Xerxes wrote in post #16714335
OK...For sure these are dumb questions.
I just picked up the sigma 18-35 I'm trying to learn the proper operation with a T5i. You can't adjust the focus manually while in autofocus, but you can adjust the focal length anytime from the lens itself, correct? Is there a way to quickly adjust focal length zoom from the camera body like on the Canon S3is?
Is it safe to rest the body and lens on a flat surface for a few days or should the lens be removed and put away after every use?
This is going to be the main walkaround lens. Do you have any recommendations for a compact carrying bag that will snugly fit this combination? Preferably waterproof.
What solid, compact tripod do you recommend for travel?
Also wondering, while playing with the 50mm 1.8, I adjusted focus manually while in AF a couple times, what are the odds that the lens or camera focus motor were damaged?
-thanks in advance,
1. Stop thinking like Point & Shoot. This will be the biggest, biggest advice for a life long experience with photography. That means you have to actually learn photography now. Please don't take this as a rude comment, I have no idea of your background experience. But the questions you asked make me think you have little experience with SLR and it makes me think you've only ever used point & shoots or phones with optical/digital zooms that are done via a button--this doesn't exist in SLR lenses, you zoom manually by twisting or pumping depending on design.
2. You should be able to focus manually even while in autofocus. Read your manual that came with the lens to understand how.
3. Yes you can move the focal length at any time. You do this yourself, manually. No dSLR camera will move the lens's focal length for you. This is point & shoot mentality I was speaking of earlier. Buying a $900 lens, I would think you looked into that first. Again, not trying to be rude, just an observation and hopefully a motivator to start researching this equipment and learning photography instead of buying stuff blindly.
4. I recommend this tripod.
5. As for a bag, look at some thinktank stuff, or just hit up amazon and search for waterproof camera bag. Remember to consider the size of the 18-35mm lens, it's a very big lens for it's focal lengths due to aperture, so you have to measure it out with the camera attached for a good fit.
6. You can leave the lens attached forever and set it on flat surfaces just fine. Taking it on and off often will only introduce dust and other stuff anyways. If you don't have a reason to take off the lens, such as putting on a different lens, I would leave it on and not take it off unless you absolutely had to. You don't have to have a silk foam bed to rest it on every day.
7. The Nifty Fifty doesn't allow safe manual focus while autofocus is enabled. Doing so will possibly damage the gears. You'll know when it breaks, it will not autofocus correctly, if at all, eventually.