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Third Party Manufacturers / Tamron 24-70 VC and 5d3
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:21:15 PM »
So...I've been wanting to buy the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC for a while, but had other priorities. I've rented it for the couple of times I need a 2.8 standard zoom and it was fine, but I didn't really have time to use it extensively and of course there is copy-to-copy variation. But, I've been seeing some reports of the 5d3 outer AF points not working as well with the Tamron (vs Canon 24-70 v2), and have experienced myself that AF Servo sometimes doesn't track so well near the edge of the frame. That, however, was in crappy (and changing) lighting conditions inside where any camera (well, maybe not the 1DX) would struggle.

So, I'm probably going to be renting the Canon 24-70 v2 for next week for comparison, but I'm interested in hearing from those who own the Tamron and 5d3 to tell me about their experiences since there's currently a $100 MIR going on for it for Sept, which with my CC points back I can get for just under $1K. Less if I sell off my 2nd 24-105 which I might just do.

So has the outer AF points been a problem on the 5d3? Performance otherwise been good?

So, Adobe, about that subscription only model? I think most of us would like you to re-think it and keep perpetual licenses as an option or have some kind of buy-out program for a perpetual license.


EOS-M / EOS-M and flashes
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:29:00 AM »
So, I have a vintage hotshoe flash that I have for my 120 rangefinder & 35mm slr, however I was thinking since it's small and portable, I could also use it for my EOS-M. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the M will trigger the hotshoe flash trigger if it doesn't have a flash with TTL electronics to communicate with the camera. Or am I missing something? I verified it works with my 5D3 in the hotshoe, just not on the EOS-M.

Third Party Manufacturers / Aptina trying out new CFA
« on: July 24, 2013, 05:52:25 PM »
So, looks like someone else is experimenting with an alternative color filter array. Specifically, RC,CB 2x2 array. C being clear, so having no filter over it instead of a green filter, while still having R and B with standard filters.


EOS-M / EF-M mount lenses
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:25:48 PM »
So, just got my EOS-M in the mail w/22mm lens, but I was curious if any 3rd parties have announced/released lenses for the EF-M mount. I know there's the 18-55 and new 11-22 that just came out, but those are Canon lenses. I'm curious if anyone else is putting anything on this mount without the need for an adapter.

Software & Accessories / And another MagicLantern cool feature
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:21:04 PM »
So now you're able to sample the image in 2 different ISOs which basically gives you a single image HDR-like DR, although there are some penalties such as higher aliasing and moire, and lower resolution in the highlights and shadows. Still, really cool!


Lenses / Good FL lenses?
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:00:19 PM »
So, looks like I'll be getting a Canon FT QL from my friends father that was found while cleaning out stuff. Might need some work, not sure, but I don't plan on putting a lot of money towards fixing it up. If it can be done cheap, then I'm off shooting with it :)

So, assuming it's more or less working for little to nothing, what FL lenses would it be worth my while to keep my eye out for? Has a 50/1.8, and supposedly a "wide angle" which I'm guessing is 28mm, but don't know.

Technical Support / Help me save this photo!
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:55:46 AM »
So, I just scanned in 2 rolls I shot a couple of weeks ago and developed at a place that is easier for me to get to and can be a day or two faster to get the rolls back to me. Unfortunately, it appears that they scratched both rolls, right across the upper 3rd. Multiple lines. *J$@J*JFOIJDSI$   Didn't see this happen on the Ektar 100 I had them develop, but seeing it on the 2 B&W rolls.

Anyway, scanned in the keepers, but now I need to go in and try and digitally save them, as in some of them it's very, very evident. So, what techniques should I use? I've got Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS 5.1 and a wall that I can bang my head against.

Here are 2 samples, one is the obvious problem, the other it's not so apparent through most of the image thanks to busier background. I'm not so concerned with that one.

Site Information / Need a more general photo conversation sub-forum?
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:07:00 PM »
So, what do we do about topics/subjects which are very much photo related, but don't fall into gear or rumors, or a particular manufacturer sub-forum? How about a General Photo Talk sub-forum?

So remember how the Chicago Sun Times fired all their staff photographers and handed out iPhones? Well...here's the front page for the Sun-Times and the Tribune (called DarkTimes for some reason...). See if you can spot the differences here. Mike Pasini hits it right on the head.


P.S. I think we need a more general "photo stuff discussions" sub-forum somewhere...I'll put that under site suggestions.

Landscape / Seqoia National Park - On Film
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:20:38 AM »
So here's my attempt at a few (somewhat hurried) landscapes when I was visiting Seqoia National Park a few weeks ago. Shot with Mamiya RB67 Pro-S on Ektar-100 with 90mm and 180mm -C lenses. Scanned myself on an Epson V600, white balance and exposure tweaks in Lightroom 4. In no particular order, so there is some jumble as to shot earlier vs later. Tips? Criticisms? Thoughts?

I'm really wanting the 50mm or 65mm for this camera as I suspect I'll get both some incredible landscapes and fun wide-angle portrait shots.

So I've recently started shooting with an old Pre-WWII Mamiya Six II/III (10x10mm waist viewfinder), it's great, but I'm trying to figure out how to use a flash with it (probably get an older, small pocketable flash). There's no pc-sync port that I see. You can find some images at Camera-Wiki, and the specific model I have has this specific lens/shutter/mount. Note, this is not mine, but I can provide images of my specific camera if needed. So, anyone shot with this style back (way back) in the day? Or will I have to cobble together my own method for triggering a flash if I want to use one with this?

Software & Accessories / How to make sure checked camera gear is safe
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:50:41 PM »
Declare the case as having a weapon in it, and TSA will guard it for you for free! Pure genius. http://lifehacker.com/5448014/pack-a-gun-to-protect-valuables-from-airline-theft-or-loss

Third Party Manufacturers / I've had a revelation
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:58:18 PM »
I have had a revelation, and seen the light. Suddenly I can see in all colors of the rainbow. Vivid greens and blues. Beautiful browns and purple that pops. Yellows that are like looking into the sun, and everything just the way it should be.

In short, I just got back my first 2 rolls of positive (slide) film. Shot a roll of Provia and one of Velvia. Wow. That's all I can say, and on 120 everything is so amazing. The Provia is of a vinyard and wine production facility from Carmel Valley, and the Velvia I shot on my way back down the cost towards LA. So traveling through Big Sur and further down the central coast. Oh. My. <DEITY>. So gorgeous. I'll have to get busy scanning, hopefully I'll be able to do them justice in the scan.

Software & Accessories / So...what am I doing wrong with this scan?
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:46:23 PM »
So I just got the Epson v600 scanner to scan some of my 120 film negatives that I have started to take. Then decided to get ViewScan rather than the Epson software, and so far I like VueScan better. However, I seem to be having an issue with some digital noise as part of my scan. Top image is my scan, bottom is the scan I received from Samy's when I got the film developed. Anyway have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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