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What's with today today?

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Surprisingly good House/Ambient music created from Pi calculation. [Gizmodo]
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From: ex_hellocth126 Date: October 7th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Today is one of those weird-feeling days.

I dunno if you saw my last post where I asked for camera advice, but I was hoping you might have something to add to that...?
abmann From: abmann Date: October 7th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't seen that.

I think at the $700 price level the Nikon D60 is a better buy than the Canon Rebel especially with the kit lens. See here.

If you wanted to bump up your price range a little, the D80 is even better. it's the version that replaced my D70 and was recently replaced by the D90 so the proce dropped dramatically. See here.

Either camera is great. The kit lens with the D80 is better, in my opinion, because it is VR (vibration reduction). But the kit on the D60 is a very sharp and fast lens.

You can go cheaper and get the D40x which is OK. My biggest problem with the 40 is lack of auto-focus with all lenses. The 80 and 60 include a focus drive where the 40 doesn't. So only lenses with on-board motors will auto-focus on the D40.

If you buy a D90, I'll have to beat you up and take it.
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: October 7th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, I don't see a D90 happening in my future.

I like the D60, it's much closer to what I'd like to spend... although a vibration reduction lens sounds very nice. I don't know how big of a difference that would ultimately end up making. I have problems with blur a lot, but then again I'm used to point-and-click digitals with their horribly-slow shutter speeds.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 7th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
VR lens let you shoot at up to three stops slower than you could otherwise.

A general rule is that you never shoot at a shutter speed slower than the reciprocal of your lens length. So, take a 50mm lens. You never want to shoot at less that 1/50s shutter speed without a tripod. Below that, the slap of the mirror causes blur in the photo when hand held. VR corrects for the mirror slap vibration so with a 50mm lens you could shoot comfortably at 1/15s and maybe 1/8 with a VR stabilized 50mm lens.

So, yeah. VR technology is awesome when you're shooting low light, which I do constantly, or macro.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 7th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, the Most Amazing Feature Ever you get when going from digicam to DSLR is instantaneous shooting. When you push the button, the camera takes a picture. immediately. No lag. IMMEDIATELY.

You have no idea how awesome that feature alone is and was one of my top 5 reasons for buying a DSLR.
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: October 7th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
THAT is primarily what I'm going for. I've lost so many pictures to that tiny bit of lag that even good digicams have. Having tons of settings to fiddle with is interesting and something I may get into eventually, but my big wants are instant shooting and better low-light photography.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 7th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, if you are intending to bump up your price a little, the Canon Revel XSi is entirely adequate. i prefer the build quality on the Nikon's at the $700 range though. Canon feels more flimsy.
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