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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: November 02, 2014, 05:51:08 AM »
Couple of recent ones from dublin zoo.
Asian Lion & Cub - Dublin Zoo by andersde, on Flickr

Lion and Cub - Dublin Zoo by andersde, on Flickr

Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:54:23 PM »
Great video.  Orcas,  sun fish,  whale shark & the hammerheads all in a few days... Very jealous!   

Lenses / Re: 17-40 VS 17-55
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:24:58 AM »
Given the choice, I'd rather have a faster lens than a weather sealed esp if the body isn't sealed either.

Ask yourself If you are person who looks after their other electronic gear such mobile phone, iPad, lap top etc etc do you end up replacing them constantly? As long as you (reasonably) take care of 17-55 you should be ok.

This is a really good point.   Too often we see a lens knocked because of 'build quality' issues or lack of weather sealing.     Unless you need to shoot in poor weather conditions or are particularly hard on your gear it's just not necessary.   You should go for the lens that gives the best results for what you need.

For crop I'd choose one of canon 17-55,  sigma 18-35 or 15-85.

Lenses / Re: What lens do recommend?
« on: October 23, 2013, 02:03:24 PM »
For the hospital itself i'd say the sigma and the 50mm should have you covered.

After that i'd agree the 85 would be a good choice.    The length will be great for a new born. 

I  used the 100mmL myself almost exclusively (on crop) for my sons first few months.  In the hospital I found 50mm was perfect.

Also consider getting some extension tubes for some close ups!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:31:29 AM »
Few gorilla shots from a recent trip to dublin zoo.   Taken with a canon 100m L.   Was lucky that she decided to come right over a pose for a few headshots! 

Western Lowland Gorilla by andersde, on Flickr

_MG_7579 by andersde, on Flickr

Western Lowland Gorilla by andersde, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm L or 24-105mm L for crop sensor 20D?
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:41:51 AM »
Fot trucks and vehicles the 10-22mm could be a great option.   Otherwise the 15-85mm.    Both wider than you have now.   

Alternative option is the 17-55mm canon.   
I'd chose any of these ahead of the 17-40  inless you are thinking of going full frame soon.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 2.8 vs 70-200 4 on 650D
« on: October 17, 2013, 05:27:49 PM »
If you are definitely going ff soon and landscape is your preference then it has to be the 16 35.   Its still quite wide on crop so would certainly do until you change body.

If you aren't so sure when you'd go ff consider getting a canon 15-85 and a 70 200 now and then sell your 650d and the 15-85 whenever you go FF.   That' give you a great range now and cover most scenarios.

Definitelty agree the 100L is the one.  Its a fantastic lens and the IS really is useful.

If you're not shooting wide open then the 135mm and 85mm lose their benefits over the 100L.   

The 200mm also looks like a really nice.lens,  been debating this one myself vs a 70-200 or the 70-300L.

Lenses / Re: 1 Good lens vs a few crap lens's?
« on: October 16, 2013, 02:13:24 PM »
If you've no intention of going FF then i'd rule out the 17-40 and 24-105 as there are better options for crop. 

The sigma 18-35 will be better indoors than then above lens.   Given you say you shoot mainly indoors this could be a great lens for you.   You can keep your 40 & 50 mm primes if you need a touch longer and eventually get a 70-200.

Next,  would be the 17-55 2.8.   Wider range but not as fast.  Still another good option though.

Last,  the 15-85.   Great for outdoors and much wider range than above but you'd want to pair it with a flash for indoor use.     Went this route myself and am very happy with it .   Makes a great 1 lens option if you dont mind adding a flash.

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:16:29 PM »
Its the 100 L for me!   Quality just blew me away when compared to the 18 55 kit lens or 55 250 I had at the time.   

The kit lens has been replaced by a 15 85 and now the 70 300   L is on the radar to replace the 55 250.   

Although I got a bargain on the 100L, in the long run its going to be a seriously costly lens :)

Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: October 02, 2013, 04:29:08 PM »
No idea what this one is.  Take in ards a forest park, Donegal with 600d and 50mm 1.8. 

Mushroom by andersde, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:44:01 PM »
30 minutes after sunset in dublin.   Got lucky with the light!

Dollymount Sunset by andersde, on Flickr

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:23:30 PM »
Some great shots on this thread.   I'm a big fan of the more subtle ones.  In particular, the guy with the cigar, the jets & the role of film are all excellent.

Here's one of my own favourites. 

Baby Gorilla, Dublin Zoo by andersde, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: April 23, 2013, 02:39:34 PM »

Went to the zoo recently with only this lens.   I'm amazed at the detail it maintains even when heavily cropped.  This chap was miles away!  Cropped heavily and then up-scaled slightly in PP.

Young Gorilla by andersde, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:32:54 AM »
I'd recommend the following:

430 Ex
50 1.8

I'd keep the 18-55.  It's not a bad lens at all.  I have it and the 15-85,  the 15-85 is a lovely lens,  gives extra width & reach and better IQ over but given your budget it'd be a waste going this route.   

Flash is a must.   It'll make a huge difference and allow you to get great shots with the 18-55 indoors.

The 50 1.8 is a no brainer for the price.   Great in low light when flash isn't an option.

Lastly the 70-200 will be much better quality vs the 55-250 (which I also have).   It'll be useful indoors for headshots etc with the flash and it'll be a great outdoor lens.

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