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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:44:02 PM »
You forgot the portrait KING, Canon 85L II

I think my wallet forgot it ;-) I'm going to be in the $1100 range on this.

I also forgot to mention I'm shooting on a 6d.

Then forget about the true portrait king, the 200 f/2L. :o

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Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:10:24 AM »
Ekta chrome and velvia 50 were my favorites. It was much cheaper then and still is cheaper to shoot MF film now. I used 501cm Hasselblad with an 80mm 2.8 for everything when I was a teen.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:08:58 PM »
50mm 1.4 < 135L 2.0 for most portraits.

50mm > 135L for everything else.

I'd say the 135L is better for indoor sports photography... and you could definitely get some quality images outdoors as well... but I guess we can see how the AF system holds up. 

Actually for outdoor sports... I wouldn't want to get too close and the 50 would be too close for comfort... so... but that is a small segment of your argument... and I agree... mostly... except for the canon 50's which I don't care for wide open... well... not the L... but I haven't used that one.

I was replying to the OP about portraiture.  :P

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:02:21 PM »
No, sorry. Lr Mobile is only available for customers with an active subscription (CC or the PS/Lr Photography Program). Perpetual licenses of Lightroom cannot sync with it.

and why is that? We have paid for our perpetual LR licenses too,. FU arrogant Adobe!

And do take note: I will not rent your software or join an annual pay subscription model ... ever, no matter what you do. And if you push me and if no better software alternative becomes available, I will revert back to Canon DPP to process RAWs.

+1

Why are they arrogant? And how does that justify FU?

It is their software, they can choose to license it how they like, if you don't like the terms then just don't buy it but there is no point to talking like that to an actual Adobe representative. He isn't going to take you seriously if you talk like that, thanks for blowing any chance we have of reasonable dialog with Adobe here now.

I never knew adobe understood the concept of "reasonable dialog".  ::) ::) ::)

Well we will never find out here now will we? The first comment to them, within four minutes, was FU, hardly an effective way of engaging anybody. If I was a corporate rep assigned this forum I'd report back that they (us) are not worth any time or effort.

I choose not to do the CC thing, and am happy with the cost of that, not getting the latest features is, as far as I am concerned, very reasonable. Besides, as I have already linked to, there are very good and established LR Mobile competitors.

I guess Adobe ignored the massive backlash and took light on my +1. Good for them.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:57:57 PM »
50mm 1.4 < 135L 2.0 for most portraits.

50mm > 135L for everything else.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:48:45 PM »
No, sorry. Lr Mobile is only available for customers with an active subscription (CC or the PS/Lr Photography Program). Perpetual licenses of Lightroom cannot sync with it.

and why is that? We have paid for our perpetual LR licenses too,. FU arrogant Adobe!

And do take note: I will not rent your software or join an annual pay subscription model ... ever, no matter what you do. And if you push me and if no better software alternative becomes available, I will revert back to Canon DPP to process RAWs.

+1

Why are they arrogant? And how does that justify FU?

It is their software, they can choose to license it how they like, if you don't like the terms then just don't buy it but there is no point to talking like that to an actual Adobe representative. He isn't going to take you seriously if you talk like that, thanks for blowing any chance we have of reasonable dialog with Adobe here now.

I never knew adobe understood the concept of "reasonable dialog".  ::) ::) ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:52:25 PM »
No, sorry. Lr Mobile is only available for customers with an active subscription (CC or the PS/Lr Photography Program). Perpetual licenses of Lightroom cannot sync with it.

and why is that? We have paid for our perpetual LR licenses too,. FU arrogant Adobe!

And do take note: I will not rent your software or join an annual pay subscription model ... ever, no matter what you do. And if you push me and if no better software alternative becomes available, I will revert back to Canon DPP to process RAWs.

+1

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Reviews / Re: Lomography's Petzval Lens - RLPhoto's First Impressions
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:12:56 PM »
Some sample B&W shots taken wide open @ f/2.2.

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Reviews / Lomography's Petzval Lens - RLPhoto's First Impressions
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:09:03 PM »
*Double Facepalm's Face.

Once I took the petzval outside for 30 minutes, I knew this was going to be a love-hate relationship.

Kickstarter funded a New Lomo Petzval Lens designed for 35mm Cam's last year and I signed up for the limited run from serial # 50-200. I paid 500$ for the lens and some neat other accessories that come's with the lens. I also have my name engraved on it so that means re-selling is out of the picture. (which I won't ever sell it because its also a personal lens for keepsakes.)

Sooooooooooooooo... With delays from the project, I got mine today and here my first impressions of this Petzval lens.

Build Quality - 3/5

-This lens has some heft when you pick it up and it feels like a tank being solid brass parts. The lens hood is also solid brass and screws off the front with precision threading from the fine machining. The thumb screw is very fine with no grit and the waterhouse plates slide in with a nice click. The machining is elegant and all the part fit together like a finely crafted classic Victrola.

-However, This lens has openings and gaps all over it asking for dust to enter it's innards. The waterhouse plate gap, the gap around the moving front element, the large gap between the rear element and the mount. Don't expect this lens to remain dust-free for long and definitely avoid water. The plate can slide out accidentally if you turn to a portrait shot too quickly.

Image Quality - ?/5

-It sucks everywhere but the center. Sharp this lens is not but it's passable IF you get focus IF you frame Center or IF you stop down.

-IF you hit focus... This was one of the hardest lenses to get focused because even with liveview, if you frame off-center, it will look OOF because of the field curvature. The knob is smooth but IF you can get lucky to move the tiny nuance you need. (A bigger knob would have helped alot.) I threw away 90% of my frames due to OOF and this lens can be a handful if you subject is moving the slightest.

-IF you stop down, Its much easier but this is not the lens for stopping down.

-IF you can hit all these check boxes, wow you can get some really stunning bokeh. It's not a prevalent as the LF petzval but with a brenzer menthod, I believe this lens can be stunning. I have some very nice shoots coming up soon, and I will report back with more images once I get this lens into the field.

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Too bad not everyone will link to their work.

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I'm just wondering how the bride was able to get in touch with the OP.............. ???

I was wondering the same thing.

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Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:31:34 PM »
Reliability.

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He died with his boots on. He went out doing what he loved.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Calumet U.S. Bites the Dust
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:12:45 PM »
Darn. I really loved their flash holders too. :(

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Canon General / Re: First Nikon Experience
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:39:18 AM »
I hated where nikon placed the iso buttons on the d700/d800.

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