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Lenses / Re: wide angle lens
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:04:00 PM »
It depends on how wide you want to go and how much you're willing to spend.   ;)

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8, which I own (I also use the 5D Mark II), is a great prime lens and not too expensive (~$500 new).  It's small, light and fast.  It's my lens of choice for shooting landscapes, sunsets, etc.

The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L is a well loved ultra-wide zoom, but it is large and costs more (~$1700 new).

The EF 14mm f/2.8L II is even wider (I have the original version), but costs more still (~ $2200 with current Canon promotion).  This lens is best for getting up close to something to distort the perspective.  It has a convex lens, so you can't put a filter on the end of it, so watch the fingerprints and be careful not to walk into things with it!

For a deal, check out Canon's website, where you can buy refurbished ones (w/90 day warranty) or the buy&sell forum on, where pros and amateurs alike can buy/sell used photography hardware.

Street & City / Re: Interior Shots
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:37:57 PM »
Chris,  what are you doing post-processing here?  Looks like 'metal' prints . . . I'm a pixel-peeper so it's sort of confusing my brain ;)


The 'metal' sheen seems to be an effect of HDR processing.  I just tried the tool that he's using, Photomatix, and can see some of that same effect.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jacobs
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:51:39 PM »
I notice that several L lens prices have dropped at Jacobs in the last few days.  Sadly for me, who bought a second hand 100 Macro IS L last week, they have that particular lens at £599.99

They also have the 70-200 F2.8 IS II at £1699.99

I don't know why this has happened, after a couple of years of nothing but increases it's good to see.   

I seem to recall that the Yen had a bit of a drop a week or two ago.  Perhaps that's trickling down.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 24-70 II in 2 Weeks?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:15:15 PM »
Just remember, folks, that there are no EF lenses (not EF-S!) with IS that don't reach at least 100mm.  So for the EF 24-70mm Mark II, don't get your hopes up too high.

(Of course, now that I've mentioned that, who knows...  ;) )

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:17:10 AM »

2009_0830stuff0247 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

I really like the soft colors in the sky.  As for adjustments:  first, maybe level off the horizon -- it looks just a bit too high on the right.  Second, crop out the very bottom of the photo (where the plants are); it's not uniform and it doesn't add to the scene.  Finally, lose the tree on the right; it makes it look like a torn negative!  ;D


2009_0830stuff0201 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

Here, the horizon is level, but it's a bit too high in the scene (something to remember for next time).  Again, I'd crop off the bottom (about up to the where the dirt road is) as it doesn't add to the scene and takes your eyes away from the view.

Lenses / Re: Which is the best "normal" prime for a Crop Camera?
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:52:13 AM »
I use the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 on full frame (5DII) and love it.  It's fast and sharp (perhaps the previous poster rented a 'bad' copy).

I have a Canon Elan 7 and was planning on purchasing the Canon 50D. I have a few Canon lenses to go with my camera and did not know if they would be compatible with the digital camera I was getting. How can I tell if I can switch the lenses between digital and film? So I know if I need to buy a lens to go with the camera or not.
I am open to any other feedback about the camera too.

Any Canon "EF" lens (Electronic Focus) will work on any Canon EOS SLR, whether it be digital or 35mm film.  This means that any Canon lens you currently use on your Elan 7 will fit on any Canon Digital SLR you purchase.  However, Canon "EF-S" lenses (Electronic Focus - Small) will only work on Canon "APS-C" size (1.6x Crop) Digital SLRs, which include all the Digital "Rebels" and the 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D.

On a 1.6x Crop body, an "EF" lens will be 1.6x "longer" (you get a narrower angle of view) than it is on your Elan 7 or a "full frame" digital SLR (such as the 5D Mark II).  Just multiply the focal length by 1.6 to get the value.  For example: an "EF" 100mm lens will be 160mm on a 50D.  If you like shooting landscapes or other "wide-angle" shots, your current "EF" lens might not be wide enough on a crop body.  If that is the case, you could get an "EF-S" lens, such as the 10-22mm zoom, which would give you a wide-angle, but you wouldn't be able to use it on the Elan 7.

