Canon EOS 20D

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Jordan6, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. Jordan6 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
    I have the camera stated above, love it, good quality photos, when i view on screen they look perfect no problems at all, but when i print them they come DARK, i've noticed it on my home printer and at one of the FedexKinkos Sony picture station things, and i usually get GOOD prints from both

    I just got the camera and im still working out lil details of it as we speak, learning certain techniques

    Is there ANY IDEA as to why this is happening AND also are they any lenses you guys recommend

    Thanks and ANY and ALL reviews, advice, etc is NEEDED:p :D
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Is your monitor calibrated? If not, I would suggest getting a monitor calibration device as that is probably the cause of the probelm. Monaco makes a good unit.

    Lens recommendations? What do you want specifically? Otherwise...

    50mm of some sort
    17-40 f/4L
    70-200 f/2.8L IS
    400 f/2.8L IS :D
  3. mromero macrumors member


    Sep 30, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Do get something like the Spyder2Pro

    As far as lenses, it depends on what you intend to shoot, but 2 good one's I recommend are

    Canon 17-40L F/4


    Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
  4. cgratti macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    Lens recommendations?

    If you wanna spend some serious cash you must have:

    1. Canon 17-40 f/4L (landscapes)
    2. Canon70-200 f/4L (wildlife)
    3. Canon 24-70 f/2.8L (all around lens, portraits)

    Cheaper lenses you might want to look into are the:

    1. Canon 28-135 IS
    2. Sigma 10-22 f/4 (ultrawide angle lens)
    3. Canon 50mm f/1.8 (Very low cost, but sharp as a tack) Nifty Fifty
  5. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    any reason as to why u think the monitor needs to be callibrated
    Because they look perfect on screen its just when i print them

    Thanks for the all the lens recommendation's
  6. beavo451 macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Because all monitors vary in color and brightness. Calibration makes them comparable and close to the printing results. I had a monitor that made photos look fine, but on every other monitor, the same image would be completely over exposed. Calibration fixed the problem. So if the problem is monitor calibration, the images will appear dark as well after calibration.
  7. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    oh ok, weird cause they look all good on any monitor i view them on, i check into that

    is there any other like details, secrets, etc that i should check out

    I just got the camera, and im anxious:D :) :D
  8. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    also, i use the camera to shoot ANY AND EVERYTHING!!!:D
  9. sjl macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Feel free to throw the money to buy that lens my way. :D (No, I won't buy it, even if you give me the money -- the cash'll go on a nice Mac Pro and a 30" LCD, as well as a copy of Aperture. :D The balance goes on my mortgage. :p)
  10. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I am also in the market for the wide angle lens. Is Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L wide enough to cover the good wide coverage? I think it won't be as wide as Sigma 10-22mm (because of the focal length, appearantly).

    There is another wide lens, Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8 USM L, which is more expensive than EF 17-40mm f/4 L.

    So many choices of lens....
  11. Bocheememon macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2006
    Fertile, MN
    Aside from color calibration.

    For optimal printing, it is recommended to use paper designed for your printer as well as ink. Also, buy a few different samples of paper to see which ones look best when printed from your printer. If you use generic ink, perform the same tests as well.

    I own a Canon i960 and have tested different types of paper to see how my photos appear on each one. Epson Glossy paper actually gives the best color results to my astonishment.

    Also, most printers have ICC profiles which cater to specific paper types. When you are ready to print using Adobe Photoshop, there should be some ICC profiles that came with your printer for use in printing. Some companies have ICC profiles that are downloadable from their websites. ICC profiles are great for performing Soft Proofing. Soft Proofing lets you preview how the image may look on specific paper types before you actually print. If there are no ICC profiles available, just select the default printing/paper options that came with your printer.

    Good luck!


    After calibration I find that all of my prints look pretty darn close to the printer version!

    If you want to save money,

    Google for a Huey Pantone color calibrator. At 70 bucks, it is a steal. I use the professional Eye One from Gretag MacBeth. I upgraded after buying a Huey. I just wanted something with a few more fine-tuning features.

    The Huey gives good calibration at an affordable price with enough features for general-intermediate printing.
  12. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
  13. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
  14. Zeke macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    Greenville, SC
    Your question was answered. The problem isn't your camera.
  15. Jordan6 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    :confused: :confused:

    Like I said, is there any secrets, or words of advice, shooting tips anybody can help with 20D
  16. snap58 macrumors 6502


    Jan 29, 2006
    somewhere in kansas
    If you want to e-mail me one of your files I would be happy to print it and tell you what I think.

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