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About cc143

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  • Birthday 1993-10-08

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    Glasgow, UK
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    Cars, Sailing, Hiking, Scouting, Photography
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    3rd year Economics at the University of Glasgow
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  1. Its a pretty capable little camera and in Scotland you've got a lot of landscape beauty to shoot. They do an 11-22mm which should be good as an ultrawide, but I might be inclined to steer you towards for of a standard 24-70mm focal range for the sort of stuff you are likely to be shooting here. Ideally if you can get both it would be very helpful. Definitely buy a travel tripod, there's some lightweight compact options by 3 legged thing and manfrotto. Also, learn how to edit, shoot in raw and pick the camera up from beforehand to learn how to use it and incorporate some exposure bracketing since it makes way more sense than spending loads of money on a landscape filter kit. I'm a firm believer in leaving as little to the edit as possible, but filters etc. are expensive and they take away from enjoying the moment sometimes. Another great option would be a used fuji xt20 with an 18-55mm f/2.8, which should be possible within your budget, but the Canon will probably end up costing less and honestly is just fine for what it is. Research places beforehand. The Edinburgh and Stiirling Castles are great locations, there's a hill in Edinburgh where you can see the entire city, The University of Glasgow and Necropolis are also good places to visit. Up in the highlands there's just so much, definitely go to Eilean Donnan and Glencoe. Inverness is also a good place to spend a day and you can really see all of it in a single day.
  2. cc143

    I need help. I need a camera.

    Well if you are looking for an overall good piece of kit for this sort of thing, a Panasonic G7 coupled with a fast standard prime should be good enough for interviews. Maybe a go pro for a different angle, and a 24-120 equivalent for estabishing shots etc. I think you'd be ok with that, but it will require work on your part with lighting and focus etc. Now, there are other options, For instance a used a7sii might be a better option, coupled with their cheap 50mm 1.8, but overall it would cost more than the panasonic. The best you can do probably is a fuji xt3 with the kit lens and a 35mm f/2 or just get a cheap manual focus prime like a 50/85/100mm and adapt it. Another possible option is a used 60mm f/2.4 Macro, which will be great for interviews and maybe shots of stuff of his etc.
  3. cc143

    I need help. I need a camera.

    What sort of knowledge do you have around cameras and how to work them? What sort of shots are you going to get? What about audio recording equipment? Spending 2000$ on a camera and lens may not guarantee the best results if you don't know how to use it. You may be better off paying some film graduate to film it instead.
  4. cc143

    What is the Sony A6... Camera?

    The a5100 has a flip up screen, but as far as I'm aware there is no sony camera with a fully articulating screen. Best I can recommend while keeping a small form factor is a canon m50.
  5. Try out the fuji xt3, it doesn't have ibis, but its a pretty well rounded little camera and lenses are much cheaper than in the Sony system. You could also look at a used 5d4, I've seen way too many go for much cheaper than the sonys and thats not including savings in glass, which is even coming down, although, the crop is an issue. Another option is a used eos r, they tend to sell at significant discount and coupled with an adapter and cheap ef-s glass, you'd ened up paying less than for a sony and overcome the crop issue. The panasonics are also great, but significantly lack continuous AF capability.
  6. cc143

    Rate the Photo Above you

    The first 2 are great, my only minor suggestion would be an HDR on the first one just because you have noticeable noise in the shadows, but that's very neat picky. I would just suggest you keep it in mind and shoot both and then just use whatever you prefer after the edit. The last one is a really striking scenery, but I think could really benefit from a longer exposure (using an nd filter, I'd probably use a 6 or 10 stop here) and maybe a slightly lower angle, but as they say, hindsight is always 20/20. From a live I shot a couple of weeks ago, first time I shoot my 5d3 at anything north of ISO3200, and I have to say, I'm surprised at how well it holds up, especially given the crop.
  7. So I'm pretty knowledgeable about camera gear in general, but know pretty much jack about instant cameras (instax etc.). A friend of mine is travelling in a month and she wants to take an instant camera with her. She doesn't want to use a proper camera but prefers the "polaroid feel". Anyone know a thing or two about these things and basically what to go for/anything to avoid?
  8. cc143

    A good deal? Canon M100 mirrorless

    The m6 is an ok option I guess, but at that point I'd really just stretch it to the m50 or look for a deal on an m5. That being said, I would still urge you to buy your first camera used. The market tends to be littered with barely used cameras people bought that just sat on a shelf only shooting ~1000 exposures, 75% of which are just test shots. That way you get to save on depreciation if you do end up not using it and selling it instead down the line. I did a quick search and found the m50 in NZ at https://www.photowarehouse.co.nz/shop/shop-by-product/digital-cameras/mirrorless-system-cameras-2/canon-eos-m50-mirrorless-15-45mm-kit/ I'm sure you could get a better deal somewhere to get it much closer to your budget, even a refurb off ebay or something...
  9. cc143

