Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

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Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby alans1100 » 02 Feb 2016, 08:36

I guess this sort of qualifies as ride report since we did in fact ride over and it was nothing more than a shopping trip.

After yesterday's mail arrived it was found to have contained a fuel voucher offer if we rented another item.

The main topic of discussion was will we or won't we and if we did what would the item be. After a quick glance at the store website it was decided that a new camera would be the go and two choices became evident. This is the one we chose as best for us http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product/d ... olpix-p610 but not available in any of their stores but could be ordered direct and we would have to wait at least three weeks.

The next best for us was an entry level DSLR http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product/d ... 0#overview which we did eventually decide to take as it was in stock just waiting for someone to waste their money on. All I need now is to waste more money on a lens and a 55-200mm might be the one but no rush.

To get to the Port we left at 1:50 and arrived at the store at 3.20 and left the store at closing time. Being Monday head office in Adelaide must have been swamped with rental approvals so people could get a fuel voucher. We also get a $150 fuel card (BP I think) so it'll come in handy for our next RTE (hopefully).
From there we went to the supermarket for a few items and then stopped off at KFC at about 6pm for some much needed food and it was 8:15pm and 260km later when we arrived home.


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Re: Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby mbrST1100 » 02 Feb 2016, 15:35

IMHO was the DSLR the far better choice over a "hybrid" cam...
Alone the selection on available lenses and the by far superior picture quality.
Just see that you get a Class 10 or better quality/brand memory card for it.

I've a Canon D350 with a Sigma 18~200mm super-zoom, a brilliant, universal "sidearm".
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Re: Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby alans1100 » 02 Feb 2016, 16:53

mbrST1100 wrote:Just see that you get a Class 10 or better quality/brand memory card for it.

I've a Canon D350 with a Sigma 18~200mm super-zoom, a brilliant, universal "sidearm".


I just transferred the 16GB card from my old cam and reformatted it. I might pick up another class 10 32GB micro SD card as a spare for this cam and the GoPro.

Cost wise the Nikon 18-200mm is a bit pricey compared to their 55-200mm and both have the Vibration Reduction (VR II) technology built into the lens.
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Re: Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby mbrST1100 » 02 Feb 2016, 18:46

alans1100 wrote:Cost wise the Nikon 18-200mm is a bit pricey...

Also have a look at Sigma or Tamron then...
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Re: Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby Gareth R » 02 Feb 2016, 18:59

Good choice :-) It's good to have a proper camera so you can shoot RAW and do back button focus - happy days. Like what he said - fast card will help with burst shooting which is great for action shoots.

As the ultimate walk around lens the Nikon 18-200 is hard to beat - do check out second hand ones too. There are 16-200 and even 18-300 lenses, including third party makers like Sigma and Tamron, that are with a look too.

Also, check out nikonimagespace.com you get lots of free space if you verify you have a Nikon.

Lastly, if you want some fixed focal length fun the 35mm f1.8 is superb for the money.

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Re: Port Augusta Again - 01-02-2016

Postby alans1100 » 04 Feb 2016, 11:21

I took a couple of tryout shots on the new cam and for want of a better subject the ol' girl was it. Photo heavily reduced down from the 6000 x 4000 high quality resolution setting I had and after I cropped it to 16:9 widescreen.

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