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    1. 06-17-2009 11:08 PM #246
      Liam, thanks for doing all my research and pricing for me...just got a D500 from Ryda too

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      06-18-2009 01:15 AM #247
      Can't wait to give one of those Olympus E-P1's a test drive.

      One of those with the 17mm 2.8 could be my P&S replacement.


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      06-18-2009 01:37 AM #248
      Quote, originally posted by plastic »
      Liam, thanks for doing all my research and pricing for me...just got a D500 from Ryda too

      Nice one.


    4. 06-18-2009 04:46 AM #249
      Just picked up a F2.8L 70-200 IS USM for the 5D Mk2 - might get some better motorsport pics now!

    5. 06-18-2009 06:38 PM #250
      nice one I have the 200 2.8L prime. Not something I can use lots, but it's very sharp.

      I was looking at getting the 70-200 2.8 this time last year, time flies. Think I might go the 70-200 4L as it's a bit lighter and smaller. That way i could kick in a bit more for the 135 prime as well.

      Have you been using the camera much yet? any dust issues with the mk2?


    6. 06-18-2009 07:16 PM #251
      Yeah we have used it quiet a bit of a few trips now. No dust issues to date, but that said, it lives in a Pelican case. The only thing that is an issue, is that it is too big and heavy to take hiking. We did a 9 day hike in Tasmania earlier this year where we got dropped of by light aircraft and walked out - 5DII was just too much extra weight and bulk. Makes an excellent reason for me to shop for a hiking camera though!


      Modified by skc at 10:20 AM 6-19-2009

    7. 06-18-2009 09:14 PM #252
      Actually, I've hiked multiday with my 5D quite a bit. Trick is to take just the camera and one or two small lenses. I love my Zuiko 21mm.

      The other trick is to get with the lightweight backpacking crowd. Evey kilo you shed from your pack is another lens you can carry. My current tent/bag/mat combo weighs just 2.6kg which is less than the last tent I was carrying alone.

      Michael


    8. 06-18-2009 09:28 PM #253
      We use a 3 man tent in case we have to hang out waiting for bad weather to clear, but it is only 2.8kg. The rest of our gear is very lightweight, but I am not into the whole, removal of tags, trimming off excess shoe lace length thing. The biggest issue for us is that no food drops on a 9 day hike with 3 days contingency means a fair weight/volume of food. And... we like to take a bottle of scotch, and a bottle of port/muscat with us!

    9. 06-18-2009 10:19 PM #254
      I used to get into it in the early 90's, back then I had hardly even touched a camera, but we had a pro photographer and video etc tag along and would usually distribute the gear amongst us all.

      Carried a sub zero temp bivvy bag, as we were doing multi day trips snowshoeing, telemarking & snowcaving. Did the southern side of watsons crags to dead horse gap, via blue lake etc. Also touring/overnighhters around on snowmobiles in colorado.

      We used to have 2 blokes come with us, Guy Finlay and Scott Needham, Finlay was the son of Ian Finlay (towards 2000 tv show) and he had some crazy gear and stuff and Scott went on to be one the best surfing and snowboarding film and photog's around.

      was very fun times. be shivering to near death and hallucination over night, eating freeze dried crap and talking about doing the Finke out in the hot dust instead of where we were.

      Also part of the reason I have the bug for a nissan patrol or defender, want to take my son out to do the same things I did, camping etc.

      First trip will be geehi huts.


      Modified by vwlatino at 1:22 PM 6-19-2009


    10. 06-18-2009 10:46 PM #255
      Agree with that, I'm not counting milligrams either.

      The philosophy is more looking what you take, and can you find a lighter version with equivalent performance. Trimming labels and shoelaces is getting obsessive, and really 5 grams or so over the whole pack? Not worth the bother. 12 days food. ouch. what did that land up weighing per person? I guess the upside is that the further into the hike you get the lighter the load becomes.


    11. 06-18-2009 11:24 PM #256
      Quote, originally posted by auR32 »
      12 days food. ouch. what did that land up weighing per person? I guess the upside is that the further into the hike you get the lighter the load becomes.

      24kg for me with 2ltr of water, 18kg for my partner with 2.5lts. By the last day with 80% of the food gone, 8kg of body mass gone, and 8 days of trail fitness I felt like I could have hiked for another month!


    12. 06-18-2009 11:31 PM #257
      Quote, originally posted by vwlatino »

      Carried a sub zero temp bivvy bag, as we were doing multi day trips snowshoeing, telemarking & snowcaving. Did the southern side of watsons crags to dead horse gap, via blue lake etc.

