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Ryan, turn all flow off, and get a glass pitri dish, if you float that on the surface you can see right in, without seeing the surface and any reflections in the picture. :) might be the only way of you getting good pics with a curved front.

You could shoot from further back and close the aperture to get a much wider depth of field, that'll reduce the distortion from the front glass.

Have you got a DSLR, compact or phone camera?

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I got a few pics with the flow off from the top, couldn't find a glass dish without pyrex written on the bottom but will get one, one of zoas isn't bad much better than taking it from the front. Will put some up later and make a tank thread and then add one here.

I've only got a phone or compact, still waiting for a canon DSLR to come up at a nice price, think it might be wishful thinking though, I expect they sell very easily so going to have to stop being so tight eventually and just get one lol

Thanks, Ryan.
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2013 1:44:38 pm by Ryan AC

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Ryan, try one half of a CD case. It should float like a boat and will remove the surface reflections you're shooting through.

Just keep your eyes open on eBay, you could get a decent 350D for a couple hundred quid, but they hold their value pretty well, so you could sell it down the line and upgrade to a better one without loosing too much in depreciation.
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Thanks will give that a go this evening.

Theirs a Canon 1000D near me that's up for £200, I've read they're a 400D with a couple extra things on it, been looking for a 10MP canon DSLR for about £150 though so if you think the 350 is worth 200 maybe I'm just hoping for too much for my money lol I might just have to go have a look at it.

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If the 1000D near you is available, get that, it might only be 10MP, but it's the massive sensor and control you're paying for.

I had a 550D, sold it and got a 650D, the first touchscreen DSLR, it's very cool.

Any DSLR is a huge improvement over a camera phone anyway, so I'd be happy with a 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, the 550D, 600D and 650D are still a good few hundred quid, but you're getting a huge step up to a DSLR even if it is one of the older models, so you don't need to spend much...

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Yh I was contemplating saving up a bit more and going for the 600D or 650D whichever is the lower one with the touchscreen. On the iPhone you can touch the point where you want it to focus can't you, thought that'd be a big advantage on a DSLR, although I find it very hard to hold a camera steady so a viewfinder might be best for me as read holding the camera against your head makes a much steadier shot.

I've contacted them, will let you know if get it. Sorry to hijack this thread you can delete the posts about camera stuff if you like.

Thanks, Ryan.

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The 650D is the first with the touch screen, the 600D doesn't have it. It's also the first from any manufacturer.

You can touch to choose focal point, but it's a bit naff, it slows the whole process down, generally if using autofocus, you'd either keep it using the central AF point, focus at that, then shift to the composition you want. Or you can select one of the other AF points.

Camera shake is controlled pretty well if you've got an IS lens, the standard kit lens has IS (image stabilization) and as soon as you touch the shutter button, it activates and the shot becomes motionless, it's very good.

Although don't get hung up on image stabilisation, as if you're taking pictures of fish, you're going to need a shutter speed of at least 1/200th of a second to freeze the fish, that'll also freeze any camera shake you have.

There's a general rule for good shutter speeds to use when using a particular focal length lens, as the longer the lens, the more exaggerated the camera shake will be shown. So the rule is to match or exceed the focal length with the shutter speed.

A wide 18mm lens, you really don't need much of a fast shutter speed to freeze camera shake, as it's barely noticeable at that width.

A 50mm lens, you'd want at least 1/50th, a 200mm lens, at least 1/200th, and so on.

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I have a brand new 650d or 600d for sale. £350. it has probably fired off 50 shutters. bought it from a guy at work thinking i needed a 3rd camera and yea i don't. still in the box as well. i have it at work and if you're interested ill find out what it is and send some pics. comes with a 15-55 kit lens.

i have a 7d and my daddy 5d mk II also. can't go wrong with canon !!!

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Thanks for the offer. If its a 650D I'm definitely interested if you can hold it for 1-2 weeks max as don't have the money right now. If not it's not a problem I'll try pick up this 1000D.

And thanks for that info I-Conica, explained it all very well as I can understand it all and don't know much about cameras lol very helpful.

Thanks, Ryan.
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A mate of mine is selling his 400D, asking for £120, in Cambridge if you're interested and ever up that way...

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/canon-400d-dslr-camera-with-bag/1029255206
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Cheers that'd be good for me to start off with, shame it's a bit far I don't travel much unfortunately.

I can get that 1000D for £170 now so think I might just get that while it's available if the other one isn't a 650D, would really like one of those but I can always get the 650D and sell the 1000D if turns out it is a 650D.

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Mine is a 600d. not the 650d. http://www.wexphotographic.com these are excellent for product reviews etc. but mainly for newer products. i bought everything i have from them.

Just be careful as photography is an addictive hobby !!! Much like reef keeping

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