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Video & Movie / Re: The world war L
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:46:22 AM »
I see the Canon vs. Nikon video has been deleted - I already had a suspicion it wasn't the original release. This is:

Double Exposure: Canon vs. Nikon Small | Large

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Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:35:37 PM »
Found attached picture on tastefully offensive. Thought I needed to share :)

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Lenses / Re: What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:15:41 AM »
Well, I'll be damned - I got a lens with a rear filter holder. Thanks for sharing, I'm curious what this will bring us :)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:25:03 PM »
I can see why you took it out ;) but there has to be a better way. I'm on the fence between cropping and locally reduced brightness. Not that fence, btw, looks far too rusty for my taste :P

And rahkshi007, second pic is stunning!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 18, 2013, 11:40:05 AM »
Cholla Power Plant on a freezing cold February morning.
Creepy shot, well done. Why did you censor the truck?
I censored a large road side sign, truck just happens to be behind it. Guess I should have added
my own advertisement.
Well, at least adapt the cover-up to the original object :) Now it's just a sloppy cut-out chunk of nothing, I really would rather see the ad than this. Although I don't know what the ad is about, of course. But that's another problem with censorship: it makes one curious :P

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 18, 2013, 05:20:36 AM »
Cholla Power Plant on a freezing cold February morning.
Creepy shot, well done. Why did you censor the truck?

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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:32:46 PM »
My recommendation is don't skimp out on rain gear.  When you are out in the elements with thousands of dollars worth of equipment a couple hundred dollars for good quality rain gear is well worth the investment.

(...)
I agree in general  (...)
While I really dig quality, I have, in general, to disagree here. I recommend a two-step strategy: first, buy a cheap solution, once that isn't sufficient, upgrade to professional grade equipment. I have a lot of cheap S___ that I never needed or even wanted to need more than once :P If OP goes out into a downpour on a daily basis, sure, he should invest a few hundred bob on something that fits his workflow. But I haven't heard him about requirements that warrant more than a plastic bag with a few strategically placed holes. Spending lots of money on stuff you don't use, just because you have a pricey camera, is not very bright, in my book.

I live in a country where it rains eight months out of twelve and I don't need anything more expensive than an Op/tech bag... just saying YMMV.


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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 05:48:53 AM »
I got some Op/Tech rain covers from eBay. At ten bucks per two they're simple and very effective - and there's even cheaper offerings.

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens Canon 85mm 1.8 or 135 L
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:25:27 PM »
I have the 85 1.8 and I don't like the fringing one bit. I like contrast and that lens just does not deliver without a purple glow wherever there's a sharp transition. I'd suggest the 100 2.0 but that apparently suffers from the same predicament, the 100 2.8 macro fares much better in that respect, it's not much more expensive than the 85 1.8 and it is tack sharp to boot. Only drawback is that it's rather voluminous (and not inconspicuous enough for streeters) - or I'd traded my 85 in a long time ago.

Hmmm.........I think my joke fell a bit flat  :(

I think everyone here instantaneously realized that for Playgirl magazine, you need the 8-15 :)

[edit] Or the 65  ::)

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Lighting / Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:47:30 AM »
Eli452 has it right. Rule of thumb: charge current is about a third or a quarter (opinions very) of the capacity. 500-700mAh is good for your Eneloops. I use a cheap La Crosse BC700, there's a few rebranded versions out there too. Not the best charger in the world though, you might want to spend a little more for convenience.

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Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:06:59 PM »
1. You're never a prophet in your own country. Consider hiring a professional portrait photographer -- and get in the picture yourself.
Solid advice and nicely put :)

Might I add: put your camera on a tripod and get a wireless remote. This way, you can focus on managing your subjects and they will never know when you're going to take the picture, because you will be busy talking to them & stuff.

On the other hand, the zombie plan sounds great :))

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Lenses / Re: W/A zoom for 5D MkIII
« on: September 07, 2013, 05:55:11 PM »
Check out the Sigma 12-24mm DG (for FF) with Hypersonic AF.  I heard that it's a hit/miss depending on the copy, but I bought a used one for $400 and it's been well-used and is tack-sharp.  I'm super happy with it.

Here's a brand-new one.  I'm surprised I got one for $400 (I've never seen them anywhere for that cost) but I'm glad I jumped on it! 
There's two versions of it. The mark II, released in 2011, may be alright (even if it lacks the EX qualification), but the mark I supposedly  is not very good, especially for FF. Although, as you say, mileage may vary.

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Lenses / Re: W/A zoom for 5D MkIII
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:46:11 AM »
Congrats on the 5D3, brilliant piece of kit. I have both the 17-40 and the 24-105 to go with it, and I think perhaps you might want to hold back on your purchase for a bit. The 17-40 is excellent for my purposes, but the 24-105 is already pretty wide on FF and I find in reality, I have rather little use for the 17-40. It is versatile and very usable and has little competition in its range, so if you really want an FF UWA it's a great little lens to own. I agree with Hector1970 that there are other, perhaps more extreme lenses that you could have as much fun with, or even more. How about that 8-15, huh? ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Custom SLR G1 Strap + C-loop vs. Blackrapid
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:56:40 AM »
And for the Blackrapid, I've heard horror stories about the clamp coming unscrewed.
A drop of Loctite will prevent that with any system :)


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would a 1 series have survived?
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:51:50 AM »
Pff... even an underwater kit won't survive 8 months submerged, not mention being dragged around under the pond bottom by a frickin' alligator!  :-X
Props to the neck strap though :D

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