Had to go into town to do a bit of shopping this afternoon so thought I would have a look in the charity shops to see if there was anything interesting. In the last shop I looked in I saw a Canon EOS, I presumed it was a film model but wanted to have a look at the lens as I have been after a wide angle for my 30D (I've got the 38-76mm.) On being handed the camera I was surprised to find it was the 300D in working order. The asking price was £30 so I thought that will do me. I did wonder about selling the body but I think I'll keep it as a back up body. I'll try a few test shots as soon as I find my spare CF card. Matty
Found my spare CF Card so took the 300d out this afternoon to take a few shots:
Blue, my sister in law's black labrador, EOS300D, Sigma 70-300mm zoom. She's a bit tired and panting as she has just been chased by this terror:
Loki, our 12 week old Lab/Springer cross, same set up as above. Eventually the small mad one settled down enough for me to capture her lying down:
EOS300D, 18-55mm EFS USM. Quite pleased with the camera, it has a bit of shutter lag in comparision with the 30D but it is easy to use and as it shares the same battery with the 30D and takes EFS and EF lenses which means I have a bit more flexibility when out and about so I am keeping it as my back up. I love cheapskate photography. Philbirch, the shop manager knew it was a digital so I don't feel guilty about short changing them. I've got an M42 adaptor but thanks for the offer. I must admit I'm not very good at using manual focus with dslr, I think its something to do with having awful eyesight, terrible distance vision, astigmatism and deteriorating near vision. When using my film slrs I have to use the split screen for focusing, if a camera just has ground glass I find it very difficult, one of the reasons that I like my Praktica MTL50 is that the triple wedge focusing screen is very clear when focus is correct. Sid, I'll have to check out WEX, the prices seem pretty reasonable. On ebay the 300d seems to be going for a bit more and LCE were asking a lot more. Matty
I have a Praktica LLC (or two), and as you say the focusing screen is very good on that range. Mention of the 30D reminds me that I must get mine back sometime - I lent it to someone down the road eighteen months ago. It's no real problem while the 7D keeps going but a backup is always handy. I do have a Pentax K-x which I bought last year as I have been macro bits and pieces for the Pentax. There is a backup for that too in the shape of an *ist DS.
I've got an almost exact photo form nearly 40 years ago of our chewing on a "bone" in almost identical position as you Loki. Perhaps Rina has come back a bit more suntanned.