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Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 21, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Posted By JohnG
But a 70-200mm 2.8 lens has a collar on it. That...

But a 70-200mm 2.8 lens has a collar on it. That can be mounted on a monopod and then weight is no factor whatosever when shooting. Again, it's about the right tool for the job.
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 21, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Posted By JohnG
Here's the whole thing in a nutshell - you need...

Here's the whole thing in a nutshell - you need to handle the T1i with kit lens. THen and only then will you be able to decide if that camera / lens is too bulky for your normal shots. You've...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 16, 2009, 7:14 AM
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Posted By JohnG
Well, equipment used in that shot was quite good....

Well, equipment used in that shot was quite good. The 5d has better ISO 3200 performance than most DSLRs because it is full frame. The 70-200 f4 is a proffessional grade lens and very sharp. So...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 15, 2009, 5:44 PM
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Posted By JohnG
OK - looking at the two images you brought over -...

OK - looking at the two images you brought over - to my eyes there's an enormous difference in quality. Not surprising. The 5d is a full frame camera and has great high ISO performance. The photo...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 2:35 PM
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Posted By JohnG
OK - let's look at that solution. First, one...

OK - let's look at that solution.
First, one of the reasons I believe Jim put forth the solution is with a mind toward gymnastics. 70mm is just too short. So it really doesn't help you there. ...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 2:05 PM
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Posted By JohnG
It depends on priorities. My preference as...

It depends on priorities. My preference as stated would be for external flash because 24-70 isn't wide enough and not bright enough for the family stuff. Better results for less money but at the...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 2:03 PM
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Posted By JohnG
The problem is the perfect camera DOES NOT EXIST....

The problem is the perfect camera DOES NOT EXIST. It just doesn't. If it did, there would be one single camera on the market. If any one camera system was the best at everything every other camera...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:52 PM
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Posted By JohnG
BINGO - same answer regardless of system. 24-70...

BINGO - same answer regardless of system. 24-70 is too short for the gymnastics and not bright enough for family shots. It's only a good solution for the museum work really - and a 1.8 lens is even...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:48 PM
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Posted By JohnG
All those shots were taken with a bounced flash. ...

All those shots were taken with a bounced flash. And yes, it's bulkier. That's the trade-off. But, they have benefits you alluded to: more powerful, faster recycle time, better af-assist beam,...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:41 PM
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Posted By JohnG
Actually - any DSLR with kit lens and external...

Actually - any DSLR with kit lens and external flash will get you good indoors shots. No need for three cameras. Now, Canon, Nikon and Sony all have good flash systems. So that's good.

With...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:26 PM
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Posted By JohnG
Let's take sports out of it for a second. And...

Let's take sports out of it for a second. And let's go back to what you want to take photos of - indoors of family stuff. I would suggest for those needs a 24-70 2.8 is probably not a great solution...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 12:48 PM
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Posted By JohnG
That statement should not make sense to you. ...

That statement should not make sense to you. It's incorrect. It relys on the faulty premise that more DOF = better

That's a faulty assumption.

Without narrow depth of field you wouldn't get...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 11:52 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Well, the detailed answer is complicated -...

Well, the detailed answer is complicated - involves understanding something called the Circle of Confusion. Let me give the less technical answer. There are 4 components which contribute to DOF:...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 10:03 AM
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Posted By JohnG
Javacleve, Here's my opinion on noise in...

Javacleve,
Here's my opinion on noise in cameras. First, whatever camera it is - turn off in-camera noise reduction. Second, one camera with higher MP for a given sensor size will appear to have...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 1:01 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
In general I think you'll find Olympus gives a...

In general I think you'll find Olympus gives a tremendous bang-for-the-buck. I don't think they're more expensive especially since their kit lenses tend to be very very good. For general...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 12:31 PM
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Posted By JohnG
Again, the smallest DSLRs on the market I would...

Again, the smallest DSLRs on the market I would suggest are capable are the Canon T1i, Nikon D90 and Sony A700. Go to a store and hand-hold them. Ask yourself if they're too bulky. If all 3 feel...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Based upon this statement my advice is you're not...

Based upon this statement my advice is you're not going to get very good gymnastics shots. Given the least expensive lens option I would recommend for ANY system is the Sigma 70-200 2.8 at $850. An...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Sarah - you bring up a good point about being...

Sarah - you bring up a good point about being civil. You are correct there. However, photography is an APPLIED art/science. Things that look good in specifications don't always translate to...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Jim - here's the problem. Unlike you, I actually...

Jim - here's the problem. Unlike you, I actually shoot these sports and I shoot low light sports. I understand first hand how difficult they are. I also understand how spending an additional say...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
As an example Jim - here's a thread from last...

As an example Jim - here's a thread from last year where you tried to push the A200 (terrible ISO and focus) on a user. You will now admit it's ISO and focus isn't up to par - it wasn't a year ago...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 10:03 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Jim - I will again state publicly I disagree with...

Jim - I will again state publicly I disagree with your approach to push Sony at all costs on people. You are now resorting to "anything is an improvement" but I don't see you suggesting an Oly...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 9:29 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
I'm going to suggest for gymnastics you're not...

I'm going to suggest for gymnastics you're not going to get many opportunities to use a 50mm lens. You have to be less than 15' away to get decent results. 200mm was pushing things - 50mm is...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 11, 2009, 11:53 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Tullio - out of curiosity, not long enough for...

Tullio - out of curiosity, not long enough for what? Anything? Or a specific type of photography?
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 9, 2009, 8:40 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
Sorry - just saw this. It would appear you have...

Sorry - just saw this. It would appear you have ability to send you a private message turned off in your profile. If you don't have an objection to doing so, please turn the feature on and send me...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 5:56 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JohnG
First it was in a HS gym with very good lighting....

First it was in a HS gym with very good lighting. Not the lighting you're going to see in the gymnastic school gyms you're likely to be seeing.
I was on the floor about 15 feet from the beam - 85mm...
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