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Finally!  I've been waiting since they announced they were working on one a while ago.  I wonder what the chances are I can get my hands on one before my Utah/Arizona trip in late February...

EDIT - Fantastic price, as opposed to the hundreds for the Hitech Lucroit filter holder & adapter.  At that price, I'll buy two in case I drop one off a cliff or it somehow gets cracked in my bag. ;D

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:07:36 AM »
I opted for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 instead as I got fed up waiting. It's a pity I can't use filters with it though. Blasted bulbous ends! Haha!

Actually, there is a (very expensive) Hitech Lucroit Filter Holder.  It was originally designed for the Nikon 14-24, but they made adapter rings for other lenses, including the Samyang.  It can be found on their site and places like B&H, Adorama, & Amazon.  You'll also probably need to buy new large, expensive filters to go with it of course.

Also I believe Samyang posted something on their FB page about working on their own filter holder for it.  As I recall they were hoping to release it around now. 

There are also a number of home-made filter holders I've seen, you can google them and see if they look like something you'd like to try to duplicate.

Lenses / Re: Headed to Hawaii -- let's talk gear / locations
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:40:47 PM »
By the way, if I recall correctly, winter time is Big Waves time so you may have ome nice oppotunities of North shore, where there are some surf competitions I think. However, I don't know if this may make snorkelling harder...

I believe you're right.  The gf and I were in Maui in December a few years back and the waves were bad.  Still, she HAD to go snorkeling so we tried it.  The rental people were saying how it was fine, great time, etc., but we couldn't see a thing, and the waves bashed my gf against sharp coral and she cut her legs up a bit.  Fortunately we returned out equipment quickly and got our money back.  Later, I was told by some locals that it wasn't a good time for snorkeling, and not to trust the rental people :p

Lenses / Re: Headed to Hawaii -- let's talk gear / locations
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:37:08 PM »
Personally, I use my 17-40L a lot for landscape, especially waterscapes, usually near the wider end.  It gives a dynamic look that's different than just stitching multiple shots together, but of course that look isn't for everyone.

Others have covered many of the spots I'd recommend, but here's a few more:

Lanai Lookout on the Windward side, right off the road.  Lots of signs at the parking lot telling you not to hop the fence, but everyone does it anyway.  Just be careful, as the rocks can get slippery and rogue waves can crash over the rocks. 
Eternity beach near the Holona blowhole. 
Papa'iloa Beach - Not sure of the name, as I also heard it called Police Beach, but then someone else told me Police Beach was somewhere else...but anyway, on the north shore find Papa'Iloa road, go the end and park where you'll probably see several other cars.  There will be a narrow walkway between houses to the beach.  You'll probably have it mostly to yourselves, except for a couple of locals, maybe some surfers.  Head to the left, and depending on tide/time of year you may see some cool mossy volcanic rocks exposed.  This is where the Lost beach camp was, which we accidentally ran into.  I've also seen turtles sunning here almost every time I've been there, but that may just be luck.
Makapuu Lighthouse trail (someone posted a pic from near it above, but I think named it). 
Kualoa Ranch - This is a tourist spot, with guided tours.  I don't like that part, but it's a pretty beautiful valley.  Lots of filming has been done there and you may recognize it from shows/movies like Lost, Godzilla (footprints are still there).
Manoa Falls - Near Waikiki, up into the hills; I can't recall how long the hike was, but it was pretty easy.  Take bug spray!  Might be a bit crowded in the middle of the day.  Better to go after a rain (but it'll be a little muddy), as I've heard it can be dry depending on the season.
Kawela Bay - Nice little bay, which I've rarely seen anyone else there except when I once ran into Lost filming, and another time into filming of one of the chipmunk movies, lol.  You can make the long (but nice) walk from Turtle Bay, or park along 83 at the fruit stands.  Across the road from the fruit stands is a gate with a sign about private property and no entrance, but the locals all told me that was a BS sign that Turtle Bay put up; the spot is public, but they agreed to pay for upkeep of the area, so the less people there, the less they have to maintain it.  There's a short walk from parking to the water through a cool banyan tree grove (which, by the way, there's a map to from Turtle Bay, so if you're staying there they'll gladly tell you how to get there).  From the bay, there's a nice walk around the NE side, through trees and around the point.  Eventually you pass a small abandoned military bunker/observation building, and then hit the Turtle Bay Resort.
Olomana Three Peaks Trail - I've seen some amazing shots from it, but it looks too dangerous for me to try.
Spitting Cave of Portlock - It's hard to find, but a pretty cool spot.  Might be hard to really compose good shots.

