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One of my very favorite lenses is the Leica Summicron 75mm f2.0.  Paired with the 35mm Summilux there is very little that I would "miss" on a photo shoot.  The canon 24/50/85 L trio might be interesting but I'm not sure I'd
like to carry it for extended distance or time. 

Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:55:45 PM »
There's a Canon panoramic stitching program on the disk that came with your camera - or is available for download from canon.com/support/your model/downloads/software.  The Cadillac of the stitching programs
is Photoshop if your budget can afford it. 
If you have a tripod, buy a panoramic head that allows you to evenly pan in preset angle of view detents,
but you can also do it in the software above.   Tripod ensures that you have an even horizon and makes the
job easier. 
When you've finished with the software, look for a printhouse that will provide custom size prints ala 18X72 or
24X96 etc without breaking the bank.

Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:49:15 PM »
The 16-35 should be adequate for landscapes - but many of the most interesting shots in Ireland are the
friendly faces and classic interiors.  Consider either the 50 f1. or the 85 f1.8 as a second lens and enjoy
the trip. 

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:01:41 PM »
Any 200+ lens is appropriate, and be sure to set manual focus to infinity and turn off autofocus.  Planes move
quickly and sometimes the camera doesn't - but most of them are far enough away (unless you go to Reno)
that infinity is fine.  Nothing wrong with stopping a prop so faster shutter speeds are fine with me. This example
was from a 5DII with a Leica R 250 lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm or High-End Compact?
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:49:18 AM »
you'll have a hard time finding a compact camera for the price of the 40mm and the difference in sensor size
does make a difference. 

Lenses / Re: Does it make sense to keep my EF 100mm f2.0?
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:47:23 AM »
why bother - there appear to be real but marginal differences between the two lenses.  Why not just keep the
100f2.0 and add the 135L?   OK, it's a few bucks more but it does have real admirers 'cause it's one hell of a

Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:34:54 PM »
35mm asph summilux - and the camera to go with it.

Lenses / Re: Sell non L primes to get 24-70LII
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:23:12 PM »
Do whatever you want to do - it's only money.  If you find out you've made a mistake, sell it and move on.
No one but you knows what makes you happy. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:05:38 AM »
I didn't care about a swivel screen but I did want a small, fixed lens camera for travel.  I bought a Fuji X100s
and am delighted.  As good or better image quality than my "travel" Rebel, lightweight but just a little larger
than I'd hoped.  Very satisfied with it however - now if I could just put it in the microwave and set a dial for
75% size.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - How much will it cost?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:21:13 PM »
interesting pricing dilemna for Canon marketeers.  How close to the full frame pricing model can a "professional" crop body skate?  Given that the 7D was introduced shy of $1800 and all Canon "new" products have been
substantially higher than the predecessor, you would predict a $2250-2500 announce price.  That would overshadow the 6D, but perhaps could be justified as a "mini" 5DMkII if it had similar or improved features.  There's a bottom set by the new 70D at $1300 and you could argue that a 7D could be slotted in between the
70D and the 6D at the $1600-$1800 price point.  Time will tell us just how "proud" Canon is with it's latest

don't care about the brand - look for the construction.  Many have moulded plastic snap handles on the legs -
and they do snap.  If you expect light usage look for legs that rotate and are held by friction.  Those also
wear thin with heavy usage, but tend to last longer for me than the first type.  Of all of the 6 or 7 tripods I have
around here, my favorite is the oldest - a 60's era Leitz Tilt-all.  Little heavier than some of the newer high
end models, but rugged and reliable - and still considerably cheaper than some supposed competitors.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Scanner software
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:54:26 PM »
why don't you just downloard the drivers from the cannon support page and use them.
Most canon scanners also will respond to the standard twain drivers in adobe products.


Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:46:31 PM »
Lens doesn't matter, camera doesn't matter - probably 80% + of all passport photos are taken with a
special purpose polaroid at your corner drug or office supply store.  The only thing that does matter is
that is a clear, well exposed head shot that fits within the size parameters determined by the state
department (or whatever department in whatever country you're in that controls passports).  The photo
should be "recognizable" and not shroud or disfigure the facial recognition in anyway.  The thing is for
identification not entering in a portrait contest.  In this case, at least, size does matter!

Lenses / Re: I have a weight limit....what would you bring?
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:43:01 PM »
You have a weight and a space limit.  I'd take the 17-40 and the 80-200 (if I knew how I'd use it)
add a 50mm f1.8 and a second body (best price performer out there is the Rebel T3 if you don't already
have the second body) You're not likely to run into a repair service in that part of the world.  If you're
snobbish and wouldn't be caught dead with a Rebel, at least take a point & shoot for backup.

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