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Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 13, 2013, 05:03:48 PM »
It's cheaper to build them manual only and it sounds  more sophisticated like what' with this expensive object? It must be from another planet for which only the greatest photographers have the gift from the heavens to use it. Yes I will pay exorbitant prices and I will vow to sell the idea to any and every person I speak to within earshot that it is the single most important technology thus far in human history. That's why it's manual. They're just too cheap to change.

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Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:47:33 AM »
Thou shalt not buy a lens because an expert honored it

Thou shalt sell it on eBay after its run its usefulness

Thou shalt pray for a FF fixed lens f2.0 14-140 for under $800

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Follow where your spirit and imagination take u. Trade in the Canon equipment and buy the Nikon. You'll be happy. And repeat that recipe for as long as it takes to make u satisfied.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:33:05 AM »
As much as the 6D, 5D3, D600 and D800 offer sharp, contrasty, high color tone under normal conditions without regard to the subject matter making family portraits and landscape pictures easier to master they aren't necessarily generating better pictures for average shooters. So when it comes to software it doesn't matter which program u use. U have to expect different manufacturers to get different results. The issue is which do u prefer. yes I have noticed variances.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:50:32 AM »
Read the PopPhoto review about the 70D if u haven't already.U'll get some insights into the AF Servo Movie mode, the action of dual AF pixels (two photodiodes not twice the number of pixels- a marketing exaggeration), burst mode. While it tracks I don't believe the description on the 70D is nearly equivalent to the big boys. Compared to the 7D? If u think the AF on the 7D is slow than try one out. If u think u'll use the continuous AF movie mode. If you enjoy the ease of Wi-Fi- really it sounds like Canon is trying too hard to keep up. The sensor is an upgrade to the 6D they appear to be saying. I find that hard to believe given the timing of each. While it has the same specs apparently the doubling of photodiodes is well a plus compared to the older DSLRs. At least on paper. First time users will be so excited to tell the world it bakes cakes and cleans the house I'd wait until it goes on sale. If u can wait u'll pocket a hundred. All in all it sounds like a nice dslr.

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I'd ask everyone else what 2 do because I just went out and dropped a dime on something and don't know what I'm doing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:32:22 AM »
thanks 4 posting the brochure. And for those who repeated the already well worn wisdom of what a 6D is for.

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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 07:42:51 AM »
As an owner of the 300 f4 IS L and having recently seen some gorgeous shots with the 2.8 version I would rent the latter if u don't want to run out and spend dough for one trip. The f4 is a fine lens. Never used the 2.8 and the shots I saw may be off the charts because of the photographer which always carry the most weight subjectively speaking but for the time and money and memories go for the best. BTW, the 300 on a crop is not as long as u may imagine.  For small birds it won't due unless you're camped in a blind which to me isn't worth it on a backpacking trip. So my only suggestion is to go long or not at all. While some will say they have very good results with a 2x tele I've never read at least from any knowledgeable source it is even close to the 1.4. Pop it on the 2.8 and you've got a decent distance. Luck.

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Canon General / Re: Seabird colony - change lens or not?
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:27:43 AM »
I'd take one lens each time I go out knowing in advance what I'm looking to do. Of course depending on the area where one stands is unknown to me I would choose the 2.8 and not bother with the 70-200. I would prefer a wide angle prime instead but the 17-40 is compatible with what u want. I wouldn't bother with your issue of changing lenses because it implies u don't know what you're doing. In any event I'd long or not at all in which case I'd have a 500 and leave the driving to someone else.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII and D400 Specs
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:08:33 AM »
Sharpness comparisons r interesting up to a point. Looking at a National Geo book of "Simply Beautiful Pictures" are hundreds of fantastic shots and not one of them is nearly as encumbered as the shots of the back yard birds with the notion that pixels are more important than the context as described by the author which includes light, moment, subject etc. In fact the first few pages are literally filled with what beginners and neophytes and those captivated by the cost of a lens believe are completely dull shots because there is no sharpness involved. None of the pictures of sharp shots can be found at the Smithsonian. Now they may appear after much digital editing in a magazine for emphasis. But to buy a lens based on its apparent sharpness is to lose the efforts of photography and make no use of ones skills and talents. If it were than merely spending money would encapsulate the total equation of "superior" shots. It ain't that at all.

