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Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:36:50 AM »
To the op: Try using the search field and feel free to browse through some the other 100 dedicated 17-40L vs 16-35L threads :-p

+1  (Actually, there are only 81, but who is counting?)   :)


Second but ... based on your "usage list" I'd also have a serious look at a secondhand 5DII, instead of the 6D camera. I'm saying this, because I don't think the 6D offers anything much better than the 5DII ... for instance, I read up on how the GPS part works and, based on the literature, I feel it is badly implemented and will lead to severe headaches for the serious geotagger ... but I'm probably wrong, as usual.

I'm not a serious geo-tagger, but the GPS on the 6D actually is a lot of fun and easy to use.  If I am out in the boonies for the day, I leave it on and still have plenty of battery (with grip or switching once during the day).  The image locations then pop onto the map in Light Room without any other action needed.  The only issue is that it sometimes appears to lose position, even when there are no obstructions.  I haven't used the separate Canon GPS equipment so can't compare.

So far, I haven't felt the need to figure out how to use the WiFi function of the 6D, but some on this forum have reported favorable results from that feature as well.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 $275
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:52:04 PM »
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 is the name in the ebay ad, but is it a different version than the one found in internet reviews (Lenstip review, etc), aka Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC?

No Rokinon developed an entirely new lens with the exact same specs as their best selling 14mm lens, specifically so they could disappoint customers but offer a 20% discount. It's brilliant decision making if you ask me. :P

I'm not sure the sarcasm is warranted.  I believe Samyang/Rokinon did have an earlier version 14mm that was no where near as steller as the current (reviewed) model.  I suspect the poster wishes to avoid making a mistake.   Does anyone know the answer?

The list of topics now appears to be updating normally (after I hit the refresh button in Firefox - which I was doing before all this started).  Although I like the "Show unread posts since last visit" and "show new replies to your posts" features (which I found after the updating problem started), it's still handy to be able to see the very recent activity on the main page.  Thanks to the CR folk for getting it fixed (and, for that matter, for the CR site).

Lenses / Re: UWA Lens Discussion
« on: December 28, 2013, 02:01:18 PM »
Here is a thread reviewing the Rokinon (which convinced me to bite again after having the Bower version a year ago that I returned):


Lenses / Re: UWA Lens Discussion
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:53:58 PM »
Is autofocus important to you?  If so then the Rokinon is out.

Do you need to be able to use a front element filter?  If so the tokina will not take a thread on filter.

The Rokinon (Samyang, etc.) also does not take a thread on filter.  If that is important and cost is important (as it is for many of us), consider the 17-40 for landscape.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 25, 2013, 11:17:11 AM »
A second one would sure cone in handy right about then...   ;)

Agreed.   8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:40:40 AM »
I too noticed the price increase.  I plan to sell my duplicate one (shipped from Adorama after I finally nailed one from B&H) on Ebay.  I guess I will try it at a "Buy It Now" price based on the current price plus Ebay fees and see what happens.  Did someone answer the question about the tin?  Yes, it does.  No, Neuro, it just seems it would be piggish to keep two when so many are still in need.........

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:31:52 AM »
I find that sometimes I haven't tightened the catch on the spring lever part of the loop on my BR strap.  No accidents so far, but it's something to check after putting the camera on the strap (along with making sure the lug is screwed in fully).   

Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:13:15 PM »
It's so wonderful to see how an article that simply reminisces about the 5D can devolve into snippy comments on this forum.  Why don't we all just agree that the 5D was notable in the recent history of photography.  Then we can each get on with our lives, and we can each go out and shoot some photos with whatever gear we find acceptable.


Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:53:06 PM »
My 5Dc is still going strong.  For a long time, when I wanted to have two bodies going, I paired it with my 30D (the controls are virtually identical).  When I upgraded to the 6D earlier this year, it was because I wanted to have live view, focus adjustment and auto sensor cleaning.  Thought those might be nice to have (and so far I do like those features).  I had no real dissatisfaction from what I was getting from the 5Dc (from a quality standpoint - my skill level is another matter).  The 30D has gone to e-bay land.

