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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:13:43 PM »
Sigma sure has come a long way and might soon own the lower/mid price range for certain lenses. Three cheers for them. I will be surprised if their newest lens comes anywhere close to the Zeiss Otus in real world shooting in that my experience with the Otus has been unbelievably great.

Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:25:24 PM »
I have rented both lenses, like various aspects of each lens, but for me the decision hands down is the 600mm lens. Simply an amazing lens even with TC's attached.

Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:17:52 PM »
Where is the category for the "gotta have the newest and latest" equipment collector? That's me, and I use the gear mainly for landscape, macro, and birds in flight.

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:58:08 PM »
A selfie that I shot while in France. I reside in the USA.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:28:49 PM »
I have the 3880 and think it is phenomenal. I don't pay much attention to the cost simply because I do not print a lot of images. The 3880 is clearly the way to go. You can always send your work out to a pro house if you need a better quality print.

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:46:12 PM »
For those of us who are lucky enough to own a 1D-X or a 5D-III, one has to ask what took Kelby so long to see the benefits in features and image quality these cameras have over what he has previously been shooting.

Sure, Kelby is entertaining and his books are helpful at times as reference materials. Do I care what cameras he shoots? About as much as he cares about what cameras I shoot. 

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 07, 2014, 05:11:35 PM »
I purchased the 300mm f/2.8 after going through every argument that everyone else has gone through. I would have purchased the 600mm lens if I was a very dedicated bird shooter, but I'm not. I shoot a little bit of this and of that. I am extremely happy with the sharpness of the 300mm lens. Truly outstanding. However, I admit that there are times when I would love to have the 600mm lens. That will have to wait because I've ordered the new Zeiss Otus lens for Canon. There goes some of the funds I would have used to purchase the 600mm lens. Boys and their toys, right!

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:50:24 PM »
Having bought nearly every camera body issued since the 40D, I'm not sure I will purchase the new camera body unless there is very good progress in the focusing area. I don't typically shoot at low light and don't shoot sporting events, so those aspects don't much interest me.

I just purchased a used Mamiya 7 II film camera, yes that's right, a film camera, and am going off to shoot lots and lots of landscapes. I'm going to concentrate on shooting photos and less on expressing my opinions.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:46:53 AM »
I have this lens on order and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I have several other Zeiss lenses, all of which are incredible. I imagine this lens will be another favorite for me. The lenses really are amazing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D-X underexposure
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:44:33 AM »
I shot my 1D-X and all image captures on the display were fine and dandy. I downloaded the CF card into Lightroom and all of the captures were underexposed by 1.0. Yikes! This is the first time the camera has acted up in any way. I tried everything but nothing seemed to solve the problem with my camera. After a quick trip to the Canon Service Center in Irvine, CA, I learned that the exposure problem is a known issue. The repair is covered under warranty including a standard service and cleaning. Whew, I was so happy that the issue was not another bone headed situation that I had caused. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:26:21 PM »
If the student is an adult and has evenings free, many junior colleges offer photography programs that are inexpensive and start with students who have never picked up anything more than a point and shoot camera. The classes here in California where I live are very good. Camera stores are another great source.

I prefer to let someone else handle the basic teaching and be a source for discussing photography including answering questions. Last, to be a photo buddy on shoots.

I'm still studying myself and find the challenges worth the rewards. Oh yes, there are plenty of failures and frustrations along the way!

EOS Bodies / Re: Huge Issue with 1DX AF micro adjustments
« on: November 07, 2013, 01:33:02 PM »
I noticed my 24-70mm II and the 70-200mm II were not autofocusing to the sharpness they should be providing. I used a software program that provides a target that you print, shoot according to the directions provided with the software, then load the photos into the software for analysis. The microfocus adjustment results for my 1D-X and the two lenses were: +2 for the 24-70mm and -4 for the 70-200mm lens. Not surprising, my 300mm f/2.8 lens when tested required a microfocus setting of zero.

I encourage you to purchase a software program that will take your test shots, analyze them, and give you the settings for the microfocus otherwise you might never achieve the level of sharpness that all of us demand. Good luck!

Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 02:13:56 PM »
Not being the Freddy Photoshop sort, I download the images into Lightroom, trash the bad ones and reduce the shoot down to 30-50 images that I keep in electronic form on two external hard drives (one at home, one elsewhere except when updating them). I then select 3-5 images that I really like and send them out to a professional post processing and printing company for them to deal with. I prefer to shoot instead of process/edit.

The only review that I have read from anyone who has actually used the lens is from Lloyd Chambers. Yet everyone is an expert and has strong opinions about the lens without ever having shot one frame using the new lens. Minds made up. Verdict entered. How sad!

I'm sure that in time the usual lens rental companies will have the lens available for rent. Maybe take the lens for a test drive, after which you can decide if the lens is great based on your own review.

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