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Third Party Manufacturers / Is Leica really worth it?
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:15:32 AM »
It is my understanding that in general, Leica cameras and lenses are relatively expensive.  I have no doubt they are well built and the lenses contain quality optics.

My question is this, is it really worth it? Is the IQ of a top quality rangefinder system with a couple lenses so much better that it justifies the hefty price tag? I know such a question is rather subjective (is it worth it), and different photographers have different needs. And what is good enough for one photographer is not good enough for another. But still, subjectively, is it really worth the added price?

I show my ignorance on the subject by merely asking the question. But I'm curious to hear from others on the topic, especially those who might own one, such as the leica M

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I've had Optika grips on my xsi and t4i. The non-gripped rebels are just two small and my pinky drops below to the base of the camera. Very uncomfortable to me. Not to mention my 17-55 2.8 is too front heavy then. I have not personally had a problem with the Optika grips, but if I were a professional and required reliability, I would certainly buy genuine canon. If you are not a pro, the off brands can be had for a 1/3rd the price, often with extra off brand batteries too.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtDotqLx6nA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zN6NVx-hY

These are some of the best explanations I've seen explaining crop and how it relates to focal length and iso

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The outcome of this story put a smile on my face and made me very happy. Thank you for posting it.

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The content of this post fuels my disdain of the current marginal tax rate, the separate tax rate for investment income and income inequality in general. Not really a photography related post... but yeah, I had to get this off my chest.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 07:09:46 PM »
My take on the OP is that he is commenting on what appears to be a novice or inexperienced photographer spending big bucks on a camera and lenses before knowing how to use them. She will likely be disappointed in the results, google why, and discover a good photograph requires more than just good gear. At least then she will have some of the best gear to learn on. If you've got the disposable income to drop on expensive (insert item) and doing so gives you some sort of pleasure... why not.

I sense a bit of jealousy though. I know I would be. I'm sure the OP took the more traditional route of owning entry level equipment, learning how to use it to its fullest, and only then upgrading to more expensive, capable gear. I know I would be a little jealous if a co-worker of mine dropped a few grand on camera gear (that is better than mine) having spent very little time behind the lens learning to take good photographs first.

All this being said, at least the jpegs she pulls off the memory card at the end of the day will have relatively low noise  :P

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 29, 2014, 06:27:25 PM »
Love those photos Terry, she's adorable!

Thank you

My two beautiful daughters

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:09:12 PM »
Hi Terry.
Very nice shots, loving the last one, looks like that young lady is already a crack shot with a snowball! Hope the gear survived the impact, I'm guessing it made contact?

Cheers, Graham.

A few snowy and icy adventures

It only hit the front of the lens... right on target. Quick wipe and all was good.
Thanks

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 28, 2014, 04:18:58 PM »
A few snowy and icy adventures

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:53:13 PM »
Not a BIF, but here's an oops moment from yesterday when the egret dropped and lost it's fish.

Also today's blog post has a cormorant fishing and taking off from the salt marsh.

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/10/this-guy-was-good/

When exposing for for a subject like this, where you in manual? Also, how did you work out to push the whites to what appears to be just short of clipping.

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Technical Support / Lens cleaning and calibration
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:17:38 PM »
Hello all

I have a question regarding servicing.

I have an older 17-55 2.8 IS and there is quite a bit of dust between the elements. I was wondering what is the best way to go about having canon clean the lens and how much it would typically costs. Additionally, I recall reading you can have a lens calibrated to a particular camera. I have a t4i so don't have auto focus micro adjustment. Is it possible to have canon calibrate my lens to my body and how much that typically costs?

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Lenses / Canon 10-22 vs 10-18
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:27:51 PM »
Lets get this one started....

Looking at MTF charts alone, how much better is the 10-22 vs 10-18? If we take the charts at face value, will the 10-22 be sharper or softer? Additionally, even if the 10-18 is a little softer, with it being half the price, would it be a much better value?

Thoughts?

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 04:43:20 PM »
It's not so much about building a kit for any particular kind of photography. More of a fun exercise in building a jack of all trades kit.

This is quite irrelevant unless you tell us what kind of photography you like.

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Canon General / $10,000
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:50:27 PM »
If you had $10,000 to spend on photography gear to put together a jack of all trades kit, what would you include, assuming you were starting from scratch.
Here's what I would likely put together...

$4000 5D3 kit with 24-105
$1070 Tamron SP 150 - 600
$300  Rokinon 14mm 2.8
$1050 Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS
$1350 Canon 70 - 200 f4L IS
$500 On a tripod... not sure what though
$1280 600 RT x2 and ST E3 RT transmitter kit

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To be followed by an announcement from Sigma of an 85mm 1.4 Art for a quarter the price and 90% the IQ.

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