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Australia / Re: Starting Out
« on: April 20, 2011, 02:06:38 AM »
Good info. Nice setup you're aiming for. All L...
All I can say is that the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM II is a brilliant piece of glass. I use it with the 7D I got a while back and I love it.
I think you made the right decision (even though I am partial)  :D , the Nikons felt odd in my hands. Couldn't quite "get it right". There are some features in the Nikons that are better than the Canon, but I've found I don't really miss those. Like more than 3 shot bracketing etc. the internetz is full of vs lists.

I'm going to stay with my 7D for a while still as it has excellent speed, and that's the one thing I need more than anything. I take a lot of shots of my dogs playing around and they tend to move.... fast...  ;D

Good choice and welcome to the camp!

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you recommend for beginner?
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:06:28 AM »
However, there's one drawback: he's a Nikon shooter! That's blasephemy! :P

I agree, that was the biggest letdown..  :D But, seriously... Good books, easily accessible. Just the other night I needed to quickly refresh what settings I needed to use when taking a shot of the moon and it took me less than a minute and I was ready. I did a comparison to one of the 500 page-monster books I have, took me about 10 minutes to find the location and the it rambled on about a bunch of technicalities, all I wanted was a suggested shutter and aperture.  :D
The monster-book is great in explaining the actual workings of stuff, but for quickly finding suggested settings it is not the right place.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you recommend for beginner?
« on: April 14, 2011, 02:00:24 AM »
As a beginner I was trying to get my head around this whole DSLR thing too and I found this set to be very good:
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set: v. 1, 2 & 3

His humour is sometimes a bit, well, dry but he explains things in a very understandably way without getting too technical. I then got a much more technical book to follow up, but what a great start. Now I know what aperture and shutter speed to use when, how I use my flash (430EX II) etc... Good stuff.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you recommend for beginner?
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:29:08 AM »
You're right. You're nuts!  ;D

I see your point, however, at least where I live, finding film and someone to do development of it is a) hard b) very costly. Almost no one has film for sale any more, only specialist stores and they charge you in blood for it. The gear may be cheap, but not using it.

It's close to using checks, I don't think I've seen a check since the late 80's.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you recommend for beginner?
« on: April 11, 2011, 05:04:01 AM »
From what I can see the 50D bodies seem to go for something in the 600 - 750 USD range. Ebay had some interesting deals.

Street & City / Re: The City
« on: April 11, 2011, 01:26:31 AM »
Lahti Motorway northbound South Finland:

I like the way the streetlights gave me this starburst effect. I used the much maligned 18-135mm kit lens with a 30 second exposure. Worked out surprisingly well.

_MG_3237 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 11, 2011, 01:23:53 AM »
ok... legreve.. Insanely good shots. I guess being a pro helps.  ;)
Here are some of my first tries with the 70-200mm lens...

All three of our dogs:

_MG_3327 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_3429 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Then something different:

_MG_3284 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_3319 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Sports / Cross-Country Skiing with a twist
« on: April 08, 2011, 01:16:24 AM »
The wife and the great pyrenean skiing:

_MG_1935 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_1943 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_2316 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_2389 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:28:48 AM »
Got mine today! Will be posting pictures later on. So far, all I can say is WOW!  ;D

Oh, and excellent pictures by the thread starter...

Lenses / Re: Help Choosing new lens
« on: April 07, 2011, 04:26:55 AM »
Nice budget... I'd say the 17-55mm f/2.8 would do you nicely. The 30mm tends to be a bit difficult as you still have the 7Ds 1.6x crop factor to deal with (same as me).
Just my 2 (insert currency)

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you recommend for beginner?
« on: April 07, 2011, 04:20:16 AM »
Tasneem: Welcome. Please, come back to this forum. I'm new to this still and I have enjoyed all the info and tips from the more experienced guys immensely. Without this forum I don't think I would've gone DSLR (or Canon) anytime soon.
But now, there's no going back, I just wish this L-fever would go away..  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: The Truth about Microadjust
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:17:49 AM »
I agree with you preston. Sounds wrong.
Now if someone would just compile the info in this thread into a microadjustment guide and make it sticky.
Personnally I'd like to see a tutorial on how it's done, preferrably using a Mac. What software and tools are needed (if any) and examples adjusted / not adjusted lenses.

anyone? :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Max 8FPS Burst Capacity Question
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:13:15 AM »
OK. The mirror lockup thing didn't work as I thought, but now I know what that's good for. It actually requires two presses of the shutter release, one to flip the mirror up and another to take the shot, best for tripod long exposure shots. See? I'm learning. .  ;)

Eventhough I'm from Finland I used and got excellent service. And the price was good too. If you want / have the possibility you can even pick up the gear from their shop in Surrey. They are a JIT-supplier though, so don't expect miracles on more exotic items. (JIT = Just in Time, which means little stock, order as needed). They do have some stock on "normal" items ofcourse but L-lenses might be scarce.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:06:50 AM »
Great info here. Loving it. Here's what I've learnt to do. Shoot in RAW with very neutral settings, then adjust the shot in post-processing when you have time. It takes some doing, but I just managed to get some seriously nice results doing that.
I'll post those later. I also discovered just how bad the chromatic aberration is on the 18-135mm Kit lens. Wow. So now I need to re-process most of my shots again to get them where I want to...

I learn new stuff every day... this is great!  ;D

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