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Why don't more lenses come with the built in motor drive for smooth zooming?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 85mm f/1.2L III and Others
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:54:11 PM »
If it is a 50mm f/1.4 IS, that would be a hard choice over the 50mm f/1.2. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:17:02 AM »
Can movie theaters show 4K movies with their digital projectors?  I'm not really sure what resolution the average 'non-hollywood' film is shot in though.  I would assume it is 1080p or the wide screen equivalent.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Patent: Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
« on: March 25, 2014, 05:29:27 PM »
I used an 8mm f/2.8 fisheye to capture the moonless night sky on my 5Dm2.  It shows up as a circle in the middle of the frame.

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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:19:43 PM »
I would like to see how IS could have handled shooting video on my bike last week.  There were some shots that I bet it would have a problem with, but it should smooth out the bumps, and that is a big deal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:15:39 PM »
Is size, cost, and weight the reasons someone would go with a 16-35 f/4 over the 16-35 f/2.8?

I like my 16-35mm f/2.8 a lot and haven't noticed any problems with it.
Do you use it for astrophotography fully open?

I have before.  Long exposures in national parks out West for instance.  I carried it down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon a few years ago (with a tripod even).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:31:13 AM »
Is size, cost, and weight the reasons someone would go with a 16-35 f/4 over the 16-35 f/2.8?

I like my 16-35mm f/2.8 a lot and haven't noticed any problems with it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:20:12 PM »
I upgraded to 10.9, and it broke a few things like my USB3 card won't work.  I like it though overall.  It was a little scary when it was updating and restarted.  It gave me an error the first few times on my 2010 MacBook Pro.

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PowerShot / Re: More Images of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:28:19 PM »
Could this be the ultimate no-fuss travel camera?

That is what I am thinking. 

Then again, I will probably still choose the 5Dm2 and it's hassle of carrying the size and weight over this camera.

Now, if I didn't have my 5Dm2, this might be the camera I was looking for.

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:58:02 PM »
Wildlife is tricky, especially if you use live-view and digitally focus with the AF button.  Or manually focus by zooming in and pixel peeping (why isn't there a 50-100x zoom).  I only have the 25mm tube, so it had to be that one, but I haven't come up with a reason to have a 840mm eq lens for non-moving objects yet.

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:03:56 AM »
I put the 2x closest to the camera, then the 25mm tube, and the lens+1.4x on it.  I used the live view mode and pushed the AF button to focus.  It isn't the fastest, but it was able to lock in.

The next question is, other than the Moon pictures, there isn't much to gain from this setup.  I don't actually own a 2x, I borrowed the one for this test.  You do need a stable tripod and a slow moving subject.  Maybe if you are a PI and looking to get some covert pictures...

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:34:38 PM »
I have done this with a 300mm f/4 and a 1.4x II, 25mm tube, and 2x II.  With my 5Dm2, I was still short of filling the entire frame. 

The details are good, and I'm not sure if the atmosphere helped blur it at all (it was a cold day in February), but I would have liked to have another 2x or more.  When I turned it towards Mars and Jupiter, I figured I would need to get up to something like 2700mm+.

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I'd be impressed when they fit a Gitzo tripod with whimberley head on it inside of a backpack, along with a camera, lenses, clothes, food, and tent.  All of which needs to be easily accessible and ready to shoot in about 60 seconds.   ;D

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Is it just me, or did they not have a good picture of how your camera gear could be laid out, protected, and organized?  The video shows how you can get to it quickly, but I would like to see more real world examples.

And I agree, where is the camera bag for the multi-night camper/hiker?  Maybe it exists, I'm not an expert on backpacks.  I used a lightweight thin backpack when riding a bike around San Francisco that worked out well.  It didn't scream "expensive camera bag" either, which was nice.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: MSRP for 32 is ~ $450 USD
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:11:19 PM »
$45,000 worth of gear (give or take).

That's a lot of eggs in one basket.   :o


I took a look at their website, and noted the MSRP of $450 USD ... that's more than I'm willing to pay. However, for a person with $45,000+ worth of gear, then I suppose the cost/benefit equation becomes different.


It's not just about protection of gear which makes these lenses so good...it's the fact that they are less obvious as being a camera bag, fits in the over heads on a plane but most importantly....they weigh about half of the competition's bags of the same size.
If a photographer uses mkII white teles and one of these bags, he is literally halving his luggage weight and that makes it carry on hand luggage weight. Which then negates the need for peli cases and the like.


I carry on my pelican camera/laptop case...  ;)  I do get a workout carrying it around the world, but I haven't had any problems with it (except for some smaller airplanes).

http://www.casesbypelican.com/StudioCruzer/photostudio-17.htm

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