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Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:31:42 PM »
Have fun.  We are looking forward to seeing your photos when your return.  I want to know how the air rifle does on a tripod with the 400MM.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:51:46 PM »
The 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:40:01 AM »
I have the 6D and like it a lot.  I use the GPS when traveling and enjoy knowing where my photos were taken.  Buy an extra battery to be sure you don't run out of power during the day.  (I generally use two in a grip and have never had a problem running out of battery even if I leave the GPS on all day).

I second the recommendation of getting the 24-105 with the camera as a kit.  I'm sure it's not as sharp as the 24-70 II.  But it's very versatile and pretty good.  And relatively inexpensive.

Some have recommended the 70-200 f/2.8 L II.  I don't have one.  From everything I hear, I would love it.  But, it's about the same size as my 100-400.  A few years ago, I bought the 70-200 f/4 L IS just to have a smaller, lighter lens for travel.  And, it's really very good.  I also see good things on this forum about the 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS as a travel lens.

The 24-105 will be wider than your 17 on a full frame camera.  But either of the wide zooms would be a great addition for your travels (16-35 or 17-40, depending on budget).

And don't forget a tripod.

I have the 6D and like it for landscape.  Word of caution:  if you decide to go with a grip and want to use an L bracket with it (very handy for landscape), just buy the Canon grip.  I made the mistake of buying a third party grip (Vello, I think).  Worked fine, but was NOT the exact same dimensions, so would not fit into the Really Right Stuff L bracket for 6D with grip.  Sold the Vello, bought the Canon and now all is good. 

I leave the GPS on all day when I am out and have never run out of battery (with two in the grip).  But I agree with others here:  you don't need the grip for landscape, just get the L bracket (in this case, the one for use without a grip) and an extra battery and you will be good to go.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop CC Not Connecting
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:46:17 AM »
From Vismay:

"Vismay: Yes, I can understand your concern. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused.

"Vismay: We are aware of the issue and apologize for the inconvenience caused to you, Adobe servers are not working as of now and we are working on this, please try after couple of hours."

I guess this is when the folks who are using the standalone copies of version 5 or 6 are saying "I told you so....."

Software & Accessories / Photoshop CC Not Connecting
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:36:37 AM »
Is anyone else having trouble using Photoshop CC?  When I try to launch, it wants to connect to the Adobe server to validate my license.  But then it says the Adobe servers aren't working or some such.  This has been going on since last evening (morning here in the California desert).  I'm "chatting" with Adobe now.  Umesh has now transferred me to Vismay.  Of the Adobe Technical Support. 

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).   

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