Why I love digital

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by mike regish, Mar 27, 2005.

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    mike regish Guest

    My 7D was waiting for me when I got home from work Friday. I took it out of
    the box and knew I was going to love this camera. But looking at all the
    buttons dials, knobs and little hidden gizmos on it, I figured I'd be
    playing with it at least a couple of weeks just to get the basics. The
    reviews all said it was easier than it looks, and they were right. After
    some backyard shots to see what it would do and figuring out how to put
    settings into its memory, I went out today and shot 104 pix from the air to
    see how it handled and how the anti shake worked. Got a good day for it.
    Mostly clear with a little haze, but not bad and just enough wind to make
    things a little bumpy down low.

    The great thing about digital-Get home, plug the card into the PC and view
    away, while the conditions are fresh in my memory. Don't worry about
    shooting a partial roll. No drive to the photo finisher. No drive back to
    pick up the prints. Anything I want to blow up-at least to 8x10-I can do
    right at home. (BTW-I have a darkroom for both BW and color. This is much
    more fun.)

    Out of 104 shots there were maybe a half dozen that were too blurred to use,
    but I knew I was getting bounced too much for any stabilization system to
    take it out. The shutter fires the instant you push it and the antishake
    takes out all but the worst bumps.

    If I ever figure out how to put up a halfway decent website, I'll post some.
    This camera brings back the parts I missed about my Nikon 8008s, and it does
    pretty much everything better than even that camera.

    There are still a lot of options I've got to check out, but basic operation
    with a lot of flexibility can be mastered in a couple of hours.

    OK UC. I know you're out there.

    mike

    P.S. Oh yeah. I ended up getting it from ibuydigital.com. A&M sux.
     
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    Scott W Guest

    Hey Mike,

    It sounds like you are having a great time with you camera.

    So when you were shooting from the air where you the one flying?

    There are a lot of places that can host photo, each person seems to
    have the own favorite, I use Pbase.com, $23/year for 200MB of storage.
    Pbase pretty much does everything for you and is very easy to use.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Mar 27, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Don't forget one of the best features of digital for learning, the EXIF
    data to tell you WHY your picture didn't look like it should!
     
    Ron Hunter, Mar 27, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Wouldn't work well for me as 200 meg wouldn't be nearly enough!
    I do like their quality, however.
     
    Ron Hunter, Mar 27, 2005
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    SeaShel Guest

    Smugmug.com is 30/year, no ads, and unlimited space for your photos; you
    don't have to resize them to upload them. You can look in the domain of my
    (real) email address; it links to my smugmug site. I don't claim top photog
    skills but I do love the unlimited feature of smugmug.
     
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    Siggy Guest

    Histogram?
     
    Siggy, Mar 27, 2005
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    retoohs Guest

    Great camera ike. I've had mine a couple of months now. If you plan on
    using it with the 5600HS flash you will have to send them both in to the
    techs to get the Pre-Flash adjusted.

    Alan
     
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    mike regish Guest

    I love it. I'll be having a ball learning all the little things it can do.
    Yep. I've got a nice stable plane with a little window I can flip down and
    stick the lens out. It pretty much flies hands off even in somewhat bumpy
    air.
    I've got 10 meg of webspace for free with my server. Just have to figure out
    how to use it, but I'll check out Pbase.

    mike
     
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    mike regish Guest

    What's EXIF? All the exposure info, I'm guessing? That IS great on this
    camera. My Canon had very little info.

    mike
     
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    mike regish Guest

    Are these photos available to the public or does the site get any rights to
    use them? Mine certainly aren't professional, but I wouldn't mind getting
    credit here and there if I get lucky.

    mike
     
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    mike regish Guest

    That sux. I noticed the little cap for the flash doesn't come off readily. I
    won't force it and I haven't read through the whole manual yet, but I was
    planning on getting a better flash for it as the one on it seems pretty
    weak. What do you mean by "techs"? Does it have to go back to the
    manufacturer?

