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Canon General / What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:17:04 AM »
Okay, one more -

What is your least used piece of gear, or pieces of gear?

Mine: my 430EX and 580EXIII Speedlites.  I love natural light and use my Lastolite reflectors/diffusers or Einsteins most of the time I need to add or modify light.

Canon General / What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:12:03 AM »
As promised, the counter-thread:

What do you splurge on - not just a little, but a lot.  Things that you know you could do with lesser versions of, but either you have to have the best, or you just love the item so much you have to have it.

My list:

1. L lenses - I just love 'em

2. 1D- and 5-series bodies - tough full frame bodies - gotta have 'em

3. The 50L - related to #1 and the 50 f/1.4 is nearly as good, but I love the build quality, f/1.2 aperture, and taking portraits with the lens

4. B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro circular polarizer - I have a 82mm of this and can't really tell much difference between it and my 77mm Hoya HD C-PL that costs half as much, but it's one of the best, so why not...or maybe why did I spend so much on a C-PL?

5. RRS support gear - many cheaper ballheads are as good or better than my BH-55 and a generic camera plate would probably be reasonable, but custom-fitting RRS gear is sweet

Canon General / What do you Cheap Out on?
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:09:10 PM »
I'm not posting much as my air conditioning has been out for 5 days and it was 100F here in Florida today.  Only 92F in the house at least >:(

On to the thread: All of us cheap out on some of our gear - whether it's memory cards, camera bodies, or other stuff. 

What do you cheap out on?

I'll start:

1, Tripod legs - my carbon fiber dreams have been shattered (2x) so I stick with my scratched & dented Manfrotto 055XPROB aluminum legs

2. Intervalometer - I had the Canon release (only) and it sucks, so I bought the Vello intervalometer and it works perfectly for $30

3. Travel tripod - I don't travel a ton, so I bought the aluminum MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Kit and love the little thing.

4. ND Filters - I bought the Tiffen 82mm ND set and so far, so good

Of course I'll follow this up with a what do splurge on thread...

Canon General / Canon at Photokina
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:54:31 PM »
I just saw this in my Twitter feed -- looks like Canon is getting ready!

Could that be a 7D II in the photo?  It has a locking mode dial...

Canon General / What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:14:57 AM »
If you had to sell or give away most of your gear and were only able to keep a few items that you own, what would it be?  The idea is to think about what gear is most essential and how little gear you could live with and instead of thinking about what to buy (G.A.S.), think about what to keep. I'll start things off:

1 body + 1 lens: 1D X + 50 f/1.2 24-70 f/2.8II
1 body + 2 lenses: 1D X + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II
1 body + 3 lenses: 1D X + 16-35 f/4IS + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II
1 body + 3 lenses + 1 accessory: 1D X + 16-35 f/4IS + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 1.4x III
1 body + 4 lenses + 1 accessory: 1D X + 16-35 f/4IS + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 300 f/2.8IS II +1.4x III
2 bodies + 4 lenses + 1 accessory: 1D X + 5DIII + 16-35 f/4IS + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 300 f/2.8IS II +1.4x III

Animal Kingdom / American Alligators
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:34:24 PM »
Work is pretty slow today, so I thought I'd start another thread - this time of some of my favorite neighbors here in Florida - American Alligators or gators as we call them around here.

An unhappy mother swimming towards me

The joys of an 800mm lens - this CPS loaner let me more safely photograph (them for a week)

This big guy is supposedly over 14 feet (4.25M) according to the refuge officials:

Florida beaches can't all be white sand and friendly locals

9 foot mother keeping a watchful eye on her young

A ten footer taking a swim in the Gulf of Mexico about 20-30 feet from an oblivious fisherman

My coolest encounter - he's roughly 11 feet long and paid me absolutely no attention

Lenses / Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS - Mackguyver's Review
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:18:41 AM »
Given the interest in this lens and the limitations on my time, I'll go ahead and start posting the various pieces of my review here, starting with the infamous brick wall tests.  Since everyone seems most interested in the performance at f/11 and f/16, I'll get started with that.  I shot the other apertures and some real-world stuff, and will post those in the coming days.

