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  1. Re: Histogram view first or full photo view first on rear LCD?

    If you have it on the histogram view, you can use the zoom in button to 'hide' the histogram and data and inspect the shot with a full screen photo view. Next shot reverts back to the shot +...
  2. Re: What is your favorite lens? I'm interested in knowing.

    I would have to say my favorite lens is the 24-105L. I use it all the time! It is well built, handles nicely and hits my usual focal length range. Plus, it focuses nice and close for closeup work.
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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?

    I think it depends on a number of factors. I just sold my 1.4x converter because I just didn't find it gained me anything in the types of shots I was taking. When I did need it (because somethat was...
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    Re: Speedlite 430ex

    Sure -the Metz Mecablitz 28 CS-2

    Kinda of geared to P&S...
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    Re: Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM

    Renting is a great idea - it is surprising how much a weekend can tell you about a lens. I think both lenses you are considering are capable of excellent results. To me there are two main differences...
  6. Re: I can't get a sharp picture for the life of me!

    Another tip when using IS is to make sure you give the IS time to actually adjust and stabilize the lens element. If you go from IS off to pressing the shutter down completely the elements start to...
  7. Re: when shooting indoors in fairly low light, how do you set yout camera??

    I usually run in manual mode, setting a relatively low aperture (maybe a half stop or so from the maximum aperture - typically f/4.5 on my 24-105). For the shutter I either keep it at 1/250th if...
  8. Re: Canon EF 24-70 F2.8L vs EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS USM

    I have the 17-55 and a 24-105 (I know you're asking about the 24-70, but I think this still applies). I have found the extra reach over the 17-55 a big deal for family shots, especially kids. Granted...
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    Re: Canon 40D AI Servo Mode issues

    Thanks for the replies.

    This is the whole picture, and I think you are right about the focus point. I chose this particular one as it is the worst, but probably had the worst point of focus....
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    Re: Canon 40D AI Servo Mode issues

    Maybe I'm just not getting the center point where it needs to be. When I look at this shot again maybe my center point is just off the body and onto the arm. Next time I'll try an off center focusing...
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    Canon 40D AI Servo Mode issues

    Has anyone had good success with the 40D in AI Servo mode? I find that the focus with my 40D is generally spot on for static subjects, but I rarely get crisp shots when in Servo mode. I rented a...
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    Re: Flash exposure

    I toofind auto-exposure with the 580EX often underexposes. It should depend on a few factors including the subject brightness, etc., but even then it seems inconsistent. I often get cases where the...
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    Re: IS vs Non IS lenses

    It is also worth mentioning that the 70-200 has two IS modes. The 2nd allows for side to side panning with the IS correcting for only the vertical camera shake. This can help with shots where the...
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    Re: Recommendations for a good "city" bag.

    I have the Slingshot AW200 and find it is a very good match for the equipment you have. I seem to have very similar lenses for comparison! I can hold the 40D with 17-55 and hood, or the 70-200f4...
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    Re: Canon VS. Nikon

    I started out with a Canon film camera for no reason in particular at the age of 12. When I switched to the EOS system I stuck with Canon as their lens based focusing seemed ahead of the game...
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    Re: Newbie with a 50D + lens questions....

    Don't forget you can also stitch multiple shotstogether if you are doing static landscapes while you save up for something wider... It doesn't help with the perspective shift, or depth of field,...
  17. Re: Question about flash...any help will be greatly appreciated.

    It is quite easy to use. You get full auto even when bouncing or tilting...
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    Re: thoughts on upgrade to 40D from Rebel XT

    I used to have an XT and now have the 40D. I would say the most significant features are:

    1. Larger viewfinder. ISO in viewfinder.

    2. Faster frame rate, feels more responsive. For my work I...
  19. Re: WTB: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8

    And free shipping!
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    Re: nifty 50 1.8 used as a macro?

    I agree - go with the extension tubes. You will retain aperture control with EF lenses. Loss of autofocus is kind of a non-issue for macro, but AF can be useful if using another lens for 'closer'...
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    Re: Portrait Shots - how can I improve?

    Another way to go in direct light is to put a diffuser in between the sun and your subject, or use it as a reflector to fill in the shadows...
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    Re: Would you use...

    I don't think I'd use such a feature, if it existed. The type of situation where I might want to vary the aperture for effect tends to be a slow moving one (i.e. landscape). It is simple enough to...
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    Re: 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8 on a 1.6 Body?

    I've owned both, thinking the 85mm would be a nice extension to my 17-55mm f/2.8. What I found was that I could hardly use it for the purpose I intended - shots of my toddlers. THe 85mm just didn't...
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