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Priorities II

Part of the reason I’ve been confused about what lenses to be looking at for my Rebel T3 is that most fora assume you’re shooting a full-frame sensor like a 1D or 5D.  Standard focal lengths for a crop sensor body are different than standard focal lengths for a full-frame body.  Because of this there are different best-use lenses at each level.  Using this new information and reviews specifically for crop sensor bodies, I’ve put together a good list for my Rebel T3 or a possible future Rebel T2i:

Strategy:  Save money by buying slow but clear zooms.  Use primes when fast lenses are needed.

Ultra-Wide Zoom (optional):  EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ($859.99)
Standard Zoom (primary):  EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM ($1179.99)
Telephoto Zoom (secondary):  EF 70-200mm f/4L USM ($709.99)

Standard Telephoto (primary):  EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ($399.99)
Medium Telephoto (secondary):  EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ($419.99)
Macro and Telephoto (optional):  EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM ($599.99)

If I were going to build an entirely new collection from scratch, my priorities would be as follows: Standard Zoom, Standard Telephoto, Telephoto Zoom. But since I already have some lenses, my priorities are instead Standard Telephoto, Medium Telephoto, Standard Zoom, Telephoto Zoom (The only one I currently have isn’t very good).


Photo Forum-style gear list

Folks in photography fora list their gear rather specifically.  Here’s my formatted list:

Canon EOS Rebel T3|EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS II|FD 50mm 1:1.4|FD 135mm 1:2.8|Vivitar 75-205mm 1:3.8 Macro Focusing Zoom

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Since I have no money to spend on camera gear, I’ve been reading the fora and reviews online of different lenses I’m thinking of getting at some point and I’ve come up with a set of priorities based on what I’m currently using and the kind of shots I like to take:


EF 50mm f/1.8 II         $125.00
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II     $299.00
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM        $419.99
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM    $469.99
EF-S 10-22mm f/2.5-4.5 USM    $859.99
EF 28mm f/2.8 USM        $509.99
EF 100mm f/2 USM        $499.99

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How do I know what primes to buy?

I’m a big advocate of prime lenses in place of zooms.  But if you’re not sure which focal lengths you use the most, here’s a way to find out:  Extract the EXIF data from your images, find the FocalLength entry, and count the number of occurrences of each focal length:
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Canon Standard Lens Lineups

I’ve put together a few packages of Canon EF lens lineups for standard photography:

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Gift Ideas ;)

If anyone is thinking of spending a few thousand dollars on a gift for me (XD), this page has the lenses that will fit my camera body.  Any lens on that page would be a welcome addition to my gear except the following:

  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II (came with my camera body)
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Any of the TS-E lenses.

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First Organ

I’ve decided to reproduce Raphi Giangiulio’s homemade all-wood pipe organ.  With two exceptions:  One is renaming the stops and another is adding electromagnetic switches to the 8′ octave keys to enable controlling a single-octave carillon from the organ console.  This organ will be all wood but the voicing is impressive and I’d never have known that there wasn’t a single metal rank in the organ! Read the rest of this entry »


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New Inspiration for Organbuilding

Getting to play another actual pipe organ has renewed my interest in building one someday in my house.  I looked at actual stoplists of residence organs, both self-contained and chamber, and have come up with some different ideas:

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Cabin Fever, better than GAS

I’ve been stuck in the house all week because of the extreme heat.  The time for introspection has helped me graduate from the first and worst round of newbie photographer GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

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Name my photoblog

I’m making my own photoblog.  And I need to come up with a name.  For some reason Pete’s Pixels is the best I can come up with.  But I haven’t a clue who Pete is.  😛  So come up with a name for my photoblog.  🙂