    Also, I got kind of a scare the first couple of times I used the flash. It
    kind of makes a sound like electrical arcing, but I think it's just the
    sound it makes for the preflash. Is that what yours does, too? And is that a
    programmed camera sound or just the sound of the capacitor?

    mike
     
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    Andy Guest

    This is why I chose Canon. It is easy tool for taking professional pictures.
    Nikon looks like a kiddie toy.
     
    Andy, Mar 27, 2005
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    mike regish Guest

    You'd be surprised (I know I was) at how simple the menu navigation and
    intuitiveness is on this camera. Like I say, it looked daunting when I first
    looked at it, but I'm already fairly proficient with it and I've had it less
    than 2 days. And I'm not a real quick study, either. :)

    I got to pick up a Canon rebel when they first came out and I was surprised
    at how light it was. I know most people probably prefer a lightweight
    camera, but I like something with some weight to it and the 7D has some. It
    just feels solid. I think that hanging it around my neck with the relatively
    narrow strap will get uncomfortable after a couple of hours, but I will
    either get a wider strap or a cushion for it. The handgrip has finger
    contours and a textured rubber that just fits perfectly in the hand. All the
    buttons you might need for shooting are right where your fingers can get
    them. The dial controls on top have a locking button that you have to press
    in order to turn them. I think I could live without these as you're unlikely
    to turn them unintentionally, but this is about the only thing that's the
    least bit clumsy on the camera. I also wish the strap had hooks because I
    found that picking up the camera in the plane, I had to be careful to grab
    it under the strap to get a good grip. I'd like to be able to remove and
    replace it easier, but that's minor. I'll get used to it.

    I noticed the price on the 6 meg Canon came down a lot. If this camera
    hadn't come out with the anti shake, I would have gotten the Rebel, but for
    aerial stuff that antishake is priceless. I was getting good shots with the
    lens out to about 70 or 80 mm (105 to 120 equivalent) even in slightly bumpy
    air. In calm conditions I have no doubt I can get the lens all the way out
    to 105.

    mike
     
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    'Unlimited' is a bit hard to believe. You think they would get upset if
    I tried to load the entire Terra-server image content? Grin.
     
    Ron Hunter, Mar 27, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    No, the EXIF data is all about camera settings, not image content.
     
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Posting a few digital images will exhaust 10 meg of storage in minutes!
     
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    EXIF is basically a record of the camera settings, manual and automatic,
    for each picture, along with the exact time of the picture (assuming you
    keep the clock set correctly).
     
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    Andy Guest

    For aerial staff Canon has an army of Image Stabilizing ( anti shake) lenses
    which covers every focal length starting from 17 mm to 600 mm.
    Internal camera's anti shake system can not handle heavy lenses, so Canon
    beats Nikon for a couple of stops. I also love Canon's Eye control system
    available in many Canon's cameras. It allows me perfectly compose motion
    pictures what is not possible with other cameras having automatic focus
    system without manual prefocusing. My Canon 3 focuses for every thing I look
    through my viewfinder, it perfectly tracks a moving subjects and IS lenses
    help me reduce blurs caused by camera shake while handholding. Simply
    amazing, I would not forgive myself if I invested in Nikon system when I was
    making my final decision.

    Regardless handholding. To avoid blurred pictures you should use shutter
    speed equal or shorter than lens length. For example 1/60 s for 50 mm lens.
    1/125 s for 100 mm lens, 1/500 s for 500 mm lens....
     
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    I never have been able to deal with a neckstrap. For one thing, it
    makes me feel hot all the time, and for another, I can't imagine hanging
    a camera around my neck so that any time I bend forward to look as
    something, the lens of the camera slams into whatever is below my
    head... That's one reason I won't buy a camera I can't pocket.
     
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    mike regish Guest

    I usually resize mine to 800x600 jpegs at 72 dpi. You can get quite a few in
    10 megs that way.

    mike
     
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