      I've only done the one trip snow camping. Boots weren't waterproof, no snow shoes, storms, ahhhhh...... good times!





      Modified by skc at 2:33 PM 6-19-2009


    13. 06-19-2009 12:12 AM #258
      nice one, love the snow gums. Nice little camp fire too, it's amazing how much old dry timber is out there. Where were you?

      I'll have to scan in some old slides and stuff.

      Yeah, good boots and cramp-ons or snow shoes are a must.

      hey at least you had poles for walking.

      It's crazy when the tent frosts up so much hey.

      We once took a pro photographer out and did an over night just out from Threbdo, towards Kozi at a place called "signature" only about a 1 hour walk at the max, but we took tuxedo's and built an awsome cave, had lights hanging from the roof and clothes hooks etc, once they warm up and the roof freezes over from condesation it's like concrete, you can do what you want to it. It gets so hot you sit around in your smelly underwear and strip down.

      We dressed up in the tuxedos and did a Cointreau add.

      Of course it was "Cointeau on ice"


      Modified by vwlatino at 3:14 PM 6-19-2009


    14. 06-19-2009 12:43 AM #259
      Is was between Guthega and Geehi. I mistakenl decided to wear a 20 year old Scarpa's that have been resoled at least 5 times. The are super comphy, but without snow shoes or gaitors, the wax scraped off pretty quickly and they got soaked. Ended up wrapping my feet in some glad wrap, then put on socks, then more glad wrap, then boots. I bought some new Alpine Millet's the day I got home!!

      That's a serious snow cave!!! Be good to see some scanned slides.


      Modified by skc at 3:45 PM 6-19-2009


    15. 06-21-2009 01:50 AM #260
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      Mallie I don't have a D90 but what focus mode are you using? It should be showing in the top LCD, it sounds like maybe you are in AF-S mode I'd recommend using the AF-A mode.

      New SD Card, AF-S, AF-C and AF-A : Happens in all modes - some less than others.

      Have the metho and the cotton buds will be cleaning the contacts, after this - it's off to Nikon for them to fix. The only PITA w/ this camera.

      While I'm at it - WTF is the difference between AF-S, AF-A and AF-C. I thought S was single point - the middle of image, A was area mode - more of image in focus, and C just confusing.

      I can't recall if it happens when in Shutter or Aperture priority mode. But for the Mrs and "moment in time" shots when the small one is doing something cute - I need it to be on and taking stuff.


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      06-21-2009 10:20 PM #261
      So, it looks like I might have some cash to throw at some lenses.

      I reckon I'll fleabay my 350D with the Sigma 18-200mm lens on it. Judging by recent sales that should net me around $450-600.

      That leaves me with just the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8.

      I want to get the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.

      But, my Sigma 18-200mm is a pretty good walk around lens, so if I sell that with my 350D I'm wondering if the new(ish) Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is a sufficient upgrade to warrant replacing like for like in terms of range?

      And is it worth considering replacing my Sigma 18-50mm with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM?

      dpreview have not been doing lens reviews for very long, so does anyone have any links to sites that do lens reviews?



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      06-21-2009 10:34 PM #263
      Thank you.

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      06-21-2009 10:47 PM #264
      Can't really help with any suggestions apart from that. Sorry.

      Personally, I'd replace your 18-200 with a 17-85mm IS USM to cover walkaround duties, get the 70-300 IS USM for tele and buy a fast 35mm prime for indoor/narrow DOF/purist walkaround duty.

      Edit: Forgot that Canon don't do a cheap and fast 35mm for crop sensor owners. The 28mm 1.8 is their alternative, but at 3 times the price of the Nikon 35mm 1.8.




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      06-21-2009 10:52 PM #265
      Yeah, there's always going to be a compromise of some sort.

      I actually had those links in my bookmarks too, but had forgotten about them.


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      06-22-2009 10:38 AM #266
      Anyone got any experience with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L on a crop body?

    21. 06-22-2009 06:17 PM #267
      Yes Liam, I have used it on the 30d quite a bit as I think ~135mm is a near perfect focal length for what I like most.

      What would you like to know?


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      06-22-2009 11:50 PM #268
      Just if the 24mm (approx 38mm @ 1.6 crop factor) is a limitation for a walkaround lens?

      I might not get the opportunity to drop some money on lenses like this again, so just want to make sure I end up with some good gear. But if a lens is not useable and sits in a bag it doesn't matter how good it is.

