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24Peter
04-25-2005, 08:28 AM
Well after a couple of weeks with my camera I finally got around to uploading some new galleries. All the below photos were taken with my XT with the following lenses: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm 2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF], Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Zoom Macro Super II Lens, the Canon Kit lens (which really isn't as bad as people say) and Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Zoom. The EXIF data from each shot should be intact but if you have specific questions about which lens I used on which shot just ask.

As is probably evident from my photos, I'm loving the XT. It's not perfect and neither are the above lenses, but I feel very creative while using it and am having some fun (and will hopefully soon be earning some money with the camera too :D .)

http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter/santamonicapier/websize/IMG_2998.JPG

Let me know what you think of the pics!

http://imageevent.com/24peter/santamonicapier
http://imageevent.com/24peter/malibupier
http://imageevent.com/24peter/surfinusa
http://imageevent.com/24peter/malibupart2
http://imageevent.com/24peter/malibupart1
http://imageevent.com/24peter/franklincanyon
http://imageevent.com/24peter/mightyducks
http://imageevent.com/24peter/downtown

Catheriya
05-12-2005, 09:14 AM
Hey, which lens did you use for photo # 7 and 8 in Downtown LA section? That was heck of a shot! Awsome. I just got my Rebel XT a couple of weeks ago, havent really have time to play with it yet. I am shopping for some good lens. I really like canon 28-135 with IS because I have shaky hands. What do you think about this lens? I shoot mainly portrait and landscape, and I'm under budget. I would really appreciate your input. Awsome shots!!! :)

DiJ
05-12-2005, 09:52 AM
Well after a couple of weeks with my camera I finally got around to uploading some new galleries. All the below photos were taken with my XT with the following lenses: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm 2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF], Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Zoom Macro Super II Lens, the Canon Kit lens (which really isn't as bad as people say) and Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Zoom. The EXIF data from each shot should be intact but if you have specific questions about which lens I used on which shot just ask.
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Looks great. I like the colors in 7 and 14. Glad you are enjoying your XT. You can also post at the photo galleries section. That way more will see your pictures.

TheObiJuan
05-12-2005, 02:24 PM
The skies in your malibu galleries are very nice. Did you use a polarizing filter? The sky in malibu 1 picture 2 is fantastic.
You show great control of depth of field in many of your images by having what needs to be in focus, focused. Why the redundancy with the canon 75-300 and the sigma 70-300? I use both, the sigma is mine, my friend owns the canon, and find I am liking the sigma much more, except for the slightly slower focus and noise. The sigma is faster to focus in AI Servo though.
Great work and thanks for posting.

Rhys
05-12-2005, 02:26 PM
Ok. I'm convinced. It's a fab camera.

Savannah
05-12-2005, 03:42 PM
+Love the downtown shots...........Great job. Glad you are having fun with the XT! ;)

24Peter
05-12-2005, 04:31 PM
Thank you one and all. This thread laid dormant for so long I almost forgot about it!

To respond to those who asked:

Juan - Malibu 1 #2 - I did use a polarizer with my Tamron 28-75 for that shot and a fairly small apeture (f14). I guess I got lucky and had a near 90 degree angle to sun for that shot to make the clouds pop like that. The wide angle shots (18mm or so) in the Malibu 1 & 2 galleries were done with the kit lens with a .6 ND grad filter which really helped darken the sky nicely (like this):

http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter/malibupart2/websize/IMG_2736.JPG

As for the Canon 75-300 IS v. the Sigma 70-300 APO Super II, I started out using the Sigma and really loved it. It does focus faster and is smaller and lighter. But I found both copies that I had soft at 300mm / f5.6 meaning I needed to shoot at at least f8 to get sharp shots. Not really a problem until I got into a shady situation (as in, no sun :o ). In this gallery
http://imageevent.com/24peter/mightyducks
all the photos of the ducks were taken with the Sigma. But it was early in the AM so the sun was pretty low and they were hanging out in the shade, so it was hard to get a shutter fast enough to shoot at 300mm/f8 (the best I could do was 1/125th @ISO 800). The result is a bunch of shots that aren't very sharp.

Anyway, that experience convinced me to go with the Canon. It's definitely slower in terms of AF but the IS makes certain shots I would never get with the Sigma. All the shots in these two galleries were done with the Canon:
http://imageevent.com/24peter/santamonicapier
http://imageevent.com/24peter/surfinusa
though ironically I didn't really need the IS for any of them.

Catheriya - shots 1 - 8 (and 13) from the Downtown Los Angeles gallery were done with my Tamron 28-75. This was before I realized this lens has a serious focus issue at the larger apeture settings and wider end of the zoom. I have since sent the lens for recalibration and am waiting to see if they can fix it. On high contrast subjects (like those buildings), I never noticed a problem with the focus. However, when I used the lens on the photos in this gallery
http://imageevent.com/24peter/franklincanyon
the lens would not focus at any apeture lower than f5.6 on the distant shots across the lake. This was the only useable shot out of nearly a dozen at that apeture and got me to investigate further what was up with this lens.
http://photos.imageevent.com/24peter/franklincanyon/websize/IMG_2519.JPG
Reading the dpreview XT/300/350D forums has since revealed this is a common problem with the Tamron 28-75.

While that lens is being calibrated, I went out and bought the Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 and have fallen in love with it. It's definitely not the fastest or sharpest lens on the block, but I've gotten consistently great shots with it and it is small and probably 1/2 the weight of the Tamron. I've also been using it with the Tamron 1.4X teleconverter (standard - not pro) and it is an awesome (and cheap :D ) combination for shooting outdoors. I did try the Canon 28-135 IS briefly in the camera store but was unimpressed. I can be pretty shakey at times too but find that at shorter focal lengths I'm good if I can keep it at 1/50th or above, so - unlike with the long zoom of the Canon 75-300 - don't need IS on a short lens.
BTW - I bought all the aforementioned lenses at Canoga Camera:
http://www.canogacamera.com/e/env/0001gPZOBPMBDjsUNA0B8p9/index.html?link=/index.html
They have a great selection, great prices (though it does pay to shop around and I think they price match) and a great 15 day no questions asked return policy. And they're really good guys to boot.

Savannah, Rhys and DiJ - thanks for your kind words of support.

TheObiJuan
05-12-2005, 05:44 PM
I purchased my 350D from them and many other items. They are very good people. I have the same teleconverter and really like it. I mount it on my 70-300 sigma and find it is still sharp at 300 f/8. Not razor sharp, but acceptably sharp.

Good luck with getting your Tammy fixed. ;)
If it wasn't for the macro feature of the sigma I would probably not keep it. It is the cheapest macro lens I can own right now. Once I get the sigma 70-200 f/2.8 I will probably use the 70-300 only at f/10+ and in the 200-300mm macro mode.