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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:09:49 PM »
I love the 40mm pancake for infrared. With small afma it will autofocus in infrared perfectly.

Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 07, 2014, 04:49:22 PM »
I use two 27 inch 2560X1440 monitors. One is the main display in front of me and the second to the left. This allows, as others have stated, lots of real estate on the main display for the most used applications and the second display with the lesser used apps. Saves maximizing and minimizing, etc.

Consider your budget, dell u2713 (replacement to u2711) is more expensive due to the wider color gamut. If you are only interested in sRGB then stick with a sRGB only monitor.

Teo identical monitors are better. Otherwise you will have small differences which to picky people are frustrating.

Sorry not to my taste. If you want an hdr look then do it with multiple exposures. Its not difficult.

I am perplexed With all this talk about DR and the quest to remove shadows. I like shadows. It leaves some things to imagination. Kind of like the difference between nude and naked. All of this reminds me of an old Wendys ad.... "Where's the shadows?" 

Technical Support / Re: LG 27MB85Z-B
« on: December 05, 2014, 04:50:28 PM »
Currently Dell  U2713H is $680. I just ordered one myself

The Dell P2715Q has just been released for $699...wondering how these would be for photography work.

4K would be nice in general but this specific one is only sRGB. I only work with monitors that do Adobe RGB.

Before buying my first wide angle lenses after so many good responds I got only one option: Samyang 14mm f/2.8. I was very disappointed because of: very noticeable soft corners

I tried the Samyang 14mm and returned it. The corners are so stretched that they turn to mush. After lens correction for the distortion, the 14mm advantage is lost.

Technical Support / Re: LG 27MB85Z-B
« on: December 05, 2014, 03:30:57 PM »
Currently Dell  U2713H is $680. I just ordered one myself

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:25:00 PM »
Insolvency does not necessarily mean shutting down. They will restructure or be bought out. It is possible that the profitable product lines will continue in some fashion.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:45:40 PM »
The one I don't have........ yet

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:34:14 PM »
F4.0 would not surprize me. Canon reserves the biggest apertures for the prime lenses. ie. 14mm prime. If they did the zoom at 2.8 the 14mm prime would be less desireable.

Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:12:12 PM »
I would suggest that $150 is a reasonable amount (at least for me) to at least verify my other techniques (manually guessing using test shots and then also using DotTune) were in the ball park. In the end, depending on the lens, it took some time to verify the results of the testing methodology for each technique until I was satisfied. Probably I overdid it, but I feel better for doing it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:41:41 PM »
Is it only me? Or am I the only one prefering the SOOC pictures in the review compared to the post processed ones?

when I looked at the raw pre and post processed I thought that the processed were pushed too high for my taste. I would have probably pushed a bit more than SOOC but not to the extent of the finished product. I guess I am more on your side of the preference of some shadow than pushed so high.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:09:47 PM »
I took a quick look at your sideline shots and, correct me if i am wrong, most if not all the shots are 1/1000 at ISO 8000. Even the shots that have little movement in them. I would think that you can experiment by varying the shutter speed according to the action and thereby lowering your ISO. Even 1/1000 may be a little high in most action shots (I would think 1/500 would be sufficient in a lot of cases). The lower ISO will help in the quality of photos.

Must resist feeding trolls.... getting weaker, weaker....... I need help.....

And if you read the entire Bob Atkins article....

"Does this mean that the D800 is a better camera than the Canon EOS 5D MkIII? Not necessarily. Judging a camera based only on the sensor resolution and low ISO dynamic range would be a bit like judging a car on only top speed and 0-60 acceleration times. There's a lot more to a car - and a camera - than that.

I can't whether the D800 is a "better" camera than the EOS 5D MkIII because that depends a lot on the user, so there's no "right" answer. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. I've shot with both and both did a fine job and produced images of the highest quality. I'll leave it up to others to "pick a winner". If I wanted a camera in this class, I'd probably go with the Canon EOS 5D MkIII because I have a lot of Canon lenses, I'm familiar with the Canon control interface and switching systems makes little sense. The EOS 5D MkIII also goes to higher ISO ratings (ISO 102400 vs ISO 25600) and shows lower noise than the D800 at high ISO settings I'm pretty sure the EOS 5D MkIII would do everything I needed it to do - and do it very well. The AF system is excellent and the camera is very fast, I was very pleased with the images I shot and the way the 5D MkIII handles during the time I had the camera to test."

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 and EF 24 - 105 F4 L IS USM
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:46:36 AM »
I echo the comments on If you are happy with the 39-168 FOV and the f/4.0 then its good. Another consideration is the 17-55 for APSC. More desireable range and f/2.8. But not weather sealed. Another option is the new 16-35 f4.0. FOV similar to 17-55 on the wide end, IS, weather sealed, but f4.0.

Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:34:08 AM »
Touched "everything?"

I suppose he is seeking his 15seconds of fame and people seem to be lapping it up.

Matt Granger has proved to be nothing more than a tool.

Thank you for your valued opinion. Sharing Your expertise in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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