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November 13, 2011 @ 02:41:47
Well, you can tell lenses if they would fit your camera body just by seeing if it is the right mount (should be in the description. Anyways it is better to invest in a lens than the body. A better lens can produce better results with pictures... I cant explain why but invest in lenses more so than bodies since technologies always changing for the bodies. mm refers to the focal length. The longer the focal length the greater the numbers on the mm. so a 10mm lens would produce a really wide angle lens landscape let's say a birds in the distance and you can't see the bird with that 10mm lens (or it looks tiny), with a 400mm lens you would be able to see the bird lets say. It's just an example to hopefully give you an understanding of what I mean.

IMO a 50mm-200mm focal length lens is going to be better for a photo shoot (with a large aperture for the bokeh [background blur] and it is faster by allowing more light in letting you use faster shutter speeds), but for food shots you'd want somewhere between 35-50mm, the best length IMO is 50. It is perfect for almost everything. If you are going to go and get a 50mm lens though you are going to want a fast one (large aperture). So I would just go for a 50 f/1.4. If you are on a budget, however, go for a 50 f/1.8.

Here is also a read on the difference between FF and a crop sensor.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/full-frame-advantage.htm

Now if you want to buy a 50mm lens it is going to be equivalent to about an 85mm lens, so you should take that into account when buying a lens for a crop body. But to be honest I wouldn't even worry just go with a 50 and don't think about it. You wont regret it

Btw, what camera do you have?

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November 13, 2011 @ 03:19:37
I don't have a dslr yet, but it will come soon though =)
I want a dslr in the intermediate - advanced category mainly because I don't want the hassle of selling off a beginner dslr, anyways can you recommend me one?
November 13, 2011 @ 03:54:40
Well... You could buy a used 5Dc which was once for the pro amateurs/advanced photographer. Otherwise I would say a 7D, T3i, 60D or if you want to go the nikon route?... IMO Canon has better lenses though.

I would only recommend getting a 7D or 5Dc if you are 100% sure you want to stick with photography.. Actually I would only recommend a 7D you probably couldn't appreciate full frame for what it is unless you have used a crop sensor. So The most intermediate camera out there is definitely a Canon 60D. The 7D is getting more into the advanced amateur/pro range, but it does still have auto so you can learn how to shoot on M but still shoot photos without messing up the light. If I were you I would read reviews, try each camera out in a camera store (best buy should have both on display), then think really hard still about what you want to get, then buy the camera.

Everyone will give you different advice though, my best advice is find the camera you like and buy it. I like to start off with more advanced things and not entry level stuff, but that's me personally.

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November 13, 2011 @ 22:47:59
mmk, thanks, now can you teach me how to add a watermark type signature to a photo? xs
November 13, 2011 @ 22:55:42
Get lightroom (which is a great program) and you can do it automatically. Plus it's much cheaper than PS.

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November 13, 2011 @ 23:53:45
And should I save up for a new lens, or a new pair of jeans?

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November 14, 2011 @ 00:19:01
Left my bag on a train and now I'm lensless. Looking to get something with Christmas money and use it as my one lens for now. Should I go with the sigma 30mm f/1.4? It's for portraits and street snaps.

Edit: was reading a review and they said that the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 is superior and cheaper. Feedback?
November 15, 2011 @ 02:24:47
@lax, I'll probably hold off dslr photography for now, as I am on a tight budget, and my lack of knowledge for dslr photography seems to be a waste of money for now, although your input has given me a much better understanding, and I thank you, I really appreciate it, If ever I need help, I'll be sure to know who to ask,
&& when did you start photography? just wondering.
November 15, 2011 @ 02:28:48
No problem man, I'll be here to help... Well I got my first DSLR about 7(?) months ago? But I've been into photography the past couple of years. So technically I started it a couple years back, but I only got really into it when I got my first DSLR.

Ever consider film btw? you can find cheap film cameras you know... like <$100 including lenses. IMO go wth a canon AE-1 if you are to get a film camera.

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November 18, 2011 @ 04:24:09
canon vs sigma 50mm f1.4, which one's better?
November 18, 2011 @ 05:52:25
google and POTN can resolve questions like that.

The Sigma has a high lemon rate, as most of them have highly inaccurate AF when shot wide open. But the sigma has a more up to date and bulkier build, with a 72mm front element, and a more round/pleasing bokeh and OOF area. The canon is more dependable when it comes to AF and is much smaller in size.

They both have a huge learning curve, but the sigma has a higher one imo. I went with the sigma personally, and was pleased. It was a headache at first to micro adjust it to my body for it to properly AF, but it was amazing after that.

If you get either, you should use a tripod or have really steady hands for low-light hand held shots that are wide open, that is where most user error occurs.

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November 18, 2011 @ 06:08:06
i need advice on what (inexpensive) 35mm point and shoots i should get, i've been looking at the olympus xa's and the canon autoboy's? any other ones i've been overlooking?

