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The choice of any lens must be made on the basis of what you need the lens to do. You should not buy any extra lens until you know that you have a need for that lens and understand how that lens is going to meet your photography needs.

You must have at least one lens. That's so obvious that it hardly warrants mention but I do so because you have a choice of what that lens will be. You may have a lens which came with your SLR camera or you may have bought the lens separate from the camera. If you are using a compact point and shoot camera or any other camera which is equipped with a non-replaceable lens, this information will not apply to your camera. Single Lens Reflex cameras do have replaceable lenses and here is where you have the choice of what lens to use as well as how many lenses to use.

The following are lenses and other cameras and accessories used here at Dan Dooley Photography

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens
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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon Cameras)

Tokina AT-X Pro DX 11-16mm F/2.8 Asph. For Sony/ Minolta

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
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Canon macro lens

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens
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Canon telephoto zoom lens

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
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tamron zoom lens

Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens with Built In Motor for Nikon Digital SLR

Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras

Canon 50mm f/1.8 Prime lens
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens


What is The Best ONE Camera Lens For Travel? You can carry your entire bag of lenses and accessories or you can carry one lens which will cover it all. Is one lens enough?

Extension Tubes Increase Macro Magnification Though dedicated macro lenses allow you to focus very close to your subject and obtain very close looks at your subject, sometimes you want to look a little closer. In other words, you just shot a fine picture of a bug but now you'd like to zoom in for a fine look at the bug's eyes. I use the Kenko extension tubes when I want to really get close to the subject.

Kenko macro extension tubes
Really Close-up Macro Photography

Kenko Auto Ext Tube Set Canon A-EXTUBEDG-C

Canon G12 Compact Camera (Review page coming soon) The Canon G12 is used by my wife and is also used with the Canon WP-DC34 underwater housing for kayaking, snorkeling and for just having fun with the grandkids in the swimming pool.

We bought the Canon G12 camera recently for my wife to use. She's not in favor of having to mess with a lot of complex camera controls, but at the same time we wanted a camera with a lot more capability than the little simply pocket cameras can offer. Additionally, we wanted something which has an available water proof housing which would allow the camera to be used for water sports activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, white water rafting and more. Canon offers a perfect housing for the G12 camera which allows full access to all of the camera controls.
Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD

Canon WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12 Digital Camera

Every photographer who uses a tripod has an opinion on which is the best one to use. For some, there is only one brand and to use anything else puts the user into the rank beginner class. I do not subscribe to that philosophy at all. Which one works best for you depends on your specific needs as well as your budget. For that reason I am not going to claim that what I use is the best. It is a very good one and has worked solidly and reliably for me. I have had absolutely no mechanical problems with it at all.

The model of SLIK is the PRO 500DX. That model has been superseded by the 580DX. The 580DX uses the same legs but has a new and heavier duty pan head. The strong but light weight construction of the legs is the same.

The inclusion of the new pan head would be of no relevance to me anyhow. I don't use the included pan head. I use a ball head. Next I list that device.

SLIK PRO 580 DX Tripod Legs with SH-806E Heavy Duty 3-Way Pan Head & Case

I like the ball head method of camera/lens to tripod mount owing to the greater flexibility of angle adjustment possible over a standard pan head. Aligning the lens on a subject is much quicker and more precise with a ball head. Just think of the action as more approximating the range of movement of the human wrist vs. the elbow.

I chose the Vanguard out of a number of other good options. I liked the sturdiness, the adjustability and other features. The Vanguard SBH-250 Magnesium Ball Head with Sliding Quick Shoe is strong enough to support the weight of my Canon 100-400mm telephoto lens (which is long and heavy) but at the same time is light in weight and since it replaced the original attached pan head on my SLIK PRO 500 DX tripod the Vanguard SBH-250 ball head did not add any weight to the tripod. An additional advantage to the Vanguard brand is that they supply TWO attachement shoes with each head giving me the option of keeping one shoe on the camera body and the other shoe on the long lens. I leave the shoes attached all the time. When the long lens is on the camera, the tripod is on the shoe on the long lens. When any other lens is on the camera body, the tripod is attached to the camera body.

As useful as a tripod is, there are times when it is just too much. I finally came to that conclusion after a number of mountain trail hikes with the folded tripod strapped to my backpack. It was there and it was handy but it also tended to catch every branch and rock outcropping I came in close contact with. Likewise, in crowded venues such as the zoo or other public places were the extended legs of a tripod often get in the way, something simplier is called for. A monopod fits when a tripod does not.

Because I was already happy with the Vanguard ball head on tripod, and wanting to stay with a more compatible "system" I selected the Vanguard TRACKER-AP364 Aluminum Alloy Professional Monopod Not only did it receive good reviews, it allowed me to use a Vanguard ball head which though a small and lighter model than that on my tripod, was shoe compatible. That meant that when switching between the tripod and the monopod, the shoes which were already mounted on the camera body or long lens fit with no need to swap shoes. The Vanguard ball head on the monopod is the Vanguard SBH-100 Small Magnesium Alloy Ballhead with Two Onboard Bubble Levels Just like the SBH-250, the SBH-100 comes with two camera/lens attachement shoes.

  Original Photograph Prints for Sale

High Quality High Resolution original photography prints great for framing and to enhance the beauty of your home or office walls. Subjects are landscape and scenery; wildlife; flowers and growing things.

These pictures will enhance the beauty of any home or office decor. High Quality High Resolution original photography prints mounted and ready for framing. Each print, regardless of size has a 1/8 inch white border around the edge to allow fitting in a normal photo frame without losing important parts of the image which would otherwise be covered by the frame inner edge.

Normally a 1/4 inch border on each side would be the ideal fit for frame overlap but experience with common consumer pre-made frames shows that rarely are the openings in such frames that precise. Generally the cut-out tends to be slightly larger and as a result, with a 1/4 inch border, a slight amount of white will show. By making the border 1/8 inch, though a very tiny amount of the picture edge may be covered (depending on the actual size of the frame cutout, it will be extremely small and will look better when framed than having the slivers of white showing.

These are not a reproduction prints but are original photographs and it is professionally printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper (aka Traditional E-Surface Paper). Accurate color, realistic saturation and brighter colors are just a few of the attributes to describe E-Surface paper. You will see brighter blues, cyans, purples, and reds. With this paper, you do not have to worry about print fading. The standard archival value is 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage.

Each photography print is professionally printed and mounted on a backing board. Acid free material allows for long life of your mounted photograph.

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Photograph preparating tips for those who intend to submit product photos of collectible items listed on Dooley's Treasure Chest for consignment sales. If you have questions about how to make your pictures work best for your listed items, or you want to know what we need regarding those pictures, Go Here. The better your pictures are, the more your items will have appeal to potential buyers.

Beyondtek New Looks Like Canon SLR Lens 24-105mm Travel Coffee Mug / Cup / Thermos with Drinking Lid Stainless Steel W/leak-proof Lid Free Bag Best Gift Want to freak out your friends, especially your photographer friends? Pop the cap off of that expensive Canon 24-105mm f/4 L lens and pour hot coffee into it. If that doesn't raise eyebrows, nothing will. I have this lens. The real thing, that is and this coffee mug/thermos looks just like it.

Brand New Camera Lens 24-105 mm 1:1 Coffee Cup Mug
Compact and inventive mini Camera Lens design.Made of food grade plastic, safe to use for drinking
The interior is stainless steel.The lid fully closes.Scale 1:1 Holds 10 oz of liquid.
98% similar to the Original Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS Lens
The AF/MF button & Stabilizer On/Off.Comes with a cap as a Lens like Lid and bag.


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