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what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 16:52 pm

hi if you dont mind me asking what camera are you using to take the photos becasue i went to a well known camera shop and they tryed to sell me a £1000 dslr becasue my bridge camera is no good for mtb photography or so they say. but its capible of 3fps is this fast enough if you think this post should be in a photography froum tell me and i will move it .
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Re: what camera do you use

Postby Tintin rize » Tue Jan 01, 2013 17:07 pm

I use a Nikon d3000 had it for a while now and they going cheap, good for on the move shots and still pics , but for vid I would recommend a gopro 3 :P
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You get very nice shots with an slr camera and entry level aren't that expensive mate , I been looking for some speed shots but I deleted them of my photobucket :cry:
Not all shots of a bike but give you and idea mate ,for mtb vids get a action camera(gopro) for still pics and action shots I would advise an SLR .
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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:53 am

i think i will have to upgrade my camera to a dslr i am not looking to make vids at the moment i will have to look at the nikon d3000 have you got any tips on getting good shots

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby supersonic » Wed Jan 02, 2013 14:25 pm

Bridge camera can still work very well - much is to do with the skill of the photographer. Learn about how the manual settings work ie exposure and aperture.

I have a relatively inexpensive bridge, and a friend has a DSLR. On a recent trip out my pics blew his away simply because I knew how to use my cam, he didn't.

That said, in lower light situations the larger sensor on an SLR is king.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 20:08 pm

thanks for the reply . how do you transport your cam on rides do you seperate it from your multi tool ect

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 20:09 pm

thanks for the reply . how do you transport your cam on rides do you seperate it from your multi tool ect

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby TheNorthernTrain » Wed Jan 02, 2013 20:20 pm

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Still playing around and getting used to using manual settings with my new toy. Took these the other day with a Lumix GF3. Fairly pleased with the results. I certainly don't think you need to buy a new SLR, and would say a bridge camera is absolutely fine... though I am not an expert.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 20:39 pm

very nice photos im not sure if i should buy a dslr or not after seeing the pics taken on the bridge i think mine will be good enough until i decide if i want to take photography more seriously

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby supersonic » Thu Jan 03, 2013 16:46 pm

That's what I'd do, see how you get on with what you have. Mine (a Fuji S1500) has a little case and I just pop it in my rucksack. You can get some nice results with time.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby stubs » Thu Jan 03, 2013 18:56 pm

Taking a £1000 DSLR camera on a MTB ride would give me the shivers. I take my little old Panasonic Lumix Fs3 compact with me its been dropped on rocks left in the rain and used as a back protector numerous times. Its bulletproof and if it broke I would cry and go and buy a Panasonic TZ 30 compact which shoots HD video with gps and everything I would ever need. Then again I am a photosnapper not a photographer.
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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 16:28 pm

i will have to buy a case for my current cam i have a fujifilm S1700 the only concern i have is taking it on rides with me as i dont want to brake it.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby supersonic » Sat Jan 05, 2013 18:15 pm

Virtually the same camera as mine, are decent performers. Cases are cheap enough.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby bluechair84 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:29 pm

I've just moved down in size to a Micro Four Thirds camera which is basically the size of a compact but with interchangeable lenses. Have a look in my sig for details. To be honest, unless you are a proper, vested amateur or pro photographer, you won't really be able to benefit from a full DSLR. The M4/3s I've just bought takes decent enough pictures, great video, and is small enough to fit into my riding sack.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 16:02 pm

so i could buy a compact cam with interchangerble lenses but the main reason i am thinking about a dslr is that not only will i take it on rides i would like to do abit of mx photography as well. i would not spend £1000 for my first dslr i would probly only spend £300-450 on it. my cam is a very good for what i use it for but it struggles to capture high speed movement.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby bluechair84 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 16:11 pm

A micro four thirds like my samsung nx1000 isn't technically a compact, but the body of the camera is no bigger making it very portable. The advantage of a m4/3s is the sensor is better and you can play with the lens. . By old sony bridge camera took great photos, great video and had the advantage of apower zoom. A bridge cam is really fine unless you're finding it simply can't take fast enough shutter speeds and still let enough light in. go into my sig and read my chat about the samsung, it should explain all the reasons I chose the m4/3s over any other format

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 16:45 pm

ok i think one of my mates has a cam like that i will have to borrow it and see if i like it my bridge cam can do video up to 1080p but the audio isnt grate as it cant take and external mic it also has a 15x zoom which is grate for close up pics and it has an iso of upto 3200 but the pics are grainy at the top end of the iso

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby bluechair84 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:38 pm

One thing that might help is reducing the size of the stills it's taking. 10MP is fine for most everyone. Mine is a 20MP and I leave it on 10MP to make the higher end of ISO more useable. It's not something I've fully explored myself but I've read you can reduce noise this way.
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Scrap what I said, just bee re-reading about it hereand seems that idea is wrong.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby luk3 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:44 pm

my cam has normal,fine,S,M and L settings do you think that if i put it in normal and S mode it would reduce noise also when taking a pic of a mtber do you pan with the rider or stay still and just press the shutter button

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby bluechair84 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 19:00 pm

No it was bad advice, I must have read a bogus forum a while ago (kinda like here and now :shock: ). Just leave the settings in fine + large.
As for panning, it depends on what kind of shot you want. If you want creative ideas, the best thing to do would be to browse the pictures posted here or on pinkbike, then try to recreate the ones you like. If you're not sure how they did it, I'm sure most people would tell you if you asked.
Two bits of advice I'll give you is; don't rely on auto focus if you can get an accurate focus manually. Set the focus before the rider comes in to shot to ensure the camera is focussed on the exact place you want it. And; set the camera in A mode and lock the aperture wide open (smallest value). This creates nice depth by blurring out anything you're not focussed on - however it relies on very good focussing in the first place.

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Re: what camera do you use

Postby TheNorthernTrain » Sun Jan 06, 2013 19:26 pm

Noise in high ISOs is perfectly normal. Better cameras with bigger and better sensors cope better in low light and produce images that are less grainy at the same ISO.

For instance, I saw a photo taken at virtually the same place as me at the same time by a photographer with the whole kit and when compared with the photo I've taken on a micro 4/3 camera (turns out from looking at the exif data that we were using the same settings for ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture, obviously other factors come into play as well.) But my photo was noticeably noisier. Be damned if I can find either photo though.

I still stand by my belief that your bridge camera will do a good enough job for what you are wanting to achieve to start off with.
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