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Lenses / Re: Canon IS BINOCULARS
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:39:50 PM »
They're not Canon, but I enjoyed doing some fun stuff with the Sony DEV-5 binoculars - they can do photos, video and 3d video if you want to have fun.  It does have their IS system, works well.

Software & Accessories / How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:11:07 PM »
I'm on a tear printing things, and I keep reminding myself that looking at a photo on a screen of any type really isn't looking at a photo properly.  Screens are backlit, where as prints are frontlit. 

So, how big have you pushed your images?  Stitched images count, so if you're abusing a roll feed printer, admit to it now.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 25, 2013, 06:00:05 PM »
I wonder what happens if/when you actually get all current Canon EOS bodies/lenses/accessories.  Does that satisfy, or do you start buying Powershots, old Canon gear (200 f/1.8 anyone?), Leica stuff?, Medium format, or cross over to the dark side ;) and start over with Nikon. 
Medium format all the way.  Phase One or Hasselblad, either way, it's a car or two...

I wonder how the new Sigma USB lens dock can be utilized with lens profiles.  Say you adjust your 'Art' 35mm lens, how can that data be fed into LR?

Software & Accessories / Re: When will,cards go on sale
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:41:48 AM »
Take in to account the Hynix fire and the impact of 'fake' SanDisk cards and just buy what you need when you need it from a trusted source.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:01:33 AM »
Since it's price sensitive, I'm pretty happy with my Sirui (I think it's the M-3004).  The catch is that a tripod is an easy place to go cheap and works, while at the same time paying for it every time you take it out (added weight).  How tall or short will determine a lot of it, as will pack size.

Spending the money on a carbon fiber one may sound like a bad idea, but it's my next upgrade.  Honestly, a used set of legs works great as a starting point - that way she can decide what direction from there to go (taller, shorter, lighter, etc).

So ask yourself, do you need an upgrade?

Lighting / Re: Pocket wizard x and 3
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:46:04 PM »

"The PlusX is compatible with all Standard Channel-capable PocketWizard transmitters and receivers, so it's the perfect companion for your existing radios and new flashes."

Work great, but just make sure you're on 'standard channels' currently (1-10).

Lighting / Re: MYSTERY SOLVED....
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:39:28 PM »

In short... it is the yongnuo's... but only one of them.  Only one works as a transceiver... the other only works as a receiver... So I labeled them with a black permanent marker...

Get out the 1/4" plastic colored tape and do a strip around it.

We should put this thread on the 'things to consider when purchasing speedlights' faq.  Nothing against the Yongnuo's, but mix and match and having to figure it out based on model numbers just isn't my idea of fun.

Hope you found a way to reward yourself for brain teaser.

Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:08:57 PM »
How much rain?  The cheap bags work great, I use the OpTech extensively (yea, Seattle!).  But there is a time and place that you're better with a D10/D20 or simmilar.  OP should say what they're trying to protect, it'll help us suggest things.

I still want a for those days when it's raining sideways or snowing like a mad man...

Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:02:23 PM »
You didn't say where you're carrying it.  My heart is set on one of the new line from think tank: Mindshift Gear!

The rotational cubby is just sick for having a body/lens combo plus a lens and other crap - but it's geared for hiking/backpacking more than carrying around town.

I think the bag folks need work together on a 'what fits in' type page, where you can fill in boxes with your gear and will give you a 'known to fit in' with a layout.


Shot with the 24-105 at iso 12800 f/4 1/40th.  Go with the kit lens for IS or the 17-40 for a wider view of things - pub crawls can be tight affairs and you can always crop in, just not back up.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:39:00 PM »
You're welcome.  You shot does look like it may be back focused, though.  Here's the other side of her face, also 100% - notice that even at f/8, with a close subject like this, her eye is sharp but her ear is OOF because it's outside of the DoF.

Either way it's the quality of the lens or lack there of.

No, I think you're missing my point.  If the shot is backfocused, it's not the quality of the lens that's a problem, but a mismatch between body and lens.  That's exactly what AF microadjustment is meant to address.  People used to send cameras+lenses to Canon for adjustment, which is part of the reason there's a CPS today.  Now, users have the capability to make those adjustments on their own.

To help explain what Neuro is getting at, what you may be expecting at f/5.6 or f/8 on a crop camera is different with a FF camera.  The area that is in focus gets a lot thinner.  With auto-focus, your AF is figuring out the 'distance' to the spot wide open, then closing down to get more depth of field.  If you focus on the item closest to you, and the AF under-calculates the distance, the DoF will be off, and you won't get the shots you want.

In most cases, it's better to link to photos on flickr/google+/etc than to post directly as attachments.

Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:45:02 PM »
Mother Nature is a downright tease - gives you the best look and when you get your camera out, it's gone.

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:08:00 PM »

Also remember that the conditions you shoot in may dictate your lens choices more so than anything else.  Primes are nice, and in some ways a cheap way to get to a desired length, but having multiple lenses with you at all times, and switching may not allow for the shot you want.

Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:41:41 PM »
Can someone give a link for Zeiss lens rentals maybe?  Perhaps I could rent one and see how I do with it?

That 55mm sounds quite interesting. I'd been thinking of getting the Canon 50L f/1.2.....but would be neat to try a Zeiss and see how I did with my bad vision, and trying out maybe a diopter solution...?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne Roger has them - 15mm to 135mm just not the 55mm (yet).  They also do a deal if you rent and buy a new one within 6 months.

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