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Reviews / Re: Review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a photo workflow
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:13:41 AM »
I think just a sleeve for padding during travel.  Anything more compromises utility and adds bulk

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Reviews / Re: Review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a photo workflow
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:32:34 AM »
Nice, thoughtful review. I have the slightly smaller Surface Pro 2, I find the pen and a travel mouse to be indispensable, and I love that I can charge my phone from the USB port on the charger while using it as a hot spot.  Another indispensable item is a pair of reading glasses, I find it makes the tiny screen feel more like I am working with a standard monitor.  Overall I would say the Surface Pro is an amazing tool, and if you are can understand the limitations before you acquire, that much power in such a small package is incredibly useful.

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They need to stop doing whatever it is that's keeping the 85mm f1.4A from hitting the shelves...

Can I get an "Amen" from anyone on this comment?

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:26:58 PM »
I would much rather be given a hand written note and a gift card expressing the sentiment and let me do the choosing.

I think this advice makes sense if the recipient has more knowledge on the topic, if not, maybe making the decision for her would be one of the nicer aspects of the gift.

I think you are on the right track with the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8.  I have a Sigma 50MM 1.4 on a full frame camera, and the 35MM on your camera should give you a very similar feel, with the bonus of a fairly wide angle zoom. The shallow depth of field you get from such a lens really has a magical quality and can take one's photography to a new, more artistic level.  If a future upgrade to a full-frame sensor like the 6D is a possibility, another option would be the Sigma 35MM f/1.4 Art, that is a glorious lens, and would do absolutely astonishing things with your wife's current Rebel.

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So THAT is why my camera is wrong!
 :o :o :o

(insert epiphany emoji here...)

I am not afraid to admit early on, it was driving me crazy that I couldn't figure out how to change whatever setting had me a "Canonflex" as my camera. In hindsight, I should have been OK with it, the Canonflex is a pretty cool thing to be.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
I really want to encourage you here.  Pursuing something creative like photography might help with chronic insomnia, definitely can give the mind something enjoyable and positive to latch onto as you are working on yourself.

I highly recommend getting an original 5D, or if you can pull together a few more bucks, a used 5D II or a 6D, but focus on getting some fun lenses, mostly good artistic prime lenses. I also suggest buying used gear carefully.  I would definitely suggest the Canon 85mm f/1.8 and a good 50mm, like the Canon f/1.8 or better yet a used Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  The Canon EF 35mm f/2 would also be a great lens that could grow with you. 

If you don't have a decent tripod, also budget for a good Manfrotto or similar. I wouldn't spent up for other accessories yet, wait till some money falls in your lap. For now, make do with some packing foam and a old backpack or something.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:42:48 AM »
I HRD most of my images, but I use the tech to bring out the visual beauty in the scenes not turn it into a bad velvet painting  ::).....but it has already been said "to each their own".

I enjoyed these.  Subtle but clear examples of the occasional benefit of HDR processing.

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If you are thinking about a "do it yourself" project on cutting the foam, take a look at this company:

http://www.foamonline.com/

I would be careful and talk to them, you will want to be sure to use a very high quality foam designed to exhibit very low out-gassing, as the chemicals released by most foam can damage optics and coatings, etc.  I believe the one they recommended to me is called Supreem, but be sure to talk to them about it.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:22:41 PM »
It has also become the year of collapsing sales for most manufacturers of cameras and lenses. Perhaps Canon is wise to keep their powder dry, as introducing new products is expensive. 

A more cynical view is the they are realizing that the market isn't crazy about small aperture lenses with IS as replacements for large aperture lenses. That is the direction they have generally been going in.  Sigma is an interesting contrast, as they have been taking a different, perhaps more well received approach, of improving the optics on their fast lenses.

I love fast lenses and that is why I have drunk so much of the Sigma cool-aid.

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Can't stress enough how important having a Carbonite or similar offsite backup is, because it just happens, there is no need to remember to swap offsite disks for hard failures such as fire or storm damage.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:13:41 AM »
Getting more excited about the EOS-M platform. The two lenses I have (22mm, and 18-55mm) have impressed me. I am looking forward at some point to the 11-22mm and this new dedicated telezoom.  My future trips to exotic locals (or at least interesting) are open to fun photography without pissing off the wife.  ++good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:47:08 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.

I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:26:54 PM »
When did anyone last see a patent for a large aperture lens from Canon?  This is more of an issue with primes, but the idea that they are looking at a 16-35MM F/4 is odd but fits with the trend we have seen in smaller aperture primes.

I am not big on conspiracy theories, but it makes sense that Canon is pursuing smaller apertures and throwing in gew-gaws like IS on wide angle lenses because the real cost is in the glass, and Canon needs to boost margins where they can, given the crazy collapse that seems to be occurring in the photo equipment market.

Interesting that Sigma is going in the opposite direction and pushing the envelope on lens development.

And yes, I did notice that not all of the patents listed represented a shrinking of aperture.

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Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:00:23 AM »
You could also play the Russian lens roulette if you're feeling lucky.  They allegedly have some TS knockoffs of the TS-E lineup in EF mounts, of course.  Tell us how that goes if you decide to give it a try....

To help clarify and expand on this statement, the old school Ukranian-made lenses may have some flaring issues, and the fact that these lenses have lots of moving parts expose them to more issues, but they are really quite nice tools. I am speaking of the Arsat Arax lenses in 35mm and 80mm, I have used them both and I will say you really aren't risking much by trying them, they are quite good. Many of the Ukranian-based vendors have sold thousands of these lenses to US based buyers and have good track records.

The more contemporary generation of tilt-shift lenses from the Ukraine, the Hartblei Super Rotator lenses, are made in collaboration with Zeiss and are breathtakingly expensive, closer to the Schneiders in price than the Canons. I have never tried one but the reviews I read suggest they are worth the investment.  The super rotator function is like the 24L in that you can choose how to align the tilt and shift axes.

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I have the 35mm Art and the previous 50mm Sigmas, both of which I love. This is a killer development, but I love my current 50mm and probably won't be tempted to trade up.  The lens I am really waiting for is the 85mm Art, now THAT lens I will scoop up in a second to replace the Canon 85mm 1.8.  The Canon is a fine lens, but that half a stop make a difference in low light.

Keep 'em coming, Sigma! This is great for us gear heads.

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