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Lenses / Re: Any Surf Shooters Hereā€¦..?
« on: Today at 08:36:18 AM »
Depends on where you are shooting...at a reef break you may need an 800mm. Close to shore a 200mm could do.
You will find that there is no perfect lens...its all an obsession!!!..
If you want to get great images with less budget...get a camera and get in the water..go to the source...keeps you in shape, too!!!! :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:25:10 AM »
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Canon is doing a classic rope-a-dope. The champ lets the challenger wear himself out, then he throws a knockout punch.

The steamroller of miniaturization will prevail, and mirrorless will be the near-term future.

My prediction is the current DSLR dies with the 2020 Olympics. Mirrorless will be the dominant camera technology at that event. After that, game over.

You could be right. 

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Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:52:29 AM »
Drive-in

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Canon General / Re: Lens Cleaning Techniques/Opinions
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:23:09 PM »
But in general, I see no reason to go OCD nuts on how you clean lenses.  They don't get THAT dirty anyway and I use mine is all kinds of environments.  The worst issues are usually finger smudges with dirty fingers that contain oils.
+1, some people go way overboard on this stuff.

Yeah...some people will test the autofocus of there lens for weeks, way off the charts obsessively using FoCal etc. and then clean the front of the lens surface off with their tee shirt.   LOL! :P

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Canon General / Re: Lens Cleaning Techniques/Opinions
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:49:11 PM »
I just clean the front surface of the filter that is on my lens pretty much all the time.  ;D
I agree...I use only the best filters, though.I am a fan of Lenspen and similar products even for my expensive multi coated filters.
1. Use blower for loose dirt
2. Use brush
3. Use cleaning end of the Lenspen with the Carbon-Laden swab
4. Use brush an/or blower if necessary

Works like a charm and no abrasion.
If someone tells you to use "Lens Tissue"...RUN LIKE HELL!!!!   8)

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Beautiful Lens, someone should jump on this!
I would think? The lens is like new! No bites yet...but it's not a lens for most....it's so special....

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Portrait / Re: People at work
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:33:26 AM »
Serious question:  Have you had any bad experiences taking pictures of people working?  I imagine that some workers might object.
I have never had a problem photographing people.... you ask first :) If they say yes, go for it!, if they say no, just say thanks and move on....

I always like to ask first.  I know that I don't like it when people take my picture with out letting me know, so I assume other people may not like it too.

Of course these days, if you take a picture of a person you are automatically a stalker/creep and if you take a picture of a building/structure you are a terrorist. (facepalm)

If the workers are in a public place, or visible from a public place and you are not trespassing in any way...you can take all the photos you want..whether they like it or not!  :-) At least that is the law.
Most police don't know this either. (oh..big surprise there)...and the there is nothing in the Patriot Act or Homeland Security that takes that right away from me as an American Citizen.  As soon as a cop approaches an artist and tells him to stop, the terrorists have won by instilling FEAR and taking away are democratic rights, which is why it was so great to live here in the first place?????    8) 8) 8)  Everybody needs to get on the page....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Mary had a Little Lamb
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:08:04 AM »
That's actually a kid (goat) Anil.

 :-X  :o  8)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:45:25 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.

But the XT1 doesn't meet your criteria ... it's not full frame.

LMAOFOTF!!!!!!  AWESOME! :o  (XT1 does look like a cool camera though!)

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Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:41:00 PM »
B+w on all my lenses. The difference between is negligible and if your shooting a strong enough back light to get flare off the UV filter, your probably already getting flare from the lens anyway.

However being able to wipe off my lens with a shirt, drop them in and out of bags with no lens cap, grab and touch them anyway I want, avoiding dirt and dust on the front element, and potentially protect against a stray object finding your front element out weigh any nearly invisible difference in IQ. Plus when you resell, the front element looks absolutely perfect.

The times where the filter comes off is when using my LEE system or a polarizer on UW lenses.

