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Well, I've been doing some more photography. I've realized that the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that ships with the 350D is really not very good at all. Or I'm just not that good a photographer. But I'm getting better and am learning to avoid the lens' weaknesses.

I'd really like to get a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and replace my existing lens with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM. <edit>For some longer glass I think I would go with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX HSM. Of couse, none of these are exactly cheap. But the nice thing is I would only be missing 2mm between 10 and 200mm. Of course, you have to put a 1.6x multiplier on that because of the size of the 350D's CCD.</edit>

But probably before that I need to get a tripod with a good head. It looks like Gitzo makes some good stuff. Again, it's not exactly cheap...

Most of my hobbies seem to be rather expensive. It's frustrating.

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I've heard that about the 18-55mm lens. Most reviews I have read about your camera recommend buying it without the kit lens and choosing the one you want. What are you finding to be the weaknesses of the lens.

The only tripods I've used is Bogen. They work well and are very sturdy, but aren't the cheapest or lightest, either. I recommend checking them out at a store, because you want one that is light but sturdy. There are a lot of cheap tripods out there.

You've got some nice sunset/night ones there. I just got back from Seattle, where I took photos of the July 4th fireworks from a boat on the Puget Sound. It was tough because the highest ISO setting on my camera is 360 and even that makes for a lot of noise. I had no tripod and had to use a shutter speed of 1/20-1/30, but got some pretty cool ones. I'd post a couple if I knew how. Anybody know where/how I can upload a few?
lidge_34 - Jul 7, 2005 @ 9:03 PM - Permanent Link
Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know any better than to get the kit lens. I've learned a lot in the past few months since I got this camera.

What I'm finding the most is the the edges of pictures taken with that lens can be very soft, and light on those edges often has a blue fringe (sort of a prism effect, I'm not sure what the proper term is). A smaller aprrature helps with the softness on the edges. Not sure about the color fringe, yet. I'm going to look at the photo's I took on the 4th some more and check what my settings were to see what works and what didn't.

One of my favorite shots from the 4th was this one. That image has EXIF data on it if you want to look. ISO 100, f/11, 4 second exposure. I also got a shot of this unusual phenomenon.

I definitely need a sturdy, light tripod as I'll be hauling it around with me.

By the way, Lidge, have you received the DVD of the pictures I took in Oregon, yet?
dcormier - Jul 8, 2005 @ 9:50 AM - Permanent Link
Nice. There is a small white dot in the upper left corner that seems like a dead pixel, but might be something else. Have you noticed this on any other pictures?

I haven't gotten the DVD yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. When was it sent?

lidge_34 - Jul 8, 2005 @ 12:41 PM - Permanent Link
That's a planet. Not sure which...

I'll have to check with my sister, since I had her send it back with some of her stuff. I'll be sure to ask next time I speak with her (probably this weekend, some time).
dcormier - Jul 8, 2005 @ 2:21 PM - Permanent Link
Oh, I ment to tell you, Total Upload is a pretty straight-forward place for uploading a few pictures.
dcormier - Jul 10, 2005 @ 4:32 PM - Permanent Link
Lidge, I would email you this, but I don't have your email address. My sister said she did send the DVD some other stuff. The package it was in was addressed to Paula and it had a note to give you the DVD. If you didn't get it yet, talk to her. =]
dcormier - Jul 16, 2005 @ 9:07 AM - Permanent Link
Yeah, I did get it. Thanks! I ordered the Canon 20d, and it should arrive tomorrow. I'm completely excited! I already have the lenses, filters and CF cards. I can put the Olympus into the semi-retirement that it deserves.
lidge_34 - Jul 18, 2005 @ 9:36 AM - Permanent Link
Woohoo! Well done on making that happen.

By the way, my favorite image on that disk is probably IMG_410_3.JPG, in the root directory.
dcormier - Jul 18, 2005 @ 4:58 PM - Permanent Link
I got the 20d yesterday, and so far I absolutely love it! Keep in mind that I'm comparing it to the Olympus garbage, but it really is an awesome camera. The lenses I got were a 75-300 IS USM, a 50 mm f/1.8 lens that is awesome for portraits (and only runs about $75--great value) and the kit lens that I think is 18-55. I also got the battery grip, which I believe was recently tweaked to correct a problem it was having.

Biggest surprise is the low noise level, even at 3200 ISO. It is actually no worse than the Olympus is at 160 ISO. And of course it is quite fast.
lidge_34 - Jul 20, 2005 @ 7:49 PM - Permanent Link

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