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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera Release Model
« on: November 30, 2011, 05:27:44 PM »
Peering into the mind of Canon is like looking at the sun with the naked eye and hoping to see a hydrogen atom.

As for "marketing," no one defined it better than legendary comedian Bill Hicks:

"If anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalization for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself...."

Software & Accessories / Re: NIK Software
« on: November 30, 2011, 05:10:07 PM »

Thanks, EE. You made the sale!

I got the set. If nothing else, I get a lot to play with.

Lenses / Re: I wish I'd never sold my.....?
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:10:26 AM »

The only real sale regret I have in my life is my brilliant red 1966 Mustang; wish I still had it today.

Sold it in 1969 after coming back from Vietnam. Used the money to buy a Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. Within six months the motorcycle was stolen.

If you ever come across an old Harley, serial # 1965XLCH3085, it belongs to me!

In the camera realm, I don't think I sold it, but I wish I still had my old Pocket Instamatic from the early 1970s -- just for nostalgia sake. That's the one that made me go out and get a good SLR.

Okay, we now return you to the present day....

Lenses / Re: I wish I'd never sold my.....?
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:59:52 AM »

As the character Roy Hobbs in the movie, "The Natural," said, "the best there ever was in this game."

I agree 100% with the 1V assessment. Last year I bought one, and it's a delight to use. If you ever want to use the best 35mm film SLR that ever was -- go get a 1V.

Downside, of course, is that you have to deal with all the film inconvenience and expense.

I do miss the 1V.  The camera was built like a tank and the shutter had a very manly sound to it.  Unfortunately, it was just to impractical to keep a body that I shot only a few rolls a year on.  So I sold it along with the 5D and was able to upgrade to the 5D2 for next to nothing out of pocket.

There never will be a 35mm film body as nice as the trusty old 1V.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:29:53 PM »

One more for the compost heap.

By springtime, we'll be fertilizing a terrific garden!!

EOS Bodies / Re: “Revealing” Canon C300 Test Video
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:55:13 PM »

I know nothing about video -- but this was stunning to look at. I can't wait for folks to start making movies with this camera.

Software & Accessories / Re: To HDR or Not To HDR
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:48:18 AM »

I think that's a good suggestion for folks who want to try HDR (and have LR). That's the first thing I used when I began to play with HDR. It has it's limitations, but it's a good (and inexpensive) place to start.

LR/Enfuse http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrenfuse.php

Exposure blending software, is donation-ware (cheap) plugin operates in Lightroom. No nasty HDR effects.

Highly recommend.

Sounds like $650 is too much for your situation.

What you describe is probably appropriate for someone with a full-time photo business who is going to use LR as an integral part of the business workflow process. A lot of that process has more to do with the database management aspects than with image processing -- LR can do all that. You don't appear to be running a full-time business.

To second what others have said, LR can be used intuitively for most of what amateurs need. I've been using it a long time and simply figured it out by using it -- but that's me and has always been my practice with new software. I believe if software is so difficult to use that I need special training, the developers didn't work very hard at it -- and they expect me to do a lot of the work they should have done.

Again, as others have said, download a trial version. Try it out. If you don't like it, you haven't thrown away $650.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Rebel 1000D Lost at Sea
« on: November 28, 2011, 01:29:01 PM »

Loyalty schmoyalty!

Canon should give this guy a dozen new DSLRs for this kind of publicity. And Sandisk should give him a lifetime supply of any memory product he wants.

I wonder if he knows about Canon's loyalty program. :)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: November 27, 2011, 11:03:59 PM »
I've used it for several dance performances -- even more demanding than sports. Fast movement, low and bad light, no flash allowed. I put it on a tripod, set f/2.0 and ISO 800 and shot at opportune moments. I won't post those, but here's a gallery if you want to look at some:


Oops, had the wrong URL. The one above is correct for the 135. Sorry, folks.

Wonderful shots folks!
I am looking to pick up my copy of this lens next weekend.
Does anyone have experience with this lens shooting indoor sports? I will be pairing it with an external flash (on 5D mk ll) due to poor lighting, and this will be replacing my 85mm f/1.8 for awhile. Samples perhaps?

Lenses / Re: New Lens on December 6, 2011? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2011, 08:46:57 PM »

Seems like it may not be the best day for a surprise from Japan.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: November 27, 2011, 11:43:51 AM »

I love this lens.

Last night I was out after dark, and this lens is a joy once the sun goes down. I'll post an image or two later.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: November 27, 2011, 11:39:48 AM »

Brouno, thanks for trying to be helpful.

I enjoyed it while it lasted.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: November 26, 2011, 09:08:36 PM »

Thanks, Brouno. That's a real treat!!

Is there any chance to make all the pics available in a nicer way?
I mean with any photo manager engine...

I tried to made a gallery of all photos
By the way, there is some caveats :
- There is only photos directly posted on Canon Rumors Forum (I was not able to parse & download others pics)
- I didn't dedup files (it seems that some people have posted 2 times the same photo)
- It's possible there is some miss or others mistake, because I used batch to download & process all files, and I didn't check all
- Filenames are "File attach ID" on CanonRumors forum engine
- I used simpleviewer as gallery engine, it should be OK to see the galleries on various devices

Canon Rumors guy, if there is a problem doing this, tell me and I will remove that (or remove this post ;-) )

The links are by categories :
Action Sport
Black and White
Creative Lighting
Event Photography

Enjoy !

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: November 26, 2011, 09:00:48 PM »

An image is an image.

We'll see how much it will be photo contest or photo+ps/lr contest.
This is where things might get interesting.

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