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  1. Interesting quote from Dpreview on the new Canon lenses: "Ultimately, the most interesting thing about these launches is the fact that Canon feels the need to update various full-frame lenses, almost as if something likely to test the quality of its existing versions was in the offing." They stopped short of adding a knowing wink. Have they got a high MP (30+) model in the offing?
  2. I read the same on a site which tends to get things right. Apparently it'll use a new 24MP sensor - might make sense given that it'll be another 'SLT' model (like the A77/A65) which means less light reaches the sensor. Interesting to see them back off the megapixels, for whatever reason, after pushing them with the A77.
  3. A bit odd if it doesn't - I'm not a Canon user but from what I'd read I'd expected IS to be the main feature of a revamp. If anyone's interested, I've put my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (Sony mount) in the trading folder, along with a reduced-price Jessop's voucher. I know a few people have linked to trading posts in here before but let me know if it's bad form and I'll edit my post. http://www.rllmukfor...essops-voucher/
  4. After a bit of discussion in the, er, discussion thread I took my camera into work today and went walkabout at lunchtime...
  5. Dapple

    Pulled Pork

    I went to Pitt Cue for lunch today and had the brisket roll. Disappointingly small, especially for £6.50, but it tasted amazing.
  6. Yeah, it's more about the ease of carrying it around with me than anything else. One of the plusses about my Sony A77 is that the articulating screen means it's easy to shoot with the camera around my neck so it's not always obvious that I'm shooting. But I keep coming back to the adage 'the best camera is the one you have with you' - the A77 is just too big to carry to and from work every day and I keep seeing opportunities that are passing me by. That said, I think I've just talked myself into taking it to work with me and seeing how it goes.
  7. Gah, don't say that! I've been toying with getting a decent compact / interchangeable lens camera for general carrying around duties and this kind of solid logic can only help to dent my bank balance.
  8. Dapple

    Pulled Pork

    Have you tried the Soho Special? Pulled pork and burnt ends (brisket). Bloody good.
  9. I love season 9. Definitely the one I know the best and chock full of classic episodes, including the Merv Griffin Show - my favourite of any series. That said, I'm not inclined to agree that there was any dip in quality after Larry David left, so you might not want to pay attention to me.
  10. Two interesting releases today from Canon and Fuji respectively. The Canon G1X (http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canong1x/), large-sensor compact(ish) seems to indicate that they're not joining the mirrorless interchangeable lens club. Shame about the max f5.8 aperture at the long end of the zoom. Then there's the lovely-looking Fuji XPro-1 (http://www.dpreview.com/previews/fujifilmxpro1/)...APS-C sensor, interchangeable lenses. EDIT: Ouch! Approx price - $1700 plus c.$650 for a lens.
  11. For the first time in ages I got out with my camera today - plenty of interesting stuff in and around Shoreditch where I've been working recently.
  12. Dpreview has quite a useful tool for comparing different cameras at a variety of ISOs. This page is from the review of the NEX 5N but you can choose which others to compare it to: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/page13.asp As expected (given the NEX sensor is larger and well-regarded for higer ISO performance), the 5N does better than the G3 at 1600/3200 but I wouldn't worry too much as the reality is that you might only reach for these settings fairly occasionally (and I speak from experience given that 95% of the photos I've taken this year have been of my daughter). The bottom line is that both the Pannys and Sonys are very good cameras. Just go with the one that, on balance, you prefer and don't look back once you've made your choice.
  13. For me, the AF speed and lens choice of the Panasonics probably edges the larger sensors of the NEXs, for the time being at least. The Sony 16MP sensor is supposed to be fantastic but I'm sure the Pannys aren't exactly poor. If I were in the market for a Compact System Camera I'd probably go for the forthcoming Panasonic GX1 - it looks great. Looks like Clifton Cameras are doing it with the 14-42mm for a shade over your budget. (Sorry if throwing another camera into the mix adds confusion...)
  14. Looking at the (rumoured) specs, the increase in resolution looks like one of the only headline bumps in spec - without it there doesn't look like much else to get D700 owners to upgrade. Apparently 36MP on FF is much the same as 16MP on APS-C and judging by the good rep Sony's 16MP sensor has it doesn't need to spell disaster for the D800. Whether people need that much resolution is another question, and one I've had to consider myself given that I've just bought the 24MP APS-C Sony A77 as an upgrade to my A700...
  15. Sigma SD1 Wood Edition, RRP €9,999...
  16. I found this via DPReview; an article on how autofocus works that's well worth a read: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2010/07/how-autofocus-often-works
  17. Alan Wilder's auctioning off a ton of stuff, mostly Depeche Mode related, including synths, the drum kit used on the Devotional tour, a grand piano, clothing (lots of leather, of course), albums and probably the kitchen sink. http://auction.recoil.co.uk/ Some nice videos of the man himself talking about the auction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXXTdmNXQjo&feature=player_embedded#!
  18. Lots of announcements from Sony today, including the 24MP mirrorless NEX-7 and three new E-Mount lenses, but the one I’ve been waiting for, being an A700 owner, is the A77. As rumoured, Sony have gone all out on the spec: 24MP (APS-C) sensor, 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder (size equivalent to the 100% coverage viewfinder in the full frame A900), 12FPS, 1080p/60 video with full-time phase detect AF, GPS, tilt/swivel rear LCD... Was launched alongside a rather nice looking 16-50mm f2.8 lens too. http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sonyslta77/
  19. I've had one for a while and it's excellent, an easy recommendation
  20. Pentax have announced their entrant into the mirrorless interchangeable lens category - the Q: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentaxQ/ Interesting to see the comparison pic with the Sony NEX-C3, especially the relative sizes of the sensors.
  21. When I bought my first DSLR, the A200, it was just the best choice for me. I think the options at the time were the Canon 450D(?) and the Nikon D40X. I didn't like the ergonomics of the Canon and, as I remember, the Nikon was a fair bit more than the A200. I also liked the idea of the built-in IS. I made the jump to an A700 about six-months later and still have it. It's a fantastic camera, a real pleasure to use, and I think it's very much under-rated. I used to be envious of the lens choice available for Canons/Nikons but, after a bit of trial and error, including buying and selling the 50mm f1.7 (traded up to the Sony 50mm f1.4, which is really nice) and a Beercan (I just never used it), I've settled on three very good lenses which do me just fine. It would be nice to have some lens rental options, and maybe a few more lenses in the mid-range (between the recent 35 / 50mm and the Carl Zeiss range) but I'm not losing any sleep about it. I'm almost certain to buy the A77 unless the EVF is a deal-breaker - I hope not because it looks like it's going to be an exciting bit of kit.
  22. Jon Stewart vs. Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and...sub-standard pizza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MViQIhiFrPo EDIT: Boo, they've taken the video down. It was great, trust me.
  23. Understanding Exposure seems to be a standard forum recommendation (EDIT: see, told you), and for good reason: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0817463003/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/279-2215391-4673406 As for websites, Photoclubalpha and Dyxum.com are Sony-specific.
  24. Having nothing wider than 50mm would be a bit restrictive, wouldn't it? What about something like a 18-200mm? The Canon version's pushing £400 but the Tamron can be had for under £200... http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007XD4LC/ref=asc_df_B0007XD4LC2704860?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B0007XD4LC
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