      I know you can't answer for me as an individual, but just some feedback on your type of use with the lens.

      I'm probably considering selling my 350D and two Sigma lenses and replacing my current 18-50mm f2.8 with either the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS or the 24-105 f4L. I like to longer reach of the 24-105, based on my use with the 18-50, but just not sure how much I might miss the wider end if I replaced that lens.




      Modified by minigolf at 1:51 PM 6-23-2009


    23. 06-23-2009 12:13 AM #269
      hmm, it's a hard one hey? I have heard that the 17-55 is is one of the best lens canon make.

      I have got a real thing for prime's. But bugger me if I can justify buying lots of them.

      It's hard to not get overlap or gaps in focal length with zooms, but I'd sort of base any majour purchase you plan to make on your "best" lens as to what you use the most and build around that.

      I've had the 50mm on my 5d for ages, use it more than anything else.


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      06-23-2009 12:28 AM #270
      Quote, originally posted by vwlatino »
      hmm, it's a hard one hey? I have heard that the 17-55 is is one of the best lens canon make.

      Yeah, the research I was doing last night told me this ... most reviews highly recommend the 24-105 and there are a few threads out there on tha interwebz about this very same issue and the general consensus is people with crop bodies have opted for the 17-55 with many stating it actually produces sharper images than the 24-105. So, if I did go that way it looks like I'd be getting a very good lens.

      Maybe I need to try and rent/borrow a 24-105 or similar focal length lens and just take some pics for a day and see how I go???

      I kinda want to go into Teds or somewhere that is a likely to have some copies in stock and try them out. But I feel like a ***** if I do that and then bugger off and buy from Hong Kong, haha.


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      06-23-2009 12:42 AM #271
      http://www.cameralabs.com/revi...D_XTi/

      That's a pretty good review of the 24-105 on a 40D. It also raises a good point that I will need to consider and that is the weight/feel of the relatively heavy lens on a light 500D body.

      Looks like I might need to try out a local retailer after all.


    26. 06-23-2009 12:49 AM #272
      the weight balance too, as well as all zooms have a sweet spot and the overlaps in length might be null and void if the lens sucks at a certain length.

      the stuff is just so expensive and bloody heavy.


    27. 06-23-2009 01:15 AM #273
      I've got one, nice lens on fullframe. I'm not sure I'd be happy on crop though. Have you got anything below 24mm to fill the gap underneath it?

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      06-23-2009 01:18 AM #274
      Quote, originally posted by minigolf »
      http://www.cameralabs.com/revi...D_XTi/

      That's a pretty good review of the 24-105 on a 40D. It also raises a good point that I will need to consider and that is the weight/feel of the relatively heavy lens on a light 500D body.

      Looks like I might need to try out a local retailer after all.

      The difference between the 24-105mm and 17-55mm samples is staggering (i.e. there's virtually no difference)

      IMHO (and confirmed in the verdict), the 24-105 would be a good choice if you know you're going to step up to a 5D in the future...

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      That said, the EF-S 17-85mm costs two to three times less than the EF 24-105mm, which makes it a significantly cheaper option. So if you’re happy with its build quality and don’t intend to go full-frame, then the EF-S 17-85mm is probably a more sensible bet.

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      06-24-2009 09:24 AM #275
      Fkingkok I just missed out on a 24-105 on eBay by about 10 seconds.

      http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBay...29622

      (I had a quick sample of a 24-105 on my camera today at Harvey Norman and it seems worth a punt. Might supplement with a 10-22 which could be fun too.)


      Modified by minigolf at 11:26 PM 6-24-2009


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      06-24-2009 11:06 PM #276
      Haha, do you reckon this lens is "mint"?

      http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Canon-E...%3A50

      Check the seller.


    31. 06-24-2009 11:13 PM #277
      hahaha it's the mk1 bumper bar guy.

      he has 1 neg, but 100% feeback?


    32. 06-25-2009 01:57 AM #278
      10-22 & 24-105 would be an excellent pairing.

      That said, when I went to Thailand last year, about 95% of my photos were with the 17-40...


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      06-25-2009 08:53 AM #279
      Yeah, that's on the radar too and has gone very well in the comparison reviews I've been reading of late.

      I've lashed out and bought a 24-105 from DigitalRev, so fingers crossed that goes to plan.


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      06-25-2009 09:09 AM #280
      It'll be a nice lens, but you'll certainly want something else to cover the wide end IMHO.

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