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Old Feb 9, 2013, 5:06 AM   #11
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Hawgwild- glad you seem to be enjoying the SX40hs- I found it to be a very competent camera- with very good IQ available- even at elevated iso settings.
I wonder- how do you find it compared to the SX50hs...?
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G'day Robert

Good on you for pursuing / persevering with your 'dream'
As others here will tell you - every camera is a series of compromises

For the photo stuff you are describing, I would suggest continuing with the SX by all means, tho to add a monopod for use over 15x zoom and maybe a Red Dot Sight to follow the fast action stuff - as Simon avidly describes it - it just cannot be followed in the v/finder

For RDS units, try B&H ... they're about $50+

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Old Feb 9, 2013, 10:34 PM   #13
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I am in Germany for good now. Missed Sandy in NYC, and missing this snow storm.

As goods as the bride cameras are, still have not seen one of the small sensor camera preform well pass 800iso still. And the details they capture are good, they still do not have the sharpness and crispiness of a lens on a dslr.

I just can't get myself to buy one. Played with them allot, but I keep going to my m4/3 pen when I want something small.
Glad to hear you are out of the firing line of that blizzard. New Yorkers had to be rescued from their cars, the snow was so deep. Makes me glad I live in Florida!
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Hawgwild- glad you seem to be enjoying the SX40hs- I found it to be a very competent camera- with very good IQ available- even at elevated iso settings.
I wonder- how do you find it compared to the SX50hs...?
Simon, from all the reviews I read comparing the SX40 with the SX50, the biggest difference I could see was the 840mm of the 40 contrasted with the 1200mm of the 50. I'm not a tripod user, at least not away from the house, so the extra zoom wasn't important. The IQ was reported to have been about equal, so the extra Hundred dollars for the 50 became a factor as well. So far I am pleased with the results I am getting, will have to get out and shoot some real subjects soon.

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G'day Robert

Good on you for pursuing / persevering with your 'dream'
As others here will tell you - every camera is a series of compromises

For the photo stuff you are describing, I would suggest continuing with the SX by all means, tho to add a monopod for use over 15x zoom and maybe a Red Dot Sight to follow the fast action stuff - as Simon avidly describes it - it just cannot be followed in the v/finder

For RDS units, try B&H ... they're about $50+

Regards, Phil
Phil, the Red Dot Sight unit you described is a "new one" on me. I will check it out. B&H is a good company, I have bought from them in the near past. Monopod as well, that might be more easily transportable than a tripod. (I have two tripods already lol). I think had I used a monopod with the SX50 HS, I may have kept the camera in spite of the long zoom. I'll never know now...
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G'day Robert

Here's a link to a post I raised on the Australian Photography site talking about RDS unts & their usage
http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...hlight=Red+Dot

Let me know if it doesn't work & I'll try to repost here

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G'day Robert

Here's a link to a post I raised on the Australian Photography site talking about RDS unts & their usage
http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...hlight=Red+Dot

Let me know if it doesn't work & I'll try to repost here

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Yes the link worked, Phil. I will do some in depth reading on the subject. Interesting that these are not more commonly used by bird shooters. As far as sports, the red dot on a football player might draw some unwelcome attention. Thanks.

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Hi Robert

I may have given you the wrong idea - the device does not project a red dot like a military gun target thing - it displays a red dot on the viewing screen that you then use as an eye-point while following the bird etc thru the sky

The device has no magnification & displays a life-size image. It allows you to hold the camera 20-25cm [6-8inches] away from your face and you follow the bird & the red dot together, all the while the lens is out to 300mm +/- and the camera is clicking away on AF-C and burst

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