+++1000  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:38:01 PM »
As usual Roger over at lensrentals.com did it:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/06/good-times-with-bad-filters

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2010/12/the-glass-in-front-of-your-glass-all-about-filters

Yah gotta love Roger!!!! Anyone the would pose for an avatar with a lens sock on his head is my kinda guy.
His test says it all to me!  :'(
I use B&W MRC Clear nano filters on all of my L, Zeiss, Sigma glass...all the time. I defy someone to see the difference in the  images from any of my lenses with and with out the filter. The filter has saved my $2000 lens more than once out on location. Its just foolish not to. ..but that is just my opinion. I have sold many..many..many images...no one ever asked if I had a filter in front of the lens...or said "Hey, this would be a lot sharper if you hadn't had that filter in front of the lens!"  8) 8) 8)

I also can't buy say an "L" lens and put a $2 filter on it...but hey whateva.

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:56:16 PM »
Only a small handful of users have asked to try out the buy and sell forum, at this point, I'm wondering if the effort already expended was time wasted.

Has anyone sold anything or received questions?
I have had a lot of lookers, but no questions and no buyers. I think my item is priced right for what it is. I have it listed on eBay, too (for sale, not auction), so I am not sweating it and in no real hurry to sell. The lens is definitely high-end specialty item...so I have to find just the right buyer who wants to save some money.

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Portrait / Re: People at work
« on: August 19, 2014, 01:48:07 PM »
American Diner

I sure miss seeing your work, Bob!!

Shot that out at a diner in Frackville, PA. I get goose bumps every time I go in there. Place is spotless, perfectly maintained, people are real and the food is simple and cheap!  It was 6:30 AM I was havin breakfast on my way to a photo-shooting day. Left my Canon in the car....used my Oylmpus E-p5 w/VF4 & Olympus 12mm f/2... Killer street shooter, puts the "M" to shame IMHO...can I post that here! LOL!   I call it my "poor-man's Leica"! I would love for Canon to make a killer mirrorless.

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Portrait / Re: People at work
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:44:31 PM »
American Diner

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:55:43 PM »
I'm probably in the minority here, but I think everyone who wants a soup-to-nuts 'yes, we offer that' in mirrorless would be wiser to leave Canon/Nikon immediately.  Fuji, Sony and the m43 gang will far, far better support your ambitions.  They have multiple mirrorless body price points and all sorts of tiers of tiny/average/big sensors and cheap/okay/semi-pro build qualities.  Plus, they have a ton more lenses that are native to the mount than with EF-M.

I also do not understand why folks want reach for these microscopic bodies.  I might be way off here, but mirrorless needs to be small.  Period.  The minute the camera gets above length X with lens attached -- let's say 6-8" -- I think the upside of that tiny body is lost.  Sure, it will pack in a bag far more efficiently when you take the lens off -- and I see a lot of folks rave about how small it truly packs down to -- but I always have a lens on my camera, so that awkward 'T-shape' of camera plus lens will still be a pain to deal with.  In my mind, Canon should cap mirrorless to a FF equivalent of 85mm perhaps.  Otherwise you get something like this (see attached) and I have no idea why on earth you'd do that without the bigger body as a counterweight and grip to properly wield that thing.

I think mirrorless ought to be well served from, say, FF equiv 24mm to about 85mm and stop there. Who wants to hold a pickle jar of a lens with a body as big of a deck of cards?

This also might serve as a way Canon could nerf (make less appealing) the EOS-M in an intelligent way to protect SLR sales.  Rather than withhold vitally needed tools (like a viewfinder) or cripple the performance (the AF), just limit the focal length options.  Think of this sales pitch instead of what we have now:  "EOS-M will give you stellar shots with all the viewfinder comforts and knobs and switches you love and great AF performance, but only from 24-85mm FF equivalent.  If you want an ultrawide or a tele, please see our terrific line of EF-S and EF mount cameras."

But if you want Canon/Nikon to evolve all their hardware -- lenses, bodies, flashes, etc. -- into the smaller format, give up now.  Won't happen for years and years.  Again, consider a company like Sony/Fuji/m43 who is actively trying to build up their mounts with more options.  You'll find more joy there.
- A

That's what I did...I have two MFT cameras that complement my 5DIII.
I have two "full" kits...and let me say that my MFT kit is more than adequate for a LOT of my photography. It is high quality and a pleasure to use.  It is too bad that Canon does not pursue this wonderful compact solution to photography in any really meaningful way.  They could lead the pack.  "To me" the M is not much of a camera.
..but I know that everyone does not feel that way..and that's ok.

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