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Old Jun 17, 2005, 2:53 PM   #21
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I have the Tamron 28-75. Great lens, but you'll find yourself wishing for more reach on the wider side. I use the Tamron but not as much as I imagined. The 18-55 kit was most used and now I find that my 17-40L stays on the camera about 90% of the time.
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 3:53 PM   #22
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Yes, my only worry is that the Tamron will not be wide enough. Although with my current film rebel, I am mostly shooting between 35 and 80mm, mainly my kids and famiy. The 17-40mm may be a nice alternative lense to have as well. Which then takes me back to the 17-85mm IS?

Man, this starts to get confusing and expensive!
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 4:11 PM   #23
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The 17-85 has received some great reviews at www.dpreview.com forums. Look in the Canon lens forum and then do a search for the 17-85. IS is a nice feature to have in low light or if you have unsteady hands. IS will not compensate for movement of the subjects.
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 4:11 PM   #24
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The 17-85 has received some great reviews at www.dpreview.com forums. Look in the Canon lens forum and then do a search for the 17-85. IS is a nice feature to have in low light or if you have unsteady hands. IS will not compensate for movement of the subjects.
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Old Jun 21, 2005, 6:07 PM   #25
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I want to thank everyone again for the input. This weekend I bought the Canon Rebel XT with the kit lense, other lenses will come soon. I am very impressed by it's performance! It's great shooting digital, I shot over a hundred photos of my kids outside yesterday evening, got to pick and choose, ended up with a few great keepers. Spent a couple of hours today touching up in photoshop, and can't wait to start printing.

Where do you all go to print your work out? I print dye subs here at work, but they are too expensive for my personal work. What's out there that is good quality and will last for years?

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Take a look at winkflash.com. They print fuji crystal Archive and are extremely inexpensive (16 cents per 4x6 and my last order last week was 12 cents per - don't know if that was a one time special or if they dropped their price). They also have 99 cent shipping. You absolutely cannot beat the quality / price. Turnaround is usually around 5-6 days.
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Old Jun 21, 2005, 9:29 PM   #27
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I recommend an HP inkjet printer with HP Premium Plus photo paper.

The results are amazing!

I believe the HP Premium Plus has a lifespan of over 100 years.

The trick is to frame the photo under glass and keep it out of direct sunlight.
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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:31 AM   #28
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I want to thank everyone again for the input. This weekend I bought the Canon Rebel XT with the kit lense, other lenses will come soon. I am very impressed by it's performance! It's great shooting digital, I shot over a hundred photos of my kids outside yesterday evening, got to pick and choose, ended up with a few great keepers. Spent a couple of hours today touching up in photoshop, and can't wait to start printing.

Where do you all go to print your work out? I print dye subs here at work, but they are too expensive for my personal work. What's out there that is good quality and will last for years?

Thanks,

Jacob
I use a Canon Selphy CP600 dye sub and I feel that the 4x6 prints are incredible (excellent color and detail). Very easy to use and maintain, and out of hundreds of prints I've only had 4 or 5 that I had to toss because of some dirt getting on the media. You have a couple of choices of print kits ... the 36 print kits where the price per print is outrageous ($0.53/print)and the 108 print kits where the price per print is reasonable ($0.32/print).

The Canon dye sub prints are reported to be archival for 100 years, and you can run them under a water tap for hours and it won't hurt them. I've used a pro lab, and the prints from this little dye sub are pretty comparible. The only thing better about the pro-lab route is sometimes I like my proofs to have a matte finish. I also use a pro lab for anything larger than 4x6.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 4:11 PM   #29
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I use an Epson R800 for my home printing and get excellent results from it using their Premium Glossy, Enhanced Matte, Matte Paper Heavyweight, Luster, and Color Life paper. I also print on CD's and DVD's as well which add's a nice touch to the media to liven it up a bit.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"If you're looking for a great, versatile printer, I would recommend the newer R1800. You will get great print's up to 13" wide. If it were out a year ago, I would have purchased it instead of my R800. If you're looking for a cheaper route and don't plan on printing out larger than A4, a great option would be to go with something like the R200 and then use Winkflash for other prints.

I hate to reveal my secret print service, but JohnG did it for me. I know they're not a sceret, but I never mention them to anyone, well mainly because not many people know of them and I like it that way. Anyway, Winkflash is awesome. Like JohG said, their 4x6's are $.12, they dropped the price a little while ago. They recently added a bunch of large print sizes (about 2 weeks ago) which makes me even happier, because they were only offering prints up to 10x13. Here are the sizes and prices.

4x6- $.12 10x15- $3.79 (NEW)

3x5- $.1216x20- $7.95 (NEW)

4x5.3- $.1216x24- $9.95 (NEW)

5x6.5- $.29 (NEW) 18x24- $11.95 (NEW)

5x7- $.29 24x36- $19.95 (NEW)

6x8- $.79 34x44- $34.95 (NEW)

8x10- $1.99 44x66- $69.95 (NEW)

8x10.6- $1.99 (NEW) Wallet (4)- $.39

10x13- $3.3911x17 (POSTER)- $1.99 (Non-Photographic Process)

Shipping is $.99 flat rate on prints up through the 10x15, then $2.99 flat rate for 16x20 and up and if you buy prints from both, it's $3.98 (the $.99 and $2.99 combined). The 11x17 posters are really nice, like I said, they're not a photographic process. They're done on 100lb. card stock with a UV gloss coating over the top. The shipping for those is $1.99 flat rate.I ordered 34 for my brothers soccer team and the shipping was still $1.99. My only real beef with Winkflash is I wish they had 11x14 prints sizes and that the shipping was a little faster (I'm in Ann Arbor, MI and they're in RI and it takes no less than 4 days to receive my orders). Also, Winkflash has the CD mailer option if you don't have a fast enough connection to upload. I know a lot of other online print services started to that. All in all, they rock in my opinion, but don't take my word for it, find out for yourself. I can't find better prices and the quality is a 9 or and 9.5 out of 10.

Good luck!
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Oops, almost forgot...matte or glossy, white border, or borderless.
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