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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:35:09 AM »
I'd take a completely different tack since you emphasize "minimal" gear.  Suggest a Rebel T5i with the 70-200f4.0is,
(good image quality, light and rugged). Add a 40mm pancake and if you feel you need "back-up" add a Rebel T5.
This whole package is not much more than the 70-300 by itself and you won't feel terrible if it's "missing" during the trip.  Don't forget an ND filter, a polarizer, and extra batteries.  Have a great trip.

Lenses / Re: advice for new lens´╝čplease
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:40 PM »
Take your 35mm and your 135mm and have a nice trip.  Save your money for another trip, but if you
have to buy a new lens, get the 85mm f1.8 as a mid-point focal length.  Get a small, lightweight bag
that will just fit that combo and carry a good travel guide. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:54:13 PM »
How about a mirrorless full frame camera stuck in an AE1 type body?  No autofocus, full manual controls and good
battery life.  Oh, wait - that's a Fuji XT1 in manual mode.

EOS Bodies / Re: Medium Format Announcement a \
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:32:27 PM »
I think there's a better chance of finding an honest politician than a Canon medium format offering.
Can they do it, sure.  Will they do it, why?

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:29:56 PM »
Plan B - buy more Fuji fast glass and a second Fuji body.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:34:35 PM »
Face it, either Nikon or Canon (or Fuji or Samsung) could build a medium format system if the marketing case could be made for a profitable venture.  Technology is advancing at a rate that a 4x6 or 6x6 or 6x7 sensor is not only possible but potentially "affordable".  These sensors could easily reach 75, 100 or 150 megapixels at the same
density of current "full frame" sensors.   Then again, could anything larger than the current 24x36 sensor be
considered "medium format"?  The Leica S is not "standard" sized, I'm not sure about the Pentax 645 or the
various backs for Mamiya, Contax and Hasselblad, but it would appear that any "medium format" standards are
at best in question.  But no matter, the camera design and build is the easy part - what about the family of lenses?
And when that is done, even in a timely fashion, will it be significantly better than the then available full frame
offerings.  Any camera company executive looking at today's marketplace would have a tough decision to move
forward on a completely new system - medium format or not.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:42:42 PM »
Seems each of the big 3 photo printer makers have similar 17", 24", 36-42", and 60-64" models, all similarly
priced.  Once you get to 24" however, it becomes much more a problem of software than hardware.  Check for
postscript compatibility, what, if any RIP is included or will you have to buy Postershop or something similar to
fully utilize the printer.  Software can cost more than the hardware, so be careful.  You can buy a lot of prints
for the 5 grand, so unless you plan to sell your work to help finance  the next ones, investing the time, learning curve, and space for a large format printer may not be the best decision.

I'd recommend the Pixma Pro 100 - easily within your budget, whatever it is.  This printer produces excellent
13X19 prints, has an eight cartridge head for wider color gamut and is no more expensive at the ink level than
any of the others.  Canon will soon replace this printer - so it's on closeout at almost every store.  Canon has
also run promotions, buy a camera, get a printer type stuff, regularly for the last year.  Look at Craigslist under
"canon large format" and you'll find several for $150 or less - usually in the original still sealed package with the
UPC removed for rebate purposes.  I've bought several - the last one an Adorama deal for $34.00 after rebate, including a $40 package of 13X19 glossy photo paper.

Lenses / Re: 3 week trip to Finland & Germany, what lenses to take?
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:00:21 AM »
Another vote for just the 24/105 and 50 combination.  Very few attractions in Europe that would require
longer focal lengths unless you're just too tired to move in (or out).  It's a vacation, not a photo assignment,
so place a premium on portability and weight.

Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:56:04 AM »
Either one is perfectly fine for street shooting.  I'd decide based on what I'd want next after I realize how much
I liked the prime lens.  I've traveled the world with two lenses, a 35mm and an 85mm and never regretted not
having something else.  If you're a little more "stand back", consider the 50mm and 135mm combo.  Remember
that for a long time the 50mm lens was shipped with the camera as the "standard" lens and not without reason.

Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:28:31 PM »
Seems pretty straight-forward - if you won't use them replace them.  You're dealing with two of the finest lens
designs for 35mm, but the best lens in the world is useless if you don't use it.  If you need to sell them to finance
the next lens, do it.  Just don't feel bad when you later remember how good it was and wished you'd kept them.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:55:37 PM »
To build a "family" of lenses, you need to have a base of bodies to support them.  With the latest telephoto,
I would guess that Canon is done with M lenses. 

EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
No internal viewfinder, no deal - regardless of the other specs (or the price).  I considered getting one to use with
FD lenses, but there are so many other options with more features it was a non-starter.  If Canon wants to play
in the mirrorless market, and I'm not sure it does, it had better come up with something to surpass the Fuji, Sony
and m4/3 offerings.  It would appear that Canon feels it's growth direction is video, and it may be.  Video features don't mean all that much to me, but for a "you tube" oriented growth market, high quality video is certainly an
entry point to the market.  Canon did a poor job of market research for the M, and it's best bet now would be to
cut it's losses and perhaps try something different next time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: London Walkaround
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:20:41 AM »
london is a close-up city, so for a travel kit with the sl-1, I'd take the new 10-22 and the 40 pancake.  It would
almost fit in my jacket pocket.  If I thought I would be mostly indoors, I ditch the 40 and take whichever 50 I
could afford. 

Landscape / Re: What is your review?
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:06:10 PM »
focus, tighter crop

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