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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:34:59 PM »
I like ZA, but this isn't his best work. In a few months, he'll look back at this and be embarrassed.

Despite the pointer, I think it's pretty pointless.

One relevant point is the Fuji APS-C sensor (I'm using one in the X100S) is incomparably better than Canon's APS-C sensors.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:26:24 PM »
Time to start referring to her as an ex-wife.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:56:51 PM »
The first mistake is calling anything this guy does a "review." I don't believe he's qualified in any way to competently review photo equipment. I consider him a buffoon who creates ridiculous videos in order to drive traffic to his marketing site.

If you're going to consider his opinion on photo equipment purchases, I suggest you start asking your friendly supermarket check-out person for fine dining recommendations. Equally valid and irrelevant.

Anything outside of Manhattan is just camping out!

Seriously, if another retailer does not collect the tax you owe, that doesn't mean you don't have to pay it.

Landscape / Re: my steam locomotive/railroad/trains photography
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:09:52 PM »
Excellent work, Matthew. It's a joy to watch!


Good video work, but I prefer Jeff Cable's work with the Phantom drone:


He will be doing a B&H presentation next month on flying the Phantom.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:12:03 AM »
Um, the flash get disabled if it's running too hot, doesn't it?

Um, from a Canon flash user guide:

"Do not fire the modeling flash more than 10 consecutive times. If you fire the modeling flash 10 consecutive times, allow the Speedlite to rest for at least 10 min. to avoid overheating and damaging the flash head." Emphasis mine.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:45:37 AM »
Yep, battery charge indicator would be useful.

I suspect if Canon were truthful, they'd tell you that recycle time is the de facto battery indicator.

An overheat warning might also be helpful to avoid damaging the flash.

Wow, no one stating the blindingly obvious feature that canon should put in all their flashes ----come on now, how hard is it to put a freaking battery meter in there?  It would be so awesome to be setting up my lighting and turn the units on and know....ohhh it's got 3/4 power left, no need to change batteries, or wow, 1/4 left, better put some new ones in.  The 600 really really should have that!!!  so I won't hold my breath on a 400 series flash having such a simple feature --------- it really boggles my mind why it's not there.  Maybe I'm the only one that's bugged my this????

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:12:47 PM »

And after I just spent $60 hard-retired dollars on a 90EX.

Take a look at box.com

They have a personal program that is free (10G max). If you need more than that, money is required, but I have no idea how much. I use this to share photos when I've done some kind of event for someone or group.

There is a class "Viewer Uploader" that allows collaborators to upload, share, etc. but NOT delete. As the owner or administrator you decide what category a collaborator gets.

I suspect dropbox and other such services probably work the same way, have similar features. You'd have to compare what's free vs what costs vs required services for your needs.

Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 01:55:05 PM »
No, I wouldn't.

I don't need anything beyond 200mm.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »
You may want to add the Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS to your consideration also. Dustin Abbot makes a compelling case for it here:


The folks at Lens Rentals have this to say about all three:

Canon 35mm f/1.4:

This is the wide angle member of the Holy Trinity of L prime lenses: the 35 f/1.4, 85 f/1.2, and 135 f/2.0. It’s one of the older designs in Canon’s lineup but still nearly flawless: sharp even in the edges, contrasty, and has smooth out-of-focus highlights. I find myself trying to find a way to frame a shot at this focal length, just so I can use this lens. If you’ve ever asked the question “why would you shoot with a prime lens when zooms are so much more convenient” this lens will demonstrate the answer for you.

However, from a pure resolution standpoint it has now been passed up by the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, which is sharper both in the center and along the edges and corners. The Canon remains a bit more predictable, though, both in autofocus accuracy and bokeh.
April, 2013

Sigma 35mm f/1.4A:

This is the sharpest 35mm made. It costs a lot less than the Canon 35 f/1.4mm or the Zeiss 35mm lenses. Any questions? It’s extremely well built and everything I’ve been able to see, inside and out, indicates quality control has really improved at Sigma.

If you’re a bokeh fanatic, you may like something else better (or maybe not, that’s a subjective call). If you need Image Stabilization, then the 35mm f/2 IS may be worthwhile. Otherwise, this is the 35mm lens.

Arguably as good or better than anything else made, and at a lower price.

Canon 35mm f/2.0IS:

A modern day update to a versatile, compact and lightweight wide-angle lens, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is incredibly bright and offers image stabilization, superb image quality and construction. The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features a GMo aspherical lens element for high image quality, an 8-blade circular aperture diaphragm for soft backgrounds, a minimum focusing distance of 0.79 ft./0.24m, plus optimized lens coatings for minimized ghosting and flare.

A rear focus system, and ring-type USM with micro-stepping drive provide faster, quieter, and more precise autofocus performance perfect for video. It has a 4-stop Image Stabilizer system that detects panning and automatically switches to the optimal IS mode.

I'm not sure what you mean by "unkillable," but my Sigma 35 has the feeling of a well put-together Swiss watch. It is not weather-sealed if that matters.

By the way, you've got a nice bunch of pictures on your flickr site.

Photography Technique / Re: Tour de France crops
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:41:09 PM »
Yesterday afternoon a stage of the Tour de France started from Cambridge

Someone please explain why the "Tour de France" started in England?

Given the drugfest it has become, I'd like to know why it still exists?

As for the OP question, the first (uncropped) is the only one that works for me.

Photography Technique / Re: UWA odd angle postprocessing howto
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:32:50 AM »
I would have the same question, and I don't know if there is an answer. What I believe is that the eye is seeking an anchor point that orients it. Without it, you're sort of adrift unless there is some other more compelling object in the scene.

There have been times when I used the LR5 corrections, but they can sometimes overcrop. And if it's a particularly difficult scene, they don't provide anything pleasing either.

If possible, I'll look for something near the center of the frame that should be horizontal or vertical and align that, leaving the rest to go whatever way the lens takes it.

Finally, if all else fails, I just eyeball it and figure what looks acceptable to me eye is probably as good as it gets.

Photography Technique / Re: DPReview on equivalence
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:01:08 PM »
Interesting read.

Like it or not, that's the first decent thing I've seen them do in years, maybe ever.

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