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    hi guys. i turning to digital soon. would like to ask DSLR users any tips and things to take note before buying a dslr. thanks alot.

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    erm...
    1.buy from reputable shops. CP, Lords, MS Color etc.
    2.if possible,get someone who is experienced in that cam to go with u
    3.check kit lens(aperture,motor,dust)
    4.on lcd to check for dead pixel(take a foto with lens cap on)
    5.check flash
    6.check that serial no. tallies with warranty
    7.check that kit lens serial tallies oso

    i also just got my dslr recently, dunno if wat i posted helps...
    gd luck and have fun!!!!

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    ask for discount
    ask for freebies
    make sure your bank account have enough money
    Look for MO to get it cheaper.

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    a) Knowledge of post processing will go a long way not just the use of the DSLR alone
    b) Your investment does not end when you get your DSLR. It is just the beginning to many more products and accessories you will eventually end up buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wainism
    erm...
    1.buy from reputable shops. CP, Lords, MS Color etc.
    2.if possible,get someone who is experienced in that cam to go with u
    3.check kit lens(aperture,motor,dust)
    4.on lcd to check for dead pixel(take a foto with lens cap on)
    5.check flash
    6.check that serial no. tallies with warranty
    7.check that kit lens serial tallies oso

    i also just got my dslr recently, dunno if wat i posted helps...
    gd luck and have fun!!!!
    Hi, how to check for dead pixels by taking pics with lens cap on?? What are we suppose to see if there are dead pixels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenx
    Hi, how to check for dead pixels by taking pics with lens cap on?? What are we suppose to see if there are dead pixels?
    CHANGE loh.... i sure u dun wan a "defective" product.

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    set to manual....the replace lens cap....take a shot...

    then view the pic and zoom in....then u start viewing on the lcd with the maximum zoom when moving ard...

    tt's a rough guage lo....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illidan
    hi guys. i turning to digital soon. would like to ask DSLR users any tips and things to take note before buying a dslr. thanks alot.
    take note of the special issues like dust on sensor, crop factor, noise, cf write-buffer, white balance, RAW vs jpeg, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnet6
    CHANGE loh.... i sure u dun wan a "defective" product.
    Erm... I know and I will change. My qn meant, "what will I see if there are dead pixels" What will there be on the LCD screen??

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenx
    Erm... I know and I will change. My qn meant, "what will I see if there are dead pixels" What will there be on the LCD screen??
    black dot...

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    Default Practical Buying Guide for Solo, First-time dSLR Buyers

    This 26/3/2005 Post assumes:
    a) you already know which dSLR you want,
    b) you don't have the luxury of a shifu/parent to drag along on purchase day. And
    c) you want to try your luck at a smaller shop.

    To prevent seething from a bad purchase, perhaps these are things you can look out for:

    Stage ONE: Do the information Groundwork
    Stage TWO: Check accesory prices, then camera prices.
    Stage THREE: Ask to Handle the Camera, (preferably the actual boxed set you will be buying) Go Home for more research if necessary.
    Stage FOUR: Check first, pay later.
    Stage FIVE: Resist temptation to buy 'special packages'

    MISCELLANEA.


    Stage ONE:
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    {use google or other good search engine.}

    • Read the specs, and/or suggested retail prices: the manufacturer's site
    (eg. canon.com.sg, nikon.com.sg).

    • note (kit) lens diameter and battery (model, current, voltage etc)

    • note also the authorised retailers in the vicinity.

    • Read the reviews at multiple sites.
    - cameras: eg. dpreview,
    - CF performance, eg. robgalbraith.com.
    - CF prices, see www.hardwarezone.com under:
    pricelist | storage | memory card | CF

    • check & note your country's list of problematic merchants. Take your chances after that. for singapore, see
    http://www.newasia-singapore.com/sec...38,460,00.html

    • try searching for the shop address or name; you may discover a thread putting the shop in a bad light.


    Stage TWO:
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    • bring a PDA or other handy notation device to record prices/model no. Record all prices - even those you think unnecessary.

    • ASK THE ACCESORY PRICE FIRST. this is to prevent getting fleeced by 'special deals' at the end.
    2 accessories you prob should/will get are a UV filter to protect your lens, and an extra battery. (I don't know if super long-lasting batteries work, so you'll have to ask an engineer/ more experienced photographer)
    hence, the need to know the lens diameter and battery model in advance.

    • When asking the price, ensure you clarify whether:
    - item is export/local set (related to valid local warranty & price)
    - item is manufacturer or generic made.
    - includes e 5% GST
    - extra charges are included. some charge 5% more for credit card swipes

    • If it's a super-low price, be wary. see last 2 points in STAGE ONE.


