Friday, October 20, 2006

DSLR Final Part

FYI, I owned a canon Film SLR in which I used only auto mode and others such as landscape, portrait, night scene only, I have not branch out to the creative zone. So I am still a casual photographer, in other words the green box user. So when I first get my 400D, the first mode I tried is the green box. The result is not as good as I want it to be. Subsequent reads on some forum, it looks like there is some underexposure issue and majority of it, was raised by green box photographer like me.

Due to this I have been comparing the 400D with my Casio Z750 and I find that it could be due to the way the ETTL II of 400D works. Z750 photos was overexpose as compare the slightly under expose of 400D. So that’s where I finally branch out to other modes where I could set the Flash and also exposure compensation. I have took over thousand of pictures, ranging from toys, fruits, haze, my sister, my cupboard, my toilet, flowers and all of this is within the house. I am still not sure if its up to my expectation yet, I guess my Melbourne trip is going to be a testing ground.

I even bought a book on travel photography. I have also been hanging at the 2nd floor of Kinokuniya at KLCC for the past 2 weekends reading up on some photography books. The more I read the more confuse I become. I guess I am not the type of guys that could switch to photography as a career or I am too old. Anyway I still went out and bought myself an Rm2K plus lens, the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens. Some might ask why EF-S lens, as Full Frame could be the future. I guess price of full frame camera will not drop so drastically. I even bought myself a CLR polarizer filter. I have not taken any photo with it hence I am not sure how good will it be wrapping around my lens and the picture quality.

Actually after struggling and spending time reading up sites after sites, finding ways to take good photos, I felt that the most important point is we should enjoyed it and not worry about the quality of the photos. Just take the camera out, look at the viewfinder and press the button……………

8 comments:

ShaolinTiger said...

Urk, another 400D user...should have gone for the far superior Nikon D80!

Anyway as you have full manual controls and a good range of eV exposure compensation the underexposure shouldn't be an issue. Plus SLR cams tends to underexposure anyway, as they expose for shadows not highlights, as if you blow the highlights the details are gone. If you shoot RAW this is the best way to shoot.

Best to use P mode to start with.

Nice choice of lens, didn't go for an L lens tho ;)

CPL is useful, if you have Hoya or something it should be ok, if you have B&W or a good one, it should be excellent!

You might get some vignetting at 17mm tho unless you have ultra thin CPL.

I recommend getting a UV or skylight filter for both lenses too , to protect the front element.

Happy photographing :)

SooHK said...

shaolintiger, yeap I got the Hoya CPL and I got the Hoya UV SMC filter as well...thanks for the tips....

SooHK said...

oh L Lens is expensive but tempted to buy the 17-40 mm..which is around Rm2.7K which some say is quite sharp at all focal length.

leecs said...

kekekeke I can not take DSLR around to take photo...

I am looking at Panasonic LX2 now, 28mm, OIS, 10MP, 4X Optical zoom, Leica lens, classic design, black colour, 16:9 widescreen n capture.....RM1799 MSRP KEKEKEKEKE

:)

SooHK said...

LeeCS, got good got bad lor. I am old, looking for way to retire, hence might be doing some stock photography. Its just another way out of a 9 to 5 job as I want 10 to 4 pm and occassionally 6 am or 7 pm job only. So with DSLR, it opens up a wider control in which we could build up a range of focal length, wide, telephoto, fisheye, macro and etc...As in most digital 28mm is actually not 28mm in a 35mm world...

Selba said...

Can't wait to see the pictures from australia!!! yay!!!

Happy holiday... :)

chee-meng said...

Hey, nice gear that you got for yourself, Soo. But, I think you could have gotten better lenses. Something faster instead of the 17-85mm F/4-5.6 USM. Maybe a cheap 50mm F/1.4 or F/1.8 and a 100mm F/2.8; With these as starters, I think you can be a lot more creative in your photography. Zoom lenses just tend to make you lazy because of their convenience, i.e., zipping between wide and telephoto without moving your feet at all.

In any event, I hope you'll get much joy out of this.

SooHK said...

Selba,the pictures some is ok, some is not, hahaha, still new to the camera. After setting it forgot to set it back to original setting...hahaha. Will post as much as I can..

Chee Meng, you does not seems to stop amaze me. Looks like you know what you are talking about. Yeap the lens I bought its a bit slow. I chooses it because of the stabilizer and also I do not like to change lens as still new...

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