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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 II or f/4 vs. 200/2.8 prime
« on: December 09, 2011, 05:13:06 PM »
^I've been looking at many price graphs and all have the pattern of being super low between the day after thanksgiving to christmas before skyrocketing back up again... until the next year when it goes super low again.

I think the price is going to rise but whether it will dips as deep next Christmas, I'm wondering the same thing.

EOS Bodies / HD video on a non-HDSLR?
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:41:02 PM »
This is probably old news to y'all but I just happened upon this article:

and was really excited at the possibility of shooting video on my XSi.. yet as i read in the comments too, is it risky for the camera's sensor since it must be done with Live View?

Has anyone tried this?

Lenses / Re: Lens Filter for 70-200mm f2.8 IS II
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:41:58 PM »
When I first got into photography, I tried to research as much as I could and one thing was filters. I read about Tiffen, to Hoya to B+W and pricy Heliopan. In the end I went with B+W because I didn't want to compromise the image quality or budget any more than I needed to. I didn't go with Hoya because I read that they were harder to clean and their aluminum ring sometimes make it hard to take on and off. B+W and I think Heliopan use brass rings.

But no matter what filter you get, make sure you it has multi-coating. B+W has both non multi-coated and multi-coated. double check! (almost made this mistake)

(I use B+W MRC Clear UV filter because it was cheaper than the clear protective filter. no idea why)

^for how long? when will this offer end?

oh crud! better find my lenses a better home than my camera bag! Hillsilly> and maybe that is why none of my lenses have fungus... although it is humid as Hades here during the summer(winter is a bit more drier), it ain't called the Sunshine state for nothing! =D

and in order to recharge the silica gel, how long do you put it in the oven for and at what degrees?

 How long does it take for a lens to start catching The Fungus? (approximately..)
Are L lenses fungus proof and they are sealed and stuff? (I don't have any yet, just curious)

Hi! I saw the term lens fungus for the first time on this forum and wondered what it was. Well after googling and reading many threads on other sites, I'm feeling slightly paranoid! xD
 I checked my lens using a flashlight method I read about and didn't see any telltale spores.. although a bunch of random dust particles..

Currently I just keep everything in rebel gadget back that came with my xsi and I keep a couple desiccants in there. (today i just checked on the desiccants, saw how inflated they were and dried them)

How long does it take for a lens to start catching The Fungus? I've had my stuff for 2 years.


How do you prevent lens fungus if you live in a tropical, humid, rainy state?


Are L lenses fungus proof and they are sealed and stuff? (I don't have any yet, just curious)

Thanks for reading! =D

EOS Bodies / Re: Great Prices Now
« on: December 01, 2011, 07:03:40 PM »
How many of y'all think these price drops will continue with next Christmas? (will the christmas prices be lower next year than this year?)

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:12:12 PM »
Dec. 12, 2009- Got my Rebel XSi, my 55-250mm IS and the kit 18-55
March 2011 - Added the nifty fifty f/1.8 because I wanted photos with better bokeh and to be able to take better pics in low light.

I'm still using my Rebel XSi, and probably will continue to use it until it breaks. xD

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Current Price
« on: November 29, 2011, 04:09:02 PM »
Next Christmas, do you reckon that the price will reach this low again or even lower? or is this as good as it will get?

at the rate the american government prints money there is excatly zero chance they will be this cheap again inflation is going kick prices in the balls big time sooner or later

ahh! Now to convince my parents! Perfect, but pricey graduation gift.. -___-" however they did want to get me a car and that's, of course, way more than a lens, but the places I've applied to have good shuttle bus systems and most students that bring a car don't even use it until the holidays(which I can find a carpool).

car vs lens? am I crazy to pick lens? xD

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Current Price
« on: November 28, 2011, 11:23:19 PM »
Next Christmas, do you reckon that the price will reach this low again or even lower? or is this as good as it will get?

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Current Price
« on: November 27, 2011, 01:21:30 PM »
According to camelcamelcamel the lowest price this lens ever went for was $2,048.96.. but at $2,074.00, its so close. Will it ever go lower than $2000 or is that wishful thinking? this current rebate is going to last until early january...

Software & Accessories / Re: To HDR or Not To HDR
« on: November 27, 2011, 12:59:52 PM »
I love HDR but I know it doesn't work on all photos. I was also intrigued when I first saw such photos. They were breathtaking.. at least the first few I saw. Later, I observed HDR photos that were too overdone but that didn't make me hate it.

I don't think it will be an expected standard for all photos as it just doesn't work on all photos. Personally, I do not like the effect on people but on landscapes, it can be amazing.

I tried dabbling in HDR. I use Picturenaut (a free program) to merge photos but then I edit in PSE7 as I am not too familiar with all the tools in Picturenaut..

This is the 3rd hdr attempt i ever did... haven't really gotten a chance to try this effect more as now I do portraits.. xD

United States / Re: Homecoming pics, tips?
« on: November 02, 2011, 03:33:39 PM »
Thank you so much Old Shooter! I really appreciate how you took the time to critique! Yeah, before the shoot I browsed several photos, looking at the poses I liked for inspiration. Your critique gave me lots to think about. =D And this was at a neighborhood park.

And for the first one, I don't own a reflector but I used fill flash with the popup flash from my XSi.

United States / Re: Homecoming pics, tips?
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:48:07 PM »
I had a lot of fun taking photos! Yeah I had to use flash as it got darker. This was my first every paid photography I did. Well.. friends were free but I charged nonfriends/people I don't know $5.

Anyways, I'm thinking about doing another shoot for prom but I am not sure on setting prices. I feel $5 is too little for the time I spent editing.

I should introduce myself better, I am just a high school student seriously interested in photography, looking to go pro as a side job one day. xD

So how should I be setting prices?

Here's some pics..

United States / Re: Homecoming pics, tips?
« on: October 16, 2011, 11:12:30 PM »
Wow that's so cool! I asked a photographer on flickr for tips and I just checked my FlickrMail and he directed me to same blog! I'm definitely checking it out! =D

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