Great work! Thanks for giving us the equipment and tools used. I'm definitely going to have to try out LR/Enfuse. Looks like it's pretty straight forward and produces some great images.
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I've heard nothing but great things about this lens and have considered ditching my 14L II for it. I think the Rokinon is just as good in pretty much every aspect aside from distortion. Pretty amazing that they can pump out such quality products for reasonable prices.
Almost a month to the day of receiving my GP-E1 for repair, a Canon supervisor called me today. It took a while, but the personal service from Canon was really outstanding. There is a known (but apparently not yet publicized) bug with the GP-E1/E2 and the leap second (http://maia.usno.navy.mil/ser7/series14.txt) that was implemented by IERS June 2012. This is the cause of the 1 second discrepancy I was experiencing. The current temporary fix involves 1) Disabling auto power down, 2) Selecting a 1 second update interval and 3) Waiting 15 MINUTES before force updating the camera time to GPS time. This doesn't sound nearly as bad as it could have been and a firmware update seems likely.
I work on the North Slope of Alaska, more than one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, and until March when I upgraded to a 5D3 used a Rebel XT year round up here. I shot outside many a time from -50 F to -20 F, just shoot brief periods outside and then warm up; I also shoot from my truck keep the camera warm. Batteries go quickly in the cold, that's the real problem.
FYI, price drop to $359 at B&H for this lens:
I think it's more for those of us with the 24-105, we're all going "meh, this lens does nothing for me." Those with the 24-70 f/2.8 (either version) look at it with disdain/envy since it's f/4 and they need f/2.8, and it has IS which many of them would love.
Nearly all of us are a bit confused, because unless it's quite a bit cheaper than the 24-105 for something like a 6D bundle, why should Canon go ahead with yet another lens that seems less useful than one they already have that they've been making for years and many, many people are happy with. If indeed it is quite a bit cheaper, even if it's around the same IQ as the 24-105, it makes a lot of sense. If it's a bit cheaper or about the same, and much better IQ than the 24-105, maybe we have a new FF kit lens and the 24-105 is going away without an update Either way, I think it really depends on the price this will be as to how well it will be received.
Sounds pretty reasonable. Just like the 70-200mm range you pay such a whack for that extra stop of light.
Err, I think canon is losing it. Why not just re-vamp the 24-105L Mk.2?
This lens will be DOA.
This. Couldn't agree more. Someone is making absurd lens decisions at Canon. (24mm IS and 28mm IS?!?)
Most of all, I would offer your services for free or really cheap until you really start to get a hang of how it all flows. It will be a great learning opportunity and they will be more forgiving.
Well, I think for right now he's mostly just going to be doing family photos and such for himself and his family. They probably saw he has a 'big' camera and everyone started tell him/her that he/she is now voted to be the family photographer.
So I have been named the family photographer for a while now...3 years?! Now I am having friends and friends of friends asking me to do their family portraits. That is why I am excited to go further with what I know! Plus making a little money for my efforts is not such a bad thing!