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    Optical Stabilazation saved me

    I am just back from a vacation in Ecuador and the Galapagos. I purchased a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM as an upgrade to my 18-55 Canon kit. I wasn't expecting the OS to be used much, as I would be shooting mostly outdoor and on the wide side. I got it mostly for the extra 20mm...
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    Sigma 17-70 OS HSM

    After much deliberation I finally chose the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 OS. I liked the range and the quality/ price ratio. From what I have read, there is some consistency issues with this lens across its range. I would like to know if there are sweet spots that users have found. I still have not...
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    At the time of purchase my Canon 55-250 IS was not compatible with tele-converters/tele-extender. I was wondering if there are any now that would be compatible with it, Canon or 3rd party. Thanks
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    I'm heading to the Galapagos and was wondering if my 55-250 will give me enough reach. Aside from some landscape shots, would I need a wide angle lens.
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    Setup for pics of house

    I am putting my house up for sale and need to take some pictures of it. I have been on MLS and some of the pictures are quite sad. I want my pictures to stand out from the rest. An example of the type of pictures that I want to take can be found on This is a listing site...
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    Continuous shoot

    I had left my camera in continuous shoot mode by accident, which turned out helpful when I came across some dolphins on a boat trip. I didn't have to play around with the camera settings, and was able to shoot right away. I was capturing 4-5 pics of the dolphins per surfacing. My question is...
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    Question on CPL usage

    I just bought some stuff :clap: and had a couple of questions regarding my filters. 1. I purchased both a UV and a CPL. I have the UV on right now, when I want to use my CPL can I just screw it on top of the UV or should I remove the UV first. 2. My CPL (Hoya) has a white notch on it, to...
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    Filter (how cheap is too cheap)

    I need a polarized filter for my 18-55 kit lens. I definitely don't want to buy an overly expensive one for a kit lens since it would be overkill. I was just wondering what price range should I be looking at for a kit lens. Some actual suggestions would help me even further. Just because I...
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    Canon Xti, Timer

    I like to use the timer when shooting with a tripod. The problem is that my timer is set to 10sec. 10sec is useful when I want to get in the pic, but for regular pics, I find this very annoying. Often I have set the timer and by the time it actually goes off someone has walked in front of my...
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    Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

    I'm in the market for a telephoto lens and wondered if anyone knows whats going on with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. It was supposed to be released in October but I can't find it anywhere.
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    Winter shooting tips

    A couple of years ago, before I was into photography, we had some extreme temperature changes from one day to the next. This caused the river near my house to steam up, and frost everything on the shoreline. I remember the sight as spectacular. I hope to capture it this year and would like...
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    Book recomendations

    I want to pick up the book Understanding Exposure. Unfortunately Chapters is selling it for 31$ when I can get it online at for 17USD. If I pick it up online I was thinking of getting another book to get free shipping (I'm such a sucker). I'm looking for recommendations for another...
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    Finally My First Photos

    I'm finally taking pics. These are a couple of pics that I took on my first outing on a vacation in Greece. Please let me know how I did. The first 2 pics were cropped, all others are untouched. The last pic is from Ottawa not Greece. Thanks for any comments (good or bad) 1. 2. 3...
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    Image hosting website

    I would like to know what people are using for hosting their images. I set up a Flickr account and uploaded some pics, but I don't think that the site is that good. I also heard some negative comments from some friends. I noticed in the sticky "How to post pictures ..." there is SmugMug or...
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    Thanks for the help

    I would like to thank all that have helped me with my noob questions. From addon lens for a P&S to what DSLR camera to get. I finally did it and bought a Canon XTi with the kit lens. I took it with me on a trip to Greece and had a lot of fun with it. I have mostly standard tourist style...
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    Yet another lens question

    I'm going to pickup a Canon XTi. I'm deciding on if I should get the 18-55 stock kit, or if I should get the body only, and get a Tamron kit (Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD). Budget wise it is about the same. The 18-55 kit will cost about 100 $ more, and the Tamron option...
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    Canon and image stabilization

    I'm a noob and have decided that one of the features that I would like (on my first SLR) is image stabilization (or whatever the manufacture calls it). I was looking on DPREVIEW and when doing a search for cameras with image stabilization, no Canons appeared. Is this because Canon called it...
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    Lens for P&S cameras

    I am starting to get interested in photography, and plan to get serious about it. I currently own a Canon powershot A520, and was conserding upgrading but just decided to wait a little longer (until I am able to take pictures without relying on the auto setting :lol:). In the meantime I would...