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Manual SLR Cameras
|Vivitar 28-210mm/3.5 zoom lens
Minolta 50mm/1.4 Prime Lens
Tokina 28mm/2.8 Prime Lens
- Trimino Duo Tripod Legs
- Junior Geared Head
Slik Vertical Plate (Large)
-> serves as a 1250mm/13 zoom lens!
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Minolta X-300s - with the Vivitar zoom lens, this camera will produce 'good' pictures but not on par with the XD-5/Vivitar combi. prime lens do make a diff. when used with the 50mm, pictures are appears sharper with added color saturation.
Vivitar 28-210mm/3.5 - i've read some reviews in a photography magazine that Vivitar's zoom lens is a good buy - though they recommend Tamron and Sigma to give better results than the Vivitar. so far, i have no complaints with this zoom lens. it is affordable and it is very reliable. kudos to 'mang kit' who helped me buy my first camera KIT >:P with the 28-210mm - i seldom need to change lens during some outings and group photographies. at times, it can produce sharp pictures comparable to the 50mm.
Tokina 28mm/2.8 - i recently bought a Tokina prime lens for my Minolta bodies. i bought this primarily for my astrophography sessions but it will come in handy on group pictures. i will post some comparisons between my Vivitar and Tokina lens when time permits.
Manfrotto 455 Trimino Duo Tripod - bought this tripod leg primarily for my ETX. it is very sturdy and heavy-duty but relativiely light. it is very versatile which can go as low as 10cm(?) off the ground and can go as high as 160cm(?). the center bar can be mounted horizontally for micro/macro photography.
|Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head - again, bought this primarily due to my ETX. this head is so COOL! locking is unnecessary with this head. it's application is very convenient not only for SLR cameras but also for video camera and portable telescopes. imagine the convenience that you will get when don't need to lock the head of your tripod - simply turn the knobs and you can finely set your viewfinder to your target. even vertical positions are a snap as there is a 'quick release' knob to quickly release the knobs for each direction.|
Slik Vertical Plate - another accessory for my ETX but will be very useful for my SLR.
shopping for camera (anything for that matter) in singapore is tough although you can get good bargains
if you have 'good' connections'. BE SURE TO CHECK THE PRICES OF WHAT YOU WANT TO BUY AT OTHER SHOPS LIKE;
1. Mohammed Mustafa, Serangoon
also, if you are looking for a good manual SLR body, you can check out the second hand/used shops at Peninsula Plaza and Adelphi. imho, you can invest your money with prime lenses and get a used body in a good condition.
Cathay Photo, Marina Square - i bought my tripod system from cathay courtesy of SAM JEVA. he is a nice
person and i find that the prices that he gives me are reasonable. true, there are some irritating personnels
there but not sam. who is receptive.
- before i bought my tripod, i went there and sam was not in. there were some ladies that won't even bother answering my questions such as 'where is this made?' (referring to the minolta 505si super). the reply: 'i wouldn't know! i don't know where these cameras are made now a days'. there are other guys there but you have to look for them. good luck to us customers! i think they 'gauged' me with what i was wearing that day >8P
John 3:16 - yes, the shop's name is a verse from the Holy Bible which i find weird since they are not selling anything related. anyway, there's another SAM here (son of the owner) which is quite nice as well. he is also reasonable and helpful - provided he's not very busy entertaining their customers. weekends are tough going there to buy something as it is packed.
Mustafa, Serangoon - bought a Minolta Riva 70 from their shop last 1996 for my brother. the camera is still working up to this day and the results are very good for a point and shoot.
Pertama - I WILL NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THIS SHOP AGAIN! my experiences with this shop is very depressing and 'horrible'. stay away from this shops as much as you can. stay away from shops at PEOPLE's PARK and LUCKY PLAZA as well, you will have to haggle/bargain a lot with vendors in these shops and in the end, you will still feel at lost because you really wouldn't if the stuff that you have just bought is in a good condition.
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