Hello GraphicGr8s. Thanks for the tips. The 18-55 lens i have does have AF/MF and IS and isn't a bad lens. I would like at some point like to upgrade it though and the 18-200 does get very good reviews and it falls into the budget i am willing to put aside. I do have a 16gb SDHC HD 30 mps card that came with the camera as well as a 2gb standard SDHC from my old camera. The reason that i went for the 32gb was purely for HD Movies (got a baby due in April). Plus Amazon are doing them half price ! Is there a flashgun that you would recommend ? Jessops are doing the Canon Speedlite 320EX with LED for £195 online offer.
I am hopefully going to be setting up my planted tank this weekend and plan on keeping a photo diary of the intial set up and progress. I am thinking about doing time lapse project with the tank too and hopefully over 5 months take enough pictures to produce a 30-45 second movie clip of the tank growing. I reckon if i do around 100-150 shots each weekend over the 5 month period i should have enough to run it at 25 fps to give a decent time lapse clip.
I assume you are in the UK as you mention Jessops. For a flash or lens try out MPB photographic (they deal in used canon and nikon gear) very very good service from them and good prices as well. Also check out the for sale section in any of the photographic mags you will normally find a good deal there as well.
Oh by the way congrats on the imminent arrival.
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That's a GREAT macro lense. I use it on the regular for my shrimp shots. No need for the "L" version unless you got deep pockets to begin with .
You're price range is correct. I'd check out CL for second hand glass. Go test drive it before you purchase it. Normally folks take good care of their camera gear but always check. Not sure about Stockton but found this one here close to me http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/pho/2828789083.html
Are you resizing your pix before loading them onto fotki? For web posting, I resize my shots at 1113x750. When you upload to fotki, make sure to select the option to disable auto resize. IQ will be the same if this is done correctly.
I believe this is my problem. I've just been using Pic resize then uploading, but didn't see anything on Fotki r.e. disabling auto resize?
What program do you use to resize Speedie? And thanks for the tips!
Also does it make a difference on the image size you choose on the camera itself? Or is it best to use the highest quality and go form there?