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Lenses / Re: Glass is the most important?
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:44:50 PM »
OK - you've talked the talk, now walk the walk.  A good way to start is to convince yourself to absolutely master
the equipment you have.  Not only is it a good way to "discover" what you're missing, it will show you what you
have.  Once you decide, avoid the popular photo magazines and blogs - including this one, that discuss "new"
equipment.  If you can't break the browsing habit, force yourself to only read technical and technique articles. 
When your self-imposed sabbatical is over, then survey the current market and pick something that allows you
to do something you haven't been able to do (photographically, that is) and have at it. 

By the way - during your exile, save your shekels because whatever it is you'll want to acquire will be expensive.

Lenses / Re: Lens Advise for Europe Vacation
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:35:47 PM »
I would take the 35L, the 85L and a good pair of shoes.  If you need a third lens, and if your vacation is primarily
photo oriented, take the 24-70 as a third lens.  If not, or if your wife is as impatient as mine, "less is more" is
a good philosophy.  (wouldn't hurt to have a S90/100/110 in your pocket - particularly for places where you may
have to check your messenger bag.)

As a second point - I wouldn't bother with the Pelican bag.  Aside from being bulky and heavy, it marks it's content
as something worth protecting.  I'd put a small messenger bag in my carry-on and use it when I got there.  I do
that with a Naneu Pro Lima - good protection, fits nicely inside my 20" rolling suitcase, and cheap (~$50) while
being un-obtrusive.  The two lenses and the camera fit perfectly - it'd be stuffed with the third lens.

Lenses / Re: Collecting gear
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:03:41 PM »
Back to the original question - buy a new (fill in the blank) when you need it.  Many an excellent photographer
uses only one lens, but they use it incredibly well.   A standard camera package for many years was the body
and a 50mm lens.  Adventuresome types added a 35mm and/or a 90mm or135mm to meet their new needs. 
In there somewhere was a flash and a tripod - again depending upon the "need" to overcome some limitation in
a shooting situation.  A Rebel with the standard 18-55 zoom and a 55-250 telephoto can effectively handle most
peoples' "requirements" and in some cases it could be argued a better "travelling" combination than a 5DIII with
the 24-70L and 70/200L grouping - especially if you have to walk long distances.  No one but you can answer your question for you.  Good luck!

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:11:08 AM »
Since this is a Canon blog, I'd recommend the G15 - recently quite nicely discounted and still widely available.
Before Canon abandons this segment the G series, the S90/95/100 are excellent, small, versatile offerings for
most things other than sports.  If you're opposed to saving the cash, the new Leica C looks good and I will
probably replace my DLux with one soon.  For me, the ultimate "walking around" camera is the Leica M with a
35mm lens - but it's a little out of the budget here.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: P-51 Mustang
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:20:37 PM »
Good place to plug the Chino CA. airshow that usually takes place the first weekend in May.  Emphasis on this
show is usually piston powered warbirds with an occasional nod to jets (before Obama cut demonstration funds from the air force and national guard).  great weekend for anyone interested in the old birds.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod: Suggestions
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:36:34 AM »
I don't know much about tripods, especially the new ones.  I bought a Leitz Tilt-all in 1968 (they're still being made by someone) and have never felt the need to change.  It's not the lightest thing to carry but it's faithfully
supported Rolleiflexes, Hasselblads, Canon and Nikon systems over the years.

Software & Accessories / Re: So, You Want a Large Format Printer?
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:27:42 AM »
That's not Large Format, this is Large Format...

I worked on these things for years, and it always raises at least one of my eyebrows when I see those office printers referred to as Large Format.

Technically speaking that's not large format either - those printers are marketed as "grand format" which includes anything over 62".  Large format is generally defined as 17-62 inches - at least by most rip providers
(who charge extra for larger sizes).

You can put so many pictures on a card, and cards are so cheap these days, that I buy whatever sansdisk is on
sale and use them.  I keep two or three empty cards in a little case on the strap and changing the card is never a
big deal.  After I transfer the images to a computer I just file the card away just like I used to do with negatives.
They're stored by date with keywords/events in regular envelopes in a plastic box near my computer.

Lenses / Re: what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:50:41 PM »
Pentax M42 set - 24/28/35/50/55/85/105/135/150/200/300 - changed systems
Canon FD set  28/35/50/85/135/200/400/35-70/70-210/ - changed systems
Leica R set 24/35/50/80/135 - Leica abandoned system
Kept my Leica M set
Kept my EOS set
Now acquiring Fuji X set

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:39:04 PM »
Unless your fiance is a photo buff, or incredibly understanding, take something light, portable and un-obtrusive.
You're not going on a photo safari, you're starting a new life and she's the most important part of it.  Cameras,
and particularly camera budgets. are going to slip way down your list of important "stuff" and you might start getting used to it from the start.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
It's not automatic - so I think I'd rather have the R summilux with an adapter - and a pocket full of cash.

Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:30:17 PM »
I'd leave it all at home and enjoy the vacation.  If I needed a camera other than my i-phone, I'd buy the
s110 that one of the new york camera stores has on sale for just over $150 and keep it in my pocket.
Unless your wife is a lot more tolerant than mine, or your children less active, I'd try to remember that it's
"family" time and a good time to be together.

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 25, 2014, 01:06:25 AM »
How many feathers can you paste on a turkey before you think it's an eagle?

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:19:50 AM »
It's easy to stop - get married, have kids, quit your job and unnecessary purchases will immediately cease.

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:57:39 PM »
What the camera looks like is relatively unimportant - what it does is what matters.  Unfortunately, with the
exception of the dual pixel 70D (which has yet to prove itself), Canon seems to be lagging in almost every
department, sensor development, high iso performance, mirrorless, etc.  On the other hand, it seems to be working for the bottom line when other manufacturers are struggling.

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