    Stage THREE
    ---------------
    see posts above and elsewhere on clubsnap.
    eg:
    make sure if Kit is supposed to contain an EF-S lens, it does.

    RE: LCDs,
    I don't quite understand the process mentioned above.. Were you refering to LCD or CCD/CMOS capture?
    but if it was for LCDs, i would check for dead and stuck pixels like on a monitor.

    viz:
    - Dead (black dots): shot of a nearby white object that fills the frame, flash on.

    - Stuck (white dots): shot with lens cap on.


    Stage FOUR
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    Ensure you get good title, warranty.
    This means minimally:
    a) Receipt with the Goods' description, date, SN etc
    b) Warranty card serial no. matches Camera body serial number.
    c) Ask for dealer stamp on warranty. and "why not?" if none.

    only then, pay up.
    Be analretentive about getting a receipt: especially relevant if you part-pay by nets/cash.


    Stage FIVE:
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    Be careful of special deals, especially if they are generic or non-camera-manufacturer related items.

    If you adhered to stage two, you'll know when you really are getting a good deal.


    MISCELLANEA
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    This is probably damn commonsensical, but might be helpful for more sheltered individuals.

    TIMING
    Crux: Don't rush a purchase.
    - Don't buy the camera the day before you need it.
    - Try to ensure you can finish the purchase 2hours before closing time.
    - ideally, try purchasing on a week day, during working hours so you can call the camera manufacturer's support centre if things look iffy.


    UNFAIR PRESSURE
    If you have a bad gut feeling about the seller. Heed it - just walk away.
    eg
    You say you want to go to other shops to check prices first. They tell you you have to purchase X item NOW otherwise "no more special deal". it's probably bull.
    walk. Say you need to go to the toilet or something


    LEGAL REDRESS
    • Iffy warranty: talk to manufacturer
    • Talk to merchant
    • Talk to CASE: http://www.case.org.sg/contactus.htm
    • consider Small Claims Tribunal. http://www.smallclaims.gov.sg/
    But note cost consequences.

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    if you put the lens cap on.. set to manual.. take a pic.. .and check for dead pixels (little black dots).. (no offense) The whole pic will be black wun it? Mine is... so how to check for dead pixels?

    I tot it was to take an over-exposed pic and with a resultant white pic, zoom in and check for little black dot(s). And with the lens cap on.. take a long exposure to check for 'live" or hotpixels as well as defective LCD?
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    sala....after thinking abt it...

    i think i remembered wrongly. taking with lens cap on shd be for hot pixels....

    dead pixels....over exposed pic or take a white object

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    After knowing the above tips, Play around as many camera as possible in the shop.
    The camera that you feel good when holding & it got the function you need that the best cam for you...
    TO SEE, TO FEEL, TO PHOTOGRAPH.

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    Alternatively, you can try get a cheapo 2nd hand dSLR for experiment and test first, eg Canon D60 or Nikon D100, plenty on 2nd hand market, buy it and use it for a few weeks, if you dont like then sell it back to 2nd hand market, you minimize your $ lost. (consider that as learning fee!)

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    JOIN the dark side ....

    Young skywalker .... we will guide you at NUG ...
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    Wooo.. so many lengthy posts, sorry, I took only a quick look through the posts, hope I'm not duplicating advice here.

    Bring all your lenses to the shop (if you own any)! Try out the DSLR with your existing lens. If no lenses, then check with the lens kit and at least one more lens in the shop. Take a few photos and check for back-focusing problem.

    I know of alot of buyers who went into a shop, buy a DSLR and go home, only to find back-focusing problem with their lens, and have to return to the shop or service centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric69
    I know of alot of buyers who went into a shop, buy a DSLR and go home, only to find back-focusing problem with their lens, and have to return to the shop or service centre.
    what is back focusing problem?

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    I got one tips in getting DSLR: BE RICH! You'll need more money than you think for the extras

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    if you put the lens cap on.. set to manual.. take a pic.. .and check for dead pixels (little black dots).. (no offense) The whole pic will be black wun it? Mine is... so how to check for dead pixels?

    I tot it was to take an over-exposed pic and with a resultant white pic, zoom in and check for little black dot(s). And with the lens cap on.. take a long exposure to check for 'live" or hotpixels as well as defective LCD?
    hot pixel checking is over rated.
    chances of u ever shooting ubder that condition is.....NEVER.

    dpreview's posting shows method to be-
    iso 1600, lens cap on n any auto mode,
    fire away then review to look for red dots.

    dead pixel OTOH is lots more important
    as it shows under every situations.

    bro,
    can i ask wat bike in ur pic?

    ps,
    u can always go back to canon for pixel re mapping,
    but very disappointed with their service.
    anyone wants the story of mine,
    just PM, ok?

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