Canon EOS 20D

Jordan6

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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
 

beavo451

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Jordan6 said:
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
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
 

mromero

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Jordan6 said:
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
Do get something like the Spyder2Pro
http://www.colorvision.com/profis/profis_view.jsp?id=602

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

and

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
 

cgratti

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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
 

Jordan6

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beavo451 said:
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


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
 

beavo451

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Jordan6 said:
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
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.
 

Jordan6

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beavo451 said:
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.


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
 

sjl

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beavo451 said:
400 f/2.8L IS :D
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)
 

YS2003

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Finally I have arrived.....
cgratti said:
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
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....
 

Bocheememon

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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!

Edit:

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.
 

Jordan6

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Zeke said:
Your question was answered. The problem isn't your camera.

:confused: :confused:


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