Canon 24-70 f4L

Canon 24-70 f4L

If you are looking for a new lens the Canon 24-70 f4L may be on your list. In this video I talk about what I think about this lens and a lower price alternative to the Canon 24-70 f4L. Who am I?? Started in 1985 by Mike Paterson. Paterson Photography quickly grew to be one …

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Is your lens out of focus?

Is your lens out of focus? Are your images soft? Do you have trouble getting clear images? In this video I tel you how you can check your lens and camera to see if they are focusing properly. Who am I?? Started in 1985 by Mike Paterson. Paterson Photography quickly grew to be one of …

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Firstchoicephoto YouTube Channel

Firstchoicephoto YouTube Channel is now live!! It has taken almost a year but my YouTube channels are split and running. So if you are looking to learn how to take better pictures or suggestions on how to run a buisness here is a place for you to visit. Make sure that you subscribe and please …

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Image Stabilized Lenses – Gimic or Need

Image stabilized – yes or no??

I get asked a lot about the need for image stabilized lenses. Many people also want to know if a point and shoot camera should have image stabilization.  People want to know if it is needed to get good pictures or just a gimmick and if it is worth the money?

If you would have asked me years ago I would have said outright don’t waste your money. But as I get older and I push my photography limits I have to say that I do like it.

First a little background

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My lenses

I often get asked to describe the lenses that I use and to let people know what I think of them so I will do an update on my lenses. Not a lot has changed in the past year for the lenses that I carry but I have found out a few things that changed …

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Image stabilizing lenses do you need them or not?

Image stabilizing lenses do you need them or not?

First let me say that I am talking about image stabilizing, vibration reduction and shake reduction but I will refer to it as IS as I shoot with Canon and that is the term that I am familiar with. Also, this article applies to DSLR cameras that have the IS in the lenses and not point and shoot cameras, Hybrid or DLSR cameras with the IS in the body.

Image Stabilizing Lens

So do you need image stabilizing lenses?

Honestly, no you do not.  Even with so many people saying that you do – really you do not.  A good sharp lens and you are all set, if you need more stability you can simply use a tripod or a mono pod.  But in the real world it is not always that easy.  I have a number of lenses without IS and really I do not have a problem with shooting with those lenses and I get some great pictures from them.  But I do like the lenses that have IS and I do like the ability to push the limits of my photography and the lenses that I use.

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