Considering an upgrade...

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  1. barfastic

    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys,

    ok, so atm i have a Sony a350, with 5 lenses (50mm prime, tamron 90 macro, tamron 12-24, 18-70 kit lens, and a 70 - 300 zoom), HVL-F42AM flash, and a battery grip. (yeah i went on a spending spree).

    Now, Ive been into photography for a while (dating back to my fathers Pentax K1000), and i had a film SLR in highschool, and used it daily for a couple of years. Then i went to college, and left it locked in the closet.

    Last year i went a bought the above mentioned camera, and i kept buying gear for it (as you can tell)...

    Now though, a year into photography again, i find that my camera does not have a lot of functions i would like it to have. (mirror lock up, high iso performance, high burst capabilities), and more over the lack of lens products provided by sony kinda let me down.

    Im not saying it was a bad camera, infact i was quite impressed, but i feel that i am missing on some of the "Good" stuff.

    So without further delays, ill ask the questions i came to ask.

    1) Should i go with the "simple" solution and go buy the Sony a900/850 ? - Although this seems like the best solution, i would have to get new lenses again, as the ones i have dont work with a full frame camera, and well, im not really impressed with the line up at the current time. its either 10000euro Carl Zeiss lenses, or 50 euro cardboard lenses.

    2) In comparing the Canon 5d mark ii, and the nikon d700. the features that stand out and bum me in each are as follows:

    98% viewfinder on canon vs 95 on nikon - Canon wins

    5fps (8fps with grip) on nikon vs 4 on canon - Nikon wins

    51 selectable AF points - vs canons 9 - Nikon wins

    Is it worth giving up a possible 8 fps, and 51 focus points for 3% larger viewfinder? (i dont really care about video, i have an hd handycam for that)

    Should i bother looking at smaller cameras? d300s or 7d ? i just think it is a shame that for an extra 400-500 i can get a full frame if i buy a aps-c camera and get some better results in lower light conditions

    i want this to be an informative discussion. If your gonna do the whole "canon man, nikon are for puftas" or vice versa, id rather you not comment at all. its a serious amount of money, and i want to make sure i get whats best for me, not for my online ego.

    Sorry for the huge post, but i feel that by giving a brief history and more details, one of you guys can sort of direct me in what i need.

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  2. icassell

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    One thing to consider is the type of photography you're interested in. If you are looking at sports/action-photography, you might steer away from the 5D. I can't rule on the 7D yet -- I just got mine 2 days ago.
     
  3. barfastic

    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    oh snap forgot to add that am into macro photography, landscape and action photography. mostly macro and landscapes though.
     
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    either one will do the trick. If you are into macro photography Canon has a new 100mm 2.8 macro lens with IS.
     
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    I keep my Canon 50D set for a center focus point most of the time. I'm not sure how important 51 selectable autofocus points are. I often have to manually focus for extreme macro. I'm not a pro or anything like that and I don't do action photography but I do like to photograph animals. At least for my purposes, having the center in focus is what I usually look for. I did have all the focus points engaged when I photographed the Starship Farragut open house in St. Marys GA. That's the only time I've ever used all of them.
     
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    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    So, i finally decided on the D300s.

    now i have a few question about lenses. (im not aware of the lens codes they have (AF-S, D, HSM, DC, etc) what does everything mean?

    Im looking into a macro lens. And having had experience from the tamron 90mm, im leaning towards a tamron again. but i figured i would get the 180mm f/3.5 instead this time round. amongst the tamron im thinking of either the sigma 150mm f/2.8 (which is apparently a Nikon D mount... is that compatible with the d300s?)

    I would also like a general purpose lens "walkaround lens" something along the lines of a kit lens - wide to zoom sorta, ive been reading reviews about the 18-250 sigma, and people seem to really like it. any ideas?
     
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    The files produced by the 5DII are fantastic for landscape work. NIkon has better FPS and AF, but for landscape and studio work, the 5DII is a perfect fit.
     
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    Yes, the Sigma 150mm HSM macro is wonderful lens,and it will work well with the D300, or any other modern Nikon camera. I've seen some work done with the 150 Sigma EX MAcro, by several shooters, and the lens does create a definite "look" to its images. I have macros in the 60,90,100,and 180mm lengths...I do not own a 150mm. When I bought my last macro lens, the 180, the 150 was not on the market, but I an truly understand why a person would select a 150/2.8 macro over a 180 or over a 105mm model.

    If you are a pBase member, you can search for photos by lens, same on other sites. A number of mostly Singapore and Malaysia fashion shooters seem to favor the Sigma 150 as a beauty/outdoor fashion lens--it's a very popular lens over there, and it delivers nice bokeh.
     
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    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    ok... so to add further confusion to my want to upgrade. i found a good deal on the d300 (non s version) with a 18-200 Sigma lens. for 1150 euros (new camera). If i went with the d300s + 50mm f/ 1.8 nikon lens i would be paying 1550 euros.

    What do you guys think? is paying 400 euros more and limiting myself to 50mm better than paying 1150 and having a larger range while i gather up money (about 2-3weeks) to buy some decent lens?
     
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    go for the D300, and then save up and get a good lens. its a great camera!
     
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    barfastic TPF Noob!

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    Im off to the store, to see how much my current gear will gof or, and paly around with the d300/d300s and d700.

    wish me luck :D who knows, i might be returning with a d300s if all goes well :D
     
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    To summarize what I just read; long story with a couple questions with no discernible qualifications (budget, intended use) on what your really looking for, and close the post with a condescending statement. A few people start to make some suggestions, and you decide on a camera that hasn't even been mentioned yet. Then you ask about lenses, and finally specify a budget, and before anyone discusses lenses it off to the store, thinking your about to get offered what you think your current system is worth.

    Sure, I'm game, since you asked for it... Good Luck!
     

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