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shugsi 10 34
21 Sep 2013 3:15PM
Names Hugh aka Shugsi, been a member for a wee while but have not posted before, until today.

Im a single 51 year old male from Dumfries who has taken the plunge and bought an dslr, must say though that I am a complete novice, but hopefully soon I will be like all you guys and taking stunning images.

Have been to a couple of local camera clubs but have not been impressed, seems I don't have the latest gear Sad

Hope to get hints and advice and hopefully find people in and around my area who can meet up and give me some pointers.

Anyway I better not rabbit on.

Catch you later guys


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MarkBroughton 11 286 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 3:27PM
Hi Hugh, youve been here for a while so I dont need to tell you its a great place to learn, gets tips, get inspiration. I am forever inspired by some of the great photographers here, and not landscapes which is what I upload. One day I'll take the plunge into other styles but until then am happy just looking and thinking. One thing I will say is dont hesitate to ask questions about techniques etc. I dont agree with if you dont have the latest kit, you cant get stunning images, because its just not true. I have difficulty getting anything as good as stuff I got with my old Canon 400D, and still regularly process images taken with it. Just look, be inspired, ask questions, and go for it Smile
saltireblue Plus
9 9.8k 36 Norway
21 Sep 2013 3:32PM
Greetings, Hugh and welcome to ePZ...even though you've been here a while.

Just remember, it's not all about the kit, but the brain and imagination that sit behind the viewfinder.Wink

shugsi 10 34
21 Sep 2013 4:11PM
Hi and thanks for taking time to reply Mark I have a Canon 400D and have put a post up regarding upgrading it to a 500D but maybe I should spend a bit more time with the 400D and learn more instead of worrying about my kit. Have actually been looking at a Lensbaby Composer lens as I love the effects you get with it, would love to do portrait work with it.

Malc I know what you mean about the kit, have seen the "all the gear no idea" lot, not here in photography but in other hobbies I was into, got lots of ideas in my head but cant seem to get them to appear in the images I take Sad

adrian_w Plus
12 3.8k 4 England
21 Sep 2013 5:21PM
There's nothing wrong with a 400D, I use one most of the time despite having a 5D as well.

Ask yourself what you are wanting to do that the 400D can't supply? If the answer is "nothing " then there's no need for an upgrade.
If there is something then look at which camera will fill that need.
As far as upgrading goes, I'm not sure that a 500D would be a big step up. A better choice would be the 550D, which can be found at a good price if you look around.

Quote:Have been to a couple of local camera clubs but have not been impressed, seems I don't have the latest gear

Just ignore those sort of people.
shugsi 10 34
21 Sep 2013 6:49PM
Hi Adrian, having read your message I did ask my self if my 400D would be good enough for sports and action photography, but the 400D only shoots at 3fps, is this adequate or should I go for the 40D?

adrian_w Plus
12 3.8k 4 England
21 Sep 2013 8:47PM
Not sure about action photography, that may be a bit slow. As for sports, it depends on what sport; in many cases the action may be quite slow or there is a natural break in the proceedings where good photos can be obtained. With a lot of sports the amateur is not in a very good position for taking pix, so you may need to invest in long focal length glass to get the best results. That may be more important than high fps.

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