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Still waiting for my 450D.

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 12:27PM
From a quick net search, all the outlets with the 450D's at lower prices are awaiting stock.

Also my local dealer hinted that Canon are controling the supply of cameras at launch more these days.

It could be to slow down the point where the price drops to the 400D price.

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Apr 2008 12:27PM
I do agree with John on this one. I would choose a 40D over a 450D anytime.
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
28 Apr 2008 2:34PM

thank you all so very much for all your valuable contributions. I really do appreciate the time you've spent on my querie.

However, if I waited until tomorrow, I wouldn't need to have started this post at all!

I just happened to check my account with 7Dayshop, and lo and behold, it has been dispatched!! So I'm hoping to receive it within the next couple of days.

I'm feeling a little nervous now. I've got to put my brain into gear now and learn how to use my new toy - in a digital sort of way! Smile

As always dear friends, thank you!!

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2008 2:44PM
Have fun and remember you do not have to crack all the mysteries of the camera in one day.

I found that it took a bit of time to get used to digital. expect to spend a few days just getting images to the standard you had film at.
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
28 Apr 2008 7:57PM

remember, you're talking to the Frankman! Smile

One day? One year more like, and the rest. Even on my Eos 3, I still haven't figured out everything it can do! I'm not joking!!

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 12:07AM
Frank it took me till yesterday to work out that I could move between selected focus points by using the little joy stick like pad.

I have only had the camera about 6 months Smile

How many other secrets lie hidden?

Anyway, my initial dSLR shots gave me concern as I did not understand the level of sharpening required. It is worth spending a bit of time testing the picture styles if you are going to shoot JPEG rather than RAW at first. I found the landscape one good, but its a personal taste thing.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
29 Apr 2008 8:32AM

Quote:it took me till yesterday to work out that I could move between selected focus points by using the little joy stick like pad

You can use the back wheel to do that as well, and I found it easier.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 8:58AM
Ah I knew about the wheel, but once mastered the little joystick thingy is fast. :-0
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
29 Apr 2008 9:00AM
I found it difficult to get to where I want it to be sometimes (even though I have been using this method since 20D), it is easier to turn the wheel quickly....Smile
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
29 Apr 2008 11:47AM
I certainly will take my time to get to know the machine. If I get stuck, I have a friend who can help me.

7Dayshop emailed me today to confirm the completed order and despatch, allow 7 days delivery. Sad I've paid there high postage rate, so I see no reason why it shouldn't arrive tomorrow.

Friends, if I get stuck, I know who to call - Ephotozine - ghostbusters of a photographic fashion! Smile

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 9:58PM
Now that's done can you chase mine up please? Smile
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
1 May 2008 11:44PM
Hello friends,

my 450D did indeed arrive yesterday morning. I was impressed by the charger charging the battery in 2 hours!

After lunch went to Newport Gwent for the afternoon/evening. I was impressed by being able to take photos indoors without flash, because I simply couldn't locate the flash pop-up button. I believe I managed to set the white balance to tungston lighting. It looked quite good.

The 450D is smaller and lighter than my Eos 3, but I think it is to my advantage. I think one thing the 450D will do, is make damn sure I make more use of the tripod, otherwise my horizons will be vertical! Smile

I need to spend time in learning all the different settings. My intention is to use mainly Raw, and I don't see the point of live view, when the view finder already does a good job.

Another thing I need to do is get used to using my ND grad filters.

Now the fun starts!

strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 11:49PM
Live view is a bonus for manual focusing, especially mounted on a tripod. Plus it adds a mirror lock up function as well. Then there is the moving area metering as well.
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
2 May 2008 12:00AM
Hi Strawman,

I'll have to check it out.

Perhaps I haven't turned the page!! Smile

ckristoff 13 994 Wales
4 May 2008 4:36PM

I've downloaded the software to the pc. Next I try to connect the camera to the pc, hoping to download about 80 jpeg images. Somehow about 20 images appear and I don't know what's happened to the rest.

Here I am, trying to figure our digi stuff, without having a clue how to go about it!


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