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Canon General / Re: Announcements in August [CR1]
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:19:10 PM »
man, I *JUST* picked up a 16-35 yesterday to boot too...

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Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 02:35:53 AM »
You are only allowed Samsung or Panasonic cameras in, in case you upset the sponsors.

Not really.  But probably the next goodwill sapping doctrine that will be issued.

Personally I wouldn't bother taking a camera.  Sky plus it, keep the newspapers.  Enjoy the experience when you are there.  Don't shoot me down in flames, just a humble opinion.

Except all the cameras in the pool itself are 1Dxs... 

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2nd time posting a picture to the forums... But this was my first attempt at fireworks with all the tips gathered from this thread.

It was a small festival with only 3000 fireworks launched lasting only 90 min, and they were all launched form the same area as they all exploded in the exact same spot, so no way to layer the images.  In the future i'd probably try shorter exposures as I was sitting at 4-8secs for the most part.

650D 10mm f/14 2 secs exposure.

Btw, if you love fireworks you really should come to Japan.  There is a fireworks festival every weekend until Oct. in towns within an hours train ride from me. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:23:46 PM »
This is the main reason why my wife is letting pick up the 5dmk3.  To be able to take great pictures of our kids (when they finally come).  Now is just practicing so i can take a great shot like this for when the day comes :D

Twins on the way?

Hehe... wife isn't even pregnant yet, but I was referring to multiple future kids.  But I do want twin girls for some reason, but with the wife being Japanese, the chances are pretty low (Asia has have half the rate of twins compared to non-hispanic whites).

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Boston Panorama
« on: July 24, 2012, 08:21:02 PM »
Always nice to see my hometown. 

My only comment is that i would have used a 50mm lens and taken more shots to put this together to reduce distortion.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 12:32:23 AM »
Amazed that canon put a 35mm equivalent lens on this.  Surprised it's only f/2 though, but should be enough to take alot of low light shots.  Will actually teach people how to use a camera too(hopefully)!

And it looks like the flash as AF assist... that's nice. Wondering if that flash can be used on a dSLR?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 12:23:08 AM »
$200 for an adapter is ridiculous.  It's basically a glorified extension tube.

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I keep seeing people posting about how they are dissatisfied with the 5D III price. Lets just look at the numbers:

Canon 5D Mark II intro price: 300,000 Yen
Canon 5D Mark III intro price: 270,000 Yen

Canon has always been a very rigid company with it's introductory pricing and has always priced successive products at the exact same price as previous generations, adjusted for inflation for the last 20 years. Their pricing has been so extremely consistent it deviates from the inflation rate in Japan less than a fraction of a percent.

Unfortunately, people tend to compare prices over time without adjusting for inflation.

That is adjusted for inflation... In Japan their inflation rate is something like -0.5% compared to the U.S.'s 2%.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:26:37 PM »
No flash allowed!  ISO 12,800 with 5D Mark III and NR set to 50 in Adobe Camera RAW

This is the main reason why my wife is letting pick up the 5dmk3.  To be able to take great pictures of our kids (when they finally come).  Now is just practicing so i can take a great shot like this for when the day comes :D

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Software & Accessories / Circular polarizer on a UWA lens
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:37:53 PM »
I've been seeing conflicting opinions on whether or not to use a polarizer on a wide angle lens.  I've seen alot of reviews where people mention that because of the wide DOF, you'll uneven light levels across the scene when using a circular polarizer.  But then on the other hand I see other blogs where people say the complete opposite, that for taking photos of landscapes it is a must.

Can anyone shed some light on what the issues are and when it's ok to use a polarizer on a UWA lens.  Specifically thinking about the 16-35L

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Thanx for all the feedback. After hearing everyone's suggestions, I decided to get the 5dmk3 now with the 16-35L, the 24-105L, and with the savings and double rebate i'll get the 100L macro, or stretch and get the 70-200LIS.

What nailed it for me was that the 24-105L in the kit in the u.s. is 1/3 the cost of the 24-70mk2 here in japan.  I could also probably sell the kit lens here in Japan for a profit.  I was worried about the 24-70 being out in time for my trip to Hawaii in Oct..

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Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:26:32 AM »
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:00:36 AM »
as a hobbyist, I don't really need 61 AF points or the fps, and this camera is very tempting.  I'm also very curious about that non-L kit lens that would come with it.

 

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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:33:54 PM »
if you don't need the wide aperture, then go for the 40mm as it's sharper across the board compared to the 50mm. 

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whichever mid-range zoom i get, would become my walk around lens.  Since i was hoping to take pictures of people mostly, i figure the IS wouldn't be as useful as say the small aperture.  I do have a 600ex, but have had limited success in using it at bars as the ceilings are all kinds of colors.  But this is just lack of experience, and something i plan to practice more with.

I'd save the primes for portraits and low light.

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