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Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
That's great. Thanks. I bet you have got some great results with your kit since you bought the Oly. Would love to see some.

247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
I've always used both type of lenses happily. Is this a mixture of Olympus & Panansonic lenses Paul?

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247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
Mike
To be honest it is me wanting to do it for her because of what I have put her through with my sudden health situation.

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247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
To: Mike / Paul

Really appreciate your comments. I'm not going to worry about cost so which lenses should I go for with the Oly. OMD? Should I stick with WEX?

Regarding my wife. She really likes to Canon G9 because it does not involve changing a lense. Again I am not going to worry about price, i think i paid about £450 for the G9 at the time, just get her a modern camera with an improved performance than she gets from the G9. Best options at the moment please guys.

Mike

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247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
Thank you so much everyone. I now know that by the end of August I will have received my radiotherapy and Chemo so will aim at looking forward to buying myself one at that time. Best wishes to you all.

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247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Change from DSLR to M 4/3 rds
Hi all

Regrettably I got home from a holiday to Flroida a week ago having been taken into hospital and had a brain tumour removed. Further treatment to follow. The reason I am writing this is not for sympathy but to ask you all for advice. Weight was always on my mind when thinking of swapping over to Digital and even though have asked previously did not get around to doing anything about it. Still using the canon G9 which I bought for my wife.

Thinking of upgrading this for my wife and friends have been telling me to get a new one for myself after what has happened to me.

The MICRO OMD has received such good reports that I am seriously now thinking of going down that route and if so would appreciate advice on what lenses to add to the package. I have no problem with the retro look as some people do. Also what should I consider replacing my wife's camera with as an upgrade?

Many thanks Mike

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247 28/07/2014 - 11:53 PM
By Paul Morgan
Buying used cameras
Do you believe it is a good idea to buy a used camera from Wex for example when you can often get a deal of sorts on a new one?

I only have a film camera and a compact. Been looking seriously at Canon, Nikon and Olympus

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12 06/05/2013 - 12:06 PM
By thewilliam
Comparing a compact system camera against Canon EOS 650
Do any of the compact system camera's out-perform a camera such as the Canon EOS 650?

1 24/10/2012 - 11:10 PM
By Paul Morgan
Comparing Canon/Nikon to other comparable manufatcurers lenses
I have had to accept that due to a continuing spinal problem that I will have to give thought to the weight of equipment when I purchase my next camera system which will almost certainly be either Canon or Nikon. Health problems have unfortunately delayed this decision already by several months. I am taking the time to do as much research as possible.

I wondered whether most people do stick to original manufacturers lenses or choose a mixture of both for a particular reason? Are there lenses from Sigma or Tamron for example which are better than the Canon/Nikon equivalent for the price? I have started to gather weights of all the available equpment to help with my decision. I still have an open mind on what level of camera to purchase and hope to join a club, do a course and get back into photography again purely for the fun factor.

I took your advice some time ago and got a professional to take photographs for our Florida villa which we rent out and that proved to be a very wise move so thatnks for that.

Best wishes Mike

7 11/10/2012 - 8:29 PM
By Newdevonian
Canon 5D 2 + 7D
Thanks Gary. Much appreciated.

24 13/03/2012 - 7:13 AM
By mikemarita
CF and SD Cards
One thing i don't like is the fact thast you cannot put a CF card into a DVD player to show your photograsphs on the TV. That is what is putting me off buying the 7D at the moment.

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16 13/03/2012 - 8:26 AM
By Steppenwolf
Canon 5D 2 + 7D

Quote: I have just come back home with the 7D, just learn its ways is the next thing

Enjoy the new camera Smile

One thing to keep in mind when trying out your new camera is the raw files may initially look a little softer and noisier than your used to with your 5D II, don't be put off by this though, once they've been processed and sharpened, and printed, if that's what you prefer, they'll look excellent.

Can you explain what you mean by processing and sharpening raw files in relation to the 7D? I am thinking of buying one.

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24 13/03/2012 - 7:13 AM
By mikemarita
Anyone used SLR Hut?
Alan it does seem that the purchasers were very happy with the service they received very recently. I might contact Canon about the warranty issue. Thanks.

