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Jan 05, 2011 11:57 |  #1

Hello I am new here and am in the process of taking my friends Cannon Rebel XT for a test ride. I understand that this is an older camera, but I think it will service my purposes since I am brand new to these type of cameras. My experience is simply with a point and shoot, nothing more.

The primary reason Im using this camera is to take pictures of my 180 gallon reef aqaurium. I messed around with a Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens a little bit last night and was able to take some decent shots of my fish, but could not get any macro shots of my corals. Im not even sure if this lens will do that.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and I look forward to learning more about this hobby.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 12:08 |  #2

Welcome to POTN. A circular polarizer (CP) lens filter might help with the aquarium shots to reduce glare as you shoot through glass and water.


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Jan 05, 2011 12:25 |  #3

Macro lenses work by having a very short minimum focus distance (MFD) which allows you to get really close to your subject, which gives you that nice big close-up image.

I'm not sure what sort of macro shots you are trying to get of your coral, but unless it is very close to the glass, or you have a waterproof camera that you can put in the tank to get close, you are going to struggle.


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Jan 05, 2011 13:21 |  #4

yeah, thats what ive heard, that whatever im trying to take a picture of needs to be really close to the glass. Thanks for suggestions!




  
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Jan 05, 2011 15:47 |  #5

So here is what I have to test drive and might end up with it permenently. As I said before, I plan on taking a lot of pics of my Reef Tank, but will also us it for family pics, Vaca Pics, some wildlife pics. What does everyone think about this, is it a good starter kit?

•Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera
•Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens
•Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD Aspherical (IF) Lens
•Tamron AF 2X Teleconverter
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Of course there is a nice bag, remotes tripods, several cleaning kits, batteries, CF cards, etc.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 15:55 |  #6

It depends. How much are you paying for it? If it's free, it's a great starter kit. If not, the price will pretty much be the deciding factor.


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Jan 05, 2011 16:00 |  #7

Even though the Tamron is labeled as a "macro", you won't be able to achieve true macro magnification with it. According to its specs, it has a minimum focusing distance of 1.5' throughout the focal length range and is capable of 1:3.7 magnification at 200mm


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Jan 05, 2011 16:04 |  #8

What price would you think for something like this?

gibbit1 wrote in post #11580038 (external link)
It depends. How much are you paying for it? If it's free, it's a great starter kit. If not, the price will pretty much be the deciding factor.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 16:25 |  #9

anelson wrote in post #11580101 (external link)
What price would you think for something like this?

Is this the next showcase on the 'Price is Right' :lol:

Considering with a quick Google, one can buy a XT kit 'used' for 400 dollars, I just added the rest of the stuff, on to the 400.00, using used pricing and came up with 900.00 dollars.

An even Grand would comfortably cover all the parts. Am I in the ballpark?

My only concern with this package deal is the XT body. Don't get me wrong, it will take fine pictures, but I have a T2i which is 18 mega-pixel, and it came out over a year ago. Of course there is more to pictures than the mega-pixel, but unless you get an amazing deal, you would be going into this with a body that is a little on the old side.

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After looking over your post again, I didn't figure in "Of course there is a nice bag, remotes tripods, several cleaning kits, batteries, CF cards, etc." I don't know how much this stuff is worth, maybe another 100-150 bucks? Just a guess.

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Jan 05, 2011 18:24 |  #10

anelson wrote in post #11578626 (external link)
Hello I am new here and am in the process of taking my friends Cannon Rebel XT for a test ride. I understand that this is an older camera, but I think it will service my purposes since I am brand new to these type of cameras. My experience is simply with a point and shoot, nothing more.

The primary reason Im using this camera is to take pictures of my 180 gallon reef aqaurium. I messed around with a Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens a little bit last night and was able to take some decent shots of my fish, but could not get any macro shots of my corals. Im not even sure if this lens will do that.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and I look forward to learning more about this hobby.

Wow! I have 180 reef aquarium as well and just bought my first DSLR (60D) last week. I'm stepping up from an S5IS which was used extensively photographing my aquarium.

Have fun!

This was taken with my S5IS in macro mode thru an aquariscope, I've yet to get any really good shots with my 60D yet.

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Jan 05, 2011 21:00 |  #11

Well, I would be at around $650, but I'm also getting a few other things that I would sell for around $200. So potentially $450-$500.

davidc502 wrote in post #11580226 (external link)
Is this the next showcase on the 'Price is Right' :lol:

Considering with a quick Google, one can buy a XT kit 'used' for 400 dollars, I just added the rest of the stuff, on to the 400.00, using used pricing and came up with 900.00 dollars.

An even Grand would comfortably cover all the parts. Am I in the ballpark?

My only concern with this package deal is the XT body. Don't get me wrong, it will take fine pictures, but I have a T2i which is 18 mega-pixel, and it came out over a year ago. Of course there is more to pictures than the mega-pixel, but unless you get an amazing deal, you would be going into this with a body that is a little on the old side.

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After looking over your post again, I didn't figure in "Of course there is a nice bag, remotes tripods, several cleaning kits, batteries, CF cards, etc." I don't know how much this stuff is worth, maybe another 100-150 bucks? Just a guess.

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Jan 05, 2011 21:04 |  #12

Very cool, I'll have to keep an eye out for your tank shots.

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Wow! I have 180 reef aquarium as well and just bought my first DSLR (60D) last week. I'm stepping up from an S5IS which was used extensively photographing my aquarium.

Have fun!

This was taken with my S5IS in macro mode thru an aquariscope, I've yet to get any really good shots with my 60D yet.

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Jan 05, 2011 21:21 |  #13

Welcome to the gang! You need true macro lens (anything says 1:1 macro lens) in order to take closeup images. Enjoy the forum.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 22:56 |  #14

Here are a few pics I took last night. Please be nice! I didnt adjust any setting, I just shot them. I know, I have a ton to learn.

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Jan 06, 2011 06:55 |  #15

anelson wrote in post #11579991 (external link)
So here is what I have to test drive and might end up with it permenently. As I said before, I plan on taking a lot of pics of my Reef Tank, but will also us it for family pics, Vaca Pics, some wildlife pics. What does everyone think about this, is it a good starter kit?

•Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera
•Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens
•Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD Aspherical (IF) Lens
•Tamron AF 2X Teleconverter
•Bower SFD35C E-TTL I/II Digital Autofocus Flashgun
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You'll loose autofocus when you use the Teleconvertor with your XT, the AF-sensor will focus up to f/5.6. If you use the lenses you mentioned, whicht are >f/5.6 on the long end, the convertor will make them 2 stops higher, in this case f/11. No way your AF-mechanisme will work then!

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