Saturday, May 12, 2007


Stephen, December 9, 2006

I don't carry a 35mm film camera anymore. What's the point. I shoot with a simple Digital Rebel XT. Would that I could, I would have a 5D, but right now I'm pretty happy with my two XT's. As I said yesterday, I've been toying with a new XTi from school, but don't know that I would up-grade from the XT's. A3 prints from the two cameras look identical. And I'm printed a number 17x22" prints from the XT's that are great. I don't know that I'd see any difference with an additional 2-mega pixels for the image. But I have no way of testing because our Epson 4000 at school is away being overhauled. We go a 00002 error message -- main board going, that's another story.

The above image was taken at the opening of the new ICA in Boston. I shot with one of my Rebel XT's fitting with a Canon 10-22mm EF-s lens. You can see the crop from the original in the lower right hand corner. Click on the big image to see the full-sized file. I could not have come even close using Tri-X in Microdol.....or any other developer. The digital meta-data says I shot f/5.6 a 1/200th with a ISO of 200 at 22mm. The only downside that I can think of is the inability to make a silver print from this image. However, using QTR, I was able to print a very nice 8.5x11 print. What's not to like?

One thing I have found when shooting digital with every dSLR I've used -- the better the glass the higher the quality of the final print. Nothing shows up a bad lens like a dSLR. The Canon 10-22mm EF-s is a superior lens, and I have little doubt that if it were not an EF-s lens, it would be classified as an "L" series lens. It's that good.


Anonymous said...

Hey Frank!

I feel bad that I constantly lurk and read your blog but never I'm going to rectify that now!

I've enjoyed your musings on dSLR lenses, and I was wondering something. I remember when I was at your house a few months ago you gave me the specs of one of the lenses on your XT that you recommended, but I seemed to have misplaced the info about it I jotted down. Does 70-200 sound right? I want to try and read up on some of Canon's lenses.

Awesome. Anyways, I hope you had a good rest of the semester, and I hope to see you sometime soon!

I look forward to your posts!

Take care & rock on,

--Ryan Arruda

pitchertaker said...


Good to hear from you.Yes, I probably highly recommended the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 "L" -- just maybe one of Canon's top 2-3 lenses quality-wise. The other lens I recommend to everyone is the 10-22mm EF-s. That's the lens I talked about in the 5/12 post.
You're welcome at the house anytime.


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