Tuesday, November 15, 2005

New toy!

Thanks to my parents (as a Thanksgiving/birthday/graduation/Chanukah/Christmas/New Years present), I have a very spiffy new toy....

I spent about half an hour in my back yard this afternoon, taking pictures of anything and everything... these are some sprouts at the base of my olive tree. Note the spider web (which you can actually see :-)).

This is just something to show depth-of-field... "clothespins in the afternoon sun."

Had to take about a dozen pics to get a decent one of the full moon... have I mentioned this thing has a lot of buttons? And I haven't figured out how to change most of the settings yet....


Blogger zara elis said...

Nice photos. Is it Nikon, Olympus, Canon,...? And which model?

11/16/2005 4:09 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Canon EOS 20D, 8.25MPixel.

11/16/2005 4:15 AM  
Blogger zara elis said...

Great camera. I have one too.

Which lens(es) do you have?

I'm an amateur photographer--ok, there are a few who would disagree with the amateur portion of that statement.

I'm actually, slowly, working on putting together some instructional photography articles for my blog. Between the day job, writing, and family obligations this time of year, it's difficult to find the time to work on them, but I am still trying.

11/16/2005 5:13 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I *just* got it... just two days ago, on Monday. I have the EF-S 18-55 that came with the starter kit, and I'm looking into getting a macro lens, and maybe a wide-angle, but I'm still figuring out which one(s).

11/16/2005 10:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

If you have photo advice, I'd be happy to see it. I'm always looking for hints on night shots and closeups.

11/16/2005 10:45 AM  
Blogger zara elis said...

Lenses--well if you want to stay within the Canon system your choice of wide angle is the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. This is the only choice Canon offers for the EOS20D. This is also known as an Ultra Wide lens, but with the 1.6 multiplier on the 20D, this becomes a 16-32mm lens.

Your current 18-55mm is actually approximately a 28-88mm lens.

The only EF-S macro lens that Canon offers is the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM. This will give you an approximately 1:1 image size, also known as life size. If this were a film camera, this would mean that the image on the negative is the same size as the object you are photographing.

You can also use the EF 50mm f/2.5, EF100 f/2.8 or the EF180 f/3.5L. Note L series lenses are for the super professional and their price reflects this.

One thing I want to emphasize before I go any further, DO NOT USE EF-S lenses on a Canon film camera body. You will crack your camera prism or mirror if you do.

You can use EF series lenses on either film or digital bodies. Just keep that 1.6mm multiplier in mind when using your 20D.

There are some third party lenses that are quite good as well. It's time to head home from work right now, so I'll try to drop you a note on those either later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

11/16/2005 5:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I was actually looking very favorably at the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro and EF 50mm f/2.5. I don't have a non-digital SLR, so no worries about incompatibilities.

While it's probably useful to have these comments publicly posted, it would be convenient to just exchange email... since I'm really really paranoid about spam, here's my junk address: Email me at that and then I'll send you my real address so that it's not publicly posted :-)

11/16/2005 6:49 PM  

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