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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:12:08 PM »
Thanks gents

@ mackguyver - I'm keeping all the options open at this moment. Will have more clearer direction and approach in my future gear next couple weeks. CONGRATS on your new toy  :)....I'm sure that 11-24 is fun to shoot with. Still waiting to see your photos  ;)
Dylan, I'm sure your needs will be clearer this time around and thanks for the congrats.  I'm still waiting to take photos of something other than my dark house...but work is extremely busy this week and haven't seen much of the sun.  I'll definitely have photos to share after this weekend at the very least.

Glad to hear that you're dealing with your situation as well as you are...

Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:12:34 PM »
Well here it is; proof that I've been actually working on a hardwood floor and not playing, hint, hint.  ;) ;)

Jack, how did you get the whole room in the shot ;D

That's it - I'm selling all my gear and getting one of these!

EOS Bodies / Re: Check your 11-24L for decentering!
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:37:02 AM »
I'll test my copy soon, but I saw this on Dpreview yesterday have two notes on this - #1, this photo is from 2/14, so it's likely to be a prototype/pre-production model, and #2, the photo is not of a flat surface and the subject distance in the two lower corners is not the same.  I'm not saying it isn't decentered, but this isn't a very good photo to determine whether it is or isn't decentered.

Also, Johan, that's a nice page on your site.  I'll have to check it out when I have more time.

Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:03:36 AM »
Dylan, it's good to hear that you have your priorities straight and have worked to make your home more secure and hopefully that has helped you and your family feel safer.  At least you still have a lot of great gear and prices have really dropped with the strong dollar, so that will make it a bit less painful to start buying again. 

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:49:52 AM »
If Privatebydesign's full-time photography has him shooting 1 day a week, my part-time photography work has me shooting a just a few hours a month.  I have done more or less depending on the work, but in my small market, most of it is mundane and there's not much of it.  I enjoy it, though, and it funds the majority of my camera gear along with some teaching and financial consulting work I do on the side. 

My current contracting gig is as an IT project manager / management consultant, currently managing large homeland security projects for a state agency.  In former lives, I have been a technical writer, web & graphic designer, and even had a brief stint as a fashion photographer. 

Canon General / Re: 5Ds R Moire and Bird Feathers
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:46:14 PM »
Yes, I have seen moire with my 5DIII + 300 f/2.8 II IS combination a handful of times.  Not enough to freak out and DxO's moire tool seemed to work well on it, but I'm in a wait & see mode on this one.  It could be a much bigger issue with this body.  Besides, after seeing the price drops on the 7DII, it doesn't seem to make much sense to be an early adopter for bodies these days...

I'll see if I can find an example - I know one was a great blue heron, but will have to do some digging and pull up the RAW file to show you guys.

Marsu, yes, birds are usually the obnoxious ones:

Lenses / Re: Can someone please school me on Reikan FoCal??
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:37:59 PM »
Here's an old thread I started on this using FoCal:

Lenses / Re: Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:36:14 PM »
35L II picture captured while in field testing:
Looks like I'll need a white SL1 body to go with that one ;)

...Funny, the first few times in a camera shop I felt the same way.....
Only the first few times?
I still get that too often even when walking in with an "L" bracketed 6D over my shoulder.
You still have photography shops?  Also, I have to say, I never got that feeling even when I was a 20-something, but Wolf Camera in downtown Atlanta was known as one of the best camera shops around.  They always looked at me funny when I wanted my Velvia or Tri-X developed but not cut (for my scanner, of course).  Now I'm in the sticks with no camera shops anywhere nearby.

Lik's mortal sin was succeeding without going to art school or licking the boots of critics.

Typical sucess envy informs the entire article.
Well said, and so what about the secondary market or whether or not his photos are museum-worthy or serious enough?  I think the worst part of these articles is that they paint his customers as idiots.  It's like you have to be qualified to buy "art".  I know I've felt that way when I've walked into some galleries - like who are you and how dare you come in here?  Profiting while thumbing your nose at the establishment is a win in my book, and personally, I like a lot of his work.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:19:12 PM »
Ruined, that's a good way to put it and the hardest part about using 11-15mm in landscape work, is that you have to get very close to the foreground or have a stunning foreground without distractions in the outer frame.  In the Western U.S. and similar areas, this might not be a challenge, but for many of us, the 24-70 or 16-35 make a lot more sense.  When I had the 12-24, I found landscape opportunities far and few between, even when seeking them out. 

For architecture/real estate, it promises to be a real winner, though, and for some landscapes, and certain other types of work (editorial, fashion, etc.), it opens up a world of creativity.  Take a look at what Von Wong did with SmugMug using the Nikon 14-24 (at 14mm) or what Lindsay Adler does with the Sigma 12-24 (final photo) for some examples.  These types of shots take some or even a lot of planning, but they can give some remarkable results.

Canon General / Re: CPS-Canon Professional Servies.
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:13:21 AM »

The 100-400 II isn't even listed yet, that's why.  You must have registered the new lens as a Mk I.  It usually takes Canon a few weeks/months to add new products to the CPS list.  I had to email them about the 16-35 f/4 IS to get them to add it.  I bet it will be 12 pts once added.

The MkII was listed and I just double checked.  It is the 4th lens on the list on the "Add" drop down list
It didn't listed when I logged in that day, but I see it now and you're right it is 8 points.  I might have missed it the other day because it's out of order.  I would write them to ask why the new lens isn't worth more than 8 points.  They are good about email, so I'd give it a shot.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:06:38 AM »
First few shots from this evening. All with 5D3 and at 11mm; way too much fun at 11mm to try anything else just yet. Will provide some writeup and first impressions tomorrow. Let me know if there are any questions I can answer.

see some serious CAs, but that can be fixed in post, right?
Which shot? I don't see much CA at all in his photos.

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