Which camera do you currently use?

 
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Well GrahamH, you've beat me with my SRT101 Razz

Must say, the SRT101 is a great camera to use! Smile Have you thought of using the SRT100 for black and white photography lately? Smile

Zec
"S 301"


I bought a 101 in 71 but in 81 one of the shutter blinds failed. I then bought an XG1 but didn't like using it. (Last time I tried it a few years back it would not work due to an electrical problem). I wanted a fully manual camera, the 303 had features I didn't need so I bought the 100 (nearly identical to the 101 except for self-timer and manual mirror flip). I've also since inherited my late Dad's 101 which has a sticky return of the mirror after a shot.

I have thought about B/W. I still have my developing tank. Just need to get the slide and negative scanner...

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  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
Does anyone know which is the best digital camera for taking videos in avi, mpeg, or wmv format?
  BL2 Chief Train Controller

I bought a s/h Fuji S7000 early last year and it was the best photographic investment I've made for a while at $120 and works like a dream,  I still have an Olympus OM10 body and a couple of lenses including my favourite a Zuiko 2.8 24mm. The rest of my film SLR stuff has gone and I think when I go to Japan again next year I'll finally take the D SLR plunge, I had to wipe the drool from my chin whilst browsing in a great shop I found in Osaka! I still keep an Olympus film happy snapper in my bag and have an original olympus trip too!
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Nikon D200
Nikon D70
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G AF-S DX
Nikon 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G AF-S DX
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D IF
Nikon 70-300 f/4.0-5.6D
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8G AF-S VR
Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6D
Nikon SB800

If you can get to Michaels in the City or another good camera specialist (not Teds - with respect I do not call them a specialist as they are really only after your money) you should be able to discuss your circumstances and aspirations before reaching a decision.
"Gwiwer"


I've found that out of the shops in Elizabeth St, Teds tend to be the cheapest, followed closely by Camera Action and then Michaels. However, Michaels sometimes give you a better price than the opposition. I got a great deal on a video camera there just after christmas 2007 (well for Australian retail anyway).
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Teds can sometimes be the cheapest.  Michaels are more open to doing a deal on a package of gear.  Michaels is also a family-owned camera specialist dealer trading on reputation and quality rather than a chain store out to grab every sale they can at any price.

For knowledgeable and unbiased advice you would be better off at Michaels any day.
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
I would recommend also getting to know the people at your local camera shop.

Since both my dad and I are into photography (in fact, my SRT101 was once owned by my dad, as well as my grandfather and my auntie Razz), we regularly go into Teds in Knox to look at the 'latest' offerings. In doing this, we have gotten to know one of the staff members fairly well, and have found her to be very helpful with information. Probably helps that she is also a Canon user, and uses practically the same equipment that we use Razz

But yes, it certainly helps. It also helps that, if you buy through a local store to you, you will be able to easily get assistance with your purchase. For me, it would be near impossible to go into the city to have my camera checked, hence buying from Teds would make it easier (and safer) for me to get my camera checked if something goes wrong. So, really, when all is said and done shop around, and find a shop that you feel is also the best to buy from.

Oh yes, also stay away from grey market...

Zec
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
I would recommend also getting to know the people at your local camera shop.

Since both my dad and I are into photography (in fact, my SRT101 was once owned by my dad, as well as my grandfather and my auntie Razz), we regularly go into Teds[snip]



Zec
"S 301"


Teds is the last place i'd actually buy anything, in fact all I recommend you do in Teds is try equipment you are interested in and buy it online, the bucks are better off in your pocket not the retailers.

Oh yes, also stay away from grey market...


Any reason why? I'm just about to buy a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 from Adorama in the states, which in total will be $350+ cheaper than buying in Au. This is classed as a grey import, but Adorama (and B&H) are the two most reputable retailers on Earth.

If you don't want to buy from the US, buy from Digital Camera Warehouse which are very reliable and  sell aussie gear, with full warranties.
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
Reason?

My dad's Canon 50D (bought grey market) has gone back to Canon for the third time to get it to focus even close to correct. With his 70-200 f2.8 L lens, it could be anywhere up to 10m out of focus...

The 40D that he bought even has someone else's name in it, and is even worse when it comes to focusing! It was supposed to be new, but now not so sure. We only realised when we had it hooked up to the PC to try using that to focus on some model train photos...

Plus the question comes in, what happens if something goes wrong when it's under warranty. We have no warranty on the 40D and 50D, because they were gray market...

In regards to Teds. For me, this is the only realistic place for me to go. Sure, I can pay a few hundred less at DCW, but what if something goes wrong? I could be waiting weeks just to go back there, let alone get it repaired. At least with teds I can get down there within a few days, since it's only a few minutes down the road (Belgrave to Knox shopping center). This is a major consideration for me, especially after the issues my dad has had with the 40D and 50D, having had to take them to Canon directly to get them looked at.

That said, if you have your own transport I would recommend shopping around. But still, it pays to go to your local store. Or better yet, see if Teds or similar can beat the price of DCW WinkRazz

Zec
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Fair points S301, but in any case a CANON 50D (which some would have believe are immune to breaking.) Would be rare to fail, having said that, body prices here are competitive.

I would still rather take the risk to save $400 on a lens than buy it here for warranty piece of mind, because we are rorted here. If the price was under $150 difference I would buy it here, but it's not.
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
Actually, something I did just remember. This may only apply to Canon lenses, not sure... However, canon lenses do have a world wide warranty, which IIRC Canon will honor even for grey market stuff. Best to do some research here before buying, if you are worried about warranty (remember, canon will calibrate the lens under warranty, as they've done with my dad's 70-200 f2.8L 2 or 3 times now...).

