Good news for Tumblr users. Now we don’t have to wait anymore for Google to index our pages in tumblr in order for Google Custom Search to actually display search results from our tumblr archives. Tumblr now has a built-in search.
Wait, now how am I gonna implement this in my tumblelog?
The Power of Prime Lenses
Oftentimes, beginners dismiss prime lenses as inconvenient. And they overlook the positive side of it:
They are usually cheaper as compared to equivalent zooms, as they are less complicated to design and manufacture.
They usually produce better pictures. No rotating elements as for zooms, so usually no setbacks for the convenience of zooms. I don’t really have no pictures as evidence to back that argument. Just better ask the experts. But, really, based on experience, one usually makes the most our of his/her DSLR while using prime lenses.
It helps you become more creative with your composition, as you zoom by your feet.
Beyond Megapixels discusses how to clean your lens. What’s important to note is his additional tips on caring for your lenses, especially the last one: If you have a big collection of lenses, try using each one at least once every two weeks since believe it or not, it can grow fungus from non-use even if it’s stored in a dry box. Fungus is one of the few things that can literally kill your lens.
I call it hot releases! I can’t help myself from drooling over these new Canon products:
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
There are only two lines of products in the Canon EOS series that have a full frame sensor. That is the Canon EOS 5D and the 1Ds series. Now, Canon is introducing the latest in the 1Ds series, the Mark III, bragging a 21 megapixel image resolution. This 1Ds Mark III, though, is not as fast (5fps) as its counterpart in the 1.3x crop body, 1D Mark III (10fps). Nevertheless, this is a full frame body we’re talking about.
The EOS 40D is an upgrade from what I own, the EOS 30D. How much upgrades were? As far as I’m concerned:
10.1 megapixels over 8.2 megapixels
6.5 frames per second (fps) over 5fps
3″ LCD preview screen
EOS integrated cleaning system, that which already exists in the 400D to remove dust particles from the sensor
LCD with live view mode, that which is like a compact digital camera that you may frame the image by looking at the LCD screen, not the viewfinder only
I said “as far as I’m concerned” because these are the new features I would have opted should I have the choice between the two (30D and 40D). There are more new features or upgrades from the previous system, which I find not that important to me. You can see all those features here.
The Live View Mode, although will more likely drain your battery faster, would be very helpful while shooting from awkward angles such as ground level macro or mounted tripod shots.
Canon also introduced lenses. I find these lenses not interesting, though, and I don’t intend to acquire one. Yet, for the sake of info, here they are:
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – an upgrade from the former packaged kit lens. I guess the IS at the longest 55mm would not be that effective
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS – this will be the longest focal range in the EF-S series
Unfortunately, DSLR’s are not like mobile phones. You may be capable of getting the latest in the Nokia series at anytime, but I don’t think so for DSLR’s. They are not that cheap. So, this post is actually just for the sake of info (again! LOL).
This represents my lens collection (Click on the picture to enlarge). This is, of course, exclusive of the lens I used to take this particular picture, the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM.
So far we have the following:
– Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
– Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
– Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
– Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Focal Range Coverage
These lenses cover a focal range from 17mm to 300mm in a 1.6 crop body. In a full-frame body, this translates to an equivalent 27mm to 480mm. Just enough (I guess) for my needs.
Lenses that almost complement each other
I said “almost” because I should be lucky to be so sure. Yet, I have this feeling that this collection complement each other in a symmetrical manner. There appears to be a pattern. To wit:
I have two primes (fixed focal length) and two zooms
The zooms have IS (Image Stabilization), while the primes don’t have. Yet, the whole range described above is covered by the IS
The primes are basically for low-light photography both with maximum apertures of 1.8, one for wide-angle (28mm) and the other for medium telephoto (85mm)
The zooms both have maximum apertures at f/4-5.6, one for general walk around (17-85mm) and the other for super telephoto (70-300). The two lenses overlap at negligible range 70-85mm.
No L Lens
What? No red stripe in any of my lenses? No L Lens?
Yeah, unfortunately, unlike Mark, who already have the EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM and EF 70-200 f/4L USM, I don’t have any L-series lenses in my arsenal. I think that’s fine, sour grapes aside. Anyway, from the start I thought that if I should get an L lens, it would be for the superphoto lens, just like Mark Q’s EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM.
I’ll be fine with my EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM for the following reasons:
It is capable of delivering quality pictures already, provided that you take the shots at well lit places like outdoors in a sunny day.
It is very much lighter compared to those L lenses and easy to carry around.
It is black, as compared to white L lenses, that helps you keep a low profile. It can be inconspicuous if you don’t want to blow your cover while sneaking around taking pictures.
You get an extra 100mm focal range at 300mm, which converts to extra reach, as compared to the 70-200’s
Yet, if the time comes when I have virtually unlimited access to resources (who knows! LOL!), I might as well collect the best in the L-series.
Fill in the bag
A sneak peak into the contents of my camera bag, you will get to see the gears as shown in the picture that follow:
The next lens
I guess so far I’m satisfied with what I currently have in my arsenal. And oh, a macro lens. What do I think of the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM? Hmmmmmm…. let me check…
No more room for it in my bag
Redundancy, focal length already covered, it will most likely serve only as a macro lens
First of all I would like to greet all my avid readers a Happy New Year, a Happy 2007!
My first prime lens, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, according to reviews produces sharp pictures and performs well in low light conditions. The AF is fast and produces beautiful bokeh when shot as wide as f1.8.
Let’s see some samples of the pictures I took:
Waiting for 2007!
The Sandisk Card Reader
Apples for the New Year
OK, so this one was actually taken using the EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, not the 85mm prime. The latter was too long to accomodate us all in the picture given the limited space in our kitchen.
Yet, you know what? I’m not yet convinced. This lens (85mm) has still a long way to go to convince me to really become my favorite lens. It has yet to prove its superiority (actually) over the 17-85mm zoom.
My fancy for photography actually started when I acquired my first ever digital camera, the Sony Cybershot DSC-S60 ((I didn’t have a camera phone yet then)). I was browsing through all the features of my camera because I wanted to maximize its use.
Learning the basics of photography and the limitations of this point-and-shoot camera, I realized that should I have a more sophisticated camera, I can at least duplicate those spectacular photos in photography books, magazines, brochures, newspapers, internet, etc., by professionals. I can even have my own personal collection (Now, what do you think of that? LOL).
My interest even grew deeper when I learned photoshop. I was wondering– if I only have my own salient photos to work on using photoshop.
Well, there goes the story…
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Maybe, in the future. Who knows… Just keep visiting, and subscribe….
Here’s a joke I found somewhere:
A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to take pictures of a great forest fire. He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire.
The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting.
He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, “Let’s go!” The tense man sitting in the pilot’s seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically.
“Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, “And make several low-level passes.”
“Why?” asked the nervous pilot.
“Because I’m going to take pictures!” yelled the photographer. “I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures!”
The pilot replied, “You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”