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Lenses / Re: Are macro lenses essential for jewelry shooting?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:17:19 PM »
Preface: I've worked at a major jewelry and gemstone retailer, specifically in product imaging.

We exclusively use macros for all gemstone shots and usually use macros for all other purposes, occasionally using the TS-90 for necklaces and similarly large pieces.  Irrespective of maximum magnification, longer focal length lenses are preferable for their increases in working distances (primarily for video, however) for usability with our Ortery boxes and other light cages.  Depending on the piece, we either use glass, felt, or matte white bases if it is for a particular photo shoot.  However, the majority of our product (just for the online shots and stuff) simply has the white background photoshopped out.  No matter how clean your background is, you will see dirt and other distractions.

Obviously, the macro lens would be the best choice by far.  But a standard lens with a closeup lens (or mounted backwards or using extension tubes) can definitely suffice.  As most people have said, lighting is the biggest key.  Reducing washed out specular effects, while maximizing the refraction in facets, is quite difficult.  Also, you will see everything in the entire room in reflections, so a dome is pretty ideal as well.

Hope you enjoy photographing jewelry!

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 07, 2013, 11:30:30 PM »
The most fascinating part about this image is its versatility.  While there are clearly and deliberately baked images for dramatic effect or as a joke, there are numerous quality photos in this thread...and many are completely different.  I know not when this was taken or what the location normally looks like, but I've seen accurate renditions of twilight, sunset, midday, and sunrise--this is the true art in this image.  I've seen drab and deathly edits (in a positive way) that epitomize the dreariness and vast wasteland that some view death valley to be, but I've also seen detailed photos, full of contrast and life, that promotes optimism for the future.  It can be what the artist makes it out to be, and that, in my opinion, is beautiful.

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:54:18 AM »
I want to win!!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1 Now Available
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:09:46 AM »
So I updated mine and I'm not too sure about the Illumination. They didn't mention that it would flash and flicker. This is particularly annoying because the lcd overlay means the whole VF tints red slightly including the AF in lower right and the grid if you have that on.

I'm not sure now if i'll leave it enabled or not....

Yep.  I'm in the same boat.  I'll keep it enabled for a bit, but I may just turn it off.

In the end they only fixed one of my two reported issues (beyond AF point highlights and F8 autofocus.)

When's the next update coming? :D
What's your third issue?

I find this a welcome firmware update not just for its support for two asked for features, but for its indication that Canon is actually concerned about its professional market.  I have yet to install the update and test out F/8 autofocus and "fixed" servo points, but I am optimistic about Canon's support for the customer.

That said--they need to embrace ML and its development, which is absolutely amazing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:33:02 PM »
One word for the 6D?

Meh.
+1, that is the best way to describe this incremental model.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:29:50 PM »
Looks like the formatting of CRguy's post is still a work in progress, but... is that 5D2 AF?  Again?  Even the Rebels get better AF these days...
No, it is some new 11 point system.  I don't know why they didn't use a more expansive system, or even rehashed one of the older 1D series 45pt system.  Only one cross-type point is pretty much unacceptable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:24:28 PM »
Some people will say this is nothing revolutionary, but I find this a quite pleasing, welcome, and relatively cheap model.

And if MSRP is 2099, people will should finally be able to get their sub 2k full-frame DSLR easily.  That said, if I were a new full-frame buyer, it would be hard-pressed for me not to buy the Nikon D600 or even a 5DII, depending on how that camera handles higher ISO speeds.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: B&H Begins Shipping the Canon EOS-1D X
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:36:43 PM »
I received mine from B&H over a week ago.

But now, Canon wants it back (sent to Service) because of the AFMA bug...
Fortunately, all of my lenses are good copies, so I won't send mine back (also from BH shipped the same day as Neuro's) until I get a lens that needs it--and my next lens purchase will be a tilt-shift, so I've got a while.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - Ethernet, USB 3.0 or 2.0 for transfer?
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:33:40 AM »
So, for those lucky few (specifically thinking of Neuro, et. al.) who have received their cameras and been playing with them for the last week or so, can you weigh in on whether you have been able to make use of the Ethernet transfer capabilities and any hiccups associated therewith? 

Sorry, haven't tried.  I use a SanDisk FW800 reader, and transferring 200 images from my 1D X (which I literally just did) took 2 minutes - plenty fast enough for me.
As with me--I use a lexar FW800 CF reader or an internal USB 2.0 reader on my computer--I have USB 3.0; I just haven't cared enough to use it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patents - EF 600 f/5.6 DO & 800 f/5.6 DO
« on: July 13, 2012, 02:51:29 PM »
46mm?


According to B&H that's almost exactly (45.97mm) he length of the current 800mm f5.6. Am I missing something?
He's either being sarcastic or got the wrong number--the digital picture has the current 800 at 46.1 inches long.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Officially Official
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:25:45 PM »
Guys, remember when posting that this is a six month old thread.

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:13:59 AM »
congratulations to today's shippees.  would you kindly let us know when your orders were placed?  thanks!
5 or 6 P.M. Eastern on March 14.
Does anyone else's tracking number not work, or is it just that it is a new order and / or UPS's website hasn't updated for it?

yup, its because its a new order, they dont get processed that fast. But you can see the expected delivery date in the email that BH sent you.
Ah ok, good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:49:22 AM »
Does anyone else's tracking number not work, or is it just that it is a new order and / or UPS's website hasn't updated for it?

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EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:23:17 PM »
Mine says the same as Neuros and StantonS!

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