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Old Sep 24, 2011, 6:57 PM   #21
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Well thanks to JimC we now know the lens that was clearly marked as a canon on the bubble wrap is a Sony mount lens. So now the question goes buy another used lens for this and try out the Canon 30D with the option to move the lens over to a new body in 6 months or a year if the 30D doesn't do good enough or work out........ or just give up and return everything.

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Old Sep 24, 2011, 7:07 PM   #22
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It sure looks like a Minolta AF mount to my eyes. Here's a downsized crop from a quick snapshot showing the lens mount on one of my Tamron lenses for Minolta AF cameras.
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Old Sep 24, 2011, 7:12 PM   #23
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Yep as always ask TCav and JimC and one of them has the correct answer in like 30 seconds. OUTSTANDING group of people in these forums.

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Old Sep 24, 2011, 8:19 PM   #24
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The AF drive screw is a dead giveaway that it's not a Canon. Plus, Canon lenses always had (at least) 8 contacts.
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Old Sep 25, 2011, 5:09 PM   #25
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Thanks TCav I am not that skilled in looking at lenses and gear for stuff like that. I am more skilled at picking up the camera playing with the settings and getting the shot I need for the newspaper. Thanks for your time with this matter I really APPRECIATE it!

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Sounds like you had some fun with this one! The Canon 30D is a good beast and will give great clean shots to ISO 800, I've used it at 1600 for paid work but a bit reluctant to do so at 3200 for anything more than 8x6 prints. If you have it along with a good lens it will give great results, use it with a Minolta lens.... not so much
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 6:08 PM   #27
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Thanks Mark for the reply. I am getting a lens ordered that will fit this camera and give it a whirl. yeah its been way too much fun so far. I'll let you know how it works out after I have had a chance to actually test it out. Also thanks for the advise on the ISO I heard from one other ex-user that ISO1600 should only be used when doing sports and the output is computer monitor or small news prints, if I need full size cover images go with ISO800.


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I would say that newsprint at ISO 3200 is fine as the resolution isn't there so do some noise reduction and you are good.
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Thanks Mark I have NoseNinja software installed on my computer that has worked for me in the past and I will do some test shots at ISO1600 and 3200 and see how they turn out and let the editor also check them out as well.

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Sounds good to me. As long as you get the exposure right you should be perfectly fine.
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