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Software & Accessories / Re: Monitor recomendations for viewing and editing
« on: December 16, 2011, 01:31:47 AM »
Take a look at the different panel technologies.  All photographers should avoid TN based panels when possible, due to the inherent weaknesses in color accuracy, color depth, viewing angles, etc.

A IPS based panel is probably the best route, and depending on your budget, a 24" with 1920x1200 or 30" 2560x1600 would be the sizes/resolutions to look for.  IMO, the 16x10 aspect ratio is better than 16x9 for photo editing/viewing.  Here is a fairly comprehensive list of the models available:

The prices are approximately the following:

Arm: a good 24" with 1920x1200 resolution

Leg: an excellent 30" with 2560x1600 resolution, such as the HP ZR30w or Dell UltraSharp U3011

Firstborn: mostly the same as 'Leg' but with hefty NEC or LaCie markup (sometimes including a bundled color calibration tool)

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 11, 2011, 01:26:14 AM »

through the mist the forests rise  [explore 09/27/11] by posthumus_cake (, on Flickr
Wow, that's amazing. When was that, 5am or so?

Thanks, it was around 3pm.  The clouds were doing the giant softbox thing that day.  Since the mountain peaks were shrouded in cloud [where it was snowing] I was limited to waterfalls, streams, and foothills.

Canon General / Re: Carl Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Canon Mount
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:37:05 PM »
I've rented the Distagon 2.8/21 and it is a splendid optical freak of nature.  Really the only negative is the price; everything else about it is outstanding (particularly color and microcontrast).  Unless someone needs tilt/shift capability, there is no better lens in the 20-24mm focal length range.

For a manual lens, it is very easy and precise to focus with.  Compared to my Distagon 2/35 (my favorite lens) I'd say it performs a tad better in most respects.  The 2/35 is still better in terms of 3D rendering.

Furious Mary [explore 09/25/11] by posthumus_cake (, on Flickr

Remnants Of The Storm  [explore 09/24/11] by posthumus_cake (, on Flickr

Red Rock Point (SOOC) by posthumus_cake (, on Flickr

Street & City / Re: The City
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:11:43 PM »

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 20, 2011, 05:11:20 PM »

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:16:33 PM »
Avalanche Creek

Mutant deer at Mount Rainier

The Majestic

Lower Lewis Falls

A River Runs Through It

Furious Mary
St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

through the mist the forests rise

Squiggly Road

Let there be light [painting]! declared the shadowy figure

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