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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Around the house & around Austin...

Around downtown (Guadalupe St., Austin, TX): I wanted to see what I could do with just my 50mm f/1.8. I was just getting over the flu, so there were some pictures I didn't feel like re-taking if they turned out bad.

1/250" ISO320 f/1.8
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1/500" ISO320 f/1.8
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1/125" ISO640 f/1.8
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1/250" ISO320 f/1.8
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Around the house:

...playing Rock Band...

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...having drinks...

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...the gf with my roommate's dog...
(these were actually shot with my 24mm f/3

1/60" ISO300 f/3
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1/60" ISO180 f/3
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1/60" ISO280 f/3
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1/60" ISO280 f/3
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I've been trying to work on capturing more "action" in my portrait photos, so lemme know how I'm doing. I'd really like some critiques and tips...and if the big shot photographers (you guys know who you are) want to chime in, I'd really appreciate any helpful words.

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Jeff
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Old February 11th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #2
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donno why i like this one. lol..
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nice photos.
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 08:37 AM   #4
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 10:36 AM   #5
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These are all great! Very nice. And this is what I love about primes. The fixed focal length forces you to explore other angles and perspectives to shoot things, and the result is more interesting photography. That and the selective focus capabilities of the large apertures. The image quality is top-notch on the 1.8/50 too. Zooms make you lazy and require a lot more discipline to shoot well, and only the pro ones can match the IQ of that little prime.

My favorites were that building mural thing or whatever it was (#3), and then the closeup of the drink and your gf with the dog.


I'm getting over the flu too - my daughter gave it to me. Again.
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 10:53 PM   #6
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oh man, i hope you feel better. mine got so bad i felt like i was going to die.

thanks for the kind words about the photos...haha. yea i love my 50mm f/1.8. i really like using it as a walk around because it's quick, sharp and it forces me to look at things a little differently. lots of fun. i think my next lens is going to be a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro. then i wanna try to get rid of my 18-135mm kit lens and 55-200mm VR and replace them with an 18-200mm VR. i also have an 18-55mm to get rid of.
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gotta love the 50mm f1.8 =D Noo don't get the 18-200mm vr! I'm sure you've read countless talks about how it lacks sharpness at long ranges? I mean if you like taking a lot of landscape portraits then go for it, but if you're getting it for model photography or close ups, then go with something else. I'm looking towards the 80-200 AF-D f2.8 right now. It's about the same price range as the 18-200mm vr.
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pics look great! what ISO did you shoot at? love the 50mm 1.8 never leave home without it. D80 is sharp
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Jesus... your stuff is gorgeous. My favorite one is the "architectural" picture. It's got really good parody humor in it. Maybe I should've gotten something better than a D40 so I can use non AF-S lenses like you. Anyway, you said you were going to try to get rid of the 55-200 VR? Do you have an 18-?? VR lens as well you're looking to sell? I ask, because there's a package deal on Amazon of the 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR with a bag and other basic camera care goodies for about $400, but if I can get them cheaper used (but still in good condition, of course) from someone I somewhat know is trustworthy (not to mention keep the money within this community that's helped me so much), I'd rather do that.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #11
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I love the colors man.
Thanks...I picked up a D300 in Circuit City the other day...thought to myself: "Need. Not want. NEED." haha


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gotta love the 50mm f1.8 =D Noo don't get the 18-200mm vr! I'm sure you've read countless talks about how it lacks sharpness at long ranges? I mean if you like taking a lot of landscape portraits then go for it, but if you're getting it for model photography or close ups, then go with something else. I'm looking towards the 80-200 AF-D f2.8 right now. It's about the same price range as the 18-200mm vr.
Well right now I have an 18-135mm and a 55-200mm VR to make up my 18-200mm range, but I want it all in a single lens (walk around) and with VR. I'll have to check it out in the store and see for myself. It might be worth it to me to trade a little sharpness for buttloads of convenience.


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pics look great! what ISO did you shoot at? love the 50mm 1.8 never leave home without it. D80 is sharp
I'm not sure...I'll go back and post the ISO speeds for each picture in a second.


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Jesus... your stuff is gorgeous. My favorite one is the "architectural" picture. It's got really good parody humor in it. Maybe I should've gotten something better than a D40 so I can use non AF-S lenses like you. Anyway, you said you were going to try to get rid of the 55-200 VR? Do you have an 18-?? VR lens as well you're looking to sell? I ask, because there's a package deal on Amazon of the 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR with a bag and other basic camera care goodies for about $400, but if I can get them cheaper used (but still in good condition, of course) from someone I somewhat know is trustworthy (not to mention keep the money within this community that's helped me so much), I'd rather do that.
Thanks, man. I just took a look at your latest post and your portrait shots are getting better, fast. Seems like you're developing your own "eye" pretty quickly...it took me a while and I still don't really have it.

I have a Nikkor 18-55mm but it's not VR and then of course the 55-200mm which is VR. If you wanted those two, I'd let them both go for $300 shipped. The 18-55mm is pretty much brand new since it was the kit lens with my D80, and then I just had the 55-200mm cleaned by Ritz. I think I've taken like 10 pictures with that lens since then.
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Nice work. I need to get a DSLR one of these days and start taking some real shots.
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Thanks...I picked up a D300 in Circuit City the other day...thought to myself: "Need. Not want. NEED." haha
Damn they had one there on display?! My Circuit needs to step up their game. Not that I really care since I already have one but that's pretty impressive.

If you love low noise and ridiculous colors straight from the camera then you're heading in the right direction...

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Well right now I have an 18-135mm and a 55-200mm VR to make up my 18-200mm range, but I want it all in a single lens (walk around) and with VR. I'll have to check it out in the store and see for myself. It might be worth it to me to trade a little sharpness for buttloads of convenience.
That's true, it is very convenient for it's size and versatility. Holy crap man, you got a D300?? so what are you going to do with the D80?
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Old March 10th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #15
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haha...i wish! i meant, i LITERALLY picked it up...and then cried when i put it back down..hah
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Great photos, +1 to Steve's comment. I find that shooting with my 50/1.8 I also force myself to be more creative and the result is almost always more interesting.
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haha...i wish! i meant, i LITERALLY picked it up...and then cried when i put it back down..hah
Haha, I see. For me, I think it's better to invest in some expensive glass right now rather then an expensive body because I think the d80 is more than enough camera for me, that and lenses hold their value much better, although it still doesn't stop me from lusting for a D300 or a D3 . I think after i'm satisfied with my collection of glass, then will I think about upgrading to a new body.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #18
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i'm not limited by the D80 at all...i do want the low noise quality from the D300 though. i won't be upgrading anytime soon...the only thing on my mind right now is comptech SC =]
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