Old 12-27-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Who's got new loot in their camera bags now that we're a few days past Christmas? I finally have the lens hood for my 70-200 f/4 L (wasn't included when I bought it used) and a fancy new Canon 430EX speedlite.

I also got some funding for registration and lodging at the CRPA conference this April. Who wants to carpool?
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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I got a 1TB Seagate FreeAgent Extreme Hard Drive, and $100 of cash that I'll put towards Photoshop CS4 or a new computer.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:05 PM   #3
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No photo loot, but got The Call of Trains by Jim Shaughnessy.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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I got the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM from St. Nick. First indications are that the IS is money. See:

1/8s, ISO 400, 200mm handheld, IS off:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3199/...6db0f177_o.jpg

1/8s, ISO 400, 200mm handheld, IS on:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/...2cda8b3e_o.jpg
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:59 PM   #5
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Looks like the sort of intentional-hand-shaking shot that people do when they want to justify the massive expenditure of $$$ to themselves.



Congrats!
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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got new canon ef 55-250is still working on getting l glass.Hope to try new lense tommorrow weather not co operating cloudy with storms most days this summer so far.
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....and a fancy new Canon 430EX speedlite.


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Old 12-29-2008, 12:13 AM   #8
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As an aside... I am going to get myself something... in the next couple months.

deciding between upgrading on the still side to a 40D

and upgrading on the video side to a VIXIA HF10

(Nikon guys... don't give me any grief... I'm a Canon guy)

only getting one in 2009... the HF10 will be more usefull overall as I can do a lot more family stuff (I'm not a big video railfan... but with that camera I might become one).

but every time I come close to pushing the button on it I stop and think... what are you doing???? that means no new DSLR for something like 18 months...

I honestly don't know what to do.
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but every time I come close to pushing the button on it I stop and think... what are you doing???? that means no new DSLR for something like 18 months...

I honestly don't know what to do.
That is a tough one. In just about every instance I would say it is easy, the DSLR does tremendous stuff and you might as well upgrade the video because you will continue to get great shots. I am almost surely keeping my 20d for the next 18 months, without regret.

But I went and checked and you have the original dRebel. It drove me crazy with that awfully slow buffer (hence the 20d!). So I cannot help you, but I feel your pain.
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Nothing in the camera bag but plenty on the memory card.
This year for Christmas i got a trip to Folkston, which for me was much better than more equipment.
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Well, the bag is one of the new things I have now, lol. In that new bag is new glass finally, to replace the very soft, very slow, and loud Quantaray 55-200mm lens, I have new glass. Thanks to the comments on other threads and recommendations no buying glass over a body, I purchased a 55-250mm canon IS USM lens. I just uploaded a shot, basic shot but it was a test shot, straight out of camera. It's almost too sharp. I think I still have the "in camera" sharpness levels up because the old Quantaray wouldn't cut it. Take a look.

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That is a tough one. In just about every instance I would say it is easy, the DSLR does tremendous stuff and you might as well upgrade the video because you will continue to get great shots. I am almost surely keeping my 20d for the next 18 months, without regret.

But I went and checked and you have the original dRebel. It drove me crazy with that awfully slow buffer (hence the 20d!). So I cannot help you, but I feel your pain.
What buffer??!!
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What buffer??!!
The amount of time it takes in between shots, and especially after a set of three or four. It just dies until it writes out the images to the card.

If cameras were modular and one could just swap out the memory as an upgrade, then I am cheap enough that I would probably still own my dReb.
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What buffer??!!
I was making the point that my XTi's buffer was so small it was like not having one. At least when shooting raw.
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As an aside... I am going to get myself something... in the next couple months.

deciding between upgrading on the still side to a 40D

and upgrading on the video side to a VIXIA HF10

(Nikon guys... don't give me any grief... I'm a Canon guy)

only getting one in 2009... the HF10 will be more usefull overall as I can do a lot more family stuff (I'm not a big video railfan... but with that camera I might become one).

but every time I come close to pushing the button on it I stop and think... what are you doing???? that means no new DSLR for something like 18 months...

I honestly don't know what to do.
Sounds like you need to splurge on the 5D MkII so you get both the new dSLR and the video camera.

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