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    Changes in sig

    This came up a big with dr4gon over at flickr, so I figured I might as well explain.

    I'm sure most of you have noticed, but there is another item in my gear sig. The $400 I had saved up for a Tamron 17-50 somehow slipped out of my hand and I ended up with a Rebel XS kit. Not too sure how it happened.

    It feels cheap. The grip sucks, it doesn't have spot metering, and RAW fps really blows. But it came down to the high ISO I keep talking about, and availability. I have some stupid romanticism with brick & mortar stores. I like to talk to a human being. I'm lucky to have two decent local stores here, and neither carries Sony. I think I want to get involved in shooting for money. I really enjoy photography, and have a bit to learn before I can shoot for money, but I was starting to feel like I was investing money in Sony, and things weren't going in the direction I wanted. There are a lot of points that could be made against Sony, but I think many of them are subjective. When it comes down to it the camera is a tool. I think in a lot of cases the Sony is better than others, but for the type of shooting I have been doing, the Sony wasn't a great fit.

    For one thing, it's common advice to tell people buying their first camera to go to a shop, and hold the cameras, and see which has the best "feel." I did this with the D90, A700, and 40D, and by far preferred the 40D. Maybe a D300 or A900 would have been better, but they are both a lot more expensive. So I found this killer deal on the XS kit and jumped. I'll sell the Sony stuff for glass, and start saving up for a 40D or 50D. Prices will (probably) only get lower.

    As I start sorting through what I will sell, I find the idea of selling the A300 and kit lens easy, but selling the MinO 50mm and Beercan very hard. And the wireless flash, gonna miss that. I've really appreciated the help from this forum too, and plan to hang around a bit. Not in a "Sony sucks" fashion, because I don't believe that, but similar to how I already have. I have spent entirely too many hours pouring over Sony lens reviews to not be able to offer some advice from time to time. And I miss dyxum already. Gosh, what a great resource.

    So there. I'm not even promising to not come back. Or switch to Nikon. But at this moment, I think Canon's system is going to work better for what I am doing.

    If anyone is interested in any of my gear, PM me here or at flickr.
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    Hey ... you can scan my gear list, Jason ... I have some left over Canon gear you may be interested in. Reasonably negotiated and relatively (and I mean it) UNUSED.
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    Don, PM sent.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    lol you're not a traitor of state secrets jason, all you did was buy a new camera. i'm sure you'll be forgiven bro. (God help me if i buy a FF canon kit. lol)
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    I see. Well, good luck mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    lol you're not a traitor of state secrets jason, all you did was buy a new camera. i'm sure you'll be forgiven bro. (God help me if i buy a FF canon kit. lol)
    Rooz, are you serious? LOL You have to get a D700 or D800!.... 5dmkII is just not as good of a camera! (well, according to DXO Mark which doesn't seem to like Canon very much).

    If I had to get a Nikon or Canon as a second camera, I would totally get a Nikon D90 and a 70-200mm F/2.8 VR for some good stabilized, less noisy concert shots. But too bad money doesn't grow on trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    I see. Well, good luck mate!
    Rooz, are you serious? LOL You have to get a D700 or D800!.... 5dmkII is just not as good of a camera! (well, according to DXO Mark which doesn't seem to like Canon very much).
    yes i know, but its not all about the body. there are some lens' that i want and nikon are not delivering them right now.
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    Lightbulb Camera change?

    Ryan, have you given the α700 a chance behind your TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD? It might be just the upgrade to get your wish ...
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Ryan, have you given the α700 a chance behind your TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD? It might be just the upgrade to get your wish ...
    a tamron over a nikkor 70-200/2.8 ? lol
    funny stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    a tamron over a nikkor 70-200/2.8 ? lol
    funny stuff.
    He's already got the lens ... not that funny ... probably more like practical. But, hey ... the grass is always greener ... until you get there and find yourself stranded by your manufacturer, eh 'Rooz'? I grow tired of the constant Nikkor glass idea you push and then hear you constantly whine and drone on about not being able to get this or that. He's got glass ... let's use it until it fails.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-13-2009 at 10:42 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    He's already got the lens ... not that funny ... probably more like practical.
    yes, sorry, i misunderstood.
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