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Messages - Chuck Alaimo

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can you accoplish taking a great image with simple gear?  Of course you can... but to say the tool doesn't matter...i mean hell, my feet are pretty good tools too, they can get me from point A to point B - but if your traveling from lets say Maine to California, what will do the job quicker?  Your feet?  Or a car? Or train, or bus, or plane? 

Yes, if I want to take a bath i could chop down a tree, cure the wood, split the wood, then gather water from rain and  - once I have enough light the fire and heat the water...yes that will make a bath happen, but, wouldn't it just be easier to turn the water on and let the tub fill?

Yes, I could also use a rock as a hammer, a nail file as a saw, or any number of different ways to accomplish a goal - but isn't the better tool always gonna make the job somewhat easier? 

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:42:54 PM »
Hi Chuck.
Interesting shot, did you have to create the chubby face profile, or was it already there?

Cheers, Graham.


ice macro

(edit, yes, it would help to actually attach the image!)

TY!  That was a natural formation, I did use a flash off camera and a vid light (one above one below), but the face was formed naturally ----kind of looks like one of the statues on easter island

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 18, 2015, 02:32:44 PM »
ice macro

(edit, yes, it would help to actually attach the image!)

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:00:09 PM »
heres a few from the big november storm that hit the buffalo area.  Couldn't get close to the areasa hit by it...but this is the cloud that dropped like 7 feet of snow on some areas

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:23:10 AM »
ok, gotta say wow.  not only about this lens but this focal length.  I have been spying the meta filter in lightroom and this lens has quickly become my most used lens.  Of course the quality is outstanding, but more to the point --- it's in the land of, wow been shooting for so long without a variety of lenses but now...just wondering how I could have lived without this focal length.  It's just so versatile...

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:36:58 PM »
ok, decided to buy it...lol
Seems to me it suits your style and that you have a good copy :) Enjoy!

oh it very much does suit my style!!!!1  :D  And yup, I is enjoying!!!!

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Software & Accessories / Cloud storage
« on: October 11, 2014, 02:04:10 PM »
Hey hey, thinking it's time to make a cloud backup happen.  So wondering what to go with.  Strictly for backing up files, not for sharing with clients...

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:48:20 PM »
ok, decided to buy it...lol

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:42:47 PM »
i think I may like this lens...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:23:00 PM »
here's some more....I think me and this lens are bonding quite nicely...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Introduces Keeper
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:21:47 PM »
If you were to buy one that's, say, a year or so into it's life at LensRentals, it's likely a lot less.

They explain in the blog post that you can see an expected price range right on the website before rental. So for instance, on the 5dIII page, you can click "Get Estimate" to see that the expected range is $3,319 - $2,513 depending on the age of the particular copy you get.

I would expect them to price these a little higher than a straight linear interpolation between purchase price and Lens Authority price, because they're losing out on potential rental revenue for the rest of its lifetime, and they need to recoup their costs to procure a new lens and process, test, and tag it. But I still think for many it'll be worth the extra money to get a lens that's been tested, possibly optically adjusted, and that they already know they're happy with.

I am 95% sure I will be a test case for this...LOL...I like the 35 ART a lot and yeah, I am seriously thinking of making it part of my kit...and if the copy I have from them is as spot on as it seems....why risk it....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:56:28 PM »
I liked it very much. It has had zero problem. None at all. I still like it but find it redundant now that I have a normal zoom at 2.8. I am selling my sigma 35.

i sold my 24-70 a while back in favor of the 24 and the 50...but I have been finding that for a lot of things I wanted something in between...hence why I have been considering the 35 (and yup, shooting at 35 on my 16-35 just to get a better feel for the FOV of a 35).  If I do end up buying it then I may end up selling something...maybe...or...maybe GAS will deny selling anything!!!...lol

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:26:56 PM »
a few more...
I am one of the unlucky ones with this lens. It was phenomenal to being with. I did a FoCal and everything seemed to be just fine. After a couple of weeks I noticed that I got more and more images OOF and I redid a FoCal. It had shifted quite a bit. +7 if memory serves me right.

The 50 Art was useless. I got one, where focus was so unstable I was unable to do a FoCal calibration, so I returned it and got a new one. The new one was no better, so I have returned it and got my money back. I will not buy a Sigma lens again, until I read that they have made a quantum leap in AF on Canon bodies. A real pity, considering the phenomenal optical performance, especially on the 50 Art.

this is exactly what I was worried about --- and unfortunately without a 2 month rental period it will be hard to tell if this lens will shift on me after time....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:09:04 PM »
i do think i like!!!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:01:47 PM »
just got in like 2 hours ago...i already really like it!!!!....  At the stage, the only real Q is do i use the new lensrentals lenskeeper program, or, do i get a new copy from b&h....hmmmmmmmm.  to soon to tell.  shooting DMX tonight, a wedding tomorrow, if the weather is good then a shoot on sunday and monday --- unless it does a 180 on me I think I will be owning this lens!!! :D

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