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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon Fisheye EF 8-15mm f/4L USM
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:21:35 PM »
"Watch Your Step"

Watch Your Step by Revup67, on Flickr

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:14:58 PM »
Taken January 2012 with Canon EOS 7D and 16-35mm USM L Mkii

Abandoned Fraser Associates; East Santa Fe Ave Fullerton, CA by Revup67, on Flickr

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 31, 2012, 01:58:06 PM »
The mood that B&W images create are sometimes untouchable - (Flickr linked)

Someone's Watching You(Press L to view on Black) by Revup67, on Flickr

Michael and Axil - thanks for the heads up.  My signature should indicate Canon 8-15 Fisheye, not 8-16 (now fixed).  Sloppy typing.  I had the signature correct then added one more lens and the signature word wrap stated I had too many lines.  In truncating the sig the typo appeared.  thanks for your watchful eyes.

Some excellent tips on here about the ND's to choose but for certain won't fall back on the 72's.  For a moment there was a smidget of a glimmer of hope which was thankfully debunked by Neuro.

I've got a holder with a few graduated Cokins and there certainly is a big benefit to sliding up and down just those panes can be a bit flimsy and chip easily.  The B&W screw on is one to consider for sure.  I am also considering the Hoya ND64 and Hoya ND8 screw on and possible stacking though am concerned about the stacking aspect and if it will degrade the photo in any way shape or form.  Of course it does allow for the benefit of separation of the two vs. one screw on.

Wickid - that lightcraft workshop variable ND 82mm looks like one fine product - it's just shy of the 9 or 10 stops I was seeking at 8 stops.  What's most appealing though is the lack of degradation on the image


I have a few Quad records laying around :) the Jeff Beck Group for one.  Lucifer's Friend 1st LP  (German hard rock from 1970 like Deep Purple meets Zep and Sabbath) does that count?

Side note on quad and on the extreme outer limits of this site.  You can actually download DTS 4.0 (not 4.1) original quad recordings which usually result in different than the original stereo mixes from the Usenet.  The group if interested is :  alt.binaries.sounds.dts

An optical audio or digital Coax cable is needed.  not tested HDMI however but in theory it should work as well.
great dialogue -

Axilrod - I apologize you were correct in your assumption it is a Mkii and of course there is no IS (what was I thinking) - thanks for the link on the ND but Neuro is correct, going FF soon and purposely got this lens for that reason

Neuro - you are correct and clairvoyant.  My plan to acquire this lens was to wait for the 5D Mkiii.  So it appears sticking with a straight ND is the way to go.  I was just informed Hoya does not make an ND400 in the US for an 82mm size so seeking out substitutes at the moment but not a Filter holder type such as Cokin, prefer a screw on.  Open for recommendations for a 9 or 10 stop screw on for 82mm ND.

Question: (perhaps absurd), the glass on the 16-35 mkii does not go edge to edge.  can you use a step down ring from 82 to 72 on an APS-C and/or FF camera?  I have a 72mm ND400 at present.   I suspect the answer is "no" and there is a reason - thanks in advance

Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:49:17 PM »
Coke Cans, Beer bottles, etc. @ redemption value

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:45:20 PM »
entitled "Ominous Outlook" (linked to Flickr page) for sharing comments - thank you

Ominous Outlook aired Ch.7 KABC-TV 1-18-12 by Revup67, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 28, 2012, 04:37:35 PM »
I would answer this in two ways:

1)selling off personal assets I don't need anymore via a garage sale or an Ebay vendor who's unloading a massive record collection from 1973 right now or my neighbor's and family's film cameras that they don't know what to do with via Craigs List (sold 3 so far).  I simply find other creative money making methods like buying stocks or mutual funds that pay dividends over 5% (yes there are some out there like ATT (symbol T) to accumulate monies
2)I always pay by credit card.  Biggest reason is most credit card companies double the warranty automatically (yes this is true) but commit to myself to pay off the balance in full before the due date.  I also live by this rule in that I never buy something unless I know in advance I have the funds for it.  This avoids CC interest payments which debunks any savings on your purchase and (2) you get monetary reimbursement back by the credit card company as does Chase, American Express, etc. some even paying more than 1%.  (Hey 1% of $1000 is $10 so that's another discount to lower the purchase price.  Hope this helps  :)

I recently acquired the 16-35mm L IS USM Canon lens.  Prior I had been buying highly rated / reviewed 72mm filters.  I've used several of the filter review sites prior to acquiring any UV or Polarizer filters (especially which was very thorough) however I am curious if anyone has (1) any experience with Zykkor or other ND faders from ND2 to ND400 or do you believe carrying individual ND filters is a better way to go?  I've been told the Zykkor's use Hoya glass.  I do have the Hoya ND400 HMC 72mm and the Hoya HMC ND 8 and am fond of these two but I am also keeping in mind and trying to minimize the carrying load if it makes sense.  Thanks in advance.

Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: January 27, 2012, 12:15:43 PM »

there's no focus on the MP-E 65.  It's all manual and your focus by rocking back and forth while leaving the desired magnification in place or use a macro rail.  it takes some getting used to but once you got it down the rewards as you can see are simply stunning.

Also, if on 5x with F16 you are really shooting at 5xF16 = F80, basically a black hole.  this is why you would need the flash.  Once the flash is on you would use the LCD and zoom to get your razor sharp photos.  The DOF is limited so a lot of folks shoot between F9 and F16 for greatest detail

Macro / Re: psychodelic mushrooms
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:36:10 AM »
cool - time to play Crystal River by Mudcrutch!

Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:35:22 AM »

no doubt its a great lens but isn't worth a pint of beans without the MT 24EX flash or the MT 14 (I believe is the other canon macro flash).  I read somewhere you need a hunting license to use this lens, that reviewer wasn't kidding.  WIht the body, flash and lens it weighs quite a bit.  An alternative would be the 100mm 2.8 macro but its only a 1x.  At least with the 7D, a little known feature occurs when in macro mode with the 100mm it's the AI Servo for Macro.  There's also the 60mm macro and one other macro (a tele think 185mm ?) but the latter are all 1x and are easier to use and don't require a macro flash.


This is a digital Cinema camera, for making movies.  Cinema cameras are not still cameras. It is manual focus.

Mt Spokane - not sure if read the article but that's not the case according to this write up. Not sure how old you are but I recall hearing similar when Beta tapes / cassettes came out as well as Reel To Reels..they are both long gone.  I still have both however :)


Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: January 26, 2012, 04:22:00 PM »
Kernuak is right.  In essence the cooler the air the better as they become very lethargic.  I believe the exact Farenheit is 60° where insects are pretty much useless and cling on to things such as screen doors, etc.  Another good tip is be careful while shooting a live insect as to not block out the direct light.  They are sensitive to this and will quickly scatter (there are a few exceptions)

I use the same tools as Neuro - the MT 24EX is a great macro flash.  I'm not a big fan of the mounting ring it comes with so I acquired which offers far more flexibility.  I also acquired the Stofen Diffusers and stuffed them with a cotton ball to help spread out the somewhat harsh light.  The manual settings work best vs. the ETT-L.  There are many pro MP-E 65 users out there such as Lord V who makes his own diffusers.  I also like this guy:  Huub  He recommended this article awhile back .  A lot of these Macro experts scrutinize the reflective properties on some of the more shinier insects such as beetles as most flashes cause that "white over exposed look" on their shells hence the reason for their creation of homemade diffusers.  Hope this helps..Rev

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