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Same with Aromas... how do you describe smell to someone who cannot smell... you need a lot of words.

Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
I think it is by design... they could have extended the barrel length allowing two mk.iii's to be stacked and also used with other lenses like the 70-300L native.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:34:13 AM »
I owned one... very well made, quite light. Set up is easy, quite ergonomical. I love it. The only thing I miss form the Manfrotto it replaced was not being able to tilt the center shaft 90 degrees for macro work... but there are ways to get that done...

Setting it up is easier than the manfrotto, you can unscrew the collapsed leg (4 screws) with one hand and left gravity drop all legs smoothly. Again the Fit and finish is quite good for a newer brand.

Landscape / Re: Washington DC. in my point of views
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:05:37 AM »
Love your passion Surapon. They look quite sharp as well.

Macro / Re: Extreme Macro shots with stacked lenses
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:15:20 AM »
What software's (including ML) do focus bracketing? I'd like to do this for Macro shots. I have Macro rails, but the tiniest of lateral movement on the tripod could affect the shot. However Automatic focus bracketing could help eliminate that one variable.

Will the 5D3 nightly build work with firmwares newer than 113?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:17:14 PM »
Is this why they crippled Reiken on the 5diii? Canon was not supporting full auto mode last year? If so, could this be available on the 5d3 as a firmware upgrade?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:33:48 AM »
Doesn't the T2i have the same sensor and it came "before" the 7D? or am I too tired to think straight... ? ???

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: January 01, 2014, 11:17:06 PM »

The Canon 24-105 is selling for $600-650 new, do you feel the Sigma is worth the 40-50% price premium?

Depends on your wallet... the 24-105L could go to $450 and that would not take away from what the S24-105 can still do. It's worth the money... and probably a good $200 more worth it for me. If I made money off this, I'd get a 24-70L or wait for the IS, but apart from that, I like it very much. I was on a speed boat going quite fast, snapping shots as we went along, I got almost no blurry shots... AF nailed, OS nailed. Great product.

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:16:01 AM »
I have owned a 24-105L before as well as 2 copies of the 24-70 f2.8L II. Sold all for financial reasons ... got the Sigma last week. It's not amazing but pretty darn good. Great for the price.

24mm Distortion and corner sharpness are better than the Canon 24-105L. The wide end is where I mostly use my 24 zooms.

OS is not bad either. Shot this in the evening, on a moving and bobbling Speedboat yesterday.

This has been gently PP'ed but I have not MA'd the lens yet... it needs a little maybe but I have not done scientific tests.


Look and feel is solid, barrel is nice and snug, feels more robust than the canon 25-105. Great finishing.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:31:58 AM »
It is not only about the length, or the Aperture or the sharpness or any other static spec.... rather the fact that shots taken with the 70-200 F2.8 mk.II, are just drop dead gorgeous.... instantly your shots are just better. hard to explain...

I am a hobbyist myself... and not a rich man, but after knowing what I know about the 70-200 f2.8 mk.ii, I'd be ok paying $4000 for this lens if I had to do it over again... (can't say that about my 24-70 f.2.8 mk.ii)...

The bokeh is great, the contrast is great, the colors palpable, the shots breathtaking...

How will you put a price one that?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tough Old Buffalo Bull, Kruger National Park...
« on: October 30, 2013, 06:01:44 AM »
Nice Shots Ivan: Love the exposure and Post processing...

If there is one thing I'd do different... in some of them, the composition is too tight/ cropped...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon patent: Changeable sensor
« on: October 14, 2013, 06:10:42 PM »
They tried this in the Audio world..... the thing is, as modular as you make the product, you cannot predict what path technology takes..... seems like a great idea on paper...

Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:30:12 AM »
even better the Sigma 150,which is actually sharper than both the 100L and the 135mmL.
Very funny! Is this sharper (especially at full aperture as OP asked)?

Based on those charts, the Sigma is not as sharp... the 100L seems to beat out even the 135 F2 wide open. At F2.8 both are very close. Up to F4, the 100L is better but F5.6 and beyond, the 135mm is sharper especially at the corners..

Lenses / Anyone use Swarovski spotters for Bird shots?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:20:11 AM »

A Guy I work with is into Bird Photography. Since we are all challenged by distances, he mentioned that if I was willing to go manual, that this might be an option:

It might be a bit pricey, but if it can do decent 1700mm equivalent shots, might be worth the price.

Anyone used this sort of non-standard set-up? What are the results like.

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