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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:24:08 PM »
Mini. Winter Storm Snochi.

I had the 1.4x II and 2x II. Sold the latter because it degraded the image too much. That said, I'm planning on selling the former and buying a 2x III. Go to and compare the image quality of your lens with the teleconverter to something like the 100-400L. It's really a toss up on the image quality front, in my opinion. For you, the 2-stop penalty may be the deciding factor. I use my 70-200 f/4 IS for landscapes, so I'm shooting at f/16 and down anyway.

Software & Accessories / Vello Grip
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:09 PM »
Anyone know if the 5d Mark III Vello grip will work on the 5d Mark II, and if so, will it retain functionality of the multi controller?

Software & Accessories / Re: Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:02:57 PM »
Great, thank you. I'm going to put the extra $ into the B+W extra wide 105mm. I'll post back here in a couple weeks with the vignette report at 17mm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:08:04 PM »
That seems like a really reasonable compromise. Just to be clear, at 17mm (full frame) with the Lee filter holder, a 4"x4", a 4"x6", and the 105mm mount (without the filter), there's minimal vignetting?

Software & Accessories / Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
I'm looking to pick up a filter holder for long exposures with an ND grad. I currently have a set of Lee .6 and .9 hard and soft ND grads, plus .9 and 1.2 Singh-Ray reverse ND grads, all 4"x6", which I've been handholding. I'd like to be able to shoot with an ND grad, standard ND, and circular polarizer all in place on an EF 17-40mm or an EF 70-200. This is where it gets complicated. Lee holder fits my current filters, but the combination of those three filters at once looks like it will push me to 20-24mm on the lens. Correct me if I'm wrong, but since I almost always shoot with a polarizer on anyway, my resting lens condition can be with a polarizer on the lens threads (B+W XS-Pro in the case of the 17-40), and a Lee adaptor screwed into the polarizer. Mount the filter hold, add the ND, adjust the grad, shouldn't get vignetting. Read something about needing to polarize the light before it hits the NDs; I call BS. I think it's a way for Lee to justify their idea of placing a 105mm filter at the front of the setup instead of closer to the lens like on the Cokin setup.

Other alternative I see is to go with the Cokin X-Pro, sell my existing six 4"x6" filters, buy three replacements (.9 hard and soft, 1.2 reverse) in the X-pro size, and drop the cash on Cokin's polarizer for that setup. No concern about vignetting there, and I can leave the adaptors in place on the lenses without the polarizer also attached.

Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone been down this road?

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:29:05 AM »
I previously owned the 24-70 f/2.8L. I could have sworn it had a metal mount. Am I crazy?

I've used Alumiprint in the past. Ridiculously professional. They'll call you to follow up on the image and will work on the image for you (in consultation with you) to optimize it for metal print. Printing and shipping were fast. The workmanship is top notch. I've used Aluminyze before, and they're great for a gallery. For a display print in a client's home, I think Alumiprint's the way to go.

Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector for Mark5dIII?
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:34:55 PM »
Technically speaking, the glass on there is a screen protector. If you scratch it, it's an easy self repair. Parts are about $20 and the foolproof process runs about ten minutes. That said, after one repair, I elected to cover mine with a screen protector from Zagg. People throw these on their iPads and iPhones all the time. Same material, very resilient, minimal loss to visibility. Whose pixel peeping on their 3" screens??

Software & Accessories / Nikkor to EF adapter
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
Anyone use a lens adaptor from Fotodiox to attach Nikkors to your Canon? I'm trying to run a set of Ai-S primes on a 5d II and would like focus confirmation. The Fotodiox website seems to list four options, varying prices, but I can't tell the difference between them. Any reason not to go with the $40 one?

Software & Accessories / Lowepro Voyager Strap
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:26:57 PM »
Anyone have some insight into what happened to the Lowepro Voyager S and C straps? Seems like they disappeared from the Lowepro website and are only sporadically available on Ebay. Also, does anyone know how the Lowepro Transporter strap compares to them? If your only response is that I should buy a Black Rapid strap, I will virtually kick you in the shin.

Photography Technique / Re: Great Article from Canon USA., PRO Product Team
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:48:23 AM »
Love that site as well. Another useful one from Canon Europe:

I particularly like the section on batteries. I've had two half-charged LP-E6s in the fridge for the last nine months in plastic bags with silica gel. Took them out yesterday and both showed a charge in the 40 percentile range. Once they warmed up (took about ten minutes), they were ready to shoot.

Software & Accessories / Variable ND filters
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:57:37 PM »
Does anyone here use the Vari-ND filter from Singh-Ray? I'm looking to pick up B+H's MRC nano version of it when it hits the market, but just want to make sure it's effective tech before dropping the $250. Anyone who went from multiple NDs of different densities to the Vari and then went back?

Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:39:08 PM »
I'd like to recommend that some people open up their minds a little as to what people will and will not add to their kits. I added the EF 24-70 f/4L IS to my kit to replace my EF 24-105mm f/4L. What? How can this be? Why would anyone...? A few reasons. The 24-70 is smaller and lighter. I shoot almost exclusively landscape, so I'm stopped down. As soon as I hit f/8 on my 24-70, it's sharper than the 24-105 at every focal length. I carry a 70-200mm f/4L IS in my kit, so I have 70-105 covered by a lens that is also sharper than the 24-105 at every corresponding focal length. The 24-70mm gives me the ability to take macro shots while I'm carrying a two lens kit on backcountry trips. And yes, they are macro shots. Don't knock the feature until you take a look at some of the images. Is it as good as my EF 100mm f/2.8L IS? Heck no. Is it taking macro shots that are good enough to print/publish/sell? Heck yes. Unlike, the reviewer, I haven't noticed any focus shift with mine. Bottom line, if ounces count, which they typically do for landscape photographers, this lens is much more attractive that the 24-105mm. I chose the Canon system in 2005 almost exclusively because of the f/4L zoom line. This lens is a great addition to that line and an excellent alternative to the 24-105mm (which I've hung onto for single-lens trips).

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 17, 2013, 11:04:46 AM »
I have my 5d Mark II, 17-40L, 24-105L, 24-70L, 70-200L, 50L, 100L Macro, 135L, 28 1.8, 85 1.8, 580EXII, and Gitzo tripod  all fully insured for the cost of brand new replacement through USAA for $118 annually. Replacement costs were pulled from B&H and are typically higher than what I actually paid (why lenses are a great investment). This covers every possible source of loss or damage, from theft to dropped out of a helicopter at 3000 feet. There's no deductible. I live in Texas.

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