Lens Comments and Reviews
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
Tubes Increase Macro Magnification
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.
Really Close-up Macro
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.
G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized
Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD
WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12
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 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.
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
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
Just like the SBH-250, the SBH-100 comes with two
camera/lens attachement shoes.
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
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
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.
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
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more your items will have appeal to potential buyers.
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