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Lighting / Re: 90EX on a 5D3?
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:33:48 PM »
I got one as part of the M deal from B&H a while ago.  I recently used it as fill flash on my 6D shooting inside a caboose and a steam locomotive cab (both firmly parked in a museum), firing it over a 24-105 and 17-40.  It doesn't provide a lot of light, but is so easy to carry that the occasional benefits may well outweigh the costs (financial and space considerations) if you can get one cheap enough.  I haven't yet tried it as a controller for bigger off camera flashes, but understand it has that capability? and will try it out over the next month or so.  Having said all that, I don't know that I would have bought it unless it came "free."

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:55:00 AM »
My gateway lens was a kit lens:  the 24-104L, which I bought with my 5Dc.  My first L was the 100-400 and gave me some aha moments on my original Digital Rebel, then 30D.  But the 5Dc plus 24-105L kit gave me a snapshot of a glacier in Alaska, taken through the front plexiglass of a helicopter, that told me that I couldn't have gotten that result with the lenses I had previously been using (chiefly a Tamron 18-200 on the crop cameras).  Although I have purchased non-L glass since then (50 1.4 and 40), I have also scratched the itch with four more Ls and the lust continues.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 25, 2013, 05:05:10 PM »
Whoops ...


I have this as my background on my work computer since it represents several things to me.

Great wall.  I have taken many similar photos (but none I like as well as this one).

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:15:29 PM »
Does anyone else want to be able to connect a remote shutter trigger?  Wired would be fine.  Or did I just miss the slot on my current model M?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:17:57 AM »
Still cheaper to upgrade from Adobe site if you have LR 4 ($79).  Not sure if you get the same price if upgrading from LR 3 or earlier.  I downloaded LR 5 trial yesterday, but didn't update my catalog.  Looks like only two features that would be of use in upgrade from LR 4:  better healing and being able to work in catalog while on the road.  In the "getting rid of stuff you don't want in the photo" category, is the new LR5 functionality as good as PSE FOR THAT FEATURE or are they now about the same (I know there are many other differences, for now I'm just interested in that feature)?  Thanks.   

Lenses / Re: How do I know what thread sizes are of my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:56:19 AM »
Also printed on the lens cap, if I remember correctly.

EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:06:13 PM »
OK, I am feeling somewhat chagrined.  Following Mount Spokane's advice, I pushed the button toward the camera (actually, away from the lens since I had already removed the adapter-lens combo from the camera) instead of trying to push in or pull out.  Sure enough, the lens came off.  Also the adapter worked ok with the 40 McShorty and 100.  So, my conclusion is that it works, once one knows how it is supposed to be handled.  But, it is not well made and I would not buy it again.  From comments above, either the gray Canon one or the Fotodiox seem to be the way to go.

EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:45:42 PM »
This is specifically what I ordered:

Order Details
Order #105-9938622-8375460
Placed on Sunday, July 7, 2013
   Rainbowimag (AF Focus) Canon EOS EF & EFs lenses to Canon EOS M digital camera Adapter, replaces Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M
Sold by SmithWebstore
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Item Subtotal:    $65.99
Shipping & Handling:    $4.65

Total Before Tax:    $70.64

Order Total:    $70.64

The top photo from Mount Spokane shows the one I bought, with the silver button which should release the lens.

I will try some more wiggling and forcing tonight.  If I don't succeed, I am going to take to Samy's repair counter tomorrow (I live in Los Angeles).

Thanks for the suggestions.

EOS-M / You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:09:33 PM »
I received my EOS M with 22mm lens and the bonus Speedlite 90EX from B&H as part of the recent $300 offer.  Since I missed the first wave and had to wait until B&H received additional product, it didn't arrive until July 26th (the day after I departed on a 10 day vacation), so I only started playing with it last night.  (And the 90EX may be good for something, so it IS a nice bonus).  So far, so good.

Being cheap, I didn't spring for the Canon adapter for EF lenses.  For around one half price, I bought one from Mega West.  The good news:  it seems to work as advertised.  The software recognizes the correct EF lens and the lens settings and reports them in Lightroom. 

The bad news (and warning):  my 17-40 L is now permanently attached to the adapter.  The release button (which is supposed to depress the pin, allowing the lens to be rotated and removed) does not depress.

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to get the lens and adapter separated?  I would love to have something left of the adapter to send back to the seller, but at this point I would really just like to have my lens back in operation, even if the adapter is a total loss.  Having learned a valuable lesson, I will spring for the Canon version in any event.

Video & Movie / Re: Hawaii and my new Canon 100D
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:17:19 AM »
Very nice.  Thanks for sharing.

I am on the list at B&H and also received the "still out of stock email."  Also have on backorder at Adorama.  Maybe one will come through some day before the end of summer...............hope springs eternal.  Where are (were) they available?  Except for twice the normal price on Ebay.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:51:30 PM »
Does it matter in this discussion that LR does not affect your original Raw file?  It's always there.  If I understand the process, no Raw conversion occurs.  There are simply instructions that are contained in a separate file that tell LR how to display your photo after adjustment (developing or, for example, applying a Canon picture style on import).

For those who use both DPP and LR, have you compared images after Raw conversion in DPP vs. applying only a Canon picture style (obviously, whatever you have your camera set to) in LR?  Seems as if they should be nearly the same.

Not much more odd than my 5Dc and 6D.

I would spend my money on a bag that will take your 5Dc with 24-105 and your 17-40 and 70-200 (and other accessories).  That is traveling light (your wife may need some convincing).  I know you love your 100, but for a trip like this it is the one to leave at home --- the others aren't.  For what it's worth, last year I went to Rome and Venice with the 5Dc, 24-105 and 70-200.  That kit worked for almost everything.  At that time, I didn't yet have the 17-40.  Now, I would bring it. 

Where did you go wrong with your second daughter?

I wish my Italian was as good as your English. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Real iso's?
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:45:49 PM »
Has anyone done any testing of the 6D?  According to Claff's charts, the 5DII, 5DIII (and 30D, for that matter) seem to follow one pattern (less noise at 160, 320, etc.) while the 5D classic (my other body) follows a 100, 200, 400 pattern). 

Landscape / Re: Maui Landscape Photo Spots
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:35:25 PM »
Nakalele Blowhole off Route 340
The Beach off Route 36 (Hana Highway) in front of Mama's Fish House and to the right.

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