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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:02:08 PM »

With thoughts of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. (unfortunately too many thoughts of "Black Friday" sales), it's nice to see this thread take a turn toward appreciating what we have. While some people have very little, others have had everything taken from them.

I was in Camden, NJ yesterday where 58 people have been murdered so far this year. Given total population, that would be as if nearly 6000 people had been murdered in New York City. An activist group has planted crosses in front of Camden City Hall symbolizing these deaths -- people for whom a D800 or a 1Dx no longer mean anything.

Lenses / Re: Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:49:49 AM »
Can't provide much general advice since I haven't used most of those. But I do use a 135mm f/2.0L on a T2i, so a couple of things to think about:

1. If you're using indoors, you better have big indoors. On the crop, the 135 is equivalent to 216mm on full-frame 35mm equiv.

2. the 135 is so extremely sharp, be prepared to do some retouching if you're doing portraits. If you like the soft, diffused look, you may need to do that in post.

For me, I haven't found that I could really use the 135 indoors.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 05:40:05 PM »
I don't know about Canon, but my brother has a nasty cold.

I sure hope he hasn't entered the graveyard spiral!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 12, 2012, 05:06:03 PM »

I never made the link, but now that you say it I see it for certain.

That's one of the reasons I like you images so much -- they have that same color reversal look I always got and loved in slides!

I'm glad I started out shooting color slides, which served as an excellent learning tool. In fact, to this day I still try to emulate the look of Kodak E100VS with my digital files in post production. A big reason why I switched from film Nikon bodies to Canon digital bodies is because I felt they more closely produced files that looked like film.

That said, I don't miss spending $5 per roll, the $15 it cost to process that roll, and the 2-3 turnaround time for processing one bit. All that for 24 exposures! I love the flexibility in post processing that digital files allow.

Good riddance, film :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:01:00 AM »

Interesting -- I came to the forum to start a thread linking to this. Great minds, etc....

While film is pleasantly nostalgic for those of us who were borne along on that stream for many years, I don't miss it. The film stuff I now do from time to time just confirms it for me. This slide show also reminds me of all the complications involved -- look at some of those "dark rooms."

My fear with digital is longevity. I've communicated with several restorers, archivists, etc. who universally say the only genuinely reliable long-term storage medium we have is paper. All digital storage formats degrade far more quickly than paper.

Maybe it's just me. I think most people don't care about the longevity. For me, there are few things more fascinating than looking at pictures from 80 or 100 years ago. A while back I resurrected my old prints and negatives from 40-50 years ago and was amazed. This raggedy old man was once a quite handsome young man in a military uniform! Without that picture, I would not have known. Will young people be able to look back 50 years from now at digital images s they make today?

Landscape / Re: Sandy -- Ocean Grove, NJ
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:34:03 PM »

Oh, and Bob says the pier is no longer there!!

Landscape / Sandy -- Ocean Grove, NJ
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:26:29 PM »

Amazing image from one of the finest photographers I know:


The pier at Ocean Grove, NJ during the storm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Perfectly Clear?
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:16:22 PM »

Thanks, Spokane. That's about what I would have guessed, but I figured it was worth asking about.

For me, I think, I'd just be reluctant to give up that much control over the image. I'm slow, but I end up with what I really want.

if it worked or was any good it would be talked about all over the forums etc... if they need to come to you then i suspect it isn't.....
Since the question was asked, it seemed appropriate for them to post a helpful note.  Its not like they were spamming the forum.
I think I had tried it a few years ago.  For a P&S user, or a first cut at processing 1000 images, it might save some time, but, I'd still spend about the same amount of time fixing images in any event.

Lenses / Re: Smart purchase or not?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:59:15 AM »

I looked at all my lenses; none of them have triggers. This may be something the current owner added himself. I'd be careful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:45:26 AM »

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Thanks for sharing - just goes to show, the gear helps but in the end it's the ingenuity of the photographer that tells the story.

Yeah, that a a few thousand dollars to rent a helicopter!

EOS-M / Re: My First EOS-M Review
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »

Thanks, Wickid. Comprehensive review from the real world -- and far better than we'll ever see from paid reviewers.

I looked this morning at sample images on dpreview. The real shortcoming seems to be in anything resembling a landscape picture. They had a few low-light, high-ISO pics that are better than what I would have expected. Overall, I was favorably impressed.

This confirms my first belief -- it's Canon's first evolutionary step in this direction. Slow, small, but sure footed.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:49:15 AM »

Now it is revealed. Canon desperation for new profit centers!

I expect official Canon T-shirts next, pinch neck design, of course.

Seriously, thanks, at long last! The rim pinch things were so primitive and ineffective I was ashamed to be seen with them!

[I'm surprised no one has suggested that Nikon owned the patent on this -- and it has now expired!]

Portrait / Re: Political Portraits - Warts and All
« on: November 03, 2012, 10:52:19 PM »

When you're as good at photography as Pelosi is at government, I'll pay attention to your work. At this point, you've got a long way to go.

Software & Accessories / Perfectly Clear?
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:12:44 PM »

I just got an email solicitation for a plugin called "Perfectly Clear." Has anyone used this? Any experience?

They say it will instantly make a whole range of corrections -- thereby saving lots of time.


Curious to know if anyone has any experience with this.


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