If it rains, I've heard you should head over to the windward side Kaneohe/Kailua and get a view of new waterfalls off the mountains.  Not sure if that's true, I've never experienced rain there in several visits.

Someone above said to stay away from the west side because of the car break-ins.  I hadn't heard that, but in my visits it defintely seemed more remote and 'local-friendly.'  I'd still at least drive it and maybe take some shots near the car, as the hills and beaches on that side were pretty spectacular.  I really enjoyed shooting at one of the beaches there; can't recall the name, but I think it's near the NW tip, where the road goes from paved to dirt. 

Unsolicited, non-photography tips:  I really suggest stopping at one of the Giovanni's shrimp trucks on the north shore, one of the shave ice places on the north shore like Waiola or Matsumoto's, and don't be afraid to check Hotwire for car rental prices.  A few years ago I went 3 times, and got $9.95/day twice (midsize), and $12.95/day once (midsize, but they were out, got a free upgrade to a luxury car).  Also, I'd re-iterate what others have said about being careful of break-ins; you'll see broken glass at parking spots.  Besides not leaving anything valuable in the open, I'd also be careful about what people can see you doing in a parking lot, like putting valuables in the trunk where others may be watching.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just Touching the Surface of Dual Pixel Technology? [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:31:34 AM »
Sounds interesting…at least for static subjects.

Yes, I was wondering how that'd work, what settings one would use vs. what the camera actually least for my main personal interest (landscape), I wouldn't have to worry much.  But for something moving'd get some interesting mistakes.  If that's something they (or someone else) has experimented with, I'm guessing the early test shots were very interesting.  ;D

Of course, the rumor could be incorrect about different exposure times, and it's actually different ISO's as some have discussed here.  Or just incorrect altogether.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just Touching the Surface of Dual Pixel Technology? [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:19:39 AM »
Interesting rumor of a new sensor developed by Hasselblad and Sony paralleling some of the ideas discussed here.

"Every single pixel can have a different shutter time! This means the sensor allows a dramatic increase of the dynamic range. What sources didn’t tell me is how exactly this works and if the sensor is going to be first used by Hasselblads new medium format camera or by a new generation of FF sensors. Anyhow, its great news to see that Hasselblad is working on some exciting new tech with Sony!"

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:11:10 PM »
This was 2010:

This was 2011:

In 2013, Canon announced they have held the #1 market share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the entire 10-year period from 2003 to 2012.

According to quarterly reports to date this year, Canon sales of dSLRs are dropping.  But Nikon's sales of dSLRs are dropping much faster

Show me the slide…   ::) ::) ::)

Thanks for posting those. I'm surprised by the fact that Nikon had a decent increase from 2010 to 2011...perhaps due to key model releases? 

I'm also surprised that Nikon was as close to canon, at least in 2011. The way some people talked I thought the gap was significantly larger. But from the sounds of if, the final 2013 numbers may be further apart.

I'm wondering how much the installed user base plays into the numbers. Canon supposedly has a much larger user base; some percentage of these are less likely to switch due to investments in glass/gear, without significant motivations to switch.  Would also like to see actual numbers month by month compared to model releases.  Doesn't matter much I suppose, I don't think there's any way to get those specific numbers unless you're inside Canon or Nikon :)

Canon General / Re: Got paid $350 for doing what I LOVE - photography
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:51:38 PM »
Yes. ...received cash at the field.  He will use my photos to post on his site.

Congrats, that's a really cool surprise!  But that's a lot of cash for him to be walking around with! :o

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:44:59 PM »
You had me believing you, right up until "budget high quality lenses".  Or maybe your source just accidentally omitted the word 'big' as in big budget high quality lenses.  That sounds more like the Canon we know and love.  :P

Haha, I had a similar thought!  Although if a new UWA is stellar, I'll be willing to pay quite a bit, and I'm guessing a lot of others would too.

