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Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:56:49 PM »
The depth and variety of opinions offered up in this thread are the reasons why a forum like this is priceless.

I most relate to the viewpoints expressed by Mt Spokane and Rusty the Geek. I started into SLR photography about 12 years ago, thinking I had to cover the entire focal length range (up to at least 300mm) with L zooms, as well as a good variety of L or "just below L" primes.

I've purchased and sold a good number of lenses over these years, and of late, have been paring down my lens collection, getting rid of (freeing myself from) glass that just didn't get used.

My kit now comprises a 24-105, 70-200 II, 50CM and 100L. I sold my 1.4x II extender recently, and don't intend to replace it. Likewise, my 17-40, which saw a lot less action after I moved from APS-C to full frame. I'll only get the 16-35/4L IS if a definite need arises. I only use the 100L for portraits (sold my 85/1.8 after I got it), and lately I've been thinking I could substitute the 70-200 II for those portrait sessions and lose nothing.

That little GAS voice inside me keeps whispering that I should pick up a 24- or 35mm IS prime, while I wait for Canon's mythical 50mm IS and 100-400 II lenses to appear. When that happens, I just look at how infrequently I use my current primes, and then I convince myself that my money's better left in my wallet.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:38:54 PM »
None of the above. I'm much more interested in the recently released 16-35/4L IS and the mythical 100-400 II.

Not to make people feel old, but it was not that long ago when our home computers had only 40mb drives.   >:(

My first HDD was 10MB!

Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:43:56 PM »
I voted "when hell freezes over," because I'm holding out for a mark II release. Even if it doesn't take forever, it's starting to feel like it.

I have a 70-200 II, and rarely shoot longer (sold my 1.4x II with my 70-200 I), but the ability for further reach would come in handy from time to time. I get the "gateway lens" argument, but I doubt I'll ever be in the market for one of the big whites.

A 300 f/4L IS II + 1.4x III or a 400 f/5.6L IS would fit the bill, too.

The new 16-35 f/4L is also on my radar, so I'll probably spring for one of those next time I absolutely have to buy new glass.

Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:05:03 AM »
the easiest solution is to crop to the aspect of the size you want, if you want 16"x9", crop to 4:3. (16/9=4/3) In photoshop or lightroom you can just type in the size you want and then adjust the frame to fit the content you want.

Sorry, but in what mathematical universe does 16/9 = 4/3?

(Good discussion in general in this thread; I've learned all of this through trial and error over the years.)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:57:47 AM »
If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford the best, and you want to use what will be widely regarded as the best MF lens on the market, then there will be plenty of people that will buy it. Some people will not see US$ 4,500 as a lot of money, others do. If you can afford it great, if you can't and want it then work towards getting it, if you don't want it then that's ok too. Everyone is happy.

+ $1

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:54:56 AM »
No mistake is as timeless or universal as raising the camera to your eye, seeing nothing but black, then taking the lens cap off and trying again.

This is probably the #1 reason why I upgraded to SLRs from my (pre-Live View) P&S bodies, with their separate viewfinders: too many photos of nothing, because I left the lens cap on. Have also unintentionally left the self-timer on, on more than one occasion.

Went to an outdoor arena a couple of months ago, all set to capture a few choice images of one of my friend's performances (community theater). Camera, two lenses, monopod, spare batteries ... no memory cards! None in the body, none in the bag, none in my pockets (and none in the car, either!). The only thing that garnered more attention from the members of the audience around me than my setting up the gear, was my breaking it back down and putting it all away before the performance even started!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SIGMA 150-600!!
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:35:15 AM »
It'll be interesting to see side-by-side performance comparisons between this and the Tamron.

There's a reason why pros use battery packs, which is something you might consider

Battery packs can actually contribute more to flashes overheating as they dont limit recycle rate as much as AAs. That's why I DONT use battery packs and instead use highly rated rechargeables. I had a quantum turbo SC completely fry two 580ex flashes before I made the switch. Haven't had a problem since.
Ouch - thanks for letting me know.  I'm more of a f/1.2-f/2 shooter, but sometimes use flash.  The battery pack has worked well for me, but I don't go too crazy with the flash.  I could see how easy it would be to overdo it, though.

ahsanford, since you'll be using lots of flash, scratch my advice on battery packs...

I've never used a battery pack, but I've done day-long portrait sessions with lots of flash use. I could be wrong (and I frequently am), but I thought that speedlites have internal circuitry to extend the interval between firing and ready status when they get too hot, regardless of the power source.

