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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dustin Abbott Reviews Tamron 28-300 FF
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:02:55 PM »
Thanks Dustin. :)
The lens appears to be what I was looking for, a compact good lens for travelling, this and a 16-35 II should be all I would need with my 5D3 for travel.
It will be interesting to see if Canon release a 28-300L II as rumoured and if so how it compares.
 :) ;) :D

It's a surprisingly competent lens. I agree with whomever said that Canons replacement will probably not be a giant white lens. That doesn't really say "travel" at all. Even the color makes one more a target, while this lens (Tamron) is pretty much invisible.

Thanks for the review Dustin, I've owned both the 28=350mm L and the 28-300mm L IS.  They are wonderful lenses, but heavy and the aperture only makes them suitable for at least moderately good light.

I do wonder about the even smaller aperture of this lens.

I think its great to see so many affordable new FF lenses that are ever improving in quality.  This will allow more and more photographers to move from crop cameras to full frame without fear of having to spend a small fortune on new lenses.  It also puts pressure on the OEM's to reduce prices and improve quality.  That will happen if there continue to be more and more competitive lenses.

Nikon FF users should be very happy, since Nikon FF lenses are priced very high.  They are probably feeling this more than Canon is.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:42:55 PM »
It does look like Nikon is very convinced that bring full frame cameras out in large numbers will mean more sales.

FF sensors no longer cost a huge premium to manufacture, and by increasing the volume, prices drop further.

Nikon is not likely to cannibalize D4S sales, I think they learned that from the D700.  the Df certainly was a niche camera and not likely to affect D4s sales.

I wonder if this is a indication of what Canon will be doing.  They are obviously aware of each others strategy, so, Canon might come out with a $4500 Camera to place between 5D III and the 1DX.  Maybe a 5DX?

I've started a poll, to get member input on this.

Site Information / Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 12:32:06 AM »
I have reduced the size of image thumbnails to 200 X 200. A viewer must click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.

At the same time, I increased the number of images allowed from 6 to 10.

The issue is that it takes a lot of time to have a large number of  770 X 770 loading, and not everyone has a blazing fast internet speed.

What do you, the users think?  I do not know how many users have fast internet, or how many have slow internet, so tell us.

I'm willing to go with the majority on this.  The poll runs for 5 days.

Thanks for your input.
The forum only allows one size regardless of the board.
I'll look at the options for removing images.  As I recall, they are not repeated when used as a attachment, but when someone embeds a link, its copied.  We would not  ban embedding links.

If enough people want them back, I can do it.  So far, I've had several comments from those who like them, and prefer the ability to post more images.

I posted a notice last night - Here.

It was getting annoying in some of the image forums to wait for 5 minutes while all those large thumbnails were downloading.  For me, anyway, the screen keeps jumping around as I try to scroll down.

I have had several suggest that 6 photos was too low of a limit, so I increased it to 10, and reduced the thumbnail size to 200 X 200 pixels.

I felt that a person could see sufficient detail in the thumbnail to decide if he wanted to click it and see the full image.

It was a compromise solution.

Keep in mind that not everyone has super fast internet, and it can take a long time for those 800 X 800 thumbnails to upload and display, and the forum needs to be friendly to all users as much as possible.

Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:54:28 PM »
Why Not, we have a forum for other things.

I'll put it up shortly.


They do provide loaners for the paid grades (if available).  for the silver grade, about all you can do is to demand a refund of your money.

Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:12:30 PM »
Did anyone notice the change in ranking?

Also, it'd be cool if I could have my ranking as the 200mm f/2 L IS being that's my favorite lens/dream. :D

As the number of members grows, there was a big disparity in the numbers of user groups, so I added a few with big white lenses as their user icon.  I also adjusted the settings for number to balance the number in each group better.  This happens occasionally, when I'm bored ;)

Since members don't want to be moved back a notch, I usually insert a new group and leave the old one as is, or I change the settings to allow users with fewer posts into the group to increase its size.

We only have 1 CR Geek, so get to work!!

Site Information / Re: Participant grading
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:06:44 PM »
Far as I can tell, everyone's name is still the same color RED so we're all still equal on a pretty fundamental level, eh?   ;)

Except for the Black Sheep who have left the group without removing their posts.  Their name is colored Black. ;)

Hi Mt Spokane Photography,

Look forward  to seeing you becoming the 2nd CR Geek.


I think the bar will be raised before that ;)

Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:20:42 PM »
The advantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image.

The disadvantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image. ;D

Getting critique from strangers about whom you know little about is of questionable value to me.

I would much rather get critique from people I personally know have experience, knowledge, and ability that goes beyond a post count on some internet forum.

That pretty well sums it up, but a photographer can also benefit by a critique given by a stranger as long as he is honest and polite about what he thinks.  The issue may be that we do not create photos for other photographers, but for a customer or the general public.  They often have 180 degree views, hence the million dollar photographs that photographers criticize.

Reviews / Re: Lens security
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
If it was secured to the camera, you would have lost the whole thing, and maybe a hand as well.

I haven't heard of a locking device but something could be used to cover the release button pretty easily.

BTW, the girl that distracted you must have been very good looking for you to have not noticed the thief ;)

Post Processing / Post Processing Forum Now Active
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:19:52 PM »
Many have requested the forum.

Site Information / Re: Post Processing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
I'll work on it, I've been busy designing the selling forum. 

The post processing will be added shortly


Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:57:16 PM »
My "huh?" was because I did not understand the original post and what the message was. Perhaps someone could translate ... ?

In essence, the post is saying that the (owner of CR) is closer to making a decision on providing a classified (buy/sell) section on CR, so that CR members have an outlet to buy and/or sell photographic equipment and that PayPal will be the mechanism to handle transactions between buyer/seller. 

But first they want to test (beta) and gather some data on how this will work before making the feature widely available.

Exactly, there is a lot of concern among the moderators that buyers and sellers will have issues with scams or just not getting what they expected, or getting equipment that has problems, and sellers can be scammed as well.

This will cause a lot of extra work for the unpaid volunteers.  The small fee that will be charged is intended to pay them a little or give a Christmas bonus or gift.

While I suggested using your credit card via PayPal as a relatively safe way to do business remotely, its totally up to the buyer and seller.  They can use bitcoin or any other way that they agree on to do business.  We are out of that loop.

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