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Photography Technique / Re: Yellowstone in Winter - what to take?
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:45:53 PM »
Id take the 24mm TS-E and the 5d mk 3. Im also scratchin my head at the fact that you compared the T-SE to the 24-70. The TS-E has practically zero distortion. A necessity for landscape photography. Anyhow your gonna be a burden to all 15 people on that trip if you bring all that stuff. I visit yosemite multiple times a year and 95% of the photographers I see never leave the valley floor. They all bring so much stuff that you would have to be the hulk to hike with any of that gear.

Just my $0.02, if you want to photograph that which hasn't been photographed a million times before, you gotta leave the big lenses at home.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dustin Abbott Reviews Tamron 28-300 FF
« on: August 09, 2014, 06:19:23 AM »
This is the same guy that reviewed the Tamron 24-70mm. He repeatedly compared the lens to the Canon 24-70mm ii , but later admitted he had never even used the canon once. How can anyone find a reviewer credible when he makes such audacious claims!

After reading that review, I told myself I would never read another review of his. So thanks, but no thanks.

Just watermark your photos from now on if you are concerned about not getting credit for them. If you complain, they will just take your picture down, not pay you for it.

Plus your on company time when you took those photos. Not sure how it works for you, but when I take pictures while on the clock for "in the field" engineering inspections, those become the property of the company I work for.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:15:10 PM »
I personally think any camera "backpacking backpack" is a huge waste of money and the people buying them are not really backpackers, they just like to think they are. Weight is a huge burden when backpacking, and all of those camera packs are ridiculously heavy. For example, the 35L Rover Pro is 5 pounds! I think my main pack is 1.5 pounds for comparison...

Just get a pack that fits you well and use the money you save on a good down sleeping bag. If you go this route, get lens cases for each lens and make sure it has a belt loop. When you get to where you are gonna be shooting, put each lens case on the waist belt of the pack and unstrap the tripod from the back.

Works perfectly for me all the time. I had no complaints when I was doing 18 miles and 10k of elevation gain a day through the snow. Plus my pack has loops for ice axes. I could be wrong, but I have not seen that on any camera pack.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:50:48 PM »
It's a great lens. I use it with a Canon 1.4x Extender III all the time for birding and other wildlife photography. I have admittedly been toying with the idea of trading it in for a Tamron 150-600mm but I doubt that I will. I would like the extra reach, but I'm having a hard time justifying the move on any other grounds. I guess I'll just have to find ways to get closer to my subjects. I've attached a couple of pictures taken with this lens and the extender.

The Tamron is significantly sharper than the 300/4 + 1.4 xTC according to lenstip and TDP and has much better IS as well as being as sharp at 300mm and having a zoom from 150-600mm. It is also cheaper than a 300/4 plus TC new. The 100-400L is sharper than the 300+TC. The 300/4 was a fine lens for its time but is now another Canon dinosaur, still OK to use and still a favourite for some but it could be so much better still and is expensive for what it is. I suppose a really good 300/4 would dent the sales of the 300/2.8.

It may not be the best when coupled with a TC, but calling it a dinosaur or even comparing it to the Tamron is a bit absurd. For one, It uses 77mm filters, whereas the Tamron uses 95mm. It actually can shoot at F/4, which the tamron just cannot. The IQ of the canon is far superior too (sharpness, color, contrast, etc)

Needless to say, the canon is a very good lens at what it does. So is the Tamron for that matter. They just do very different things.

Technical Support / Re: 5d3 Buttons not working
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:54:07 PM »
I was photographing at the beach once when I got hit by a wave. The camera got wet so I immediately put the battery in my pocket (which was wet). Later, when I got home, I dried out the camera and turned it on. It acted the same way yours is. It turned out that actually the battery was fried. A new battery did the trick and it is working again perfectly. Maybe it could be a problem that your batteries were damaged. Try a fresh battery at the store before sending it back to CPS

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 20, 2013, 06:23:44 PM »
I would recommend just putting down the camera equipment until you feel like picking it up again. I have gone weeks without touching my camera once just because I didn't feel like shooting. I have rarely taken a astounding photo when I was shooting and did not feel like it. Don't by any new equipment though. It is only a temporary fix.

