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      10-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #1717
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wouldn't a follow focus fix and a nice stabilizer fix this issue? I'm thinking a decent setup would cost no more than a $1k, no?
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wouldn't a follow focus fix and a nice stabilizer fix this issue? I'm thinking a decent setup would cost no more than a $1k, no?
Yes, I think you're in the ballpark there for a good rig for doing some nice planned shots here and there. I've not made the investment myself, but I know of a few people that have done it with great results.

If you have a decent set up and are miticulous with focus, the results can be stunning.

Rodi was getting deep into this wasn't he? I wonder what he's using and what he'd advise about casual dslr video. (He's not casual about anything).

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got offered a used nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for $1,450. heard lots of good things bout it but never shot with it before. wondering if i should just rent one to shot with it for $30 or just buy it
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      10-13-2011, 08:36 PM   #1720
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Why in the world are you worried about a swivel display? When you hold a dslr properly you don't even see the display. For chimping, you can simply tilt the camera away from you, take a quick look and then go back to shooting.

For video, I understand it, but I think that a dslr is a poor choice for a camera that will be primarily a video camera. A dslr is hard to use for video as a casual camera. You have to be serious with a big tripod, fluid head and/or a stability rig to use a dslr for anything other than the occasional video.

A swivel display increases the odds of a failure considerably I'd guess.

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I use my D3100 for taking family videos as well. With the D5100 at 30fps, the videos will look a lot smoother and I'll have an easier time holding the camera down at my knees with the video display pointing upwards towards me where I can see it while I'm recording the little ones running around and playing. Even with the D3100, it takes way better video than a Sony camcorder I bought about 2 years ago.

If you've got kids, then you know its a pain in the ass lugging a lot of things around. If I can have a prosumer camera that does great video and take the abuse, that would be the camera for me. So I'm hoping for a D7100 with a swivel display. If I get the D5100, I may be setting myself up for another cracked body.

The D3100, I think may have been damaged at the Rochester Museum of Play when it was slung over my shoulder and I bumped into something. I never sling that thing over my shoulder either. I did it that day because I had to chase the kids running around and it was easier to sling it over my shoulder than putting it back in the carrying case, pulling it out and then missing a shot.
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      10-13-2011, 08:47 PM   #1721
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Many years ago, when they were young and with the knowledge I have now....
Shooting kids at that age photos/video...
I would go Panasonic DMC LX5, SLR cameras and assorted gear is not something I appreciate lugging around chasing kids.
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I had a Lunix FZ 18 and it actually took great pictures. But when I saw the photos my brother took with his Nikon D40 of his son, I was sold on getting my first DSLR. I have no regrets getting the D3100. I've taken some great shots of the kids that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to get with the FZ 18.

But you're right, lugging expensive camera equipment and chasing kids do not go hand in hand. In fact, I broke the plastic mount on the 18-105 lens (which I've since replaced) and ended up buying a Tamron 18-270 with a metal mount while on vacation.

That's why I've got some hesitation buying the D5100. I can just see the same thing happening to it as the D3100. Shoot, maybe I should just jump into that D7000 instead of waiting to see if the next version comes with a swivel display.
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I own an FZ-18 as well. Great little camera, but you're right, it's no DSLR. It does take decent videos, though. However, it's limited as far as zooming while shooting vids, and that may be enough to switch to a DSLR for vids.

My friend has a D5100 and up until two days ago he loved it. But just as he got to Florida on vacation it locked up on him. It's stuck electronically halfway into Live View mode. Nothing he does will free it up. He can't change settings or anything. Not sure if this might be a more common issue with them or if his is a rare occurrence.
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has anyone here updated to Aperture 3.2 this past week? It seems to crash constantly, within a few seconds of loading. I looked at some of the Apple Discussion threads, and it appears it crashes only when you access RAW images, not jpgs.
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has anyone here updated to Aperture 3.2 this past week? It seems to crash constantly, within a few seconds of loading. I looked at some of the Apple Discussion threads, and it appears it crashes only when you access RAW images, not jpgs.
I've had similar problems with some past versions of DxO. A big part of my problem was the file size of my RAW files, between 20 and 30MB each. Going to a 64-bit OS and 8-gig of ram helped a bunch.

Of course, it's useless if you can't work on RAW files.
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ahh... well, I'm 99.9% sure this is a software or RAW-related issue on the Mac, because it was working perfectly fine before the update, and the only thing I changed was updating the app.
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The new Photoshop deblurring function looks pretty cool. Soon there will be no such thing as a bad picture.
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That's awesome...you can now handheld at 30 second exposures, lol
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got offered a used nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for $1,450. heard lots of good things bout it but never shot with it before. wondering if i should just rent one to shot with it for $30 or just buy it
If you use that focal range a lot, its an outstanding lens. Extremely sharp! Its a nice upgrade over its replacements (28-70 and 35-70 f/2.8).
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Canon EOS-1D X gets released. Here's a preview of it: [linky]
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Wow, 50 shots before it bogged down. You could fill a CF card quickly like that.
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Drooooll. Woke up to some exciting news :P
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The new Photoshop deblurring function looks pretty cool. Soon there will be no such thing as a bad picture.

Niiiiiice....For me it would be helpful for all those old pictures I took years ago!
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Ugh. That's a great leap forward. 12-fps
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Ugh. That's a great leap forward. 12-fps
yeah, but keep in mind that the 1D4 could do 10 fps. I think the reason they are using dual DIGIC 5+ processors is because they are also doing RAW conversion on the fly, which is pretty cool.
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