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Post Processing / B&W Process
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:42:15 PM »
Okay, I'll start with a question.

What provides the best results for B&W processing?

Doing it in LR is straightforward and gives adequate results.

I've never been able to get what I wanted out of Silver Efex Pro, and I don't know why. It seems by far the most sophisticated.

Lastly, I've recently tried Color Efex Pro B&W conversion. So, far this is giving me the best results. It seems more straightforward than Silver Efex and the effects are more obvious.

So, that's my experience so far.

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EOS-M / B&H Selling M Again (Not Canon USA)
« on: June 08, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
For anyone who missed the M, B&H is now selling one with the 18-55 kit + flash for $349. No USA warranty, but B&H does warranty it.


Third Party Manufacturers / This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:41:47 PM »
Must be tough selling a used Tokina in New York...


For all you folks who get "bad copies" of lenses, here's how this guy dealt with that issue:

"SHARP-ASS COPY. YOU THINK A HUSTLER LIKE ME IS GOING TO SIT BACK AND GET BURNED? Ordered one from Amazon and it was soft, sent that S___ back along with a toe so they knew I meant business - Big Lebowski style. GOT the sharpest copy in their warehouse."

Photography Technique / Stained Glass, Suggestions?
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:43:37 PM »
I'm in the planning stage of a project documenting some work of a stained glass artist. He recently did an architectural installation at a local transit center. I stumbled upon it one morning and was amazed at the quality of the work as well as the thought that went into the placements. Here's an example:

This is obviously going to involve shooting at various times, day and night, since the light is what influences the glass. Many of the panes have writing on them, so they're meant to be viewed from inside the transit center. Yet there is also a strong outside appearance both day and night.

I have lots of ideas, but I'm hoping some folks here can suggest things I haven't thought about. I'll be using a 5D3, mostly with the Sigma 35mm A lens. I'll also be doing some with a Fuji X100S, also a 35mm fixed lens.


Pricewatch Deals / Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:36:07 PM »
Just got a notice of Calumet store closing sale:


Philadelphia store is not listed here; perhaps they've consolidate inventory.

Third Party Manufacturers / A 16MP Camera in New Samsung Galaxy S5 Phone
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:47:50 PM »

...all new flash LED

...the 16 megapixel sensor expectations appear to be confirmed

...will capture pictures of different sizes from 2.4MP up to 16MP

...unsure exactly which sensor technology will be making its way into the Galaxy S5

...able to choose between different ISO levels, from ISO 100 to up to ISO 800 and standard auto option as well

...able to shoot 4K resolution video at 30fps and capture 1080p footage at a full 60fps


Photography Technique / A More Complete Cartier-Bresson
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:15:07 PM »
If you're in or near France, this looks like the most complete perspective of Cartier-Bresson yet:

"The True Henri Cartier-Bresson"


EOS Bodies - For Video / DSLR Video -- Not for Everyone?
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:40:52 AM »
A video I came across seems to dis the DSLR as a video tool...


Software & Accessories / Photo Book Experiences?
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:18:00 PM »
I'm looking for experience and recommendations for photo books. Who has any experience?

Comparisons and reviews I've read are all over the place. No one company emerges as clearly superior. My first priorities are good color rendition and excellent image quality. Apparently some are so bad reviewers say halftone dots are visible in their images.

Lightroom has a Blurb design/layout within it so that would seem a good choice. However I don't see any reviews that like it much. It gets dinged on odd size choices for their books, print quality and long delivery times.

Last summer I printed a book with Shutterfly. Since I had a free coupon and had done an event for a family, I printed a book and gave it to them. I didn't care much for the design software you have to use, but the printed book was quite nice. If I can't get a solid recommendation for something better, I'll be using them again.


Canon General / "Phones Imperil Fancy Cameras" -- WSJ
« on: November 08, 2013, 10:31:55 PM »
This appeared in yesterday's, The Wall Street Journal. Since items often can't be accessed there, I've copied the whole piece to read here:

Phones Imperil Fancy Cameras
Shipments of High-End Models Are Falling as Mobile Devices Gain in Popularity

Juro Osawa
Updated Nov. 7, 2013 7:41 p.m. ET

Declining sales of high-end cameras and lenses are raising an alarming question for companies like Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp: Could the proliferation of camera-enabled, app-heavy smartphones be crushing not only the simple point-and-shoot, but premium models as well?

This year, shipments of what's called "interchangeable-lens cameras"—high-end models that let users swap out different lenses—are diving suddenly after years of robust growth. Most of those are digital single-lens reflex, or DSLR, cameras—the bulky models used by professional photographers and enthusiasts.

Research firm IDC expects shipments of such cameras to fall 9.1% to 17.4 million units from 19.1 million units last year.


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