Photos in this gallery compare the 16-35 f/4 IS to:

1. TS-E 17/f4 at 16/17mm
2. TS-E 24 f/4 II, 24 f/1.4 II, and 24-70 f/2.8 II at 24mm
3. 24-70 f/2.8 II at 24mm at 35mm!i=1416492110&k=BxP74wb
(starting with photo labelled "2014-07-04 14...")

1. All photos are JPEG (max quality) screen captures of side-by-side comparisons in PS CC 2014 of TIFF files processed in DxO 9.5 using the "No Corrections" setting
2. The files and are labeled (typo and all :)) with the lens model, focal length & aperture as shown in the subwindow in PS
3. Photos are shown in the following order - (1) full frame, (2) center @100%, (3) top-left corner @100%, and (4) bottom-right corner @100%.  The top-left is darker, bottom-right is brighter showing more CA.
4. Click on the "O" or "Original" size at the top of the screen to see / save & download the photos at full size.
5. Camera settings - 5DIII, Av, ISO 100, tripod, cable release

Bonus: the gallery also contains an informal (read: personal) comparison of the EF 14 f/2.8 II, 24 f/1.4 II, & Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 II I did a few years ago.

Feel free to ask questions (and complain about my technique, etc :P) about these boring photos and stay tuned for more.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: July 05, 2014, 01:46:44 PM »
It looks like we need to start a thread for this new lens.  Here are a couple from my first outing - this is the Florida Capitol (Historic & New) in Tallahassee:

Not much distortion at 24mm, as others have reported:

More distortion (not corrected) at 16mm, still a little vignetting at f/16:

Excellent flare resistance - compare to TS-E 17 f/4L below:


Lenses / Photozone Review of the 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:05:56 PM »
It looks like they just posted their review:

Animal Kingdom / Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:35:07 PM »
I hope the subject line wasn't too subtle ;).  I don't see a thread devoted to owls, so I'll get one started.  I think they are really cool and I've been very fortunate to find a few of these guys but have never actually gone looking for them, and yes, most of mine are barred owls:

Barred Owl - hooting his head off for his mate from his fishing perch:

Great Horned Owl - spotted the silhouette just before sunrise:

Barred Owl - in my backyard - he comes by almost every evening but this is the first time he was close enough to actually see:

My first wild (barred) owl in my front yard - not a great shot, but I was really excited to finally get a shot of one in the wild!:

Eastern Screech Owl (Captive) at the local zoo:

Lenses / Canon "Explore Lenses" Microsite
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:16:55 PM »
I'm not sure if anyone else has posted this, but Canon has an interesting new microsite.  Nothing too exciting, but well done, and a good link to send to people new to photography to help them choose and learn the basics of the various lens types:

Canon General / EOS 1D X + 300 f/2.8 IS II + DxO = Awesome
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:00:12 PM »
Here's a 100% crop of a great horned owl photo taken 9 minutes before sunrise this morning.  I got better shots of the owl, but this was the first shot and it was a mere silhouette to my eyes.  The bird took off right after this shot to a nearby tree and I didn't think I had even focused on the bird until I got home and downloaded my photos.  I couldn't believe it!

f/2.8 1/160s, ISO 4000, EV+1, pushed ~0.25 stop in post, DxO Prime:

From the-digital-picture:

Looks good to me at first glance - seems like less CA and sharper corners than the older lenses. 

By request, here's a new thread for this combination.  All of my shots are with the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x Extender III with the 5DIII or 1D X.  I haven't had a chance to get much use out of this set, but here are a few samples:

Software & Accessories / 1-Hour Photo iPhone App - Why?
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:26:17 PM »
It's either a new way to help (mobile iPhone) photographers appreciate their work, or a stupid contrivance to eliminate what is probably the single biggest advantage of digital:

1-Hour Photo App Makes You Wait for Your iPhone Images

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