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Question   Guide Book - lens question
Hi Jim. Your BetterPhoto Guide to DP is great for a beginner like me. Many of the images in the book say shot with "28-105mm" lens.

Is that the Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens? I ask because I have that lens and want to try the settings you used.

But I saw one image in the book that listed "28-105mm at f/2.8" and my lens won't do f/2.8.

Thanks again and the book is SO helpful, especially on composition for a beginner.

- Ben J. Madden 4/13/2008 7:14:40 AM

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Question   same name!!!

My name is Nick Miotke, I am also a photographer as well as a videographer in Michigan. Kinda wierd!! thats all I got....

- Nick Miotke 1/27/2008 10:28:11 PM

  Answer Hi Nick - glad to meet a fellow Miotke. Our name is certainly not the most usual.

I pronounce it "Mot-key". How about you?

- Jim M.  3/26/2008 11:17:23 AM

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Question   having sony dsc
I am having sony dsc-h1,for close up shot give me suggestion,till now I am not satiesfied with result.visit ur gallery and inspiring excellent nature shot really awesome.

- Milan Banik 1/27/2006 6:21:43 AM

  Answer Thanks very much Milan. I appreciate that. Hang in there with shooting macro... it's gets better the more you practice. Also use a tripod for sure.

- Jim M.  2/18/2006 1:40:49 PM

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Question   studio lighting
I have been looking at umbrellas and lights for a while but just didn't have the extra money to get any. A man in our town closed his studio some years earlier I called him to ask him about some lighting and he gave me two umbrellas to try with my camera. They are about 30 plus years old. He said he wanted 100 dollars for it. I have a Canon Rebel G and a Sony Cybershot 5.1 digital. They don't have a port to use the lighting. I was given an old Canon TX it has a port in the front that fits. I guess my question is can I get some type of adapter to fit my newer cameras or do I need to give this back to him and save up and buy some lighting. The only name I see on the stands is Norman Enterprises,Inc.

- mlmskaggs 1/10/2006 5:47:28 PM

  Answer Good question. I am sure the lights he is offering you would be acceptable and would work for you fine, however the nice thing about the newer ones is they can sink up with your digital cameras and most are self cooling, a big plus I think. You can also purchase lighting kits now for a pretty reasonable price. $100 is a great price but again, they are older. Either way I think you would do fine it just depends on what you would like in the long run. If you can visit BetterPhoto's forum pages where this type of question has been asked, here is a link to one such question: Hope this helps.

- Jim M.  2/16/2006 2:11:46 PM

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Question   lenses
Hi Jim,

Great website. Love your wild animal images. May I ask what lenses you used for those photos?

Thank you,

- Michele Wassell 1/8/2006 9:12:15 PM

  Answer Hi Michele,

They vary but I tend to rely on two lenses the most:

  • 28-135mm when I want to include more of the environment
  • 100-400mm when I want a tight portrait or when the animals are distant
  • and occasionally the 16mm end of my 16-35 when I want to create fun distorted portraits.


- Jim M.  2/18/2006 1:38:53 PM

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Question   Your Camera??
Hi Jim,
What kind of digital camera are you currently using? I'm considering getting a very nice digital SLR camera, but would like some input from a professional before making my purchase. What do you suggest? My husband has told me I can get what I want. Please help. Thanks, Kim

- Kim Prather 12/22/2005 4:45:55 PM

  Answer Hi Kim,
Thank you for visiting my site.
Currently I am using a Canon 5D but that is a very recent purchase. I have and still use my Canon 20D which is an excellent camera. They both are great choices, it just depends on what exactly you will be shooting and what you plan to do with your prints, but either one is a great choice in my opinion.

- Jim M.  12/22/2005 4:49:39 PM

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Question   Book Signing
Hi Jim,

It was nice to meet you at Glazer's camera this past weekend. Thanks for answering my many questions my Dad and I had. Did you ever check out my gallery? Hope to be able to attend one of your coming book talks.

- Diane Cramer 11/14/2005 7:09:04 PM

  Answer Hi Diane, it was really nice to meet you and John. I am in a far-away land right now but did just now enjoy looking through your BetterPhoto gallery. You have a good eye for composition. I love the striking crew images, as well as many where you place the subject off-center in a creative and interesting way. Nice work!

- Jim M.  12/3/2005 2:38:53 PM

  Answer Cool site.

- Rob Miller  7/12/2009 11:49:27 PM

  Answer Thanks Rob! :)

- Jim M.  7/14/2009 9:20:49 AM

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Question   camera focus
is there a way to check if my new camera is takeing the best focus. if not how do you adjust for it

- Ted Mullen 9/9/2005 7:01:30 AM

  Answer You can do tests to check for focus and clarity. I would take your camera into a photo lab for help - or contact the camera manufacturer. You can also ask about it in the BetterPhoto Q&A Forum, but if you do, include a lot more specific details so the respondants can best help you. Best wishes.

- Jim M.  12/3/2005 2:43:44 PM

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Question   EEK! - accidental deletion
downloaded pix from digital camera. while sorting and filing, inadvertently deleted some of the best!! Are they hiding somewhere in the computer where I can find them? (were NOT found in Recycle Bin) Used Dell Image Expert and Windows XP. Thank you, thank you for any help available.

- SUSAN FRIEDMAN 7/3/2005 11:28:47 AM

  Answer You can often recover deleted images off of a memory card, using software that you'll find by searching "Data Recover" on the Web. You just have to make sure that you do not shoot more images on the card from which they were deleted. Once you shoot more photos, you cannot recover the previously deleted photos.

- Jim M.  12/3/2005 2:49:04 PM

  Answer Your a great Photographer my freidn,Love all your nice works...!

- Naseer Fedaee  4/22/2008 7:34:29 AM

  Answer Thanks very much! :)

- Jim M.  4/23/2008 7:51:24 AM

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Question   Nikon digital camera to upgrade to?
I have a Nikon Coolpix 885 and I want to upgrade to a higher end digital Nikon. I have been looking at the Nikon D70 as well as the Nikon 8400,8700, and the 8800. I do not want to have to spend and arm and a leg to upgrade. Can anyone out there shed some light on which of these models of digital Nikons may suit my needs.

I want a camera that I can have control over the operation of it from focus through shutter speed selection and apature selection as well. I like the idea of one that you can interchange lenses with like the D70 but can I get similar results with a fixed lens like on the 8000 series that Nikon has to offer.

I am open to any and all suggestions.

Thank You

Nick Boren

- Nick Boren 2/27/2005 6:00:49 PM

  Answer Hiya Nick,

I was in your boat bout a year ago... I was looking to upgrade a nikon coolpix 8800..

First off I would make the suggestion to move into a Digital SLR... especially if you want that kind of control over your shots...

Secondly, I would look at Canon and Nikon... I would stick with Nikon if you have any lenses currently with Nikon but if not look hard at Canon.. I made the jump and am pleased with it...

Let me know how it turns out...


- Gregory S.  12/2/2005 10:55:02 AM

  Answer I have researched the Fuji S9000 Digital Camera and found very positive reviews and customer satisfaction. I purchased one myself now, and find it a very good camera for the 549.00 I spent. Not a Digital SLR, but a good upgrade from a simple P&S. Higher MP and more control. With a 1GB Lexar card, it works great.

- Robert W.  10/7/2006 4:44:46 AM

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