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Lens Rentals Data – Canon Four Times Quicker Than Nikon at Repairs

Lens Rentals published their data for defects and repairs across the kit they own.  Some interesting nuggets in here. Sigma’s 120-300 f2/8 stands out as a serious lemon with 3 times more failures than the next worst offender. This would certainly make me think twice about this lens but in general Canon and Nikon also feature heavily in the top 15 so I don’t think it means avoid Sigma in general.

Check out the methodology and the list at: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/lensrentals-repair-data-january-july-2012

What the heck is FP High Speed Sync?

The simple question of “how do I set a faster shutter speed whilst using a flash” led me to discover FP High Speed Sync on my camera (just called High Speed Sync with Canon).  Have you ever been looking at a scene, switched on your flash and had your camera dramatically over expose a photo or change your carefully selected aperture?  If the answer is yes, then you need to know about High Speed Sync.

What is FP or High Speed Sync Mode? Continue reading

Rebates for Canon and Nikon (US)

Nikon Rebates – ends March 27th

Adorama, BandH and others are offering instant rebates when purchasing a popular selection of lenses with most camera bodies.  Just go to their websites and the saves are applied directly.

18-200mm – $250 instant rebate.  This is a great first lens (its what I started with and still what I keep on my camera most of the time) giving you maximum flexibility without having to carry a lot of gear. I wish this offer had been available when I got my first body/lens!

Other offers: 70-200 – $400 IR, 24-70mm – $300 IR, 24-120mm – $200 IR, 70-300mm – $200, 24-70/70-200 combo – $700

Canon Rebates

The Canon lens rebates are less significant although they are doubled if you buy a 5D MkII at the same time:
200 F2 – $500 IR
85 1.2 – $130
50 1.2 – $100
16-35 – $100
45 2.8 tse – $80
24-70 – $80
100 2.8 IS – $65
15 2.8 – $45
135 2.8 – $35
100 f2 – $30
580ex II – $25
430ex II – $15

Buying a Camera – Part 3: Whats in a name?

By Jack Berglund

I’m not a big fan of ‘marketing fluff’ naming.  Give me a nice logical set of numbers and letters any day.  Cars are a good example.  In a rush to conjure up some lifestyle association, too many manufactures put ridiculous names on their cars.  Naming your latest 4×4 after a Lake (Chevy Tahoe) or even more confusingly, the capital of an ex-French colony (Porsche Cayenne) undoubtedly makes sense in a marketing meeting. What annoys me, is deep down I know it probably works in the real world too otherwise the practice would have died out.  Ditto for the ‘lifestyle’ car ad which shows a pair of models driving through a beautiful place with giant grins and  ‘we’re better because we drive this car’ expressions but tells you nothing about the car.

What fills me with hope is the world of photography.  Here is a place where engineers come up with wonderful pieces of technology, give them logical letters and numbers and push them out to the world for all to enjoy.  Well, not quite.  It seems in both Canon and Nikon’s cases, the naming logic was devised at 2am after one too many Sake.  Continue reading

What Camera to Buy – Part 2: Cameras by the Pound

By Jack Berglund

One imagines that setting the price of a camera involves a lot of time and effort on the part of the manufacturer.  A team of people would weight up competitive offerings, cost of manufacture, exchange rates, target audience and so on. Countless meetings, phone calls, PowerPoint slides  and spreadsheets would be required.

Not so at Nikon it seems.  You can predict the street price of any of their current cameras to within a few dollars solely by knowing its weight.  The correlation in uncanny right up the range until you get to the D3s.  I imagine the pricing meeting would go something like:

‘Konnichiha team, we need to come up with a price for the new D900.’

….”How much does it weight?” Continue reading

What Camera to Buy – Part 1: Choosing a Make

By Jack Berglund

Related Posts
What Camera to Buy – Part 2: Cameras by the Pound
Buying a Camera – Part 3: Whats in a name?

Choose the Make First

With a wide range of cameras from big name manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax, picking your first DSLR can be difficult and time consuming but it needn’t be. Somewhat counter intuitively, when buying your first SLR camera the best approach, in my opinion, is to pick a make first and then the model. With most other purchases you would compare the different offerings from different brands in the price range you were looking at and pick the one that best suited your needs. Buying an SLR camera is different.

At any given moment, the camera with the best set of features for the price might be a Canon, Nikon, Sony or other brand. With the different release schedules, one manufacturer may have an edge after releasing a new model or drops the price of an existing model but this can change quickly. At a given moment, the Sony might have a million more pixels or the Canon higher resolution video but resist this kind of thinking…

Trust Me, Choose the Make First then the Model

Why is the brand more important than the camera? Imagine you were buying a car knowing that whatever make you bought would be the make you’d buy for the rest of your life. You love the looks of the new little Fiat 500, the price is right and the package great. However, looking down the line, you realize that Fiat don’t make any good midsized or large cars and you’d be hard pushed to upgrade in the future. It wouldn’t matter how good the Fiat 500 was. Clearly, in reality you’re free to switch makes of car any time you like but with cameras its more difficult to jump. Continue reading

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