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The 17-40 L arrived today. Seems as well built as the 70-200 IS L, but on my crappy indoor test shots, I left the iso at 800 so nothing special.

Looking forward to testing this out. 40 (or the 1.56 equiv) seems perfectly workable as a walkabout.

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Canon 400D (will be 40D when it arrives in a few months), Canon 70 - 200 IS L, Canon 50mm 1.8, and Canon 17 40 L.

even better than all of those, heading to South Wales on Friday for a week :blink:

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Canon 400D (will be 40D when it arrives in a few months)

Wish I had the money for a (digital) camera better than my 400D. Its limitations are starting to annoy. :blink:

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Sell 400D and buy 40D? Should only be a 200 - 250quid upgrade I'd imagine. Ok, so I use 'only' lightly, but you know what I mean.

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I don't think anything's been officially announced yet (even that it's coming), but usually it's a case of "no point upgrading unless you'd really make use of the relatively obscure feature XXX/do massive prints to benefit from the extra couple of megapixels/shoot sports to benefit from the extra frame per second it shoots" etc.

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Wish I had the money for a (digital) camera better than my 400D. Its limitations are starting to annoy. :unsure:

See, what limitations have you encountered though? Ive thought about upgrading my 350D, but I really cant see any major benefit, the only thing I think I would want better is the amount of AF points, but im starting to use manual focus more and more, so even that doesnt matter as much now! But I suppose im only a fairly basic user, I always shoot on manual mode and ive never found anything I cant do with the 350D!

Just recently bought the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, cant wait to get out and try it at some gigs!

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See, what limitations have you encountered though?

Right now, my problems are its small viewfinder, the lack of spot metering, and the not full frame sensor. I can't afford a full frame dslr, but the 30D solves the other 2 problems.

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Right now, my problems are its small viewfinder, the lack of spot metering, and the not full frame sensor. I can't afford a full frame dslr, but the 30D solves the other 2 problems.

Ah, ok, I see where your coming from with the viewfinder! I hope I wasnt coming across cheeky, was just wondering what you'd like to change! :unsure:

I'm going to Serbia today, i've been told that if i'm wanting some camera gear that's the place.

Random recommendations for lenes and why i'd want them. Please.

Dude, get a telephoto! And maybe a decent high aperture one, for low light shots. How much cheaper are we talking here?

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I would suggest not buying anything until you find yourself limited by your current equipment. You'll know what that you'll need as time passes. Otherwise your just indulging in an expensive hobby...might as well collect expensive train sets or something.

Unless of course you plan on selling them. In which case I'd be interested in knowing the prices for the Canon f2 135L, Canon f4 24-105L and Canon 5D DSLR :unsure:

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Anyone got any prime lens' that they'd recommend? have my eye on this one, as it's cheap, and has great reviews - http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/5018daf.htm

want to do some macro stuff, but simply don't want to shell out the cash at the moment - any recommendations for cheap ones, or what are people's thoughts on those little lenses you clip on the front of your own ones?

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I got a Nikon D40 for my birthday last week, hence my recent over-zealous additions to the random photo thread. This is my first dSLR (and also my first SLR in some years) so I've really nothing to compare it to but so far I'm fairly impressed. Now that all the gadgetry novelties have worn off, I tend to stick to shooting in Aperture Priority mode with the occasional use of the camera's preset B&W mode.

I'm using the 18-55mm kit lens and I'm going to try to stay away from getting any more glass as I want to grow into what I have. If I buy another lens then it'll be quite some time from now. I use PhotoShop Elements 5.0 which means I have to convert the RAW .NEF files to .DNG and them import them into PSE. It's a little long winded but I found Nikon's PictureProject to be really slow and clunky once it had a number of images catalogued so I removed it. I also tried CaptureNX but I'm used to using PhotoShop (I had an illegit copy of 7.0 for years until I bought PSE5) and find I can do post-processing a little more comfortably with it.

I think I have a tendency to overcook my pictures a little in the post-process stage and I'm falling on the side of technicality (dazzling myself with effects 'just because I can') as opposed to just what looks good. I'd like to ask you good people to point me in the direction of good internet resources that focus more on the basics of actually shooting images and using a dSLR to best effect as opposed to what I can do post-process. I think I've got a fairly good grip on the basics which is weighted towards Aperture Priority shooting (and achieveing DoF etc) but I wouldn't mind finding a site that'll go from the basics again, so that I can make sure I haven't missed anything or developed any bad habits before going more advanced.

Also, any advice from your good selves would be much appreciated too.

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Sigma just announced a few HSM lenses for Nikon (for Autofocus on D40).

D40 is a lovely camera.

I got a D40x recently and whilst I am still getting to grips with it (it is my first SLR), I am loving it so far.

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I got a D40x recently and whilst I am still getting to grips with it (it is my first SLR), I am loving it so far.

I too, love my D40.

I thought you swapped yours for a canon, HM?

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I did, then a D80 and then a 30D.

I love Nikon and Canon both equally. I'm a bit of a retard in that respect. :lol:

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Just received my Hoya circ-polarising filter through the post. I've taken a couple of test snaps of the neighbouring houses and the sky and so far the effect is really nice. No more need for adding saturation to the sky at post-processing, I hope. Now for the question: will it make a real difference if I keep my UV lens on (that I use for protection) while I'm using the polariser? I don't want to start wearing the threads out on my main lens.

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Just received my Hoya circ-polarising filter through the post. I've taken a couple of test snaps of the neighbouring houses and the sky and so far the effect is really nice. No more need for adding saturation to the sky at post-processing, I hope. Now for the question: will it make a real difference if I keep my UV lens on (that I use for protection) while I'm using the polariser? I don't want to start wearing the threads out on my main lens.

I bought one at the weekend following the Soong thread. I took a few quick shots out in the garden and I love the effect.

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The 50mm f/1.8 is absolutely great, Duncan (you mentioned it on the prev page, I think?), but I don't think it works with a D40. In fact my number one reason for someone to get a D80 would be because you can use the lovely no-motor Nikon primes.

Playdoh (who has my second hand D70 and lens, yay!): Get the 50mm prime. It costs nothing and it's totally amazing. The 70-300 VR that someone recommends is about £200-300 over here I think. Bear in mind that 70 is fairly close to start with though and so it's a fairly specialist lens. If you want to mess around with that, there's a Nikon 70-300 non-VR about, that's about the same price as the prime (about £80). I have it- it's slow to focus and noisy, but perfectly decent for the price.

The Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 is worth a look too, as a walkaround for lower light situations. I got mine from Hong Kong on eBay (where I buy all non-body stuff- you get an Int'l warranty and it's CHEAP) for £195 all in.

The upgrade the 'other' way for a walkaround is the 18-200 VR. It's an awesome superzoom but it's still F3.5-5.6, so pretty slow on the light front.

Anything beyond that stuff is getting pretty specialist. Zooms for gigs/wildlife/sports/reportage, wides for landscapes, macro, etc...

Now for my stupid question:

The F-stop is a RATIO, right? Does that mean the 17-50mm lets in more light at 17mm F2.8 than it does at 50mm F2.8?

The size-of-the-hole is altering proportionally as I zoom or?

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Now for my stupid question:

The F-stop is a RATIO, right? Does that mean the 17-50mm lets in more light at 17mm F2.8 than it does at 50mm F2.8?

The size-of-the-hole is altering proportionally as I zoom or?

Potentially yes, but in fact modern zooms do crazy things with the optics so it is not necessary to actually alter the size of the aperture. Keeping the focus plane constant through the zoom range is also a complex thing that is better in expensive zooms.

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