    A good deal? Canon M100 mirrorless

    You'd be better off buying a beginner dslr in the used market, they tend to be in abundance pretty much everywhere. A used Canon 700d with a kit 18-55mm lens will be much more worth it. If that is still too big and bulky for you, there's some pretty good and cheap point and shoots, but that depends on what's available on the used market. Honestly, even a sony a6000, which I'm well known in these forums for hating on a lot might be a better option, although battery life will be a bit of an issue for you, so do pick up a couple of knock off batteries off amazon. The phone stuff is generally true, not so much because of quality but rather because of user skill. A beginner will not be able to use a dedicated camera to its full extent and will probably not be editing any of the pictures, but if you know what you are doing, the superior optics and capabilities of the larger sensor will be evident, especially in poor lighting.
  10. That's much better, but again, the difference in the AF system and processor from the t7i is substantial enough to more than justify the price differential.
  11. Not really the value proposition is quite bad in comparison to even a 700d. Your best option is a used 800d or 750d if you can't get an 800d in your budget, but as I said the 800d is a hell of a camera that is both easy to learn on and doesn't need to be upgraded as soon as other beginner dslrs.
  12. I'd go with Canon over Nikon for a beginner camera. Nikon's d3x00 and d5x00 bodies lack an in body AF motor which doesn't allow you full use of most of the glass in the Nikon system, and its the glass that is usually pretty cheap and there some excellent stuff as well. That's why I'd go with Canon in those lower market segments, because if you do end up liking it and go on with it, you can grow with it. Also, you can find great cheap glass, which is not always the case with the nikon stuff. I mean, the 28mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8 200mm f/2.8, all these are excellent lenses you can carry over to a FF system if you choose to that are available at a relevantly low price used vs buying something equivalent that would work on a nikon camera.
  13. As I said the used market is full of entry level cameras people have bought and sold at significant loss because they picked up the hobby and realised they just weren't getting their money's worth. So if you do buy a used entry level camera, chances are it will hardly have been used and you will not have to eat a significant depreciation cost.
  14. No! Battery life is crap, lenses are expensive and limited, adapters are expensive and rarely work on anything under an a7rii due to sensor architecture, ergonomics are horrendous, menus are overly complicated, Just stay away. OP Without a proper budget its sort of difficult to recommend anything, but my usual recommendation currently is a recent entry level Canon DSLR. That is because the new ones (800d) are immensly capable and they give you access to the most comprehensive, currently cheapest and deepest lens system in existence (The EF system has the most options out there available since it just sold so much more than any other, making used lenses easy to find and much cheaper than the competition.) If the 800d is out of your budget, go for a used one, or a used 750d or used 200d. Avoid the 1300d/4000d etc they are overpriced plastic toys. But do keep in mind that the 800d is a huge leap forward from anything that came before it and is a great option even outside its price range and market segment.
  15. cc143

    Replacing Aging Camera Gear

    What sort of sports do you shoot? The d500 is a great deal for a sports camera and does pretty well in low light as well. Its a dslr, which means the entire kit will b bigger and heavier, which may be suboptimal for hiking, but at the same time, the ergonomics and handling are much better than anything mirrorless systems have to offer for fast action. If you picked that up, a wideangle for aps-c and soething like a tamron 70-200mm G2 you'd be set. Then again, the xt3 is smaller and dinkier with worse battery life, but it shoots very fast has a deep enough buffer, amazing glass, does video excellently... its a jack of all trades. That coupled with a 10-24mm and maybe something like a 50-140mm will give you less reach, but is certainly a great contender and will be smaller and lighter as well, which has the benefit that you can use a smaller tripod as well. The caveat is I'd personally go with the kit with the 18-55mm since its an excellent lens and really makes sense to buy as a kit. EDIT: I have just remembered that Nikon is rumoured to be releasing a d760 this year as well as a followup to the d750. I'm not aware of its rumoured specs, but can imageine it will be adequate for sports even since you can really make do with 7-8 fps. Even more importantly if they do, given the state of the market it is probably going to flop. Given the pattern of used prices of the 6d mk2, which was somewhat of a commercial flop as well, if you were to wait until a month or 2 after its release you could be able to pick up quite a bargain.