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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:04:25 AM »
All kind of crawlers are coming out from under rocks to beat the drums against Apple.
Apple story is about the battle of true talent, genius and visionary against nepotism, establishment, cliques, and elitism in business.
If the critics only were sure that Jobs days are really counted! Unfortunately they still have to be wary that he just may stay alive and active long enough to influence Apple and eventually destroy couple more industries, yes just like photography.

It really is time to start investing in people that know how to create, innovate and deliver, especially in recent economy.
Your beloved "chosen" guy, with yellow arm pits will not cut it anymore, even with the help of industry giants like IBM and every lawyer in the family, to satisfy demands of the world.
It is time to just get over it, accept and use the lessons to make better things in the future, starting with replacing those well educated, soft spoken, but really dull characters from privileged circles as leaders.
Think for the moment and imagine where could we be if every company was as successful and innovative as Apple, what level of competition will be created in all industries, and what kind of inventions will be already here for everybody to enjoy.

Street & City / Re: Waiting for Irene
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:51:31 AM »
For some it meant pure fun here in Florida, last Thursday afternoon of the Palm Beach.

Great, everybody seems to be eager to pay price of a small car for a lens, glad you are doing so well.

Strange thing is that the photography is probably the only high tech industry where prices are climbing with time exponentially, just compare ti with the prices of storage, memory, computers, TV sets etc.
There is more to the story and certainly some elements of the healthy free market are missing in my opinion.

It amazes me that some users of this forum are bluntly conditioning us to accept the situation, wonder how many of you have said: "Since Nikon 200-400mm cost $7000 than, I expect Canon 200-400mm, "PLUS" 1.4 converter build in  (few such a nice professionally looking screws, levers and bell shaped forms) to cost no less than $11,000.00"
Let's write similar statements hundred more times on all forums and Canon will just surprise us in to submission  releasing this lens with $14,990.00 price tag, why not!

argh!  why are these lenses so expensive??  I recently installed a new engine in a friends S10.  We paid $2100 for a brand new GM 2.2L engine, NEW, from the local GM dealership.  Think of how much metal, engineering, etc is in an engine.  For the price of ONE lens, we could buy three new engines!

I do not understand :-/  The time to precision-grind glass?   Umm...

LOL, I still want one!

Optical glass (high clarity glass) is not a cheap thing, and there's a lot of glass in these things!

Soon we will see lenses being sold by weight by karats if this glass will keep getting so expensive... or maybe this are the signs of something called monopoly, price fixing between very few players?

Canon General / Re: So... Sony just dropped their Juggernaut!
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:13:55 PM »
After the Walkman there was someting that made Sony genius(es) scratch its (their) head (heads): it's called iPod; followed by iPhone; followed by iPad; followed by...

Sony might be the "800 pound electronics industry gorilla" (to quote The Luminous Lanscape article)  but let's say that in photo, serious photo, they are not quite there yet. And they need not just one innovation, but a few dozens more.

My point is not to drop your current C or N gear just yet. If you think that the two old crows (Canon & Nikon) cannot  make a "wundercamera" you are quite wrong. They can. But it is not a matter of possibility & tech, but of price; you cannot have a 36 MP FF shooting at 20 FPS and at ISO 102000 or more and filming in  FULL HD (or maybe not, 21:9 or 2560/1080 will do great too - ouch, it was Philips that implemented that first hand and not Sony, right?...) for 2000 USD...

CANON EOS 1V (35 mm film SLR) was able to shoot at 10 FPS FF. A decade ago; with 45 AF points etc, tank-like construction etc; NIKON F6 - a monster camera; again, just think about price - here is the real war.



This is not some pissing contest or some funky brad loyalty issues.
Olympus, Panasonic or Samsung mirrorless cameras were not in any means a game changers, but this new Sony begins to be a serious problem, and really has potential to turn large portion of a market away from both, high end point and shoot and low to mid range SLRs.
Just give me one with compact super wide lens and, I will ditch my still bulky Rebel with his holster bag for ever, as my companion for daily walks with my dog to shoot opportunistic landscapes.

Canon General / Re: So... Sony just dropped their Juggernaut!
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:05:47 AM »
Really fascinating times are here already, thanks Sony... Can't wait for the market response, if only there will be some super wide angle lenses in reasonable sizes available for those.

Software & Accessories / Re: To HDR or Not To HDR
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:30:02 AM »
I love the HDR look, even the "painterly" HDR look that puts emphasis on colorfulness instead of absolute fidelity to a scene.  But it doesn't really fit my working style and that's OK.  I have gotten used to working instead with deep black shadows that only suggest forms to shape the bright space left in the photos.

