if the only thing they announce is a powershot with a built-in projector... screw it, I'm going out and taking pictures with the gear I have
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I did an early morning set, and it was well worth getting up. I showed up at the Lincoln Memorial about an hour before sunrise and walked around the mall a bit - Lincoln, Washington, etc. Got to the MLK monument just before sunrise. Very, very few people out (of course), which meant it was easy to setup a tripod to shoot.
FWIW - these are all from a Canon G11 with a little Tamrac Zipshot mini-tripod. I can't blow 'em up big, but they came out pretty well with such a small kit.
I don't think that a UWA lens would have helped with the monuments - you generally have plenty of room to stand back on the outside; and for inside stuff I just shot details (like the Lincoln shot here). And I like the angle for the Washington Monument shot with the capital building in the background instead of the usual straight-on with the reflecting pool.
The forecast for peak blossoms is March 26-30, so I think you have a good chance of getting some good shots. My picture in this post was definitely after petals had been falling for a couple days. As far as lens choice goes, your 17-55 will be great. There may be a couple of creative shots you could try with a wider lens, but honestly none of mine were keepers. That being said, I'll tell you that some of the monuments are fun to shoot with a really wide lens...like standing in front of Abe or under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial.
Out of curiosity, I had a search for conferences with those dates. Fruit fly genetics? Who knew?! EDIT: I should say, "Who knew there was a conference for this?". I've long known the species genetics were studied.
If you are interested in meeting up, I'm happy to play photo guide over the weekend.
The blossoms were so early I almost missed them. I sold my Mk II after I preordered the Mk III. It very nearly didn't get here in time. I called and upgraded to overnight shipping and these pictures were some of the first I took.
There were actually a LOT of people walking amongst the trees, but the owner of this dog (not me) had it posing on the bench for pictures so the crowds were leaving plenty of space. I had been taking some wide shots with my 12-24 and by the time I switched lenses, the dog had jumped off the bench and looked like he was about to take a nap (yawning and stretching). I shot a burst and caught this great one.
plus one... how can the 200mm f/2L IS be made better?
+1, only possible way is to lower its weight, but a 200/2 will never be light for a 200mm lens.
+2, but perhaps the return of the Legendary F/1.8?
I'm kind of surprised to hear about the 200 f/2L IS being up for replacement already. The current model is already considered to be pretty close to optically perfect and has an effective IS system. I also doubt that it is a high volume lens at its current price, and Canon seems incapable of designing replacements that are even close to the price of current models.
This seems like a bit of a head scratcher to me, although I wouldn't be sad to see some MK I's at reduced prices on the used market.
And yet I can't stop reading this thread. It's a mesmerizing train wreck in posting form (with little tidbits of good info thrown in).+1...
...and +1.The petal hood has come in.Please do take a video of your SLR focusing with that lens hood on, upload it to youtube, and post the link here
Well, if you are doing a lot of lenscap work, then you obviously don't want a 5D Mark III for your camera.^I read this as "landscape", not "lenscap", and I was very confused at what was wrong with the 5d3 for landscape... ;-)
Back in the day, Mac were a much better platform than a Windows PC for any graphics arts applications such as Adobe. Today however, it is the opposite. Adobe's CS6 Mercury engine supports CUDA extensively and supports NVIDIA's Maximus solution. Abode being OpenGL based means that you get much better performance and more extensive features using admittedly more expensive Quadro and Tesla cards than GeForce cards.
A PC with a relatively cheap Quadro 600 should render a video in Premier Pro CS6 in around half the time of the current iMac.
Put in card a Quadro K5000 and a Tesla K20 in a PC (this is not cheap) and you will have performance that would require a fleets of Mac's.
Summing up, a single Windows PC configured with a Quadro and Tesla card will give performance a Mac user can only dream about.
i'm not sure i understand this completely...
on one hand you say "make a smaller DSLR with EVF"
on another hand making a camera with EVF will eliminate the need in mirror box and prism, effectively moving this camera out of DSLR category and closer to large ILC
Prior Apple Genius here. Bseitz brings up what seems like it should be the truth. The reality is though that OS X and Aperture are extremely intelligent when it comes to allocating RAM. Aperture won't use what it really needs at the expense of other processes to an extent. It knows that you may flip into something more important, so it won't take what it really wants.
Swap used in activity monitor gives a better indication of whether or not you've maxed out your RAM.
Finally, as someone who has used a MacBook Pro with both 8GB and 16GB of RAM in a similar use case to yours, I noticed a big increase going to 16GB of RAM. Going from 16GB to 32GB in my iMac wasn't as big of a difference, still a nice little boost though.