Any photographers in the house?

As long as you understand that it's really only for video, it is a great head. There are times when I don't take the time to swap it out for the ball head and regret not being able to change the camera to portrait view.

I also have the Manfrotto 438 3/8 Ball Camera Leveler, so that if you are on uneven ground you can adjust the ball camera leveler and not have to play with the legs to get the shot level.

I have a question!

I'm a super-duper amateur with a Canon Rebel XS. I've got the 18-55mm lens that came in the kit, and that's been generally fine. However, I'm getting married on a cruise in May, and feel like it might be nice to have a fixed-length lens too. Any suggestions for a reasonably-priced general purpose lens?

Bear in mind, since I'm super amateur, spending north of $150 is going to probably be more than I want to do. It's okay if the answer is "just go with what you've got" or "you really need to spend $250 minimum to get anything worth having."

Chaz wrote:

I have a question!

I'm a super-duper amateur with a Canon Rebel XS. I've got the 18-55mm lens that came in the kit, and that's been generally fine. However, I'm getting married on a cruise in May, and feel like it might be nice to have a fixed-length lens too. Any suggestions for a reasonably-priced general purpose lens?

Bear in mind, since I'm super amateur, spending north of $150 is going to probably be more than I want to do. It's okay if the answer is "just go with what you've got" or "you really need to spend $250 minimum to get anything worth having."

Canon 50mm 1.8. It's a great little lens for about as cheap as you're going to get. It'll make shooting in lower light much easier than with the stock lens.

Seconded Flebagmatt. The price point and picture quality you get from the 50mm 1.8 are both exceptional. Great choice for a first prime lens.

Also the kit lens will serve you fine for most of your trip. I found primers on exposure to be the most beneficial when I was starting out.

ditto.
50 for sure. extra sharp images that will lend well to cropping when needed.
I'm getting one this summer for my macro work and as a general portrait lens.

I concur, that's an awesome lens. My friend has one and the results are amazing - even with low light. Got one for my dad but he's not really put the work into using it and has instead gone "extreme zoom" for bird and wildlife shots...

Strange thing though, I was "denied" access to the onecall site. Weird, what the heck is it?!

Onecall is just an online shop similar to B&H photo. It's the online presence for a local electronics store here in Eastern Washington.

Not sure if this is mentioned up-thread anywhere, but are the days of 35mm mostly gone? I have had a Pentax P3 for around 15 years now and am attached to it, but am evaluating my stuff and trimming away. I have a D40, with which--as Ken Rockwell and others have said--a diligent practitioner can take decent-to-good pictures, and the costs are lower for its usage.

Mostly I'm posting to ask: do any of you know of economical places to have film developed? There are still the one-hour places around, but it seems their C41 processes have diminishing quality relative to what I would've received a decade ago. I am somewhat nostalgic about this camera but perhaps it's time to send it along.

Just in time to play with on the weekend, package finally arrived and so I used my three new Rift Labs Kick LED lights to light these action figures in this photo.

McFarlane Walking Dead Season 3 Action Figures
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

I put one LED on camera left and back by the last left zombie with the color temp set towards red, one camera left but more forward near Meryl with color temp set towards yellow, and then on on camera right and above the figures I had set the LED color temp to white and about 1 1/3 stops brighter than the other two LED lights.

Now to bust out my macro lens and have some fun playing with these over the weekend.

Eason wrote:

Just in time to play with on the weekend, package finally arrived and so I used my three new Rift Labs Kick LED lights to light these action figures in this photo.

Nice! Looks really good. I love taking miniature stuff like that and setting it up so it looks life-sized.

On an unrelated note, cross-posted from the love thread:

Ranger Rick wrote:

My wife surprised me with my birthday gift this morning: she got a bunch of my family together to chip in on a camera lens I'd resigned myself to not getting for a long, long time. I'm pretty sure I made the "holy sh*t, there is no way you got this it is WAY too expensive!" face.

I had a chance to put it through its paces at a Hurricanes alumni game this afternoon, now I've just gotta go through all the pics.

