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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
I really want to encourage you here.  Pursuing something creative like photography might help with chronic insomnia, definitely can give the mind something enjoyable and positive to latch onto as you are working on yourself.

I highly recommend getting an original 5D, or if you can pull together a few more bucks, a used 5D II or a 6D, but focus on getting some fun lenses, mostly good artistic prime lenses. I also suggest buying used gear carefully.  I would definitely suggest the Canon 85mm f/1.8 and a good 50mm, like the Canon f/1.8 or better yet a used Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  The Canon EF 35mm f/2 would also be a great lens that could grow with you. 

If you don't have a decent tripod, also budget for a good Manfrotto or similar. I wouldn't spent up for other accessories yet, wait till some money falls in your lap. For now, make do with some packing foam and a old backpack or something.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:42:48 AM »
I HRD most of my images, but I use the tech to bring out the visual beauty in the scenes not turn it into a bad velvet painting  ::).....but it has already been said "to each their own".

I enjoyed these.  Subtle but clear examples of the occasional benefit of HDR processing.

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If you are thinking about a "do it yourself" project on cutting the foam, take a look at this company:

http://www.foamonline.com/

I would be careful and talk to them, you will want to be sure to use a very high quality foam designed to exhibit very low out-gassing, as the chemicals released by most foam can damage optics and coatings, etc.  I believe the one they recommended to me is called Supreem, but be sure to talk to them about it.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:22:41 PM »
It has also become the year of collapsing sales for most manufacturers of cameras and lenses. Perhaps Canon is wise to keep their powder dry, as introducing new products is expensive. 

A more cynical view is the they are realizing that the market isn't crazy about small aperture lenses with IS as replacements for large aperture lenses. That is the direction they have generally been going in.  Sigma is an interesting contrast, as they have been taking a different, perhaps more well received approach, of improving the optics on their fast lenses.

I love fast lenses and that is why I have drunk so much of the Sigma cool-aid.

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Can't stress enough how important having a Carbonite or similar offsite backup is, because it just happens, there is no need to remember to swap offsite disks for hard failures such as fire or storm damage.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:13:41 AM »
Getting more excited about the EOS-M platform. The two lenses I have (22mm, and 18-55mm) have impressed me. I am looking forward at some point to the 11-22mm and this new dedicated telezoom.  My future trips to exotic locals (or at least interesting) are open to fun photography without pissing off the wife.  ++good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:47:08 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.

I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:26:54 PM »
When did anyone last see a patent for a large aperture lens from Canon?  This is more of an issue with primes, but the idea that they are looking at a 16-35MM F/4 is odd but fits with the trend we have seen in smaller aperture primes.

I am not big on conspiracy theories, but it makes sense that Canon is pursuing smaller apertures and throwing in gew-gaws like IS on wide angle lenses because the real cost is in the glass, and Canon needs to boost margins where they can, given the crazy collapse that seems to be occurring in the photo equipment market.

Interesting that Sigma is going in the opposite direction and pushing the envelope on lens development.

And yes, I did notice that not all of the patents listed represented a shrinking of aperture.

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Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:00:23 AM »
You could also play the Russian lens roulette if you're feeling lucky.  They allegedly have some TS knockoffs of the TS-E lineup in EF mounts, of course.  Tell us how that goes if you decide to give it a try....

To help clarify and expand on this statement, the old school Ukranian-made lenses may have some flaring issues, and the fact that these lenses have lots of moving parts expose them to more issues, but they are really quite nice tools. I am speaking of the Arsat Arax lenses in 35mm and 80mm, I have used them both and I will say you really aren't risking much by trying them, they are quite good. Many of the Ukranian-based vendors have sold thousands of these lenses to US based buyers and have good track records.

The more contemporary generation of tilt-shift lenses from the Ukraine, the Hartblei Super Rotator lenses, are made in collaboration with Zeiss and are breathtakingly expensive, closer to the Schneiders in price than the Canons. I have never tried one but the reviews I read suggest they are worth the investment.  The super rotator function is like the 24L in that you can choose how to align the tilt and shift axes.

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I have the 35mm Art and the previous 50mm Sigmas, both of which I love. This is a killer development, but I love my current 50mm and probably won't be tempted to trade up.  The lens I am really waiting for is the 85mm Art, now THAT lens I will scoop up in a second to replace the Canon 85mm 1.8.  The Canon is a fine lens, but that half a stop make a difference in low light.

Keep 'em coming, Sigma! This is great for us gear heads.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 announced in Japan
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:01:31 AM »
Looks like Japanese packages will include the 11-22mm.  Hope we get that lens in the US, as well as a telezoom and perhaps some wider-aperture primes.

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I am the one to blame for authoring the original post on CR Forums about Adobe getting out of the package sales market, and it became like a 30 page rant by everyone.  That was never my intent.

I actually think $10 a month is a pretty great deal for Light Room and Photoshop. Will stay with the versions I own for now, will probably make the jump at the next version if the pricing stays where it is.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Have you ever purchase camera gear from BuyDig.com
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:44:17 PM »
Got a 60D body with the Pixma Pro-100 deal recently through BuyDig.com, delivery was immediate and processing of the rebate was quick and painless.

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Saw this tidbit at PhotoRumors, Phottix is integrating their radio flash trigger system into their Mitros TTL flash:

http://photorumors.com/2013/09/18/phottix-announces-mitros-ttl-transceiver-flash-with-built-in-radio-trigger/#more-49486

Thinking this may be a better way to do off-camera flash. Nothing on pricing yet, and the Mitros flash goes for $350 for a full TTL flash that Dave Hobby really likes.  Don't know yet what the cost will be with transceiver baked in.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/07/phottix-mitros-nikon-review-real-deal.html

Anyone use the Phottix Odin flash trigger system and can compare it to the PocketWizard tools?  How about the Phottix flashes, anyone use those?

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Singel Image HDR
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:25:12 AM »
I am a big fan of single image HDR in Photomatix for very subtle exposure fusion images.

Anyone that complains about Canon DR and hasn't tried this technique should reconsider their complaint.

Never used the PS layer trick, will have to try.

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