Anyone have thoughts on the 'new technology' rumor?  I know some of you guys follow Canon's patents, which might give a hint about what it could be.  Perhaps a newer version of IS (does it need an update though?) or new focusing mechanism/motor?


Not sure I want to get into this either but...for what it's worth...if a Canon shooter buys a D800(E), you can't use your Canon glass on it, which of course will normally mean a large investment in new glass.  However, there's a selection of existing adapters that fit on the A7 & A7r.  There are many videos of people already using Canon, Nikon, Leica, etc. mount lenses on the A7, so with the adapter, you can immediately use your Canon (or other) glass. 

I think that people are wrong to expect a fully functioning Canon lens on the Sony camera.  You can mount it, and perhaps it will autofocus, but will it focus accurately?  Will it track?  Which focus points work?  How accurate will the exposure be?  Can you control the aperture??
Sony will likely not recognize the code that a Canon lens sends to the body in order for the body to know all about the lens and make exposure and focus point selections, or control the aperture.  When you put your 85mm f/1.2 lens on the camera, can you set the aperture to f/1.2??  I'm skeptical.
I'd like to see some factual review of how well it works, or if its just a manual operation rather than just claims from someone who has not actually operated one.

I, for one, never said anything about 'fully' functioning' or expecting the same autofocus performance.  I'd expect it to be slower at the very least, and wouldn't be surprised if it had other issues as you mention.  Here's one of the videos I've seen of someone trying the autofocus with a pre-production version.  It's not really a full review, or an extensive test with every Canon lens or anything, but he shows the autofocus with one Canon lens at around 12 minutes.  Perhaps some lenses won't focus at all with it, I have no idea. 

Sony A7 & A7R Hands-On Field Test 

I "get" the RX1 and X100s, there is a need for small, portable cameras with great IQ.  The A7 and A7r I really don't get however.  If you just want 30+ MP and/or greater DR than Canon offers, buy a D800(E).  At least you will have a large selection of lenses available and know the manufacturer won't abandon you by moving on to a new lens mount or IBIS in a few months.

Not sure I want to get into this either but...for what it's worth...if a Canon shooter buys a D800(E), you can't use your Canon glass on it, which of course will normally mean a large investment in new glass.  However, there's a selection of existing adapters that fit on the A7 & A7r.  There are many videos of people already using Canon, Nikon, Leica, etc. mount lenses on the A7, so with the adapter, you can immediately use your Canon (or other) glass. 

Plus, so many people here have said there's not much difference in 36mp vs. 22mp of the D800 vs. 5DmkIII, largely because Canon's lenses, in general are better at resolving detail.  I'm curious to see what that Canon's superior glass can do with that sensor.  Of course, using an adapter could nullify any IQ benefit from better glass, time will tell.  EDIT - Also, in Australia I believe they're giving away one adapter of choice with these cameras, and there's speculation other places may follow.

However, I do agree with you about being concerned about Sony's history of dropping products and moving on to something else.  If this thing sells well though, Sony is more likely to continue to support it.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:38:39 PM »
Many thanks to Mr. Bean, Click, Krob78, and g2!  Really looking forward to going back next spring!  :)

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:56:13 PM »
Playing around with some Antelope Canyon shots from a couple of years ago...people typically accentuate the colors, thought I'd try something different.  Hopefully I didn't go overboard  ;D

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:29:25 PM »
Not sure what your other plans are, but you may be interested in Valley of Fire, about an hour NE of Vegas.  If your wife is too busy gambling, maybe you can get away to see that for a few hours.  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:01:10 PM »
Certainly does sound like a fun product that could possibly kick serious butt!
However, for those looking away from Sony's recent A7/r ...
What's the register distance for the A7?...  is it short enough to handle adapters and a variety of other makers lenses?  If so, makes a very versatile imaging back end compared to an F-mount.

Yes, it can handle adapters for Nikon, Leica, Canon etc.  There are already videos on youtube of people testing pre-production models with 3rd party lenses, such as the 17-40L, with working autofocus.  Also, Samyang has announced that they'll be releasing 5 lenses for the Sony FE mount (14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC, 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC, 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC). 

Also, given that Sigma has their lens mount swapping service, I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with their own FE mount.

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