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EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:49:47 PM »
I should be happy about the lack of new products.  It's saving me a lot of money and I think I have just about recovered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

Nice to see some excitement about a new product!  Keep those reports coming. :)

Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:03:54 PM »
Do any of you feel that image stabilization is helpful for street photography?

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:35:18 PM »
I found a use for the 40 pancake as an indoor full body portrait lens.  The photo below is a full frame example shot wide open. (5D3)

I'm considering the 35 IS for this role.  I think the extra stop and the IS would come in handy.  Mostly waiting for the price to come back down after the recent change in Canon advertising policy.

EOS Bodies / Re: DP Review's 10 most popular camera list
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:53:29 PM »
Thanks guys, I feel better now!  Guess I won't tear up my Canon fanboy card just yet. :)

EOS Bodies / DP Review's 10 most popular camera list
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:36:37 PM »
I sometimes glance at DP Review's list of the ten most popular cameras.  I believe this refers to how many visitors are looking at the reviews, not how many are sold.

The number of Canon cameras on this list has been declining for the last year or so.  Today I looked and there isn't a single Canon on the list.

Most popular cameras according to DP Review pageviews:

Pentax K-3 7.8%
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 7.4%
Nikon D610 6.0%
Olympus OM-D E-M10 5.7%
Sony Alpha 7R 5.4%
Fujifilm X-T1 3.3%
Sony Alpha a6000 3.2%
Fujifilm X-E2 3.1%
Nikon D5300 3.0%
Samsung NX mini 2.6%

Even if you just look at DSLRs, there still isn't a Canon on the list.

I may have to tear up my Canon fanboy card if this situation continues much longer!

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f2.8L II Shutter Speeds
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:24:41 AM »
I have noticed the same thing over the last several years.  Back in my 35mm film days, I was proud of what slow shutter speeds I could get a way with.   Now I have to keep my shutter speed at 2X the focal length or faster.

I suppose some of this is attributable to age, but I agree with others that we are expecting a lot more sharpness from our modern digital cameras and lenses.

I am anxiously awaiting Canon's upcoming stabilized 50mm lens - when and if they ever release it.

I say publish ASAP.

You may be right, Neuro.  Perhaps the camera is looking for a thumbnail. 

OK, DPP works if I select a Canon RAW file, open it in the editor, then choose "convert and save" to the working folder on the CF card.  The camera will display the image on the LCD screen.  Yay!

It does not work if I import a Lightroom-created JPG into DPP, then select "convert and save" on the CF card.  Darn!

Very strange!

Most of my RAW images are actually saved as DNG files, so it appears that my options for this project are very limited.

I used Zoom Browser to transfer a JPG that was created with Lightroom and that didn't work.  I'll try DPP.

I want to be able to copy some JPG images onto my Compact Flash card, put it into my camera, and scroll through the images on the LCD screen, like I do with images I just shot.  It seems like a simple thing, but it's not happening.

Here's what I've been doing:

I put the CF card in the card reader and use Windows Explorer to transfer some JPG files from my hard drive to the active folder on the CF card.  In this case, the folder is named 100EOS7D.  When I try to view the JPGs on the camera screen, they aren't there.

Just for fun I tried this with a Canon RAW file and I was able to view it on the screen.  Tried again with a DNG image file and no luck.

Any ideas on how I can make this work?

Both my 5D3 and my 7D do the same thing.  It seems odd, since you can save your images as JPGs and view them easily, but when you copy in a JPG from your computer, it is not recognized by the camera.

Thanks in advance!

Nice work.

I'm a little surprised by the deep DOF at f/2.8 on the 40mm in the first two images. I find so much detail in the texture of the wall behind her a bit distracting.


I see what you mean about the wall texture.  I placed the focus on the model's face and she is very close to the wall.  If I had been thinking about the wall texture I could have placed the focus a bit closer to the camera.  However, keeping a clear face while blurring the wall would be tricky with anything wider than about 85mm, I'd guess.  Another option would be to move the model away from the wall. :)

At the time, I thought it would be fun to have her feet blurred, and in the next photo I wanted to blur the cat.

I thought my friends here at CR might enjoy reading about my recent Photoshoot with 40 pancake, 50 Sigma and a brolly box. 

I took the time to include the lens and ISO data for each shot.  Hope you find that interesting!  As usual, I am using my beloved 5D3, the camera that makes every lens look good.  (According to me, anyway!)

Oh, I also used my favorite lens, the Canon 85mm f/1.8.  You may notice that when photographing people, I tend to use my prime lenses between f/2 and f/2.8, that seems to be the sweet spot for me.

I am becoming quite a fan of what our Brit friends call a Brolly Box.  Basically it means an umbrella with translucent white fabric over the open side with a small hole for the light source.  In my case an Alien Bee 400 is located in the hole.  This makes a really nice soft box that is very compact to transport and very easy to set up.  It is so efficient that I sometimes end up using ISO 50 in order to use a large aperture with my prime lenses.  (Light source: Alien Bees 400)

Perhaps the best thing is that they can be made very cheaply, so if yours gets damaged (hasn't happened to mine yet), you just reach for a fresh one.  I bought mine at the link below.  They are so cheap they are sold in pairs to make a worthwhile sale.

So if you would like to read my blog post, just go here:

Fair warning... after the first few photos it is rated NSFW.   

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:38:25 PM »
I always add some grain in Lightroom when I'm going for a Tri-X look.

You guys are making me rethink my vow to never go back in the darkroom!  ;D

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