By the way, a lens that I would highly recommend for anyone a camera that can take the EF-S lenses is the Tokina 11-16 f2.8. It's the only lens that we've had that is spot on every time. Very nice to use, and is great for model photography Smile Also the 'cheapie' 50mm lens from Canon is very nice, for a $150 lens!

Anyway, will be interesting to see if Teds will price match DCW. 7D is about 2200 there, whilst at teds it's about 2400 (2600 inc extended warranty and another battery.)... If they'll price match, then I'll certainly go through Teds, purely for the easy access to their shop. Another place to try is actually Dick Smith. They beat the price of DCW, who won't go any lower... Smile

Zec
  richardlu_yy Chief Train Controller

Location: Singapore
I personally think that camera prices here in Australia are a bit on the high side, would be much better to buy online such as B&H and Adorama, or overseas (Hong Kong is the best) if you happen to be there. At least a few hundered bucks cheaper. And I believe they come with international warranty and are not grey market.

I had quite a few bad experiences here with camera/lens repairs here. 3 months after I sent my 17-85mm to Camera Clinic in Collingwood to get the USM replaced just before the warranty expired, which took an entire month, some other electronics broke down and gave me Error 99. When I brought it back they told me that the 180 day repair warranty is not applicable as it is a different problem, so they had to charge me at least a $50 inspection fee, which I of course passed as it was totally not worth it. The lens is essentially condemned for now, I would rather get a new 7D 15-85mm kit when I fly back to Singapore.

That's why now if I have any urgent future problems, Canon Service Centre at Clayton is the only place that I will go to. Though sadly it is quite far from the city and is only open on weekdays.
  comeng301M Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne, VIC
My Camera I currently use is a Nikon D60 DSLR
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane


By the way, a lens that I would highly recommend for anyone a camera that can take the EF-S lenses is the Tokina 11-16 f2.8. It's the only lens that we've had that is spot on every time. Very nice to use, and is great for model photography Smile
Zec
"S 301"


Pentax and Tokina work together to produce this lens along with a few other Tokina lenses.  Very Happy
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
3 months after I sent my 17-85mm to Camera Clinic in Collingwood to get the USM replaced just before the warranty expired, which took an entire month, some other electronics broke down and gave me Error 99.
"richardlu_yy"

Actually, something I did just remember. This may only apply to Canon lenses, not sure... However, canon lenses do have a world wide warranty, which IIRC Canon will honor even for grey market stuff.
"S 301"

The AF in my EF-S 17-85mm stuffed up some months ago, Camera Clinic managed to fix it in a timely manner. Said lens was bought in Hong Kong (in person, not online) and came with a world wide warranty, which covered the repairs back here.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Picked up a Canon A2000 IS a few weeks ago. It's the first camera I have ever used so photography is a completely brand new thing to me, don't ask me how to not get a massive blur when an X'Trap roars past at 70km/h as I wouldn't have the slightest clue! Involuntarily jumping from a certain horn sound not counted... Laughing
  EL60 Chief Commissioner

Location: left
the camera i use is a Nikon D60 DSLR same as my mate Comeng301m does
  vx255 Junior Train Controller

Location: Berwick, Victoria
I currently have a basic Fujifilm s5800.

Looking to step in to a DSLR. No idea where to start. I'm looking at a catalogue right now, there's a Sony DSLRA380Y, as an example.

Where does one start?
"heisdeadjim"


We have an s5800 as well as a J10 finepix compact, The 5800 has many features if you're game to go beyond the Auto or SP1 or 2 mode.

Give the manual a read through, though it's not as good as a true DSLR, it gives it a red hot go, My wife goes all arty farty with macro shots of flowers etc, and many look awesome, me, I'll try a few weird angles [1] and that's the extent of my artistic talent. My next purchase will be along the lines of a Canon EOS 50D.

[1] current avatar is a prime example.
  Tiny Train Controller

Location: Kalgoorlie
Canon EOS30 x 2
Canon EOS3
Bronica SQA x 2

Gee, I don't even own a digital camera. I guess that makes me almost unique!
  heisdeadjim Chief Commissioner

We have an s5800 as well as a J10 finepix compact, The 5800 has many features if you're game to go beyond the Auto or SP1 or 2 mode.

Give the manual a read through, though it's not as good as a true DSLR, it gives it a red hot go
"vx255"


Will do.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

400D - 18-55m lens

Have had it since Dec 2007, and the only other embellishment I've got since then is a cable release.

Very good camera for an average user like myself, and I testify to it.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Very good camera for an average user like myself, and I testify to it.
"Maikha"


Now you're just being modest, haha.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Very good camera for an average user like myself, and I testify to it.
"Maikha"


Now you're just being modest, haha.
"Raichase"
I'm still average. The lot of you who post here have more time to go out photographing trains than I do.
  gboaf Assistant Commissioner

Currently using this lot:

Nikon D80 + MB-D80
Nikon D700 + MB-D10 (and EN-EL4a)

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6G ED
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8G
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm F/4.0G IF-ED
AF Nikkor 300mm F/4.0D IF-ED
AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II

Manfrotto 055XPROB
Manfrotto 808RC4
Manfrotto 685B
Manfrotto 234RC

The 24-70mm is the finest lens I've ever used. It is amazingly sharp. Hope to retire the D80 and replace it with a D3S soon.

PS: I don't photograph trains at all.  Laughing
  Q4004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Thornlie
Previously used Fujifilm F650 but since Boxing Day 2008 i have been using Nikon D40.
  4426 Chief Commissioner

Location: BUSY GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES
Personally I have the following:

Fuji Finepix S1500
Minolta Dimage Z1

Then I still have in storage some Praktica Bodies with an assorment of the old screw in lenses as opposed to the bayonet fitting.
(Open to offers on the Praktica's & Lenses)

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