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irvsax
02-07-12, 02:25 PM
Hi,

Am am in the process of getting my first DSLR and lenses and have done some research but wanted some advice and to see if i am along the right lines.

I am interested in either the NIkon D5100 or sony A57. From what i have read the sony is better for low light situations and i think this would be of benefit to me as i will be doing some shooting in bars, clubs etc that may have low light. is this correct?

Now we come to the lenses. I would like a wide angle lense 10-12mm, but cant justify 350 for even the cheapest option. what i am considering is to get the camera on its own, and then to add a tamron 18-200mm lense for 150.

Now, i have seen on amazon, some sort of fixed lenses that give you 2X magnification, wide angle, fisheye etc. It says these attach to the existing lense. Does anyone have experience of these? would this be a good alternative for the occasional wide angle shots that i want to get.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Telephoto-Professional-Cleaning-Accessory-16-105mm/dp/B0069A2BLG/ref=sr_1_148?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341142353&sr=1-148


All advice on this is gratefully received.

thanks

Irving

wave
02-07-12, 03:27 PM
hi when you buy a DSLR you buy into a system so make sure that system fits your needs canon and nikon have the largest number lenses and this includes third party ones. get a short list and then go try them if it feels right then you are a long way down the road to it being right, dont settle for i will get used to it

irvsax
02-07-12, 05:26 PM
hi when you buy a DSLR you buy into a system so make sure that system fits your needs canon and nikon have the largest number lenses and this includes third party ones. get a short list and then go try them if it feels right then you are a long way down the road to it being right, dont settle for i will get used to it

Hi. thanks for the thoughts. Yes, i agree with this, however, i dont expect to expand what i do beyond a decent zoom lens and the occasional wide angle shot. Based on this i think there are enough lenses for the Sony.

Do you know anything about the static lenses that i mentioned? It seems they would serve a good purpose for what i need, but i am a little wary as i have not seen them many places at all and there are no reviews on amazon.

Chris Cool
02-07-12, 08:03 PM
Do you know anything about the static lenses that i mentioned? It seems they would serve a good purpose for what i need, but i am a little wary as i have not seen them many places at all and there are no reviews on amazon.
Hi, you are referring to Teleconverters. A lot depends on the price and the lens you put it on. Because you are using digital, it may well be possible to increase the sharpness in an image manipulation program (See below). However, the link you posted to at Amazon will disappoint I'm afraid! This is about as cheap you want to go for one converter Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teleconverter-7LMC-Sony-Alpha-Minolta/dp/B001TR7XPS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Read about them here (http://digital-photography-school.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-tele-converters-extenders-on-your-dslr)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!


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irvsax
02-07-12, 08:33 PM
Hi, you are referring to Teleconverters. A lot depends on the price and the lens you put it on. Because you are using digital, it may well be possible to increase the sharpness in an image manipulation program (See below). However, the link you posted to at Amazon will disappoint I'm afraid! This is about as cheap you want to go for one converter Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teleconverter-7LMC-Sony-Alpha-Minolta/dp/B001TR7XPS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Read about them here (http://digital-photography-school.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-tele-converters-extenders-on-your-dslr)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!


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I think this is similar yes, but i was really after the wide angle version more than any extra zoom (the 18-200mm lense i am looking at will probably be enough zoom). I just cant justify 350 right now on a wide angle 10-18mm lense for the few wide angle shots i will be taking.

Yes, i appreciate the post editing is key aswel. I do have Adobe CS5 to use when i want, so i will be learning some of that aswel (my father uses it daily as he is a graphic designer). That curves feature is excellent though. The quick changes look brilliant.

Chris Cool
03-07-12, 09:10 AM
Raynox do wide angle converters.

You would need to speak to a supplier about which one will fit your Tamron lens using adapter rings (http://www.digitaltoyshop.co.uk/search.asp?xsq=adapter+rings&btnSubmit=).

Clicky for further info (http://www.digitaltoyshop.co.uk/Accessories_Raynox_t932)

Cheers!


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irvsax
03-07-12, 11:18 AM
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Chris Cool
03-07-12, 02:13 PM
t seems they would serve a good purpose for what i need, but i am a little wary as i have not seen them many places at all and there are no reviews on amazon.

Read hundreds of posts here Clicky (http://www.dpreview.com/search/forums?query=raynox+wide+angle)

Cheers!


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