What have you got? The advice thread.

What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Angelus » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:23 am

I've only got a bridge camera and would like to do a bit more, I know others on here have all the gear and no idea. Are any of our resident gurus prepared to point us in the right direction? Advice on equipment and techniques would be greatly appreciated. :D
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby m1key » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:15 pm

I've just got a Canon 700D as intend to get a lot more into photography & video this year. Haven't had chance to play around with it too much yet but seems a pretty good entry level DSLR and really looking forward to using it.

No doubt others on here are much more knowledgable than me but I would think having an understanding of how the basics such as aperture/f stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO etc affect the image etc is a good start. Apologies if you know all that already! :)

The quality of the lenses can make a big difference, so you're probably better off going for a slightly cheaper body and spending more on lenses rather than the other way round. Generally kit lenses that come with the camera aren't the best but more than OK to get started with. Depending what type of photography you want to do might influence what focal length would be best - I'm thinking of getting a nice fast 50mm lens next as great for getting a nice shallow depth of field for detail shots.

I used to use a film SLR awhile back but the beauty of digital is being able to play around/be creative and see the results straight away and I reckon good composition is as important as having expensive kit.
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Rusty » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:08 am

Andrew "Sexytoy" Marshall pointed me to this thread!

What have i got? hmmm, My main camera is a 7D with a new 15-85mm is usm lens (after my 17-85mm died on xmas eve :( doing wedding photos for Kat's uncle)
Also have a spare 30D body which doesn't get used much besides the wife getting to play occasionally.

Lenses: Canon 60mm Macro
Canon 100-400mm L
i also have an old tamron 70-300mm which i was happy with on the 30d but didn't like it on the 7d.

I studied photography to HND level at Glasgow met so as Mikey said, i understand all the aperture/iso/shutter speed stuff.

I'd agree with get a decent budget level SLR and get some good glass on it! You will learn a lot with a small camera
a big problem i've seen some people have is that they have the money so buy best kit they can and then have no idea how to use it and just leave it on auto.

Happy to help if you need more info on what to go for!

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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Jack-The-Lad » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:50 am

A good technique that photographers use is panning.

Using this technique you can achieve shots such as this.

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Porsche Cayman S

Panning is useful if you wish to show that your chosen subject is in motion instead of it looking motionless, like this.

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Lotus Evora 4 V6

It really is a good way of making your pictures stand out from the rest, and they look great too! I was taught this technique whilst at a night class last year, haven't looked back since! :D

Here is a really good tutorial on panning: http://digital-photography-school.com/m ... g-subjects

I was going to type one out, but hey, there's already one there for us. :lol:
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Shenanigans » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:26 pm

I have a Canon 600D, with 18-55 lense and 55-250 lense.

Not used to taking photos of car's as of yet but I enjoy landscape and architecture pictures :)

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And a couple of my past and present cars at roughly the same spot.

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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Steelej » Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:29 am

Thought i'd get into this one as I've just bought another camera :)

Going back a bit here
Canon 10D
Canon 1D MKII
Canon 7D

Just purchased this week Canon C100 video camera

Lenses
Canon 24-70 2.8 L
Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS
Canon 24-105 4.0 L IS
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon 2 x tele extender
Sigma 20-40 2.8
Sigma 12-24 3.6-5.6

Yeah ok, i like canon, sue me :)

Also got 4 go pro's, 1 HD Hero, 2 Hero 2's and 1 Hero 3+ black

Also just bought DJI phantom 2 with 3 axis zenmuse gimbal for Aerial stuff, still waiting on the gimbal which should be here next week.

Think that's about it :)

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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Nera » Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:58 am

John, don't think you've got enough there ... Surely there is something missing?

Looking forward to seeing the gimbal in action and the results of course. Not sure how happy brides will be with a gimbal zooming around over head though! ;-)
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Steelej » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:03 pm

I'm sure they'll be fine about it as long as I don't do this :)

http://youtu.be/ocqB6_y71xE

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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Nera » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:24 am

Oops! :o
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Sportevo » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:19 pm

I've a Nikon D300 with a nikon 18-200mm as my everyday. I also have a Nikon 50mm and a Nikon 70- 300mm for motorsport stuff that I like.

I started off about 4 years ago with a Nikon D70 and then traded up to aD90 to where I am now.

I agree with the above.

\hone your skills with the cheaper body and then once you're happy with your skills move up
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby OlberJ » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:01 pm

So what's a good recommendation for pics and vid?

I think Mike did a great job with the 700D on the Le Mans article.

Any other suggestions?
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby m1key » Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:52 pm

OlberJ wrote:So what's a good recommendation for pics and vid?

I think Mike did a great job with the 700D on the Le Mans article.

Any other suggestions?

Depends on budget. At a sensible price the 700D or the the Nikon equivalent (5300 I think) are probably the best options. Depending on knowledge/experience the kit lenses are OK to start with but worth investing in some decent lenses (my next item).

It can be a steep learning curve particularly if doing video as well as stills photography and for doing video editing it does help if you've got a pretty powerful PC/Mac.
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Ecosse » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:55 pm

I've just sold up my Nikon D50 & Canon HG20 and I'm gonna replace it with a Nikon D5300

This place have it for £409 with an 18-55 lens
http://www.portusdigital.com/nikon-d530 ... -3817.html

Found the like on HUKD: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nikon-d ... al-1989641 and a few on there have actually bought from them.

So think I'll take the chance and order it on the credit card
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby KB_S1 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:01 pm

OlberJ wrote:So what's a good recommendation for pics and vid?

I think Mike did a great job with the 700D on the Le Mans article.

Any other suggestions?


That little sound test I did for you in the old Scooby was on a Canon 600D (now replaced by 700).
It was also what I took the trip photos on.
Quite impressive and fairly cheap.
If buying for myself I might be more likely to go for Nikon due to lens availability (others that have them).
Currently running tests on the new Panasonic G4. Will let you know how that goes.
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Re: What have you got? The advice thread.

Postby Ecosse » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:47 am

Well, just taken the plunge and ordered up the Nikon D5300
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