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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:07:03 AM »
100mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec @ ISO 200:

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:52:33 AM »
LOL and not the most suitable car for outdoor photography with it's 4 inch ground clearance :o.  I keep saying I'm going to buy an old beat up Jeep or something as a third car so I can get to the places I'd really like to shoot that don't have paved roads.

Nice ... enjoy! (And remember that the name "Porsche" has two syllables.) For my money, Jeeps (specifically Wranglers) are the best go-anywhere vehicles ever made.

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:00:30 PM »
I wouldn't be an official wedding photographer for any amount of money ... too much pressure (for me), and too many amateurs with P&S cameras or cellphones flashing away over your shoulder.

That said ... I'm an enthusiastic unofficial photographer at many weddings I attend. I'll only take one body and one lens, either a standard zoom or a fast prime in the 85-100mm range.

I keep my camera at the ready, but only shoot during the ceremony (from my seat) if others are, as well. If no one besides the official photographer is shooting during the ceremony, then I don't either. However, if there are P&S and cellphone cameras clicking and flashing throughout the audience, I'll take my shots without guilt (and without flash).

During the posed shots after the ceremony and during the reception, I'll shadow the official photographer discretely, and only take my shots (with flash, as appropriate) if / when he gives permission after he has gotten his shots. If he doesn't allow it (or ignores everyone else), I let him go about his business unmolested.

Never had an issue, and have come away with some great shots. I always send a disc of processed images to the newlyweds, some of which have been preferred over the official photog's offerings.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:15:03 PM »
The worst so far was when I brought home my current car which was a somewhat extravagant purchase.  I ended up saying it was her birthday present knowing full well that she'd never drive it.  She was all excited but as I thought - a few days of dealing with two seats, limited trunk space, and really harsh suspension took care of her desire to drive the car.  It's been my 'daily driver' ever since ;D

Don't keep us in suspense ... what did you buy?

Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:52:41 AM »
My light stands / umbrella brackets are all the rather pedestrian Impact brand, so the cold shoes are nothing special.

More to prevent electrical shorts (since the shoes are metal, probably aluminum), I've lined the inside of the shoes with some of that plasticky transparent shipping tape.

The beneficial unintended consequences of the tape are that the flash heads slide in and out of the shoes more easily, and also seem to stay more snugly in place when I tighten the set screws.

Lenses / Re: lifespan of IS motor?
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:44:45 AM »
I've owned 5 IS lenses, of which I still have three. I leave the IS on all the time, except when using a tripod, and even then, I sometimes forget to switch it off.

I switch AF on and off, and change the position of the focus limiter switch (where equipped) far more often.

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8 vs 85mm 1.8
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:36:08 PM »
I owned the 85/1.8 for six years, and then sold it after I bought the 100/2.8L IS. That was 4 years ago. My primary portrait work is headshots (head and shoulders) framing, and if anything, the 85's framing was a little too "loose" for my tastes, so I was always doing a lot of cropping.

I rarely shoot portraits at less than f/4, but that's because they're more commercial-oriented, rather than "artsy."

I've upgraded my 70-200/2.8L IS to the mark II version since buying the 100, but have never considered selling the prime.

The 85/1.8 is currently < $400, and you could probably recoup most of your purchase price, if you decided not to keep it. (After using mine for six years, I sold it for the original purchase price, but prices had gone up in the meantime, and mine was in like-new condition.)

Great write-up, and an encouraging read, w.r.t. future Canon lens releases. I hope that they maintain (and improve upon!) this level of optical and build quality with future L designs.

Lenses / Re: Breaking GAS
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:43:06 PM »
So, I've tried to have a lens free year this year... 

Wow ... how do you take any photos when you're lens free???  ;D

The best way to curb G.A.S. is to stop reading photography-related websites!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:35:21 PM »
... I'd really like to see lossy and reduced DNG as a raw option in Canon cameras.  While they are still de-Bayer'd, they are much, much better than Canon's mraw and sraw, for multiple reasons.

I'd like to hear more!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:24:56 PM »
I don't like to print less than 300PPI.
And prefer even 540PPI if I can get it.

I don't know what kind of printer you're using, but I've tested output at every resolution from 100 to 600 ppi, and without a magnifying glass, I don't see any perceptible difference

They already been de-Bayered into a weird format with some info even beyond just resolution lost and you are stuck with their quick and dirty de-bayer and scale.

Whatever. The images still look great.

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:15:08 PM »
That's the problem with G.A.S. You get interested in quality photography, and this equipment goes from being tools to toys to objects of desire ...

I'll "splurge" on anything for which I believe the value over the period I plan to own it exceeds the price. So I tell myself I'm actually saving money. (I do try to buy smart, and watch / wait for sales, rebates, closeouts, estate sales, etc. That way, if I got it wrong, I don't lose too much when I sell.)

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:05:20 PM »

I bought it in 2004 (before EF-s) as a normal zoom for my 10D.  I thought I'd love it when I got my 5D, but time had intervened.  To get a wide-angle on the 10D (again, before EF-s) I had purchased a Sigma 15mm fisheye.  Well, the fish is on my 5D perhaps 100 times as much as the 17-40L.  When I need a normal zoom, I use the 24-105 on the 5D and the crop camera (now a 20D) is used primarily with the 70-200.  Once in a great while I'll use the 17-40L.  It's still a great lens with great optics and great handling and AF.  It's just that I like all my other options better.

This was me a couple of months ago. I bought my 17-40 in 2003 to replace the 24-85 on my 10D. I also now have a 20D, which doesn't get much use. So I sold the 17-40, along with a 70-200/2.8 IS and a 1.4x II to buy a 70-200/2.8 IS II. I really like the new 16-35/4 IS, but just don't know how much I'd use it.

My least used gear: 20D, 50/2.5 CM, 5D. The 5D is mostly my backup. I'd sell the 50 CM, but it's just so dang sharp!

Any hints you could offer on the best settings for scanning different types of media (B&W prints vs colour prints vs newspaper clippings vs book pages etc) would be much appreciated.  I'll do some experimenting of my own, but some advice to point me in the right direction might save some time.  I'd be especially interested in the reasoning behind the various settings.  I will do some Googling, but there's no substitute for (your) experience.


Re-read my post above for my recommendations for scanner settings.

As for B&W vs color prints, I usually scan everything in color, just because it's quicker and easier than constantly fiddling with settings between scans. You can easily remove the color information in post, but sometimes, you will want to add color (sepia or other tint, for example).

And again, for offset printing (newsprint, books, etc.) use the Descreen option (it's in the software for both of my Canon printers, so I assume it's in yours, as well.)

Let us know how it goes.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:40:18 PM »
I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.

Then you're either much better at composition that I am, or you must toss a lot of images! Even with the 5DIII's superimposed grid lines (which I always have turned on), I'm constantly rotating images slightly in post to correct horizons, etc. And I almost always crop at least a bit for optimum composition.

Perhaps it's the non-destructive tools in LR that have "encouraged" me to work in this fashion. But my style of shooting is to concentrate on focus, depth of field and exposure, and then to "capture the moment," knowing that I can easily adjust for the other stuff in post.

[Below: one of my luckier shots, moment capturing-wise, after rotating & cropping!]

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