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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:GreyCat/Gear_Acquisition_Syndrome

Well that clears it up...  in which case i have a 5 month chip and counting...  one day at a time!

and if you need a dr. to cure GAS, I highly recommend Neuro ;D 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: TS-E 17mm f/4L Refurbished for $1,699.32
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:30:17 PM »
Get 'em while the getting is good - I just snapped one up:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-digital-slr-camera-lenses-specials/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses/ts-e-17mm-f4l-refurbished

And use MOM2DAY for $7 2nd Day Air

I thought you said you done with lenses ;D

Congrats...on your new toy mackguyver ;)

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I'm no expert in LR.

I believe the only thing that is considered as standard in LR is sharpness(@ +25). You need to play with noise reduction yourself or create presets for certain ISO levels.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 06, 2014, 12:59:15 PM »
I just wonder.....I do not own the Canon 50mm f/1.4 or Canon f/1.2......are they always spot on with the autofocus? I assume you have to AFMA with those as well. And they may differ in copies.

I am going to pickup my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art tomorrow. I am very curious about the quality of my copy. Anyhow I ordered the dock based on experiences here. I may go into Focal AFMA on Friday

The AF on my 50L is good with 5D III center AF point. It's +6 through FoCal @ 7ft(my fav distance on 50mm)

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 06, 2014, 12:50:16 PM »
+1 for the docking, it is needed, no doubt.

I have winged my calibration so far and it depends very much on the "mood" of the lens, I can sometimes shoot 30 shots in a row on static subjects that are perfectly tack sharp, but then the next day at the same distance it just can't hit. It's a bit of a concern.
I will do FoCal calibration tonight at all the 4 distance and compare to my on the fly settings. And tomorrow I'll be doing more testing with more moving subjects. As of now I feel the tracking sometimes is REALLY good even at 1.4, but then I can go an hour without a sharp picture, again a bit of a worry for me.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Viggo.

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No comment on 3rd party flashes.

I recently got into flashes photography. After receiving ton of wonderfull advices from CR members, I decided to go with Canon 600EX-RT + ST-E3-RT.

I bought the bundle below for $1650 NEW, authorized dealer. They also throw in couple off brand umbrella stands and one 60" westscott umbrella. It took me about 20mins to fire up all the flashes - that include install batteries, set CH and ID etc...

That was my first time shooting with flahes. I found the layout on Canon is very easy to operate. I beleive Canon is offering rebates on 600EX right now. Why not swing by your local authorized dealer and make some deal with them.

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Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:10:06 AM »
Performs as good as Nik 14-24 or better + IS + screw on filter = I'm in


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Lenses / Re: New EF-S Ultrawide Coming? [CR1]
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:36:11 PM »
What about an ultrawide for FF with IS. Come on, now!

+1

About 16-35 f2.8 IS or 16-35 f4 IS...same IQ as Nik 14-24 or better  ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:49:14 PM »
Here's what I use:
https://peakdesignltd.com/store/leash
The anchors that you attach to the camera are Kevlar cord and Delrin plastic rated to over 100lbs.

They also offer a wrist strap:
https://peakdesignltd.com/store/cuff

The products are awesome and I had given up on camera straps before buying them.  I have the anchors on my bodies and lenses and I change out the straps as needed.  The only downfall is that they don't make a padded strap for those situations when you might need one.

I'm using this set on my Sony A7r + FE 55mm, it works well for smaller & lighter system.

No comment on DSLR + larger lenses. My take, it might not be the "BEST" out there.

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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:02:23 AM »
Just to put a bow on the end of the story... I was able to sell my 580 exii for $322.70 (net after commission).  My final cost on the 600 rt is $377.98... making my total upgrade cost $55.29. 

So if I hate the 600... I'm coming lookin' for ya'll!!! >-|

I think I need a better flash diffuser... or a better assistant.  My flashbender had some harsh t-zones in some of the photos I took today...

I hate shooting with flashes  ;)

Keep in mind, I never own any speedlite prior speedlite 600. It took me about 20mins to fire up all these stuff. The layout is very friendly :)

First few couple shots with flashes(straight out from camera). Still have a lot more to learn. To have both kids sit still and looking at camera at the same time will be my #1 task ;D

Backgrounds will be next... ::)

I've come full circle in regards to flash.  When all I had was the on camera flash... I never used it. Then I had a 430 exii that I could use in slave mode and I could trigger it using my on camera flash... and I like it enough... then I had the 580's, an umbrella (still working on getting that 2nd umbrella), and stands... and I really like the result when the result is good.  When I screw up the result, well... I won't go into that.

So I like flash... but not as a panacea to bad technique... because it still can detract from an image... but I digress.  I like your first efforts.  When you have two subjects, I'd suggest shooting at f/8 or so, so both are in focus... There's nothing worse than everything coming together and both are looking at the camera, but one is out of focus and the other is in focus... it is just frustrating and annoying.

I plan to add two more 600rt to my kits. With two 60" westscott umbrellas and five 600rt, I will feel safe shooting @ f11 to 16, 1/200, ISO100-400

Again, the st-e3-rt makes shooting wireless very simple. However, the price we pay for this feature is high. I'll look forward to Dec deals ;). I got mines for $450each, NEW from authourized dealer, with 1yr Canon warranty. They also throw in couple off brand umbrella stands and one 60" westscott umbrella.   


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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:45:15 AM »
This makes me confused and that makes me cranky.

Don't my existing DSLR's have this already? Don't we call it Av?

What if you missed your subject in Av mode @ big apertures?

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:43:22 AM »
"...but it seems like a logical next step feature."  really? for whom?  People that tend to take nice pictures (to avoid the term photographers) usually know where they want the focus to be before they press the shutter.  People that don't, usually think that "everything in focus" is the way to go.  I've had numerous people look at a picture with great subject separation and tell me "but why is the background out of focus?".

I can see the feature being somewhat useful to pros for micro-adjustments in post, but I don't see people that didn't know how to focus properly in camera spending hours in post to add bokeh to their pictures.

You haven't shoot BIF yet, do you?  ;D

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Hey there Arctic,

Glad you are so generous.  You described it well.  You are doing the same thing I'm doing, helping out organizations with your time and talents who wouldn't otherwise have what you provide.  I shoot my son's high school swim team, church events, a lot of boy scout activities and various other things.  It keeps me busier than most pros.  But people appreciate it and I get a lot of experience and improve my abilities.  It all gives my amateur shooting an important purpose and pushes me to improve.

I try to be considerate when a pro might be involved.  My church hosted a 5K fun run race event last fall and I shot it along with the hired photog from the company that promoted the event for the church.  I waited a month before I posted my pictures on my site to give the pro a chance to sell images.  The pastor later thanked me and commented that they liked my pictures better.  I was glad the event was a success and my pictures were well received but I was also glad I didn't initially "compete" with the hired photog either.  It's all about a bit of balance and keeping egos in check.   :)

Same here RustyTheGeek ;)

Both of my kids currently enroll in small catholic church. It's a small private school. Funding from gov. is almost to none. Every pennies important, however, we the parents like to keep it that way ;)

It's good to know that I'm not the only one :)


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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:22:17 AM »
Thanks justaCanonuser. With big lens, the gimbal makes shooting so much easy.

Thanks winglet for the info. If I go with RRS, this will be the set: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/PG-02-FG-Full-Gimbal-Head.html

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Peregrine Falcon food-pass in Norwich...
The Pass of Food by jammo s, on Flickr

Great capture Radagast ;)

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