Which camera do you currently use?

 
  gboaf Assistant Commissioner

Digital Camera Warehouse is very reliable from my experience.

I also added new bits and pieces to my growing collection of camera gear. This time, it was a Wimberley Tripod Head Version 2 and a P-50 attachment (for Nikon 500 F/4 or 600mm F/4).

I can't quite believe just how easy that thing makes handling cameras with large, heavy/long lenses. They are so balanced. Panning at 1/2.5sec is successful finally (at 300mm of course)!

The best $850 I've spent. It makes those Manfrotto tripod heads seem quite nasty in comparison. The freedom of movement, and the fact that the movement is so smooth and fluid makes panning type shots at very low shutter speeds much easier.

And when you set it up right, the lens and camera will be perfectly balanced and do not need to be locked to a certain angle. Wonderful!  Very Happy

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  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Be careful of "L Fever" guy's... Wink
"thelastname"

I'm seeing red... (EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L USM and EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM)

[img]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4815125310_3d90d7a078.jpg[/img]
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Nice there Marcus, shame you didn't have $ to get the 2.8's in those, anyway, you will love them.
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
Picked up a Canon 5D today. Looking forward to seeing the results from what the Canon can do after being a Nikon user for last 5 years.

21 megapixels  8)
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Termite, why make the change ?
  J514 Deputy Commissioner

Location: somewhere on the broad gauge
Is one of these any good for a first DSLR Canon EOS 350D
Im not sure how much I will use it so dont want to spend heaps until Im sure.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Is one of these any good for a first DSLR Canon EOS 350D
Im not sure how much I will use it so dont want to spend heaps until Im sure.
"J514"

I bought one back in 2006, and only retired it when I wanted something fancier. My sister still uses it occasionally. It is an old model (from 2005?) but as long as you don't pay $$$ for a second hand one, then it is perfectly fine for train photos.

Some more thoughts here;
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=30809970

Just keep in mind you don't pay more than a new camera! 8)
  J514 Deputy Commissioner

Location: somewhere on the broad gauge
What would you recommend me to buy? Budget is $500 it has to include body and lens
  gboaf Assistant Commissioner

I picked up a Wimberley Tripod Head version 2 and a P-50 arca-swiss style attachment for my lens for just on $850. Very pleased with the results to be honest.  Smile

The Nikon D3s is coming next and I'll just have the two Nikon FX format cameras, and retire the old DX Nikon equipment I still have.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Time to update what I now have.
Bodies - Nikon D300 with battery grip using the D3 battery, Nikon D70
Prime Lenses - Nikon 50 1.8, Nikon 85 f1.8
Zooms - Sigma 50-500 f4.5-6.3 HSM, Sigma 17-70 f2.4-4 HSM
Pro Zooms - Nikon 24-70 f2.8 ED, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 ED VR II
Flash Units - Nikon SB-800, 2 x Nikon SB-600
Lighting - 2  Manfroto compact light stands, 2 x reversable umbrella's
Bags - Lowepro Mini Treaker AW, Lowepro Magnum AW
Tripods - Francier all metal, a lightweight Velbron and a compact Velbron
Monopod - Velbron
Remote - Nikon MB30 timer remote, Lightning trigger.

In the near furture I might be selling off the 2 Sigma's and putting the money towards a D3.
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
Termite, why make the change ?
"Shacks"


Out grew the Nikon and whilst Nikon is a great brand, wanted to try something different.

So far, only taken it out once, but quite like the results from the Canon. Looking to buy a 7D as a 2nd camera once back pay goes in the bank.

Cheers
Tim
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
What would you recommend me to buy? Budget is $500 it has to include body and lens
"J514"


Try a
Pentax Optio W90
12.1 MP
5X Internal zoom
Waterproof
Dustproof
Shockpoof

Cost a bit over $400
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Time to update what I now have.
Bodies - Nikon D300 with battery grip using the D3 battery, Nikon D70
Prime Lenses - Nikon 50 1.8, Nikon 85 f1.8
Zooms - Sigma 50-500 f4.5-6.3 HSM, Sigma 17-70 f2.4-4 HSM
Pro Zooms - Nikon 24-70 f2.8 ED, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 ED VR II
Flash Units - Nikon SB-800, 2 x Nikon SB-600
Lighting - 2  Manfroto compact light stands, 2 x reversable umbrella's
Bags - Lowepro Mini Treaker AW, Lowepro Magnum AW
Tripods - Francier all metal, a lightweight Velbron and a compact Velbron
Monopod - Velbron
Remote - Nikon MB30 timer remote, Lightning trigger.