NOTE:  "EF" and "EF-S" are printed (along with the rest of the description) around the outside of the lens, near the glass.

The "kit" lenses that you can purchase with the Rebels, 50D, 60D and 7D are usually "EF-S" and will therefore not mount on your Elan 7.  If you're going to continue shooting both and want to swap lenses, then you might want to buy the body only, and purchase a separate EF lens.  Check out and (professional camera stores in NY) for current promotions.

Note: if you decide to purchase a "third-party" lens (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.), be aware that they have their own designations.  For example:  Tamron's "Di" (Digitally Integrated) is their equivalent of "EF" (any digital or film SLR), while "Di II" is their equivalent of "EF-S" (1.6x Crop bodies only).

Canon General / Re: Canon 16-35 f/2.8 DO Patent
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:56:06 PM »
IS is not mentioned in the patent.  The patent is all about using DO elements in a wide angle zoom to reduce CA.  I doubt if we will see the exact lenses covered in the patent, but we may see a IS version.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not think there are any EF lenses with IS (not EF-S!) that do not reach at least 100mm.  Therefore, I doubt this (or even the oft-rumored 24-70mm f/2.8L II) will have IS.

Canon General / Re: remote control your DSLR with your smartphone
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:47:11 PM »
I think this is realy cool

you can plug your phone on your camera and control it from the phone
I wonder if you can make time lapse movies using this?

Neither the article nor the video state that it has an intervalvometer, unless that's what they mean by "Continuous capture."  It would be nice, if it does have it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Even Nikon has announced its FF successors.
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:12:51 PM »
Nikon has already announced its successors of its D700 and D3s, and they will be releasing it on the 24th August.

That's probably what Canon has been waiting for!  Wait for your competitor to announce their new product, so that you can trump them days/weeks later.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Dimensions Outed?
« on: July 28, 2011, 07:16:18 PM »


Lenses / Re: why????
« on: July 24, 2011, 10:53:04 AM »
If you consider the fact the widest EF lenses (14mm, 15mm fisheye and 16-35mm) are all f/2.8, not 2.0, and I think you will find your answer.

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 21, 2011, 12:37:03 AM »
I know I'm not going to win, but...

Lenses / Re: new lens and camerabody
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:06:02 PM »
My doubts are like this...

first buy?
> CANON 7D  [1.035 eur]
> CANON EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (€999)
>  lighting, tripods, heads...

second buy?
> CANON EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM (€1 250)

third buy
> CANON EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (€1 199)

please, which could be your opinion

Since you are just starting out and you're ultimate goal is to get the 5D Mark II (or III), then you should consider getting a cheaper body (600D) to start.  Even consider a used or refurbished one, such as the 40D.

Canon Refurbished Lenses:

Canon Refurbished Bodies:

Fred Miranda Buy & Sell Forum (great place to buy used equipment):

Fred Miranda Discussion and Review Forums:


If you're going to be using the ultra-wide angle lens for shooting landscapes (and, therefore, don't need the extra f-stop), consider the 17-40mm f/4L, it's almost as wide and about half the cost (it also takes 77mm filters, instead of 82mm ones).  Another option, is a used 16-35mm Mark I (the original used 77mm filters).

You mentioned you wanted to shoot some sports, so check out the 70-200mm f/4L, instead of the 24-105.  You will double your reach and eliminate the overlap with the ultra-wide.

You could then get a 50mm f/1.4 to fill the gap in between those 2 lenses.  Using a fast prime, like a 50mm  'normal' lens, is a great way to learn exposure (much easier to blur the background) and comes in handy in low-light situations, including portraits.  (I recommend that this should be the first lens that you buy.)

In the end, no one can tell you which is the correct lens to buy.  Read reviews and decide what you want to do with your camera and lens(es).

Finally, remember that a great photo depends more on the skill of the photographer, than the camera and lens.  The camera might set the exposure correctly, but it cannot choose or frame the subject.

Good luck and have fun,


EOS Bodies / Re: BUY 5d MkII now or WAIT for 5d MkIII????
« on: June 11, 2011, 05:20:59 PM »

Just wait for the 5D Mark III to come out ... and then buy my 5D Mark II. ;D


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