Posts Tagged ‘canon’

ioShutter Camera Remote


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: – great resource for Canon lens and camera reviews

FM Reviews – a lot of professional opinions here / Canon and Nikon lenses – detailed lens and camera reviews – the ultimate camera review site

Buying: – 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. 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. 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 – 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!

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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