In the near furture I might be selling off the 2 Sigma's and putting the money towards a D3.
"Shacks"

Was not allowed to spend as much as I wanted, so the D3 I wanted is now a D700 with grip, should be here in a few days.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
I brought myself a Nikon D3000 with a 18 - 55 & 55 - 200mm lense back at the start of the year. Got it from Teds and am really happy with it.

Also just before I went to America in August I picked up a Sony HD camera, HDR CX350VE.

I've  been very very happy with both (considering a SLR and Video camera have been on my list of things to buy for about 10 years  Embarassed )

I also have a cheapish tripod and gorilla pod as well as extra batterys for both units.

Only problem is my two year old laptop and 8 year old computer can't play the video footage smoothtly, guess I'll have to upgrade.  Laughing

Steve
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
Anyone having problems with their cameras?
I had problems with the mode swtich on my Fujifilm Finepix A205s.
Nothing happens when
I use the Mode Switch.

In the troubleshooting, it says:

1. Briefly remove the batteries or
disconnect the AC power adapter.
Then reload the batteries or reconnect
the AC power adapter and try again.
2. Fit new or fully charged batteries.

EDIT: After my Finepix camera was sitting in the study unused for about a year, I managed to get it working again yesterday. Very Happy
Although I have no XD cards... Sad
  andrewstrains Assistant Commissioner

Location: Townsville, Where else but QLD
Can anyone recomend a decent D SLR to mainly photgraph trains etc. Im looking to spend areound the $1000ish mark. I have gad enough of the old point and shoot cameras!

Andrew
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Can anyone recomend a decent D SLR to mainly photgraph trains etc. Im looking to spend areound the $1000ish mark. I have gad enough of the old point and shoot cameras!

Andrew
"andrewstrains"

Walk into a camera store, tell them what you want and have a feel of what they have on offer, odds are you will pick up a Nikon D60 with a few lenses or a Canon 550d and a long lens for that money. No point listening to the people on a railway forum for photography gear, most here are biased and ill informed.

DO NOT GO TO AN ELECTRICAL RETAILER untill you have decided on what you want, then go see their prices, odds are the camera shop will match them.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Can anyone recomend a decent D SLR to mainly photgraph trains etc. Im looking to spend areound the $1000ish mark. I have gad enough of the old point and shoot cameras!
"andrewstrains"

Basically, Canon / Nikon / Pentax / Sony / Olympus / etc are all good. However if you intending on spending $$$ on extra lenses, then you are really only picking between Canon and Nikon since they have the massive range for you to blow your money on.

For trains all you really need are a 18-55mm 'normal' lens and a 55-200mm or so telephoto lens - the first one lets you take photos with a 'zoom' about the same as 3x zoom point and shoot, the second is equivalent of about a 12x zoom.
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
Does anyone know how to fix their cameras, especially by dismantling & checking the parts? I think that it's not a worthwhile proposition for the average person because extensive knowledge & technical skills are required.
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
Does anyone know how to fix their cameras, especially by dismantling & checking the parts? I think that it's not a worthwhile proposition for the average person because extensive knowledge & technical skills are required.
"Scooter_Guy"


Alot of consumer products these days are not made to be repaired, it's more economical to simply replace.

Regards
Tim
  dmbphotography Train Controller

Location: Newcastle NSW
This is my 'rail-setup' and pretty much the only gear I use for ( moving) trains.

  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Does anyone know how to fix their cameras, especially by dismantling & checking the parts? I think that it's not a worthwhile proposition for the average person because extensive knowledge & technical skills are required.
"Scooter_Guy"

Alot of consumer products these days are not made to be repaired, it's more economical to simply replace.
"Termite"

A year or two ago my Canon 350D started working intermittently when I pressed a certain spot, then died completely. It was so old and beaten up I planned to buy a replacement, so I decided to pull it apart. It turned out to be a loose screw floating about: I replaced it was the camera still works - but in the end I traded up to a 50D.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
This is my 'rail-setup' and pretty much the only gear I use for ( moving) trains.
"dmbphotography"

I notice with the bigger L series telephoto lenses Canon is nice enough to throw in some extra neck pain! Laughing
  coyote Chief Train Controller

Location: ..........On the other side of the Far side of the Black Stump beyond the back of Bourke.
This is my 'rail-setup' and pretty much the only gear I use for ( moving) trains.

"dmbphotography"
What is the size and spec's for that lense?
  dmbphotography Train Controller

Location: Newcastle NSW
This is probably best information on it. Its a 200mm lens used on a 1.3 crop sensor.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/reviews/Canon-EF-200mm-f-2-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

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