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What to buy

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #20 on: 27 / August / 2008, 12:07:34 »
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Yep, I just saw that right after finishing my post :)
I'm tired of shooting at ISO 50-100 only to get an acceptable shot. The only problem is that where I live the customs for these things is prohibitive. For example Canon G9 sells for ~$650 as opposed to ~$350.

Really? where you live? I think you should plan a trip in the USA and buy there :) (i am planning it in the near future, just to buy some lenses and take advantage of the strong euro until it drops down :D ).
ISO is one of the main reason I switched to DSLR. Another planet.

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #21 on: 27 / August / 2008, 12:37:06 »
I think you should plan a trip in the USA and buy there :) (i am planning it in the near future, just to buy some lenses and take advantage of the strong euro until it drops down :D ).
You'll be better off ordering from Adorama. But maybe you're right and one has to see the place for themselves.

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #22 on: 27 / August / 2008, 13:21:26 »
Watch out for the load of extra taxes when u take ur shiny new gear across the border...

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #23 on: 27 / August / 2008, 18:35:57 »
Watch out for the load of extra taxes when u take ur shiny new gear across the border...

I bought many things in the US and never had problems with Italian officer.
The problem, here in Italy, is the luggage theft/loss! :)


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Re: What to buy
« Reply #24 on: 27 / August / 2008, 18:38:30 »
I think you should plan a trip in the USA and buy there :) (i am planning it in the near future, just to buy some lenses and take advantage of the strong euro until it drops down :D ).
You'll be better off ordering from Adorama. But maybe you're right and one has to see the place for themselves.

Nooooo please!!! My purchases would be held in the black hole (italian custom) for months.
After that, if you're lucky, you'll have to pay tons of duties. :)

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #25 on: 29 / August / 2008, 09:00:45 »
Exactly the same here :)
The only method to avoid customs and taxes is to hang the camera by your neck and not check it into luggage. If you are confident enough to send it to luggage be sure to hide all the receipts and warranties, so you can claim it's your personal use camera (not that it isn't).

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Re: What to buy
« Reply #26 on: 11 / November / 2008, 09:26:03 »
Sorry to betray the CHDK community but I've switched to a Nikon DSLR :D
First impressions - I'm missing the 'live view' with detachable LCD, built-in image stabilisation and the somewhat reduced size of S2IS.
On the other hand the picture quality is astonishing, out of the 10MP you get at least 8MP usable at 100%. Focus is fast and precise, no more focus-hunting in low light. Still having problem with focus on plain surfaces and vertical lines, but for improved response you would need a whole different class (and price) of cameras.
The kit objective (18-55) is very very sharp and wide - considering a crop factor of 1.5x you get about 27mm wide view compared to ~29mm for Canon (crop factor 1.6x).

The viewfinder takes some time getting used to, it is quite small, though not so dark as some may suggest for the pentamirror design. I've held a D300 in my hands and its viewfinder isn't much better. I'd say it's a step up above 350d.

I'm looking forward to getting a 50mm f1.8 lens and try manual focusing on that, at least you get a focus confirmation dot in the viewfinder when doing manual focus.

The reason why I switched to DSLR was because I wanted wide angle for landscapes and shallow DOF for portraits. Improved sharpness and megapixels are a nice touch but I would've settled with a 6MP camera.

Battery life - 500 pics later (400 with flash) I still have above 50% capacity.

When choosing a DSLR remember that you are investing in a system so get the cheapest body you are content with and then invest the rest of your money in good lenses. Remember, for lenses you get what you pay for.

Now, the whole system cost me about 370 Euro (~500$) for a lightly used, like-new, warranty still running, body+18-55. As a bonus I also received 10GB high-speed SDcards, vertical grip, supplimentary battery of higher capacity, polarizing filter, UV filter, remote control, etc

 

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