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Software & Accessories / Re: Decent Compact Hard Case for Travel
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:25:54 AM »
I'm not sure when it will ship or when you're leaving but this looks pretty nice: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mgeyster/cam-crate-a-weatherproof-dslr-camera-case
I don't really have a need for such a case at this time but it looks really nice, for all intents and purposes it is a camera specific pelican case.

Lenses / Re: Tamron 17-50mm VC B005 vs B005E revisions?
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:16:23 PM »
I don't remember where I saw it but the Model is B005 but the part numbers are something like B005E and B005C depending upon the mount on the lens.

Lighting / Re: I Need a Flash
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:09:01 PM »
these ones willl do high speed sync
but the price is getting up there I think for me i would go to a 430exii over these at this price

I've been looking to get an external flash or 3 as well, and the Nissin Di866MK2 looks pretty nice but I'm a bit puzzled why I don't see more about them, how do they stack up against the 580EXII? I was thinking of having one for on camera and 2 off camera and looking to save as much money while maintaining a decent level of quality and have some flexibility to have some fun with light in the woods at night or to have some..ummm...light light for controlling shots in shadows where a reflector won't just give me enough but I'm not somewhere I can take a full studio light (IE, no AC power)

EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else want a cropped sensor?
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:22:08 AM »
I feel there are plenty of people in the market for crop sensors. some of us just don't have the money to leap to FF, others want the reach, and I'm sure there are others who have other reasons.

Personally, I don't consider the 60D or 7D cheap with my budget, so I am holding out for a 7D2 or a 70D with features like the 7D (micro adjust, AF and 2 axis level being the big items for me). My Budget could allow for a 5D2 at the current prices but not any adequate glass to go with it, plus I don't like the idea of spending so much money on something that will in all likelihood be replaced soon (personal preference, the 5D2 is still a wonderful camera).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma SD1 relaunching at $2299 (DP Review)
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:16:42 PM »
it's sigma mount. I'm guessing they didn't find many buyers for the SD1 at the launch price and it's pretty easy to understand why. for the new price, I would definitely consider it for a second camera if my photo budget would allow it, even more so if they offered it in an EF mount (they clearly understand EF if they can make lenses in the mount) and would fix their software.

the Fevon sensor is really cool and I'd love it if they could further develop and refine it, but they also need to back the camera up with better software and 3rd party support. they'd get my money pretty quick if they can bring this type of product to proper maturity and had better 3rd party support. Realistically this is a perfectly decent camera but is crippled by all the factors outside of the camera that make a good product(support, software, compatibility, etc)

EOS Bodies / Re: T4i.....what happened?
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:17:46 PM »
Does anyone think it will be announced within the next week or two? Or will it be a month or more?
I won't speculate on the release date per say, but it seems like the Rebel line is typically announced around the time of CP+, which starts thursday of this week and ends on sunday. I would wait at least until next week. There is supposedly another show in London next month but I'm not fully up on all the camera events. there are rumors of low stock on the T3i, and this isn't a typical high retail volume time of year, so that may be an indicator as well.

my guess is that if there is a T4i, it will be announced this month or next month. but I'm just some random guy with nothing to back up my ideas

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:31:21 PM »
...we don't see anything in these images that makes me believe it is in fact a 2.8. ...

Based on the picture, the front element appears to be 75% of the size of the 58mm filter thread (~43mm diameter front element)

Compared to the existing 28mm f/2.8 which appears to be 70% of the smaller 52mm filter thread (~36mm diameter), it does seem to be indicative of a f/2.5 or f/2.2 for the new lens (42% larger area of front element).

EDIT: Additionally, using the same method of calculation the existing 28mm f/1.8 USM appears to have a 48mm element inside a 58mm filter thread (~82%).
that is indeed a decent way to make the connection, I know that length and other variables can also factor in the equation so I will keep my hopes up. but as you have put, it seems that 2.8 is indeed a fair assumption for the time being.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:39:05 PM »
It has a silver ring, it could be EF-S :)

 might be true, but I thought that Canon's EF-S lenses also had a white alignment dot near the mount as opposed to the red one pictured. The apparent build quality looks more like it'd be for the EF mount to me as well. but then again, I could easily be mistaken.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC Announced
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:32:28 PM »
I find it interesting that they mention that this has some weather sealing (well, moisture sealing). I didn't dig too deep but I don't see that mentioned on any of the other lenses of theirs that I checked. They are also saying that they revised the design of their VC systems and it should be lighter and last longer. it looks to me like they are clearly trying to move towards competing more directly with the L lenses, even if they have a ways to go.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:07:59 AM »
As Whatta noted in another thread, we don't see anything in these images that makes me believe it is in fact a 2.8. At least I am hoping that it isn't a 2.8 as I already have a decent 2.8 lens and want some primes for when I need more control and light. unless they are just doing 2.8 to keep the costs down I don't have much use for a 2.8 prime, even the thrifty fifty is 1.8. so until we see a press release I'm keeping my hopes up.

