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    I saw this on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....:X:RTQ:AU:1123

    Is it recommended to buy this kinda lens or the original ones?

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    Try doing a search on here. You'll realize that unless it's a Raynox macro adapter, most of these things are worthless junk just begging for you to waste your money on them.
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    nah....dun trust those adapter...I rather get the real stuff..

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    Get the real one

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    If you are using a point and shoot with the option to add adapters for wider shooting, you can try some of the better brands such as Olympus , Minolta etc. While definitely not the best of IQ compared to a DSLR wide angle lens, they offer better quality than many of those generic makers.

    For DSLR users, it is better to get a dedicated wide angle lens instead. The pricey adapter posted looks like a rip off ..

    Best of luck yoshii

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    Look at the vignetting. Says enough, hands off.
    None of the standard wide angle lenses have such vignetting and also not the fish eye look (which is actually a really bad distortion here for a lens claiming to be wide angle). There are fish eye lenses if you like this feeling - but they don't really work on crop sensor cameras. "Panoramic" is close to be a lie. Crap.

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    Thank you so much!! Is my 1st DSLR & im at the brim of giving it up cos I do not know how to use. What brand & where can i get my wide angle lens? Is very ex...=(

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    If you are using a point and shoot with the option to add adapters for wider shooting, you can try some of the better brands such as Olympus , Minolta etc. While definitely not the best of IQ compared to a DSLR wide angle lens, they offer better quality than many of those generic makers.

    For DSLR users, it is better to get a dedicated wide angle lens instead. The pricey adapter posted looks like a rip off ..

    Best of luck yoshii

    Ryan
    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks. Which shop in SG can I go to?

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    just to add on.

    ryan, you mentioned it is better to use a dedicated wide angle lens. but is a fixed focal length wide angle better than a short-range wide angle zoom? i mean, in terms of sharpness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-setting View Post
    just to add on.

    ryan, you mentioned it is better to use a dedicated wide angle lens. but is a fixed focal length wide angle better than a short-range wide angle zoom? i mean, in terms of sharpness?
    Depends, really. That's why it's best to read reviews.

    In general, a prime lens, with it's fewer elements, will be better. But this is not always the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Depends, really. That's why it's best to read reviews.

    In general, a prime lens, with it's fewer elements, will be better. But this is not always the case.
    ha ha... so many variables to consider. but thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshii View Post
    Thanks. Which shop in SG can I go to?
    No shop. Read first. Your knowledge seems to be limited and that's a clear No-No for shopping.
    Check the equipment sections, there are price lists maintained that also include the list of reputable shops. But to make it clear: Don't shop unless you know exactly what you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshii View Post
    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks. Which shop in SG can I go to?
    Here is a list of shops that many photog frequent.

    As Octarine mentioned, do read up on the various makes and models of the lenses. A little homework on what u are getting will prevent disapointments especially pricing

    Quote Originally Posted by B-setting View Post
    just to add on.

    ryan, you mentioned it is better to use a dedicated wide angle lens. but is a fixed focal length wide angle better than a short-range wide angle zoom? i mean, in terms of sharpness?
    The newer wide angle zooms are pretty competent, and the IQ difference might not be easily seen unless u peep pixels or u compare the charts.

    I love the wide angle zooms for their flexibility.

    Also. If you are using a crop sensor camera, there is a wide range of wide angle zooms especially 3rd party ones that offers much wider focal lengths compared to the primes.

    There are many reviews online including this forum on various zoom comparisons and user preferences.

    Hope this helps.

    Ryan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    No shop. Read first. Your knowledge seems to be limited and that's a clear No-No for shopping.
    Check the equipment sections, there are price lists maintained that also include the list of reputable shops. But to make it clear: Don't shop unless you know exactly what you need.
    I have the Canon 1000D 18-55mm lens which I got during IT show. Is it me or the camera Im using cos I can't seems to take nice photos. I intend to bring it for travelling & Im stuck. sighhhhh
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    Yoshii

    Get to master the basics and handling of ur camera and try to test shoot more often before you embark on the trip. You would not want to make the mistakes of poor focus / depth of field / exposures etc on ur holiday trip.

    If you do not have much time to learn the DSLR for now, a point and shoot is a valid option to give you better shots while not being too overly technical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshii View Post
    I have the Canon 1000D 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm & 50mm which I got during IT show. Is it me or the camera Im using cos I can't seems to take nice photos. I intend to bring it for travelling & Im stuck. sighhhhh
    It's you.

    Read the newbies guide on photography and learn about composition and exposure.
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    [QUOTE=Rashkae;4917414]It's you.

    Read the newbies guide on photography and learn about composition and exposure.[/QUOTE

    Phew! i thought is the cam cos I'll be very disappointed if I bought the wrong one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshii View Post
    Phew! i thought is the cam cos I'll be very disappointed if I bought the wrong one.
    What do you mean "the wrong one"? There are no "wrong" cameras unless you aim at a very special purpose. All recent DSLR (including your 1000D) deliver decent pictures, but as it is with all tools: it needs skilled hands.
    What exactly are you missing in your pictures? What is disappointing? What do you expect? No camera comes with built-in warranty for great pictures. But all come with built-in requirement that the person behind the viewfinder knows some basics about photography. That means technically (exposure and the 3 components of ISO, aperture, shutter speed; focal length and others) as well as from artistic point (composition, an eye for the situation and the object, looking for different perspectives etc). Of course there are those "lucky moments" when a snap comes out as a great picture. But many pictures are the result of a lot of preparation work and understanding (which is the result of learning).
    So first thing: stop worrying about your gear, it's enough to give you a good start. Now it's your turn

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    Hi Yoshii,

    I also own a 1000D + 18-55kit lens + 50mm lens. I used to own a 75-300mm but I sold it. I had the same challenge before after I got my 1000D. As the saying goes "It's not about the camera but the person behind the viewfinder". Whether you agree or not well it's up to. Just an old saying anyway. I think the point is to practice the skills in composing a shot plus to know how DSLR works in terms of metering and good exposure. And most important thing is practice.

    IMO, a good gear is also a factor but for an amateur like me, I'd rather focus on the skills first before upgrading. (it's my way of saying that I dn't have money to buy expensive gear)..Seriously, that's my opinion. Forums like CS can help you alot. Also you can go to flickr and there are lots of pictures there taken using 1000D + kit lens. Studyu the EXIF and the composition and it will really help.

    There are also lot of pros here in CS who can give some advice. In fact there is also a 1000D thread here just in case you want to join.

    Enjoy shooting!

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    Thank you all for the advices & encouragement. Think is time for me not to dwell on it, I'll start by reading up more.

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