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bio website chuqui.com
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Jul
29
answered Which two lenses would be best for my bag; one telephoto (300mm+) and a portrait/landscape lens?
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
hey, to help your research, I pulled some 100% crops of similar images from both my Rebel XT and my SX50. You can take a look and get a sense of the relative quality of the two units. chuqui.com/2013/07/…
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
(continued...) On the other hand, I've removed almost all of my Rebel XT images from my public web pages, because the image quality rather sucks compared to even my iPhone. Some of that is because of the photographer, but most of that is the old sensor and kit lens it had. But you clearly don't like this option, so I'm going to stop pushing it. Do what you think best, I've suggested as hard as I feel I should... (but I'd sell that Rebel... seriously)
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
The SZ50 is a 12megapixel camera that's 4x3x4 and ways 550 grams. The Rebel XT is 4x4x2 and 485 grams for 8 megapixels. That size and weight is body only (all data from the Canon site). Once you put a lens on it (at least, anything other than the 40mm pancake) it'll be noticably bigger and heavier again.You'll have to make your own decision on the quality of the lens, but my evaluation is that the image quality is quite good, way beyond what I'd expect for a $400 lens. Or I wouldn't use it.
Jul
25
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
FWIW, as a general rule I tell people I advise on hardware purchases to not think about resale or investment value unless they're buying a "keeper" lens -- the kind of lens you'll own for 10-20 years. And a $350 lens is almost never a keeper lens. Canon L glass is keeper lenses... With the speed of technology in photography, buy for now and worry about later later.
Jul
25
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
do some research. You can look up images on a site like flickr by camera model, and find images taken by a camera you're considering (like the SX50), and compare them to your rebel. I cut my digital teeth with a Rebel XT. Now I shoot mostly with a 7D, and I'm starting to use the SX50 more. I think it holds up well. I think it's much better than the Rebel XT. But you'll need to do your own research...
Jul
25
answered What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
Jul
22
awarded  Yearling
Jul
18
answered Is there a long range Canon lens that works with an extender in the $1200 range?
Jul
14
comment How does Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II compare with Canon 300mm f/2.8 II for image quality for weddings?
I would definitely carry the 70-200 over the 300m at a wedding, although you will never catch me with a camera at a wedding.... Both are good lenses, so I'll go for utility and flexibility; the technical difference between the two is unlikely to ever be noticed by anyone w/o a loupe...
Jul
9
answered Is there anywhere that photographers can exchange twitter follows or other social media connections directly?
Jul
9
comment Birding on a budget?
Let me know how it goes or if you have questions, Sean. good luck!
Jul
4
answered Birding on a budget?
May
28
comment What is a good lens for a Canon 5d for birds/wild life with a budget of 1500 dollars
I disagree with the idea that IS isn't a huge consideration for birding and wildlife. It's the difference between handholding a 400 or 500mm lens and having it put on a tripod and gimbal. With the big (heavy) glass, it does make a significant difference in usability in many situations.
May
28
comment What is a good lens for a Canon 5d for birds/wild life with a budget of 1500 dollars
the 24-105 is the wide angle zoom I use, and it's a nice partner to the 100-400. you can pick it up for $800-850 used in good condition from places like KEH. I recommend being really careful about buying a 100-400 used, because it's design makes it susceptible to bumps and bruises, but I bought my 24-105 used and it rocks.
May
28
answered What is a good lens for a Canon 5d for birds/wild life with a budget of 1500 dollars
May
9
awarded  Disciplined
May
6
comment What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?
agree with you on the 24-105, but that's not a typical kit lens. I'm thrilled Canon matched it up with the 6d instead of a less expensive one, but the 6d isn't what I'd call a "first DLSR" camera, either, which is what this topic's about.
May
1
comment Do lenses lose sharpness when they age?
As the person Esa quotes above, let me comment as well. When speaking specifically to the 100-400 it's all about wear and tear and internal dust. So the real answer to this question seems to be "Yes, but since you exclude all of the conditions that might cause it, by your definition of the question, the answer is no. Except it does happen..."
Apr
26
comment What camera feature to look for to capture moving subjects clearly?
high shutter speed only helps if you have fast lenses that let you take a proper exposure with those high speeds, so you need to worry about the quality of the glass and the maximum aperture. ISO comes into this, too, so you need to figure out how far you can crank up ISO before noise becomes a problem (or perhaps, 'fixable' noise). With objects in motion, you end up shooting in burst mode, too, so how fast and how many images you can shoot in a burst starts to matter, and.... and it so seemed like an easy question...