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22 20/02/2014 - 7:12 AM
By LenShepherd
Lense advice
I'm 99% certain of getting the canon 7D. Thanks for the input so far. Quality is important to me.

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9 03/02/2012 - 10:17 AM
By GlennH
Lense advice
Thinking of getting the canon 7D. What is the best wide angle lense I could get so that I can particularly take acceptable shots insde buildings?

9 03/02/2012 - 10:17 AM
By GlennH
Anyone used SLR Hut?
Taken from website.

SLRHut’s roots date back 10 years when we began offering professional camera and camcorder equipment for sale locally in New York and quickly expanded online selling to the entire United States. Despite the extremely large consumer base that we had built up over the past 10 years, we know that most people around the world in the market for professional camera and camcorder equipment are not getting the best possible prices from most vendors. We than placed the burden of expanding our target market onto our marketing teams shoulders. Alas, they had figured it out; these same products that we offer for sale in United States are being sold in the UK at prices 20% - 40% higher than ours; so began our venture into the UK market and we have not looked back since.

Our inventory is always fully stocked and with close ties to many manufacturers and distributors across the world, on the rare occasion when a special order needs to be placed, you are certainly in good hands; we are good at finding needles in haystacks.

With a physical presence now in London, we make it even easier for our customers if ever a product needs to be returned.

7D body £750
5D body £1179

22 20/02/2014 - 7:12 AM
By LenShepherd
Film camera equipment
Wouldn't the A1 and T90 become valuable in years to come? Both award winners in their own era. I think I will just keep them and use them occasionally as suggested.

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39 14/03/2012 - 7:52 AM
By classcams
Film camera equipment
Sorry for the typo's I meant a canon A1

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39 14/03/2012 - 7:52 AM
By classcams
Film camera equipment
I'm not now using my Canon A! plus Canon T90 plus lenses, flash guns etc. Should i keep them or sell them and put any money towards new digital gear i want tp buy?

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39 14/03/2012 - 7:52 AM
By classcams
Big Normans Web Shop
I have contacted Kerso (Ian Kerr) and had several email chats with him. He seems a decent, honourable guy.

States that "all lenses have Canon USA warranties. Bodies have USA warranties valid in UK with invoice provided."

So what does this mean if something goes wrong and repairs etc under guarantee are required?

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18 14/01/2012 - 2:34 PM
By mikemarita
Canon EOS7D being off-loaded?
Where can you buy a 7D body for anything like £740?

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18 14/01/2012 - 2:13 PM
By mikemarita
Purely on-line purchases
Why do people purchase from Warehouse Express when you can purchase considerably cheaper from places such as procamerashop, Bignorman, simplyelectronics etc?

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12 01/01/2012 - 4:05 PM
By megtyler
body verses lenses
Firstly I would just like to thank all of you for your comments and the time you took to reply to my "body verses lenses" enquiry.

Chris_L: Thanks for the link to the lenses that you found helpful. Will check it out. Noted your comments about quality lenses being the priority.

Wheresjp: I have been seriously looking at the 7D and will check out the lenses that you mention.

Mikehit: Really appreciate the information and your views. The link to the portfolio made my mind up for definate what a brilliant lense can do to a cheaper camera. It blew me away what this guy achieved but I bet the lenses cost an arm and a leg! I have held the 600 body and most of the ones i think i would consider and i felt that the body was a bit small for my liking. I really like to have something which I can get a good hold of. Do you know what i mean? I know it has a great reputation and a close friend just bought it. i will check out the 15-85 you mention.

Thewilliam: I think I want to go a bit higher in price than the D3100. i did have a look at the 7000.

Out of interest what bodies do you use if you don't mind me asking.

The photographs which i want to improve upon at our Florida home by the way can be seen if you take a look at www.tuscanpines.co.uk and you will see what i mean. many guests state that the villa is far better than the photographs look on the website and we find it very frustrating!

9 27/08/2011 - 6:30 PM
By Paul Morgan
body verses lenses
I assume it would be generally agreed that the quality of the lense is more important than the finer points of a camera body?

