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Old Apr 25, 2009, 6:37 PM   #1
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i solved a proble earlier this week, and i thought i might share it with you to see if it will help you to,
i wanted a faster responce time, which is time between pressing shutter, getting focus lock and snapping the photo. so there i was doing some research, and narrowed it down to the Nikon D90 or the Canon 50D, so i went on to steves forum and asked which should i choose, well JimC replied , to me right away and asked why i wanted to change, for he has helped me a lot with my K20D and K10D in the past, so i told him why, he replied, just try one more thing for him before i switch.
He told me to put on the lens shade and remove the protective filter, and bam!!!!!!!!!

i was using a totally different camera , outdoors and indoors, i mean instant focus lock and snapping.
to finalize the test , i gave my wife the camera and told her to take a picture of me, her responce was, " so you went and bought another camera today" i asked her why she asked that , she replied " cause this camera taking pictures right away and the other one took forever
I smiled said a pray for JimC


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Old Apr 25, 2009, 9:09 PM   #2
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Hi Dave,

I've learned to always use the hood for front lens element protection, and don't have protective filters on anything but my FA* 300/2.8, which came with one from the factory.
The extra contrast gained from flare control often makes a difference as you have noticed.

There was a thread a while back about optimising AF speed on DPR:


Most of the answers were tag posts and thanks, but there are a few with additional tips. Norm is a long time pro in Canada, and his tips are usually well thought out, coming from experience rather than wive's tales and accepting "conventional thinking", IMO

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Old Apr 26, 2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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Yeah. Taking off the filter. . .

I mostly just shoot friends & family shots right now.

And with 12 young ones running around, I am constantly wiping finger prints off my filter (and view finder - how the heck do they get their fingers in there?) <grin>

Until they all grow up, there is no way I'm taking my filters off. <grin>

Take care,

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Old Apr 26, 2009, 3:49 PM   #4
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Unless I need one for a specific purpose I don't have a filter on my camera. When shooting landscapes I sometimes use a polorizing filter along with a gradual gray ND filter to help with the sky, clouds and reflective light.

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Old Apr 30, 2009, 7:37 AM   #5
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I quit using skylight filters after all these years. Now I only use a polarizer.

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