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  1. Nikon camera reccomendations?

    Be that as it may, I would still personally go with one of the cameras I mentioned above given your budget. You obviously know how to use a camera if you've been using the d50 for all this time, so I see no reason why you should go with an entry level. A d800 might indeed be overkill, but the d7200 is great little camera, it isn't even that old.
  2. Nikon camera reccomendations?

    I don't know what lenses you have, but to be on the safe side, do NOT buy a d5x00 or d3x00 camera, because if you have a d50 it is likely you also have lenses without an in body AF motor, if not, it would still be useful to have a body with an in body AF motor since you can get some very nice older nikkor lenses. Your budget would be enough for a used d7200 or even some of Nikon's Full frame models, I'm sure you could find a d800 for that sort of money, which has a 36mp Full frame sensor and would be better than a d3x00 or d5x00 series, with the exception of features like wifi or a touchscreen, which to be honest, it still depends on which entry level nikon you buy. Or failing that a d600 or even d610 could probably be found in ebay for that sort of money. If you want list the lenses you have here, we may be able to tell you if you will lose AF functionality with any of them.
  3. I would go as far as to say go for a used 17-50mm f/2.8 OS from Sigma or Tamron instead of the 17-70mm. The 17-50mm will cover you for most of what you do and you can judge later if you need something wider or longer. Also, in regards to the Yongnuo, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is under £100 and is pretty great for what it is, at that point you are not just cheap, you are downright unacceptable;P
  4. Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) Vs iPhone SE

    I have an eos 50d since it came out in 2008 and recently got to edit images off an iphone 7s plus, yes the t6 will outperform the iphone in low light, by quite a margin in fact.
  5. Going to a conference in Frankfurt, not a long time free but I hope to squeeze a couple of hours of shooting, may evwn wake up at 5 to fit it in. Fuji xt10 with the excellent 23 f/2 attached, 16mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/2. extra sd card, think tank pouch, camera strap and lee seven5 grad filter in case I catch a sunrise. The 3lt Leo is already packed in my carry on.
  6. Ok so, Canon shooter for the past 15 years (since the days of film). I have been a Sony a6000 owner (briefly and regrettably) and extensively tested the a7 and a7ii before buying my 5d mk3, which I currently own along with a bunch of glass and a fuji system. I have heard the best things about Sony's newer cameras and am sure they will become more competitive in the future, but as every first gen thing, the a7 suffers from a bunch of issues and frankly so does the a7ii. You sir have no clue what you are on about! What you've done is gone "all 3 of the cameras I have ever used are the best for beginners", completely disregarding most of a beginner's needs. Apart from the fact they are Full frame, they have nothing going for them, in fact, if they had an APS-C sensor instead, they wouldn't even be competitive, not that they were competitive with FF cameras back when released. The r and s series were quite successful, but left much to be desired. So the only stomping that a sane person can observe here is the other way around. Don't get me wrong, with enough money to throw away, I might have had a sony a7 with a medium format adapter to experiment with, but that's it, and am sure many people are able to make it work tremendously. For a beginner...no way! Think about this, a d610 is currently similarly priced in the used market as a used Sony a7. and it is a lot more camera than the sony. So is a 6d mk1, 5dmk2 or even a d800. They are more reliable, cheaper, have longer battery life, better AF, in some cases better image quality, better built, much more ergonomic, and lets not forget, glass is cheaper, more easily available and there's waaaay more of it! And the same stands for the cheaper cameras in the Canon and Nikon range. The truth of the matter is, especially today, the most approachable camera for a beginner is a Canon 800d, which is more camera than many so called pros I've met can even handle or need. The Nikon alternatives are great, I would just prefer going with something of the d7xxx series and above for the in body AF motor, and that is something even hardcore Nikon people will acknowledge. If you are a seasoned photographer on a budget, then you have a lot more options looking at used cameras from 5 years ago (as mentioned above) which are still more than competitive today.
  7. Those are bokeh balls and they aren't added, its the result of using a wide aperture on your lens, that's how it makes lights look like. The image in question is indeed quite hipstery, but those are nice when taking nighttime portraits, they give a better sense of background separation.
  8. How are the Amazon DSLR Bundles?

