Monthly Archives: March 2009

To my shame I didn’t actually know it was an Eider. I wondered if it was a black and white duck? I suppose it is a kind of black and white duck. This is a male, the females are brown. A snatched shot from the Gourock to Dunoon ferry just before it left yesterday morning.

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On Sunday Catherine and I went for a walk around our local landmark, Kenmuir Hill and Elliston Tower at its summit. The sky was rubbish so I left the 40D at home and took the LX3 instead. Here are a few for fun in black and white since the colours were drab anyway. Here’s the…

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When I did Claire’s portrait, I met her just as the light was failing. That combined with my inexperience at the time meant that I got very few great pictures that did justice to her. I was pleased with this early one from our session before the light went; the low light gave warmth, but…

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So practically the next day after my previous post about Canon’s questionable “pixels before sensitivity” strategy they anounced the EOS 500D. This puppy replaces the current 450D as the decent amateur camera in the Canon line-up. The 450 had 12 MP and had decent reviews, but none of them raved about it’s low noise performance,…

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  • Sachin

    Hi Matthew,

    Love the website, it really has a great design but honestly it is really hard reading the writing on it because you have black writing on a dark gray background.

    Cheers,

    Sachin

  • “Oh, it has video too, that will help it to win market share, but It wouldn’t swing the choice for me.”

    So what would you go for?

    I’ve been using a 30D and fancy an upgrade but not keen on the size of the 500d if it’s the same as the 450.

  • Hi James,
    it’s a real dilemma isn’t it. My feeling is that the 40D and 50D would be the only cameras that will give you the quality feel that you are used to in the 30D. (The bodies are almost the same). The 450D is a good compromise if you don’t mind a plastic body with a smaller handgrip. The 500D sounds OK but it always seems to take Canon bodies a while to stabilise to a sensible price point.

    The 40D is a good solid camera and you can get bargains galore with it since the 50D came out, but the 50D is basically the choice I would make since it has so many little features like the excellent screen and the back/front focus adjustments.

    The camera I would like next doesn’t exist yet; I want a 40/50D sized and styled body, 12 MP or 15MP with a slightly larger sensor. The 50D is the closest they do I suppose.

I noticed in this weeks photographic news that Nikon are selling well in the UK and the current recession is not affecting them; sales of the D90 and D700 DSLR’s are described by Nikon as “outstanding”. This doesn’t surprise me. If I was advising anyone who was buying into digital SLR’s at present which brand…

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