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Old Feb 11, 2006, 5:03 PM   #1
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OK, I'm starting to get deeper into this DSLR stuff. Not sure if it's a good thing but I keep telling myself I only want to take good pictures of my 4 month old son (see attached)

I bought a 5D with the kit lens. Then I went and bought a 50mm 1.7 and 24mm 2.8. Thinking that I needed some longer coverage and wouldn't it be nice to shoot some B&W film throught htese lense some time I also bought the kit listed below.

I realize that tis is not prime glass but I wanted the camera body (small), the remote control, filters are always good, and the macro ability of the 75-300 so so I met the guy, gave him $125 and took the loot home.

The lens manual says that the macro is acheived by zooming out to 300 and the focus is then at infinity.

Well I can't seem to get it to work. When I zoom out to 300 the lens AF will not give me anything and using MF just gives me a blur.

Any suggestions for a newbie?:?




Maxxum XTsi w/ 2 zoom lenses and remote

Maxxum XTsi - A silver-metallic colored 35mm AF SLR with three-point crosscut autofocusing, 14-segment metering, and a host of high-performance features.

Microcomputer control of built-in flash
Electronically controlled shutter. Range: 1/4000 - 30 sec., plus BULB.
Multi-Exposure: 2 exposures per frame available.
Panorama mode selector switch allows both standard and panorama format pictures on the same roll of film.

Tamron 38-105mm 1:4-5.6 AF lens with Tokina Skylight 1A filter & lens hood
Minolta 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 AF lens with Tiffen UV Protector & lens hood

Tiffen Circular Polarizer 55mm Filter
Tiffen 812 55mm Filter

Remote Release Terminal with Maxxum Remote Cord.

Manual included
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 4:13 PM   #2
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The closest focus distance for many of the 75-300mm lenses is around 5 feet at their long end. Most of the time, they are no better than 1:4 Macro Lenses (a subject 4 times the size of the film or sensor) at their closest focus distances. Many lenses without a macro designation can do this, too (even the kit lens is a 1:4 Macro, even though it's not labeled as a Macro lens). So, it can capture a subject just as small as most other zooms labeled Macro.

If you're trying to use AF, there is probably not enough light to get a lock indoors (f/5.6 is pretty dim, requirinng more than 8 times as much light to get the same shutter speeds you could get with your 50mm f/1.7 shooting at wide open apertures). More light helps a camera to see better for AF purposes.

At longer focal lengths, you'd also need a tripod with a long lens at f/5.6 indoors (AS is great, but it can't work miracles, and camera shake is magnified at longer focal lengths). Make sure you don't have a polarizer on it either indoors (that will cost you a couple of stops from light loss). A long zoom with a maximum available aperture of f/5.6 is best used outdoors in good light.

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 4:24 PM   #3
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Cute picture! There is a noticeable color cast. If you have Photoshop you could easily remove it by going to IMAGE | ADJUSTMENTS and selecting Autocolor.

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