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User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

Ok so I'm completely new to the DSLR game. I've been using a point and shoot all of my life and have finally decided to upgrade before my trip to ORD and LAX this spring. I am on a relatively tight budget and so I've narrowed my choices in cameras. First let me say that the lens I will be getting is the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens. The camera decision has come down to either the Canon EOS Rebel XTi or Nikon D3000. What are your opinions? If anyone has used these cameras, please let me know about your experience, as well as the pros and the cons of the camera. Feel free to offer other opinions as well!
Regards,
Alex

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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6432 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6733 times:

Go to a camera shop and have a feel for the cameras with a telephoto lens on them. Go for the one you think feels best. If you've used either brand before, sticking to that brand maybe of some use at the beginning with familiarity. The XTi is a couple of years older than the D3000, which makes me wonder if it's a worthy comparison. I guess you have a pretty tight budget because that Sigma 70-300 is rubbish for anything beyond maybe 150mm. Not a bad place to get techniques right etc though; and I suppose that'd be the most important thing for someone just starting up.


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
I guess you have a pretty tight budget because that Sigma 70-300 is rubbish for anything beyond maybe 150mm.

Yes my budget is quite tight. To be honest the Sigma photos I've seen here and on Jetphotos.net don't seem awful. This is mainly for my own enjoyment anyhow. Thanks for the response!


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6432 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

Quoting deltaA330 (Reply 2):
To be honest the Sigma photos I've seen here and on Jetphotos.net don't seem awful.
Quoting deltaA330 (Reply 2):
This is mainly for my own enjoyment anyhow.

Well I'm glad you don't think so at this stage! I progressed from the Sigma 70-300:


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To the Canon 70-300 IS USM:


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and now onto the 100-400..


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Believe me when I say that it's rubbish   The colours are so flat with the Sigma. But as long as you're satisfied and you're having fun, that's all that matters. Make sure you find other uses for the camera outside aviation too!



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6718 times:

Yes I can definitely see the difference, the problem is price. Do you think it would be worth an extra $50 for the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens even though it has 50 less mm?

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6432 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6717 times:

Well seeing that you're just starting out, it wouldn't really matter.. In a way, it comes down to the point of whether you want the extra 50mm at the tele end. The best option is going to a camera store and seeing for yourself if you'd prefer one over another. The 55-250 has the advantage of image stabilisation too.


It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6713 times:

Very helpful ideas, many thanks!!! You were such a help. I did notice some of your photos are from LAX. I will be there this spring. Any good spots you can recommend? Also if you wanted to see what I've managed with a point and shoot so far here's a link: http://www.myaviation.net/search/search.php?uid=34092

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6432 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Quoting deltaA330 (Reply 6):
Any good spots you can recommend?

Imperial Hill is the main spot and I'd recommend going there. It's a good place to begin. In-N-Out isn't too bad either but that spot can be very dependent on the lighting conditions; to the point that it's not a good place to shoot from in winter (though there are a few alternatives around that area).

Go here: http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.ph...=Los_Angeles_International_Airport for more information



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 742 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6622 times:

I would suggest to anyone on a budget to check out the 2nd hand market - buy from a reputable dealer and you will get at least a 3 month warranty ... plenty long enough for any problems to be spotted.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6613 times:

I'd have a serious look at the Canon EF75-300 f/4-5.6 USM III. It's crap above about 200mm but pretty sharp before that - especially considering it's a budget lens. I borrowed a friend's Sigma equivalent once, and all I can say is, never again!!! I reckon you'd be fine with the 55-250 also, although it hasn't the build quality of the 75-300.

Here are a few of my images here shot with the Canon 75-300 USM III...


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Colours and contrast can be a bit 'muddy' at times but it's no great problem.

Karl


User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

NB Karl, they're all in decent light.
Spence



EOS1D4, 7D, 30D, 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, 70-200/2.8 L IS2 USM, 17-40 f4 L USM, 24-105 f4 L IS USM, 85 f1.8 USM
User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

Spence,

The last one is in 'decent light' because that's the way the edit makes it look. In fact, I think this was shot at f/6.3 just before sunset, at 1/250th shutter. The original frame is very dark and murky.

My copy of the 75-300 III performed equally well in dull weather if you used it to its strengths. As far as I know it had the new style USM; I certainly found it quick to focus.

I'd sooner recommend it over both the Sigma equivalent and the 55-250 IS.

Karl


User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

The D3000 seems like it's very similar to my D40x, but with an upgraded AF system that includes more points. It apparently also has a 'guide' mode which may be useful to you just starting out but to be honest I managed just fine by reading the manual and shooting, shooting, shooting.

You can also get the D3100 used now that the 3200 is on the scene, which seems to be a better camera. I was happy with the D40x image quality aside from the brightness and saturation tweaks it needed to tone things down a bit.


User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6425 times:

Quoting deltaA330 (Thread starter):
upgrade before my trip to ORD and LAX this spring.

Are you planning on purchasing the camera this year or next?



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User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6425 times:

Quoting deltaA330 (Thread starter):
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btw, I hope you got permission to post those airliners.net photos to your facebook page...



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User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 13):
Are you planning on purchasing the camera this year or next?

I will be buying it early December, but my new thread is more up to date than this one. And sorry if I did something wrong. I am new on a.net and any pointers would be great!


User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Quoting deltaA330 (Reply 15):
I will be buying it early December, but my new thread is more up to date than this one.

The reason I ask is, if your trip isn't until early spring, you have a couple of months to save a little more money and maybe get a better camera/lens.



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User currently offlinedeltaA330 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6414 times:

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 16):
The reason I ask is, if your trip isn't until early spring, you have a couple of months to save a little more money and maybe get a better camera/lens.

Ok, I see where you are coming from. My only thing is that I need for for late December also now because my parents planned another trip. I will be spotting at KOMA and KMKE. So I thought I had time, now I realize I don't have as much as I originally thought. Also, I'd like to take it out to my home airport, KGRR, for a couple test runs before my trips.


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