Now, if the battery pack is defective and serves up, i.e., too high a voltage, that's another story.

Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:18:38 PM »
Instead, get a Blackrapid strap and connect that to the tripod foot.  Better balance, load on shoulder, happy you.

+1 for a BlackRapid or similar strap with a tripod socket mount. I have two; one by BlackRapid and a second by CustomSLR. I also like using them attached to the tripod socket on the base of the camera body, when using lighter-weight glass.

And you'll get used to the 70-200's weight ...

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:46:08 PM »
If by "S" series, you mean similar to the S-100 or S-120, then I'd be interested in a large-sensor'ed version. I have the S-100 and it's a nice little pocket camera, though obviously, the small sensor has some limitations as far as latitude goes.

Same here. My wife has been carrying an S95 for the past 3 years, and I'd like to replace it with something in the same form factor with significantly better quality. But if it's priced above $500, I won't be able to tell her what it cost, or she won't want to carry it!

There's nothing in this announcement for me. I was hoping for a 100-400 II, but since that looks doubtful at this point, I'll keep my cash in my wallet. My next purchase will probably be a 16-35/4, when they drop a couple hundred more dollars (unless I encounter a real need for one in the meantime).

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:31:55 PM »
One way or the other, you need to calibrate your displays for color accuracy. The extent to which either can be corrected is largely dependent on the capabilities of each individual display, as well as whatever graphics capabilities your computer has.

There are some test patterns and other manual adjustment systems out there; I have a DVD that puts up test screens of various colors and allows you to fiddle with the adjustments on a color TV set, to get it as close to true as possible, but the automated tools are much quicker and more accurate. The better ones also measure the ambient light in the room during the calibration process, and factor that into the new settings (if you use this, you either need to keep ambient light constant, or recalibrate if ambient changes significantly). Other, seemingly trivial factors, such as the color of the screen bezel and the color of your walls, can have a surprisingly significant impact on the colors you perceive as you look at your display.

I have a ColorMunki Photo, and if you live in the Austin, TX area, I will gladly loan it to you.

Since you use Costco for most of your output, you should talk to the techs there, and ask them what you need to do to your images in post processing, to obtain the best possible output from their machines and on the papers they use. They may recommend one color space over another, provide or point you to specific color profiles, etc. There's not much you can do about the accuracy or gamut capabilities of their machines; providing them with the most color-accurate image to start with is all you can do, and you'll need a well-calibrated display to get there.

One more thought: Since you were happy with the color performance (consistency with Costco prints) of your old Dell 20" display, if you still have it, you could hook up both it and each of your new displays to your PC in turn, and -- using color test screens -- adjust the new displays to match your old Dell as much as possible. Here's a good place on the web for color test screens:

Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 31, 2014, 04:23:09 PM »
I feel stupid now for ordering the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM.  It will be here Tuesday.  I got the rebate and all, but the street price with the rebate is still $200 less than I paid.  I bought it through B&H.  Thought I was getting a really good deal.   ::)

Call them after their price drops, see what they say.  Maybe you'll get a double dip?

I suppose it couldn't hurt to try.

Definitely call them. I bought 4 600EX-RTs on one order a couple of years ago, and there was a significant price drop (when multiplied by 4) within 30 days of my date of purchase (in other words, within the product return window). I contacted B&H by e-mail, and they immediately credited my charge account for the difference between the old and new prices, no questions asked.

By the way, I purchased the 70-200 II from B&H in June, at $2,499 before $300 rebate and ~ $50 in B&H reward credits, for a net price of about $2,150. It was an upgrade from the 70-200/2.8L IS mark I, and I'm totally satisfied, even though it cost about $550 more (net) than I paid for the new mark I 8 years ago.

Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:40:14 AM »
One possible drawback: cable release no longer activates focus.

This is to be expected, of course, but I was nevertheless surprised when I decided to practice using a cable on my BBF'ed camera.

Maybe that's why I stopped using BBF ... (Early onset Alzheimer's is a bitch!)

Portrait / Re: Little girl looking at flowers
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:30:45 AM »
In the below edit, I increased the color temp from ~7700K to ~12000K and reduced the saturation of the red, yellow and orange by ~20. Do you think this is better?

I feel they lack a bit of a punch.

The revised version also looks good to me, but I didn't really have a problem with the original version. IMHO, it all depends upon the kind of mood you wish to convery.

Not sure what you mean by "lacking punch," but I certainly wouldn't be the most skilled post-processor among the members here to try to improve on your work, anyway.

Simply adorable!

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