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EOS Bodies / Re: Older Canon cameras
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:24:31 PM »
if you want to go old school 35mm film then i would go Pentax K1000 if i were you. they are absolute rugged workhorses. a good one in working order will still fetch in excess of 200.00 and for good reason. they were hard as hell to break (and even when they did they might still be able to take a picture) and were just a plain and simple mechanical camera. no muss no fuss. they are still the most desired 35mm film camera being checked out at my university's equipment lab simply because all the other brands aren't reliable (at their age) and break.

couple that camera with some uber fast primes (shouldn't be that hard to find either) and you got yourself something that can give you an enjoyable vintage experience.

Lenses / Re: Help with 360ยบ Panoramas
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:21:03 PM »
on a slight tangent...

those of you with pano experience have any opinions about panoramic tripod heads that allow you to avoid parallax? i have been looking at manfrotto products for quite some time but have reservations as i dont know how to identify the pros and cons involved with this type of shooting.

the head i was looking at is the following:

any thoughts on this item?

i have done panos for fun and have always use PS to stitch and then just retouched any anomalies but i would like to invest in a head that would help me correct for parallax before i get into post.

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:04:53 PM »
Would love to see some portraits taken with a 35mil. ^_^

granted that these are not indoor shots but here are a few portraits done with the canon 35mm 1.4L all at F2.0.

i generally use the 24-70 F2.8L for indoor use as i usually using for an event where i can incorporate my own lighting mixed with available and i like the convenience of the zoom. typically i need the versatility of the zoom in these situations where the 35mm may prove not to be wide enough. but the 35L is a fantastic lens...i highly recommend it.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:55:26 AM »
i do support the idea of buying locally but i stopped going to my local camera shop because they were generally inept and practiced crazy upcharging on whatever they could (ex they charge 80.00 for 9' seamless that is 45.00 everywhere else)

so currently i buy from Calumet in Philly (when i am in the city) and everything else is purchased from B&H. the beauty of that for me is that i live in Delaware, home to NO sales tax! and as far as Use Tax is concerned....this made me crack up...


well....you kinda answered your own question as you dismissed any options available to you. but i'll take a stab..

though i haven't used the 24-70mm 2.8II, it looks as though it is a stellar lens. much better than the Mrk I (which i own and preferred over the 24-105 in overall performance). the Mrk I version has a useful if not true macro capability for getting close to small objects, not sure if the Mrk II duplicated this feature or improved upon it but i would be shocked if it didnt.

i never found the 70-200mm unbalanced on a tripod so long as you mount it via the supplied collar. couple it with a ballhead and it can be a pretty fluid setup for recomposing on a set of sticks. it is also a tremendous performer especially for headshots. but if you seriously aren't comfortable with it then i would suggest the 100mm 2.8L Macro. great for headshots and will cover any macro/close focusing for small product type shoots.

In my opinion Canon needs to make a F2.8 24-105 or F2.8 28-110 both with slight macro that is tack sharp, little distortion & vignetting whilst having a smoother OOF / bokeh than the 24-105 or 24-70  more like the 50 1.2. And I would pay a lot for this

thats a pretty tall order for a single lens especially over that range of zoom. zooms will always sacrifice in one area over another by design so we are kinda forced to incorporate high end primes if we want the kind of performance you are looking for.

again, i have gotten great use out of my 24-70 28L and was never impressed by my friends/colleagues shots coming from their 24-105mm 4L's. i even did a head to head comparison on a shoot with another photographer and both of us agreed the 24-105 came up short on IQ compared to the 24-70 mrkI.

i would say get the 24-70mm 2.8 mrk II. it appears to be an absolute great performing lens.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:04:22 AM »
i just entered the world of great primes this year so i have to say the 35mm 1.4L right now. it has made me really want the 85L or the 50L though. i picked up the 85mm 1.8 to tide me over but i haven't really spent enough time with it yet.

