First Pix with Canon 40D

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Russell D., Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Russell D.

    Russell D. Guest

    My 40D body arrived last Monday (16th). The Sigma lens that I ordered
    wasn't going to show up until Friday so I went to a local camera store
    and purchased the Canon 50mm f1.8 II lens so I could play. Here are some
    pictures I took the first couple of days. So far I'm very happy with the
    camera but have a lot to learn. I was very pleased with the lens. It
    performed very well for an inexpensive lens. On some shots it creates
    some rather interesting bokeh but most of the time I thought it was
    rather nice.

    I've been away from photography for awhile and am feeling rather rusty
    so would appreciate any constructive criticism and suggestions and
    pointers that you might have for me.

    Here is the link:

    Russell D., Jun 26, 2008
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    Charles Guest

    I like "Waiting for Wind" the best.

    Enjoy your 40D as it is a superb camera.
    Charles, Jun 26, 2008
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  3. Agreed. BTW, that 50mm f1.8 is a superb bargain lens.
    thepixelfreak, Jun 26, 2008
  4. Russell D.

    user Guest

    Both true, but for photos like these, get the 100mm f/2.8 macro.
    It is far better at closeups than that 50 mm lens, and
    equally superb at telephoto shots.

    Doug McDonald
    user, Jun 26, 2008
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    just bob Guest

    Good job, Russell. You might find that lens a little slow to focus for
    moving subjects but for what you are doing you made a good choice.
    just bob, Jun 26, 2008
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Congrats. You should have lots of fun and great images.

    -consider that off center photos are usually more interesting than dead
    center photos.

    -flowers shot in clear daylight are usually overblown. Try shooting
    under partial or full overcast or early in the morning/late in the
    evening (sunrise/sunset).

    -tree trunk: this can be a much stronger image if cross lit. eg: with
    the light coming from the side (and will be warmer in morning or evening

    On the plus side you made a few shots with very shallow Depth of Field.
    Experiment on similar subjects with shallow and deep DOF.

    This is just tip of the iceberg... find a few good books on photography
    to refresh your notions, knowledge and approach. (Public libraries
    usually have several).

    Alan Browne, Jun 26, 2008
  7. Russell D.

    Alan Browne Guest

    There is nothing wrong with a normal 50mm f/1.7 (/1.8) lens for closeups:

    Alan Browne, Jun 26, 2008
  8. Russell D.

    user Guest

    Nothing except it lacks the ability to focus down to a 1:1
    image size, without extender tubes, and also, the 100 mm macro is much sharper
    at 1:1 or even close than the 50 mm f/1.7 with extension.

    I've got both, and believe me, the "love" is for the 100 mm macro.

    Doug McDonald
    user, Jun 27, 2008
  9. Russell D.

    Russell D. Guest

    Alan, thanks very much for taking the time to look and post those
    comments. That is exactly what I was looking for.

    Russell D., Jun 27, 2008
  10. Russell D.

    Russell D. Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion. Do you have any photos, macro and telephoto,
    taken with that lens that you would mind sharing?

    Russell D., Jun 27, 2008
  11. Russell D.

    Russell D. Guest

    Thanks to all for your comments.

    Russell D., Jun 27, 2008
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    Archibald Guest

    If you want to see examples of pics taken with certain equipment, go
    to flickr... macro&w=all

    Archibald, Jun 27, 2008
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    Russell D. Guest

    Russell D., Jun 27, 2008
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Well me too, and my love is for the image that is right.

    The rose in the shot above was much larger (a few inches) than the
    sensor on my camera, so a macro lens was simply not needed.

    Tool. Job.

    Right tool. Right job.

    Alan Browne, Jun 27, 2008
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