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photog
03-28-2004, 05:52 PM
I've had my 300D for three or four weeks now and like so many before me, I really like this camera. One thing, however; it seems more difficult to get go results in gray, cloudy conditions than I'm used to shoting slide in my Elan 7. Sunny, pristine days are no problem. Night time shots, I'm finding I'm having better luck the more I shoot. However, yesterday shooting in Hamlet I was not impressed with the results. I'm sure it's me and not the camera. But has anyone else had the same lousy outcome in such conditions?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=55378
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=55376
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=55374

And a rejected photo judged too dark by th screens.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=303

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I didn't buy this thig just to shoot in great weather!


Joe H.

Chris Starnes
03-28-2004, 06:57 PM
Lens selection on cloudy day will have quite a bit to do with results. using a wider angle lens on cloudy days usually will tend to overexpose the sky (wash it out) and in turn, underexpose the subject.

CTS

Ken Carr
03-29-2004, 04:44 AM
AS of tomorrow I'll have one for use for the next 30-45 days I'll let you know the problems if any....

Save The Wave
03-30-2004, 01:42 AM
I have to agree, my "cloudy day" shots come out underexposed too. The camera needs a true spot meter in a very bad way.
For night shots, the camera meters extremely well. I am impressed with that. I sometimes have to underexpose just a bit so the number boards don't appear too bright, but it usually meters spot on.
For the less than sunlight pics I have started shooting around 1/2 stop over then fix the sky in photoshop elements.

Ken Carr
04-07-2004, 01:18 PM
So far out of eighteen photos submitted to RP only one has been accepted
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=56681. The others have been rejected for being either to soft or to dark and three for other reasons (poor composition a new rejection remark for me). Ease of use and abilty to take pictures have been fine except if I am to close to a fast moving object (train) the camera refuses to snap the shot.
Since it was overcast and rainy in California recently around Cajon a number of my photos were taken on cloudy days all were rejected by RP for being to dark. Photos at dusk have came out to soft and attempting to correct in PS has not made them acceptable even to me.
Presently I donot know if it's the camera's fault or me being slow at learning. Pictures taken of other objects during the middle of the day in normal sunlight have been excellent. That's all I have for now.

Chris Starnes
04-07-2004, 05:28 PM
Ease of use and abilty to take pictures have been fine except if I am to close to a fast moving object (train) the camera refuses to snap the shot.

I assume you are using auto-focus?

If so, that is your problem. That is a problem with the Rebel series of cameras - the auto-focus points and system are not that swift. I would recommend using manual focus.

The 300D is plenty capable of making great shots...you just have to use a decent quality lens and know how to get the best results out of the camera.

Ken Carr
04-08-2004, 05:13 AM
If so, that is your problem. That is a problem with the Rebel series of cameras - the auto-focus points and system are not that swift. I would recommend using manual focus. .
Thanks for the advice I'll take more manual shots and see how they come out. But I'll have to disagree in regards to Auto Focus my personal camera is a Rebel TI, I do not use AF all the time but haven't had any serious problems when I do in comparision to this loaner. On the other hand my acceptance rate with RP in any mode is two out of three with the TI and 1 for 18 with this new digitial.
Attempting different modes as well as manual with this digitial I prefer the TI, but I believe as I continue to use it my photgraphy will improve with it just not within the timeframe I would prefer. Of course I also prefer film over slide only for ease of use, this digitial acts more like a camera with slide film not to forgiving.
But I'm sure before I have to return it next month I'll get the hang of it and land up missing it when it gone. Till I purchase my own come this summer.