Is it worth buying the Canon L series or Nikon G series lenses (I think that i have got that right) if considering camera bodies such as the EOS 60D or EOS 7D or alternatively the D7000 or D300S?

Where can you find reliable reports on the quality of individual lenses other than here?

Unfortunately I am the sort of person who researches to the point where I am incapable of making my mind up what I want and then do nothing. This time i am determined to conclude my research and buy a new camera/lense etc. Previously I used a Canon A1 and Canon T90 and recently have been using a canon G( which i actually purchased for my wife! All my lenses are obsolete i gather so am open minded about the make. I intend to do family/holiday shots plus internal room shots of our \florida villa and maybe a little wedding photography after completing one of the recognised courses to get me up to date.

Thanks. Mike

9 27/08/2011 - 6:30 PM
By Paul Morgan
Choosing between Canon and Nikon
What should I consider when choosing between the Canon 7D, the Nikon D300s and the Nikon 7000? Should manufacturers lenses play an important part in that decision?

28 13/12/2010 - 2:43 PM
By velvetmite
Canon verses Nikon Lenses
In general which are the best quality lenses and why? Still debating which camera to purchase and wondered whether make of lenses might tip the balance. Are other lense manufascturers such as Tamron or Sigma better in general? Mike

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14 11/12/2010 - 12:42 PM
By peterjones
What camera's to look at
Why would I choose the 50D ahead of the newer 550? Is it purely because of the build quality? Can I also throw the Nikon D90 into the equation?
Thanks Mike

13 12/04/2010 - 2:14 AM
By StrayCat
What camera's to look at
Thanks Malcolm

Your photographs are amazing!

That package does seem to work financially. I note you have the 40D and that the 50D supercedes this one. Can you get the 2 lenses you mentioned to go with the 50D? Would it be the right choice of lenses/ How much more would it cost me!! I checked out Adorama and a 50D with a 18-135 Autofocus lense f3.5-5.6 is was $1498.99 which is more expensive than buying in the UK.

Thanks.

13 12/04/2010 - 2:14 AM
By StrayCat
What camera's to look at
Thanks James I will have a look at that one.

Thanks cameracat. I'll have a look as you say at Adorama as I do have some spare cash in our US account which went over at a better rate. Mind you it will have to be replaced later in the year!

One other thing, i do not understand the new lenses. ie what do they convert as from the old FD lenses. i have a 28mm, a 50mm and a 70-210mm in FD. What would i need to cover those areas?

Thanks for all in advice in advance!

13 12/04/2010 - 2:14 AM
By StrayCat
What camera's to look at
I still own a Canon A1 and a Canon T90 plus several FD lenses. In recent times I have used a camcorder more. I would like to get back into still photography again mainly for holidays but also to take photographs of our villa in Florida for website promotional purposes.

I bought a Canon G9 for my wife but seem to have used it more myself. I can see the benefits of being able to just get rid of all the shots you do not like and would like to now buy a DSLR. I understand that my FD lenses are not suitable for use with a new Canon DSLR so it seems I have to sdtart from scratch with any make etc. I do not wish to spend more than £1,000 to start off. can any of you experienced photographers please point me in the right direction.

I would ideally wish to have the camera with me when I go to Florida at the beginning of May. Should i also consider purchasing the camera in Florida if it is cheaper? If so are there any compatibility issues I should know about first other than maybe the power supply lead?

13 12/04/2010 - 2:14 AM
By StrayCat
Warning. Beware of this supplier
i have paid nothing else as yet.

26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier

Quote: Did you pay VAT when they delivered it to you ?


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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
Thank you for your support. It was appreciated.

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier

Quote: Hey everyone we all get it wrong at times don't WE?

I am sure we all can learn a little from this incident no matter from what viewpoint we come from .. cant we?

Frank


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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
Agreed.

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier

Quote: It might be good if you mark the replies that point out, that they, in fact didn't deceive you otherwise it seems unfair on the company especially as you appear to have got a good deal.

Phil


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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
I have to concede that I have not read everything posted on this site as I usually do. They have informed me how they do business but it still was not clear to me that I would end up with japanese manuals etc.