I haven't used one extensively but you can get the lenovo Thinkpad W series with a calibrated display and they are still built to the IBM quality for the most part on the thinkpad line. so that may be an option (the integrated Quaddro graphics are pretty nice so long as you aren't a gamers, and I'm not an NVidia fan).

I do most of my editing for web use on the laptop because I can do it on the couch or right after I shoot. Most of my photos are from when I travel and I like to post them up as soon as I can or to kill time in the hotel room. so the usefulness of a portable machine is without question in my book, but for print I prefer to use a dedicated, calibrated monitor. I'm not sure that a 10 bit display is a requirement, but it does help, but even a matte 8 bit IPS display is really nice to work with.

I use Asus laptops and have been for quite some time. MBPs are good but I have to use mine for my day job too. most modern laptops ship with glossy screens and just whatever graphics solution is cheapest at the time and this is a big thing to anyone concerned with graphics quality. look for something with a non-glossy (non-glare) screen, the recent market push to these is because they make colors look more vivid and have darker blacks, but they are pretty bad for accurate reproduction. they are also more susceptible to color variance based on viewing angle and any dirt on the screen shows up very easily. the graphics chip on the laptop is also pretty important because it will dictate what controls you have to easily adjust the color reproduction. if you have the time and money to do proper monitor calibration with ISS profiles it's much less important. I have found that ATI/AMD graphics chips are the easiest to adjust for better reproduction than other brands, but it will only be as good as the display itself.

Commonly I will do quick editing on the laptop and if I'm going to really concern myself with printing I'l use an external, calibrated IPS display to get accurate color.

As far as Asus laptops go, they're pretty good, but like all brands you have to watch which models are good and which aren't. I find that they tend to ship with moderate quality power supplies that last a couple of years and then you either repair or replace it ($54 to replace the one for my G73, so not very expensive), and the batteries are not the highest quality (never allow them to fully drain, and replacements can be expensive), but at least you can swap those yourself whereas with the MBP you can't even have a spare with you as it is internal.

if I had no investment in PC software, more spare money and didn't need a PC for my day job, I'd gladly consider the MBP, but I'd probably get a decent PC and spend the rest on the camera gear. there is no real advantage for either platform as a whole. it all boils down to existing investment and preference.

Lenses / Re: What about DxO Mark?
« on: February 01, 2012, 02:24:46 PM »
Unfortunately, DXO assigns a numeric value to their rating which does not tell you all the things that might be important to you, and is of little or limited value to me.

As with synthetic tests of this nature this is exact problem. They test with many possibly useful, pre-defined parameters and try to take it down to a numbers game. However what you are shooting is not their pre-defined shots. I also find that many great lenses just are not the right tool for a particular shot. A test like this is kinda like any other review, they can often get you into a ballpark idea of how things can compare but they are not the end-all be-all when evaluating a lens.

FWIW, I have the Tamron SP17-50mm VC and it is a very nice lens for the money and I feel that in many of the environments I shoot in it is nearly equal to some L glass, but there are other factors to consider such as weather sealing, ergonomics, etc. I have been using Tamron CCTV lenses for a very long time and they are quite good and I feel that the 17-50 is nearly the same quality as those, but the price difference is also a factor of many things beyond just quality of glass and other components. there is the quality and frequency of QA testing, brand recognition, marketing, in-field testing, and more that factors into pricing and Canon tends to be a bit better tested with higher QA and the L glass offers other benefits like the weather sealing that can be invaluable to some.

Canon General / Re: Is it just me, or....
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:40:51 AM »
it is probably because so canon many DSLR's are getting a bit long in the tooth. the 1DX isn't released to the public yet, the 5DII is very old by digital standards(but still very good), 7D is 2 years old, and the 60D is a getting close for its market as well, so that means the entire upper end of Canon's range is looking like it could use a refresh within the next couple years. I'm trying to figure out if my upgrade will be before I really start shooting in the summer or if it will be next year for that season. I have only been reading for around 2 months but I came across the site when researching what my next upgrade will be.

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:29:11 AM »
for my money it'd be the 35mm 1.4L. it is a nice lens, with pretty good speed. but then again I already have a 2.8 zoom that covers most of the wider angles and I rarely feel a need to go longer than my current zoom. if it were to be my only lens then I would be more inclined for the 24-70.

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