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A gift certificate.  For me.  ;)

Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:35:40 PM »
Still have the bamboo K&E in a closet.  Lost the Rapidographs years ago.  Still have a David White sextant and sight reduction tables (H.O. 229) I used in the Pacific and Indian Oceans when I was a young man with a full head of black hair.  During a tedious Pacific crossing, I became somewhat proficient with an abacus, nothing's faster for adding and subtracting.  My only experiences with T-squares were during my pitiful attempts at drafting (I was wretched), but I used to wield a mean three-arm protractor in my naviguessing days.  Now you just get lat and long with a Garmin.  Or a 6D!  And both are faster and more accurate.  Shot a Nikon F2 and a Nikkormat back then.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 11:20:35 PM »
Sounds like someone's view of the world and CR is severely front focused

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 11:57:47 AM »
I checked out her website.  I was underwhelmed.

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 24, 2013, 09:20:50 AM »
I may just pull the trigger on the 14 f/2.8 Samyang post Xmas.   In fact, I think I'll rent it first.

Seriously....don't bother renting, just find a good price and buy it.  You will be thrilled, it really is all it's cracked up to be and IMO better than my version 1 Tokina 11-16 was....which was sold when I added a 6D.  Samyang* really did it right.  I also have the Rokinon 8mm fisheye for my crop cameras, it's not quite as optically superb as the 14, but for the limited use a fisheye gets I'm happy with it. 

*As others have noted, it's a Samyang lens, regardless of the name on the body.  I bought the Rokinon version due to the price.

Playing with an old Sigma 400/5.6, one that no longer plays nice with Canon cameras.  At the beach on NAS Pensacola when one of these came by.  I'll have to head down the National Museum of Naval Aviation with my 6D and play with the RokSamBow 14mm, I'll revisit this thread after that.  Not far from here is an Air Force Armament Museum with an SR-71 Blackbird on display....also worth a trip. 

Other photo from inside the museum for a dedication ceremony attended by John Glenn, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Gene Kranz.   Fred Haise, talking about being ill on Apollo 13 and commenting on the scene from the movie. "I wasn't as ill as they made it look and Jim Lovell definitely did NOT hug me. You don't spend four days cooped up in a space capsule with a Navy guy and let him hug you!"

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.

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