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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 28, 2015, 03:05:12 PM »
The 8-15mm fisheye is famous for having a lens cap that automatically removes itself from the lens...

The best solution I have found for my 8-15mm is the soft-side-of-the-Velcro modification:

It looks like the lens cap for the new 11-24mm has its release tabs on the top & bottom (the same as the problematic 8-15mm fisheye), so when its mounted on a camera, & the camera/lens combo is placed on a hard table, the bottom release-tab may get pressed resulting in the cap accidentally popping off... My new 11-24mm should be arriving on Wednesday, and I'm going to really want to take care of that enormous front element, so I'm keeping the Velcro handy...

Lenses / Re: 11-24 is here, with images of it compared to Nikon 14-24
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:41:38 PM »
@ mackguyver,

I'm desperately hoping to reassure myself that my finger wasn't a little too quick on the preorder trigger... What are you looking at to declare this new beast having "almost no coma"? When I look at the nightscape-shot with the arch, I see elongated stars on the sides of the frame! I don't think that coma would be a deal-breaker for me, but for $3,000 without a single technical review, I'm skittish about anything...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Official: Preorder the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:50:08 AM »
Okay, I really need you guys that know your way around an MTF Chart (better than I do) to tell me how this bad boy stacks up against the 16-35 f/4 IS, the TS-E 17mm, the 14mm f/1.4, and the 8-15mm fisheye. The little that I can get from comparing the various MFT charts, this new 11-24 appears to look fantastic! But PLEASE correct me if you think that I am wrong! With the late-February estimated arrival date just around the corner, I'm already in a panic as to whether or not to keep my B&H pre-order active!

Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:53:03 PM »
'magination? We don't need no stinkin' 'magination! We got gear!

Landscape / Re: Columbia Gorge Advice
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:38:08 PM »
I've always found that the single greatest problematic variable at-play whenever I'm at "The Gorge" is the visibility, or lack of it... The haze (caused by Portland, The Tri-Cities, agricultural-dust, & a very large coal-fired power plant) make it hard to get those iconic shots that look 20-miles up the canyon. So if you luck into a clear day, change any other plans that you might have and get up on one of the famous high over-looks and go for the "long-shot"! But don't let the haze discourage you. The Gorge is a great photo destination with a ton of nooks-&-crannies to explore. Just as in most all popular areas, you can always leave 95% of the tourists behind simply enough with just a little extra effort.

You may want to check-out the book "Curious Gorge (Hiking and Exploring the Columbia River Gorge Area)" by Scott Cook. You'll see this great guide book for sale most everywhere in The Gorge, but it's cheaper (and you're sure to get the current updated edition) if you buy it online. You can then of course use it to help plan your itinerary ahead of time.

Here are a couple of links from Amazon. I don't have a clue why the first (main) link list the price as $70 (that's insane!), but the second link lists the price of $17 from powells_books (where I got my copy).

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 7 inch monitor for 5d3?
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:28:34 PM »
Give a look at the FlashPoint monitor I got from Adorama a while back. I primarily use it for critical focusing with my TS-E lenses at ground-level, but it's main purpose is as a video monitor. I'm quite satisfied with the whole package. It's small enough to mount on the hotshoe of my 5D3 and the HDMI interface allows for a lag-free video-focusing solution that was simply not possible while trying to use wifi-based video like a CamRanger or a smartphone/tablet. Its a bit more than your "$300 max price," but it comes with quite a few accessories that you may well end-up buying anyway...

Canon General / Re: External Monitor for Photography
« on: December 14, 2014, 02:54:58 PM »
I love to use my CamRanger for a lot of different things such as long-exposure night pictures & focus stacking. But I found myself quite frustrated by the Live View video-lag it exhibits while I'm trying to fine-tune any of my TS-E lenses. I was also disappointed with trying to use a USB-linked Android tablet and a widely-used software solution (I can't remember the name right now) for the same video-lag reason.

The only method I could figure-out that had a Live View out-put that was responsive enough for working with my TS-E lenses was this small 7" field monitor that plugs into the HDMI-out port of the 5D3.

Might be worth considering...


Photography Technique / Re: Noise in 5D III - Concern or my fault?
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:06:36 AM »
Bad choice, only use full iso stops (100/200/400/...) or you lose image quality.

I am fairly certain that is an urban legend with no basis in reality.

I'd be quite interested in hearing the opinions of a few of the forum's gurus on this topic.

Paging Doctor Neuro... Paging Doctor Neuro...

Software & Accessories / Re: Cloud storage
« on: October 12, 2014, 02:26:51 PM »
Happens that I just finished researching this for my daughter. I ended-up recommending that she trust her files to the cloud-people at Backblaze because it is the easiest of the cloud-backup services to configure; on a Mac, you literally just install it and you're done! That is pretty slick! And it's a bit cheaper then the competition.

However for my own cloud-backups, I use CrashPlan because their service is much more customizable. With Crashplan your deleted files can be retained in the cloud forever, not just 30-days as is the case with Backblaze. Also CrashPlan allows for unlimited versioned-file retention, and restored files will keep your original folder organization. Crashplan also works with removable/external &/or network drives much better than Blackblaze. With Backblaze you must mount your external drive at least every 30-days or it will be considered deleted and subsequently removed from their cloud-backup! Lastly, for an additional fee, CrashPlan has a "seeded backup" service where they will send you a portable hard drive (that you fill with your initial backup data) then return to them so that your first terabyte of data doesn't take (literally) weeks & months to send up to the cloud.

EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:23:06 PM »
Please... Inquiring minds would like to know...

Have you ever tried the "Merge to 32-bit HDR" Lightroom plugin by HDRsoft (the Photomatix folks)?

I find it to be a much more straight forward way to get a virgin (NOT tone mapped) 32-bit HDR file that can then be processed in Lightroom (or ACR). It does not require Photoshop and allows me to simply stay in Lightroom for all my basic post-processing. Also, the resulting 32-bit files, that can be really big as you know, can be cut to half-size (while retaining the entire 32-bit tonal range & edit-ability) if you select the "use half floating point format" option.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Photo Paper advice
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:36:20 AM »
Everyone that prints enough of their own photos these days will eventually discover Red River Paper.

I'm responsible for the care & feeding of an Epson 4900 and I'm not at all shy about spending money on quality supplies. I print a lot and these guys offer top-notch quality and the best customer service in the business. Period.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:15:43 PM »

Thanks for the great info! Saved me the trouble when I get my f/4 next week! All-in-all the f/4 looks to be a tad more forgiving (when coupled with a Lee filter holder) as compared to the f/2.8.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: IS on when filming on tripod?
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:38:59 PM »
While playing with a Tammy 150-600 last week at Steptoe Butte State Park I had to turn on the IS (or whatever Tamron calls it), even though it was mounted on a RRS TVC-33 w/ BH-55 tripod, because of the gusty wind!

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