    In general, 70% of the stuff in there will end up in the trash after you really use it once and realize you are better off paying for something decent. In short don't bother. What I usually recommend is buying the body and a used sigma or tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 as they are well priced enough and considerably better than the kit lens, unless you are heavy into video, in which case you should go with a Canon camera and an 18-55mm STM IS. I also find that the bundled telephoto lenses leave much to be desired, so I usually recommend the 50mm f/1.8 STM as a 2nd lens, which is so cheap there's no reason you shouldn't own one and its a great little lens none the less. If you find you need a tele or wide angle after that, you should be considering better options anyway.
  9. Mirrorless Or DSLR

    it depends on what you are comparing to what. For instance, while native glass might be an issue, the ability to adapt glass to mirrorless makes it technically hva more lens options, especially if you don't really care for AF (e.g. if you are doing video in some cases.) Also, if you can attach the camera to a battery bank you have a better battery life. The best low light performer is actually the a7siii. I will shoot at insanely high isos. Similarly: Better burst modes than what? a 1dx2/7d2/d5/d500? Hell no! Also, EVF is a point of preference imo its not that great. I like the customisability and ability to use peaking and have a live histogram, but the exposure thing never really got me, I have had a lightmeter for that for ages. In regards to the Fuji s5 thing, I wouldn't go with one, just due to age and the fact that you are a beginner. Set aside ~$250-$300 for a good, affordable (NOT CHEAP!) tripod(Benro, 3 legged thing, Mefoto and Manfrotto's higher than the befree range are all good for this), an intervalometer (remote trigger basically, ~10$ off amazon) and a couple of cards. Then since you are going with a crop sensor, look at a used Sigma or Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. ~$200 That should leave you with just over $500-$600 to play with. You should be able to get a used 750d or d7200 in that budget. I would go with the nikon in this case since the d7200 is considerably better than the 750d. A 70d or 7dmk2 could possibly be workable in that budget as well, and either would probably do better if you want to record video.
  10. Mirrorless Or DSLR

    Of the 2 the Canon will be the better option for stills due to the larger sensor, which will give you better dynamic range and low light performance. Also, the battery life is a thing when shooting landscapes etc. since Long exposures tend to take a toll on the battery and you don't wanna have to carry a bunch of batteries with you. Couple that with lens availability for Canon cameras, both new and used and the Canon is the obvious choice. You may also want to consider Nikon though. They tend to do better at lower isos, have a lot fo glass as well, especially if you were to go for something like a used d7200 which has an in body AF motor and can use older D series AF nikkor Lenses and I believe has no AA filter making the images sharper, all desirebale features for landscape photography.
  11. Buying a DSLR late 2018

    Why gauge the market now? we can't be certain about what will be released in 10 months time, so there is not even a point in talking about it now, unless you actually do intend and need to upgrade asap. Well sure the d7500 is going to be better than the d3400, but whether its worthwhile for you, that's another story. obviously it would depend on what you are using it for.
  12. Vlogging Microphones

    Well it would help if you provide more details to avoid having people jumping to conclusions. Regardless, I stand by what I said. There are obvious manufacturing limitations in the quality of built in microphones on any device. There could be a multitude of reasons as to why you didn't like the result. It doesn't mean your experience is the general rule. Also, while vlogging you are generally in front of the camera (so the direction of sound coming in would benefit a shotgun mic) and outside, where you have wind noise and ambient noise. In such cases, a dead cat alone would make a lot of difference.
  13. Vlogging Microphones

    What shotgun mic did you try. Obviously a cheapo mic from ebay will not be a great improvement if any over the built in mic. OP, In short, yes. I find that there are a couple of factors that make videos look amateurish that don't have a lot to do with image quality and sound is definitely one of them. Whats more, the nuilt in mic might be at an awkward position on the camera, making the recording far from ideal and with a shotgun you also get the ability to use a muffler for when it's windy which makes tons of difference. That said, I'm sure as I indicated above, if you cheap out you can get something of inferior quality. Most people I see seem to be using rode's videomic series, they seem to be pretty good. Now, what I'm not entirely sure about though is whether the d3400 has a mic input jack...
  14. Sony NP-FW50 dummy battery, does this work?

    Scratch that, jumped the gun there. You could use their app as a remote trigger. if its just to press once to set the timelapse. Dummy batteries work fine in general, you shouldn't have any issues.
  15. tbh most of the crap in there is useless. Most of the stuff in there you'd need to repurchase if you wanted to actually use them e.g. flash, tripod, filters etc.Their total value isn't more than like $100 anyway. The cards are ok I guess, but they too are pretty cheap, mine (same 32gb sandisks as pictured) were like under £15 and they are fine if you need a couple of spares on the cheap. The tele lens is something most people buy when they buy a camera, I did too back when I got my first camera, but I only used it a total of 5 times and that's almost 15 years ago, and it was a really bad lens anyway. So I usually recommend people skip it unless they have a specific use in mind where a tele lens is absolutely necessary and they are in a very tight budget. What I'd do is get one with the 18-55mm STM (just because its silent in video) and a 50mm f/1.8 STM.
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