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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:58 pm

Welcome Steve and enjoy your surf here. This is a very friendly forum.
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Unread postby sean_photography » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:48 pm

Hi all, newbie here. I live in hertfordshire in the uk and have always had a passion for photography since i was 6 years old. ive always used point and shoot cameras wether they were film or digital. i bought a a300 in 2008 and have been using it in auto mode till now. for the last 2 months ive been trying to self teach myself how to use the dslr fully and all its wonderful settings. i bought the Scott kelby bookset and its gave me a great start into learning how to use a dslr.
ive been into hiking and motorsport for many years and have always been known for taking copious amounts of pictures of my adventures. But now i wanna get serious, i wanna learn how to take pictures to be proud of.

so far i have the 18-70mm kit lens and the sony 70-300mm dt lens.

but ive been looking at getting a sony 11-18mm or the sigma 10-20mm for when im hiking and a sony 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 for when my daughter is born in may.

any advise would be helpful and much appreciated.

oh and im also looking to get a manfrotto 190xprob or a 055xprob tripod with the 804rc2 pan and tilt head. if anyone has some input on these.

much appreciated Sean
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:08 pm

Hi Sean and welcome to this forum, a formidable one.
I guess you should change your signature because there isn't any 70-300 DT lens, I presume it's the 75-300 you have.
Do upload shots as much as you can.
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Unread postby Birma » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:10 am

Hi Sean - welcome to the forum from me :D . I am sure you will find lots of help and advice here just as I and many others have. I found it very useful to post some pictures and ask for ideas on how to improve them, in fact I'm still doing that today :) .

My suggestion would be to go for the 50mm next (either 1.4 or 1.8). I found this sort of prime lens excellent for family portraits. It is now one of my favourite lenses (I have an older Minolta f/1.7).

I have the Manfrotto 055xprob and a pan-tilt head. Great tripod but it is heavy. I am happy to put up with the weight if I am going somewhere to take pictures, but not so happy if the walk is the mian objective. I have just got a ball head (322rc2) which I prefer but it is more expensive.
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Unread postby sean_photography » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:16 am

hi Birma, thank you for the great advice. ive played with the 50mm 1.8 but cant seem to get my hands on a 50mm 1.4 to play with to make up my final decision. as for the tripod same scenario , ive played with the 190 but haven't seen a 055 yet to compare the weight values. when i do i will let you all know.

thank you for the warm welcome.
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Unread postby Birma » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:15 am

I have heard rumours that Sony are stopping selling the 50 1.4 in some geographies so that may be why there are less around. The advantage of the 50 1.4, as well as the slightly larger apperture, is that it is useable on the full-frame cameras (i.e. 850/900) as well as the APS-C (200 through 700). I believe the 50 1.8 is designed for APS-C only. If you're not planning on going full-frame soon then I would go for the 50 1.8, much cheaper and it has very good reviews. I think all of the recent Sony SAM lenses (18-55, 50, 30, 35, 85) are great value.
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Unread postby sean_photography » Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:06 pm

ah rite, well i have been wondering if they were gonna do that, well ive got a friends 50mm f1.8 here with me, its pretty good for the price so im definitely considering getting this lens for myself., cheers for your help. sean
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Unread postby classiccameras » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:58 am

Hi all

Just joined the forum, it looks pretty good to me so I look forward to meeting some of you.

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Welcome classiccameras!

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Unread postby Birma » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:45 am

A warm welcome from me as well Classiccameras :) Looking forward to perhaps seeing some of your pictures and hearing about your Classic Cameras?
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Unread postby classiccameras » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:49 am

Hi
Peter from London, Still got the XD-7, but also now digital.
Hope to make some friends

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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:02 pm

Hi Peter, and welcome on board PCA (PhotoClubAlpha).
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Unread postby the_hefay » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:22 am

Well, I've already posted a couple of times and decided I liked the forum enough I ought to sign the registry, so to speak. I'm Jeff and I hail from the state of Wyoming in the US. My first camera ever was an old Kodak instamatic that my Mom had quit using. I assumed ownership of it when she upgraded to a Polaroid. Dad said I could use it all i wanted but the flash cubes, film and developing costs were all mine. I still remember sparingly using the rotating flash cube in order to save my allowance for the 126 cartriges. From the very first of my phtography endeavors I operated under the theory that a bad picture is better than no picture. :) Next I had an Ansco disc camera and later a Kodak disc. After high school I quit taking pictures for quite a few years. Eventually, I was drawn back into photography with an Olympus p&s with a small zoom range. My friend had a Minolta Maxxum 300si and so I began to learn through image comparison the advantages to the slr over the p&s. After 4 or 5 years I upgraded to a Minolta Maxxum 400si, then the Sony a100 and finally the Sony a580. Recently I've dabbled in reverse lens macro and I'm just wating for spring to get some insect and flower shots.

About my user name. I used to play a car racing video game with my daughter, brother, and his kids. My name was jefe. If you now Spanish you understand the pronunciation to be "hefay" not "jeef" which is how my nephew pronounced it when I drove past him. "Who's Jeef?!" That's when I changed it to hefay, and it just kind of stuck.

Anyways, enough of this typing and back to the camera.

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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:35 am

Welcome Jeff and have a nice surf here. :D
I am currently in Beirut, Lebanon, enjoying a wonderful sun (we really needed that, because we had a cloud hanging over us, even lurking with us in Yerevan, with a temperature of -14 to -22 C).
So I wish you'll have a warm surfing on PCA (that stands for Photoclubalpha) :wink:
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Unread postby the_hefay » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:05 am

Thanks for the welcome. I'm glad you could warm up. I didn't think of Yerevan as being a place that would get that cold. I'm familiar with the cold myself. It's actually -15 C here right now. Of course it's 1:00 am and the sun has been long gone. ;)
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