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 Post subject: Great site and forum
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:06 am 
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I've already had a couple of posts in the Nikon forum but thought I'd say a quick general hello to you all.

I used to mess around with film SLR, then "went convenient" after moving to something that was a bit too cumbersome. A whole other story....

Anyhow, the urge to get creative again with photography has bitten after a friend bought a D80/18-135mm kit which subsequently expanded to a battery pack, remote trigger, tripod, flash etc etc - and more to the point what he was doing with it.

Now I'm the sort of person who appreciates nice kit, (hopefully) remembers what it's all actually for, analyses everything to death and researches the living daylights out of it.

The GREAT thing is the kind of inspiration I've found lurking about here before signing up.
The spirit of helfulness compared to many other forums (of various kinds) where it's so often "my way or the highway" is very refreshing and as a "virtual community" you should be proud of yourselves.

For the next little while I'm going to have to be a bit of a sponge as there is much to learn. With luck, over time I might have something to actually contribute.

A special appreciation to Gordon whose reviews' sense of balance, enthusiasm for what he is doing, and realistic perspective is clearly contagious in a good way.

FYI I think the plunge on gear is likely to be a D80 with 18-70 zoom and an 85mm f/1.8 prime as I'm really interested to explore portraits - I think people are the most interesting subjects to explore.

And thanks for the kind welcome I have already received from some members of this place already.


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Welcome MU51CL! You seem to really like cameralabs, just like I do.
The community is indeed nicer than any other I know of. I'm a member of a Dutch forum, and quite often my replies aren't appreciated much and people are critical about everything.
So I too would like to thank Gordon for setting up this great community, and thank everybody for being so nice :D !

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Hi MU51CL, great to have you on-board!


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Thanks to you both for the welcome.
Hopefully my girth will not increase too much as I sponge all the things I need to learn....

Having travelled to over 30 countries and finally getting to Queenstown a couple of years ago, in my opinion you live in possibly the most beautiful place on the planet, Gordon.
Those who have been there will get the pun that it is quite "Remarkable" :)


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welcome to a fellow Aussie.......


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Such a great site that Canon UK have even used CL's endorsement on their product profile for the 40D.

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_40D/index.asp

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Good spot photoj! It's not just that model either...!


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Canon UK have done this for as long as I have been a member on this forum, it was how I found out about Camera Labs in the first place.

So well done Canon for pointing me in the right direction to the Worlds Greatest Camera Web Site and Forum

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Ah Roy, flattery will get you everywhere!

And thanks to everyone here for making this the best forum around!


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Daylight second from what I've seen.

The positive-ness makes it work, the inspiration I see continually is just great.

So many forums become a centre for
(a) whingers
(b) people pushing for things to be THEIR way or it's no good
(c) cheap shots from people "hiding" behind their keyboards

Gordon and especially the moderators TAKE A BOW.


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