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Lenses / refurbished 17-40 f/4L in stock at canon
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:12:46 AM »
With their current 15% off sales, the L lenses disappear quickly, but this one is currently in stock for $471 $571.

Edit:  typo'd the price.  Thanks for the correction EYEONE!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon SX40 vs S95
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:01:35 AM »
I cannot tell you which one better meets your needs, but I can say for me, the SX40 is on my list way before the S95.  In fact I just got one for my sister for Christmas, and now I'm tempted to keep it myself.   ::)  Personally, most anything that I take with a non-SLR I figure is a compromise, and I like "up-close-and-personal" images which you have to literally be with the S95's limited zoom and are therefore more easily achieved with the SX40.  And for the always have it with you size factor, cell phone images are better than none at all.

So the questions you have to ask yourself are what kind of shots do you intend to use it for, and how important is size?

Best of luck in your decision!

Site Information / Applaud or smite?
« on: December 16, 2011, 09:53:36 AM »
I'm kinda curious what criteria or philosophy people use in choosing to applaud or smite someone?

Personally I try to go easy on the smites limiting them to those who post with personal attacks or vulgarity.  There are times I'm tempted to smite someone who has such a polar opposite opinion from me, but as along as the discussion is kept productive and not personal I try to refrain.

Applauding for me is for people who make a particularly useful or insightful post or make me laugh.

Also, what would people thing about an "audit trail" for applauding and smiting, such that people have a level of accountability for their social interactions?

Canon General / Re: What Pictures Mean to You?
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:34:18 PM »
I know I already responded, but reading some of these other posts made me realize that I only answered half of the question.  Photos for me means memories, but photography means artistic expression.  And unlike many of my other "artistic expressions" such as woodworking, it's almost an instant gratification process:  push the button and presto: artistic expression! 

Well, to be honest, for me it's push the button, download to photoshop, play for awhile and then presto, but it's still a whole lot more instant than other pursuits.   ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: GorillaPods and other Small Tripods
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:31:36 PM »
Some good examples there dr croubie.

Another example of how the Gorillapods can come in handy.

On set and our director decided that he wanted some handheld shots.
Didn't have a dedicated shoulder rig with me so i improvised.

Was actually quite stable.

Love it!  Creative problem solving at it's best.

Canon General / Re: What Pictures Mean to You?
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:29:07 PM »
I think for me it's pretty simple: pictures = memories.  When memories start to fade, a picture can help refresh and remind.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:54:37 PM »
Just too bad. Then avoid all car races, as they usually have such limits. Plus you should know better, that speed is not all that matters in car racing.
Look closely at F1 races. Are there any more prestigious racing events?
There are very detailed regulations and limits to cars construction. Cars do differ, but they have limits to engine power, cars weight must be within given limits, all teams use the same tyres, must use both tyre types in race... list goes a long way.
All for good reason - to narrow down competition to engineers skills within given limits, to skills of pitstop teams, skills of drivers and their ability to cooperate.
IMHO you missed it with car racing comparision.
It was intended to be a simple analogy.  If I knew it was offensive to die hard racecar fans, I'd have chosen a different one.

I think the point in both is to say that they test the skills of the person, not the technical assets or budget.

EOS Bodies / Re: 12 fps from the 1Dx? I want more!
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:44:20 PM »
I'd like to know WHAT ARE 14 FPS GOOD FOR ? There are for sure many photo applications for them, what do you think?

Gymnastics, diving, finish line in 100M dash...

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:10:23 PM »
...and possible a diffuser..

My wife uses <name brand> diffuser and it makes a world of difference.  There are probably lots of other options out there, but point being a diffuser can make a huge difference with the flash.  Otherwise it kinda depends on what your bounce options are (ceiling height for example.)

Lenses / Re: Buying lenses, do you listen to your heart or your head?
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:52:31 PM »
Being wise makes the choice...less than obvious.  I find that if I always listen to my head and ignore my heart, it can suck the fun out of things and make them utilitarian and boring.  But always listening to the heart leads to a very expensive pile in this case...that just collects dust.  Of course actually finding that balance is way beyond my meager skills...   :o

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:45:22 PM »
Lastly, I would invest in post-software such as lightroom 3.  It'll help you fix those photos that didn't come out exactly as you hoped and your keeper rate will increase.  Plus, it is a tool that every serious photographer should have, so down the road when you get even more serious you will already have it.

+...umm...a lot! 

My wife just did a shoot the other day, and long story short out of the camera there pretty much wasn't a single usable photo.  However, after a few hours in lightroom (and a bit of time in photoshop) we were able to deliver a couple dozen decent photos that the client was very happy with.

On that note, although not necessarily a "best practice", since you're new to it if you have doubts about your ability to frame a shot, take it a little wide and you can always crop.  I'm sure I'll catch a lot of flack for suggesting it, but the truth is you can cut out extra but you can not paste in what isn't there.

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:29:55 PM »
First, +1 to all the comments about not being able to participate/enjoy the wedding and play photog at the same time--can't be done.

In my limited experience (playing assistant/backup photographer) in 2 weddings, the biggest challenge was almost always lighting.  Many churches do not allow flash photography, and even if they do, it can be very distracting in a wedding.  So know in advance what your acceptable ISO thresholds are regarding noise (take test shots, print them, and run them by the bride) and get the fastest lenses you can buy/beg/borrow/steal...okay maybe stealing's not the best idea... for the focal lengths you'll need. 

The f/1.8s are a minimum (you mentioned the 50mm; the 85mm is also a great lens).  If you can get a f/1.4 or f/1.2, even better.  Depending on the layout/logistcs, you very well may need something with reach, so a 70-200 f/2.8 IS is probably in line.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who uses printers?
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:14:18 PM »

Can anyone tell me if Epson Stylus Pro 3880 (A2), or the new R3000 (A3+) print only with black and grey inks, without needing to install the color cartridges, or at least to let them empty on it?

Or does any other printer do that; Epson, HP, Canon or any other?

I would use it only for black and white.

Thank you for your response

I have an older Epson and I will tell you that I will never buy another Epson for this very reason.  It is an "all-in-one" printer/scanner/copier/fax as long as it has non-empty ink cartridges.  Once there is an empty cartridge, it is a paper-weight--even the scan function will not work until the cartridge is replaced.  It's a little older model, so it's possible this is no longer the case, but it's too late as far as I'm concerned--they've lost my business.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who uses printers?
« on: December 13, 2011, 01:15:09 PM »
Seeing as how the question is a bit open to interpretation, I'll take a little different spin on it.

We (my wife and I) do not use a printer for actual prints, but it's great to have for things like contact sheets, so even though we're providing digital copies of the work to clients, we have something to hand them for a quick visual reference as opposed to simply "here's your CD".

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