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Lenses / Re: Canon 24 f/1.4L and 24mmL TS-E ii
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:24:08 AM »
If you're shooting landscape and architectural mostly, the 24 TS is by far your lens. I've used both. You're concerned about speed? Why, for your stated shooting you'll be stopped down to f/8 or so anyways. They're both sharp.

Weather? Both are sealed, the movement sections on the TS are sealed the best they can be as well.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:47:09 AM »
87, considering your "written accent" - you got it.  Are you living here now and what country are you from?

Nope. I've never been there. I'm an US citizen. In fact, the only midwest state I've even been to was Illinois, and that was 20 years ago.

Software & Accessories / Re: Variable ND question
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:42:55 AM »
Thank you for your replies.

I'm torn as to what I want to do. I use only L glass (70-200, 24-105, 24), so I know I want quality glass to be putting in front of that quality glass  :P

Now, I'm honestly torn between getting the SinghRay (like I mentioned, I have good experience with it, and my friends over at and also use it on their videos, which turn out fantastic) or getting a 2-stop in addition to a 5 stop.

I can't honestly remember using the variable to either of it's extreme settings, so I don't think I need anything more than a 5 stop on my 24 f1./4 and a 2 stop would be fine on the 70-200 f2.8.

Decision needs to made soon, I have a huge photographic weekend coming up (one month) where I'll put close to 2000 images on my cards...

Software & Accessories / Variable ND question
« on: August 18, 2012, 09:17:41 PM »
Ok, so I'm looking to buy a Variable ND. I've rented the SinghRay from lensrentals a few times (4 or so) and have loved it. I'm not a pixel peeper by any means, so to me, it doesn't seem to affect my images in any negative way.

Now, I've "heard" that the Heliopan is better. Is it noticeably better? Since I'll be buying the 77mm version of either, that's a 100 dollar difference.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 18, 2012, 09:03:42 PM »
@northstar...I believe you have us looking at the Twin City area, MN? No?

it mean: 5d Mark II is $1979.......... Duh...

Came in here to post this.

 That and the obvious one that the MK3 is out.... So the price naturally drops.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Picture playback on 5D3
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:02:05 AM »
Touche sir. I suspected that, but there is nothing in writing in the manual to make actually think or believe that.

Good answer. Guess I will have to find an editing work around on this now. Hmmm. Thanks for the quick answer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Picture playback on 5D3
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:31:29 AM »
So, I've read the manual, done some internet searching, and apparently I'm missing something.

I have my 5D3 setup to put RAW on the CF card and JPEG on the SD. I understand that if I take out the CF card, and reinsert it, playback automatically switches to card 2 (SD card). I know that it's a nuisance problem and understand how to defeat that...

Problem I have is according to the manual supplied with the camera, (in bold, on page 277) "Erasing a RAW+JPEG image will erase both the RAW and JPEG images."

My camera is not doing this. Help me figure this out please.

Portrait / Re: My BEAUTIFUL GF (feedback please)
« on: July 18, 2012, 02:48:10 AM »
shot many wide open do to the terrible pentagonal bokeh of the 50mm 1.8 II

So you are aware, shooting a lens wide open increases the chance of bokeh... So if you didn't want to see the horrible pentagonal bokeh, you should be stopping down... Shooting at f4/5.6/8...   Not bad shots though.

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:27:12 AM »
No, it shouldn't :-) ... look at the blue of the sky on the top right, the brightness jump is a sign of an assembly artifact and doesn't look natural.

Hate to tell you, but the sliders that affect the blue colors were pretty close to neutral... This is LR4 and I can't help it if the polarizer made it brighter... Notice how the top section is much brighter than the section that shows through the trees right below it?? Wide angle (set at 17mm on FF)+ CPL is the answer to that question.. But as the OP can attest to, the skies here in Okinawa are incredibly bright, and that day was no exception. And ftr, that shot is one picture, not a 7 different ev exposure.

My point remains the same, there's overdone HDR, and subtly done stuff... And I speak for myself, but anything I happen to do definitely goes to the latter... I'm sure if I cared I could go back in LR4 and adjust that a little.. Hold on, I'll try...

Nope. There's not much I know how to do to make it look any different. In case you actually care, I bumped the exposure down by .3, took the brightness down pretty much all the way to cut the glare out of everything, which still didn't show much if any clipping, and then boosted the shadows a little bit to bring some detail back.

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:28:57 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

When doing HDR, it really should look like this:

Canon 5DII-4474 by volksron, on Flickr

Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 07, 2012, 06:10:07 AM »
Japanese used lens are usually in great condition and come with a 6 month warranty from the store usually.  But the thing you'll probably find out sooner than later is that camera equipement is MUCH cheaper in the US than in Japan, even though it is made here.  My recommendation would be to buy from B&H photo and have it shipped out to Japan.  YOu'll have to pay about a 5% (goign up to 10% over the next few years) in duty charges, but it'll still be significantly cheaper unless you are buying anything released this year.

First off, I'm also in Okinawa, so こんにちは. I live in Isa, Ginowan.

If you have a FPO/APO box (which I assume you have access to, since you mentioned AAFES) you won't have to worry about duty fees, which leads me to my next point, ANYTHING camera related is cheaper, way cheaper online from Adorama or BH than AAFES or out on town.  Plus better customer support. This is how I buy practically everything, as stuff is just too expensive here.

Be aware, that with at least Adorama, they won't send items that are over a certain dollar amount through USPS priority mail, which I'm sure you know is the only way to get things mailed here, quickly and relatively cheaply.

Since you have been here for 12 years and I only 8 months, I'm sure you know that are many fantastic locations to shoot at here.

Check out my Flickr ( and this guys, whose live here for almost 40 years ( Enjoy, and let me know if you ever wanted to get together as I can show how to operate that new 60D of yours. If you needed the advice of course.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Non Genuine LP-E6
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:32:44 PM »
I'll bring you some later this year... I'm in Japan (okinawa) and can readily source them.

Lenses / Re: Climbing Mt Fuji in August
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:31:37 PM »
First, I'm jealous you're going to climb 富士山 to watch the sunrise.

Second, I would bring the camera and the 17-40 and that's it. No need for a telephoto. And the prime, well, maybe carry it, it's not too big or anything.

Lenses / Re: Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal
« on: May 08, 2012, 03:50:10 AM »
I did not say the store sucked, or make any negative comments about the store itself.

"Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal"

Sounds like you did to me.

Yes, sometimes store A has better prices on some items than store B. This is called a free market and why we shop around before making a purchase. Welcome to America.

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