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November 18, 2011 @ 14:11:11
Is it worth waiting till the week before Christmas, after Christmas or January sales before buying new body and lens?
November 18, 2011 @ 22:11:24
im waiting till black friday instead of boxing day since the lenses at b&h's prices are cheaper than vistek
November 18, 2011 @ 23:57:29
Shame, I don't think many retailers in the UK do this.
November 19, 2011 @ 01:20:09
What do you mean by 'this'?
November 19, 2011 @ 01:39:24
This. Also take into account even when shooting with 1.4 at any available light I'd use a tripod for the best results. 1.2 has a razor thin DOF coming in at about. 2" so 1.4 will have probably .5" dof. Otherwise I agree go with sigma not only is it te hnically a better lens but it has a 5 year warranty iirc. If you can look for them and find them in a store try them out. Either one and I would think you would like the results cause IMO the 50 is one of the best lenses for the money.

google and POTN can resolve questions like that.

The Sigma has a high lemon rate, as most of them have highly inaccurate AF when shot wide open. But the sigma has a more up to date and bulkier build, with a 72mm front element, and a more round/pleasing bokeh and OOF area. The canon is more dependable when it comes to AF and is much smaller in size.

They both have a huge learning curve, but the sigma has a higher one imo. I went with the sigma personally, and was pleased. It was a headache at first to micro adjust it to my body for it to properly AF, but it was amazing after that.

If you get either, you should use a tripod or have really steady hands for low-light hand held shots that are wide open, that is where most user error occurs.

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November 19, 2011 @ 01:51:55
Black friday sales
November 19, 2011 @ 03:54:18
can you post up some photos produced using the sigma 50mm f1.4, thanks in advance.
November 19, 2011 @ 04:08:03
These were shot wide open with my 50, i believe these shot just how thin that DOF is




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November 19, 2011 @ 04:48:22
Here's the 50L @ 1.2. totally different lens, but it's similar. The DOF is really razor thin. Just be aware that wide open @ 1.4 and the lens wont be that sharp until you stop down to about 2.0.






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November 20, 2011 @ 20:49:24
Never mind, I'm not holding off photography, I want to start young, so I have yet another question, is it wise, as a first dslr, to buy into the more advanced dslrs than entry-level as I've said before I don't want the hassle of reselling and wasting money, if so, which model should I get? I'm going Canon since I have a feeling that Canon was meant for me. ;p
I'll probably buy the body only and get a sigma 50 f1.4 so keep that in mind.
and I might switch to the 50d mark x in the future so the lens I purchase have to be fully mountable on the 50d, hope I am specific enough, sorry, I'm not all that technical when it comes to dslrs
I'd like to shoot street/cityscape, maybe landscape, family&friends, food <3, and maybe models when I'm pro...
November 20, 2011 @ 20:53:52
Anyone know anything about a Sony DSC-R1? My dad gave it to me and I don't really have heavy knowledge in photography

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November 20, 2011 @ 21:10:59
and lax, what's your collection of lenses?
November 20, 2011 @ 23:41:13
Never mind, I'm not holding off photography, I want to start young, so I have yet another question, is it wise, as a first dslr, to buy into the more advanced dslrs than entry-level as I've said before I don't want the hassle of reselling and wasting money, if so, which model should I get? I'm going Canon since I have a feeling that Canon was meant for me. ;p
I'll probably buy the body only and get a sigma 50 f1.4 so keep that in mind.
and I might switch to the 50d mark x in the future so the lens I purchase have to be fully mountable on the 50d, hope I am specific enough, sorry, I'm not all that technical when it comes to dslrs
I'd like to shoot street/cityscape, maybe landscape, family&friends, food <3, and maybe models when I'm pro...


Well... the more advanced body for more intermediate users is the Canon 7D. The T3i is the best beginner camera they have out right now. But I like your thinking. If I were you and you don't mind not knowing how to actually use the camera for a while but start to get accustomed to using it get the 7D. It's a pretty advanced camera though and the only upgrade from there would be a 5D MK II. You will probably like the 50 a lot though.

and lax, what's your collection of lenses?


I only have 1 right now which is the Canon 24mm f/1.4L II. I'm starting to save up for a Canon 85mm f/1.2L but I may get rid of the 24L cause I think it is too wide for me. I actually miss my 50L it's just that it wasn't wide enough (to anyone that cares when I get the 85L I'm going FF right after that so that's why..), and I figured if I have a 24L 50 1.4 and 85 1.2 it would compliment each other nicely.

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November 22, 2011 @ 01:41:11
Shit, this is going to be hard, it's either 50/5dc or the 7d?
Do you think I'll be able to find a new 50d body for under ~1.5k because it feels sketchy to me buying a used one.
November 22, 2011 @ 02:09:26
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20456578.html?utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Shopping%20Site&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=gbase

I wouldn't recommend it though. I would get the 7D over this any day or the 5Dc. If you go FF and are just starting photography.. I wouldn't really recommend it. Get used to crop and then if you want make the switch over to FF but you can get lenses to accommodate the crop. If you want a 7D for cheap go the refurb way, and you can take advantages of canon loyalty program. So my 7D came out to about $1200.

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November 29, 2011 @ 05:22:36
I need a DSLR for a class next semester and was wondering if the T3 was any good. I'll basically have to shoot budget. Is there a better alternative?
November 29, 2011 @ 17:25:34
T3's are just fine for class. Hell, check craigslist and see if you can score anything for cheaper. It's just for class, so i wouldn't splurge.

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November 30, 2011 @ 00:10:05
So here I am again, back with another question. I am considering a used canon 7d off craigslist, what are the things I should look out for?
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