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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:56:52 AM »
so far, we have seen superfast USM and slower STM lenses.
But technically, STM tech could be as fast as USM, still with the possibility to slow down when needed.

I guess wildlife videographers would really love an STM tele lens...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who's Ready for a 100x Zoom PowerShot?
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:32:40 PM »
f/9 and an optical blow-up formula (focal length of 340mm but only a 165mm total lens length)...

This must result in high shutter speeds and superb image quality!

Oh wait... you cant cheat physics.

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what about a LR only thingy for $2.50, sorry 2.49 per month? THAT would be a deal!

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Lenses / Re: Internal Zooming Standard Zoom
« on: August 31, 2013, 07:39:05 AM »
Or the new sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC for crop sensors.

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:47:11 PM »
i'm much more shocked what the tamron woman tells - any beverage with 50% methanol in it is an insta-blind ;)

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:49:39 AM »
not long ago, over at thephoblographer.com, they asked the industry experts this question:

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/07/25/industry-experts-weigh-in-can-you-clean-a-lens-with-vodka/

Summary: Better drink your vodka and use isopropyl


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Lenses / Re: Need daily lens suggestion
« on: August 20, 2013, 04:36:09 AM »
I also recommend the 17-55, but you might want to consider the new Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM Art lens. It has gotten a rave review from Bryan at TDP:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-18-35mm-f-1.8-DC-HSM-Lens.aspx

It's also about a couple hundred dollars cheaper!

Also other reviewers like Lenstip are very favourable about this lens.

This Sigma lens is actually my next investment. For "general purpose" i'd couple it either with a 24-105L or the 85 f/1.8.
The 24-105 is indeed not very wide on a crop, but it's quality glass and together with a flash I really like it to to document events, with it's reach you can stay a bit more in the background.

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Lenses / Re: Best setup for falling stars
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:53:06 AM »
Last week I did two night sessions with the 600D and the tokina 11-16. I chose ISO 1600 (too much color noise in the area where some light pollution slightly brightens the sky, next time i'll set 800), f/2.8 and 30sec. With some PP i got nice time lapse movies. I caught some falling stars, and the second night when pointing south, there was some kind of satellite tumbling around ;)

After the exams i will edit these movies.

I need to get that money to buy me the new sigma lens - with f/1.8 10s exposures should work fine!
Oh, and a battery grip for 900 instead of 450 images ;)

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Video & Movie / Re: Timelaspe climb to Moleson at night (swiss alp)
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:13:51 PM »
Nice video!
Last summer, I was in the Almagellerhütte, we did the Zwischbergenpass and we were the only ones that did NOT get up at 4 AM to ascend the Weissmies. Well, when 10 out of 12 people in a room get up... I took the opportunity and got up too, and took some nice pictures.
Tokina 11-16, 4min, f/5.6, ISO 100


Zwischbergenpass by SwissBear85, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:34:16 PM »
As this adapter is probably plastics only, a fret saw might do the job.

On the other hand, some WD40, applied to the release button, might help. Just be cautious to not spill any on the rear element of the 17-40. Some blotting paper might help.

If you chose the first option: take some pictures ;)

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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 04, 2013, 04:48:41 PM »
... darn! it seems quite like i left the memory card in the laptop...

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HD Question
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:23:03 AM »
[...]
Size is a point - I am not a pro, so my catalogue rather is in the range of 30k photos...
[...]

A full backup works as long as your catalog does not exceed the stoage size of your system. If this is the case, my previously mentioned solution is the best thing I can think of as it still offers the option to browse all your work, at least if you are somehow connected to your NAS.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HD Question
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:11:13 AM »
In your situation, i would use a "current work" LR catalog on the laptop (should work nice&fast on a SSD), and after finishing a project, export the catalog on the NAS, then import it to the full catalog which is also stored on the NAS. This is a bit flimsy, but as far as I can tell, adobe has not yet implemented something to automate this process.

There are, in fact, various solutions to automate this procedure. The choice of software that mirrors hard drives (or individual folders) is huge, some using the cloud, some doing it directly. That takes care of the type of backing up as you suggest it without requiring any manual work. I find this a most secure solution since it normally also allows you to directly get a copy off-site.

You talk about general backup solutions. This is not what i mean, because a huge 100k pictures LR catalog does not fit on a 500GB drive ;)
I would like to have in lightroom an option to "relocate" old stuff to a NAS without kicking it out of the catalog, but that is currently not easy to achieve - working with two catalogs is much easier. I also heard that a small catalog works fater.
Of course, you could create for every project a new catalog and then just copy it over to backup - but then you can't browse "all" your work.

Another point: physical separation of the backup: a second backup (single disc acceptable) which is at your workplace/parents/friend can be handy when something comes like sandy ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HD Question
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:34:25 PM »
For reliability, any single drive solution (like your backup plan) are prone to fail, or better said, if they fail, everything is lost. A 5-8 disc NAS would be much safer, and offers a bit more storage space.

In your situation, i would use a "current work" LR catalog on the laptop (should work nice&fast on a SSD), and after finishing a project, export the catalog on the NAS, then import it to the full catalog which is also stored on the NAS. This is a bit flimsy, but as far as I can tell, adobe has not yet implemented something to automate this process.

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Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens' for crop sensor camera
« on: August 01, 2013, 03:02:24 AM »
If f/2.8 is important (astro/lowlight), then the tokina is the best choice, i bought recently the old version because the improvements are not worth the extra 200CHF (slightly better flare control, faster AF).
The canon is maybe a bit sharper, i'd get that if the speed is not that important.

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