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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Ended: EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM $460
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:45:06 AM »
I like the concept of the SL1 better than I like the current crop of mirrorless interchangeable cameras.  I keep picking up a demo model at my local Costco when I walk past and looking through the viewfinder thinking it's a cool idea to make a DSLR this small. 

Then I remember that my T2i is only slightly larger (which makes it fit my hands better) and I have my S90 if I want a pocket camera.  Even at less than 500 bucks, I just can't find a reason to buy one.

Looks like these deals are no longer in effect.  Must have been a very short sale!

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:49:41 AM »
Thanks for posting the heads up about the new headlamp.  I was in the market for a new one, so I checked it out.  It is made by a company called Coast Portland, which I had never heard of.   Since I live very close to Portland Oregon, I looked them up on the net and found their headquarters was near the Portland Airport (PDX) about a block from where my motorcycle riding buddy works.

I dropped in at the place today and discovered that Coast Portland used to be known as LED Lenser before they sold that brand name to the Leatherman Tool company about two years ago.  They are now distributing all sorts of cool LED, knife and multi-tool products under the name Coast Products.  The also have a website under a different name.  (see link below)

I checked out the new headlamp and was impressed enough to buy two, one for me and one as a gift for a young person who works as a locator of underground utilities.  The front desk ladies at Coast Products matched the extremely low price I had found on the net and in Oregon there is no sales tax.  What a country!

I tried out the new headlamp this evening.  It is amazingly bright - the brightest LED of any kind that I've ever owned.  The claimed run time on high power is so long that I'm skeptical. 

If you've been waiting for a big step up in headlamp performance you might want to check this out.

Software & Accessories / Re: Good idea to upgrade to LR5? Regrets?
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:04:26 PM »
I love the new radial filter!  I was complusive vignetter with LR 4, now I'm even worse!  :)

TR has had this sleazy reputation for years.  In the age of Google, I can't believe that any model who shoots with him does not know exactly how he operates.  It seems likely that many models and clients must seek him out for this very reason, since there is nothing special about his photography.  Do you suppose some of us are secretly jealous?  LOL

I would speculate that shooting with him, then complaining later could even be a part of the model career path these days.  You know the old saying that any publicity is good publicity.  I think it works both for TR and for his alleged "victims."

Another old saying I like is: "Follow the money."   I think it applies here.

Call me cynical!

Third Party Manufacturers / In praise of the Tamron 28-75, F/2.8
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:30:18 AM »
I've said good things about the Tamron 28-75 before, since it was the only lens that would really focus well on my persnickety old 5D Classic.

I've had my 5D3 for about a year.  About six months ago I figured the 5D3 deserved an L zoom so I picked up a 24-105, F/4.  It's a great lens, very sharp, with fast autofocus and effective IS.  My old Tamron sat on the shelf.

Recently I was doing a long studio shoot and started to feel the size and weight of the 24-105.  For the next shoot I decided to try the much smaller and lighter Tamron.  I was surprised to see how well it worked.

The autofocus isn't quite as fast as the 24-105 and it does make a little bit of noise, but not enough to be noticeable in the middle of a photoshoot.  The important thing as that the images are very sharp.  Of course, I'm shooting with strobes that prevent motion blur and I'm using enough light to permit apertures around F 5.6, so even a cheap lens will create sharp photos.  Under these conditions, at least for me, an L lens is overkill.

Since the Tamron is considerably smaller and lighter than the Canon, I am a happier photographer during a studio shoot.  I will still use the stabilized 24-105 for outdoor shoots, but in the studio, I'm back to the old Tamron, which, by the way, I picked up on Craigslist for $260 about three years ago.

This photo was at F/3.5, 53mm, ISO 100 (Alien Bees with umbrellas). I wanted to see if the Tamron would substitute for my 50mm Sigma in shallow DOF portrait situations.  I think I actually dialed back the sharpening in Lightroom.

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:32:45 PM »
How come the "Slim Your Wallet" ad shows up more than once in this thread?  Is it subliminal advertising?
Ads are individual, so most others do not see the exact same ones you see.  Google reads your cookies from sites your computer has visited, and serves up ads just for you.  Just by visiting CR, you will see ads for photo related items on other sites with Google Ad Choices advertising, which is almost everywhere.

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage at home
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:55:03 PM »
I use a six foot tall sheet metal office cabinet that I bought at an office surplus store.  The two doors open outward and you can see the entire interior which has four shelves.  I keep it closed to avoid dust and I can lock the two handles when I leave.  The locks won't stop a determined thief, but in our area, the burglars are after small, loose items that they can carry out of the house in less than a minute.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 17, 2013, 02:23:14 PM »
Here's a very handy noise comparison chart from The Digital Picture:

Thanks for that link PWP.  It's interesting to see how little progress has been made in crop sensor performance since the T2i came out.  It confirms my own comparison between my T2i and my 7D.  Judging from my photos, they seem to have the same sensor.  And judging from the information at the link you posted, the 70D is extremely similar.  I'm very glad I have a 5D3. :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 16, 2013, 02:49:02 PM »
Love that Ariel. Where was picture taken?

A two day motorcycle show in Portland last January.  Here's another one taken with the 40 pancake at F/3.2, 1/200, ISO 3200.  The vignetting is courtesy of Lightroom.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 16, 2013, 11:00:40 AM »
I love mine when I use it on full frame, great image quality and compact makes the 5d a nice walk-around camera.

That's a good description!

Combined with the high-ISO capabilities of the 5D3, it makes a pretty good indoor walk around camera for museums, art shows, etc...   It would be fun to try this combo for candid street photography too, using zone focus.

Lenses / Re: 85mm
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:36:23 PM »
OK, on second thought I do have a suggestion... the examples you posted appear to be close-ups, so I'm wondering if maybe you should consider the 100mm macro?

Lenses / Re: 85mm
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:52:56 PM »
Steliosk:  Your photos do a great job of pointing out the purple fringe in front of the subject.  My testing also found green fringing behind the subject.

I found that both went away when I stopped down to about F/2.2 and the bokeh was still enough for my needs.  I never notice it in general use.  Check out my website if you like. Many of the photos were created with the 85 1.8, I love that lens and use it more than any other.

I'm afraid that if you shoot wide open, all the available 85mm lenses are going to have some color fringing somewhere.  Even if one of them is slightly superior according to technical reviews, the copy-to-copy variation and autofocus problems can still be frustrating.

Wish I had a better answer for you!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:42:25 PM »
I'm still loving my 5D3 and just keep my 7D around for backup.  The difference in sensor noise is so apparent in post processing, that I really don't care to use the 7D unless I'm forced to.  It's a nice handling camera, so I feel kinda bad about that.

When the 7D2 comes out, I will withhold judgement until there are many reviews addressing image quality/noise/higher ISO performance.  There will have to be a big improvement to attract my $$.

Landscape / Re: Safely Moored
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:11:30 PM »
Nice shot, but a bit disturbing to the viewer having it upside down.  Why don't you flip it and repost?

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