Ohh and the ultimate fix: Capture that photo that is nothing short of amazing. I promise that will get you motivated again.

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:01:21 AM »
I'd go with the cokin z filter holder, but not cokin glass. I have only heard bad things. For glass, I would recommend Lee or Singh Ray. Hitech I have heard is good, but dont have any experience with it. It will be a hefty investment initially, but you will be much more happy with it in the long run!

Lenses / Re: Is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L MKII worth the Extra Money?
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:08:01 PM »
Surprised that somebody who has so many posts would waste our time with speculation. 

Reviewing or criticizing a lens you haven't used extensively or tested yourself is as helpful as reviewing a movie based on an analysis of professional film critics' reviews.

You regurgitate reviews written by others.  One reason journalism in the USA is in such a pitiful state is exactly because of this approach.  Sit in front of a monitor, surf the web, then claim to be an expert with an opinion that counts for manure.

Hope this thread dies real quick.

With all due respect, I am a professional lens reviewer, and that's the reason why people ask me questions.  I never claimed to have reviewed the Canon lens; I was simply offering an opinion as to why I did not feel the additional cost was justified.  This thread is in the "Gear Talk" section; not reviews.

I have extensively reviewed the Tamron lens.  My review of that lens has been viewed by tens of thousands of people on my website alone.  I have been hired by a photo magazine associated with this website as a paid reviewer/blogger, and they aren't the only one.  My work has been featured in half a dozen magazines and is currently in multiple ad campaigns (including Canon).

You make some very strong, blanket statements about my work.  What are your credentials to make such an assessment, I might ask?  As for wasting your time:  you just read a free article on the internet; welcome to the real world.  It cost you nothing; you contributed nothing.

I have no problem with you offering a difference of opinion.  You have not done that; you have simply disputed my right to have an opinion based on your own standard.

The problem though, is that no one is questioning your validity as a (cough... self proclaimed) professional lens reviewer. Both myself and YuengLinger (although rather harshly) found it odd that you base your opinion on a product that you have no experience with.

With much effort, I brought myself to reread your article and yes, you are not doing a head to head comparison. You do though compare the af, sharpness wide open, bokeh at minimum focus distance, and lastly you reference build quality. My point is, is that you have no proof that these comparisons hold up to the claims you are making. Amazing reviewers like Brian at TDP and Justin VanLeeuwen on have going for them is the have accumulated a lot of credibility making statements that have factual backing at supporting evidence.

The fact that you released an article regarding a lens you have never touched looses all credibility and for that reason, I will avoid all future "professional... reviews" you may seem so inclined to post.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:06:38 AM »
Most of the laptops will run photoshop, not as fast as a desktop because they are power limited.
The issue is the screen.  Almost all of the laptop screens are horrible for image editing.  You will want to use a external monitor instead.  Once again, power usage is a big factor.  The new Apple laptops have a big advantage with the screen.
You can get CS6 for a mac, and likely sell your CS6 for windows for a net profit, or run a emulator.
Otherwise, I'd take the advice of the person who suggested waiting for a Lenovo W540 (if it ever actually happens), and separately purchasing / installing a minimum 256GB m-sata drive for programs, boot, and lightroom catalog (if you ever plan to use Lightroom).  A 1 TB drive for a main drive is also a good choice if you plan to store a lot of raw images on the laptop.  Crucial has a 960GB SSD for a low price.

I am interested to see how the screens on the new lenovo T440s perform. They are supposedly IPS.

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:58:38 AM »
I use Wine as well. Works pretty well, but can sometimes be a pain to get working seamlessly. I guess I am on the other side of the boat. Do all my programming in a linux environment, but still see mac os as a step backward. For that reason, among many others, I refuse to buy a mac.

