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I've been stalking the Canon refurb pages waiting for a 17-40 that's both on sale and in stock. Now, I have this to consider.

I love the idea of a sharper lens, and the extra mm at the wide end. The 5mm lost at the long end is all overlap with my 24-105.

To be honest, the IS isn't that important to me. For me, a little smaller and lighter would have been more important than the IS, but maybe when I have one in my kit I'll be raving about the IS.

I'll be waiting a little on real reviews, and then on price (unless my income suddenly spikes). It does look very promising though.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:14:58 PM »
Thanks for another great and practical review, Dustin.

I have the old 35, which I used often on my old crop body, and picked up the 40 on sale in December. I don't think I'm in the market for another lens in that range, but it was nice to read about the 35IS all the same.

As for the 40 and its usefulness, it was nice to have on vacation two weeks ago when I didn't want to always carry around a zoom but wanted a real camera. It made my 6D tiny.

Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:56:45 PM »
You may want to look at - they have a few models that offer a detachable leg. If memory serves, they are stocked by B&H.

On your choice of lenses - my experience is that you need a very robust tripod for a 400mm but can get away with a reasonable monopod. (For the physics inclined, a long lens / camera combination has a large moment of inertia. This interacts with the torsional stiffness of the tripod to lower the resonant frequency.... and low frequencies tend to have large amplitudes.) A monopod is much stiffer in torsion, so it doesn't feel the pain.

I have a 3leggedthing Adrian, and I have been happy with it so far, though I don't have any largish lenses. I have't used the monopod feature, but it's nice knowing it's there. They have a lot of options depending on your needs/budget. I got mine on closeout from Adorama (older model).

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:05:28 PM »
I picked up a 3 Legged Thing Adrian version 1 with ball head last year on sale at Adorama for $175. So far, so good for my 6D. I did get the Kirk plate made for my camera, which is nice and snug.

For a metal tripod (Magnesium Alloy) it's fairly light, folds up pretty nicely, has a removable center column, leg that converts to monopod, and has been quite stable. It served me well on a fall trip to Yosemite last year.

For me, the only thing keeping me from buying this lens is the price, not the lack of IS. I'm not saying that it's overpriced. I just don't have that kind of money right now to justify upgrading from my 24-105. and to be honest, if I did have the money, I might spend it on a vacation rather than a glass upgrade at this point.

Again, for me and the way I shoot, IS on a lens that only hits 70mm at its max isn't a necessity. It would be nice to have, but I would have to factor in the added weight and cost if there was a Canon 2.8 IS lens in the mix to choose from. I understand that there are a lot of people who would disagree, and that's fine.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:21:27 PM »
Sounds like a nifty little lens. I only wish it was EF and not EF-S, but I guess that's being selfish.

Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:56:12 PM »
After reading this, I don't feel quite so insane.

I recently took the plunge on a 6D kit. It arrived at my office, I took it home at lunch and put the battery on to charge and went back to my office. When I got home that night the light was still blinking orange and the battery had no charge when I put it in the camera. I switched outlets with the charger and set it to charge again. It was fine after that.

I had been thinking that I somehow inserted it improperly (which seems almost impossible) or that there was something wrong with the original outlet (even though I use it all the time). Nice to know it was a super-drained battery.

Landscape / Re: Sunset - The Post Mill, Mountnessing, Essex
« on: October 04, 2013, 06:41:09 PM »
I was originally going to say, "Nice shot, but I really wish there was a glimpse of detail on the left side of the frame."

Then I clicked on the image and looked at the big upload on Flickr, like I should have done in the first place.

Beautiful image.


RE: paul13walnut5's altitude comment -- this was from Griffith Park Observatory.  Changing altitude from that vista isn't really an option.  But certainly, I should be considering altitude if the location allows.  Good tip.

- A

I think you could get a bit lower perspective from somewhere around the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Great view of downtown, but I don't think it's quite so high.

I'm curious if footage shot with such different ISO values will cut together well in post. I know this is doc style and not narrative, so you'll get a lot more leeway with the viewer, but I'm still curious.

Maybe you've already thought of this, but since you now have a meter you could go to a few of the places and take some incident foot-candle readings in various spots of each location. If the bars don't want you running around with a camera for a test shoot, it would at least give you an idea of the kind of light you'll be getting. That way you can go through your notes and see what kind of exposures you would be faced with in a given location.

Of course, all bets are off if the bars change their lighting, but at least you'd have some reference to work with.

Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:45:19 PM »
Not going to get into the debate of what is "normal," but I'm very happy with the original 35mm 2 on crop. It's a nice compact lens with good IQ for the money.

Lighting / Re: Thinking of buying a Light Meter
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:33:56 PM »
That's an interesting bunch of responses.

Of course you don't "need" a light meter. On the side of the viewfinder of an old TLR that I have it has settings to use for "sunny" and "in the shade."

If you get the results you are looking for with the meter built into your camera, then maybe you don't need an external meter.

But, there are plenty of places where it's useful to have a handheld meter, especially an incident meter. To know how much light is actually falling on something, not just the processor's idea of what a proper exposure should be. To check different areas of a scene to know what your ratios are coming out at. I can think of a lot of reasons why to use one.

That being said, my old (and I mean really really old, like doesn't need a battery old) Sekonic doesn't usually come out. But when I need it, it's there.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:11:17 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the knowledge.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:36:11 PM »
So, I'm going to pick up the Vello collar. If I want to mount this on an arca type head, is there a specific plate I should be looking at? Would it be this one from Kirk, and would it fit on a Vello collar?

Thinking of picking up this 3LeggedThing from Adorama, since since what I have right now seems to be heavier and not as arca compatible as was described.

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