Old 12-29-2008, 02:02 AM   #26
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As an aside... I am going to get myself something... in the next couple months.

deciding between upgrading on the still side to a 40D

and upgrading on the video side to a VIXIA HF10

(Nikon guys... don't give me any grief... I'm a Canon guy)

only getting one in 2009... the HF10 will be more usefull overall as I can do a lot more family stuff (I'm not a big video railfan... but with that camera I might become one).

but every time I come close to pushing the button on it I stop and think... what are you doing???? that means no new DSLR for something like 18 months...

I honestly don't know what to do.
Sounds like you need to splurge on the 5D MkII so you get both the new dSLR and the video camera.

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Old 12-29-2008, 02:09 AM   #27
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Wasn't that for Halloween?

Minor details. Besides, who is gonna ask me what I ever got for Halloween?
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:28 AM   #28
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Minor details. Besides, who is gonna ask me what I ever got for Halloween?
Well, what did you get for Halloween?

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PS - I got a rock.
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:31 AM   #29
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:53 AM   #30
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That is a tough one. In just about every instance I would say it is easy, the DSLR does tremendous stuff and you might as well upgrade the video because you will continue to get great shots. I am almost surely keeping my 20d for the next 18 months, without regret.

But I went and checked and you have the original dRebel. It drove me crazy with that awfully slow buffer (hence the 20d!). So I cannot help you, but I feel your pain.
What buffer??!!
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What buffer??!!
The amount of time it takes in between shots, and especially after a set of three or four. It just dies until it writes out the images to the card.

If cameras were modular and one could just swap out the memory as an upgrade, then I am cheap enough that I would probably still own my dReb.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:46 PM   #32
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What buffer??!!
I was making the point that my XTi's buffer was so small it was like not having one. At least when shooting raw.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:49 PM   #33
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I've got the XT, not the orginal dReb. Only filled up the buffer twice, I think... although both times it was agonizing and cost me shots I wanted.
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I've got the XT, not the orginal dReb. Only filled up the buffer twice, I think... although both times it was agonizing and cost me shots I wanted.
Do you shoot raw? I fill mine up often. I always have to plan my main shot so I take it easy on the shots before so I don't miss it. 5 - 6 quick shots (5-6 seconds) and she starts to bog down and quit.
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:40 PM   #35
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Do you shoot raw? I fill mine up often. I always have to plan my main shot so I take it easy on the shots before so I don't miss it. 5 - 6 quick shots (5-6 seconds) and she starts to bog down and quit.
I don't always shoot raw... but the times that I've filled it up have been when I've been shooting raw.

I have learned the lesson you describe there... if I'm shooting raw, I don't take any of those oncoming shots that I'm just going to delete anyway. That's probably why I haven't had the problem as often.

(Funny, after so many years with film... when I was only using at most two shutter squeezes a train... to worry about only being able to run off five or six now.)
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:34 PM   #36
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I picked up a D300/MB-D10 grip for myself partially paid for with funds from Christmas. I also received a Garmin GPS from the GF's parents... should come in really handy for my 2009 Colorado/Wyoming/Utah vacation.

Managed to add to my junior pot-belly as well.
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Do you shoot raw? I fill mine up often. I always have to plan my main shot so I take it easy on the shots before so I don't miss it. 5 - 6 quick shots (5-6 seconds) and she starts to bog down and quit.
What is the write speed of the camera and what is the write speed of your CF card? I have eight cards, seven are 20mb/sec, while one is 30mb/sec. With my D300 I get 18 shots before hitting the buffer with the 30mb/sec, while only 15 shots with the 20mb/sec. This is shooting NEF (RAW) and highest quality jpeg. Anyways, the point is, you might get a slight increase with a faster card, and a noticable increase with a newer 45mb/sec card (assuming the are compatible with the camera).

BTW, I have only filled the buffer on the D300 shooting trains busting snow drifts and snow banks. For that purpose, I comes in really handy.
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I was making the point that my XTi's buffer was so small it was like not having one. At least when shooting raw.

The small buffer of the XT was the main reason I had been planning to upgrade to a 30D. Canon says its 11, in my experience so far its 12. Im not complaining
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(Funny, after so many years with film... when I was only using at most two shutter squeezes a train... to worry about only being able to run off five or six now.)
And now I look back and think, I should have ponied up and took a few more shots of that train.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:18 PM   #40
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I didn't get any good loot this year. Bought myself a 5D Mark II, but that hardly counts as a gift.
When I started shooting RAW, I had a slow-as-piss 2GB card. I missed shots because I could take 3 frames before the images slooooowlyyyy drifted onto the card. Missed some shots because of that.
Now I've got a 40D and I'm blasting out 6FPS RAW without any lag, ever.
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should come in really handy for my 2009 Colorado/Wyoming/Utah vacation.

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The buffer issue is the XTi. I use sandisk extreme 2 and 3 cf cards. The XT is even worse then the XTi. The 40d should help with the XTi as my second string camera and lens combo.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:06 PM   #42
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Nothing for the camera bag, but I did order a new computer for myself for Christmas.

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Old 12-29-2008, 08:01 PM   #43
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Now that i am single i have to gift myself for now lol, Picked up a 24-105 F4 L IS and boy is it NICE! At least i get what i want now.
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I got more smaller items this year (code 83 switch, pull up bar, black dress shirt for working weddings, etc.). However my Christmas gift to myself will hopefully be a Canon 70-200 f/4L IS. My goal is to get the funds before my Ohio trip mid-February.
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Mrs. Claus gave me a 40d (goes real good with the 17-40 f4 L I got myself earlier this year) and a new for-the-family-to-use 15" MacBookPro.

2009 Goal: try to get a SC or PCA or POTW. Waste of fine equipment o/w.
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I figured that if I was going to shoot with the "Big Guns", I needed better "guns".

I treated myself to a new D90 and a Manfrotto 055XB with a grip-action ballhead. In 2009, I'm no longer going to suck at night shots!
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Have fun!!
Oh yeah, been on too many shopping centric trips... this time, it's Mike's excellent train adventure! There isn't much shopping in Wyoming, so she can't screw me with that too much. Salt Lake will be painful (shopping, shopping, shopping), but I'll use the time to rest up for the trip along the Price River.
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Amazon gift card funds were just directed to a copy of the "Call of the Trains," a Storm Jacket cover, and a set of rechargeable batteries for the flash.

Sounds like some of you guys made out like bandits... here's to a 2009 of higher quality photos!
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I received my first DSLR, thankfully. And a few other goodies to go along with it.

Canon XSi Rebel
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I played Santa this year and got me my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XS with a 18-55 IS and the 75-300.

I got a ton of clothes (as usual) and a 1TB External HD, all of which will come in handy for the proposed trip to NJ to pay my visits to AB2 and Chris Blaszczyk, then chase the NS F9's from Altoona to Augusta for the Masters... April 2009.

Oh yeah, taking Amtrak to and from, so there's a ton of shots there too.
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