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Lenses / $600 burning a hole in your pocket?
« on: Today at 02:52:37 AM »
My wife has $600 of corporate "use it or lose it" money that she needs to burn by the end of the year.  She'd like to spend it on a new lens.

They use their current setup to film video interviews in a well-lit studio.  (So they don't need lights...)  They currently have a T3i, with the 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses.  She would prefer to upgrade the body next year.

So with a pretty hard ceiling of $600, what lens would you get?  Used is ok, if it's from a reputable source.

Thoughts?

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Lenses / Buying a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:51:05 AM »
I'm seeing the Mark 1 version of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens on Ebay and some other places in the $500'ish range

This seems like a pretty good deal, since the Mark 2 just came out.

What's the general impression people have of this lens?  Good Stuff?  or No?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:13:39 AM »
One other noob'ish question...

The bokeh on this lens seems really smooth and soft.  As opposed to the bokeh I get on my cheaper lenses which is very "computer pixelly"...Is that generally a sign of a quality lens?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 13, 2014, 06:20:11 AM »
I'm surprised at the Depth of Field in the sample shots.

At F1.4, I would expect there to be *zero* DOF... but the DOF was surprisingly...deep.


Is that a function of the lens?  the full frame camera?  distance to subject?  Or is it my lack of understanding how DOF works?  :\

The further the subject from the camera, the greater the DOF will become - but it's all relative when compared to other apertures.

Is there something that says all sample images were shot at 1.4?

I Was referring to the images in the review video.  Most of them are labeled.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 13, 2014, 05:57:11 AM »
I'm surprised at the Depth of Field in the sample shots.

At F1.4, I would expect there to be *zero* DOF... but the DOF was surprisingly...deep.


Is that a function of the lens?  the full frame camera?  distance to subject?  Or is it my lack of understanding how DOF works?  :\

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Photography Technique / Re: Taking HDR shots
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:04:12 PM »
Much more control than... Lightroom?

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Photography Technique / Re: Taking HDR shots
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:33:44 PM »
I hadn't thought of that.  Let me scurry off and go try that.

Edit:
Yup... when using AEB and Continuous Shooting mode, the T3i takes 3 shots and stops.  Very interesting.

Combining that with some of the control you get from the DSLR Controller app should be interesting.

Now I just have to learn how to merge this in Lightroom :)

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Photography Technique / Taking HDR shots
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:29:18 PM »
I've always been confused about taking HDR shots.  In order to anything "HDR" on my T3i, I have go into the menu and configure my Exposure Compensation to take a Normal-Under-Over image.  So I have to click the shutter 3 times, and them do some magic in post processing.

Is this the same thing that is required on better cameras, like the 5D III, 6D, etc?

(and if my assumptions are wrong, please tell me)

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Lenses / Re: Lens repair?
« on: June 16, 2014, 05:23:04 PM »
Update:
I have spoken with Canon, and this lens is out of their service window... so they won't touch it.  I'm checking with the 3rd party providers you have all recommended now.

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Lenses / Re: Lens repair?
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:41:47 PM »
Awesome replies, guys.  I'll be sure to check out those sources.

Now to see if the "seller" can drop his price from $150 to "something I'm willing to pay"  (which is closer to $50 or $0...)

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Lenses / Lens repair?
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:54:52 AM »
I was browsing Craigs List the other day, and someone is trying to sell a broken  28-70mm f2.8L lens for $150.  It looks like the EF-mount has broken off (based on the pictures).. I have no idea what state the glass is in.

The question is... how much will Canon charge to repair something like this?  The seller wants $150, but I'm thinking it's worth closer to 0, depending on what Canon tells me when I call them tomorrow.

What do you guys think?  What's your experience on repairing older lenses like this?

Wiki article on this lens...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_28%E2%80%9370mm_lens

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Please let me introduce myself...
« on: November 09, 2013, 06:46:26 PM »
I think your introduction is wrong... it's

"Please ALLOW me to introduce myself.  I'm a man of wealth and taste."

:)

Welcome

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Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:04:19 AM »
So, my question is: for Linux, has anyone found a really good alternative to Lightroom OR are any of you running a high-end hackintosh?

Thanks guys!

I'd also love to find a decent Hackintosh VM.  I think the UI for Mac OS (after 10.4 or so) is god-awful terrible, but would love to have access to it.

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Lenses / Lens prices..?
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:28:15 PM »
I saw a Craigs List ad for a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens for under $100.

If I recall correctly, this lens was recently referred to as the worst lens in Canon's lineup...is that true? 

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:31:18 PM »
Lots of VERY questionable advice here in my opinion.

By far the easiest solution is to get a raid5 NAS box and use it as your primary storage medium.  On a regular schedule you can make a redundant copy to an external drive and store it somewhere else.

When I hear stories of people backing up to DVD, the first thing I always think is, oh my god, how much free time do you have?  I have 140 gigs of pictures and I'm sure that's a lot less than a true pro.  Backing that up to DVD would require 28 disks for crying out loud.   

Drobo makes a pretty clever solution for all this.


As to the suggestions for FreeNAS...I haven't used it in two or three years, but when I did, I thout it was a debacle.  It was far too complicated and required far too much user configuration.  I think this was back in the version 7 days...has it improved since then?

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