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    Hi all,

    Been browsing this site for a few months now but still yet to decide on a camera.

    Would like to get a resale set to 'play' while picking up photography skills.


    Will 40D or D90 be ok to take some nature scenes in Punggol? E.g. Sunrise / Flora / Fauna / or long shot of birds across the river or up in the sky?

    Thank you for entertaining this newbie question

    Michael

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    D90 is a newer camera and may be packed with newer features. but from what i've seen from my friend's D90, colour reproduction is sweet.

    40d is still a great came too. old but still dependable
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    Default Re: 40D or D90 good for shooting nature

    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Hi all,

    Been browsing this site for a few months now but still yet to decide on a camera.

    Would like to get a resale set to 'play' while picking up photography skills.


    Will 40D or D90 be ok to take some nature scenes in Punggol? E.g. Sunrise / Flora / Fauna / or long shot of birds across the river or up in the sky?

    Thank you for entertaining this newbie question

    Michael
    BOTH of these cameras are good! The kinds of shots you take will be more influenced by the lenses you have.

    40D feels more solidly built. It's pretty hefty.
    D90 is feature-packed as well, but in a smaller and lighter body. It also has video capability, though not of the cinema-making variety

    are these the only 2 cameras in your shortlist? Do consider other brands if budget is of a concern. There's Pentax, Sony, Olympus, and so on.
    Exploring! :)

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    For your requirements, every single DSLR camera out there is "good". What will be more important is making sure you get a telefocus lens and possibly a macro lens too. All DSLR manufacturers offer these lenses, and there are Sigma and Tamron lenses for Sony, Canon and Nikon too.

    There is no need to invest so much in a DSLR body for your requirements. Consider a cheaper option.
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    Would like to get a resale set to 'play' while picking up photography skills.
    Usually others even go for lower ends body like Canon 400D/450D or D50/D70 to 'play'.
    40D and D90 as compared would be even better and packed with more features. Consider more the lens in your budget than the body.

    Sunrise / Flora / Fauna / or long shot of birds across the river or up in the sky?
    looks like you need a wide lens and a long focal/macro lens to do all these things...most of your budget shd be on the lens I wud see...
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    There're other brands like Sony Alpha 390, Nex-3/5, Pentax K-x, Canon 550D, Fuji S100. Every camera are equally good for the majority of tasks you throw at it. Only when you want to take sports photography like F1, you would then consider a bit more high end camera.

    For me it's a entry level DSLR for normal photography. The only thing that's limiting is my imagination.
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    Default Re: 40D or D90 good for shooting nature

    you can also buy a high-end DSLR and use it for normal use... Nobody's stopping you
    It's all a matter of affordability and preference. If you've got the cash and willing to spend, and you like those 'solid' DSLRs, by all means
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    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Will 40D or D90 be ok to take some nature scenes in Punggol? E.g. Sunrise / Flora / Fauna / or long shot of birds across the river or up in the sky?
    None of the manufacturers offers one or the other model as "suited for nature" or "best for birding" - why? Because all of these cameras can do the job, provided you have the right lens and know what to do. None of these cameras is able to read your mind - it's your job to understand and to adjust the cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Hi all,

    Been browsing this site for a few months now but still yet to decide on a camera.

    Would like to get a resale set to 'play' while picking up photography skills.


    Will 40D or D90 be ok to take some nature scenes in Punggol? E.g. Sunrise / Flora / Fauna / or long shot of birds across the river or up in the sky?

    Thank you for entertaining this newbie question

    Michael
    Both can deliver "the goods" , but by hw much depends really on ur expecatations/preference/budget allowance.
    Furthermore, U dun choose system this way.. u need to look at other variables like lenses and accessories as well.
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    Suggest you go around and try it before buy. If most of your friend using xxx brand, can consider to join them. Can share accessories (example speedlight) or buy lens from them.

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    Thank you everyone for the info...

    With above advices.... this is what i will be hoping to do this week...
    -Get a 450D or D70
    -save the money to buy good lens to start shooting some birds.....

    will be going to joburg at end of week, hope i can find something good soon.

    btw... does a 18-270 lens considered as a telephoto? Or it must have a "TELEPHOTO" sticker on it, then it will be capable to getting the job done....