So, anyone have an answer to this?

If I subscribe to CC and have LR4. but have not had Photoshop can I use the CC Photoshop with my LR4 for a while without using LR5?  This would be some insurance that my catalog would not be transformed to LR5 so that I could not go back if I chose to stop the subscription.

I suspect the answer is that your could continue to use LR4.  I was in the same situation but elected to go with the CC LR5.  Otherwise, I think you lose one of the main features of the program:  continuous upgrades as the software is "improved."  But, perhaps you will want to ask Adobe's resident expert:


Just a thought.

imho it is a terrific deal IF there was some price protection beyond year 1, AND if your work depended on staying current with the latest, and greatest ,  AND you are not already invested in non-rental software AND you are always connected to a fast internet connection when you are working.  Offline work maybe possible I dont know -- synchronization issues notwithstanding...

Nailed it.

The lack of price protection is the nail in the coffin, IMHO.

This is what the Adobe folk (i.e., Julieanne Kost) is saying about the program cost in her Adobe blog:

By Julie - 11:11 AM on November 21, 2013 Reply
What is the difference between this offer and the ongoing offer for those of us who own a previous version of CS? I thought the $9.99/mo price was
fixed forever on the offer for those that own a previous version?
By Julieanne Kost - 12:14 PM on November 21, 2013 Reply
The difference is that this is a limited time offer for those who do not have a copy of Photoshop CS3 or newer.
For both offers, Photoshop. $9.99 is *the* price – not a first year promo – so the price won’t go up to $19.99
after a year. All the memberships
carry that disclaimer because we can’t say the price won’t ever go up in the future to account for things like inflation. We also can’t say the price
won’t go down in the future either. For example, Lightroom’s price was cut in half between Lightroom 3 and 4 – and Photoshop’s price has gone
both up and down over its 23 year history.

In the face of this, I can see Adobe increasing the monthly cost to keep up with inflation, but I don't see them making a wholesale, substantial increase.

I tend to agree with the previous comment that Adobe hasn't had as many signups as they wanted, and thus are extending the deal.  And, as one person commented above, I suspect that this program may indeed become the new normal for PS & LR licensing cost.

I mentioned in an earlier thread that I was going to bite the bullet and sign up for the program.  I have now done so.  My reasoning is that I can keep current on LR (when I signed onto the program, I had not yet upgraded from LR4 to LR5) plus acquire the right to use PS (which I did not own - saved me from purchasing a new copy of Elements for edits that can't be done in LR).  So yes, the cost is more than simply upgrading LR, but gives me access to PS which I would not otherwise be able to afford. 

I recognize that if I want to get off the software rental roller coaster at some point, I will need to at least purchase the then current version of LR plus whatever then makes sense for editing outside LR.  I don't know what that cost will be, but can evaluate options at the time.  (Of course, if LR is no longer available for purchase, then I am screwed because I won't be able to go back to LR4, which I own).

For those who say that there is no certainty to the cost of the rental program over an extended timeline, I observe that the same is true for the ultimate need to upgrade Adobe programs currently owned (e.g., LR 4 or 5 and PS CS6).  At some point, the lack of support for those products will mean that an upgrade will be necessary.  In the case of LR, presumably a boxed/download version will still be available (although, as noted above, I recognize that even that is not clear).  In the case of PS, as I understand it, if you need to upgrade you will be stuck with signing onto Creative Cloud under whatever conditions Adobe is then imposing.  So, in the long run, the rental model may provide more certainty than the "keep using what I own" model.

As some on this forum often say:  "Just my 2 cents."

Portrait / Re: My new street photography project: People of a Kind
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:43:50 AM »

I really like your photos.  Although I live on the other coast, I have visited my son in New York City a few times over the last year+ and have come to appreciate the opportunities for street photography there (he lives in the far north Washington Heights area - very near Fort Tryon Park, but I roam the city while he is at work).  Your project has given me inspiration for my next visit. 

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:52:15 PM »
4.  Small, high quality cameras will be attached to animals.  Cats will take awesome photos of humans in odd sleeping positions.

Thank you.  Just what I needed this morning.   :P

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