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Canon General / Re: High Concept Photography
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:41:53 PM »
Perhaps when a boat is more than a boat??

Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:12:17 PM »
I lived in CA for 10 years, but I wouldn't know where to begin to answer this. There's just TOO much there.

Unless you're going to be there for six or eight weeks, my best suggestion is to limit your appetite. The distances are great, and if you try to do too much, you'll be frustrated with spending so much time just sitting in a car getting from one place to another.

The landscape/wildlife opportunities are endless and almost everywhere. Do some good planning, again, keeping distances (travel times) in mind.

Canon General / Re: The end of the 5D line?
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:27:42 AM »
This seems to be one more in a long line of posts that confuse personal preferences/needs with market realities.

The market clearly says that Canon systems meet the needs of most photographers. To think their 5D line is in some jeopardy seems ludicrous.

Black & White / Re: The Dark Commute
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:02:34 PM »
A couple of them are very good.

I especially like what the x100S can do.


I'm shooting a wedding there early April.  I grew up in the Scottsdale area, but haven't lived in AZ for nearly 20 years and haven't ever really shot the Tucson area.

Dustin, you may want to scout out the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for wedding shots.

They have a botanical garden, lovely grounds, walk-in aviaries, etc. I don't know how they would handle a request to use any facilities for photos, but I can sure envision some great wedding party pictures -- for the right people.

Sabino Canyon is another area where photos could well be done. There should be some moving water in April.

The San Xavier Mission I've always seen as one-dimensional -- one big, very white building in the desert. How many shots might you be able to get? And I don't recall the interior being that dramatic; it's more basic/rustic, leaning toward almost austere.

Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:36:43 PM »
Thanks, but too weird for me.

I think it will be very nice.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:41:04 PM »
Plus, I think bringing out a great lens for marginal or no profits will keep Sigma pegged as the bargain option. Bringing it out for its true market value will set them up as long-time competitors to Nikon and Canon. Remember, they cannot thrive on marginal profits forever. They also need to answer their shareholders.

Sigma is a privately owned company -- no shareholders to satisfy, only the family.

It's been 15 years since I lived in Tucson, but I guess the old standards are still viable:

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2. Old Tucson (pure tourist shtick)

3. Mount Lemmon

4. Sabino Canyon

5. Bisbee is nearby, as are Tombstone and Nogales.

6. Kitt Peak Observatory

7. Pima Air & Space Museum (they had a SR-71 Blackbird when I was there).

8. Davis-Monthan Air Base (aircraft graveyard)

9. Saguaro National Park

10. Colossal Cave

11. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument for unique cactus experience although it's a bit of a trip out of Tucson.

Look for the colors in the mountains -- I always loved the purples in the Santa Catalinas. Great sunset shots usually.

The desert at night is amazing, and Tucson has strict laws about light so you can usually see stars pretty well.

Have fun.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:52:17 AM »
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

If you really think that, you don't know Sigma!

Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:46:30 AM »
so 2014... "the year of the lens".

and the no. 1 canon rumor website has no clue at all what´s coming?

NSA secrets are leaked but canon is tight as an oyster?

80% of the articles on this website are deals lately.
sure the website has to make money but the lack of true rumors is a bit disappointing.

You may want to temper your expectations about the site, kiddo.

1. CR, as I understand it, is a passive reporting site. When they are told something from a reasonable source, you as a reader have a place where you can find out about it. I don't seem them doing "investigative journalism," spending days and nights on the phones cultivating deep sources, poring over arcane documents and shipping information, etc. I believe they also walk a fine line -- Canon is not averse to legal actions. I may be wrong, but I think there have already been skirmishes here.

2. As I've often said, the state of journalism in the photography world is abominable. The information about what's coming is not that hard to get -- there are too many suppliers and shippers involved to be otherwise. A good journalist could get indicative information that could be confidently reported. Hell, Apple can't keep secrets. There's also the point of playing the game a certain way. Many manufacturers use controlled leaks, and that does not appear to be common in the photography equipment world.

Finally, as for NSA "secrets" getting out, you may have noticed the people who got the info out are now tightly locked up in limbo situations. I wouldn't expect CR to go out on that kind of a limb.

So, in between the waves of really juicy rumors, we bide our time here in forum chattering mostly about silly things.

Nice work.

I'm a little surprised by the deep DOF at f/2.8 on the 40mm in the first two images. I find so much detail in the texture of the wall behind her a bit distracting.

I can't remember using my 40 on the 5D3; it's been relegated to the T2i since I got the Sigma 35.


Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:57:10 PM »
I was reading some threads, one post which suggested anything over 50mm was not street photography - it was voyeurism. Albeit, tongue in cheek - but some people seem to be really opinionated about focal lengths.

I have only recently started to try my hand at 'street photography' or 'voyeurism'. Using a 5dm3, I felt most comfortable with my 135L (The 85mm is a bit slow in gaining focus). I did try to go back to my 35mm - but instantly felt lost. I would probably need more time with it, change my thinking, but I enjoyed having a good radius to with the 135mm.

Thanks, I really like your work. You've got a great eye for this, and I'm amazed that you've only been at it a few weeks.

I suggest you believe very little of what you read about "street photography." It's become a term that means something different to everyone, hence it really means nothing. Scads of people who've never taken a picture of someone they don't know will beat you down about how they think it's supposed to be. And many of the so called masters of the "genre" basically stink. I've been doing what I call "public photography" for many years, and my best advice is to define yourself. Understand what it is you want to show through your images and pick your equipment based on that. If what you're doing satisfies you and fulfills your vision, the rest of them can piss off.

The Canon 135mm and the Sigma 35mm are my two preferred lenses on a 5D3; back in the film era I mostly used a 50mm. In my experience the 35mm gets me close enough to show an impression of what's going on (human interactions, typically), and the 135mm I use more for candid portraits. Sometimes in crowded places I'll use a 17-40 and not even raise it to my eye -- just point and shoot (and crop when needed). Since I'm using the 35mm so much nowadays, I'm probably going to get a Fujifilm X100S this spring; it seems to deliver great IQ and it's far less obtrusive. Then I can keep the 135mm on the 5D3 and be ready for anything.

Thanks again for showing your fine work. I'll hope to see more.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Calumet U.S. Bites the Dust
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:13:19 PM »

Of note:  "Stay tuned, as we are exploring opportunities to reopen select locations to keep serving our customers. We will post any updates here if there are any."  And then the FB page went down.

I wonder if this is an opportunity for profitable stores to stay open as privately-owned franchises.  We'll see.

- A

That sounds possible, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Once courts get involved, slow motion rules.

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