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If you're not a photographer, why do you need a DLSR?   ???

Does that matter?  I use my DSLR for my own leisure and hobby.  I am just not a photographer.  It's just like people who buy Porsche or Ferrari (although they are totally in different class than any DSLR) for their own leisure and they are not necessarily car racer, right?   :)

So you don't take pictures with your DLSR?   What hobbies and leisure do you use it for??  ???

I just a hobbyist and I always deny some of other people that call me photographer.

Me too.  But when I am around a group of people / friends (e.g. birthday party, wedding banquet, etc), I will carry my Sony NEX-5 only.  Whenever you carry a DSLR, people tend to think you're photographer and all of a sudden you're obligated to do a lot of things!

I use my DSLR only when I am travelling or by myself.   :D

If you're not a photographer, why do you need a DLSR?   ???

Macro / Re: Water macro
« on: January 06, 2012, 11:55:28 AM »
Very nice!

Here's mine:

Very nice photo! Fascinating those reflections

Yeah, how did you edit yourself out of the reflections?   :o ::)

Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome.

LOL this made me laugh so hard :-) I'm guessing you're talking about wedding photogs, because I can't visualize too many retro hipsters shooting wildlife in Siberia or covering the Olympics :-)

I love still photography.  I love taking pictures that look good as poster size prints.  But I am not everybody else.  And for better or worse, the world is changing.  People don't have photo albums they have flickr pages and facebook.  They don't read books, they wait for the movie.  They think a quality MP3 player is the pinacle of audio fidelity.  And people want video with their SLRs.  The times they are a-changin', and if we don't adapt with them....well I think I can sum it up like this:  Kodak.   :-\

Wayhay!! -  got 5 smites today and said nothing controversial  8) 8) 8)

I'm pretty sure claiming to say nothing controversial is controversial.   ;D

ehm, forgive my ignorance but how does one give karma?  ;D

I believe one has to have a certain number of posts (5?) before they can give karma.

A number of us have decided to explicitly state when a smite or applaud is given to help understand the context and I find that quite helpful.

And as a side note, although I do not think the karma situation impacts it, this is one of the most civil forums that I have ever been a part of, so count me in on the group hug.  :-)  Every now and then I stop by nikonrumors and can barely stand to read thru the comments because the negativity and troll percentage; makes me appreciate what we have here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre CES Week: Lenses, Cameras & Compacts
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:22:42 PM »
Waiting for this lens is a Sisyphean task.

Sisyphean=excellent word!  (Except when it applies to my job...) 

+1 for sheer vocabulary awesomeness.

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a good monitor
« on: December 30, 2011, 05:14:29 PM »
I'd say pick one and stick with it. Adobe RGB gamut covers more and is therefore "better" for pros, especially in greens for landscapes. But you have to set your camera to AdobeRGB, computer to adobergb, monitor to adobergb, and make sure you're printing in adobergb, the whole toolchain has to match. Then what do you do with all the photos you've got already, which you shot in sRGB? You can convert the colour space, of course, and it may be worth all the time and effort to you if you manage to sell a lot of them, but for me it's not worth it and i'm sticking with sRGB...

I've been thinking about switching to AdobeRGB, but in reading thru your chain/workflow above brings to mind the question of--what happens to/how do you handle images that are delivered to clients as digital instead of prints?  Do you just convert and go, or would you have to redo any/all color corrections, etc?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Using PowerShot SD1400 IS to replace camcorder
« on: December 29, 2011, 12:10:00 PM »
What are the disadvantages of using the point and shoot camera in place of a camcorder?

IMO, the biggest disadvantages to shooting video with a P&S are that during recording, autofocus and optical zoom are both disabled.

 ???  Only got to play with it for a few minutes at Christmas, but my sister's new SX40 (that does count as P&S, no?) had both autofocus and optical zoom while in video mode.

Lenses / Re: Replacement for Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8?
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:26:42 PM »
By the way, how did tamron 17-55 work for you? I'm thinking of buying it for concert photography. Recommended (yes/no)?

It really didn't get much use.  Neither my wife or I shoot wide very often (planning to change that), and the IQ just didn't compare to the 24-105.  Which of course makes it that much more disappointing that it failed after probably less than a couple hundred photos (in 5ish years).   >:(

Lenses / Re: Replacement for Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8?
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:23:30 PM »
Your specs have really boxed you into a 16-35 f/2.8L in the Canon product line.  As you probably know, that’s a $1,400 lens.  With the 5D II running at around $2,000, might this be the time to jump to FF?  17mm on your 40D is equivalent to 27 on FF, so your 24-105 would actually be wider than what you’ve been shooting with.

The 16-35 definitely looks like a sweet lens.  However, the fact that it's a big chunk of the cost of the 5d2 which pulls the 24-105 into about the same range is a very good (and dangerous to my pocketbook) observation.  I will have to ponder!  +1 for the suggestion--thanks!

Product cycles really don't have any bearing on when a camera body will be released


... at this rate, we will need to sync up 5d updates with home appliances or perhaps even furniture.

I like it!   "Well, time to replace the 5d and the living room carpet again..."

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:23:10 AM »
Yes she is gorgeous, great capture!  However am I the only one in thinking the focus is sharper on the front of the camera she is holding rather than her eyes (maybe it is intentionally done like that... )  ?

I noticed that too.  Her face looks soft--but the pattern on the dress which should be in the same place does not.  A little post-processing going on?

Lenses / Replacement for Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8?
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:14:27 AM »
So our Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 just died.  That leaves us with the 24mm on our 24-105 L as the widest we currently have and that's just not going to cut it, so I'm looking for suggestions.  We currently have only APS-C bodies, but in general are trying to stay away from EF-S lenses becuase good glass is expensive and I don't want to see that $ left behind when we add a FF body.

Things I'm looking for:
  • Fast (nothing slower than 2.8 )
  • Prefer zoom over prime, but that's not an absolute
  • Not EF-S
  • Relatively inexpensive (good glass is never cheap, but some is more affordable than others)
  • 17mm minimum, wider probably even better

Thoughts?  Thanks!

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