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  1. #1
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    Another reason I love the 17-55

    I am finally getting around to processing some Christmas shots and it has only served to increase my amazement with the 17-55.

    Here's a couple of examples.

    I was just learning to use my 430EX (didn't know what the hell I was doing) and I should have been shooting in manual. I didn't understand that the camera's light meter is basically useless with a flash. Thus, I was shooting at unnecessarily slow shutter speeds. I know several of you portrait/wedding guys are laughing at me right about now.
    I've become a bit more skilled at flash photograpy since then, thankfully.

    Anyways, the 17-55 saved me from my ignorance....f/2.8 and IS saved my a#%...








    38mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/10s!....




    100% crop from above...








    This one is even more amazing....
    51mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/5s!!....
    His mom is slightly out of focus because of the narrow DOF at f/2.8, but he's pretty sharp for such a low SS!....




    I have mulitple other examples like this from my Xmas shots and I'm amazed at how many of them are keepers!
    Last edited by michaelb; 04-01-2008 at 07:07 PM.
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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    Nice. Wish I could use that lens...or at least that my 24-70 had IS.





    PS: you're a slow ass.
    Ouch.

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    As for flash usage, you did it right. With IS I woulda worked it the same way.
    Ouch.

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    Yeah, Christmas was like eons ago. It's been so long Canon has released two new cameras since then! (Nice pics though anyway )

    So let me ask: how does the IS compare to your 24-105? I can get sharp shots @ 105mm @ 1/15th fairly often.
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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    Wish I had those steady hands.
    Christian Wright; Dip Phot
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    L: 14/2.8 II | 24/1.4 II | 35/1.4 | 50/1.2 | 85/1.2 II | 135/2 | 180/3.5 Macro | 200/2.8 II | 400/2.8 IS | 16-35/2.8 II | 24-105/4 IS | 70-200/2.8 IS II | 100-400/4.5-5.6 IS
    580EX II | EF 12 II | EF 25 II

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    Okay, I'm not sure but I think the two people in the first picture are related somehow.... Just a wild guess!

    Pics look great! maybe a touch over sharpened but maybe it's me.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdifoto View Post
    As for flash usage, you did it right. With IS I woulda worked it the same way.
    Really? I guess I still don't know what I'm doing then.

    Nowadays, I put it in manual, boost the flash a bit as needed to maintain higher SS's and ignore the cameras lightmeter, using the histogram to check the exposure with a few test shots first.

    Or...no flash with the 50 1.4 and boost the ISO.

    I still have a lot to learn from you portrait and wedding guys, so keep posting your work!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickcanada View Post
    ...maybe a touch over sharpened but maybe it's me.
    You might be right, although I didn't think I sharpened these that much. Shot RAW and converted in DPP with 5 for sharpening, then resized for the web with USM of 20%.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nickcanada View Post
    Okay, I'm not sure but I think the two people in the first picture are related somehow.... Just a wild guess!
    ...
    Yea, the relation is no shocker, but I'm surprised that no one commented on her Dr. Evil pinky pose.
    Last edited by michaelb; 04-03-2008 at 06:16 AM.
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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