A lot of the time, like the cloud photos dr croubie mentions, or even just birds on branches - I often curse the inability of the camera and lens to capture all that detail in one exposure, but I've given up on bracketing with an eye to future HDR'ing.  Just peek the result and adjust if necessary.  Dynamic range is something I want more than anything else in the next generation of cameras (well, sensitivity could go up a bump too, but I actually am about where I need to be even at ISO 400 with f/2.8 and faster lenses).

This sounds really interesting to me:

"I have gotten used to working instead with deep black shadows that only suggest forms to shape the bright space left in the photos"

But makes me crave to see it!
I am new to this site, maybe everybody else knows your work, but it will be really logical in my mind if when a photographer describes their own work with words, would also post a small copyrighted sample of what they are talking about to, just to make things more understandable.
Thank you.

Lenses / Re: Lens for a big sun in the pictures
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:55:21 AM »
Actually, the moon and the sun are two subjects that are great for mirror lenses.  They don't move very fast (manual focus, live-view), they're bright, and you won't see any bad bokeh.

As for 300/4, sure, that would be nice.  But it's an expensive lens, and you won't need aperture; you'll be stopping down!  So 70-300/4-5.6 gets you the same thing.  That said, you could mount a 1.4x TC on a 300/4.

That may be true, but not for $119.00 price, and 500-800 mm focal range. When you go in to some really large focal lengths, size and amount of heavy glass simply makes physically impossible to build classic telescopes.

This is a shot taken with the basic Meade ETX125 mirror lens which is 1900mm and f15, taken of the flimsy tracking mechanism and mounted on old and pretty heavy Benbo tripod. The moon do not fit in the frame so this is composite of two shots, at manual exposure of 1/500s, some adjustments for sharpness and noise reduction.

Lenses / Re: Lens for a big sun in the pictures
« on: August 20, 2011, 03:04:37 PM »
Just a note on shooting the sun at long telephoto ranges. (and anything at those lengths)
The longer the lens the closer up you get to some of the weird things that happen in nature.
Atmospheric perspective, heat distortion, etc...
This will vary based on your location.  If I shot this in Antarctica there would be less distortion due to clearer air and  cooler climate.

1Ds Mark III + 600mm + 2X TC = 1200mm

Fantastic image!
Most people do not realize challenges involved shooting extreme tele or  astro photography, it is as involved and complicated as extreme macro or micro.
Of course apart from people that can invest some serious money in to it, but than again what's the reason for "glory" than.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:27:03 PM »
For me this is my preferred lens for portraits photography, here is the sample in very low light situation.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm Æ’1.8
« on: August 10, 2011, 06:12:25 PM »
^ very cool photo!  How did you pull that off?

Thanks Chewy!

Simple set up in home made lightbox, with black paper as a BG, small piece, about an inch, of incense mounted with piece of clay behind this really tiny engine , two small strobes, 5D, tripod, and cable release.
Taken several years a go, don't really remember to many details, except for difficulties to keep the air still and all sort of try and error to cause interesting swirls in the air.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm Æ’1.8
« on: August 09, 2011, 07:05:17 PM »
Hands down best lens for the money. Never have need for standard lens, but just to have it the price is awesome.

Lenses / Re: EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye in Stock at B&H
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:59:59 PM »
In my opinion the price as for 15 mm L lens is not that high, especially with included extra twist of circular range which is extremely limited in use of course (unless somebody has a thing for door viewers or key hole spying) nevertheless it can be fun for a while especially for some video productions.

I will stay with my classic 15mm full frame rectangular fisheye that, I love so much for excellent quality and truly incredibly compact size, it even fits without being much of the burden in the pocket of my cargo shorts and can be with me as spare "fun" lens no matter where I go with the camera.
Just check out the size, people forgot how small some primes really are.

As some have mentioned before, I have learned not to delete photos unless they are 100% useless.
Don't know how you guys, but me every time, I go to my archives totally different captures draws my attention  than before.
This is like my second hobby now, going back to old folders and picking up new "gems" that before just somehow seemed not worthy of my time.
I am sure if somebody is working professionally this may not make much sense, especially once you got paid for the job, but for hobbyist like me, finding those forgotten  good captures is just like receiving some kind of unexpected gift. 

Canon General / Re: Straight Photos with SLR camera
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:02:40 PM »
Probably everybody at least some of the time, do that.
When focused on the scene, and really excited about getting the best of the perfect moment, it is really hard to think about the straight horizon line.
Usually just intuitive adjustment, that of course to many times is influenced by all sort of optical illusions, our own position, other existing lines, like slanted line of the hills, curvy edge of the lake, perspective lines and even visually "heavy" objects in various positions etc.
Unless working with tripod, this is something that we should learn to live with, and just adjust later in PS.

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