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Did You Upgrade Your Camera Gear In 2005?  
User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 39
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

With all these year-end threads, I thought I'd start one about our beloved equipment. If you made an upgrade this year (or if Santa is bringing you one tomorrow), post some details here! Feel free to plug a shot from your new gear if you would like!  bigthumbsup 

For me - I sold my Canon Digital Rebel (300D) on E-Bay after purchasing a Canon 20D. I also picked up my first L glass - the 70-200 F4, as well as a 50mm 1.8 and a 2.0x extender.

My new 20D and 70-200 F4 L combination was used to capture this image:

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Photo © Freight-Dawg - Airside Photography

Merry Christmas everyone!  santahat 

Drew  wave 

I'd rather shoot BAD_MOTIVE
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User currently offlineGVerbeeck From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 245 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5707 times:

I used to have an EF 50mm 1.8 Mk I but sold it a couple of years ago since the AF-mechanism broke down. Started to miss this fast prime so I decided to get a new EF 50mm 1.4 in June; awesome lens...

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Photo © Giovanni Verbeeck

...just nice for window views on a full-frame body. And for other types of photography.

I've also got a 20D - my first digital body - last month which will be used mainly for non-aviation stuff as well, although I might bring it along to the airport for creative stuff. Side-ons are still reserved to slides for me ...but if I like it that might perhaps change  Wink.


User currently offlineLinco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5700 times:

Got my first DSLR in June of this year (350D) along with the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens and my EF 100-300mm. Upgrade was from my beloved Minolta Dimage Z2. The result is 30 shots on here so far with this being my first:

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Photo © Colin Hines


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

Got rid of my D30 for a 10D, got a 17-40 L, a 15mm Fisheye.. Not much really.

Justin  Smile

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5688 times:

2005 Gear Additions
Canon 20D
Tokina 12-24mm F/4 AT-X Pro
Canon 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 USM II
Canon 500mm F/4 L IS USM
Canon 1.4x Extender

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Photo © Chad Thomas - Jetwash Images

[Edited 2005-12-25 01:04:02]

User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5677 times:

I got a Nikon D200. Can't wait to try it.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineBo__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

I downgraded my gear  Sad

Because my stupid ass Digital Camera went faulty over the summer, I am back to shooting Prints with my old 1979 Nikon EM Camera with my 60-300 Tamron lens.. How depressing of a year for me. I also threw all my money away for school to afford something that many of you folks shoot with: A DSLR.

I am hoping that next year can bring some better luck.
In a few days, BOXING DAY I may buy a new digital camera but it will be an ultraslim so still no good for aviation.

Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineFsgay From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5658 times:

Sold my D30 and the Vivitar 19-35mm, since I never really shoot wide angle anymore. Kept the 28-135 IS, and bought:

Canon 10D with battery grip
Sigma 70-300 DG APO, which was sold in favor of:
Canon 70-200 f/4L, and 1.4X II extender
Canon 50 f/1.8 II
Canon Rebel G (my reintroduction into film, after ceasing use of the Pentax ME a while back)

and the oddity:
Sigma 600mm f/8 Reflex
--This one is going to get punted pretty soon, though, as I just didn't end up using it, though it does have some interesting near-macro capabilities--i.e., not really enough magnification to be true macrophotography, but you can shoot from across the room, rather than right up near your subject.

And then, of course, I bought a Tamrac 613 to haul all that crap around in, which I think is the biggest bag you can actually fit under an aircraft seat, so now the question is--just how much gear can I stuff inside it?

Contact Light!
User currently offlineVasanthd From India, joined May 2005, 450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5656 times:

Jan 2005 - First Camera - Panasonic FZ 20...

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Photo © Vasanth Dharmarajan

May 2005 - First SLR - Canon 20D with 70-200 F4L

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Photo © Vasanth Dharmarajan

Nov 2005 - Lens Upgrade - Sigma 50-500

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Photo © Vasanth Dharmarajan
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Photo © Vasanth Dharmarajan

I still have all my gear though...The FZ 20 works in NBA and NFL games where they dont allow **BIG** cameras  Sad

[Edited 2005-12-25 01:55:55]

One Lucky shot deserves another!
User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5630 times:

I had the Canon 300D with its kit lens (18-55mm) at the beginning of the year. Early in 2005 I decided to change my camera body and started looking at the 20D. I bought it a few months later, in April, along with a Tamron 28-75, which is a pretty decent lens for the money I'd say.

That was one of the first pictures I got with my new combo (20D and 100-400). I was pretty happy with it, since I got this shot from runway 24R while it was landing on the left side.

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Photo © Alex G.-Denicourt - Contrails Aviation Photography

Actually I'm glad I made the move to the 20D. It's really a great piece of equipment, and with the 100-400, it makes for an awesome combo.



