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May
8
comment Do third party extenders for Canon exist?
Brand still matters even when there's no glass. You may want to maintain communication between the lens and body. You want the physical connection to be secure (not wiggly or wobbly) and it needs to be able to release easily when you want to take it off. Cheap adapters, with less attention paid to the build or with less quality control, may not fit as well, or could warp over time, or paint flakes or metal shavings could come off and contaminate your sensor.
May
8
comment To get a really good photo, editing is necessary?
I'd take a look at photo.stackexchange.com/questions/1769/… . Also photo.stackexchange.com/questions/8142/… which touches on the issue.
May
7
comment What's an easy to use “large sensor” digital camera?
Superzooms usually have P&S-sized sensors (e.g. the SX10 had a 5-100mm lens on a 5.6x crop sensor for its 28-560mm-equivalent focal length). Are you specifically looking for a large sensor, or just anything that can give your friend a lot of flexibility?
May
3
comment Canon extender 2x III with 70-200mm F4L vs 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L for wildlife shooting
oh and don't forget to practice ahead of time, as much as you can (both taking pictures with it and then post-processing the pictures)! I rented a 100-400 for a trip to Yellowstone a year ago, and got some great pictures and loved them enough to buy a copy of the lens for myself, but I didn't always nail the exposure or the framing and didn't always have the shutter speed high enough. After more practice, my photos with it are much better, and I wish I had known then what I know now.
May
3
comment Canon extender 2x III with 70-200mm F4L vs 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L for wildlife shooting
It focuses just fine for me, but like I said I can't compare to the 70-200.
May
3
comment Canon extender 2x III with 70-200mm F4L vs 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L for wildlife shooting
I have a 100-400 and 30D and I'm perfectly happy with the combination, though I've never used the 70-200 so can't compare to that.
May
2
comment Better 10-22mm lens for Canon
there is the Rokinon-and-friends' 14/2.8.
May
2
comment Why do cameras put photos in multiple folders on a memory card?
I'd guess a firmware bug? If I delete the DCIM folder, my Canon 30D will put one picture (numbered correctly, at least) in 100CANON/ then resume putting pictures in 103CANON where they belong.
May
2
comment Suggestions for a passport collage
"Creative ideas" are more-or-less out of scope for this site. For a "how to with Gimp," if you want to use just parts of each image, that's been asked at photo.stackexchange.com/questions/21504/… .
Apr
28
answered What type of camera can work in extreme weather conditions?
Apr
27
comment Tips for capturing fast-moving rally cars in low light?
You don't necessarily want to freeze the cars. Panning may provide better results; a too-fast shutter speed will make the cars look like they're parked, not moving quickly. Also, look at photo.stackexchange.com/questions/12839/… for more advice.
Apr
27
comment Why are there white dots on my night time photo?
@nwcs but there are no light sources in the image posted on that lensrentals blog post. Take a picture of a streetlight at night with the same lens and you will definitely see the cracks (they'd act like a star filter in front of the lens). Sprinkle a few water droplets on your lens and take some pictures of bright things, and you'll see the water droplets, like this water spray on my lens: i.stack.imgur.com/zyMLd.jpg
Apr
26
comment How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range?
@PatFarrell I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree with that statement. An entry-level DSLR may not cost much more than a superzoom, but the closest equivalent lens you can buy, like the $600 Tamron 18-270, doubles that price! Matching the zoom range of a superzoom is extremely expensive in the DSLR world, and also can't be done with a single lens. (There's a quality difference, yes -- but not if you are viewing your pictures resized to fit your computer monitor.)
Apr
25
comment Why shave a cropped-frame fisheye lens instead of buying a full-frame one?
You save a lot more than $150 if you already own the 10.5mm!
Apr
23
comment Open standards in digital photography
@RussellMcMahon that's too bad! Do you have any more info on that (I honestly haven't followed CHDK since I got my DSLR)? I took a quick look at chdk.wikia.com/wiki/For_Developers and the SX40 seems to be at least partially working, and the S100 forum thread shows that a couple people have CHDK working on their S100.
Apr
23
answered Open standards in digital photography
Apr
19
comment Is staging, live baiting and sedating animals in wildlife photography a common practice?
Shades of Marty Stouffer (I loved his show, growing up).
Apr
18
comment What cheap colour calibrators are available for Linux?
@mattdm can't wait to see your writeup. I'm still on the preorder list.
Apr
14
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Apr
14
awarded  Nice Answer