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Lenses / Re: EF11-24mm F4L listed on a Japanese site
« on: Today at 02:21:40 PM »
That's not the hood!   That's the body of lens. Yes with some parts stick out and make a hood.  That would not be removable.  And my 300mm f4 has the ring on the sliding but non-removable hood.

OMG it is so Massive!

I don't get the massive part.  Looks like a very normal 300mm f2.8.  Also is that a good thing? Massive?

Anyway good for them.  i hope it's a good lens.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:36:17 AM »
I shoot the best image I can depending on the situation.

I crop if needed to get the best image for content and the application.

I don't know what the golden ratio is, I know about, but avoid the shower.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:05:43 AM »
I am the guy in the vest. (and a canon shooter)
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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:05:42 PM »
Now I can afford the Mark I version!!!!

Hope that works out for you.   ;)  Prices on used MkI versions of the other superteles went up by ~$1K due to the uber-high announced MkII pricing.

I can vouch for that.  I bought my 400mm f2.8 IS for $3950 about 3 months before VII came out.  I then saw them selling at $4500 to $6000 used. 

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:13:17 PM »
OMG! 2 other RAW+Jpeg shooters :) I thought I was alone!

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:05:33 AM »
Maybe this will help:

jpeg = frozen pizza, limited pre-determined choices

raw = local, fresh, artisan pizza with toppings to your liking

Mmmmmm, pizza!

To be more accurate

jpeg is ordering a pizza and waiting for it to be delivered
RAW is being in the kitchen monitoring and changing how the pizza is made

and just like in cooking, just being in the kitchen changing stuff does not mean the product will be better.

RAW allows the photographer to change a bunch of things with the image.  It does not guarantee that these changes will be good.  ;D

My Dr. says Pizza, frozen or from a restaurant has too much salt.  How about this analogy:

jpeg is like your camera took the sensor data and produced a photo based on the settings you applied in camera like white balance and sharpness.  Adjusting them after the fact is difficult and less effective. Set your camera to black and white for example, and you have no color information.  On the other hand if you don't apply crazy setting these images generally look good.

Raw is like your camera recorded the sensor data.  Settings like white balance and sharpness are recorded.  When the image is displayed these settings may be displayed, but they can be changed.  The black and white setting for example can just be removed and the image rendered in color.  These images ussually look dull and flat to begin with and require some work, but with practice the results can be great.  And groups of images can be batch processed o make many look great.

Oh and I love Pizza.

Sports / Re: FutBall / Soccer / Football
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:01:40 AM »
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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:04:37 PM »
Tele+ Ball head = problems.  It will be forever trying to flop over.  A big lens will take the tripod over with it.

A gimbal is best, but a fluid head will work well. 

But if you have a good ball head, consider a wimberly sidekick or similar that converts it to a gimbal.  Cheaper, much faster to attach. Works great for me.  And I use it with a 400mm f2.8

Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:48:56 PM »
I carry a 5D, 24-105, 35/1.4, 15mm fisheye, 580ex, and a 70-200/2.8L IS II with 2x TC III all in a ThinkTank ChangeUp.

I carry a lowepro 650 All weather bag.  It could carry 6 of these lenses, and a laptop.  And then you'd never lift it off the ground.  It is a great bag, but can easily be packed to be too heavy.  I have a wheeled art case that holds it and will often use that when I am "packing heavy"

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:58:14 PM »
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Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:33:38 PM »
I have a 300mm f4and the 70-200mm beast.  From time to time I pick the beast up and try to figure out why it is so much heavier.
Have you put it in a camera bag yet?  It's like adding a ship's anchor to your wind surfer.

Takes awesome photos though....
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Sports / Re: FutBall / Soccer / Football / Association Football
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:24:13 AM »
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A few Football games: Association football, Five-a-side football, Freestyle Football, Rugby football,
American football, Australian Rules Football, Arena football, Touch Football, Flag Football, Canadian Football, and all the Rugby variations count too.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Is my Mountain shot HDR or not?
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:23:52 PM »
Nice image! I don't think it's HDR based on your description. 

Some time, take an image like this and process it as an HDR, then process normally and layer the two images.  Adjust the opacity of the top image to get a blend of the 2.  10% HDR, 30… 70..  Whatever looks good.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:19:42 PM »
One thing I do to tone down my HDR is to process the image 100% all out HDR.  Then take the the middle exposure image and process it normally (conservatively).  Then layer the 2 images in Photoshop, and se the top layer opacity to 50%.  Now use the opacity of the top image as a slider for how much HDR you want.  You could also use the erase tool to effect parts of the image, or add an adjustment layer.

Note your HDR image may be different in total pixel dimensions, as different RAW processors treat the edges differently.  If that is the car, select both layers, auto align and trim the edges.

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