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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 19, 2013, 11:26:33 AM »
My kids would have quickly destroyed an SLR.  And then what good is a broken camera?

A few years ago I was lucky to find two Olympus Stylus 800's at a yard sale for $15 each.  They turned out to be great little cameras, especially for young children who are not always gentle.
 - sturdy all-metal body
 - weatherproof
 - auto-lenscover on power off
 - f2.8-4.9 lens, 38-114mm range (full frame equiv.)
 - Program, Aperature, and Shutter priority with Exposure Compensation (no full manual through)
 - 8 megapixels and 640x480 video
 
Only bad part was that they take xD memory cards.  ???

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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:22:06 AM »
I agree with this, the EF-S 60 is probably my sharpest lens, and that's including the 70-200 f4 IS. Get the focus right and it's corner to corner sharp (macro obviously excepted-unless photographing a brick wall!), even at 100% on the 7D. Compact as well, and great value!

It is so compact that you can use a camera's built-in flash for macro without the lens casting a shadow.  Great for travel. And the EF-S 60 is a good focal length for portraits and is sharp wide-open.

Only downside: it hunts during focus sometimes.  I wish it had a focusing distance limiter switch to help.



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Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:51:14 AM »
Here's another idea to consider, depending on what lenses you already own: get a 6D. 
 - Since it is full frame, it will make your lenses wider
 - The 6D will work better in low light than your current camera so you can use a faster shutter speed

I'd like to add a lens for indoor use -- things like family & friend gatherings, indoor events (graduations, arts, etc.). I generally end up not being really up close to the subject. And generally don't use a tripod.

I have an crop-frame camera (60D like you) and always find myself backing up into a wall.  Unless you only want headshots or only shoot indoors in auditoriums/gymnasiums, forget the 100mm (I love my 85mm 1.8 but it does not get enough use).

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS for $549 at Adorama
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:17:06 PM »
Moot point now.  Just clicked the link and the price in cart was $799. 

No, I did not buy it.

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Lenses / Re: Would Canon produce new 28/1.8?
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:43:38 PM »
I had assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that the EFS lens could be smaller/have less glass than an EF and would cost less to produce. I own both the 10-22 and the 60mm. I don't know why the former costs about 5% more than its FF counterpart, but the latter is 25% less. And an EFS 17-55 is much cheaper than an EF 24-70mm, at almost 50% less.

Yes, those three comparisons are against L glass.  But that brings up a point.  You wrote:

The cheap EF-S lenses (55-250 for example) are cheap because they sacrifice build quality, some lens elements and USM. Leaving those things out of a prime would likely not make many people happy...but its about the only way to make it cheap

To me, inexpensive does not equal $450+. I'm thinking more along the lines of the 50/1.8.  It is cheap and fast and sharp (but too long to be normal on a crop sensor). LOTS of people are happily buying and using this lens, despite the build quality. The vast majority are probably using them on crop sensor cameras, if that matters.

Better example: Nikon makes a modern 35/1.8 lens that is only $199, so why can't Canon make a modern 30mm-ish f/1.8-ish lens at the same price point?. The closest they have is the older, slower 35/2 that costs over 50% more than Nikon's.


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Lenses / Re: Would Canon produce new 28/1.8?
« on: June 01, 2012, 12:02:46 PM »
I'm still waiting for an inexpensive fast normal prime to use on crop sensor cameras.  < holding breath after many years :o > Comparable to the 50mm f/1.8, but EFS. 

Canon made the new 24mm and 28mm f/2.8 IS lenses that are clearly geared toward video users (and not cheap!), but they continue to ignore all the many existing 7D, xxD, and Rebel customers.

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United States / Re: Upgrading lenses
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:00:27 AM »
You may want to consider a monopod to help support and stabilize your rig.

+1.  The big lenses recommended here on the forum are heavy may feel off-balance when connected to a light-weight XSi.

Meanwhile, any tips on using the 55-250 for football?

I have the same gear that you own, and enjoy shooting sports (kids' lacrosse) and wildlife. There's a lot going for the 55-250, but I too saved my pennies toward a better lens. In the meantime, I got used to using a monopod, switched to shooting only RAW, and found out how to make the most of the noise-reduction features in ACR.  At the first few games I learned where to position myself to catch the best action, tried to remember also to take human interest photos (players on sidelines, excited fans, exasperated coaches, etc.), and experimented with different autofocus modes & whether to use IS or not.

So, try different things. Consider the first couple of games be for testing so you won't take it too seriously, and  have fun with it as you learn.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f/2 update?
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:43:20 PM »
They would sell a lot more if they updated it.

Would they?  I rather suspect they'll release something like an EF-S 30mm f/1.8 instead, especially if they keep the cost under $200.

They'd sell at least one more. I'd love to have a fast normal-for-crop-sensor prime lens, but have not bought the 35mm f/2 because it has mediocre ratings considering its current price. Keep that price and upgrade to USM. Or make a sharp fast EF-S version cheaply, nifty50 style, and drop the price.  Go either way and I'd buy one. 

<Hopes Canon reads the forums.>

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Canon General / Re: 16GB CF PANIC!
« on: September 07, 2011, 10:16:40 PM »
SD cards have manual write protection switches. When my card gets full and is removed from the camera I will flip that switch immediately.  I too once lost images to a flaky card-reader while downloading files, so these days I want the cards to be read-only before going anywhere near a computer. (This can also prevent the spread of certain computer viruses if you use a card in multiple PCs).

The original poster uses CF media which do not have write protection switches, but this may be helpful for others reading this thread.

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Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 20, 2011, 04:53:23 PM »
Those lenses would be a blast to use. Almost 800 replies so far, but I'm feeling lucky!! 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera lets you refocus after photo is taken
« on: June 23, 2011, 08:20:47 AM »
Here's another source of info.  If nothing else, watch the video at the bottom of the page.  It is not the best produced interview I've ever seen, but for me the demo gave a better idea of what the camera can do.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/22/light-field-camera-captures-unprecedented-images-lets-you-cho/


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Contests / Re: Update: Blue Crane Digital Giveaway!
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:44:37 PM »
"Understanding the Canon Speedlite" or "Introduction to the Canon 60D"


bubbles by T.Benson, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Is the EF-S 35mm f/1.8 coming?
« on: October 20, 2010, 11:45:48 AM »
  I'm saving my pennies for a 35mm prime and have been looking online for deals.  (A 100-400L in July ate my entire yearly hobby budget.) Over the last month or so, the EF 35 f/2 lens seems to have gone out of stock at two retailers.  One can hope that the current supply is dropping because a new lens is in the works.  With newer camera models able to record video, but not able to autofocus well while recording, one can also hope that all future lenses will have decent manual focus rings and distance scales.

  The two specialty EF-S lenses that I own (60mm macro and 10-22mm) work VERY well and are smaller/cheaper/lighter than comparable EF lenses would have been.  But the existing 35mm f2 is already small/cheap/light so I don't see why a new lens at that focal length would be EF-S.
 

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