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Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 11:52:07 PM »
You may have trouble finding a Thule bag in stock. Thule is a big name in sporting gear (ski racks, backpacks, etc) but camera stores have not yet picked up on them in mass quantities.

I'm not terribly terribly vain, but I tried on my top 3 contenders from the usual suspects and they looked like someone slapped either a big Igloo cooler or else a big floppy pet mattress on my back.

I got my Thule from a luggage store on sale for a little less.  Either way you might want to order it and try it on if you are interested.  Or the smaller daypack version is only $150.00

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:37:45 PM »
I looked for months online for a low profile backpack that wore like a hiking bag and held a lot of gear. Most camera backpacks look really awkward on, because they are either freakishly wide, or stick freakishly far out in the back or both. Or they were too short.  I wanted a bag that was long vertically but not too wide and didn't stick out off of your back too much.

Anyway, the only one I found like that, which was a 100% photo backpack, and not a bag that was 1/2 for clothes, was the Thule TPBP -101.

I have had the pack a year and it feels good on, holds everything i need, and doesn't look goofy. 

Don't confuse the TPBP backpack with the smaller TPDP day pack.  Both look a lot alike but the bigger one holds 6-7 lenses or flashes plus 2 bodies.  It depends on which size you need.

Good luck.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:53:40 AM »
While it's not "the best" it comes REALLY close to being that when excluding the super tele's. At least for sharpness, distortion, CA color, contrast AF etc.

But here's a quick look at what it compares to against an 18-200 Sigma.

At 70mm.

at 200mm

Pretty clear difference.  Also NOTE:  when you bring those tests up, the Canon is at f/2.8, and the other one is at f/5.0 on the wide end and f/6.3 at the telephoto end (because it can't open any wider). 
Most lenses are sharper stopped down a little to f/4 or f/5.6, and it is much harder to be sharp at f/2.8, but the Canon is nevertheless sharper wide open than the other lens, even if the other lens is at f/8.

I have never used macro flash, but would it have made sense to have it fit a bigger diameter lens?  Then simple step-down adapters could be made for smaller lenses, but it seems you would be limited in how far you could go the other way (stepping it up with adapters) before the flash was blocking the lens.

The Canon 180mm macro has a 72mm thread. So does the Sigma 150 and the Tamron 180.  Surely they would have made it so it can adapt up to that size, right?

My price prediction: $999.99.  It's like a staircase of $50 increments from the 35mm to the 50 mm to the 85 mm.

n=2 data points are hardly enough to suggest further data points.

it needs only 2 points to draw a straigth line...
so it is entirely possible.. the question is how accurate predictions based on this will be.

I understand, and I reiterate for the record (not that I have any great reputation at stake here) the price will be........ $999.99!

 I just think their marketing folks have dialed in the most they can charge whilst still maintaining the whole "great IQ at a good price" vibe which gives them free word of mouth buzz and enthusiastic reviews, and that price, for a mid-length prime, that zone is just shy of $1,000.00. 

If I am wrong I lose absolutely nothing, but I BET I am right.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:03:43 PM »
I forget. What is the supposed "3D" supposed to be? 

My price prediction: $999.99.  It's like a staircase of $50 increments from the 35mm to the 50 mm to the 85 mm.

Lenses / Re: The Next \
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:26:34 PM »
Wonder what the price will be?

Third Party Manufacturers / What's next, per Sigma Rumors site
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:17:44 AM »
This is an interesting site to check in on every once in a while.

Supposedly a 24mm and a supertelephoto coming next?

Lenses / Re: New Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses at Photokina [CR1]
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:50:49 AM »
It does sound like "the year of lenses"
Yes, and September sure is taking forever to get here!

I am glad you guys are getting something you are excited about, so don't take it the wrong way when I say this, but I really don't think a couple of tilt-shift lenses alone, macro or not, constitute what must people would look back on to call 2014 "the YEAR OF THE LENS".  (Cue sound of trumpet fanfare). :)

They may be great lenses but they are of fairly narrow appeal.  I doubt 10% of even pro photographers use tilt shift lenses, and the percent of all photographers using them must be smaller than that.  I am sure the people who do use them get very good use out of them, and again, i am happy for you here, but They need to come out with some more lenses before this year will go down in history for lens introductions, IMHO. 

Animal Kingdom / Designing a bird shooting station?
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:12:18 PM »

I am not enough into bird work to justify investing in a 500 or 600mm lens, but I like feeding them, and thereby luring them in close for easy shooting with my 70-200 lens.  My past setup was to hang feeders on the old awning frame over my deck, but the mess it made had become such that I am stopping that.

Now I want to set a post for bird feeder(s)s in the ground outside my picture window, mask off everything but a little hole to shoot thru, and let the mess happen in the grass. How does this sound:

A 4 x 4 post in the ground.  A cross arm of some kind from which to hang the feeder.  A thing like a flag holder or two mounted below so I can cut branches and have them stick out away from the feeder, so I can get shots of birds on a branch, not birds on a feeder. 

Has anyone done something similar?  I welcome input.


Congratulations Mr. Surapon, for the good deeds you are doing, and also for the smart idea of using this work as good photography practice and as a nice way to meet business contacts.  Add to all that the fact you are getting good exercise, and it you have four good things coming from just one good idea!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 $80 via Amazon
« on: May 02, 2014, 12:16:48 PM »
Does anyone know what the big new shiny thing will be for LR6? 

I have LR 4, which I find to be a lot better than LR3 due to more logical slider names and layouts. I know LR5 improved the clone function by letting you use long shapes instead of just circles, which I do wish I had.

I would like to get LR5 for $80 bucks, but if LR 6 has some new whiz bang feature, and not just an extended lease on RAW support for new bodies, I would probably rather just wait and pay full price for LR6.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:43:22 PM »
I think they lost me at "Foveon-like". 

So it will have all the negatives of a high MP camera, like massive files to store, and a slowed FPS, and a faster-clogging buffer, but none of what you actually want from all those MP's, namely higher resolution and more detail to spare when doing things like shooting at high ISO, or cropping heavily.

Am I missing something wonderful about Foveon?  If so, then so is everyone else based on the failure of Sigma's Foveon bodies to fly off the shelves.  Why not copy FUJI sensors instead?  That more complex, non-bayer pixel, no filter thing sounds much more interesting to me, anyway. 


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