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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:17:44 AM »
Weird.  If you go to the Sigma site and pull up a list of their discontinued lenses, this lens does not appear on that list.  If you pull up a list of their current lenses, this lens is still being sold (at least it appears that you can order it.

I can understand why Canon shooters would not choose this lens over the Canon version; but I would imagine that other system shooters might like it.  If I were in the market for a zoom lens for my Nikon, I might have considered this lens.

Excellent. I checked this too and found it to be correct. Hmmm. And is still available for sale at BH.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:05:55 AM »
Wait for it….. 2.8 IS will surface.

Thanks Sanj.  It was the first time I tried anything like that and I wondered if it was objectionable for a nice white lily to be altered in that way but then I said why not it's a free country.  I know, I'm too self conscious being new to the world of photography.  :)


I wanted to add: it does not matter to me if it was done in camera or post. But did not. :)

Don like so many things it's easy to tell the left from the right but it gets muddy in the middle.  N G is in business and they aren't saints but I appreciate that they are at least trying to keep photos out that have been seriously doctored because they'd self destruct if they didn't.  Guess we've strayed off topic! ;)

Here's a shot that it is not edited, it's illuminated by prism light.  Unnatural for sure but not edited and it's OK by N G standards.


Beautiful photo.

Lenses / Re: Review of the Canon 7D2 + 100-400 mark ii
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:15:28 PM »
Great eagle photos.

It feels bad to people who paid big bucks for it. I know it is how it is but feels bit unfair.

PhotoCat, as sanj stated the 1Dx is a far more capable camera, assuming you're not tired from carrying it all day up the mountainside.  I'm not at all deluded, in fact I have a very capable brain and yes I don't have the BIF capability that others do.  That I presently live with although I do get some.

So, back to our reality - you improvise and if you can, go for a set-up with the common birds that can be attracted in one way or another.  That gets you some super nice shots if you're persistent and patient.  As jrista suggested for me a long time back, you can be creative with props - what they are and how you position them. 

For my chickadee I have sunflower seeds to the right and a limb where they feel confident to the left.  I go fully manual but first see what the camera needs roughly for ISO 1250, 4000th sec. and consider if I can get enough DOF.  It was sunny and I was able to get a slightly underexposed shot at F8.  The off camera flash was set up with HSS and positioned to bounce up off some stainless tin so it filled above and in the front of the bird.  Then some experimenting with manual focus and encouragement given to the models and fire away.  1 hour gave me about 60 shots (could have taken many more but the flash batteries were half dead before I started) with about 10 of them being what most folk would be very proud of.

Now back to this post.  None of us who appreciate the restraint that this blog suggests are extremists.  We all know that good tools are desirable and great ones are better but often not necessary other than satisfying our lust.  I happen to have bought a used 1D2 to see if I'd be happy with the bulk and weight and I'm not.  Maybe a 7D2 or a 5D3, but maybe nothing after being influenced by this article.  I sure love the expensive camera lenses though .....  The 300 2.8 with extenders will never be regretted.


Jack apologies if you thought I was being condescending. Did not mean to. I guess 'delusional' was too strong and inappropriate. Peace.

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:34:23 AM »
Would be great if you post side by side with 1.2 lens and let us try to see if we can identify the lens! Congrats...

I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

Definitely use the right tool, or at least the best one you can use...

The following pictures are Venus at sunset... one with a 7D2, the other with an iPhone.... tools do make a difference. (no sharpening or noise reduction on either)

A point so lucidly made!

I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

Great article.  Agree with it all.  Sensor differences between all DSLRs is negligible.  Post processing is way overdone in so many cases.  Composition, subject, and contrast are the backbones of art - and have been for centuries.  Any DSLR is technically capable to produce the results you need 99% of the time.  The pics I take with my SL1 are almost indistinguishable from those taken with my 6D.  The techno hype is so overdone it's almost laughable.

You are right in your thinking except the negligible you mention becomes huge in very many many critical situation - where the light drops too much, where you get one chance only to get the focus right, where the burst and buffer can't fail you, etc etc. Those are the moments for which people buy expensive equipment - When they need to be ready for adverse situations. For normal stuff what you saying is correct.

I just read this article by Jay Goodrich and agree with majority of what he has to say:

For all respect to his success, I disagree with the majority of what he says.
The reason is simple, he puts everybody in his own shoes.
But, we all know that there are so many shoes on this planet. The fact that cheap tools work for him doesn't mean that it works for all of us "photographers".
1 - Laboratory sensors ... He assumed that all photographers are new photographers. Actually, photographers who deserve the title are experienced photographers, not snapshooters. And I find it an insult to all pro photographers that some  guy assumes that with an iPhone you will be able to shoot an NHL game for the photo to be on the front page of a news paper every single night game. You need the right tool to do the right job. No fantasy hear.
2 - Software plugins ... The fact that you work for National Geographic and 95% of your work doesn't need Photoshop didn't give you the right to categorize all Photoshop users idiots. Some people actually do beauty shots, for example. There is no way for you to be competitive not using advanced tools.
3 Diffraction ... If you ever have shot macro you would understand what is the meaning of that word. People wake up early to be able to shot tens or even hundreds of shots in order to stack them
4 HDR ... You said it yourself, it is about vision. The fact that people have different vision than yours don't give you the right to treat them as inferior.
5 - "If all you own is the phone in your pocket and you have a zest for creating, you WILL succeed."
Wake up, your Matrix is not for real. Get back to reality.

If the title was "5 Things We can ignore to become Photographers" then I would agree with him. Some photographers don't need all the bells and whistles.
But there are out there those who need to spend in order to succeed.
Especially, those whose success depends on repetitiveness at all time and conditions and not one/two, by mistake, state of the art.
The key is balance between need and want. And the name of the game is "repetitiveness and competition".

The only thing, really, I agree with him is: "So stop reading and go out and give it a try"

Sometimes, when someone is successful, he thinks he is the only one smart person on earth. Many dictators of this planet have the same mentality.

I agree with you. Well written.

Great food for thought and I'm digesting it right now as I contemplate why my 6D isn't good enough when actually it is great!  To illustrate I'll repost a shot from yesterday that got my amateur heart beating since I was thinking that only a high speed fast focus camera would get me this.  Well with careful thought about my "handicap" I now know I can do it and with a 6D and $$ still in my pocket.


Well done and yes it is possible with your camera! But if you think you can do this will the consistency and reliability of a 1dx then you are deluding yourself.

Lighting / Re: Canon 5D Mk III pre flashing.
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:37:31 AM »
Fix what?  The system is operating normally. The preflash is required for E-TTL flash metering.  If you need to eliminate the preflash, set the flash power manually.


Wedding Photography / Re: nod to 'American Gothic'
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:59:46 AM »
Needs a pitchfork.  ;D

hahahaha. Yes they do. And little film noise/scratches.

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