Galina and Alexei (Ikarushka) Premium user United States Chicago, Illinois

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
10:22 AM

Wildlife pix by Scrum8   

Since not everyone in my family approves adding to our friend list those people whom we don't know personally, I'll make notes about other people's pictures here.

I have been admiring the following set of albums by Bruce for a while already: Wildlife

In the summer of 2004 he bought a EF 70-200mm f/4 L glass lens for his Canon EOS Digital Rebel and since then achieved a lot using it.
BTW, as of 2007-07 he already had Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi ( see a picture ).

Today I have noticed him use focal length 400, so I asked him what kind of lens it is. Here is what he wrote in our guest book (Oct 2, 2007) about it:
The wallaby photo was taken at Kentucky Downunder which is a park on Interstate 65 with an Australian theme. They have guided tours inside the pens and the baby wallaby decided to stick his head out of the pouch while we were on our tour. I was using a Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6 lens (professional grade). 2008-11-12: I bet the following one is the same lens: flamingo.
The eagle shot was taken at the Toledo, Ohio Zoo, and it had a very dark background. I played around with it in Photoshop to see what I could do with it. I basically selected the whole background and then used the "paint" feature to change the background.
I can't remember which camera I used for the racoon shot. It might have been my Olympus C740 UZ, or possibly my Canon Rebel 300D. It was a long time ago.

Herr is what he thinks about XT versus XTi:
I'd recommend the Canon XTi over the XT. With the XTi you get the Sensor Cleaning, 2 more megapixels, and few more options. ISO 400 seems to be the default setting for most of the camera modes. I've tried shooting higher ISO in low light situations but then you get the grain and noise in the photo.
I do like the larger size of the XT though because it fits my hands better. I need to buy the dual battery base for the XTi in order to get a steadier grip. Buying it for the XT improved my shooting. You might check to see if any of the accessories are common with your current camera. I wasn't happy that the XT and XTi use different batteries.
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