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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:31:29 PM »
Man I'm glad I've got CS6! What a joke!

Yeah, a $2,500 computer is just like a lump of coal. What a freakin downer!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 01:28:15 PM »
Like many others in this post, I use a Dell monitor, the U2211H.

As far as calibration is concerned, I would definitely recommend it. One important thing to remember is that calibration is not a one-time thing. I have my software remind me every 2 or 3 months to recalibrate. Right now, I use the X-rite i1 Display 2 unit. It looks like it's about 160 bucks on Amazon, and it has done a good job of keeping my monitor's colors consistent.

Also, I print my photographs at a local Costco. Since the Costco printer profiles are available online at Dry Creek Photo, I am better able to predict what final prints will look like. Holding a finished print next to the proof on the monitor, and having the colors and tones match is awesome!

Best of luck!

Lenses / Re: Buying my first L lens...which one is best for video?
« on: January 04, 2012, 11:22:01 PM »
Fast primes.

You can get away with the cheaper primes, because as the guy above me said, resolution won't be as critical with video as it is with stills. I haven't had experience with all of them, but for application purposes, I'd recommend to you the following: 28 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8, and 100 f/2). Any three of these lenses will cost you about the same as the 16-35. If you are going to be shooting more produced, polished video, zooms aren't as crucial because you can take time to set up shots. Just my thoughts!

It was not my first L, but it was my first lens purchase above $575 (17-40 on craigslist). Now that I've used it, I'm starting to forget how much it cost. Fantastic piece of glass. Enjoy!

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a good monitor
« on: December 28, 2011, 05:52:21 PM »
+1 on the Dell Ultrasharp, although I couldn't say I recommend anything else made by Dell! I purchased the lowly U2311h over a year ago, and it's been stellar. Even color, good angle of viewability, solid build, etc. I print at Costco (cheap!) and I use their profiles (available online at Dry Creek Photo), as well as an i1Display 2 for calibration. My screen matches the prints almost spot on. I'm sure I could tweak my profile further, but it already does a fantastic job. $1,200 to spend? You'll be fine. Mine only cost $250!

Lenses / Re: So what kinda gear did Santa bring you this year?
« on: December 26, 2011, 12:50:40 AM »
BlackRapid RS-Sport strap. Super comfortable!!

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 IS II Soft at 70mm?
« on: December 07, 2011, 01:12:34 AM »
Blaze - Nice catch. I've got my 70-300 IS (non-L) right here on my desk, ready to put on Craigslist. Subconscious slip!

Scott - I think the link is right on the front page, but here it is: Quite the little setup, but definitely seems helpful to anyone who wants to make sure they've got a good copy!

It's getting late, so maybe tomorrow I'll shoot some more test shots and put some crops up here. Thanks guys.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 IS II Soft at 70mm?
« on: December 07, 2011, 12:02:30 AM »
I've got a 7D. I'm just doing a simple test where I shoot a ruler about 3-4 feet in front of the camera, slanted up and away from the camera at about 30 degrees. At 2.8/300mm it's tack sharp. And I mean tack. At 100%. At 70mm, it's not like it's front or back focusing, it's just not as sharp. Normally, I'd expect any lens to be a little soft wide open, but it doesn't appear to get any better as I stop down. I'm sure in real world application (haven't gotten outside cause it was dark when the UPS guy came!), it will be fine. It's just something I thought I'd get some feedback about. Thanks!

Lenses / 70-200 2.8 IS II Soft at 70mm?
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:05:17 PM »
Hello all,

This is my first post in the forums! Anyway, I took advantage of the killer deal B&H had on the 70-200 2.8 IS II, and I just got it in today! I'm going to put it through the paces, thanks to the detailed lens test article here on CR. I haven't printed out any targets yet, but just doing some simple tests, I've already realized that my copy is softer at 70mm than it is at 200mm, through the entire aperture range. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Is this something that should be expected, or should I have someone take a look at it? Thanks!

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Street - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:49:18 PM »
New York Minute

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:47:49 PM »
Falcon in Tanzania

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Black & White - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:45:17 PM »
Bird in Flight

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