Canon 550

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  1. Evo R

    Evo R

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    Hey guys.

    Need a bit of info from you...

    Are the Canon 550 any good and what do they normally go for?

    Thanks guys
     
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    Great camera, retail about 7999 with lens kit :thumbup:
     
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    Ceck out Gumtree. There are some good second hand ones for a very decent price. Good, entry level camera.
     
  5. Evo R

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    What lens kit would that be?
    Reason why im asking, one of my main suppliers does the canon camera range.
    So all i see on the price lists are nrs and codes , but im not to clued up in that department lol.

    Now i feel like a complete noob all over again haha:lol:
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    mm the cannon 550D lovley camera, here is a bit of reading for you.. they are often on special at Game aswell
    Cannon 550D
     
  7. coswecanfly

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    Usually it's only the 18-55mm which is quite useless. When I bought my 20d I told them to keep that lens and payed extra for another one... You need something macro if you want to take tank pics...
     
  8. Evo R

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    Thats the thing i only want to take tank pics.
    I have 2 mik en druk digitals,but they are not so lekka for close up tank pics.

    What else can you guys advise to look at?
     
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    The 550 is a nice little camera. If you want to use it mainly for tank pics then a lens that I can suggest is the Canon 85mm F1.8 lens. It allows you to use a lower ISO and gets a faster shutter speed. Depth of field with fish is not a major concern as you take it from the side in anyway. I am currently using this lens that I borrowed from a mate and I love it. I have had more decent pics in the last couple of days compared to the months before I had it. Seriously considering buying one for myself. They are around R3400 new.

    You dont need a dedicated macro lens for tank shots but it does help to get a fast lens. With fast I mean a lens with a low F-stop. Go read up on F-stop and depth of field and all that jazz, as it is way too long to type it out here.


    This is a few pics I took with the 85mm F1.8 lens mounted to a Canon 7D. The bigger brother of the 550D so you could expect very similar results.

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  10. Elrond

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    I recently bought a 550 and love it :thumbup: (a Canon fan) I didnt go for the stock lens as it's near useless but instead bout a 18-200mm lens seperately. For a good benchmark on whats a good price, I suggest ORMS(co.za). They have a few branches in CT, not sure about your direction.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    stunning pics,

    is it possible to buy just the body and then the lense of choice? or does this work out to be more expensive?
     
  12. Elrond

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    Slightly more expensive to buy them on their own but you'll end up with lenses you actually use :p
     
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    What lights are you using to give that purple effect or is it the lens:p
     
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    we need a photography dealer to become a sponsor on masa.. that way we will get good deals from the sorce...
     
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    That purple bits is a combination of the actinics which makes a camera battle with white balance and then colour correction to rectify it during post processing.
     
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    marius STOP holding out on us and share your pics! lovely shots
     
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    Really nothing wrong with this lens. I am no pro in taking photos, but up to about a year ago, 99 percent of the pics I posted on this site- marine and non marine related, was taken with the 18-55 lens.

    Kids still use it
     
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    Will go and take a pic quickly, give me a couple of minutes to take the pic and upload.
     
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    Agree with sean. Unless you are really serious and willing to fork out good money for the pro grade glass, the 18-55 will be fine for 90% of your photos. The only place where it will let you down is in low light conditions. But for a general walk around lens it is nice and wide and will give pretty good shots. You can only really see its flaws if you do pixel peeping.
     
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    tic tock......make sure its a tank pic or dont post it koeks!
     
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    @%$#, our internet connection is still slow, waiting for Photo bucket
     
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