My Journey

My journey of photography began in 1999 when I took two photography courses. It was darkroom and general photography courses. I used the classic Nikon FM2 film camera SLR for both of the courses.

Eight years later, I was re-introduced to digital photography when I joined The Bucknellian, a student-run newspaper at Bucknell University. I was appointed as photo editor. My responsibilities include assigning photography tasks to photographers and editing pictures. I also take many pictures.

Most of my assignments from the newspaper include social events, lectures, portraitures, sports and some other university events. The newspaper provides me with Pentax k100 Digital SLR Camera and two lenses: Pentax 28-80mm and Tamron 70-300mm.

Assignment after assignment, I started to like photography and want to learn more on how taking a better pictures. I have two major problems with using Pentax k100. First, it is not as fast or responsive enough for photo journalistic style. Second, the lens and camera is not suitable for low light condition such as indoor. Sometimes, I feel six megapixels are not enough because we usually crop the images to fit the newspaper layout page.

New Camera

In the end of Fall 2007, I bought myself a Canon 40D with kit lens Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM. I bought this camera after a careful research on many brands in the market.

First option that I have is to buy a low light lens for Pentax. That will be including Pentax 70mm f/2.4 pancake lens and a nice zoom lens. But I figured out that it will not solve my problem because the camera itself is not fast especially the auto focus and shutter lag.

I have another idea which is to buy a higher quality camera from Pentax which is K10D so I can use the lenses. But after reading reviews and test results, I found out that the K10D is not significantly faster although it has many features that I like such as Shake Reduction, weather selling, dust reduction, and two LCD screens.

Later, I tried to search for other system. Olympus and Sony systems do not attract me because of their below average noise handling and lens selection. This left Canon and Nikon. After searching about their lenses, I found out that in overall, Canon has cheaper lenses toe to toe, and the Canon 40D camera fits my requirement and budget.

Lens Selection

The kit lens, Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is fast and accurate. It is a decent performer in low light because of the small aperture. Because of this limitation, I bought another lens which is Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM I am very satisfied with this lens because its ability on low light. The lens is bright and the result is very good even in 1600 ISO. It is an excellent lens for portraitures.

To complement both of lenses, I bought Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. This lens is reasonably cheap but it does not up to my expectation. It produces weird color and very ‘noisy’ in ISO 800 and above.

At the end of last semester, I sold both of my lenses, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 to buy Canon EF-S 17-55mm IS USM. This lens is expensive but it is very good lens. Unlike Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, it is very sharp on the edge and corner and creates a smoother blur in the background. The IS (Image Stabilization works very well) and make this lens superb performer in low light situation.

The only complaint of this lens is I find 55mm is not long enough. It might be because I am used to Canon EF 28-135mm range.

Later, I get Canon EF 70-200mm f4 IS USM, Canon EF-S 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro and Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM standard lens, Sigma 100-300mm f4 for soccer, and Canon XSi – 450D for back-up and travel.

In the beginning of 2009. I realized that I need a better low light camera especially for indoor sports, dances performance, so I decided to get full frame camera. I was torn between Canon 5D mark II and Nikon D700. After careful consideration, I go ahead and get Nikon D700 instead, because it is more suitable for moving objects, beside Canon 5D mkii is $1000 more expensive at that time because shortage of supply.

With the camera, I get Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM II Macro, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D. I sell most of my Canon lenses and keep only EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8. The full frame experience so far is exceptional!

Enche Tjin

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Kang/LondonEater August 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

I’m happy to do a link exchange with you if you like :)

admin August 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thanks Kang!

Houston August 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Enjoyed exploring your site Enche. Many thanks for setting it up

Best wishes

Houston

Dave September 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I’d be happy to exchange links with you. I just read your comparison of the E-P1 and the GF1, thanks. I am a magazine editor and for fun edited your post on these two cameras. If you send me your email address I’ll send you the word document with my edits. I highlighted any of my changes, to make it easier for you to see. It’s up to you, of course.

Cheers,
Dave

Alison September 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Hello Enche, I’m new to photography and I was wondering if I could get your advice on sending high quality photos. The photos I take are at 4752 x 3168 pixels and they are nice and big and I’d like to send them at that size to some people so they can print them out and still have high resolution and quality, but on my e-mail it says the files are to big MB wise. (I use hotmail, I don’t know what other e-mail programs are like) What’s your take on it? The people I’m sending these photos want to print them out at about the size of a laptop screen or much bigger to use as a poster for bands. So, I’m wondering since I have no idea what to do, what you would think? I love taking photos and would love to pursue photography, I just never went to school for it(I’m a muscian), so I have no idea what to do when it comes to editing beyond basics and making sure they will come out high quality beyond the printer! Any help would be appreciated! Thank You!
I love your photos and am deeply inspired by them!

admin September 21, 2009 at 6:56 am

Thanks :) Try upload your picture to flickr.com or smugmug.com.

john October 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Hi Enche,

Do you happen to have an e-mail where I can contact you? I want to see if you would like to do a guest blog post about cameras on my blog.

Thanks,
John

Thomas Mckee December 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Have you stopped doing video reviews? I haven’t seen any lately.

admin December 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm

enche.zein@gmail.com is my main email

admin December 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I haven’t have chance to do that, maybe next reviews. Any video you like to see?

Thomas Mckee December 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

Your lens reviews are the most interesting to me but anything new is good. Thanks!

admin December 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

alright Thomas :)

Sean Nerida January 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

Nice site you have.

I want to start on photography but it took me 3 years to decide because of the expense. That problem is now resolved and next step is to find a reasonable camera. Im confused which one to get. help please. by the way, i am a beginner..

Devina Natalia January 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Good luck with this blog. I hope you can succeed in the future. Hopefully this blog will give all of us a lot of useful information about photoraphy.

syahdu August 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

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Rob Osterndorff December 31, 2010 at 2:27 am

Great site. Some real good info.

Christel March 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I like your site so much, very informative too. I’m so glad that I stumbled upon it.

I will be a frequent visitor in this site and I’m sure will email you questions in the near future.

My passion and addiction is photo blogging, and I enjoyed the websites you suggested to check out.

More power to you. Your photos are awesome.

Mike October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Enjoyable reading. TY. I was surprised to read your “My Journey” section after having read several other articles first and….well, I don’t mean to be critical, but you do not have “pro-level” training or experience yet. Most of your reviews on cameras body and lenses are obviously your opinons based soley on what you have read about them, not first hand use, and basically hearsay at best. Just my 2 cents.

Enche Tjin November 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Hi Mike, isn’t that what blog is about? sharing information and opinions? thx for your comment :)

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