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    Have always enjoyed taking photographs, even in the early days when my parents bought me an Ilford Sporty 4 for my birthday back in the early sixties. Of course in those days it was relatively inexpensive to buy a point and shoot camera, but the development and printing of the film was a high ongoing cost for the young snapper.

    Well the birth of digital cameras changed all of that, I can now snap away with impunity, with only battery life and CF card size to worry about and although it may take a few shots to get one which works, I normally get pretty close to what was intended.

    I still have my Fuji Finepix S5000, as it is handy to have in the vehicle, whereas my Olympus E-500 is a much better tool and it is the one I take out when I want to achieve good results.

    My recent addition of the Sigma 50-500mm zoom telephoto lens has made a lot of difference to what I am able to achieve in open countryside, add to that the E-14 Teleconverter and the lens pulls in relatively small subjects from 100m or so, it is howecer quite heavy and requires Tripod or monopod support.

    Yet to give the big lens a real test, but come April /May when I take a trip to France, I'll see what I can snap over the Oilseed Rape fields, they will be full of nesting birds.

    I'm also looking to buy a Zigview angled LCD viewfinder, as it makes life a lot easier for tripod work and means that I can use the remote control to avoid camera shake.

    PS. Also a picture of my Trusty Treader.
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    Sounds like a nice setup you have there

    If it's camera shake on a tripod caused by actually pressing to take the picture you are worried about, one tip I picked up is to use the timer.

    Setting up the picture up then taking it with a 10 (or 3 if you have it) second delay means the camera should be stationary when the shutter goes off.

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    Hi PoloMint, yes, have used the timer, but bought a little infrared RC unit, so I can fire off shots very quickly and when I need them. Using the timer is not always the best option when photographing birds which move around a lot.

    PS. Also have mirror lock on the Olympus, so can pretty much eliminate all movement.

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    Ahh, I hadn't thought about the problem of birds moving .Most of the tripod pictures I've been worried about camera shake on have been of landscapes/scenery where things moving isn't normally an issue.

    The remote control units look good, but I'll wait till I upgrade my camera (currently a little Pentax 3.2MP point and shoot) before buying anything else photography related I think.

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    Just bought a second E-500 body on Ebay, so that when I go out across the fields, I can also take some scenery, without having to swap lenses.

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    Will you use a 28mm?

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    I have a 14-45mm Lens Jimbo, equivalent to a 28-90mm in SLR terms, so gives me quite a bit of flexibility.

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    Nikon D7200 Camera. Nikon 55-300mm VR F4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX NIKKOR SWM WAF-5 DX Micro Nikkor 40mmf/2.8G SWM DX swm ED af aspherical 18-55 With wide angle converter Nikon Coolpix S5100 Sony HandycamDCR-SR58 Hama tripod Canon Pixma iP7250 PixmaMG5500

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    Well all that jargon is a little byond me .
    I have a Nikon D50 SLR, with 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens.
    a Conika minlota Z6, 6.1 mgpx and a digital video camera that takes stills as well as movie and sound. Most of wich I haven't a clue how to use but do get some nice photos.

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    Olympus Evolt E520, and borrowed lenses and flash. Fuji Finepix S7000 for Macro A chair :)

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    I only have the one camera at the moment (although am looking at getting a 10xzoom Lumix to keep in my bag all the time), I use a Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera [6MP, 6 x Optical Zoom, macro mode for shots as close as 1cm].
    Of course, 2 or 3 years down the line that is no longer available and the one that replaces it (same cost) is 9.0 Megapixel and Optical Zoom: 10.7x.

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    Nikon D7200 Camera. Nikon 55-300mm VR F4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX NIKKOR SWM WAF-5 DX Micro Nikkor 40mmf/2.8G SWM DX swm ED af aspherical 18-55 With wide angle converter Nikon Coolpix S5100 Sony HandycamDCR-SR58 Hama tripod Canon Pixma iP7250 PixmaMG5500

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    I think really a good picture is in how you use the camera. I haven't a clue I just look and shoot. Some trimes it's good most times it's not. Lol
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    Aah, but that's what's good about digital... you can take loads without worrying about expense - statistically you are bound to get some nice photos even if you are rubbish

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    Nikon D7200 Camera. Nikon 55-300mm VR F4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX NIKKOR SWM WAF-5 DX Micro Nikkor 40mmf/2.8G SWM DX swm ED af aspherical 18-55 With wide angle converter Nikon Coolpix S5100 Sony HandycamDCR-SR58 Hama tripod Canon Pixma iP7250 PixmaMG5500

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    Exsactly.]
    I take about 250 a day somtime over 300 and if I can get a couple of good ones I'm happy.
    One day I might get some one to show me how to use this camera. The manual is all very well but I'm sure it's back-to-front and I can't do with this refer to page such and such because by the time I get to the page it refers to I have forgotten all the technicalities I have read do far.

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    I know the feeling - I read the manual on one activity, managed to do it without the manual, didn't do it again for a couple of weeks.... and now have no blinkin' idea!

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    Nikon D7200 Camera. Nikon 55-300mm VR F4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX NIKKOR SWM WAF-5 DX Micro Nikkor 40mmf/2.8G SWM DX swm ED af aspherical 18-55 With wide angle converter Nikon Coolpix S5100 Sony HandycamDCR-SR58 Hama tripod Canon Pixma iP7250 PixmaMG5500

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    Lol. I can pick things up quickly hands on so to speak If some one shows me I'm away but trying to understand what I read is really some thing else.

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    Just a small addition, have now managed to acquire an Olympus FL-50 Flashgun, a superb piece of equipment, with the ability to Autofocus in darkness up to 10m, superb for daytime fill, with syncronisation up to 1/4000s and illuminate up to 165 ft at ISO 100.

    Modes available: TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL


    Review Here
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    That URL leeps timing out. Thing is if one has a flash on the camera why would one need a flash gun?

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    On camera flashes are not very good for quality photos, plus they will not reach 160 feet to illuminate a wildlife subject, they can also be bounced off of the ceiling and diffusers used to obtain much softer lighting.
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    Oh yes of course. I have a short lived memory. I tried to flash some thing once and although the camera could well focus, the flash was out if range
    (I don't think it was the moon ) but I can't remember what it was, but the flash was not strong enough and I was a bit upset

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    Just updated my kit to the Olympus E-520, the udated version of my E-500, comes with Image Stabilisation and 10 Megapixel sensor, plus live preview, a very useful function, where it will illustrate depth of field.

    Not played with it much yet, but took a photo indoors of the box it came in using on camera flash and my 50-500mm lens hand held at 400mm and the Image Stabilisation kept it rock solid.

    Very impressed.
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    Really nice Rolf.
    I like the image stabilizer. Should see some nice photos in the next few days . Mind you your photos are always good

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolf View Post
    Image Stabilisation kept it rock solid.

    Has to be better than taking beta blockers Rolf

    Does look nice and complicated though

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    LOL, I have the shakiest hands in the world, so Image Stabilisation is a real boon to me.

    It actually isn't that complicated, it is as easy or as technical as you want it to be. I know many people who use cameras like this on Auto setting all the time, in fact I often use the pre-programmed settings.
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