It's the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equivalent). It is so sharp you'll cut yourself taking pictures. Can't wait to go through the stuff I shot today.

That looks great Eason and I look forward to the images Ranger Rick.

Finished going through the pics early this morning. I still need to label them all and such, but at least I've got them up now. I took WAY too many photos.

Here's the full set.

Really happy with how they turned out. I was a bit more than halfway up the lower bowl. Considering how far back I was, I'm super happy with how sharp these were. For the early bits where the lights were down, I let the camera set ISO, but for the majority of the shooting I did ISO 200, f/2.2, 1/500th, which I couldn't imagine doing with my zoom.

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A lot of those are terrific. Was that a score in the shot with the puck sliding by the goalie?

Rahmen wrote:

A lot of those are terrific. Was that a score in the shot with the puck sliding by the goalie?

Actually no, goalie got just a bit of the pad on it and kicked it out.

For the alumni game, the players are half ex-Hurricanes (and/or ex-Whalers), and the other half are people that paid to get to play with them. I generally did bursts of shots and then picked the one that looked most like it was going in, since I figured the guys out there getting to play with former pro guys would get more of a kick out of it that way.

That explains the happy look on the face as he's being slammed against the wall.

Oh god I love this lens! Shot my first real game on Saturday. Left the camera on ISO 200, 1/640 shutter, F/2.0 for pretty much the whole thing. A number of shots ended up being a little soft, I think I'm going to try bumping the f-stop up a few, but man, SO nice.

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Also, cross-posted from the "silly purchase" thread:

Not actually my purchase, since Kurrelgyre got it for me for my birthday, but it IS silly:

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A Pinwide pinhole camera lens. Because my camera is mirrorless, it's actually feasible to put a pinhole camera "lens" on it. Haven't had a chance to do anything truly earth-shattering with it yet, but it is fun to play with. Here's a picture of the trees near PNC Arena when we were tailgating Saturday:

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Friday I finally upgraded my antique Canon 10D to the 60D. I've grown tired of waiting for the 70D, wanted the 7D but didn't want to spend that much when the 7DmkII has to be coming by the end of the year, so I took advantage of the Canon rebate/price-drop this week. Now that I've got an EF-S capable body I'm lens shopping too. I want something to replace my 28-135 as a walk-around lens as I really need something wider for the crop sensor. Considering the Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. It's not a 2.8, but it's smaller so I can more easily pack it. That focal range means it could be a one-lens carry for hiking and biking when I don't want a load. Which also leads to bag hunting as I've never really found an optimal way to carry the usual biking gear or dayhiking gear with any sort of real camera gear. Who needs money for food anyway?

So I was contacted about licensing one of my photos. Any one have any suggestions on fair price and licensing templates? It looks like a local firm wants to use in their advertising and web presence. I was estimating value of about $50 based on istock.

New puppy, and golden hour in new hampshire.
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Happytime Harry wrote:

New puppy, and golden hour in new hampshire.
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Oh my, that's nice. I'm viewing on my phone but the sharpness seems perfectly settled at the eyes. Reminds me of a tilt-shift, which would be interesting.

Well done.

There is 0 down in post in regards to depth of field, just some small color correction. 5dMk3, [email protected] most likely, luckily he sits still long enough when i make silly noises to get it really sharp on his face.

Galaxy S3 using Snapseed.

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That's some great DoF!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

That's some great DoF!

Ya, I was very impressed. Also I used a bit of a spot focus filter in Snapseed to help it along a bit... But it's mostly the camera.

I particularly like it in conjunction with your avatar. (Nice shot)

Rahmen wrote:

I particularly like it in conjunction with your avatar. (Nice shot)

Ha! Yeah, that does work well.

Rahmen wrote:

I particularly like it in conjunction with your avatar. (Nice shot)

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Rahmen wrote:

I particularly like it in conjunction with your avatar. (Nice shot)

Ha! Yeah, that does work well.

Thank you!

Haven't really been struck with much in the way of inspiration but since the weather has turned quite nice recently I did manage to get a couple of shots that I quite like:

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Nice. The more pleasant weather is drawing me out of the house as well and I hope to get some shooting in today.