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    id love the one trigger design. Our tripod has three knobs that lock in the position of the camera. it gets really confusing and annoying when you want to quickly change the position. but for the price we got it for $30, im not complaining. Can you get me a model number of your tripod, i think ill be upgrading to yours in a few months!

    EDIT: check out smugmug.com, they have a 14day trial period for hosting photos. Im on the trial atm and im really liking the features, design and presentation of their site. Yearly its $40US for unlimited photos, and theres $5 discount vouchers floating around. I uploaded all my photos already:

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    Yeah, best one I think and really small, light and sturdy. Perfect for my travel's mid this year. I didn't want to have your troubles with the knobs and getting confused. I'll get the number for you tonight.
    Pics to follow...

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    Here's a couple of funny ones...










    Criticism is welcome on all shots. I need to learn what to do better.

    I tried to get some lightning but couldn't. I don't know how to do it!
    How did you get the fireworks? What setting's?
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    the first picture has potential! send me the original file and ill play around with it and im sure i can get some pretty good results from it in Aperture 2.

    The others seem like theyr suffering from higher ISO sensitivities or it could just be stupid photobucket. For a setting like that i would be using a f value of 8-11, Exposure of somewhere between 1/4 to 1/30 depending. I shoot in ISO 100 - 400 but always prefer the lower ISO, otherwise noise might be a problem when you blow it up. Also, try to use lightposts/trees to help compose pictures.

    My favorite fireworks pictures:


    Date Modified 2009-01-01 00:03:52
    Date Taken 2009-01-01 00:03:52
    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 6s (6/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 640
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
    File Name DSC_0666_180.jpg
    File Size 497.74 KB




    Date Modified 2009-01-01 00:07:00
    Date Taken 2009-01-01 00:07:00
    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 13s (13/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 110
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
    File Name DSC_0670_176.jpg
    File Size 405.75 KB



    Date Modified 2009-01-01 00:08:39
    Date Taken 2009-01-01 00:08:39
    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 8s (8/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 180
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
    File Name DSC_0675_171.jpg
    File Size 501.24 KB




    Date Modified 2009-01-01 00:08:02
    Date Taken 2009-01-01 00:08:02
    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 4s (4/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 110
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
    File Name DSC_0673_173.jpg
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    Heres one that screwed up. THe exposure was too long, cos those damn fireworks were too bright and constant. I wanted to capture both the rain style coming off the bridge and the ones in tehs ky but that didnt work. However the fireworks that came off the top of the bridge came out perfectly.



    Date Modified 2009-01-01 00:09:45
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    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 13s (13/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 280
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
    File Name DSC_0677_169.jpg
    File Size 565.88 KB


    Hope that helps ya, post up any pics, id love to have a look and i think we can both learn a bit from critiquing each others pictures!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peejayy View Post
    exactly the type of thing i was looking for! thanks heaps!

    Looks like i need to put another $950 away for a ultra-wide angle lens:





    Hmm that is a large factor to consider. I think I need to visit a few retail stores and try to get them to price match on these chaps. We're thinking of taking out camera/travel insurance on our gear anyway.

    Wheres the pics people!!!!!

    have a look at these guys, prices are reasonable australian stock.

    http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/

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    I agree with PJ, try to keep the iso as low as possible my 450D very rarely left 100iso

    If i was shooting night shots i always had the tripod out. However there were times i had it on 200 or 400 you could see the difference.

    Have a look at this forum some good tips on there.
    http://www.passionforpixels.com/

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    my mate has a manfrotto carbon fibre tripod and that thing is soo light. and pretty quick to set up and pull down. bear in mind it cost him around $400 bucks.

    what lens are you considering to get? you can always try the third party lenses such as tokina, tamron or sigma?

    this will be the next lens i'm getting.
    http://www.amazon.com/Tokina-16mm-Au.../dp/B000RGGU3I

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG71C View Post
    I agree with PJ, try to keep the iso as low as possible my 450D very rarely left 100iso

    If i was shooting night shots i always had the tripod out. However there were times i had it on 200 or 400 you could see the difference.

