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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 12, 2012, 06:59:06 PM »

Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:04:37 AM »
I'm in the same situation. I leave in a couple of weeks for Europe and am bringing my 50, 24-105, and 70-200 IS II. I'm considering leaving the 70-200 home because it's heavy and draws a lot of attention. People have discussed getting harassed in London for taking SLR pictures. Anyone have good or bad experiences they'd like to share? How about Copenhagen?

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:47:46 PM »
But on the 5DIII with its frankly astounding AF has brought this great lens back into the fold. Any shot where I have not nailed focus is user-error rather than any issue with the lens. I'm inspired! It's fun. On the strength of this I may well take a fresh look at the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

I sold my Sigma 50mm 1.4 after having too much AF frustration on 5D Mk II. I'm glad to hear that it performs much better on the MK III. I may have to give it another look.

I LOVE my Sigma 85mm 1.4. The design is similar to their 50 1.4 which means that the focusing barrel is enclosed when a filter is attached. I previously owned the Canon 1.2 L II and found the gap between the focusing barrel and the main lens alarming. The AF on the 85 is much better than the Canon and better than the Sigma 50 by far. You will not regret buying this lens. So sharp, and so much color and contrast. I bought mine from Abe's of Maine.

Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: July 28, 2012, 10:00:54 PM »
I'm visiting Malmö next month (first time in Sweden) and am very excited to capture something new to me.

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:08:58 PM »
Wow, those seats recede into infinity.

So far I've used manual, but then I haven't done what that changes from day to night.

As far as interval goes...a good place to start is when you know how long your final video is going to be. For instance if your goal is to make a 2 minute timelapse that plays at 24fps, you know that you will need to capture 2880 images (120s X 24fps). Next, if you know how much time you plan to capture, you can divide. So, if you want to capture 3 hours which is 10800 seconds, you divide 10800 by 2880 and get 3.75s for an interval. Round up or down as you like.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:48:04 AM »
Without being a 'smart ass', a lens does not inspire me one bit. It is the subject that does. Only then I pick a lens to represent the best aspect of the subject.

It's true that most of the time the subject should be what inspires us, but it's also true that a lens can too. Sometimes it's very fun to grab only a "creative" lens when I'm walking out the door to challenge myself to see what I can come up with...something like a tilt-shift or an extreme wide angle lens (Sigma 12-24 on full-frame). I n this way the lens inspires the photographer to try something they ordinarily wouldn't.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:42:18 PM »
yep thats how I had it (wont fit the otherway round)
I'll play around with it again tonight
it'll be interesting if it works have you tried it on a 5Dmk2? does it AF too

I didn't buy the Kenko until after I sold my Mk II and got the Mk III. Wow, I misread your original post.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:25:34 PM »

Is this a DG or DGX one

I tried my 70-200 with stacked converters the canon 2x then the kenko on that between the 2x and the camera and it still reports f8 and wont AF my kenko 1.4 is the DGX gives proper AF and exif reporting I think the older ones were supposed to lie

Latest and greatest DGX. Try with the Kenko closest to the body. I discussed this in detail starting with my first post on this page:

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:00:34 PM »
Regarding f8 AF. My 5D Mk III focuses like a champ @f/8 when using the Kenko 1.4 TC which lies to the body about the max aperture. So, the 1DX should be capable of doing the same.

I would LOVE to see Sigma partner with or license the optics from Samyang for their 35mm f/1.4. Sigma HSM on that lens with proper aperture control would be a dream!

From the Budd's Creek Pro Motocross race last weekend. Both of these need to be viewed at 1600px or larger to really appreciate. 5D Mk III 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, ISO 100

f/19 @1/60s (cropped and panning to capture motion)

I caught Derek Anderson in action by bchernicoff, on Flickr

f/2.8 @1/1500s (cropped)

I shot Ryan Dungey in action by bchernicoff, on Flickr

Have you seen a desktop with 4 quad core xeons or opterons with over 100 GB ram. Or a gaming i7 with nitrogen cooling or  fan the size of a bowling ball, running at 4.5 GHz, or 4 full sized video cards. With a 1200W power supply??

What's your point? Both are specialized is optimized for server workloads and the other to give  boners to nerds. While laptops aren't quite a match for high-end consumer desktops, the gap probably isn't significant for the majority of this forums users' needs. Yes, my Core i7 iMac has a faster processor than my Core i7 MBP, but the MPB has an SSD (both of have 8gb of RAM) and it handles all my RAW imports and photo editing much faster. Sure, the iMac would be faster still with an SSD, but my real point is that for the majority of this forum's workload, the difference isn't all that great and depends more on I/O speed than anything else.

About iPhoto.. this latest version of Aperture released Tuesday I think can open iPhoto libraries directly. No need to import.

About backups, I don't have Aperture in front of me at work, but there is an option somewhere to backup your library. I have it setup to backup across a SMB share to my linux file server.

It's probably worth reading the Aperture help on albums, folders, projects, etc. Smart albums are really cool. For instance I have created on for each lens I have. Now I click on it and see all photos taken with that lens regardless of where they are actually stored.

Also, to those of you out there who are complaining about the high price...  why do you think so?  Are there comparable laptops out there for much cheaper?

I don't think asking if there are comparable laptops out there is the right question to ask. I don't see a single Windows user finally coming to Mac just because of this model.

The question is how does it compare to the other 15" Mac Book Pro? Why is this screen option limited to this thinner model. They are asking their customers to choose amongst trade-offs. Want the new screen and slightly decreased weight but willing to give up an optical drive, ethernet etc... buy this new model. It shouldn't be that choice. Both the standard 15" MBP and the new thinner one should have all three screen options (1440x900, 1680x1050, 2880x1800).

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