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Lenses / 100-400 f/4-5.6 or 200-400 f/4 "little brother"
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:46:27 PM »
The apparent upcoming release of a new 100-400 got me thinking, would I prefer a 100-400 replacement (100-400 f/4-5.6 IS) or a 200-400 f/4 little brother, with higher IQ, no built in TC but would work "as well" as the 1.4 add on TC, for around $2k? I think I'd prefer the latter.

EOS-M / EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:51:35 PM »
I got the M deal and have been using it for a few weeks, and just took it up for a trip to a family reunion up in a picturesque area. I have the three lenses for it including the new UWA which I had just received from Canada. Unusually I didn't bring my big DSLR which I pack into a Pelican case with all the lenses, filters, flashes, etc. Did I miss the DLSR? Not a bit.

No, it's not as good as, but it's good enough and comes in a tiny package is easy to travel with, plus it works with with existing accessories such as the GPS and flash units. I just brought the camera, three lenses and a single older 580ex flash and it covered everything I wanted. A chair worked for a tripod for the big family shot (and the single flash on top worked perfectly), and otherwise I never took the UWA lens off for everything I wanted. Normally I have to bring the DLSR and a compact camera or two whereas this covered all bases about as well.

Anyhow it seems to get me 90% of the way there, and is the last 10% really worth all that weight? Hmm ...

EOS-M / EF M 11-22 from Vistek
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:53:35 PM »
My lens is shipping today to the U.S! I'll update with initial thoughts when I get it in 4-5 days.

These two lenses and the EOS M is a pretty potent small package I can take anywhere.

EOS-M / EOS-M EXIF Screwup?
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:59:36 AM »
If you have the EOS-M with the 18-55 lens take a look at the lens EXIF information in a JPG shot. Do you see the following?

Lens ID: 4,143
Lens Info: 18, 55, 0, 0
Lens Model: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

What the hell? The Lens Info seems to tell the focal range, but did they program these with the wrong Lens Model information!?

EOS-M / Digital Rev quick 2.0.2 autofocus speed test
« on: July 14, 2013, 09:27:06 AM »
How Quick: Canon EOS M Autofocus (Firmware 2.0.2.)

Olympus is the fastest at .17s

Canon & Fuji X100S are next at .4s

In their test Canon behaved oddly by the camera would think it was focused when it wasn't - only on tripod. They used the 22mm lens without IS so I don't know what happened there.

Somebody here said that soft edge ND filters are for general landscape shots and the hard edge are for times when you actually have an edge, like at the ocean. This makes sense, however I noticed the following bit from a Lee soft edge filter blurb

Lee graduated neutral density filters are available with soft or hard transitions from dark to clear. The soft edge is recommended for wide angle lenses and the hard edge is recommended for normal and longer lenses.


LR keeps choking on video files. They've always had bad support of video but this goes beyond. I'm frequently getting errors importing video now. My method is to import via LR - change the file name to an extended date, convert to DNG and backup original file to secondary location. Then I run a script which backs up the imported files to a server.

Guess what? It choked a video file, and messed up the backup copy. The backup copy should just be a copy, right? No, somehow Adobe managed to actually screw up the backup version. The file is clipped and messed up.

Fair warning, I've about had it with Adobe and all their products. LR is slow and now I'm sure I can't trust it. I'm even wondering if I made a mistake converting all my pictures to DNG - how many applications other than LR support it?

Anyhow I've rewritten my script to run the command line Adobe DNG converter for importing - keep LR out of the picture entirely. I rarely do a much editing on the computer, I'd rather be shooting.

Any other pure import options?

Reviews / Review - Google Glass
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:52:46 PM »
And now for something completely different ...

So I happened to get the first pair on the West Coast which was fun, and have been using this new device for about two weeks. Focusing on the camera aspect, I'm finding it takes remarkably good pictures and video, and I think I know why. One, there's no zoom, so no crummy plastic zoom lens hunting around. Two, it sits on the best tripod you have - your head. By best I mean the most readily available, convenient and stable. It even auto-tracks your subject?

Anyhow it beats the hell out of using a cell phone camera, but the video and stills aren't as good as my S100. But when you add in the stability and orders of magnitude better convenience it's a winner. It's my new go-to for snapshots and videos.

Lenses / 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:10:43 PM »
Is this a good price for this lens without a scratch on it?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Why does Canon watermark their manuals
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:07:42 AM »
with the word "Copy"?

It's a PDF. Electronic copy. By definition. They can't send me an 'original' PDF, those bits (or the representation of them) were sent over a dozen networks to get to me.

But right in the middle of the damn thing I have to stare at this watermark on every page. Is this because if I somehow managed to print it, in the same small form factor they do (bound and sized appropriately), that it would be obvious I was making a fake. Seriously?  :o

Lenses / 200-400 f/4 L IS vs 100-400 vII (hypothetical)
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:37:47 PM »
I max out at 200mm with the 70-200 f/2.8 II and have been holding out for a 100-400 II which will come eventually, probably in the not too distant future would be my guess. I can wait however so no major problem either way.

Now we know Canon is coming out with the 200-400, and while it will be horrifically expensive I could swing it. I'm looking to use a longer lens for wildlife photography.

So I've not used any of the L telephotos, any thoughts on these choices versus any of their other tele's from folks more experience than me? Consider issues such as weight, usability (short and long focal lengths), etc. Thanks for your thoughts!

Software & Accessories / Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:11:31 PM »
I got the Lee Big Stopper, kit and 82mm adaptor. Can't believe they charge (and I paid for) for these things. Of course everything else is exponentially more expensive.

Anyhow I could use a grad. I'm looking at this new one from B&H which should be top of the line

but it's crazy expensive. Other suggestions?

Third Party Manufacturers / Google Glass
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:41:29 AM »
So I've been taking an interest in small sensor cameras - the Canon S100, my cellphones, the Memoto and Google Glass. Under the adage of "the best camera is the one you have with you" I've been working on these cameras to see how good I can get with them.

On Glass, I'm a software engineer by day and will be one of the first in the world to have a pair as part of the original "Glass Explorer" program, probably in the next month. I also was selected to take part of the "Glass Foundry" event where I got to spend a few days with it at the Google office.

I'm excited about using this new platform, and am interested to see what I can get with an "always there POV" camera

Third Party Manufacturers / Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:26:57 PM »

  • 21mm f/2.8 Lens
  • 28mm f/2 Lens
  • 35mm f/2 Lens
  • 50mm f/1.4 Lens
  • 85mm f/1.4 Lens

Thoughts? Better to buy them individually? Instead of the lenses given what would you substitute?

Lighting / When do _you_ use a bare bulb diffusor?
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:08:56 AM »
You know, those cheap little frosted white plastic boots that go on the end of your flash?

I was at an event this week with a hired photog to capture portraits and the event. I was surprised to see he didn't use a softbox or umbrella, he just had a 580ex on a stand with a bulb diffusor. The photos are being used for PR and are pretty important, each one had to get approved, so I would have thought he'd have a more elaborate kit (I stupidly didn't think to ask him). I got to chimp some of the shots which looked good, so maybe he knew what his business was, but I haven't had good luck with those things, no matter how easy they are to use. Am I missing out on something?

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