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This review is from: Nikon D5500 1547 Red 24.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens
Pros: I was looking for a camera body to invest in as an initial foray into photography. I had used point and shoots before but was never satisfied with the noise they often had.
The Nikon D5500 was as pricey as I was looking to go for something to learn on and I have to say that I'm not disappointed I bought it.
The images that it produces are crisp and visually match what I'm viewing with my naked eyes. It also cycles quickly which means I can shoot a quick succession of shots without having to worry about the buffer being filled mid series (though I'm sure the class 10 card I'm using helps).
It's a fairly light body, somewhere around 1lb and has good ergonomics for my hands. It never feels like it's going to slip and my fingers aren't cramped.
The TTL metering is done well, with it being spot on in most shots. There are situations where it can be wrong for what you're trying to do with a certain subject but I've read that is a common occurrence with custom style shots.
Cons: I haven't found any real cons just yet, I've only logged 20 hours on it in the month or so I've had it.
My only real dislike thus far is the button placement. On this body the function button is on the left side near the flash button. This might not be an issue depending on taste but I have it set to allow for ISO control via the control wheel and would have prefered it be placed around the aperture, shutter release and command wheel cluster.
It isn't a massive problem, just a slight inconvenience with how I hold the camera when shooting.
Other Thoughts: When I first got the camera and put the battery on for its initial charge I didn't get much life out of it the first time. I was worried I had a bad battery out of the box but after the second charge it is lasting significantly longer. The first charge lasted around 175 shots. The second charge has lasted for over 200 and maintained 3 bars shooting in RAW (nef).
The noise reduction option helps a lot when shooting at higher ISO exposures, though that should really be avoided if possible. I'd also recommend shooting in NEF as it allows so much more correction tolerance in post-processing. I had one shot of a bird under a shrub that, mid-day with no flash, that would have been ruined if shot in JPEG. I was able to overexpose it in Ps and then tone down the whites and increase the blacks. It came out better than I had expected it to, almost to the point of looking professionally done.
All told this is a great body to shoot with if you're just starting out. You get a nice set of features without being overwhelmed by them while still having the flexibility to shoot your subjects as you want.
This review is from: ape case ACHC5600 Black Large Hard Case
Pros: Cheap, fairly light, and it looks good.
Cons: Cheap, flexes when open, plastic handle, would have liked a closed cell foam better.
Other Thoughts: More or less a get what you pay for situation. Looking back I should have just spent a little more and gotten a pelican case. This case isn't horrible but it isn't great either.
The handle hardware is plastic and the way it's attached makes me worry that the screws are going to pull through and it will drop. The latches are also fairly poor quality, I've already had trouble with one.
This case also flexes a fair amount when open, which also worries me. The lid hinges are probably the best feature on this case. They're double hinges of sorts and feel like the strongest part of the case.
Bottom line, save your money and invest it in a better quality case like a pelican.
Pros: - inexpensive
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: Bought for a zbox ID80. Works fine so far, speed and through put is good as far as I can tell. what else can I really say, it's so-dimm ram. Works as expected.READ FULL REVIEW
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