Continuing from the intro. thread:
I returned the first unit that I had got due to one or two spots that kept showing up in the pictures that I took, even at regular size (not 100%). I am not sure if it was the sensor or the lens, probably the sensor. I didn't have the time to verify. I will post the picture that it is visible on in a short while. Is there a way to post an 8MB file here? If not then I can email it to anyone that needs it for reference. The pared down jpeg version doesn't show the orange/reddish dot.
I went with the Nikon because of the sensor size being slightly bigger than the Canon T1i. It may not make a difference at my level but that was one of my reasons anyway. That and I am a bit of a Nikon fan.
The new unit doesn't need the PSU fix, I checked. Here's the link if anyone is interested. Scroll down to "Check Serial Number" and click on it to enter the serial # of your unit.
Dave, You mentioned that you need to send yours in for fixing, does that mean you got the old one? Does the above link detect your unit as one that needs fixing?
Here's another nice link for comparisons between most of the Nikon DSLRs as of today:
The price in Costco was $949+tax. It comes with two lenses, a carrying case, battery, charger, a book, two DVDs, all packed in a bright colored box that has everyone in the store staring at you, all the way to the folks checking your items at the exit. So it must be a good buy I waited for this kit to make a comeback in Costco as I didn't want to spend too much on lenses right from the start. That and Costco has a 90-day return policy which works for me.
LiveView: I am not sure if I am using it right but as soon as I hit the LV button at the back autofocus becomes slow just as Dave Humphries had mentioned. I don't know how LV works yet to suggest corrections/comments but the delay is bad nevertheless, and really annoying.
The lenses look like toys to me, I'm guessing it's the same w/ the other brands too in this class. I'm used to bigger/heavier lenses. The advantage w/ the new ones is that I can carry two reasonably high-zoom lenses and the body over my shoulder and not get tired. In fact, I can pack everything that came in the box, except the book and DVDs, into the bag and not feel it heavy at all.
I might go for that 18-200mm just so I don't have to keep changing lenses and get dust inside the camera, especially if I take it to India.
I got two Nikon NC filters from a local camera store yesterday. I was having trouble choosing between Hoya ($19) and Nikon ($49) + tax. I decided to go for the Nikon since I did see a difference in the anti-reflective capabilities between the two. Now I can take the camera out without worrying about dust getting on the lens, more or less.
And then, there are so many settings to get used to, they're going to keep me busy for a while.
I noticed one really bad "feature" and I am not sure who gets "credit" for this. I was importing the pictures from the Nikon to my PC using Picasa and selected to delete all the images after they're imported. One of them didn't make it to my PC and was deleted from the camera too. So, it's better to download first and then delete from the camera later.
That's about it for now.