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Lenses / Re: Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:57:39 AM »
You should buy the 500 or 800. They'll go well w/ your equipment. In fact get both so u never run short.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:59:09 AM »
Someone recommended a BlackRapid shoulder strap to replace the OEM strap from Canon to make carrying the DSLR and lens combo around on a trip. It is easily the best suggestion I've gotten from forums. Now I can let it rest near my waist and off one shoulder and across my chest for a substantial reduction in neck strain and improvement in comfort. Is it the perfect solution? No but it sure helps when u need to carry one dslr with a heavy-ish lens and u can live w/ just one lens for practical purposes.

As for the OM-D EM-5 it seems to be more than adequate and has lots of legacy lenses to go with it. I personally am holding off on switching brands because I doubt one can get real value out of the sale of used lenses in which case I prefer to wait for a quality adapter. The prices I've seen for refurbed are already much lower than original retail. It just doesn't pay for me to buy and sell because ultimately it's a losing proposition. Take care in your purchases and use your equipment wisely.

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These r the kind of questions which start arguments and make divorce lawyers wealthy. Dump the old gal for the young spirited model who just fascinates u with her sleek lines and taste in lenses. If u really like the Canon u have I agree with others: stay the course and buy another Canon to find a second home 4 your lenses. But if u want to experiment w/o getting rid of your soul mate than pick up a new one at the corner store and take her for a spin. There is no answer. Only u can decide. Is the IQ good enough? How's that DR. What's the ISO capacity? That's all old school. You want the latest. You know what. Open the wallet and get yourself the one u've been eyeing. That's the only way u'll ever know.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« on: May 21, 2013, 05:35:25 AM »
Have u gone bonkers? No just kidding. People ask themselves from time 2 time if they're going in the right direction. Fortunately 4 u it's not a career. With a little perspective and insight u'll discover or re-discover why u went into photography 2 begin w/. Is it the semi-pro fatigue that u weren't discovered so 2 speak by Nat. Geo. or Glamour or SI or some modeling agency or creative director at JWT? Or just got bored. Didn't find the stimulation and intrigue captivating anymore? Or did time just catch up and you feel different or some other psychological event of nature took place? Obviously I can't pin it down 4 u and I suspect u don't want to "share 2 much" on a forum in the blog-o-sphere.
Is it simply u fell in love w/ the wrong equipment or the new idea has taken root and now that's what u really wanted all along. I think u have shared a thought that's all 2 common for hobbyists. Personally I like to point the finger at the marketing departments. For as little as - fill in the blank- u can become the next brilliant whatever. Make your friends admire u even more. I'm just kidding.
It maybe that u don't like taking pictures which r supposed to be ready 4 prime time, and u simply prefer a fun camera. U don't want to enter the PopPhoto contest anymore. U don't need a $12K lens so u can get a close up of a kestrel. Whatever it is you're not alone. If it weren't for u and thousands like u and I share your consternatin from time 2 time, Canon would be forgotton. Why do u think they continue to add fairly useless features every year and spend zillions on announcing the new item will blow u away? Of course u know why. But I wouldn't sell the equipment just yet. The 5Dc ought to last u into the next decade despite all the promises of each succeeding iteration. Think of all the truly serious amateurs and pros alike who dive deep into ebay to locate a legacy lens. There's still value in your purchase to swap out and try something else just 4 the sake of it. Sorry I can't be much help but it's really up to u to decide.

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If u want to test cameras u'd do well to check out the results on dpreview under different ISO ranges. The 6D is an entry level camera useful for some things but really not a bargain unless u feel u must have a full frame. I would hope its DR is far superior and more important than ISO numbers up into the 5 and 6 digits. Their tests are very useful and u might find that for your circumstances you don't need an ISO over 1600-3200. Most cameras regardless of marketing departments really shouldn't surprise one that they're absolutely useful at low numbers but rather not as u reach the heights of their speculative and questionable tests. Now if a camera was passing its limits below 800 I'd be concerned especially if you need to take shots of bands in clubs as a living. Lighting is the most important thing perhaps to good results and while u are testing specifically high ISO one might find it more useful to compare them under your average shooting conditions because that's when u'll be most often using it. Just because a truck has a speedometer that goes up to 140 doesn't mean to suggest that's a good idea under any circumstances.

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