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    You'd probably be better off with the Tamron...

    You'd probably be better off with the Tamron 17-50/2.8 than with the Canon 17-85, unless of course you must have IS.
  2. Thread: Li Ion vs. NiMH

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    As our esteemed host frequently points out in the...

    As our esteemed host frequently points out in the reviews, you can get AAs and AAAs anywhere in a pinch. There are lots of choices for AA/AAA rechargeables. But their bulk limits how small you can...
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    Like I said, it's all a personal choice. I've...

    Like I said, it's all a personal choice. I've been hauling heavy lenses around hilly race tracks for decades. For me, the mass of the camera is a smaller part of the equation.

    Maybe the 30D's...
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    Poll: Each has its place. IS advocates point out that...

    Each has its place. IS advocates point out that it makes some exposures possible that wouldn't be without it, for example, hand-held night shots. High ISO can help you freeze action when that's what...
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    Any of these would be fine choices. You can't go...

    Any of these would be fine choices. You can't go wrong with Nikon or Canon; either brand will serve you well for a long time. Nikon tends to have better wide angle lenses, while Canon's telephotos...
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    Remind me not to lend you my 70-200/2.8. ;) When...

    Remind me not to lend you my 70-200/2.8. ;) When you're shooting auto racing on a regular basis, the weight of the camera becomes less relevant, because the lenses are so heavy. Try lugging around a...
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    Sometimes there's nothing you can do about the...

    Sometimes there's nothing you can do about the available light (or as some jokingly call it, "available darkness"). In those situations, you have to live with a long exposure and blur, or a very wide...
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    My understanding is that the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is...

    My understanding is that the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is almost as good as the Canon 24-70/2.8L. You'd be spending a lot of money for a small improvement in image quality. I'd hang on to the Tamron if I were...
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    You might be able to find a new old stock Canon...

    You might be able to find a new old stock Canon Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 kit lens around that price range. They've been discontinued but many retailers still have stock. The XT is a great starter...
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    With that budget, I'd suggest a used Canon...

    With that budget, I'd suggest a used Canon Digital Rebel XT or 10D. You'll have a hard time finding a P&S with all those qualities.
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    First off, I haven't used any of these. But the...

    First off, I haven't used any of these. But the Tamron is getting great reviews. I think you'll find it's a great choice for a "walking around" lens.
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    There are two classes of "digital" lenses. The...

    There are two classes of "digital" lenses. The first merely has some enhanced anti-reflective coatings, to deal with the fact that DSLR sensors are more reflective than film. This is only relevant in...
  13. I don't understand why you'd hobble a first-rate...

    I don't understand why you'd hobble a first-rate camera like the 30D with a 2nd -rate lens. IMHO, if you're dealing with a fixed budget, a better choice would be to buy a Canon 20D or XTi (400D) and...
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    Why wait?

    I don't see what's so great about "face detection". And most folks won't notice the difference between 6 MP and 8 MP.

    Why not just look for a good deal on the F20 instead? Heck, if the F40fd is...
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    Back on topic... the Canon 85/1.8 is a great lens...

    Back on topic... the Canon 85/1.8 is a great lens for portraits and close-in sports action, and modestly priced. You'll have to pry mine out of my cold dead hands.
  16. F20 gets my nod

    I was going to get an F30 for my wife, but I stopped at Target and got the F20 instead while we were on vacation. As a serious (as in DSLR) photographer, I personally would miss manual mode and raw...
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    No matter how attractive the 30D is made to...

    No matter how attractive the 30D is made to sound, your 20D is still just as good a camera as it was when you bought it.

    And don't start worrying about its durability until you've taken at least...
  18. Thread: Canon 580EX

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    Nice! A 580EX is on my wish list. I just sold a...

    Nice! A 580EX is on my wish list. I just sold a 300TL from my old FD rig - that was a sweet unit in its day.

    In the meantime, I suppose I should learn to use the pair of Norman 200B rigs I have....
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    I had an excellent copy of the 80-200/2.8 L, but...

    I had an excellent copy of the 80-200/2.8 L, but I traded it for a 200/2.8 L and cash. Then I bought a "bargain" 80-200 that has turned out to be no bargain at all, as it was heavily used and...
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    FYI, Photoshop is AltiVec enabled. That should be...

    FYI, Photoshop is AltiVec enabled. That should be reason enough to go G4 or G5 this year for us shutter nuts. I think I read that Adobe will go to Universal Binary (i.e. compiled for both PPC and x86...
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    Raw. There's still a fair bit of noise and...

    Raw. There's still a fair bit of noise and quantization error at the dark end of the scale. Some of that is unavoidable, some could be helped with more bits in the A/D converters.
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    OK. Film won't be extinct in 3 years time. It...

    OK. Film won't be extinct in 3 years time. It will remain an important tool for serious photographers and artists.

    But the average Joe will be shooting digital.
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    I've had very good luck with purchases from...

    I've had very good luck with purchases from private parties on the Fred Miranda forums. Only one questionable deal out of about a dozen to date.
  24. Thread: A rogue folder

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    Does the rogue folder persist if you format the...

    Does the rogue folder persist if you format the card in the camera?
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    Uh, this is a digital camera forum. I have a...

    Uh, this is a digital camera forum.

    I have a couple of suggestions:

    1. Ask your questions at a forum that deals with both film and digital, for instance the Fred Miranda forum, which has an...
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