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Sep
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awarded  Popular Question
Aug
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awarded  Necromancer
Jul
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
17
comment Which lens to buy for capturing hot air balloons?
@dpollitt I agree the 10-22 is a good lens... but it's also $800, and not everyone likes the wide-angle perspective. I've taken some of my favorite photos with that lens, but if you're not already spending a lot of time at 18mm with your kit lens, buying an ultrawide is probably a mistake (renting for a special occasion, as the OP is planning, is a fine idea).
Jul
16
comment Where is my DOF button in 550D?
I actually don't think this is a bad question. It's not labeled on the camera. Not all DSLRs have a DOF Preview button, so having an answer showing it could be useful. Not everyone who cares about the DOF Preview button has the manual (though it can be found online). That button is only mentioned on 7 pages of the 260-page manual (although it's true that one of those mentions is the index) and it's buried at the bottom among 23 other features in the first diagram of the front of the camera: even knowing where the button is, I'd have a hard time locating it in the paper copy of the manual.
Jul
16
comment Are there adapters that allow autofocus & electronic control?
Cool! I didn't know there was an EF to anything available! Thanks for that link.
Jul
16
comment Which DSLR for a total beginner?
What is it about "simple digital cameras" that isn't satisfying to you? Moving through menus rather than having dials to turn? Being able to fit the camera into your pocket? Slow response times? Not getting dust on the sensor because you can't change lenses? If you can provide more about what doesn't work for you, we can point you to the right class of camera (bridge, mirrorless, or even a film SLR might fit you better than a DSLR).
Jul
16
comment 50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?
I don't know what your budget looks like, but you can get both the Canon 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 for around $500. While not pocket change, they're both relatively cheap in the world of lenses. (Another way to look at it: if you decide to get the 85mm f/1.8 you can tack on the 50mm f/1.8 for only 25% more.)
Jul
15
comment Fast, Unlimited Photo/Video Hosting
Do you need a pre-setup site, or are you willing to set up software yourself (e.g. pick a web hosting company and run a Gallery instance)?
Jul
13
comment how do I long expose in harsh light for a lake view?
possible duplicate of What is the best technique for long-exposure photography in good light?
Jul
13
revised Where is my DOF button in 550D?
Took out the sentence that's irrelevant to someone planning on removing the lens while it's stopped down.
Jul
13
revised Is my Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens defective or par for course?
added a better way to compare sharpness at different focal lengths
Jul
13
comment how do I long expose in harsh light for a lake view?
Take a look at photo.stackexchange.com/questions/21731/… (and its linked questions) and photo.stackexchange.com/questions/25166/… -- do either of them answer your question?
Jul
13
answered Where is my DOF button in 550D?
Jul
12
revised Is there a free piece of software that will export metadata for a folder full of images to a table?
format the sample
Jul
10
awarded  Excavator
Jul
10
revised How hard would be photographing a wedding with just prime lens?
ugh, they broke all their old links for no apparent reason
Jul
10
comment What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?
lensrentals.com/blog/2010/07/… might be worth a read: it's at least a short list of things to try to avoid... and it specifically mentions the lens you've been looking at.
Jun
28
answered A Good “Flexible” Default Setting For Shooting Highly Dynamic Subjects