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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 04:31:23 AM »
Am I the only one who thinks we need to see images at ISO 3200 and 6400 to really see how this thing competes?

A 36 megapixel camera will not excel at low light, so if you're a low light shooter then a 36 megapixel camera is not the thing to have. However, perhaps it is "good enough" for those of us that mainly shoot base ISO from tripod but occasionally do some casual hand-held shooting. I don't think this is a "wedding photography" camera though.

Exactly!  If you look at a Hassy H4D-40 you'll see the ISO range is 100-1600...

Weddings!  LOL!  How many of you old-timers shot VPS160 exposed at 125 ASA for best negative density?  That's why I was always a disciple of fast glass and powerful strobes!  ;)

With detail and flesh tones like that, I'm sure this camera will find it's way into many wedding photographer's kits...

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Canon General / Re: Is it worth *really* studying photography?
« on: February 06, 2012, 09:20:14 AM »
When I look back at everything photography has been for me; I wouldn't have the same timeline if I hadn't "studied" it first...  Took a Journalism class in my freshman year summer school and enjoyed taking pictures more than writing articles. The journalism teacher was also the photography teacher; he persuaded me to take photography as my freshman elective and also intern on the student paper as a staff photographer...

Taking a structured class, where there is a progressive approach to the mechanics and physics of photography, combined with weekly photo assignments meant to demonstrate/reinforce what you have learned, made all the difference to me...

Two years as the school paper photog got me onto the yearbook staff as a junior. That provided me access to a local pro photographer who did the senior portraits and was available as a resource to the yearbook staff. I thought I knew so much at that point; when I started working with him - I realized I knew almost nothing! But because I had the basics down he tolerated me... He knew he could send me into the darkroom and I could soup a roll of film, print a contact sheet, or emerge with a B&W enlargement that met his standards...

When I wasn't at school, I was at his studio. Learning about studio lighting for people and products. Then I got invited to lug cases of heavy equipment around while he shot weddings. Then I eventually got a camera shoved in my hands and became a second shooter. By the time I left high school, I was a reasonably competent photographer - both from a technical standpoint and a practical/business perspective... The only reason I didn't starve to death in college was the occasional grad student who got married on a budget and needed a "cheap" wedding shooter...

I went into police work and photography got me a gig as a forensic photographer/crime scene tech. I missed the "rush" of wedding photography and opened my own studio. Had a great 10 year run and moved off into other things. But I never regretted starting my relationship with a camera in the classroom. Not saying it would work for everyone; but I think it did OK for me...

I hope that whatever mechanism you embrace to learn the craft; it makes you happy and fulfilled...

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My first instinct was to laugh... But seriously -this sort of behavious jeopardizes the availability of lenses for handling at trade shows and should be deplored. 

Now that's out of the way, Sigma state that there were two pre-production lenses in existence; which mount was the one that was stolen? If it was Sigma SA mount, then it shouldn't be too hard to find the culprit; I would get the police to interview both suspects.

 ;D ;D ;D +1 "For outstanding humor in an internet-based camera forum, the winner is...!"

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Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:25:21 AM »
Question 12: That's a great shot! How did you get that effect?

Answer 12a: It was quite simple, actually! I downloaded the file onto a Commodore 64 running my own version of Linux. After a little tweaking in *mumble* I re-imaged the file as a .docx and projected it via infrared onto some old Polaroid 600 film I keep in a state of stasis.  I scanned the positive with my Hasseldrum photon imager (2 in existence) and re-opened in Lightroom 10 (I'm a beta tester) for some work on the noise reduction.  The file was saved as a 32-bit .BUFF and exported to Windows 3.1 Image Editor for final printing.  Oh!  And I pressed "Auto Correct" just prior to "Print".  You know, I looked at your gear, and I should not have to explain to someone with a Rebel XT how to do this! >:(

Answer 12b: Neuro helped me... 8)

Answer 12c: I pointed my iPhone at the sun and pressed the little do-hicky at the bottom...

