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  1. #1
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    My first trip with the XTi

    By the end of this month I'm off to Salalah in Oman...it's a one week vacation with the family..

    To prepare myself I plan to get the following:
    1. Lowepro Slingshot 200
    2. one more 4gb CF card
    3. one more Third party NB-2LH
    4. some more AA batteries for the flash
    5. borrowed tripod


    I am wondering if the slingshot 200 will be big enough to carry everything I own(flash+battery grip+batteries) plus in the near future a possible lens like the Canon 100/60mm macro...

    How good is the 50mm f1.8 for landscapes and photographies of interiors of forts, hotels, museum etc....
    Will it be a tad too long...??
    What about the DOF that might hamper me is such situations??
    Other cheap options to consider (Canon or third party)??

    I am just worried that the Sigma 18-200 might just be a tad too slow at the wide end and might require full blasts from my flash which might create harsh shadows while over exposing certain parts of the picture....
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
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    Do you already own the slingshot? I am not familiar with the Sigma 18 - 200 but I suspect that if might be very tight in the bag attached to the camera if ti fits at all. I cannot fit the 40D with the 70 - 200 on in the bag. I have a Tamrac Velocity sling bag for when I bring the 70 - 200.
    The respect of those you respect is greater than the applause of the multitude.

  3. #3
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    Faisal - I found the Lowepro 300 suited my needs better because of it's size and better comfort. I can carry my Xti with the 70-200 or 70-300 because it has the depth to accept it. The padded side straps are comfortable. I have worn it 6 hour in the heat of a summer air show. It got a bit wet, but no more than a ordinary backpack. It sure beats dragging a bag around plus it has the room for my 100mm macro and walkaround lens. It fits tight vertically with the 70-300IS if it is stored, so if you have something longer it may limit the amount of lens you can carry. A 8 inch lens can lay down easily if you adjust the dividers around, but 6.5 is about the maximum if you want them standing up. The other storage areas allow plenty of room for batteries, flash,memory cards, cleaning cloths ect..
    Spook
    Canon EOS 50D,7D and some lens and equipment.
    Fuji F200 Exr

  4. #4
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    About the 50 1.8 for indoor, obviously the 1.8 is ideal for indoor shots but I think the length is going to be a bit troublesome. When shooting indoors, I found that my sigma 10-20 was perfect but only if flash was aloud. Some public indoor places do not allow flash so that is something you are going to have to think about.
    CANON 7D, 400D, 24-104 f4L IS, 70-200 f2.8L IS, 28-105, 50 1.8, 75-300, 430 EX II, BG-E3
    SIGMA EX 10-20 DC HSM
    KENKO Extension Tube set 12mm, 20mm, 36mm

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  5. #5
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    The main issue with the 50 1.8 for what you want to do indoors is that its not quite wide enough, IMO.

    If you could get a copy of the Sigma 30 1.4 without focus issues that would be a nice lens for such situations. This would run about $350 used.

    If I were in your shoes I might also consider the Canon IS kit lens 18-55. IS is really helpful for indoor static scenes. I see them used all the time for about $150. Photozone gives it a thumbs up, optically.
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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    @ nqjudo & Spookonthe8ball.......No I don't own the slingshot, I am planning to get one soon...the 70-200 is comparatively longer than my Sigma but it is a little thicker than the canon....Also the 70-300mm is also longer than my Sigma...The thing I'm worried is I don't want the bag too big such that my equipment is moving around inside the bag. I want everything to fit just right...I'll need to take my equipment to the shop and possibly try out the bags....

    @zmikers...I highly doubt the areas will not let me use my flash so that shouldn't be a problem...Thing is I am more concerned about the f numbers than the real field of view. I already have the Sigma that does 18mm at f3.5. What I am looking for is something for low light photography....Something that allows me to keep the ISO to 400 (max) and a shutter speed of 1/30-60 with the flash at normal exposure setting bounced off the ceiling or opposite wall....
    Though there is a second hand 10-20 available for $280.00...I might think about it

    @michaelb....the Canon 50 F1.8 costs about $180 here..but someone is selling it for about $80 (bought in hong kong, 2 months old, trying to meet the guy).....I might still get it as its still a good lens to have....
    It'll be hard to find a second hand Sigma 30 F1.4 here so I'll have to keep my eyes open for anything that comes up......what about the Sigma 28 F1.8???

    The IS Kit lens has almost the same performance as my Sigma so it does not make sense for me to consider it....
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
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  7. #7
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    Regarding used lens purchase....I should look for dust, scratches, smooth movement of focus ring, no back/front focus issues(going to take a scale with me to test that)......anything else???

    Also....do lens usually have international warranty and is there some online site registration for that???
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
    Portfolio

  8. #8
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    Anybody???
    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
    Portfolio

  9. #9
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    I think you got the used lens inspection part. I don't know about the international warranty

    ???
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by faisal View Post
    @ nqjudo &


    @michaelb....the Canon 50 F1.8 costs about $180 here..but someone is selling it for about $80 (bought in hong kong, 2 months old, trying to meet the guy).....I might still get it as its still a good lens to have....
    It'll be hard to find a second hand Sigma 30 F1.4 here so I'll have to keep my eyes open for anything that comes up......what about the Sigma 28 F1.8???
    Faisal

    If you are referring to my EF 50 1.8, I am sorry it is already sold. Shame it's almost good as new. But I won't be using it because of my Sigma 50 1.4

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