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ioShutter Camera Remote

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Control your DSLR from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using the ioShutter Camera Remote and ioShutter App. The ioShutter App (free and paid) supports six different modes: standard trigger, motion trigger, sound trigger, time-lapse, timer, bulb, and modes can be combined. Most of Canon’s cameras are supported, and it sounds like a version for Nikon cameras is in the works.

The ioShutter Camera Remote competes with the successful Kickstarter project - Trigger Happy camera remote. Remotes like these are going to replaces the standard remote switches most manufacturers offer – the added functionality you get in the supporting Apps makes it an easy choice, and you don’t have to pay a whole lot more for the added functionality.

The ioShutter Camera Remote is available from Photojojo now for $69.99. The Trigger Happy remotes can be pre-ordered now, but won’t ship until July.

Update 05.08.12: Camera’s from the following manufacturers are supported by ioShutter Camera Remote: Canon, Hasselblad, Pentax, and Samsung. Nikon coming this summer. Compatibility details available on the ioShutter website.


Shooting w/ a Canon Rebel XTI

 Rebel XTI

Back in December I blogged about my search for a new lens for my Canon Rebel 300D. My plan was to keep the older camera for another year or two – instead, investing in a Canon L series lens. Well, the plan changed a little.

I’m now shooting with a Canon Rebel XTI 400D and I’m loving it. I was a bit concerned about the size of the camera (its grip is smaller than the 300D’s) but by adding the optional Canon battery grip I solved the problem and doubled my power capacity – nice if you don’t like having to worry about keeping the camera charged. I bought the camera without the kit lens – instead opting for the highly regarded Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR DI lens. This lens takes fantastic pictures and it covers a popular focal range even on a camera with a 1.6 FOVCF like the 400D. I also picked up a copy of Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 lens for shooting the kids indoors in low light situations without my flash. The 50mm takes fantastic pictures, with excellent background blur, and it’s a steal at less than $100. This rounded out my end of 2006 camera upgrade and I feel like I’m set for at least a few years. Eventually, I’m going to want a full-frame camera like Canon’s 5D but I’m happy for now. I’ve also got my eye on Canon’s 85mm f/1.8 prime as well as a their 70-200mm f/4 or f/2.8 L lens but that will have to wait for a while.

I upgraded from the 300D to the 400D because I thought the enhanced feature set warranted it. I also felt like the time was right to sell my 300D – resale value will decrease sharply this year as 10MP cameras become the standard. I managed to get $425 for my 300D on eBay – that’s pretty good considering I paid about $700 for the 400D body.

I’m not going to bother with specifics about any of these products because they are all reviewed by better resources already – instead, I’ll provide you with links to some of the resources I used to research my upgrade.

Related Resources: 

Lens and Camera Reviews:

The-Digital-Picture.com – great resource for Canon lens and camera reviews

FM Reviews – a lot of professional opinions here / Canon and Nikon lenses

photo.net – detailed lens and camera reviews

dpreview.com – the ultimate camera review site

Buying:

Amazon.com – always competitive, great for lenses

B&H – bought the camera and one of the lenses here 


Camera Lenses

Camera Lenses

 

I’m an amateur photographer. I wasn’t much of a photographer until I had kids. It was my desire to perfectly capture the moment that pulled me into the hobby.

Currently, I’m shooting with a Canon EOS 300D – an older generation Digital Rebel. I’d like to upgrade the camera but I think I’ve decided to focus on the primary lens 1st – the camera is good enough for now.

For years I’ve been using the kit lens and an inexpensive telephoto lens from Tamron. I’m finally at the point where I want to upgrade my lens. A high quality lens can really make a difference in the quality of your photographs. Mind you, composition and mastery of the basics should come 1st, before you start spending thousands on equipment but you do reach a point eventually where you want/need better equipment to take you to the next level.

I’m looking for a good general use lens to replace the kit lens that came with my Rebel – an 18mm to 55mm Canon lens. The kit lens is a decent lens but it isn’t very fast and the optics are, well, entry level. It’s time to move up.

I’m writing this post to share a few favorite resources for reviewing the different lens available to amateur and professional photographers. The-Digital-Picture.com is fantastic if you’re into the Canon lens. They do cover a few of the 3rd party lens but they’re mostly focused on Canon equipment. Photo.net also features excellent lens and camera reviews. I recommend both of these resources for learning more about the equipment available to photographers these days. And, last but not least, there’s dpreview.com – the ultimate digital camera review site.

I’m not going to write a lot more about this but I will share with you the three lenses I’m considering at this point to replace the kit lens that came with my camera. If there’s a lens that isn’t on this list, that should be, drop me a comment.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens (optically excellent, EF-S mount only)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens (optically excellent)
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens (EF-S mount only)


Happy Halloween!


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Originally uploaded by cale.

Happy Halloween! I took this shot with my Canon SLR while out trick-or-treating with my kids. Halloween night offers a lot of really cool low-light photo taking opportunities – I always enjoy it.


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