I used to be seeking the perfect P&S - one that was good enough in quality to allow me to abandon the idea of carrying my dSLR for all but the most critical situations (naturally the dSLR is the first choice in the home or studio as weight and size are not factors).I've slowly come to the conclusion that there are too many disadvantages.It isn't that great shots can't be had from a small sensor camera with zoom, but the problem for me is that beyond scenics and travel photos,... continue reading
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Money is no object so ... LOL; how I wish that were true :) But it DOES matter, and matter a whole lot, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the 24-105 is $300 less expensive (in the Philippines) than the 24-70 and is even the more appropriate lens for me.I didn't know there was a 24-105mm before the 24-70's exorbitant price drove me to painstaking research :)Here's a rundown of the points I considered:1. Zoom Range: The 24-105 is 35mm more far-reaching than the 24-70; a nice advantage... continue reading
When I started with photography a year ago, wide aperture lens ( f 2.8, f1.4) were all that I desired as I wanted to shoot in low light situations and also get the pleasing bokeh in almost all my shots by using the widest aperture. I enjoyed it very much.Then I joined dreamstime and these images with my aperture wide open were rejected as the depth of field (DOF) was too shallow and much of the images were out of focus. Thus I started to shoot with smaller apertures to get that DOF. Moreover the... continue reading
Here is my first image approved with a new lens, the Pro-optic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye.It is a remarkable lens in a few regards:1. Price.At $250 this lens is almost as cheap as the nifty fifty, yet adds a view to your kit that is impossible to achieve otherwise.2. Solid build.Surprisingly, it is well built.Nothing wobbles.3. Manual controls.At first this seems a shame, but with a fisheye you really can't focus by eye anyways - just a quick glance at the distance scale and you are in business.... continue reading
About 2 months ago I bought a new Canon 5D Mark II, one of the best FF cameras out there. I mainly shot stock, textures most of the time, but also details, landscapes and so on. I needed a lens that would help me in every situation.That's it: Canon 24-105 L.Well, L-series lenses are Canon's models of excellence, top quality lenses provided with top quality construction body.First thing first, the body. It is made in sturdy magnesium alloy, it's waterproof, and the focus and focal rings run so... continue reading
Canon 70-200 F/4 L is said to be one, if not THE, of the best lenses Canon ever produced. I've bought it a few days ago, and I can estabilish they talked well. This lens is AWESOME.The IS one is even better because of the stabilizer, but the optic scheme is the same.Let's view it in the detail.First, the body of this lens is white. Or should I say beije. Anyway, it's not the usual black. Every Canon L telephoto lens is white, and there's a reason: L lens all have a metal body, and if you use... continue reading
Hi guys, it' time for me to write another review of mine. This time I'll deal with one of the most famous Canon L-series lens: the 17-40 F/4 L.Well, L-series lenses are Canon's models of excellence, top quality lenses provided with top quality construction body. When Canon makes a lens of this quality, it carries that catchy red ring on the extremity near the lens that emanates power and self confidence, really =)What's so special in this lens anyway? Well...First thing first, the body. It is... continue reading
So, I assume you've bought a DSLR and now you are disappointed by the 18-55 kit lens that comes with your camera.This is mostly true speaking of Canon kit lens, but anyway Nikkor kit lens, though being a much better lens, may be not what you were looking for, in terms of quality.So, it's time to upgrade to a better lens that has near the same focal range.Well, there are many options: if you decided for Canon, you may take a look at the 17-40 F/4 L, while if you have chosen Nikon you could be... continue reading
Hi guys, it's my first article, I hope you to appreciate it. So, let's talk about this lens.Many amateur photographers before or later come to buy this lens: it's cheap, and several websites state it to be an excellent compromise by adding a (relatively) good quality image to a very low price (don't really know how much it costs in USA... here you can find it at about 150 dollars, new).I used it a lot, in the past on the EOS 350D, and now on my 40D, and I think I know very well this lens to help... continue reading
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