85mm lens tomorrow. Does anyone use canons 70-300mm lens and if so would you recomend it for an upgrade of my 55-250mm

cheers!
"J-C"


Sorry, didn't see this Q when I posted last time.
Here's a comparison of image quality, 70-300 L vs non L.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=358&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=1&LensComp=738&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=4&APIComp=0
I'm not sure I need to add anything to that...
Although I will... AF & IS is better & faster on the L also.

The L is a heavy lens though, around 1Kg.

If you want any comparison shots I have one in my camera bag and one on my desk Wink

*EDIT*
The only non L lenses I will buy nowadays are novelty lenses, like my 8mm Samyang etc. etc.
  vrgunzel Beginner


Used a Nikon D50 up until feburary, now using a Nikon D7000

 

Very satisified with the preformance of the D7000, especially in low light situations

 

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  BL2 Chief Train Controller


Used a Nikon D50 up until feburary, now using a Nikon D7000

 

Very satisified with the preformance of the D7000, especially in low light situations

 

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"vrgunzel"
It seems that low light performance with just about all makes is where the greatest advances have been made lately.....maybe a decent reason to consider updating to a newer body!

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