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    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Thank you everyone for the info...

    With above advices.... this is what i will be hoping to do this week...
    -Get a 450D or D70
    -save the money to buy good lens to start shooting some birds.....

    will be going to joburg at end of week, hope i can find something good soon.

    btw... does a 18-270 lens considered as a telephoto? Or it must have a "TELEPHOTO" sticker on it, then it will be capable to getting the job done....
    erh bro, as a D70 user, I wud suggest you go for D50 which has better Dynamic range + default curve. you might get frustrated with the D70. Tt's for the case if you are going Nikon.

    Here's a guy selling in BnS.
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=732248

    btw, telephoto does not have a sticker that says 'telephoto'...the same goes for a seller will not paste sticker on his forehead to say he's good/no good. Do assert discretion when buying 2nd hand.
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    Ts its more to do with the lens u use,nothing to do with the camera body.

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    Better lens & tripod will help you more than camera body for nature shoot..

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    Quote Originally Posted by horizon_grazer View Post
    Better lens & tripod will help you more than camera body for nature shoot..
    Oh yes... will need a tripod too. Been searching for lens thread. So far following is the best so far to make me understand.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=477934

    Anyone come across thread showing which lens goes with makes? Still trying to digest what different nomenclature .. EFS... -L ... USM....AF-A.....AF-C...AF-S

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    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Anyone come across thread showing which lens goes with makes? Still trying to digest what different nomenclature .. EFS... -L ... USM....AF-A.....AF-C...AF-S
    Each manufacturer has it's own website with tons of explanations. Wikipedia also helps.
    Nikon lenses can be mounted on Canon bodies with an adapter, working there as full manual lenses (you need to adjust focus and aperture by hand). Canon lenses cannot be mounted on Nikon bodies.
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    Default Re: 40D or D90 good for shooting nature

    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Oh yes... will need a tripod too. Been searching for lens thread. So far following is the best so far to make me understand.

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=477934

    Anyone come across thread showing which lens goes with makes? Still trying to digest what different nomenclature .. EFS... -L ... USM....AF-A.....AF-C...AF-S
    what has the thread you quoted got to do with tripods?
    as Octarine mentioned, each brand has its own nomenclature, but it's safe to assume that whatever feature one brand has, there is an equivalent or similar feature on the competitor brand.
    So once you decide on a particular brand, then learn more about it.
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52889709@N04/4879672050/

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    ...comments for a newbie?

    Need help on taking pictures of eagle flying above me. What do i need? 70-300 + tripod?
    Last edited by taikoshin; 11th August 2010 at 12:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52889709@N04/4879672050/

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    ...comments for a newbie?

    Need help on taking pictures of eagle flying above me. What do i need? 70-300 + tripod?
    I like your colour constrast and reflection.. If you want to get an 70-300 is good if ure standing far away...
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    Default Re: 40D or D90 good for shooting nature

    Quote Originally Posted by taikoshin View Post
    Thank you everyone for the info...

    With above advices.... this is what i will be hoping to do this week...
    -Get a 450D or D70
    -save the money to buy good lens to start shooting some birds.....

    will be going to joburg at end of week, hope i can find something good soon.

    btw... does a 18-270 lens considered as a telephoto? Or it must have a "TELEPHOTO" sticker on it, then it will be capable to getting the job done....
    The money you save from getting a D70 instead of a D90, or a 450D instead of a 40D is not going to be significant enough to get lenses and supports (tripod, gimbals... etc) suited for birding.

    There is no telephoto label. 18-270 is tele yes, and so is the 70-300. But both these lenses' characteristics, optical quality and speed will not be able to give you satisfactory result if you are interested in chasing birds. Especially moving birds. And when you use tele, camera shake is very very pronounced. You will have to get a very solid support system. All these things cost quite a bit of money.

    Not trying to throw cold water at you. But just think you should have all the information before you rush in to buy something which you might regret later. I think you need to do more research on birding.
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