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier

Quote: From their about us page

Quote:All our products are sourced direct from our Hong Kong agent and feel that a reliable service is maintained along with competitive pricing. We are not liable for import taxes applied to imported items.

These items are not UK specification models and most come complete with 12 months International warranties. Items without International warranty are valid with ourselves for 12 months manufacture guarantee. We are always happy to help whther before or after the purchase. Be confident buying from a UK selling agent.
And from the checkout page

Quote:Tax Charges Import VAT is currently not included in the price. We are not liable for these charges as stated in our "About Us" page. The import tax is calculated at the manufactures rate of value for the unit and not our total price on the website. Our delivery courier collects the funds upon deliveryDon't think you have been done, you just totally failed to do even the basic checks before buying.

Sorry, but any fault is down to you.


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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
Thanks for all of this feedback. Just to update you. I contacted Canon customer services at head office. I explained what had happened and was informed that this is a regular occurrence. They stated that picmania? send all their manuals etc out in french and that they receive a lot of enquiries in respect of them. I was then given the name R. Scott Associates and a telephone number of 01869 331741. I called them and as long as I had purchased the camera from a UK based retaier and that the purchase was very recent I gave then the serial number of the camera and I am being sent out english manuals and disk. So all is OK in the end. Luckily my wife does not know what an experience I have just had. Thanks again everyone. So my purchase for £291 including postage not bad after all!

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
i did actually read the frequently asked questions and did not see anything there that indicated to me that this is what I receive. I do accept that I did not read the about us bit which is unusual. I have been told that I can return the goods under the distance selling Act within 7 days for a full refund of the cost of the camera only. If I can get some english instructions from somewher I might be best off putting it down to experience as it was a present for my wife to take to the USA next week.

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Warning. Beware of this supplier
I have just rerceived a new Canon G9 camera from ejrenterprise.co.uk. This company is based at 11A Moor Close Lane, Queensbury, Bradford. BD13 2NS. The website purports to be a UK supplier but my Canon G9 arrived this morning from Hong Kong. The back of the box states that it was solely for the Japanese market and that no manufacturing guarantee applies out of Japan. All of the instructions within the box were Japanese.

I have just reported this retailer to the Trading Standards Office who have agreed that it is an illegal practice and I shall be returning it to them demanding a full refund including all packaging etc expenses.

Have not been able to contact them this morning by phone.

when I ordered the camera the telephone service I received from the chap at the other end was superb! It just goes to show!!

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26 12/10/2007 - 10:09 AM
By mikemarita
Bought the Canon G9
£291.98!! See my previous post below.

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0 08/10/2007 - 12:58 PM
By mikemarita
Choosing a compact digital camera. HELP!
I think this will be of interest to anyone now interested in purchasing a Canon G(. Having spent a lot of time trawling the web I found the G9 advertised at www.cjrenterprise.co.uk for £284.99 plus £6.99 postage and packing. Total price £291.98. This is considerably cheaper than anywhere else I could find and prevented me considering buying it in the USA next week. The phone number is 01274 884510 and the chap was extremely helpful.

7 08/10/2007 - 12:43 PM
By mikemarita
Choosing a compact digital camera. HELP!
I have purchased the canon G9 and thank you for your comments.

7 08/10/2007 - 12:43 PM
By mikemarita
Choosing a compact digital camera. HELP!
Will do. Thanks.

7 08/10/2007 - 12:43 PM
By mikemarita
Choosing a compact digital camera. HELP!
Hi all
Just joined. Have read recent topics relating to digital compacts. I would like to purchase a camera for my wife to take to the USA on 15.10.07 and she requires it to be very user friendly, sleek, portable (ie in handbag or pocket) and able to produce quality results. That is where the problem lies! Is there such a thing? Suggestions please. Also has anyone any knowledge or a view on the new Canon IXUS range that came out this month ie 860 IS and 960 IS or the Powershot SX100 IS, A650, A720 or further update on the G9? Thanks. Have been unable to find any reviews at the moment and time is running out!

7 08/10/2007 - 12:43 PM
By mikemarita