Boeing Nut
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Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:09 am

Greetings all,

I recently got myself a Canon Digital Rebel and a 70-300mm IS lens. I fell in love with the IS lens with the very first test picture. Wow, very cool.

Anyway, I took some pictures of aircraft (naturally) on an overcast day on the "sports" setting. They were clear, but rather dark. I've also noticed on sunny day shots, the shadows seem to be darker than what I would consider to be acceptable. I have however, had some great shots come out as well. I intend on getting a polarizing filter soon.

What other tips would be useful for the beginner like myself?

Many thanks.
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IL76
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:16 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Thread starter):
What other tips would be useful for the beginner like myself?

Don't use the 'sports' setting... It always chooses the largest aperture, which is not favorable for the sharpness.
 
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:21 am

Quoting IL76 (Reply 1):
Don't use the 'sports' setting... It always chooses the largest aperture, which is not favorable for the sharpness.

I am not too knowledgeable in photography. In my case, I enjoy the convenience of the automatic modes. What would be my best choice of settings? Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

Thanks
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Knighty
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:16 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

Got it in one...

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sean377
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:16 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

When you have a camera like you do, it would be a shame not to. You can get good results using the auto modes (or basic zone), if you understand what the camera is doing for you, but you'll learn a lot more and get potentially more better results if you shoot in the 'creative zone', where you call the shots [sic].
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:24 am

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

I can hear Jeff sharpening his lightmeter and polishing up the gray card in preparation for the oncoming attack  Wink
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paulinbna
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RE: Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:20 pm

It is not to hard to learn all you have to learn is what ISO F number and shutter speed have on the effect of your pictures.

If I remember right sport mode is at ISO 400 which is not the best grain wise.

If you want to know more please email me.
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