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    Visit DXOmark.com to see how dynamic range has...

    Visit DXOmark.com to see how dynamic range has fared as megapixels have increased.

    I've had a 6 megapixel D40, and currently have a 10 megapixel D80 and a 12 megapixel D300s.

    I can pull back...
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    Another +1 on the LX3. The Leica lens is insanely...

    Another +1 on the LX3. The Leica lens is insanely sharp (from personal experiences with my copy)
  3. Thread: Nikon D80 Users

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    My biggest tip for a D80 user would be to shoot...

    My biggest tip for a D80 user would be to shoot in RAW. I don't think the white balance is that great in Auto mode, and I never liked having it set it manually.

    Also, straight out of camera JPEGs...
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    I just bought (and returned) an 80-200/2.8 Nikon...

    I just bought (and returned) an 80-200/2.8 Nikon AF-D from KEH. Great lens, but had some backfocus. Appreciate the 14 day return policy for buying used camera gear.

    But on the topic of KEH, here's...
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    You cannot go wrong with a 55-200mm VR. My copy...

    You cannot go wrong with a 55-200mm VR. My copy is sharp at pretty much every focal length and aperture below f11, where diffraction starts to set in. It's a steal for $200 or whatever they go for...
  6. Go to flickr.com and do a search for "Tamron...

    Go to flickr.com and do a search for "Tamron 18-270" you should find some stuff.
  7. Kit lenses with plastic mounts from any make are...

    Kit lenses with plastic mounts from any make are pretty fragile.

    With the D80 + metal mount 50mm f1.8, I don't worry so much about it. I just toss it in an unpadded bag and go. I wouldn't do that...
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    Raven, maybe at some point you should consider...

    Raven, maybe at some point you should consider getting a well kept E-1 in the future to have a body that can stand up to the abuse you throw at cameras :) As a Nikon user, I really like the idea of...
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    There needs to be a digital rangefinder with...

    There needs to be a digital rangefinder with M-mount under the $2000 USD price point. Since the Voigtlander Bessa in M-mount is $600 USD, theoretically it would be possible to get a digital sensor +...
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    Also, what quality setting was the original...

    Also, what quality setting was the original picture taken at? If it's JPEG Normal or JPEG Basic, the JPEG compression could have something to do with it. I'd go JPEG Fine or RAW (with a high quality...
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    I have a pan/tilt head tripod that's 35 years...

    I have a pan/tilt head tripod that's 35 years old. My dad bought it to shoot with Kodachrome 64 in his Minolta SRT. Still works great with the D80 and my relatively light lenses.
  12. Thread: Nikon D5000

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    I don't think this cam has AF in movie mode (like...

    I don't think this cam has AF in movie mode (like the D90).
  13. Thread: Nikon D5000

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    Don't know of that, but I do know the Canon 40D...

    Don't know of that, but I do know the Canon 40D and 50D have a "stealth" mode that involves shooting in live view.
  14. Thread: Nikon D5000

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    My guess is the 550D/Rebel T?? will definitely...

    My guess is the 550D/Rebel T?? will definitely have an articulating LCD screen.
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    DPReview is saying 850 EUR, which will probably...

    DPReview is saying 850 EUR, which will probably be about the same in USD. If I get an UWA to complement my upcoming Tamron 17-50, I may have to go the Siggy 10-20 route for price & performance.
  16. Thread: Nikon D5000

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    For the price, I'm impressed. Articulating LCD, 4...

    For the price, I'm impressed. Articulating LCD, 4 FPS drive with buffer for 11 RAW images, 11 point AF system.

    The Rebel T1i has some stiff competition. Nikon entry level cameras sold well even...
  17. Thread: Sigma lens

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    That's actually not true, D40s and D60s have...

    That's actually not true, D40s and D60s have survived drops that busted off their kit lenses at the mounts. But I guess a D40 is an entry-grade SLR.
    ...
  18. Thread: Sigma lens

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    In all fairness, the fall-off wide open is better...

    In all fairness, the fall-off wide open is better on the 35L, but it better be, it's an FX lens and the Sigma 30/1.4 is DX.
  19. Thread: LX3 Pricing !!!

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    The LX3 prices at B&H are the same for the black...

    The LX3 prices at B&H are the same for the black and silver versions ($430).

    Why not place an order with them and have them ship you one once they're in stock?
    ...
  20. Thread: Sigma lens

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    The Sigma 10-20 sells for $430 USD at B&H. The...

    The Sigma 10-20 sells for $430 USD at B&H.

    The Nikon 18-105 VR sells for $360 USD at B&H, and is a kit lens with a plastic lens mount. While my 55-200mm VR with a plastic mount has not given me...
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    The E-620 ought to do just fine with no video. ...

    The E-620 ought to do just fine with no video.

    If someone really wants a useful video mode in an SLR-like camera at less than $2500 for the body alone, IMO, they'll go to the Panasonic G1 variant...
  22. Thread: Fireworks?

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    I got decent fireworks shots with the 18-55mm kit...

    I got decent fireworks shots with the 18-55mm kit lens.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swpars/2640019434/in/set-72157609673463614/

    Check out the EXIF data in Flickr for more shooting information....
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    Adolf as Hillary Clinton in the primaries was...

    Adolf as Hillary Clinton in the primaries was pretty funny. The Nikon D3x was probably the best variant of the Downfall movie rant I've seen.
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    If the -620 would be a stretch, check out the...

    If the -620 would be a stretch, check out the -520. $549 new at B&H with 14-42mm lens.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/564508-REG/Olympus_262086_E_520_SLR_Digital_Camera.html
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    I didn't think bracketing was a big deal until I...

    I didn't think bracketing was a big deal until I sold the D40 and bought the D80. It's so easy to just put the BKT button and click off a few exposures (one will inevitably be properly exposed)...
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