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    been a while since I've posted....







    The whole set HERE

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    so I was just offered a Cannon 30D with an 17-85mm lens for $600....


    not a cannon guy... but what do you think?

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    That 30D sounds like a lateral move, to me.

    I'm in a critiquing mood, so if you weren't looking for that, feel free to pass on reading the rest of this post.

    Love the kid on the fence. There's emotion in that image. The only downside to it is the disembodied arm right behind her.

    The F-14 and F-4 (you must have been on the deck of the Midway ), while cool airplanes, are (to put it rather bluntly) boring images. There's too much intermingling of the background with the foreground (as in too deep a DoF). They just sort of come off as "mugshot"-ish. Same goes for the dolphin (re: the too-deep DoF), although the action it shows is pretty cool.

    Shamu has potential. A more-interesting crop is really all that image needs. I dig the aquarium shots (focus on the fish's eye). They're tough. Gotta shoot wide-open at high ISO. A fiddling with the white balance might help the colors in those.

    I'll tell you what, though. That glass building image kicks ass. Cool texture with the clouds and the grid of the building. Rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    That 30D sounds like a lateral move, to me.
    Yeah, I looked up the specs... I don't know too much about it... but I don't think I'm going to go down that route.


    I'm in a critiquing mood, so if you weren't looking for that, feel free to pass on reading the rest of this post.

    Love the kid on the fence. There's emotion in that image. The only downside to it is the disembodied arm right behind her.
    I didn't have the heart to tell the cute little girl's (rather large) mother to get out of my shot.

    The F-14 and F-4 (you must have been on the deck of the Midway ), while cool airplanes, are (to put it rather bluntly) boring images. There's too much intermingling of the background with the foreground (as in too deep a DoF). They just sort of come off as "mugshot"-ish. Same goes for the dolphin (re: the too-deep DoF), although the action it shows is pretty cool.
    I think this is my fault for going overboard with the "clarity" slider on Photoshop.

    Shamu has potential. A more-interesting crop is really all that image needs. I dig the aquarium shots (focus on the fish's eye). They're tough. Gotta shoot wide-open at high ISO. A fiddling with the white balance might help the colors in those.
    As in more interesting... how? Tighter? Wider? I agree about the white balance.

    I'll tell you what, though. That glass building image kicks ass. Cool texture with the clouds and the grid of the building. Rock.
    Except my sensor or whatever is dirty. I see a big spot in the right side of the photo. They come in all the photos... I just "heal" them with the "healing brush" tool...

    Here is another shot of the same thing....



    Thanks Glenn!
    Last edited by HeShootsNScores; April 18th, 2009 at 09:17 AM.

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    I bought a Nikon D200....

    $499.00


    can't complain.

    =)

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    Grats! That's a great DX body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Grats! That's a great DX body.
    thanks. Now I'm looking for a lens. I'm looking to get THIS ONE:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZMCILW/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=]Amazon.com: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens: Camera & Photo[/ame]

    I think...

    I'd love THIS ONE

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BY52NU/kenrockwellcom]Amazon.com: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens: Camera & Photo[/ame]

    but I think I may have spent my quota for a little while and don't think the wife would appreciate.

    any suggestions?

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    Picked up the Canon 50D over X-Mas.

    The kit lens was the EF 28-135. We used this in Mexico and it worked great; but was looking for wider. I also have 50mm F/1.8 and the EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 USM.

    I sold the 28-135 on Craigslists and got the EF-S 17-85. I unfortunately tried some L glass at Ritz/Wolf and saw a big difference in clarity (not sure that is the right term).

    I am now looking to replace the EF-S 17-85 with possibly the EF 24-105 F/4L as my new walk around lens.

    Thoughts?

    (Another lens I've got penciled in for further acquisition is the EF 35mm f/1.4L to replace my 50mm F/1.8)

    I will have a hole at the wide-angle end of the range, but I'm thinking I may plug that at some point with the EF-S 10-22mm.

    RinkRat, have you posted your lens selection for the 50D anywhere? Other Canon users, do you have a place you have listed your lenses?

    Really curious what Canon owners use as their walk arounds.

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    Hi all, some great shots as of late. Work has been very mean in terms of hours, so I have been absent for quite some time.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhoThePuck View Post
    I am now looking to replace the EF-S 17-85 with possibly the EF 24-105 F/4L as my new walk around lens.

    Thoughts?

    (Another lens I've got penciled in for further acquisition is the EF 35mm f/1.4L to replace my 50mm F/1.8)

    I will have a hole at the wide-angle end of the range, but I'm thinking I may plug that at some point with the EF-S 10-22mm.
    The 24-105 and the 24-70 are both nice, high decent quality (they are not primes) zoom walk arounds, but may be more suited for full frame cameras, as 24mm on a crop is not that wide. If 24mm is going to be wide enough, these should be your top contenders, otherwise you might also want to look at the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8. It is not an "L", but it is a pretty slick little lens that a lot of people are very happy with on a crop camera. It has very good build quality, and the optics are very nice.

    The EF 35mm f/1.4L is probably the finest mid-wide in the Canon line up (although I haven't used the Mk II version of the EF 24mm f/1.4, it is supposed to be quite something as well). It is a really fun focal length, and takes superb images. You can't go wrong with that lens.

    As for my lenses (I have a 5D), I have the 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 135 f/2, and the 24-70 f/2.8. Of them, the 50 is usually the one on the camera, the 135 is my favorite (although it is a bit long for indoor work), the 24-70 is used when I don't know what to expect when I'm taking the camera somewhere, and although the 85 is a nice focal length, I don't find I use it that much. I think most of it has to do with the fact that it doesn't focus very close, and right now with a 1 year old running around, I need a bit more flexibility in the focus range than that lens offers.

    The 24-70 is a nice lens, it is great for a zoom, but it is a bit soft on the wide end, and after a while of using primes, even the non "L"s, you get a little spoiled by both the image quality, and the size and speed. I have been thinking about selling it and replacing it with a 35mm f/1.4 and if I want to really test my marriage either the 17mm or 24mm new tilt shifts, as most of my work at this focal length is architectural type shots for work.

    Your best bet would probably go and rent the lenses you are interested in for a while and see how they actually fit in to your shooting style.

    --EDIT--
    I think I misread this part originally:
    Other Canon users, do you have a place you have listed your lenses?
    Probably one of the better places to sell is http://www.fredmiranda.com/ buy sell forum in terms of getting a non flake out buyer who knows what they are talking about.
    Last edited by VF; April 22nd, 2009 at 08:30 AM.

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