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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

No major upgrades since my 2004 overhaul, however I did get the following gear:

-Manfrotto 055Pro MF3 Magfibre tripod legs
-Manfrotto/Bogen 488RC0 ballhead
-Canon remote shutter release
-Another spare Sandisk 1GB Ultra II CF card

Hopefully 2006 will see the addition of a big prime to my kit, maybe the 300mm f/2.8L or f/4L IS...  bigthumbsup 

Here's to another year of great photography!

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5616 times:

Well since most of my camera gear was purchased in 2005,

Battery Grip BG-E1
Speedlite 420EX flash
Sandisk 512mb Ultra II
Canon Rebel T2 Date
Canon EF 28-90 USM
Gels for night photography
Various Filters

And the big guns (but not actually guns  Wink Sad
Sigma 80-400 EX OS APO

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5602 times:


Canon 20D +
6GB Hitachi Microdrive +
Sigma 50-500mm

User currently offlineBillsville From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Moved from a D70 to a D200
Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR
Nikkor 18-200 VR

Very worth while upgrade

User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2052 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5587 times:
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Quoting AndrewUber (Thread starter):
f you made an upgrade this year (or if Santa is bringing you one tomorrow), post some details here!

The only equipment upgrade I've made is a 70-200 f/4 L, which I'll have in my posession later today.  bigthumbsup 

Not to mention spotting at numerous new airports, with new airlines and types, all thanks to you. Which was better than the new lens!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3774 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5577 times:

My only lens upgrade was from the 18-55 kit lens to a 17-40L, which was definitely worth it.

Furthermore I bought a Speedlite 430EX. I really like it, really was more than necessary to get an external flash for non-av shooting.
I admit, wanted to buy the 580EX at first, but I instead decided to buy a 40GB PD7X image tank, from fellow A.net user Dean Barnes. Thanks by the way!

I'm still looking forward the the "20D replacement" supposed to come in February / March, decided not upgrading to a 20D if there could be another good camera following soon.

Happy shooting to all of you with your new equipment Santa brought, good conditions and sales to all of you.  Smile


Jet Visuals
User currently offlineChrispatton From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 5542 times:

Another year in moving forward.

Canon 300D + kit lens (Bit of an upgrade from an IXUS400  Smile )

Canon 75-300 USM IS
Battery Grip
No where near as many spotting trips to the local as I would have liked!

Next on my list I'd say is the 70-200 F4 L though think I'll have to keep saving for a new PC first so I can edit shots without grinding to a halt! My poor wallet.

I have my eye on that 50mm 1.4 lens as a cheapy. Must investigate further.

Merry Christmas All,
Chris Patton

User currently offlineJspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5476 times:

Well now that I have some money from Christmas and birthday, I think its time for me to go out and buy a film scanner. I have had my eye on the Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV for a while now, and now that I finally have some money, I will be ordering it in the next few days. Sure will be nice to start uploading shots again, since I gave up with my flatbed scanner about 4 months ago.


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5068 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

Quoting Fsgay (Reply 7):
Sold my D30 and the Vivitar 19-35mm

Hey....that is the exact same package I had! Although I still use the Vivitar. I upgraded to a 100-400L in 2005 (and 10D in late 2004). I really need a better wide-angle lens though. That is on my list for 2006 and maybe a 20D or whatever comes out at PMA in February - don't know yet. I like the wide EF-S lens but the problem I would need to get the 20D to use it.


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5420 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 3):
Got rid of my D30 for a 10D, got a 17-40 L, a 15mm Fisheye.. Not much really.

Quoting myself here. I'll re-do my list as I wasn't actually in the right frame of mind.

Canon EOS 10D
Canon EF 17-40L
Canon 50mm f/1.8 MkII
Sigma 15mm EX Fisheye
Giga One 30Gb Storage Device

That's it!
Justin Big grin

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 5367 times:
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Got a 350D with the 18-55 in November, quite a step up from a Powershot A40, I still have my Minolta X-700 with Exakta 28-300 that I haven't used in years but the 350D is great fun! Santa lost my letter asking for the zoom lens though.....

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineRoyisher From Israel, joined Aug 2003, 73 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

I started with the Panasonic FZ20 in April this year, and upgraded on October to the Canon 350D + 70-200 f/4, and I love that combi, very happy with the new gear Big grin!

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

Santa was nice to me, getting me a Pentax 50mm F2.8 with Macro, and a Pentax 16-45mm F4. Can't wait to go use them as soon as the weather gets better.  Smile


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User currently offlineAndyHunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1309 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 5322 times:

Yes, with a D200 and just tried it out yesterday, totally different camera to the D70, but I'm loving it! Big grin


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User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1308 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 5278 times:

In March 2005 I started with an Olympus C-765, then upgraded to the 300D + 75-300 in May, then bought the 70-200 f/4 in Sep. and I also added the 10-20 from Sigma, but I have yet to try that one out!
Now I am thinking of adding the 50-500 from Sigma for 2006.

