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Old Oct 17, 2006, 8:43 AM   #1
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Hello all!

I'm back in Romania after my honeymoon in Greece, and it was a fantastic time (all aspects). Greece is beautiful... almost as beautiful as my wife Tundi! :blah:

I took my Canon 350D / Rebel XT and my 4 lenses along. Tundi kindly let me take loads of photos during our honeymoon (she's becoming half addicted to photography herself...)

The lenses I have are the

Canon 18-55mm kit lens

Canon 28-135mm USM IS lens

Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

and the Canon 100-300mm USM lens (listed in the subect of this post).

I used all these lenses extensively during our 2 weeks in Greece, and it made me realise that the last two lenses are the most "specialist" lenses. The kit and 28-135mm lenses are more "general purpose / walkaround" lenses. I usually have the 28-135mm mounted on my camera, and used the 18-55 when I needed wider angle landscape or for city (Athens) architectural shots.

So I decided to share some results of the 100-300mm lens. This is a very fun lens to use. Also as itis my "newest" lens (I bought it most recently) I'm still discovering its use more. I would have bought the Canon 70-300mm IS lens, but it was twice the price, and I was worried about the "portrait" softness issue on some lenses, and as I bought it in UK while there for work I didn't have a chance to test it and have it repaired.

I'm realise image stabilizing (IS) would be a big help in lower light situations (which my 100-300 lacks), however knowing my lens' capabilities (and that of my hands / own steadiness) I can very often get good handheld results. At times I use a tripod or lean on something else available.

So here are some photos, all with the above mentioned Canon 100-300mm lens. I've joyfully discovered how actually at times the lack of high / "L" quality optics of this lens at max zoom can be post processed to still obtain a very decent result. Already some people who have seen some of ourhoneymoon /Greecephotos have commented how they liked them. Usual post processing (some contrast, sharpening, highlight / shadow adjustment and saturation) has been applied to most of these photos.

Hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think!

Paul

photo #1 a rather elderly windsurfer enjoying the breeze and bay

300mm f8 ISO 200

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#2 my wife Tundi looking at the man windsurfing in photo #1

220mm f5.6 ISO 200

(I find this lens is a great outdoor portrait lens, quite sharp even wide open from 100mm to around 240mm).
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#3 - the small township of Pylos basking in the late afternoon sun, across the bay from where we stayed in south west Greece.

300mm f5.6 ISO 200

(so this is the wide open / max zoom setting)
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#4 - a boat harboured inanother nearby bay, near a beautiful beach. (for more photos of that boat and beach see this post I put up http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=8)

I took this photo from the top of a nearby hill / cliff overlooking the beach / bay.

300mm f11 ISO 200
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#5 - a dog that we encountered on the beach... It had WAY too much energy, and wanted to destroy our shoes and clothing by jumping and biting on any material it could find. thankfully there were plenty of sticks on the beach... and I threw some of them in the sea for it to retrieve... and that solved the problem of our clothes being bitten to pieces!

160mm f5.6 ISO 200

(I really like the lenses fast focusing USM - ultra sonic motor) which is especially handy for such occasions as capturing moving objects!) As you see, it makes a good "dog portrait" lens too!
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#6 - last (but not least) a photo at a beach where a school for windsurfing / small boat sailing was giving some lessons! It was amazing to see dozens of people going around in the water (some of them obviously very new to watersports).

It was cloudy (generally overcast) when this photo was taken, and yet I could get all my handheld shots sharp, I increased to ISO 400 to compensate. If I needed to of course I could have bumped ISO to 800 or 1600, but then after sharpening and post processing I find that sometimes too much noise creeps in. However noise-removal programs (like Noiseware) do a great job of removing noise!

300mm f8 ISO 400
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pj, nice you had a great time in Greece with your wonderful bride, yes the 100-300 takes some pretty good shots, i still haven't bought the 70-300 IS yet because the 17-85 IS is alway's on my 350D but maybe later on i will buy it. All your pictures look really good.
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Your 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens & pictures impressed me enough to make me re-think about whether I should get the 70-200mm f2.8 or this lens instead. Great shots PJ.


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Hi, new here. Anyway, I have a Canon 100-300 USM and am still trying to get it to function properly. I think I've learned that you really need to stop it down to get decent results. I am not getting anything like the images I see here. Color appears washed out, low contrast and "soft" (very soft) focus. I'm going to go out and try it again today.

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BTW, if anyone is interested, my stuff can be found at MontereyJohn California Photography and sites linked there.
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Since we talked a little about the 70-300 IS, today we were at a parade where i met this guy that has a canon 30D which is a bigger camera than the 350D and he had the 70-300 IS lens on, that lens is one big mother, it isalso bigger than the 100-300 lens, it would just tower over the 350D.Now i am considering on getting the 70-300 DO IS lens.
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