Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Telephoto Close-up


300mm, F/4, 1/60s, ISO400

Canon EOS350D, EF300mm F/4L IS USM

12 Comments:

Anonymous young photographer said...

wow sweet...new baby? and how many metres away did you have do be from the flower?

12:53 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

Thanks! Since the flower is so small, so I was about 1.5m away from it. Time to cut the grass in my garden...hehe

1:02 AM  
Anonymous young phographer said...

woah..! must be pretty fun to take trouble for a closeup with a huge white lens :P

what do you think about the 70-300 DO IS USM? selling for RM3500 now..

12:35 AM  
Blogger Zey said...

Haha! It's not as troublesome as using the elder EF300mm F/2.8L IS USM which itself weighs 2.55kg!

If you're seeking for a compact super-telephoto zoom and yet a solid unit, then EF70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM is the one. Its weight is quite similar to the EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM but being short, it has its own advantage in terms of storage. However, due to the DO technology, it's still not so well accepted by all photographers.

Another cheaper (a lot) alternative is to get the EF70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS USM at around RM2000. At that price tag, it doesn't include FTM and only uses micro USM.

If you don't need the reach of 300mm, require constant large aperture (F/4), and superior image quality, look slightly up on the EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM. Extra RM500 from the DO unit is worth the money and value. ;)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

hehe yeah you're right. after all, green ain't a professional colour. GO
REDs! after enjoying the sharpness of the 50mm 1.8, i can't go back to the EF-S 18-55 3.5-5.6 II anymore. any walkaround lens you would recommend? 17-40 4L USM? i'm just dreaming for now :P

7:06 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

When the EF50mm F/1.8 II is stopped down to F/8, the sharpness is excellent. However, the only downside is the 5-blade aperture, which makes the out-of-focus light source not so round, but that's ok with me. It's really a great lens at such a low price.

EF17-40mm F/4L USM is the cheapest lens in the L series. It offers really great sharpness, especially when used on the 1.6x crop sensor. The 35mm equivalent focal length on a 1.6x crop sensor is 27-64mm, quite good as travel/event lens. When used on a 5D, it's a superb ultra wide angle zoom lens. The price is about RM2400.

If you need a larger zoom range, the EF-S 17-85mm F/4-5.6 IS USM is actually a good one. A mixture of review results can be found, but I think it's great for travelling. The downside is, the lens hood needs to be purchased separately at around RM100-130, end up a total of RM2200-2230.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

so i guess a better buy would be the 17-40 for the quality and the bundled lens hood? if i were to get the 17-85, i wouldn't have the cash to get the 70-200 f4L IS USM. :( do you think the 85mm zoom is enough for school sports? gotta get some zoom before next year for school photography. hopefully a 70-200 by then :P

5:55 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

If you get the EF17-40mm F/4L USM, you get to use it on both Full Frame and 1.6x crop camera, great for future upgrade. The 17-40 is usually coupled with the EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM as a complete travel/event lens set. Certainly 85mm is not long enough for covering outdoor sports event when you try to isolate the sportsmen from the background from a distance. For great sports event coverage, photographers usually like to couple the EF70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM with the 1.4X TC, but that's really alot of money - RM7200. If you're paid to shoot, you can easily justify the cost.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

oh the 2.8L is twice the weight and 50% the price! Yikes! is the 17-85 sharp enough? perhaps enough for a school photographer? :P coz i need one wide for stage shots and long enough for some sports. as a teenager, i fear the 70-200 attracts too much attention and i might get robbed or something? and it breaks my dad's wallet too. lol! do you think 17-85 will go well with my 580ex in indoor events ?

6:06 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

You're absolutely right, double the weight, 50% more in price. To be honest, the EF-S 17-85mm F/4-5.6 IS USM lens is a sharp lens. It's good enough to cover wide angle and at 85mm (135mm), you should be able to isolate certain subjects, might not be a close-up, but good enough. The big white lens will definitely attract certain people, and that could be dangerous. For outdoor events, 580EX could be used as a fill-in flash, if the sunlight is sufficient, you might not need it. Unless, you're shooting in a gloomy weather and wants to play with slow sync flash to add some motion blur yet able to freeze the subject. Good luck in trying! Please post some photos and show me.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous young photographer said...

thanks for the info. well i do have a flickr. www.flickr.com/photos/pixelight

so far i have 12 pics, not too impressive. taken with kit lens before started to invest in flash and 50mm. :) many thanks again. needed some honest review of the 17-85 after reading loads of negative stuff about it being soft in wide angles and it's internal dust. =)

10:57 PM  
Blogger Zey said...

Wow...you have great composition technique. Exposure and else things are accurate. Keep up the good work.

The only complain I get about 17-85 is the dust, like you mentioned. But it actually doesn't affect the photo. :)

11:02 PM  

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