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A very quick photo of one of my twin daughters, if either of them sit still for more than 30 seconds I'm lucky...

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:47:56 PM »
I have both the 70-200 2.8 ii is and the 70-200 f4 is, if weight and money aren't an issue go for the 2.8 ii is, it really is an amazing lens, everytime I put it on my 5Diii it just astounds me how good it is, that being said the f4 version is brilliant as well....most times the F4 is attached to my "walkaround"7D, the reduce weight of the f4 makes it easier to throw it around.

I purchased the f4 version first then saved for the f2.8, Sometimes, when I look at my gear, I think do I really need both of these 70-200, the answer is "yes" because I have two bodies....if it was only the 5Diii I would only have the f2.8..

There are some great third party lenses out there, but the 70-200 2.8 l is ii, really is the best " one lens to rule them all"

Lenses / Lens Love
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:48:19 AM »
We Love Lenses on Vimeo

 A little bit of love goes a long way...

Third Party Manufacturers / Is Sony junk....
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:00:52 AM »
"Moody's cut its credit rating on Sony to junk on Monday, saying the Japanese electronics giant had more work to do in repairing its battered balance sheet...."     Source AFP....

How will this effect, the current crop of A7's and A7R's.....

Will we see further development?, will we see price drops?

Will be interesting to see what does or doesn't develop from this...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 25, 2014, 02:50:20 AM »
Fake aperture ring WTF.....

At least now I know I have been dressing all wrong, when I return to the real world, this will be my "go to" video or is that "Vine", to know how to dress and be taken seriously as a photographer....

Bugger the equipment, it's about the clothes and being hip.....

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:42:32 PM »
Where I currently live, I can't even buy an original LP-E6, not even at the Canon shop, every other camera store stocks some third party manufacturer apart from lack of choice, the price difference is a determining factor.

Also where I live is the Mecca of piracy, you can almost never trust anything you buy here, add to that, there is no such thing as a return policy or warranty.

Buyer beware (or wait to go to a more trustworthy city/country)

I currentlly use a third party battery which was less than half the price of a Canon, it charges in the original Canon charger, it seems to discharge (through use) at the same reports it's charge status in-camera

It's been over a year now with this Third Party, so far I have no issues at all....

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:29:11 PM »
This is what I get faced with every day.....Russian tourists seem to think a G-String is appropriate beach wear, male and matter what your body shape or size.
The second picture is using two leaves found on the beach....(guess the tan lines look more natural)

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:46:55 AM »
Up in the air..

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:45:10 PM »
Love this lens....

I had a similar issue yesterday, with my 85 1.4,  I think it was a metadata problem/or how Sigma lenses and LR work together, a little fiddling around (not sure exactly what I did) but the "obscure Lenses" you mentioned came up, after my fiddling I now have a list of every lens Sigma make...

Sorry I can't be more exact, but the profiles are in there somewhere...

Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:07:38 AM »
Definitely a can of worms topic, maybe like the super thin condom vs the standard....Anyway, I use Hoya HD on all of my lenses; except for my Sigma 85 1.4, this is the only lens I keep for portraits indoors, all the others find there way outdoors, where I live, it's humid and dusty and polluted all year, wiping a filter numerous times a day is (to me) safer then wiping a front element..

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:46:46 AM »
Not a "best" but a favourite from my "Street Photographers" series

Canon General / Re: Clarification....Fine Art
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:39:47 PM »
Commendations on asking the question. Most people are afraid of asking a question like this as they don't want to take the chance of looking like a rube. But this is a complex question that I've never been able to answer.

My flip answer is that if you have an MFA degree, any picture you create is "fine art." If you don't have the MFA, nothing you create is "fine art." Frankly, my experience so far suggests that's as good an answer as any. My sincere answer is that I have no damn idea.

If you're interested in linkage between genuine visual Art and photography, this video by Adam Marelli is a great fundamental beginning. I looked for something like this for years:

Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers

I watched this a while back, have to admit some of it made sense, but then I will have to also admit that some of it made no sense ( to my mind at least)...

Seems all of the responses to my question gave me the answer....and that answer is Art is subjective, but also Art is Art or Fine Art when academics say so...

Guess it's one of those " Don't ask questions" or maybe "Don't question what is art"

Canon General / Clarification....Fine Art
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:52:38 AM »
This may seem like a strange/uneducated question, What is Fine Art photography...

I have searched Google re definition, without a clear clarification of what it is or who decides what is or isn't fine art...

Was browsing through the Focus magazine, allot of what is featured is/or seems to be Large Format/Medium format Film (not digital) allot seems to pre-date digital....

From Landscape to nudes, still life to abstract...

As a forum of Photographers, what do you consider Fine Art photography?

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