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Saturday, 9 August 2008

My Camera Wish List

My current camera is the Canon 400D. My favorite lens at the moment is the 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS it is a 3 stop Image stablising lens and is great for walking about with.

My current Wish list for Camera parts is:

055 3 Stage Normal

055 3 Stage Light Weight.

190 Normal

190 Light Weight

SanDisk seem to make fast reliable Compact Flash (CF) cards and occasionally come up for amazing prices. £17.99 for a 4GB x133 speed card!

The 70-200 F4 IS Lens seems to have gotten good reviews. there is a F2.8 version of this lens but it is much heavier and it is not that sharp at f2.8 and twice the price. The f4 version is sharp from f4. and you could set the exposure compensation to ev-1 for Av mode and you would get the shutter speed of a f2 lens and then post process compensate by 1 Stop.

I Really Like the Quality of the Manfrotto tripods but can not decide which model I would like. The 190 series don't quite go up to eye level and feel a little flimsy while the 55 is rock solid but quite weighty. The 055 Mag fiber is about the same weight as the standard 190, but then you could get the lieght weight 190 and have a tripod that you could take any where. For both there are 3 and 4 section legs. 4 is a little it more compact but 3 is lighter and stiffer which is what you want out of a travel tripod?

I love the geared head. it is so easy to accurately position no real effort required and the action is very smooth but it is expensive and adds a lot of weight (if you have just paid double for a light weight set of legs).

The 3D Magnesium Head is cheaper and very light but I found the knobs very hard to turn. They are very stiff unlike the geared version and do not have large grips like the geared head.

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