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Lenses / What has become of the long-rumored Canon 50mm IS?
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:08:15 PM »
I am extremely tempted to just pull the trigger on the new Sigma, but, I'm finding myself doing more and more hand-held video where external stabilization is just not practical. (see, here:

I have the 28mm f/2.8 IS and it's probably my favorite lens right now.

I like the 50mm focal length even better, I was hoping the release of the Sigma would prompt Canon to at least announce something but...all I hear are crickets!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:37:23 PM »
This lens gets no love but that’s ok, because I’m IN LOVE with it.

Here are two shots from a climbing trip to Canada last week.

Here's a short I edited together from a Memorial Day weekend spent rock-climbing in Idaho at the City of Rocks National Preserve.

I only have one 64GB 1000X card so I had to use some of the crummy stock Canon video (see if you can spot it!) for some of the shots.  Luckily most of these climbs are not very far from your car so I was able to run back to the trail head and dump the files onto my laptop.

I'm a stills photographer but this ML firmware has gotten me REALLY excited about video!

I made this yesterday with some boring video I shot on my walk to breakfast.

I don't really do video much so please be gentle:
Private Video on Vimeo

password is: "canonsucks"*

You can download the original file if you really want to pixel-peep!  I hope to shoot some more interesting subjects this weekend.  No more comparisons though, not wasting my time on stock Canon video anymore!

*calm down internet, it's a joke :)

I know I’m in the minority, but I find the dual memory slots to usually be more hassle than they are worth.

The ONE THING that would make them useful to me, is the ability to segregate stills and video to different cards.  It seems like a simple firmware update could do this?  Even the old D7000 has this functionality.

Can the Mk III do this and I’m just not able to find it?  Seems like a really silly omission.

Video & Movie / 2 years of NW Mountaineering in a couple minutes
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:21:48 PM »
A couple months ago I finally got around to editing a bunch of mountaineering footage together into something interesting.  I gave a talk on photography and mountaineering and this is what I closed the talk with.  I hope you like!  Was shot with all Canon gear:

Landscape / Landscape photography with an 85mm
« on: April 22, 2013, 02:20:41 PM »
One of my pet peeves is when someone new to photography will ask someone not-so-new to photography: "what's the best landscape lens" and the more experienced photographer will start to recommend all sorts of ultra-wide lenses.  ANY LENS can be a landscape lens, from a 15 to a 600!

I took this last night of Mt Adams...hoped to get some meteor shower but the moon was far too bright, it did light up the glaciers very nicely though.

85mm f/1.2 II
f/2.8, 5s, ISO 1600

I tried a bunch of different f/#, ISO combos: f/1.2, ISO 400; f/2.0 ISO 800, f/2.8 ISO 1600, and f/4.0 ISO 3200...this had the best overall image quality.

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