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Canon General / Re: Canon direct mail marketing
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:28:08 PM »
I have dutifully registered my Canon products, using their online registration tool.  Thus, they have my address.  Their database should also tell them that I have a fair amount of gear registered with them, pretty much all of it high end stuff.  By 'fair amount', I mean $40K worth at current retail prices.  You'd think, armed with that knowledge, they'd be able to have a pretty good idea of what would interest me as a consumer, right? 

Today, I received my first direct (snail) mailing from Canon.  A brochure for the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, perhaps?  An ad highlighting the benefits of their excellent RT flash system, GPS accessories, etc.?

Nope.  A little brochure highlighting the features of a pair of dSLRs sure to be of interest to a 1D X owner...

LOL! I still laugh at your Crocodile Dundee stunt at your daughers sports arrangement... I see a paralel.

Lenses / Re: Pinhole Photography
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:22:28 AM »
I have not used the pinhole cap, but I have used the Holga lens for Canon. 


It looks like a lens, but it is only a pinhole.  I not noticed dust issues with it, but I do not shoot with it often.  Although it will mount on both crop and full-frame cameras, the vignetting on full-frame is too extreme.  It is best to only shoot a pinhole with a crop camera.

Here is a landscape shot I took with my Holga on my 60D:

Arlington Bridge, Washington, DC by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Although the shots are in color, I generally prefer to convert to black and white.  It's a liberating way to shoot because you do not rely on sharpness or technology.  Composition is the critical factor.

Here is an article on shooting with a Holga:
Pros use them too:
A good resource:

Have fun!

Beautiful picture! Thanks for the reading. I only have FF, but my wife has a 600D. I will definitely look at the links you sent.



Lenses / Pinhole Photography
« on: May 23, 2013, 03:27:36 AM »
I put this under lenses talk (proper, i don't know...?).

I would love for this thread to be a place where people can share their tips, experiences and questions about pinhole photography.

I have a few questions: I have seen several wesites that sell pre-drilled Canon caps for pinhole photography.

-Has anyone used them, and is it safe to use (I wonder if it is asking for trouble with dust on the sensor..)? If you have, what settings did you use to get the best results.

Feel free to post pictures you have taken with the pinhole technique.

Kind regards,


Of my three Canon flashes I think the 600 actually gives pleasing results in ETTL mode on-camera straight on, thus avoiding the burnt out look that my other two gives in the same mode.

You can as have been mentioned here go for several 580 EX II (which you can get quite cheap now), thus paving the way for the use of a ST-E2. The 600 works fine like a slave (I have had a set up in studio with a ST-E2 and the 600 as main light, 430 as fill, and two 580's to blow out the background).

Lenses / Re: Do you wish your 70-200L were black?
« on: May 22, 2013, 04:27:10 PM »
Today for the first time ever I saw a refurbished 70-200L IS II 2.8 in stock. Never saw that before. Usually it's out of stock almost immediately.  It was very tempting! !! But I decided to hold on to my f4 version and a 135L. It's nice to combine them in one package but it's nice when I want to be stealthy with the 135.

The white color is too showy.  I always feel that it attracts unnecessary attention.'s still tempting

It would look too much like a Nikon.. :) Kidding aside, - if it had the same temperature stabializing features as the white material in the 2.8 II, then maybe.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon Foveon Sensor
« on: May 22, 2013, 04:14:52 PM »
If you're not fluent in Japanese the US patent app with same priority is US20130082343A1

~ hans ~

And here I thought that fluency in Japanese was a prerequisite for all CR members...... ;)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:42:09 AM »
Recently visited... (the picture is still wet) ;)


Beatutiful and kind of sad.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:46:40 PM »
Nice pics rpt! I espescially like the second sepia one.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 21, 2013, 12:30:24 PM »
For those interested, here is from someone who reverse engineered the CR2 raw's:

From a data container perspective there's a lot to learn.

Haven't had the time to go through everything to answer OP's question whether there really is more raw data (read: more POWER ;-)) in the 1Dx raws or not.

Please enjoy the read:

Thanks! Looking forward to read it.

5DMKIII 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/4.5 & 1/200th ISO320

Brilliant! Love the mood in the picture

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 20, 2013, 02:58:12 PM »

Beautiful pictures! I thought you would run into trubble with moving subjects like your water, but apparantly not.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:02:51 AM »
So after a long time being absent from photography I have decided that I want to stop my pursuit in becoming a semi-professional photographer.

That being said, I don't want to give up photography. I just want to be able to take good pictures for my personal portfolio! So I'm considering selling all of my Canon gear (Canon 5Dc, 17-40mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm) and buying a smaller set up that is unobtrusive.

I would probably get around 1,750 for everything in total. With that money, I planned on getting this set up:

  • Sony NEX C3 w/ 16mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 30mm f/2.8
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8

Anyways, am I crazy for going this route?

You are not crazy!

To me this is a either or, and I can feel your ambivalence. I think that if you do sell your gear, - stick with a compact. Why go to an inferior system, or a system at all? Buy a compact with a zoom or a fixed focal lenght. Other than that; you will wind up missing your gear.


Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:37:53 AM »
I would love a body with option of full frame and crop with the flick of a switch.
This fantasy stems from something I read in this forum earlier. Was it a Nikon camera?
I do not know Nikon gear at all so not sure.

But something like this would be great for me. Advantages of FF and crop in the same body! While we are at it, let the crop have even faster frame rate.

I believe the Nikon D800 has this. It effectively becomes a built in TC. I would love that too.

Street & City / Re: Superstrikes South Africa
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:30:06 AM »
I absolutely love it!

A bit envious too, lol. In Norway we only get these tiny lightening strikes, not like yours and the ones I saw when I lived in rural Illinois :)

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 20, 2013, 03:26:32 AM »
I have posted the Haystacks picture in the lens gallery, but thought I'd pop it into the Landscape gallery along with another picture. They are both taken in the English Lakes District National Park, the first from a small mountain known as 'Haystacks", looking towards Crummock Water and Ennerdale Water, with High Stile in the middle, at 2,643 feet. I know many around the world will laugh at that height being a mountain ( not those in the Netherlands  ;D   ) but to us Brits it's a mountain.

Second picture is taken in Borrowdale by the River Derwent, looking towards Maiden Moor, a paltry 1,887 feet.

All on the 24-105 at f11, at which aperture this lens is as good as anything else really, especially after pp.

Beautiful pictures!

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