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Sandy asks…

buy a canon 7d or save for 5d mark II?

i’ve been looking at reviews for the Canon 7d and 5d mark II for a while now. I think one of the strong points of the 7d is its ability to do sports photography and wildlife although i shoot none of those.
My area of interests mostly lies in portrait/wedding and landscape pictures. I know the 5d is better suited for my needs, the only thing that’s stopping me from getting it is the cost and the fact that i dont do this as a living. I currently own a Rebel XSI and a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens as well as a Canon 85mm f/1.8, if i go full frame that means that i’ll have to replace my zoom lens which will end up costing even more. For those who own the 7d, how does it perform when it comes to shooting in low light and is the AF comparable to that of the 5d? And is there a big difference in terms of image quality between the 7d and the XSI? I’m just trying to find enough reasons to justify the cost of the 5d Mk II but i dont want to be changing bodies every 3 years either.

administrator answers:

Hey,

You’re right, selling an expensive 17-55 can take some time and time is money.

AF comparable to the 5D? How do you mean..The 5D’s AF can’t even be compared to it, the 7D is a winner. 19 vs 9 with much more options, faster tracking and more accurate (however I do know sports photographs with it and its a lot about skills too).

7D has a good sensor and noise differences are REALLY small. Every wedding photographer on a budget that I know has the 7D especially cause of speed+low noise.

Here’s a post called ‘Buying a DSLR, what’s important, megapixels, features, brand, price, quality and which one to buy (Amazon links) – http://www.the-dslr-photographer.com/2009/03/which-dslr-to-buy.html

Here’s a review of the 7D: http://www.the-dslr-photographer.com/2010/01/canon-eos-7d-review.html

Good luck!

Carol asks…

Buying a DSLR. Which is the better deal?

I am in need of a DSLR to begin shooting for my own personal gain as well as for some fashion, portrait, and potentially wedding shoots.

I recently (yesterday) got interviewed to be a photography assistant and I believe that I did well. She is offering to pay me when the jobs that she lines up offer pay, and to shoot for fun when she has random shoots with friends lined up and I am able to keep them all for (or at least copies) potentially my portfolio.

I believe the interview went well and I am waiting to hear from her…I think it will be around next monday or tuesday..

I want to have a DSLR for my own personal use and to have MY OWN camera when going on shoots.

I got an offer about two days ago to purchase a Nikon D50 for 800 but I am on a budget so I couldn’t pay but then it got knocked down to 600 and it includes:

Nikon D50 Body
18-55 VR lens
55-200 VR lens
2 lens filters
2 Batteries
3 2GB SD Cards
Battery Charger
Nikon Camera Bag
D50 book from Barnes And Noble
1 1GB SD Card
1 Remote Trigger

….for 600 Is that a good deal?

Will I be able to use other/newer lenses with the Nikon D50 body?
or am I better off buying something like the d80 or the canon mark II

okay thats that

now in the interview she informed me that she uses a canon rebel XTi and she does wonders with it. and she also informed me not to kit the standard lens…to get a different kind…but I am not sure that that would be saving money, then again I don’t want to buy one by default because of my budget.

The ones that I am looking at are the
Nikon D50 (mentioned earlier)
Canon Rebel XTi store price
And Maybe the Nikon D70 for 700 just the body and lens

thankyou for any and all help!!

I am so excited

administrator answers:

Get the Canon, you’ll be able to use your bosses equipment.

Ken asks…

Which camera is better?

Fe-46 or Fe-4030

I mean, the Fe-4030 sounds better just because the price is higher, but I’m wondering if there’s any reason to spend more money for it when the cameras are both 12 megapixels each and the Fe-46 has 1x better of optical zoom.

Any camera better less than $100, I’ll look into it if you think it’s better.

Thanks

FE-4000 Specifications
Image Sensor12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.3″
Focal Length/Lens Configuration4.65 – 18.6mm (26.3– 105mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 7 Lenses in 6 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom4x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Aperture Rangef2.6 (W) / f5.9 (T)
Display2.7″ LCD with Backlight Boost, approx. 230,000 dots 2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
ViewfinderN/A
Focus SystemCCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface)Normal mode: 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Macro mode (Wide): 7.9″ – infinity (0.2m – infinity)
Macro (Tele): 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 0.16″ – infinity (.4cm – infinity)
Focus ModeiESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Shutter Speed1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Candle Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity)Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure MeteringDigital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance ControlAuto, Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 1,2,3
Exposure Compensation±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Image File FormatStill Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Shooting Modes20 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Magic Filter, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT SCENE. 4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. PET), Movie

Magic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Wedding)
PanoramaUp to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software
Continuous ShootingN/A
Shooting Assist FunctionsFrame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie ModeAVI Movie with Sound;
640×480 (30/15fps)
320×240 (30/15fps)
Image ProcessingN/A
Noise ReductionSet automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image PlaybackStill Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation

Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame
Playback Edit EffectsStill Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Cropping
FlashBuilt-in
Flash ModesAuto (for low light and backlit conditions) Red-Eye Reduction Fill-in Off
Flash Working RangeWide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 15.4ft (4.7m) at ISO 800
Tele: 2.0ft (0.6m) – 6.9ft (2.1m) at ISO 800
Self-Timer12 Seconds
Memory19MB Internal Memory
Removable Media CardxD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer ConnectorsMulti-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
Auto-Connect USBUSB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System RequirementsAuto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 – 10.5
Operating Temperature/HumidityOperation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30%-90% humidity Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C), 10% – 90% humidity
Power SourceLi-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
Dimension3.74″W x 2.24″H x 0.88″D (95.0 mm x 57.0 mm x 22.4 mm)
Weight3.7oz (106g) without batteries and media card

FE-46 Specifications
Image Sensor12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.3″
Focal Length/Lens Configuration6.3 – 31.5mm (36– 180mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 6 Lenses in 5 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
Zoom5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Aperture Rangef3.5 (W) / f5.6 (T)
Display2.7″ LCD with Backlight Boost, approx. 230,000 dots 2 Steps Brightness Adjustment
ViewfinderN/A
Focus SystemCCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface)Normal mode: 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Macro mode (Wide): 7.9″ – infinity (0.2m – infinity)
Macro mode (Tele): 23.6″ – infinity (0.6m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 0.12″ – infinity (.3cm – infinity)
Focus ModeiESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Shutter Speed1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Candle Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity)Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure MeteringDigital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
White Balance ControlAuto, Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 1,2,3
Exposure Compensation±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Image File FormatStill Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG
Shooting Modes20 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Magic Filter, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT SCENE. 4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. PET), Movie

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