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25 Mhodgson : In April I upgraded from a fixed lens Fuji S602z to an EOS 300D with 75-300 EF USM lens. I haven't looked back!
26 Mygind66 : Hi all... I must be the odd one here: I've bought a second hand lens for my Hasselblad CM501, a Variogon 140-280/5.6 Schneider zoom lens ( they stoppe
27 Post contains images Kukkudrill : Recently I've upgraded from an Olympus C-740 to a Canon 350D with the 18-55mm kit lens (though USM) and a 75-300mm III USM (non-IS). The latter isn't
28 Post contains links and images Dehowie : 500F4 and 1.4x TC courtesy of Yobodashi camera in Tokyo. Loved long lenses for a long time and this one was more than worth the wait. Quality is unmat
29 Post contains images Gerardo : In this sequence: - Canon 100-400mm - Sigma 18-200mm - Canon EOS 20D Muchos $$$ spent in equipment ... Gerardo
30 Post contains images Maiznblu_757 : Its like water after a while, believe me, you will eventually get used to it... BTW, when does the 20D Mk II come out?
31 Jwenting : Got me a 20mm f/2.8 AF-D Nikkor, a 35mm f/2 AF-D Nikkor, a Nikon SB-800, a Nikon MC-30, an an HN-3. Now I only need an 85mm f/1.8 AF-D Nikkor and I ca
32 Post contains images IL76 : I bought a staggering 2 BP511's and a Speedlite 550 EX. Haven't used that one for aviation though (and probably won't)... Wishlist: 24-105 L IS... But
33 GBOAB : An expensive upgrade for me this year was from the Canon 10D to the 1D MkII it does a great impression of a machine gun with the 8.5 shots per second
34 Post contains links and images Airportugal : Only one upgrade for me: Canon 50mm f/1.8 MkII Most for non-av photos, but is produces some nice results also: View Large View MediumPhoto © Luis
35 Jwenting : congrats. More expensive and more important than cameragear...
36 Post contains images Gerardo : Normally it should have been announced as soon as I passed the money to the seller, when I bought the 20D..... Ohhh dear! And then comes furniture fo
37 Mygind66 : A kid or two (in my case) are the main reason to have not a coin to spend in cameras, lenses or whatsoever!. Eduard let me to give you an advice: Spe
38 Maiznblu_757 : Congrats... Tell me about it, just got my wife a ring for a 10 year anniversary/Christmas gift... (she picked it out) I guess I realized how she prob
39 Psyops : I have this lens and it is really fantastic. Highly recommended. Pete
40 Post contains links and images Scbriml : A couple of nice new lenses for me this year, but maybe a D200 next year! Nikon 12-24mm DX:View Large View MediumPhoto © Steve Brimley Nikon VR 2
41 Post contains images IL76 : :D Not to worry... We've been living together for 5 years already. I know what to expect, not that much will change. Kids are long-term plans, I'm no
42 Post contains images Mygind66 : Don't get to old... not because 'you're not going to be useful' but is so nice to have a baby!.. My recommendation: have one tomorrow and another in
43 Post contains images TimdeGroot : Ed needs a new car more than he needs a kid Tim
44 Edoca : On-topic, yes, I upgraded, I bought a Nikon D70 this year. Off-topic, believe it or not, but having a baby this year was a good reason! So soon-to-be-
45 Msh744 : old: Nikon Coolpix 8800 -- didn't do too much aviation photography with it new: Canon 350D with EF-S 18-55mm lens and EF 70-300mm IS USM lens I've onl
46 Cadet57 : old: fuji finepix somethin new: panasonic DMC-FZ3, thanks N864DA! Havent spoted with it yet, been crap weather here in CEF and BDL, maybe next weekend
47 Post contains links and images Manzoori : 2005 was a good year for equipment purchases. Q1 2005 I got the Sigma 50-500EX to replace the Sigma 170-500... the extra at the lower end was worth ev
48 Post contains images Mygind66 : Hi Rez... Did you forget the 10D? It was bought during this year I think.... About the baby all my best and of course congratulations! Sorry to hear y
49 Post contains images Mfz : Hi all! I replaced my EOS 300D with an excellent EOS 20D. Also got rid of my Canon EF-S 18-55 and traded it for the Canon EF 17-40L f/4 (a superb lens
50 Uniuniunium : I finally bought a DSLR. But only because I had to have one for school. :-P
51 Post contains links and images Karine : Upgrade from D70 to D200 Happy new year to all Karine
52 Post contains images Manzoori : Hi Enrique, Thanks very much for your kind words mate! We're both very excited! As for the 10D... late 2004 I think (memory not what it used to be!)
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