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  • Commented on 'Holiday time - only 1 lens....'

    I can't believe no-one has suggested the Canon EF-S 15-85mm.

    I used to have the 10-22mm plus the 17-85mm, which gave me a good range for most things (plus I've some longer lenses, eg 100-400mm). Then I replaced my 17-85 with the new 15-85 and I haven't looked back. That extra 2mm on the wide end makes it SO much more versatile. I hardly ever use the 10-22mm now, because the 15-85mm covers such a useful range.

    Image quality is absolutely excellent - can't recommend it highly enough. I'm using it with an EOS 7D.
    • 28 Sep 2010 1:08PM
  • Commented on 'Canon G10 Vs Samsung WB1000 Vs Lumix LX3'

    Quote:Quote:Am I right in saying that the LX3 has only got a 2x optical zoom though? From asking about, this seems to be avery hard camera to get hold of. Out of stock in loads of places, which I guess should tell me something

    Zoom is 24 to 60mm. Before I sold my G10 I analysed all the shots I had taken and 75% were at 60mm or less and most were at 28mm (the widest). If, like me, you want the camera for taking on walks etc then it is perfect. If I need a long lens I take the SLR.

    The camera has been almost unobtainable since Christmas - I have been monitoring out of interest. It would appear that they are finally this week coming into stock. I think I got the last one in the North of England in January !
    • 11 Jun 2009 1:10PM
  • Commented on 'Canon G10 Vs Samsung WB1000 Vs Lumix LX3'

    I'm a keen SLR photographer (and remain so) but I wanted a compact take-everywhere camera. I opted for the G10 last December. It is a very nicely constructed camera and pleasing to use, but after a month it was on eBay. The image noise was COMPLETELY unacceptable, at any ISO setting. In January I bought an LX3 and I am 100% delighted with it. On one occasion I took it on a walk along with my EOS450D and took pictures side by side. When I returned home and printed them on A4 and A3, it was impossible to differentiate between them (in fact in some cases the LX3 was voted the better). I have taken some absolutely stunning shots with my LX3, particularly in low light. The lens is so fast that almost all the shots I take are at ISO80 (although they are still excellent at higher speeds).

    Ergonomically the camera is a joy to use and I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough (and I have no connection with the trade). I see that they are just coming into stock again in the UK, having been more or less unobtainable since January. Go for it and get one - you will not be disappointed.
    • 10 Jun 2009 1:15PM
  • Commented on 'Best place to buy lens'


    As I understand, Kerso imports these lenses. How does it work with warranties? I'm looking at a Canon L lens if the price is right, and it could save me the hassle of customs if he had already dealt with them.

    No problem at all. I bought a 60mm EF-S Macro lens from him last July and last week it stopped Autofocussing. I posted it off to Canon UK on Monday, together with Ian's Invoice, and they posted it back Friday, fixed F.O.C.

    Just ordered my third lens (and first "L") from him last night.
    • 22 Apr 2008 11:48AM
  • Commented on 'Best Compact Digi Camera?'

    I'm a keen amateur with a Canon DSLR, and I too wanted a portable, slip-in-pocket compact. I bought the Ricoh R4 and was so impressed with it that I upgraded to the R6 when it came out. Image quality is excellent, zoom range is fantastic and I really couldn't recommend it highly enough. Video seems OK but I hardly use it - don't know if it zooms or not. Ricoh are seriously under-rated in my opinion. The only thing I don't like is the lack of a viewfinder, but that's the price you pay for minaturisation. The great thing is that you take a shot, look at it on the screen and decide it's average, get home and view it on the PC and it's invariably excellent ! This is a great camera for the money.

    If you want Canon, I bought my daughter the 900Ti for a holiday to Australia and she produced (to my amazement) some absolutely stunning shots.
    • 19 Feb 2008 8:20AM
  • Commented on 'Which A3 Printer'

    For years I've favoured Epsons, but I got so fed up with wasting ink cleaning the heads, and with erratic information from the "chips" which tell you how much ink is left, that I ditched my Epson and bought the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 from www.oyyy.co.uk in November. Had it nearly 3 months now, used it lots, not cleaned the heads once, and the results are STUNNING. Truly Lab Quality. I continue to be astounded at the output, can't recommend it highly enough.

    And when it says a cartridge is empty, there really isn't a drop left - and you can tell, because they are see-through !
    • 7 Feb 2008 8:17AM