    Have a look at this forum some good tips on there.
    http://www.passionforpixels.com/
    Yeah, ISO should always be tried at 100, then moved up only it struggles at the lower setting. tripods are invaluable.

    But my Nikon does an amazing job at night wihtout a tripod. Luna Park reflection picture was taken without a tripod but with VR turned on (VR is a godsend). here is an instant when i bumped up the ISO to a ridiculous 1600, i wanted the people in the shot to be defined, not just the lights on the face/reflection.



    Date Modified 2009-01-01 20:51:35
    Date Taken 2009-01-01 20:51:35
    Camera NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    Exposure Time 0.04s (1/25)
    Aperture f/3.5
    ISO 1600
    Focal Length 18mm (27mm 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 600 x 800
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    Quote Originally Posted by smnt View Post
    my mate has a manfrotto carbon fibre tripod and that thing is soo light. and pretty quick to set up and pull down. bear in mind it cost him around $400 bucks.

    what lens are you considering to get? you can always try the third party lenses such as tokina, tamron or sigma?

    this will be the next lens i'm getting.
    http://www.amazon.com/Tokina-16mm-Au.../dp/B000RGGU3I
    That lens looks great! but VR is a must for me, its effectiveness is just too hard to pass up. I was looking at getting the Nikon 18-200mm lens purely for its convenience. But it seems that for Image Quality the 18-55 and 50 - 200 is preferred. Hmm...

    Im definitely liking the sounds of these manfrotto tripods! If i ever go overseas i think i will definitely invest in one of those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peejayy View Post

    That lens looks great! but VR is a must for me, its effectiveness is just too hard to pass up. I was looking at getting the Nikon 18-200mm lens purely for its convenience. But it seems that for Image Quality the 18-55 and 50 - 200 is preferred. Hmm...

    Im definitely liking the sounds of these manfrotto tripods! If i ever go overseas i think i will definitely invest in one of those!
    well VR aint really necessary as you've got a 2.8, vr only helps 3 f stops faster then other lenses. i still would like an all rounder lens. i regret getting the twin lens kit. i should have just got the body and paid for the 18-200. boooo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peejayy View Post
    Yeah, ISO should always be tried at 100, then moved up only it struggles at the lower setting. tripods are invaluable. But my Nikon does an amazing job at night wihtout a tripod. Luna Park reflection picture was taken without a tripod but with VR turned on (VR is a godsend).

    Im definitely liking the sounds of these manfrotto tripods! If i ever go overseas i think i will definitely invest in one of those!
    Cheers for the tips, I really had no idea what setting's to use, so I just played around with some, ISO was set to Auto. Exposure for some were 30secs, 20 secs, 5 secs so that's the slightly blurry effect. Would be good to get one printed on canvas, would look painted haha!

    That is the exact reason I got this tripod

    My lenses have IS (Image stability) which is very similar to VR.
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    If you haven't got a tripod, you could always lean forward

    I can't talk, i've got a happysnapper Canon IXUS 60...small penis in the camera world, oh well at least it's not a camera phone hey.

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    This is my workmates photos of his travels.

    http://www.denniscondon.smugmug.com

    i don't have many shots for some reason. only for events.

    this seems to be my favorite.. :S


    photo taken at Tetsuya's resturant. (nice place to take your gf's)

    or http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...5&id=801454255
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    Cool photo of the glass smnt.

    Quote Originally Posted by peejayy View Post
    the first picture has potential! send me the original file and ill play around with it and im sure i can get some pretty good results from it in Aperture 2.
    How can I send you the file? Give me your email and I can. It's 4.7mb.

    I've been meaning to play around with the photo's but haven't had the time yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smnt View Post
    This is my workmates photos of his travels.

    http://www.denniscondon.smugmug.com

    i don't have many shots for some reason. only for events.

    this seems to be my favorite.. :S


    photo taken at Tetsuya's resturant. (nice place to take your gf's)

    or http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...5&id=801454255
    Your mates pictures are great! I plan to take similar photos on hopeful future overseas endeavours! really like the colors in some of those pics! pass on my compliments

    Nice shot of the glass! i like the soft overall look that it has! exposure looks spot on.
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