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bio website chuqui.com
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Jul
29
comment How to get sand out of the sensor?
I clean my own sensors, both dry with air and wet. If I did this with me sensor, I'd send it for professional cleaning. If you mess it up, you have a really expensive repair bill or a doorstop. I wouldn't take the risk with my camrea, I'd send it to the pro.
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
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
comment Birding on a budget?
Let me know how it goes or if you have questions, Sean. good luck!
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
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...
Apr
23
comment How can I get to 400mm+ for wildlife photography on a budget of around £1000 with a Canon DSLR?
there's a big difference between the 70-200F2.8L IS and the IS II. If you're talking about the older lens, this is correct. But the newer one? it's incredibly sharp and fast with the 2.0x tele on it. Having tested all of these combos, if the IS II and 2.0x isn't the sharpest at 400, it's very close, and a lot more flexible.
Apr
15
comment Reorganizing After Import In Lightroom
Another option -- you could remove all of those images from Lightroom and re-import them. Or better, create a new catalog, and import them into the new catalog. if you like it, you can then either replace your catalog with the new one or delete the images out of the old catalog and then merge the new catlog into it.
Apr
15
comment Does the Canon M have actual, significant deficiencies vs. the competition?
the Canon M seems to be a camera designed primarily for those already committed ot the Canon platform, not to attract people to it, and to not cannibalize other products in the Canon product line. So if you're not already a Canon shooter, don't consider it. If you are, maybe it's worth it, maybe not. I'm a canon shooter, but I'm considering the Fuji.
Apr
12
comment Do paid online photography classes have advantages over free online tutorials for a beginner?
If you want to spend a little money ($100) on an introductory course, I've watched this one from Creative Live by John Greengo and it's quite good: creativelive.com/courses/digitalphotography
Apr
5
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
if landscape is your primary interest, the wide lens is the one to focus on: 24-70 or 24-105 is a good starting point. the 70-200F4 is a good lens to complement that. The 100-400 is, also, IF you have an interest in wildlife or bird photography. If not, go with the 70-200F4. 70-200 isn't good as your ONLY lens, especially for landscapes. But great along with a wider one.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
The more I think about it, to be honest, he probably ought to get a 100-400. A T5i, A 24-105 and a 100-400 will more than suffice for a trip like this, and you can but that for about what a 70-200F2.8L IS II and a 2.0X teleconverter alone would cost.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
since the questioner is self-admitted as a beginner in photographer, I'm really unable to suggest he spend huge amounts of money for lenses when I have no idea what his plans are beyond the trip, or what his preferred photographer is. Which they may not know, iether. And the 70-200F2.8 IS II is a seriously expensive lens. I can't suggest they invest 7-8,000 on camera gear as beginners...