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  1. #21
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    Thanks again for your comparison Jamison.

    Just a word of caution to the XT owners out there considering the Tamron 28-75 - Jamison's shots were taken with a 20D. My experience with that lens on my XT was much more hit or miss. In fact, at f2.8-4.5 in the 28-55mm range the lens is very, very soft. Unusable in my opinion. I sent the lens back to Tamron and even after re-calibration, it was the same. I just found out today they are authorizing a refund to me because they acknowledge the problem. And in fact, there are lengthy threads on the XT/350D/300D dpreview forum of many other XT users having identical problems with this lens. The problem seems to be limited to the XT since I don't recall any original Rebel 300d people having issues.

    Also - re: the Canon 50mm 1.8 II - IMHO this is really an f4 lens since in my experience anything below that is soft (esp. at f1.8-3.5) and I have seen many other posts confirming this. For $69 it's still a good lens but don't think you'll be getting sharp shots at f1.8.
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    That's good info on the XT...I wonder if Canon is up to a little trickery (since they have certainly lost sales of the 24-70L because of the Tammy!). It is equally as good on my DReb (300D) as it is on my 20D.

    I disagree on the 50 f1.8, I have really had some extrordinarily sharp results from mine right down to f1.8. I find that at portrait distances it is possible to get tack sharp shots, but difficult due to the extremely shallow DOF. FOr me it seems to be hit or miss, but when I hit it is amazingly sharp!
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  3. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter
    Thanks again for your comparison Jamison.

    Just a word of caution to the XT owners out there considering the Tamron 28-75 - Jamison's shots were taken with a 20D. My experience with that lens on my XT was much more hit or miss. In fact, at f2.8-4.5 in the 28-55mm range the lens is very, very soft. Unusable in my opinion. I sent the lens back to Tamron and even after re-calibration, it was the same. I just found out today they are authorizing a refund to me because they acknowledge the problem. And in fact, there are lengthy threads on the XT/350D/300D dpreview forum of many other XT users having identical problems with this lens. The problem seems to be limited to the XT since I don't recall any original Rebel 300d people having issues.

    Also - re: the Canon 50mm 1.8 II - IMHO this is really an f4 lens since in my experience anything below that is soft (esp. at f1.8-3.5) and I have seen many other posts confirming this. For $69 it's still a good lens but don't think you'll be getting sharp shots at f1.8.


    The same issue is for all of the EOS cameras. Many people post 100% crops with their 1dmk2s or 1dsmk2s and have the same issues.
    With cheap lenses you get a lot of quality control issues. Tamron's super sharp lens is a hit or miss. One guy posted that he had to buy 7 of them to get his super sharp copy and he will never sell it. Some other guy, I presume a guy, sent his in 3 times to get calibrated. Did you send your's in with the camera?

    There is no difference bw the 20D and the 350D, at all.

    Regarding the 50mm I have no qualms with mine. I can use it at f/2.2 and get sharp pictures. Then at f/3.5 very sharp pictures.


    Here is picture of my fiance' at her birthday party. Handheld to boot.
    f/2.5 @ 1/80 ISO 400.



    The shot is very sharp, and this is a reduced size picture, they always get softer when reduced too.

    Find someone with a 20D locally and test your lens out on it. Or go to besbuy and do a comparison shooting it with your lens, then your camera with it.
    Last edited by TheObiJuan; 05-26-2005 at 11:44 AM.
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  4. #24
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    Juan, you should get your Fiance to model for you more often! She has lovely eyes and beautiful hair...she'd make your portfolio look really good!
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    Thanks!
    I wish I could get her to pose more. She is frustrated with my photographic habit.

    She is allowing me to do a little photoshoot for our wedding this Saturday though.

    If only she knew that this pic is online. I would probably be castrated. She is pretty shy.
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    My wife was a little shy when I first "caught the bug" as well. But she started to see how good she looked in photos, and now she is my most willing model (and my favorite as well, she has realy become quite good).

    The secret? Figure out the angles and poses that make her look good. Maker her feel beautiful, and she will always jump at a chance to model!
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  7. #27
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    I have a flash document that has over 300 or so poses. She went through a bunch and drew the ones she likes. Every now and then, when she asks, we use the poses to photographer her. I sure could use some AB800's and softboxes/umbrellas.
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    Would you mind sharing that document? I'd love to have a look as I am always searching for new, creative ways to pose my subjects. Email it if you can. TIA.

    Oh yeah, and be sure to post some images from your wedding this weekend. With all of the preparation you put into it, I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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    message sent.
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  10. #30
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    OBI - I second Jamisons comments on your fiance, I am going through the exact same as him and you, the shy girlfriend/fiance/wife. She really shouldn't be shy, very beautiful and gorgeous eyes. Congratulations on the engagement and upcoming wedding! The best of luck to you both! I also look forward to those wedding pictures! Very sharp picture BTW, I also can get sharp results at F/1.8, but I have noticed There is a sweetspot as far as distance is concerned... too far and focus is too soft, to near DOF is hard to control and some of the subject blurs... If I can recall correctly, the sweetspot on my camera for good sharp heads and shoulders is about 8-10 feet, somewhere in there... at least this is how it seems to me, I have a few portrait shots from a little further away that were soft and I have some closer shots that some of the hair blurred a bit and the shoulder edges were a little blurry as well, not crisp if you follow me... Still learning though...
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