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Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 11:50:44 AM »
ALWAYS keep the sun to your back......

Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:37:38 PM »
Really nice shot, especially after the B/W conversion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Reputable dealer in Chicago?
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:48:54 AM »
Central Camera in downtown Chicago is very cool. Here is their site:


Lenses / Re: UCSD Science FAIL
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:07:50 PM »
Bad Science Meets Bad Journalism. Pretty common these days.....

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:14:42 PM »
Wow, after reading these excellent replies I suddenly remembered that I need to crouch when using my Manfrotto MH054/190CXPRO4 without extending the column.

I am 5'4".

I guess the manufacturers are strictly going for minimal packing length.

Mine wouldn't deliver a code on Comcast either. Went through immediately on me.com.

Lenses / Re: What (nd) filter to put in the 17-40L back filter holder?
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:28:28 AM »
For the best optical quality, you can use Kodak Wratten gels. Their #96 ND gels work well, and come in various densities. You have to cut them to size to fit your holder, and handle them with gloves or tweezers to prevent fingerprints.

Thanx for posting!!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.2 Now Available
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:41:11 PM »
I use Adobe CC [yes, it is the Dark Side, but I'm only blowing $10/month, so far], and Lightroom 5 was a free download.

Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:37:28 PM »
One thing to watch out for, whatever you decide on, is the internal design of the pack. Some manufacturers produce bags that are insanely over-padded, and/or very hard to customize. Their carrying capacity is surprisingly less than specs might imply.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another storage thread
« on: September 13, 2013, 06:48:05 PM »
I use a Pelican case for some of my stuff, and keep the rest in marked plastic bins. But a cabinet with multiple drawers would work well; here are some examples from IKEA:


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D Viewfinder Junk Accumulation
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:11:34 PM »
When you see crud in your pictures, the stuff is either on the lens or, most likely, sensor.

Cleaning the sensor starts with putting the camera in "manual cleaning" mode with a fresh battery, which locks up the mirror, and carefully blowing air at the exposed sensor with a bulb blower. Anything after that could void your warranty under Canon's policies. ["After that" includes a dry cleaning with a sensor brush or pad, then a wet cleaning with methanol dampened wipes].

For a camera under warranty most folks would send it in to Canon if the air blower cleaning was unsuccessful. That said, sensor cleaning, when done following the guidelines recommended by manufacturers such as Dust-Aid, VisibleDust, and Photographic Solutions, is pretty straightforward stuff.

Australia / Re: 5D Mark III Firmware Update 1.2.1 Battery Fault
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:39:38 PM »
Bummer. Hope Canon makes it right.
My 5D3 running 1.2.1 even recognizes the Wasabi batteries I stuff into it.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Help on a pocketable compact
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:14:15 PM »
+1 on the waterproof/shock resistant. A camera that rides in a jeans pocket or jacket or purse all day will need to be somewhat rugged.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:44:54 PM »
100% RAW on my 5D3. But on my carry-in-the-purse-just-in-case camera, a FujiX10, jpgs. Yes, I know it will do RAW, but for some minor stuff, a good jpg is fine.

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