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The bulbous front element of the UWA Tamrons preventing any filters is what stops me from picking one up. I have a 24-70L now that I love, but would be great to get a bit wider sometimes. I've used the 17-40L, but the vignetting is pretty bad wide open. f/4 isn't horribly bad, especially if you have a newer camera like a 5D3.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:31:58 AM »
I started entering myself in Viewbug.com contests and joined for a year to get into more. The contests give me a mission to take a certain type of photo and whether or not I win the prize in the end, I may get a really nice photo or set of photos from the trip out. This has helped my lull lately.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 12:47:44 PM »
So, according to the Chinese site, those were taken at f/8. I want to see what it looks like at f/4 before I start comparing it to the 17-40.

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$1199 for the 16-35 f/4L ...good job Canon. Obviously I'll wait for some reviews and then for places like BuyDig and what not to drop it under or right at 1k if its a winner.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 $80 via Amazon
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:48:35 AM »
Awesome, thanks for the heads up! I finally picked it up to upgrade from LR 4.x. Wanted to wait a bit for them to work out the "new release bugs". I've been upgrading since 2 or 3, so I just grabbed this full box for $2 more.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M & Lens Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:33:47 PM »
The 50 1.4 has been $314 at Amazon for well over 2 months now. Not really "on sale" from B&H at that point.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70mm lens. Which one?
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:50:53 PM »
What are you looking to do with it / what do you shoot? You should figure out what you love so much about the 17-55 first. If its the wide end, maybe look at a 17-40L ($849). It vignettes a bit on FF until you stop down to about f/8, but its an otherwise great lens and will save you half the cost of a 16-35L II, which only does marginally better in the vignette area.

One option you could go with is to buy the 6D and then use LensRentals.com or BorrowLenses.com or someone local and try out the various ones people suggest for far less $$ than outright buying and then not liking what you bought. That's how I go about it before I plunk down for a new lens these days.

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Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:08:03 PM »
Very interesting setup. I never would have thought of an EOS-M w/ a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 like that. Hrmmm. Nice shots btw.

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Lenses / Re: 100MM 2.8 USM or THE 100MM L for portrait and macro work??
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:47:14 PM »
I have a 5D3 and a 100mm f/2.8L Macro and I love love love it for portraits. It is insanely sharp. Oh and its great for macro too =)

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 08, 2013, 02:00:55 PM »
Give me a new middle of the road (less than the 50 1.2L) 50mm 1.4 to replace the build and optics of the current 50 1.4 and price it at ~$400 and I'm sold. I don't need IS on my 50mm.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cheap UV filters: are they worth it?
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:03:29 PM »
Why would you put cheap crap in front of your nice glass? I use B+W filters and I've constantly been happy with them.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:43:24 AM »
I agree camera phones are getting better. Look at the Nokia Lumia. It won't replace my 5D3+lenses, which gives me versatility and customisations that a phone cannot do (at this point). My phone (HTC One) has a pretty good camera and when I don't have my 5D3 on me, I use it instead. Do I wish I had my 5D3 instead? Hell yes. But it compliments it, it doesn't replace it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 18, 2013, 12:27:30 PM »
I currently don't have any off-site backup, but that is about to change. What I have is my data on a mechanical HDD and backed up on a secondary mechnical HDD that only wakes up when I copy to it. When I go on vacation, both drives are pulled and put in my gun safe.
I was pointed to www.CrashPlan.com by some people and this is one of the major features that caught my eye, that alot of you are complaining about with Carbonite.
 
Seeded Backup and Restore to Your Door
If you have a lot to back up, the initial backup might take longer than you'd like. So we offer a ‘seed service’ where we send you an external hard drive to use for your first backup. After you send it back, we transfer the data directly to CrashPlan Central, saving a lot of time on your first backup.
Similarly, if you ever need to restore a large amount of data, use CrashPlan’s Restore to Your Door service, to have us ship your computer backup archive to you on a hard drive, so you can restore locally.

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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:58:44 AM »
The copyright thing is kind of a big misconception.  Anything created by anyone is technically copyrighted, but that doesn't mean much.  Having raw files or design files is the only way you can prove it's yours, and even then, good luck doing something about the stolen image unless it was stolen by a company in your country and used for gain, or posted on a legitimate website that will take it down once you can prove it's yours... and in both of those situations, having the copyright doesn't legally do anything or help you.  The only time adding a legal mark will help you is if you've paid to register something with a trademark.
I agree with your general statement. I have a good friend who is an IP/Patent attorney and he said its a friggen nightmare and that my best bet, is to put MY name with the year on my images. Then of course have a copy of the RAW files and that's about the best you can do without going whole hog like corporations and full businesses do. Hence the "poor-man's copyright" comment. Its kinda like the old idea of coming up with a concept, writing it all down and snail-mailing it to yourself in a sealed envelope that you'd only ever open in front of a judge with the US Post Mark date on the front. /shrug

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:14:24 PM »
Some really nice shots posted. Here is my latest one from the Trinidad, California coast. 5D3 + 24-70L Mk1


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