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EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:30:50 AM »
Just catching up on this, I can't comment on the detail of the image, but I have seen the moon appear that big before.  Happened to me about a decade ago driving up to Maine for a Columbus Day weekend.  Think it was the Harvest Moon and coming up over Rte 128... Basically the moon was bigger than 8 lanes of divided highway and was also a gorgeous deep red.  Don't think it was nearly that sharp, but looks like something from another world.

Ok the moon can appear bigger, especially when it first rises in a dark sky.  But it is not bigger, it's just the way your brain works.  It does not change it's distance earth, or it's size, so to get a photograph of it like Peter your going to have to use a loooong lens/telescope, or crop the image.  I have been out at sea, and seen people terrified by the rising moon.  I recall a friend screaming "a huge sailboat is coming right at us!"  Nope, just the moon dude.

I did some math one time and found that if you want to fill the frame with the moon, actually get the edges of the moon to touch the edges of the horizontal edges of frame, you'd need a 2350mm lens on FF and about 1450 on a 1.6 crop.

Actually what I was referring to is atmospheric refraction, which is what I was seeing, which is also why the moon was freakishly red.

Whether it was from high levels of CO2 or water vapor in the atmosphere at the time, the size difference I was noticing was not a mind trick / illusion, but was an optical magnification of the reflected light do to the quality of air at the horizon combined with the curvature of the earth. 

So while I have personally experienced cases where the appearance of the moon was much larger, and do to magnification of the atmosphere, and not a perspective illusion, I also recall that the features were softened / blurred, and not as crystal clear and sharp as through air.  This is further amplified as when the moon is coming just over the horizon, the light is passing through more atmosphere. 


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EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:46:43 AM »
Just catching up on this, I can't comment on the detail of the image, but I have seen the moon appear that big before.  Happened to me about a decade ago driving up to Maine for a Columbus Day weekend.  Think it was the Harvest Moon and coming up over Rte 128... Basically the moon was bigger than 8 lanes of divided highway and was also a gorgeous deep red.  Don't think it was nearly that sharp, but looks like something from another world. 

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Shoot in RAW and then use something like NIK SilverEFX.  If you are just using PhotoShop and converting to Monochrome, you are losing a TON of the details.  I just did a webinar hosted by NIK with Vincent Versace and was amazed at the differences a piece of software like NIK color effects makes compared to just taking an image and setting the mode to Monochrome (basic just removed Hue and Saturation and throws away more than 1/3rd the detail. 

I will also plead ignorant to whether shooting in B&W makes any difference in respect to what I am talking about, but I am making the assumption that it, like other styles, is just a style that is applied to the JPG, hence similar to the Monochrome conversion and losing detail.

really had my eyes opened the other day to just how much detail is in a Black and White image, and why some B&W really stand out and why others are dull.  Conversion is really not as straight forward as I originally thought

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The best ways to (not) get your gear stolen
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:36:59 AM »

You could cover all of your gear in a thin, even layer of vaseline. This would make snatching more difficult for would-be thieves and also improves the water sealing of many bodies and lenses.

You know, there is something just wrong with this type of "preparation" that just conjures up images that are even more wrong...

Besides, there are far better lubes out there....  ::)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:31:48 AM »
I think the swivel screen is great for taking shots where the camera is at an awkward angle...

As an example, for the chester type pervs, with a swivel screen, you can bend down to tie your shoe with the camera in hand and shoot up a skirt and make sure you not only captured the image, but have the proper exposure...

Some may argue that the swivel screen is for sports or crowds and when the camera is being held above your head... but really... The example above was the clear intended purpose...

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon 5D line and AF...
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:20:26 PM »
As much as Canon makes money selling bodies, they also make a heck of a lot selling lenses, etc. 

So while Canon may not "make" money of 5D sales today, they will make money on the person who "upgraded" their body, as well as they will make money from the person who bought they 5D and buys lenses from them. 

While some may look at the used market as cutting into sales, it also allows the early adopters to to recycle their gear at a faster and greater rate than they could otherwise. 


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Software & Accessories / Re: Cable release (stupidity) for 5D mk1...
« on: January 24, 2012, 08:57:03 AM »
Google is your friend.

Your release fits:  Compatible with G10, G11, G12, EOS Digital Rebel series, 60D, Elan II/IIE, Elan 7/7E, Rebel Ti /2000/G/GII/X/XS, IX/IX Lite

You need the RS-80N3.

