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My new camera: Canon Rebel XSi


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Sweet camera.
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OK, I finally got my partner to dig out her P&S.

Here are a couple of pics of my new stuff, so far.





I had a little back-focusing with the Tamron lens, but it was easily corrected with the D300's AF fine tune function.

I'm still getting used to the camera, but I have to say it's really comfortable and intuitive to use. My only issue with it so far, is that I would like the “assignable†button to be more versatile, but other than that, I have to say this camera does everything I want.

I set up the SB600's as remote flashes last night and gave them a whirl and I was really impressed with how easy everything was to configure how I wanted. This camera has obviously been very well thought through.

One problem I'm getting so far though, is that, using the Camera's built-in flash (as commander for the remote flashes) leaves a big shadow at the bottom centre of every image, due to the length of the Tamron lens. Even when I take the lens hood off I get the shadow. I understand you can buy a UV filter for the D300's flash though, which only lets UV light through, so that the remote flashes will fire, but the built-in flash will produce no visible light in a shot, so I'm going to look into getting one of those, unless anybody else can make any suggestions as to how I can configure the built-in flash to act as "commander" for the remotes, but not add any light to a shot?

Overall I'm impressed with the camera. It feels really natural to use, to the point that I stop thinking about it completely, which is, I think, a good thing. It's just so easy and comfortable to use, it's simply a joy. It just does the job.

Anyway, all that's left now is for me to improve and to try to develop some skills that come close to being worthy of the tool I'm using .

I'll post some pictures later .

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Are you sure the shadow with the flash isn't caused by the lens hood? That seems to happen for me when I use the built in flash and the Lens hood that came with my camera.(though the included lens hood SUCKS and is practically useless) I generally leave it off since my Lens hood is so short it hardly helps at all.
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Originally Posted by tkl.hui View Post
Are you sure the shadow with the flash isn't caused by the lens hood? That seems to happen for me when I use the built in flash and the Lens hood that came with my camera.(though the included lens hood SUCKS and is practically useless) I generally leave it off since my Lens hood is so short it hardly helps at all.
Thanks for your response .

Depending on how close the subject is and/or at what angle the camera is to the subject, sometimes I don't get the shadow, but as I intend to undertake some "proper" portraiture, I want to try and eliminate the shadow in all circumstances. It happens even when the hood is off in some shots when the built-in flash contributes light to a shot.

I'll have to do some more research and see if there's a setting I can use to solve the problem. Perhaps the built-in can fire a pre-flash or something like that, so the camera can meter and the remotes can fire, but the built-in doesn't contribute any light to a shot?? I just don't know enough about the camera yet. I'll need to do some more research and experimentation.

I almost always leave my lens hood on though. I've had shots ruined by lens flare, which a good lens hood could of prevented.

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mind posting a few pictures or at least providing links that show the issue?
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mind posting a few pictures or at least providing links that show the issue?
Thanks for your response. I think I've solved it now.

For £8.00 (about $16 USD) I can buy what's called an IR Panel that sits on the hot shoe of the camera and hangs over the face of the built-in flash, blocking all but infrared light. The IR light wont show up in photos, but it will allow the remote flashes to fire, which solves my problem!

To be honest, the shadowing was only mainly with close up subjects anyway and only slight when using the off-camera flashes. It's a lot worse when using the built-in flash only, but I can get around that by fitting one of the SB600s and using that instead of the built-in flash; which is probably better anyway.

Here's one of my first shots with the new gear . More to come as I take them .



f3.5, ISO1600, 50mm, 1/40th Sec, handheld.

This was cropped, bordered and marked in GIMP, after having a light run through NeatImage. To be honest, the original didn't really need any NeatImage treatment, but I've got so used to removing all traces of noise I did it anyway. You can download the original here, if you want. It's only a 7MB file.

I'm shooting in JPG only atm as I haven't bought Capture NX2 yet, so no RAW shooting. At least this leaves the EXIF data intact.

I totally love this camera . So pleased I got it . Worth every penny .

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Congrats Highly !!
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a good trick is to hold the camera upside down, then the shadow is usually on the ceiling or sky where it isn't noticeable, or as noticeable.
i get the same problem with my 18-200mm when i am shooting at 18-24mm
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how does that neat image program works and how much? just doesn't look like it removes detail that much but yet does quite a good job at removing noise.
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