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Software & Accessories / Re: Blackrapid strap slips
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:35:41 PM »
I had the exact same issue with my Sport strap. My solution was to move the rear attachment point for the underarm strap down below the buckle so that it engages both layers of the main adjustment strap. This slight modification actually gives a little more breathing room for your shoulder, and it's impossible for the main strap to loosen.

EOS-M / Re: Question, Sir, About Highest ISO of EOS-M.
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:47:38 PM »

Custom Function I: Exposure, ISO Expansion. Turning this on will allow the selection of "H" ISO (25,600).

Hope that helps. Don't be too optimistic about the results!

Awesome. Great series guys.
Thanks, Click.

A few more...

I have a feeling I'm going to like this thread.

Landscape / Re: Sky on Fire!
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:34:28 AM »
A couple from this year:

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:58:39 PM »
That's a good question (and one that I have kicked around mentally myself).  Of the three, I would probably let the 85mm go first.  But here's the thing:  I also have the EOS M, and I find the 85 a really compelling option on it, too.  Because it is reasonably inexpensive, I'll probably hang onto it.  I do grab the 100L for some portrait and event work over the 135L for several reasons.  One is focal length (sometimes 100mm is what you want).  The second is stabilization.  The third is weather sealing (neither the 85 or 135L have it).  One final reason I might grab it is for tight framing of faces where I want to get closer than what the 135L allows.

I do find focus on my 85mm f/1.8 perhaps the most inconsistent of all my lenses despite very careful AFMA.  It is one of the oldest lenses in my kit (in terms of design...and actual age) and I just don't think it is quite as good.  I am accustomed to a very, very high success rate of perfectly sharp images in my work, and I find that I am surprised by a slight ooF hit from my 85 most often.  It's not bad at all, but just slightly worse.
Thanks for that answer. I also happen to have the EOS M, but have used it mainly for a compact travel camera with the pancake, so I've never tried out the 85. I'll have to give that a go.

I've often contemplated what I would do if I was to start over building a set of primes. My strong personal preference is 50mm over 35mm, so that's my starting point. From a focal length standpoint, a doubling approach seems logical, so a 24 - 50 - 100 - 200 collection would be very evenly spaced and would provide the added benefit of IS and macro capability at 100. My hangup with that scenario is the 135, though; it's just too good to leave out!

I know the traditional 35 - 85 - 135 collection handles that issue better (although you would still have closely related lengths if you decided to add the 100 for macro), but changing from 50 to 35 as my primary normal focal length just doesn't work for me.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:10:16 PM »
Awesome explosion of color.  This lens has been in my bag the second longest of my current collection, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Dustin, I'm definitely a fan of your work. I see you have the 85/1.8 and 135/2 as well. Do you still find yourself reaching for the 100L for non-macro work despite the similarity in length to those very good and exceptional lenses? Would you ever consider giving up one (or both) of those other lenses in favor of the versatility of the 100L?

I currently own the 50/1.4, 85/1.8, and 135/2 and would like to eventually add the 100L to that collection, but I'd like to limit my total number of lenses. Maybe the 85 becomes unnecessary in that scenario...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 28-35 prime for T3i
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:37:26 PM »
I highly recommend the Canon 28/1.8 on that body. It was my lens of choice on my XTi for indoor photography. USM and full-time, rear-element manual focusing make the 28/1.8 a joy to use. Definitely a step up in build quality from the 50/1.8.

I would love to hear from others on this, with so many others in this thread using back button focus on 5d3/1dx I feel like I must be missing something.

To me, the biggest advantage of back button focus has less to do with focus and recompose vs using other points and more to do with actually being able to utilize full time manual focusing on my lenses. With back button focusing, the switch on my lens never leaves the AF position, but I don't have to worry about AF messing up my manual focusing if I'm waiting until just the right moment to press the shutter. My camera only autofocuses if and when I want it to, and I never have to move the switch on my lens to MF. To me, that's complete control.

EOS Bodies / Re: How to program shift the EOS M
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:25:14 PM »
Ah, I understand the confusion now. Press the "Info" button twice to cycle the display mode. It's a tradeoff; you'll have more stuff cluttering your display, but the metering values will be displayed for the entire 16-sec period.

EOS Bodies / Re: How to program shift the EOS M
« on: July 21, 2013, 08:22:26 PM »
I agree with the opinions expressed above that another metering mode may be more appropriate, but there is a solution to the OP's question.

Program shifting is available with the wheel in P mode as long as the metering values are displayed; the shutter does not have to remain half pressed. Just half-press the shutter to initiate metering, release, and then turn the wheel to shift the program. I just confirmed this works regardless of whether the shutter release half-press is set to AF or AE lock via custom function IV. You can also change how long those metering values are displayed with the "Metering Timer" setting (4 sec - 30 min).

Exposure compensation is only controlled by the wheel after the right pad button has been pressed, displaying the green arrows on either side of the exposure compensation scale.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:19:07 PM »
NW Face of Mt Hood at sunset, 3 images, -2, 0, +2

Very nice. The colors are beautiful.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D Mark 2 Refurbished from Canon - $1,495 !
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:17:51 PM »
What was your experience with the Canon Direct store?

I just saw the same deal and want to make sure that I don't get one with an obscenely high shutter count. What is the rebate, if there is one? I couldn't find anything on-line.

I got my refurb 5D2 for $1,319 + tax when they were running the 25% off deal right after Thanksgiving. It arrived with just shy of 1,600 shutter actuations. My experience with Canon Direct was excellent.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:28:23 PM »
My two lazy pups...

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