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Have you seen what VSCO is charging?

No but I know what Nik is charging for a much more complete and versatile suite of effects plugins ... not that I'd need either of them, but just sayin'

Lenses / Re: Best beginner lens/lenses for mostly video but also photo
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:10:18 AM »
and you will find this lens tested with rather not so stellar results:

So what? If big review sites suck up to the big manufacturers and bash 3rd party gear it isn't better than small sites doing favorable reviews for smaller companies ...

... imho the best way still is to ask around in non-trollish/fanboyish forums, read cricial customer reviews in online shops & look at the sharpness in tdp - and last not lest try the feel of the lens for yourself in a shop.

Lenses / Re: What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:03:34 AM »
I did just fine with cloud blur using a screw-in B&W ND3.0 77mm on my 17-40L.  I got 30s and longer exposures with small apertures and low ISO.

I also tried/did that but a) 30s isn't much to blur slow moving clouds significantly, ymmv in a tornado, b) to get the longest exposure you have to max. close the aperture which means iq loss and will show every single speck of dust on your sensor.

So a+b = putting another 3 stop gel behind the lens shouldn't hurt if it's cheap and iq is ok... the question still is: which?

Lenses / Re: the future of 1.2 L lenses ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:50:28 AM »
No, you're not getting away with that, Neuro!

I do sympathize imagining his conflict, I really do - being a Canon gear collector and brand loyalist means one should be inclined to be understanding of Canon's policy, at least up to some point that might change over time or between forum posts :-p

Btw where's the documentation what Canon is doing with iso & the f1.2 lenses?

Dear Drio, my friend. Yes, I will try.

Don't be too enthusiastic, it's really a specialized product for old-school film simulation with some other mixed presets added - it's beyond me how anyone paid $80 for this unless required for a specific purpose.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP Version 3.13.45 update!
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:45:16 AM »
- The accuracy of the white balance in M-RAW and S-RAW images has been improved.

Yay! In your face, all people who think Canon won't be doing anything meaningful for the rest of 2013 :-p

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:26:04 AM »
That's great news, because I've already spend every € I had allocated for Canon gear, so no new products won't make me regret for example getting the old 17-40L - thanks for my peace of mind, Canon :->

I wouldn't mind a new, smaller rt flash though, dunno if this counts as "eos" gear or not, this is getting embarrassing with Yongnuo releasing one radio flash/trigger after the other.

Lenses / Re: What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:34:42 AM »
Well, I'll be damned - I got a lens with a rear filter holder. Thanks for sharing

Don't be ashamed, I also wondered for some time what these four edgy things are for :-p

But I'm still open to any useful advice as for what gels work best for the back holder...

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:32:02 AM »
i can honestly say i never used Auto ISO since i have gone digital.

Opinions are divided on this, but imho auto iso is one of the primary advancements of the digital age, with today's cameras a couple of stops don't show (much) and you can either use m (though Canon lacks ec on m) or Av for changing lighting conditions - but for the latter you either need a 5d3/6d/1dx or Magic Lantern to set the min. shutter speed, or the Canon algorithm will go to low to shoot anything moving.

Lenses / Re: What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:14:39 AM »

What what? Did my elaborate English skills fail me? Are you familiar with the 17-40L?

Lenses / What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:01:53 AM »
I recently realized my 17-40L has this back filter holder :-p and I now even have though of a use for it: With my 10x glass screw-in nd filter I don't get long enough shutter times for cloud blur in bright daylight, so I'd like to add another gel nd filter.

Question: What nd gels do I get to put behind the 17-40L?

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:53:17 AM »
the 6Dmk2 would be built close to 5D3 while retaining its small size and multi-directional dial (whatever you call it).

This sounds like Canon, and would make the 6d2 an excellent camera, just like the 70d (and unlike the 6d1...).

But this is another reason why the 6d2 will take some time to arrive - with a 5d3-type camera you can do just about everything, so either Canon has to cripple the 6d2 (like video with extra moire, 20mb/s sd-card write speed, 1/2000s shutter, 50k shutter cycles :->)  or raise the price or less people will get interested in the 5d4.

Thanks for the link!

I was never the type for one-click "instant art" with creative presets, but on the other hand it doesn't hurt to click through them with this software type to get some inspiration. And I have to admit many people seem to respond very favorably to grainy b/w artwork, so it certainly is worth getting this one for free.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2 5d3's or 1d x
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:37:07 AM »
to have 2 5d3's so I will have a backup.

Do you do mission critical shootings all the time like weddings where you need a 1:1 instant backup, not once in a while where you could rent or borrow another eos camera? This type of gear isn't very prone to failure anyway, you know :-p

My main want is stop better iso performance, customizable ae adjustments, more accurate metering.

Sure, seeing you enjoy juggling with gear and have the cashflow to back your preference, just get the 1dx!

You then will have the absolute top of the line gear which surely will be fun, I'd like to play around with it too. My point is: This will help you to realize what gear can do and cannot do, i.e. what you need to learn for yourself (unless you wait for the 1dx2 :-)) and might make you enjoy photography even more, even if someone shout ever put a 550d + 50/1.8 in your hand.

So far events and portraits are all I have done. Also landscapes and macro.

So what *didn't* you do :-> ?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:15:10 AM »
Now, My Photographer friends from  the Local Camera club in my home town want me to try the Made in China  AA Battery = 3,000 mAh  8 pieces = $ 12 US Dollars

LOL, why not try the new 3500 mAh imports from Afghanistan :-> ?

* they are unlikely to really contain that much charge, will you measure it?
* they are likely to loose max charge quickly after some cycles
* they will loose charge each day, so you have to actively keep them charged taking turns

There is a reason so many people use LD-NiMH like eneloop - and if you need more power, get an external power pack for your flash(es).

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