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Macro / Re: Couple of nice damselfly's
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:44:30 AM »
Great shots!  Love the eletric blue of the top one...

I have yet to get good shots of damselflies, but here's one I like of their dragonfly relatives.

"Look Out Below!"

EOS 7D, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 100

Great shot.
Is it handhold or on tripod with remote shutter release?

And, if handhold; did you sharpen the photo?

Thanks!  Shot from a tripod with remote shutter.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: is my 5D3 faulty?
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:44:02 PM »
What sort of lighting?  If it was fluorescent, that's the cause (shutter speed higher than the lamp frequency, newer bulbs with electronic ballast mitigate the problem).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: IQ difference of FF vs APS-C?
« on: June 20, 2012, 08:38:26 PM »
In bright light, printing 8x10" or smaller, you likely will not notice a difference in IQ (beyond the thinner DoF, which can be compensated for by a faster lens on APS-C, to a point).  If you need to push the ISO up higher than about 400, print large, etc., you'll notice a meaningful difference.  Basically, a FF sensor gathers more total light, which gives you a 1.3-stop advantage on ISO noise and a 1.3-stop thinner DoF for the same framing.  It's significant, but it's not magic. 

I think that would be very useful...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« on: June 20, 2012, 07:07:55 PM »
I'm not sure I believe the third-party sellers who say it is in stock.  There's no way Canon would give them stock before Amazon or B&H gets it.  More likely, they take your money now and ship it next week when everybody has gotten their allotments.

Some of the 3rd party sellers on Amazon indicate 'in stock, takes 2-3 days to ship' meaning they may not have it but have been told to expect a shipment.  B&H indicate that it's expected on Friday.   But some retailers do get it ahead of others...for the USA, consider - they are crated and shipped over the Pacific Ocean, so they arrive on the west coast first, so west coast retailers get them while another part of the shipment is on a truck heading for B&H and Adorama on the east coast.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: 40 Shorty Test Shots
« on: June 20, 2012, 06:34:50 PM »
I think my construction site was bigger :P
(or at least more expensive, $812 mil for 4km)

That's a bargain!  Boston's Big Dig was originally budgeted at $3 billion for about 5 miles / 8 km, ended up finishing 10 years late and $10 billion over budget, and since completion has sprung many leaks that required expensive remediation, parts were paved with temperate-climate concrete which the New England winters have prematurely destroyed, and pieces of the roof have fallen onto passing cars with fatal results.   Every day as my electronic account is debited by the turnpike tolls as I drive to work to incrementally reduce the interest on the bonds used to finance the project, I thank the geniuses at Bechtel Engineering for the boondoggle.

Some of the worlds largest companies, i.e. Pfizer still supply their people's laptops with XP. Ricockulous.

Not too surprising... a lot of large enterprises value stabilty over features and are a generation behind to wait for most of the initial issues to be identified/resolved.  A lot of companies skipped Vista and rightfully so, so it just seems a lot longer this time around.

Exactly.  Consider...you use a few applications, so you would want to make sure those applications are compatible with the new OS when you upgrade.  Pfizer has the same concerns - times 100,000 employees.  Working for large pharma myself (>60K employees), and currently transitioning from XP to Win7 (well...watching others transition since I'm one of the tiny minority of official Mac users in the company  ;) ), it's incredibly complex to ensure all the software systems and instrument platforms work under Win7, not to mention that parts of the organization that report data to regulatory agencies need regulatory approval (= long delays) before changing any aspect of the data generation systems.  So, maybe not so ricockulous, after all?

Thanks, neuro. That's a smart solution. Do you always have a plate attached to your camera body?

Yes, plates on bodies (will be an L-bracket on the 1D X), and on tripod collars.

Site Information / Re: When are you usually on CR?
« on: June 20, 2012, 04:31:17 PM »
When I'm not sleeping.   8)

I used a little Loctite Blue 242 to semi-permanently attach the FastenR-3 to a Kirk QRC-1 1" clamp, and now I have a quick-release solution for the BR strap that works with any Arca-Swiss type camera plate, L-bracket, or lens plate (shown connected to a Wimberley P-5 camera plate).

Bummer :(

Windows 7 Pro retail - 250$
RAM to run Win7 - 200$
Lightroom 4 to process RAW files - 150$

Too much $$$$ for what i offers compared to just 1700$ for a MK2. Easy choice.

Will the 1 MP difference between the 22 MP files of the 5DIII and the 21 MP files of the 5DII mean you won't need to upgrade your computer?

Lenses / Re: ephotozine review of 40mm f2.8 STM
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:29:26 PM »
Do these characteristics equally apply to the focus-by-wire EF 85/1.2L? Or is it just a strange "side-effect" of the  STM-motor in the pancake?

And does the other STM-lens 18-135 II STM behave in the same way?

It's the STM motor.  The 85L can be manually focused without pressing AF-ON or half-pressing the shutter.  The 18-135mm STM is the same as the 40/2.8 pancake in that regard.

What's up with B&H? I heard Adorama will start shipping this Friday.

B&H isn't necessarily the first to get things...especially in the 'consumer' price range.  Amazon fulfilled my S100 pre-order before B&H even started shipping them.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Thoughts on hand straps?
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:19:19 PM »
+1 on Blackrapid, and I also have E1 handstraps on both bodies.

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