A&P Just got my first DSLR.

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  1. assclown

    assclown Active Member

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    Went with the Canon T1i. Stuck to "prosumer" level since this is my first DSLR. I was going to get the 55-255 IS lens with it but decided to hold off. I'll probably pick up the cheap 50mm 1.8 for fun.

    There's one thing that concerns me. When I took the cap off of the camera body, I noticed some dust on that piece of slanted glass/mirror. Not sure what it's called :o Is this ok? Should I take a can of air to it? I don't want to damage it.

    Will probably laugh at this post later, as I learn more. :hsugh:
     
  2. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    good choice in a starter camera. very capable for a beginner camera! :bigthumb:

    1. Don't mind the trolls here
    2. Post pics to get constructive criticism
    3. Don't take anything personally
    4. Don't get discouraged by the comments
    5. If you forget #4, go back to #2
     
  3. Bob Loblaw

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    :wavey:

    i dont see any problem with dust on the mirror
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    i will add things i learned from OTAP
    correct me if i'm wrong

    1) when you change lenses, hold the body angled down to minimize the chance of shit getting inside, and try to change it in a clean area free of dust and wind

    2) don't use canned air. don't use pressured air. i like the "rocket blasters" which you can get anywhere for less than $10. they puff normal air in and suck from the rear. for now, don't worry about it. it takes a lot of gunk and damage to show in a picture

    3) you mention the 50 1.8. i don't think anyone here will tell you not to get it. it's a cheap fast prime. i love it. primes help me compose pics properly. you have to shuffle your feet to zoom :)
     
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  6. Girth

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    :rofl:

    you'll get past that real quick. I change when I need to... fuck the situation outside, minus rain of course!
     
  7. Wobistdu

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    :rofl: i'm sure. when i sold my d90 kit lens, a pro photographer came to buy it for his gf.

    he whips out his d700 with an 80-200 or something strapped to it. he takes the lens off, throws it on his jeeps' front seat (no cap on either side) then sets his body on the hood of his jeep exposed while he inspects my lens.

    i was like :noes:

    he didnt give a fuck

    i'm extremely anal with it though. i can still shoot f/22-f/32 in to the sky and can't find any dust. not sure how much the sensor cleaner helps on the d90
     
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    :bowdown: Thanks for the warm welcome and the tips guys. Gonna start messing around with it right now. I have a lot to learn. :hs:
     
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    Congrats on the T1i. I have the same camera and am learning every day with it. :bigthumb:

    That 50mm 1.8 is good, but I've read that the 50mm 1.4 is considerably better constructed and well worth the extra $. It will be my next lens. I'm trying to buy another house so I'm waiting on buying any more toys.
     
  10. Wobistdu

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    http://www.amazon.com/Understanding...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260592448&sr=8-1

    get this. very easy read, well laid out. teaches you all the basics.

    goes over iso/aperture/shutter/day-night shooting/white balance/little composition/shooting snow or shooting dark subjects/etc

    before this book i was 100% fail. now i'm at a proud 90% fail. :x:
     
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    Thanks for the guide, will check it out. :cool:

    Should I get used to using flash a lot more under semi-low lighting? I was never a fan of flash, but I'm assuming this flash works a lot better under more situations than my point and shoot.
     
  12. Girth

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    oh, and l33t is the resident troll. remember #1
     
  13. Wobistdu

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    the on-board flash won't do much for you. it's a harsh flash and will leave a shadow when you have longer lenses mounted. it's too low.

    pay $100 for the 50 1.8 prime. using that at 1.8-2.8 allows enough light to not need a flash in most cases. try to learn how to steady your hands enough (lean against something if u can) and get shots at 1/30th-1/60th shutter without blurring them. pics without flash > with

    i shot these in a dimly lit madamme teusads (spelling? lol) wax museum

    1/60sec shutter

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2657/3876760130_11a55e0bc5_b.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3451/3875993629_1f8cc1d548_b.jpg
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2565/3876792636_0bec71ed75_b.jpg


    1/100th
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3533/3876804040_13efb0e507_b.jpg

    just keep in mind that living stuff has a tendency to move and blur at slow shutter speeds
     
  14. Wobistdu

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    and by trolling he means snapping out at people that shit on people asking questions :squint:

    with a side of troll
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    oh and if you hear "your picture is pelfed" it means it's crooked and the horizon isn't straight.

    it's a term OTAP invented
     
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    In for underexposed pics of dog.














    Really though, congrats and welcome. :bigthumb:
     
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    Thanks for all the info man. :cool: OTAP crew already owns. :bowdown:
     
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    Should I stick with a certain brand/speed SDHC for this, or does it not matter? Looking to get a 16 or 32gb card.
     
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    pawis werd em up

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    look into maybe buying a few smaller size cards like a few 4 or 8gbs so you dont have all your eggs in one basket. shoot a bunch of pics and forget to unload and there goes all your shit. and its nice to just have a back up.
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    any namebrand SDHC works

    newegg.com has great prices on SDHC. kingston/a-data (works great for me)/transcend/etc
     
  21. Jonny Chimpo

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    fixed.
     
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    in this crew too, my d90 just showed up this week. :h5: and just put my order "understanding exposure" from amazon.
     
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    congrats sir. great choice in a starter cam. :)

    pics!
     

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