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Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:35:05 PM »
Picked it up for $279 when buydig had a sale.  Easily the best bang for the buck lens purchase I've ever made.  Waiting on clear skies.......

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 20, 2013, 04:58:39 PM »
Google "Sagan pale blue dot".  For me the photo and his words kinda say it all.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Sigma 16-20 f/2 DG Art [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:36:27 AM »
That's a narrow range.  f/2?  Really?  On an UWA?  Why?  I'd be happy with a 16-24/2.8.   Just my $.02

FWIW - I'm sure there are a number of shops that can do the work fast and at a reasonable price.  I've used Royal Camera Service in Illinois for lenses and bodies.  Fast and reasonable.  RCS is near Chicago, I'm in Florida. There have been other threads over the years regarding this topic.  You could also ask a local camera shop who they would recommend.  If you can hear/feel that sand while you're focusing you need to do something fast - sand is not the preferred lubricant for lenses.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:27:22 PM »
OK, this is not an accessory but for me "Release Shutter Without Card" is a useless feature, which I never use but can get into trouble real easy ...
Film days, 1975 - I had my beloved Nikon F2 (cost me 1.5 months pay) and was hiking on the south end of Guam.  A trail runs along the crest of the hills providing great views of two postcard perfect bays, a lake in the interior and in general just gorgeous scenery while the ceaseless tradewinds temper the heat and humidity.  I followed a trail that went across to the east side of the island, met a group of boys enjoying the day at a shallow stream with a couple of carabao.  Rode with them through a bamboo forest until we reached the outskirts of the village where they lived.  Realizing I had miles to go to return to my car still on the east side, I resigned myself to a very long trek back.  About that time a pair of Navy Seabees tooling around the boonies in a jeep came by and gave me a lift around the south end of the island back towards where my car was.  We stopped at the ruins of an old Spanish fort overlooking Umatac Bay around sunset, all of us happily snapping away.  'twas just about then I discovered my film had slipped off the takeup spool, not a single shot exposed.........

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:46:38 AM »
I'm U.S. born and raised but spent time in the Philippines and am happily married to a wonderful Filipina who supports my photo and astronomy interests.  If we were in the Philippines, I would call you "kuya Surapon" and your wife "ate (ahtee - for the longest time my ears heard 'aunty')" out of respect and affection, just as most of her younger friends call me kuya Ed and my wife ate Carol.  Write however you want, kuya Surapon.

On topic - a lens brush......what was I thinking?  If something doesn't come off with a blower, why on earth would I risk a scratch?  Also, one of those smaller camera bags with the shoulder strap, never large enough, a pain to carry and now relegated to carrying accessory cords and whatnot for astro gear.....cameras are carried in a LowPro backpack.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:48:39 PM »
Lens arrived today.  As sharp as has been reported but no shots worth sharing yet.

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:37:35 PM »
7 years ago, with an old mirror lens and a 300D

Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:02:48 PM »
OP, You posed a question to the forum to gain some insight / tips.  I can't anything to what has already been stated....but....having seen Sporgon's work I'd be inclined to take his advice if I was in a similar situation.  I've also played around with the technique Neuro mentioned, stitching shots taken with an ND10 filter to get rid of people.  You have time to perfect these methods.  Renting a camera system you're unfamiliar with for what is an important assignment seems to me akin to renting a stickshift with a worn clutch for one day in San Francisco.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:42:53 PM »
The amount of detail this lens renders is stunning:

Lots of detail, but I wanted to see a larger version!

Sorry - this one has commercial value, so I don't give away the big ones.

I'm the same way with most of mine.

Don't blame you.  I've managed to make photography somewhat profitable in a day where photography has been cheapened, but it is a fight.

Well you're ahead of me there obviously, but I hope to learn more how to go about it.  Because I have some amazing prints ready to sell right least in my opinion and lots of folks who saw them, but chose to buy hand made jewelry and the like, instead!

At one point I decided not to worry about the commercial side of things and simply enjoy my photography. To me it is strictly a hobby and fortunately my job pays well enough to be a little bit creative on the equipment side of things as well, but I'm keeping it reasonable ;) I admire those who can make a profit out of photography, especially in these timen. Seems like a lot of hard work to me.

Is your regular job not hard work?  If I was making 6 or 7 figures from other types of work, I would still try to sell my photography.  I'd also like to get into film production.  But yes, photography itself has been radically cheapened and diluted in this day and age, and basically the world has 6 billion "photographers".  Almost seems like a billion of them are better than I am, or at least sell more of their work than I do!

My regular job is hard work, so I like to spend my free time not worrying about making money. If there were an easy way to make money from my photography, I might consider it but looking back at the time I was a student (and heavily into mountainbiking), working part-time in a bikeshop killed a lot of the enthusiasm I had for bicycle gear and in the end, cycling itself.

That's a shame, however maybe your chances of getting testicular cancer are less because of it?

There's no relation between cycling and testicular cancer.

Lance Armstrong would beg to differ.

Haha we're straying far off topic, but if this were true, then a lot more people would have it.

Not necessarily.  Anyway I think I'd like to buy a mountain bike after I sell my dirtbike!  I don't foresee buying another dirtbike any time soon, but would still like to ride on two wheels offroad, while trying to stay in shape.  I would not ride it all the time, though.  Also don't want to spend a lot of money.

Can't we go ONE day without talking about testicular cancer......

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:49:32 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on a long shot.

PLEASE don't call me PR!!!

Well, that's what you get for writing something nice :-p ... I'm not up to the correct obvious terms obviously as you relate to the public - otherwise you'd just write a PM to the op - but maybe PR is something different entirely and is considered deprecating since it made you post your qualifications ... so sorry for that.
Helen is to PR what Magic Lantern developers are to hackers.  No snark intended or implied, I raise a virtual toast to both of you in sincere appreciation of your efforts.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:35:59 PM »
.....settings and lens for the Orion shot? Where did you shoot it from?.......

Thanks!  I used the 28-135 @28mm/f5.6, 15 seconds at ISO6400.  Big Lagoon state park in Pensacola, aimed over the intracoastal waterway / Gulf of Mexico.  Wonderful spot in winter, a horrible gnat and mosquito feed in warmer weather.  Had the Tokina 11-16 on my 60D at the same time, pointing east.  That was the last shoot with that lens, it sold on ebay as I was shooting with it that night.  Now I'm waiting for the RokSamBow 14/2.8 to arrive.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:57:37 PM »
Took a walk by the river this afternoon.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:55:24 PM »
The weather has been most uncooperative, this is from a timelapse that was shortened by heavy dew.

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