Saturday, February 13, 2010

Two ways

Having gotten my new, capable camera, I started researching the number of ways to upgrade it. At first I was set on a better standard zoom, like the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 I mentioned earlier (the non-VC version is supposedly sharper), but after coming across the Strobist, I've had to start considering going for a flash unit instead.
light gives you far more bang-for-the-buck than does fast glass or the latest digital camera or 300/2.8
And reading some of the articles and seeing what kind of results you can get with just a basic off-camera flash, I'm can believe it. Remember that even though DSLRs have far greater image quality than the standard compact, they still won't work miracles; if you dial in the exact same setting on a DSLR as on a compact, they will expose the same scene with the same amount of light. The difference lies in that 1) a DSLR can use much higher ISO without the image turning to porrage, and 2) you can change lenses on the DSLR, thereby getting a larger aperture, which lets in more light.

Now, you can only get so much from boosting ISO sensitivity and a larger aperture. And on top of that most kit lenses have apertures in the same range as compacts. Add to that the fact that a lens will almost never be sharp when it is at the widest aperture-setting, and you're gonna have trouble getting sharp images in low light.

This is where the flash comes in. Pop off a flash and the extra light allows you to close up the aperture and raise shutter speed.

Decisions, decisions!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Second-hand

With me having gotten both my "new" camera and a lens second-hand, it's pretty clear that I don't mind buying used goods. One of the bigger problems here, however, is finding good deals on used things. I've seen old computers with pricetags of several hundred euros.

Here is an ad I came across recently:
For those who can't be bothered to click the image and get the bigger version (or don't know Finnish), the guy is selling a used Nikon D40 for 900 euros. Then in the description he goes on to explain how he bought it for 660 euros more than two years ago. Oh yeah, you get a tripod too. Apparently the tripod is worth more than 200 euros...

I'm guessing it's some old guy with no concept of value who wanted to sell his camera, and being unable to just place it in front of a mirror he went to a "photo studio" to get the picture taken for the ad, then slapped the cost of that onto the price.