So why not just build a computer and run Mint, Fedora, Ubuntu and emulate all programs that are designed for windows. That way you don't have to shell out the coin for some overpriced shinny crap.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:54:10 PM »
In September, Lenovo is releasing their revamped line of thinkpads. Look at the 15.6" T540 or W540 (not yet announced). Make sure to install (yourself, or you will pay a fortune) a mSata ssd drive and a sata ssd drive in the 2.5" bay. 120gb for the boot and program drive and the other size depends on your needs.

Or wait on the second solid state drive. With tech like this: solid state capacity and speed are rapidly progressing.

This is the 14" version of the new line.

I have yet to come across any laptop larget than 15.6" that I have liked.

Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:36:54 PM »

I would love some advice on sights in and around Santa Barbara!  I've been there twice before, but just a day or two each time.  We visited an old Spanish mission,  a botanical garden and hit the beach.  That's the limit of my SB experience so far.

 If you have any other recommendations on great photo sites those would be appreciated also.  Landscape photography is one of my passions.  I plan to get up to early to shoot some sunrises while everybody else is sleeping in.  BTW, love your Montecito Peak at night shot!

Right on, well I'll do my best to suggest some places to visit. For places local to Santa Barbara, one is the Sunken Gardens (which I think is what you were referring to by the botanical gardens). The community college overlooks the harbor and from the overlook point, you can get a really cool shot of Shoreline Drive/E Cabrillo Blvd. There is Sterns Warf of course, but during the day, it is packed with tourists. The Zoo is pretty well known, but honestly, I've never been. The Santa Barbara Cemetery is pretty neat to see if you are just passing by. You can park along the road anywhere in the cemetery and walk around.

But my favorite place is Montecito. If I remember correctly, Sunday mornings (around 8 or 9) are car day. Along Coast Village Rd. you can see Mercedes SLS, Ferraris, Maseratis, ect. Last time I was there, I saw Katy Perry driving through in her Maserati. West Beach in SB is iconic, but Butterfly Beach is a bit less busy. It is across the street from the 4 seasons hotel and down the road from Ty Warner's home (which you can walk by on the Channel Dr. bike trail and check it out). If you go to Butterfly Beach, park and head down onto the sand. Then go east past the private club and find a sweet spot to lay out a towel and enjoy the coast. This part of the beach is not private, but mostly used by locals so it will not be busy.

For hiking and hot springs, my favorite is at the top of Hot Springs Road. You won't be able to park near the top, but find parking and start hiking up Hot Springs Road. You will pass some seriously expensive houses and your more likely to see a Bentley or Rolls Royce than an average car. When your getting near the end of the road and near the start of the hiking trail, you'll get the feeling like your walking towards someone's private driveway, but dont let that stop you. Eventually you will see the start of the trail. If you take the wide trail, it will take you to the Hot Springs. There will be signs saying stay away, but ignore them. The hot springs may not be set up or there will be people there, so you can continue on the trail to Saddle Rock. What a lookout from that view! If you are just going to head there, you can take a more direct, but steeper trail from the beginning. Also, I would recommend getting the route so you dont get lost, but you can take the same trail head to hike to Montecito Peak (I'm glad you like the picture!).

If you have time, the Channel Islands are definitely worth going! A good sunset picture can be taken at Father Serra Cross in North Ventura. If you do the very short hike by parking before the gate on Ferro Dr., you can stay there after sunset to avoid being locked in. And if you have a lot of time, the town of Ojai is neat.

I'm sure there is a bunch I am forgetting, but hopefully this info is useful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Software & Accessories / Re: And another MagicLantern cool feature
« on: July 16, 2013, 04:33:19 PM »
Right on! Thanks for posting

Now the wait begins for this to become available for the 5d mark ii...

Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:02:52 AM »
Hey! So it looks like you have plenty of advice on the camera gear, but did you want any advice on the area? Santa Barbra/Montecito is a home away from home for me. Amazing hiking and hot springs. If you are really adventurous, camping atop one of the peaks (i.e. Montecito peak) is a breathtaking sight. Especially to see the sunset and the city lights strung along the water for miles.

Anyhow, just let me know if you want me to post what I know. That area is by far my favorite place in California (well Yosemite might come in a close second)  :)

Santa Barbra by Live By The Night, on Flickr

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