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Lenses / Re: Does anyone here have a sigmonster?
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:13:02 AM »
ROFL at the amazon review and the replys :D

OMG those are funny!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Automatic Microfocus adjustment software
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:04:47 AM »
+1 Mt. Spokane!  Thanks for sharing your work with us!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60d unavailable on BH and Adorama
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:26:59 AM »
B&H is showing the 60D in stock; but just in some kits and not body only...

What is surprising is the 1D4 is in stock; that has been unavailable for months...

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:11:42 AM »

2011 Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival by alabang, on Flickr

Wow!  I'll even forgive you for shooting a Nikon!  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:58:57 AM »
What are you seasoned RAW shooters using for white balance? ExpoDisc, Lally Cap, gray card, hoping there is something white you can click on?

I used to think the camera presets were adequate until I started using a WhiBal gray card to balance against...  What a difference!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is it worth updating 5D2 to 2.1.1 firmware?
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:49:39 AM »
Firmware version 2.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.

Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Dutch language.

If you've run into the first issue, then it's probably worth getting a CF reader (makes for faster transfers, too, that don't use battery life).

Well, I, for one, was very distressed by the Dutch misspellings...  ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Airtravel experts
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:33:52 PM »
I've been traveling a lot in the last two years; nearly 200,000 Skymiles to date...  Mostly in the Middle East, connecting in Atlanta, and then down to Central America...  I've lugged my Pelican 1500 with me the whole time...

The plucked foam looked good when I set it up, but in normal handling the foam breaks loose and you lose your perfectly designed compartments... :o  I'm glad I read this thread because it guided me to the Pelican website and I found out I could replace the foam fingers with a divider set for just $55.99 at B&H!  Thanks, guys!

But, back to travel...  One of the airline counters had a red, "FRAGILE - Handle With Care" sticker that they put on the side for me...  When I carry it on, even lugging my backpack, no one has ever said a word...  The best part about a hard case; you don't stress out when people jam their briefcases and other junk on top of it in the overhead bin - you know your stuff is safe...  When I have boarded late, due to a tight connection, I've had the flight attendants offer to stow it in first class for me...  People just seem to respect those cases; I guess it conveys that you care about your gear...

That Pelican 1514 and Storm iM2500 both look real nice!  When I treat myself to a FF it might be time for an upgrade!  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Airtravel experts
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:10:59 PM »
Forgot to add - I use a pair of these locks for my case while traveling.

+1!  Just bought two!  Paid the same amount for a pair of Brookstone locks at the airport that will b-a-r-e-l-y close on my Pelican latches!  Really like the tamper/search indicator too!  Thanks, Neuro!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 28, 2011, 02:17:22 AM »
I set a ceiling of $2,000 for a 5D II about a year ago, thinking it would be a long time before that happened.  My skill level is simply not high enough to justify spending more than that right now.  So when the price hit my ceiling, I went for it.  So far, so good, and certainly no regrets as I was never in the hunt for a $2,500 camera.

In the immortal words of Master Yoda:  "You will be"

Nerdy they be on the CR blog.

Isn't that a requirement to join a site devoted to discussing and debating the fine points of Canon camera gear and drooling over the latest rumors?  8)

LOL!  Pitiful we are!

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Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:01:19 AM »
the 24.70mm is an amazing lens, ive used it basically at all my weddings this year

+1 for the 24-70L!  My old 28-70mmL almost never left my camera on wedding days...  The 20-35mmL was great for interior shots of the church during the service and some edgy WA stuff during the reception.  The 70-200mmL was what I shot from a tripod at the back; if the church was "photog unfriendly" and was on my second body for B&W portraiture (if requested by the bride & groom)...

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Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:57:29 AM »
You will be directing people as well during stuff like the formals and group shots. That is a big part of the day some people don't realize they even have to do.

So VERY true!

Almost every wedding is a rush, things like makeup and hair always run late.

LOL!  Again, so VERY true!

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