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    Hi everyone,

    Which shop should i go to for camera lens? Cos i scared anyhow go to those not reliable ones and kena kotok

    In addition, if i discover from my shots that my lens seems got dust ( cos got spots on the
    picture when take at certain shuttle speed ), issit buy a blower will do? Can i use microfibre
    cloth to wipe the surface of the camera lens?

    Thanks in advance!

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    What camp are you with ? Canon? Nikon?

    There are alot of price updates in the CS, all done voluntarily by CSers.
    Kudos to them....

    And below those lists got reputable shops to go to.....

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    Thanks! I'm shooting with Canon

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    Me too.

    What model u using? I am on 350D.

    What kind of lens u wanna get ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    In addition, if i discover from my shots that my lens seems got dust ( cos got spots on the
    picture when take at certain shuttle speed ), issit buy a blower will do? Can i use microfibre
    cloth to wipe the surface of the camera lens?

    Thanks in advance!
    dust in picture means the dust is on your sensor...

    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Can i use microfibre
    cloth to wipe the surface of the camera lens?

    Thanks in advance!
    why nt?

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    I'm thinking of getting the Tamron 70-300mm telephoto, but read in the forum that 300m is still not good enuff for shooting birdies so still researching

    Any kind expert can post a 70mm shot and a fully zoom 300mm shot? Cos i search and can't seem to find such demonstration

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    I'm thinking of getting the Tamron 70-300mm telephoto, but read in the forum that 300m is still not good enuff for shooting birdies so still researching

    Any kind expert can post a 70mm shot and a fully zoom 300mm shot? Cos i search and can't seem to find such demonstration
    1st 300mm ain't even to get you close to bird except for some. 2nd at 300mm the lens doesn't perform well, so final image will be pretty soft.
    if you are into serious birding, be prepared to spent a few thousand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    I'm thinking of getting the Tamron 70-300mm telephoto, but read in the forum that 300m is still not good enuff for shooting birdies so still researching
    I owned a Canon 100-400 IS USM and I can tell you that it too came up inadequate in the birding department unless you activate Zoom Mode 2 - i.e. moves closer using your leg power. Also, many a times - obstacles - natural or man-made, hamper your movement.

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    Thanks for all your advice

    With regards to Sensor having dust, is a blower good enough for the job?

    With regards to Tamron 70-300mm, is it good for certain situations where
    the subject is eg. buildings across a river, signpost across a road, candid shot of old man resting in shade across the road ?
    Because these are situations where if you get too near then the "feeling" will
    be lost ( or subject will throw slipper at you )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladehamster View Post
    Thanks for all your advice

    With regards to Sensor having dust, is a blower good enough for the job?

    With regards to Tamron 70-300mm, is it good for certain situations where
    the subject is eg. buildings across a river, signpost across a road, candid shot of old man resting in shade across the road ?
    Because these are situations where if you get too near then the "feeling" will
    be lost ( or subject will throw slipper at you )
    Blower can remove some small specks. Stubborn ones can be swabbed or send back to Canon... They expert swabbers

    For those scenarios you listed, the 70-300 will do fine. But do take note of the shutter speed and your hand-steadyness when at 200-300mm to prevent camera shake

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    For this range, you may want to consider the Canon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM. IS is useful if you want to use it handheld above 200mm.

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    Thanks for the valuable advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    1st 300mm ain't even to get you close to bird except for some. 2nd at 300mm the lens doesn't perform well, so final image will be pretty soft.
    if you are into serious birding, be prepared to spent a few thousand.
    Hi ExplorerZ,
    I was wondering if by adding a TC would help?
    Will there be distortion in the image if a TC is used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenfoo View Post
    Hi ExplorerZ,
    I was wondering if by adding a TC would help?
    Will there be distortion in the image if a TC is used?
    If you add a TC, you're gonna shrink the already small aperture to an even smaller one.

    at 300mm, it's at f5.6.

    If you add a 2x TC, the length will go to 600mm but the aperture will also shrink to f11. Will you still be able to focus at such a small aperture?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    If you add a TC, you're gonna shrink the already small aperture to an even smaller one.

    at 300mm, it's at f5.6.

    If you add a 2x TC, the length will go to 600mm but the aperture will also shrink to f11. Will you still be able to focus at such a small aperture?
    Wow!!! Didn't tot about this mann...
    Thanks for the valuable info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    If you add a TC, you're gonna shrink the already small aperture to an even smaller one.

    at 300mm, it's at f5.6.

    If you add a 2x TC, the length will go to 600mm but the aperture will also shrink to f11. Will you still be able to focus at such a small aperture?
    just to add on, at 300mm from a 70-300 (any make) the quality is already not very good, with a TC it will be a i tried playing kenko 2x TC on my 70-300, focusing and hunting is real bad. takes 2-3s to move from just min focusing distance to infinity.
    Last edited by ExplorerZ; 7th November 2006 at 05:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenfoo View Post
    Wow!!! Didn't tot about this mann...
    Thanks for the valuable info...
    No problem.

    That's why they normally use the TCs on the fast lenses.

    f2.8 x 2 = f5.6 (still can use)
    f2.8 x 1.7 = f5 (better picture quality)
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