Thursday, May 24, 2007



Sandy said...

So how was it? And tell me, how in the world did you manage to get *your* camera in the movies? Great picture - neat seeing the people watching and the particular scene you captured.

Oh and another question while I'm thinking of it - what does a lens hood do (I think that's the name -the camera of yours dali brought to NC had one)? My camera kit came with one but I have no idea how or when to use it.

jeff said...

The movie was good. I just like movies. I am not hard to please. It seemed as though you had to know the other two pretty well to follow this one. All of the previous characters, were in this, and it got a little hard to follow because everyone was double crossing everyone else. Plus it was late and I was quite tired. I like to go to opening night to movies that I like though.
I think you could walk into this movie theater with a film crew. Nobody checks anything. I just had my camera on my shoulder, where it always is.
Lens hoods are good for a couple of things. #1 for me is a buffer for all of the walls and doorways and chairs and kids heads that I bang my camera into. It has saved my lens a few times. The most important purpose is to block out unwanted ultraviolet rays. It is amazing how much sharper a picture can be when usually un-noticed light is blocked from the edges of the lens. the light may not cause a visisble glare, but it will cut down on the overall sharpness of the picture. I leave the hoods on my lenses all of the time.

Sandy said...

Thanks so much for the info on the lens hood. I'll have to get mine out and put it on. I've bumped my lens on a couple of doorframes and cringed when I heard the sound. Fortunately, they came out alright. :)

I look forward to seeing Pirates. I kwym about going on opening day - we used to do that a lot but these days are lucky if we get to see a movie before it leaves the theatre. ;-)

I have another question if you don't mind. I have a friend that's considering buying a Canon Rebel XTi and is wondering how her lenses for her 35mm (also a Canon- a wide angle and a telephoto) will work on it (she's been told the range, hope that's the right word, will be different on the DSLR). She's trying to decide between buying the body and using her current lenses (and if she'll be happy w/ the shots) or buying a kit that comes with lenses for that body. She doesn't want to spend more than she has to but also doesn't want to be disappointed in the performance of the lenses and to have to buy new ones anyways. Any advice, suggestions?

jeff said...

Do you know which lenses she has? The are many different lenses out there. If it is an EF lens made for the EOS system, it will work just fine on any EOS digital. The old manual focus lenses will not work with this system. The only noticeable difference there will be is that there is a 1.4x "magnification" on the digital body. The sensor on this digital camera is smaller than a 35mm film frame, but the image projected on it is the same size....therefore the image will be cropped closer than she is used to seeing it when using that lens to shoot film. Does that make any sense? This is no reason to get a new lens, especially if the lenses she has are good quality. I think the package lenses are the new ED lenses, which are made for the Rebel. These are not the best lenses ever, but they have a good mid range. My suggestion would be this....If she is used to using the lenses she has, and they give her the range she wants, just get the body. You can always buy new lenses when you have had time to save, and the package is not such a great deal, usually.