Not sure I have seen "adapters" for these, though the release I use for Calumet sells the release and the cable separately, so if your many camera has different connections, you just buy other cables.

I would list your RS60 on Amazon and pick up the RS80 or look at the Calumet solution perhaps.  There are a lot of cheaper shutter releases as well, so you may be able to sell the Canon, get an Opteka or something similar and come out a few bucks ahead

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 24, 2012, 08:52:00 AM »
I am fine in the 20s are far as MP size goes.  Anywhere from 22 - 24 would be nice.  Pixel Peepers may disagree

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Canon General / Re: Never delete images 'in camera'
« on: January 23, 2012, 12:18:47 PM »
I delete a ton of images "in camera" especially when I am starting a shoot and dialing my my light set-up.  If you know the image is junk, why keep it.

I think you are far more likely to "miss a moment" by having a full card than you are deleting an image you wanted.

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Of course they can.  Just because a crop sensor gives more reach, does not mean you get a better picture. 

For me reach is nice, but reach means nothing if I have to hold the shutter open longer to get a decent picture : i.e. ISO + speedy lens can make a HUGE difference in terms of sharpness and image quality.


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Lenses / Re: Canon Refurbished resale value?
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:52:41 AM »
I've wondered about it as well, but right now is not a good time to buy a refurb from Canon.  With the lens rebates on a new 85 f/1.2L II, the price is 1859 with free shipping.  The Canon store is 1759.2 and they charge shipping and tax.  For less than $100, you have 9 months of additional warranty and potentially higher resale value.

The situation was different when they were running sales in the Canon refurb store, but then they were frequently sold out....

Some I know PREFER refurb, because the lenses get inspected more closely.

Whether you buy that or not is up to you, but do have to say I have heard a lot more issues with new products over refurb products.

Your mileage and experience may vary

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Lighting / Re: Any suggestions on cheap ebay triggers / poverty wizards?
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:29:47 AM »
I have to laugh at the Phottix Odin being called a PW killer.

For one, it has EXTREMELY limited availability, unless you consider eBay as a primary delivery channel.   It currently does not appear that there are ANY stores in the US carrying the Odin.

I have asked about the Odins at two stores in the Boston area that carry Phottix (i.e. they are not just a jealous PW shop) and they do not carry the Odins and were not planning to carry the Odins for "reliability" reasons. 

How the Strato IIs they do carry and do like, so it also does not seem to be a manufacturer bias.

I am all for competition, cheaper priced items and thing when there are high quality competing products the consumer wins.  Have seen the literature, heard some people talk about the Odins, but know no one in the US or North America that carries the Odins or have plans to carry it.  And when I see highly established long running shops that carry the manufacturer, but don't plan on carrying a particular product (i.e. it is by choice) that is NEVER a good sign.  Tells me stores are worried about returns, service grief and disappointment.

If it was a cheaper PW killer, I am sure stores would be clammering especially being able to sell or upsell people from cheap triggers into "High Quality" TTL at a fraction of PW cost. 

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Lighting / Re: Any suggestions on cheap ebay triggers / poverty wizards?
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:32:24 AM »
I used the CowBoy Studio crap for a few months before going PocketWizard.  With Cowboy, you either can use hotshoe or radio trigger.  Not both.  i.e. if you use radio triggers on strobes, you are fine, or if you you remote hot shoes on flashes, but you can't fire both, unless you are doing it optically.  Had a lot of misfires with the cowboy studio as well. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 Beta now available
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:40:38 PM »
Wish Lightroom would give us the "Shoot yourself in the foot at your own risk" option.

I run into the Networkable issue all the time.  I have my photos stored on an external drive off my main PC, but sometimes I want to edit or go through and do light work on my laptop in front of my TV.  Always run into the "unable because network drive" error.  LR does not have to provide any source safe protection or controls, I would just like to be able to say "Hey!  I am the only one on this network... Let me do this at my own risk"

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Lenses / Re: Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:36:03 PM »
I was definitely thinking of the 400 2.8 and with the extender my 70 - 200 would fill the gap, albeit at 5.6 from 200 - 400 and then the 400 could be either 400 at 2.8 or 800 at 5.6. 

Love the TS-Es but I am also trying to stay a little cheaper since I don't shoot that much here.  I need to find a local buddy I can borrow from or bribe with beers.

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