i also really enjoy working with the 24mm TSE. shifting and then combining images to expand the field of view creates images that still really intrigue me. again...that lens has made me jones for the 17mm TSE.

its a terrible sickness this business is....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: WW2 Kodachromes 4x5's
« on: January 12, 2013, 04:28:23 PM »
This photog was a strobist before strobist was cool. :D

that is what struck me the most about the photos. some really handy lighting for some tough scenarios...especially given the time period. made me rethink my approach to lighting and to possibly give this style a go for a shoot or two. a couple of them definitely seemed inspired by movie set lighting of the time.

as far as the color, there's no way to tell what was done in post after the scanning of the chromes. i wouldn't be shocked if they were slightly enhanced. but even so, they are a testament to the archivability of kodachrome.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: WW2 Kodachromes 4x5's
« on: January 12, 2013, 08:21:11 AM »
great link. thanks for sharing that....thoroughly enjoyed!

i would but a flash if i were you and learn to bounce it. then you could actually lower your ISOs and get even better image quality.

EOS Bodies / Re: taurians upgrading to 5d mark 3
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:07:00 PM »
im a gemini.

i cant get past whether i should update my lenses or my cameras.

back to my pros vs cons list making.....

Abstract / Re: Tools for light painting!
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:20:11 PM »
i taught painting with light for several semesters and though i never delved into enough personally to get that good i did have one student that really took to it. her work can be viewed here:


one of my college professor's also used the technique extensively even back in film days. did alot of creative portraiture. his work can be seen here:


and finally, back in the days of film i was a big fan of View Camera magazine and they featured an artist by the name of Berthold Steinhilber who did some phenomenal landscapes with the paint with light technique. they had a great article on him in the Feb 2000 issue where he spoke about his tools and techniques to get his shots. dug up his site here:


very cool stuff. never had the patience to explore it myself extensively but i really enjoy what others have done with it.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:17:15 PM »
Plus, imo, you'd get more comfortable shooting with your own style rather than having a set system made by someone else.

Fine Arts courses specifically teach you to copy the style of the artists. So that when you do develop your own style, it will contain elements that you like of the Great Masters.

uh...no. i am a university photography instructor and that is absolutely not what we try to do. in fact, i have a specific assignment that requires students to identify a photographer that they will do a presentation on and then use their work to inspire their own original photos. the main thing i stress in that assignment is that i absolutely do not want them to exactly copy individual photos of their chosen photographer.

a good fine art course will stress understanding the intent and message an artist is trying to impart as well as cover the techniques used to execute that message and why it is successful. simply "copying" another artists work is not a great approach.

Lenses / Re: TS-E lens
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:20:26 PM »
 the 24mm TS is an absolute must have for architecture. the 45mm TS can come in very handy if distance from the subject is a bit tricky. have not yet used the 17mm TS but based on my own experience with tighter interiors i am jonesin to add that lens to my bag as the 24mm sometimes just isn't wide enough.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:14:28 PM »
i use a black rapid strap and i constantly check carabiner connection (it does like to work itself loose over the course of a vigorous shooting day) and the primary screw attachment to the base of the camera (it will also start to loosen if the camera is allowed to swing in a rotational manner when hanging on your side)

i haven't personally had my camera drop but there have been several times i checked the connections and they were starting to become very loose...uncomfortably loose. my vigilance over this was only heightened when i watched a colleague of mine using the same strap have her camera jump off her hip and go crashing to the ground. the carabiner had failed (loosened itself) and the camera jumped off the hook.

other than that, i do love the straps BR makes. they take a ton of weight off the shoulders and make a long day of shooting with multiple camera bodies and heavy lenses much more comfortable. they just aren't fool proof. you have to jury rig a fail safe as others have described or be constantly screwing the attachments tighter as they work themselves loose.

i do shoot in very fast paced circumstances though so my experience is probably on the extreme side.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:39:47 AM »
hit the link i provided. scroll down to level 1 or 2. read the drivel contained within.

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