2010
Mar 9

I took these photo’s while doing the Fish River Canyon hike in Namibia

I have a Canon EOS 350D, with standard 18-55mm lens.

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Fish River Canyon, Namibia Fish River Canyon, Namibia Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Fish River Canyon, Namibia

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Highest definition picture ever taken of Cape Town

Posted by batman on Feb 27th, 2010
2010
Feb 27

Virtual Tours are an organization that provide virtual, often 360º views of various sites, amongst them Nelson Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island.

One of their most spectacular creations is the so-called “Highest definition picture ever taken of Cape Town” – click here to view. It really is a mind-blowing photographic achievement. Since this photo (the word ‘photo’ somehow seems so inadequate), they have been commissioned to do similar projects of scenes in Gautend and Durban – the start of great things i feel.

Some details as to the size of this image (taken directly from their site):

  • It was created by stitching 1850,fully zoomed (x 20 optical zoom), 10 MegaPixel images together.
  • The time it took from the first shot (top left) and last shot (lower right) being taken, was about 3 hours.
  • It’s 205 000 pixels wide.
  • That equates to a printout of about 90 m x 15 m!
  • The end result was a 25 GigaBytes RAW file which takes about an hour to open on my Macbook Pro.

Enjoy – I certainly did. It just reminds me once again why Cape Town is considered one of the most scenic cities in the world!

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2010
Feb 25

I took these photo’s while on vacation on the South Wild Coast, South Africa.

I have a Canon EOS 350D, with standard 18-55mm lens. Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Haga Haga, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Canon EOS 350D Kit Lens upgrade

Posted by batman on Jul 24th, 2009
2009
Jul 24

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I have had my Canon EOS 350D for some years now, and have finally decided to upgrade my standard “kit” lens – the 18-55 mm cheap, plastic one that many wouldn’t want if you gave it to them. It has given me many good photo’s, but I must admit to looking longingly at those exquisite photo’s in the glossy travel mags, and wish that mine could look a little more professional, and a little less entry-level.

So far it seems that my upgrade options are the following:

  • Canon EFS 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM (ZAR 6,200)
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L USM (ZAR 9,300)
  • Canon EFS 17-55 mm f 2.8 IS USM (ZAR 11,800)

To put this into perspective – photography is a hobby. I try to take photo’s that are interesting, unusual and “correct” – if there is such a thing. But I get no remuneration for my hobby (I can’t call it my work if I don’t get paid for it) – and from this point of view spending almost ZAR 12,000 (which in South Africa can get you a small, second-hand car) is difficult to justify, if not downright unaffordable.

I first started considering the 17-85 mm (because it is the cheapest “proper” lens). I am not yet considering Sigma and Tamron options, because I would dearly like to have a Canon lens, especially if I am paying a significant amount on it.

I would be prepared to pay the ZAR 6,200 for the 17-85 mm, but would really like to hear from fellow photographers if it would be worth my while spending this money to replace an 18-55 mm with a 17-85 mm lens – in other words since I am not gaining anything in lens length, I would need to see the results in quality of picture alone – would I get that with the 17-85 mm?

Although a lot of people love this lens, almost as many don’t. Many would suggest spending the extra money to get the 17-40 mm, but I need to find justification in spending an additional ZAR 3,000. This is an “L” lens, so has extremely top quality glass, but then again doesn’t have Image Stabilization.

The 17-55 mm is admittedly the cream of (this) crop – fast, with IS, USM and incredibly clear pictures – few would dispute this. But it is perhaps too expensive for me.

Would someone like me – an amateur photographer – be happy with and enjoy the 17-85 mm? It would be my walkabout lens, i.e. the lens that I would leave on the camera, and use it for kids birthday parties, the occasional sunsets and as often as possible – wide-angle landscapes? I have also dabbled with portraits, and so would use this lens for that as well.

Any comments would really be appreciated.

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My Photographic Efforts #1 – Botanical Gardens

Posted by batman on Apr 29th, 2009
2009
Apr 29

I took these photo’s at the Botancical Gardens just outside Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa.

I have a Canon EOS 350D, with the standard 18-55 mm lens. Botanical Gardens, Worcester, South Africa
Botanical Gardens, Worcester, South Africa
Botanical Gardens, Worcester, South Africa
Botanical Gardens, Worcester, South Africa
Botanical Gardens, Worcester, South Africa

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