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Canon General / Papers, forms and contracts - the legal stuff
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:38:34 AM »
Hope this is the right place. I'm looking for a quick and easy fix - I know, usually not a good starting point but I don't have the time right now for extensive research on this rather complex issue so I was hoping somebody has dealt with this before.

I just did a few shots for a political campaign (U.S.) and I'm donating the work and the use of the shots to the campaign. Their manager is working on the paperwork that comes with that as far as the trappings of campaign finance stuff is concerned.

While I'm at it I want them to sign the most basic form/template that allows them indefinite use for the candidate and the campaign but not necessarily beyond and I want to make sure that the rights to the pictures remain with me. I'm probably not finding the right words right now but I hope you know where I'm getting at. I want to keep this as simple and short as possible not create unnecessary work for anyone or pay for legal fees or anything like that. Any links to templates for that purpose would be fabulous.


If I had to get a new laptop anytime soon I'd go again for a Lenovo Thinkpad. Not only because I like the layout and the keyboards best (especially for non-photo applications if you do a lot of writing) but because I always liked the high resolution screens available. Not sure if the latest models live up to that but worth checking. I haven't really found anything else that works for me that way since (on a laptop) I prefer smaller screens with high resolution (and I'm glad that mine is still in the 4:3 format but that's a thing of the past). Macs don't really offer that last time I checked. I f things were more compatible and if CS5 worked across platforms I might consider an Apple desktop but the Macbook pros I find just too big and don't like the screens.

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:51:06 AM »
If you could buy only one, which would you choose?

24-70mm f/2.8 L
35mm f/1.4 L
50mm f/1.2 L

Presumed use -- wide variety, including portrait, landscape, interior, and even a little basketball (close-to-basket lens)

Wondering: Is it dumb to buy 24-70 now with rumors of new-gen version out soon?

Especially interested in feeback from anyone who owns or has used all three.

Want to make a buying decision before rebates expire Feb. 4.

Many thanks in advance.

If I could pick really only one then I'd go for the 50L - if alternatives are allowed I might opt for the Zeiss 50 1.4 instead.

Canon General / Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:13:29 AM »
I never had any problems in Paris but haven't been in a while.

The other question is how and what to leave at the hotel. That can be a bit tricky.

How are you getting to Paris? I couldn't see your location. If you are flying in from the States there is also the issue of bringing gear as carry-on luggage or checking it. I'm still looking into this myself at the moment since I'm flying to Germany in July. I bought a Pelican carry-on case with that in mind but the weight limitations on especially European carriers are getting ever more tight. Some now only allow 8kg of carry on luggage - which is a problem if the empty case is 6kg alone.

The other thing that I like about the case is that you can lock it and/or tie it to something. That may come in handy at the hotel also.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DII joystick/multicontroller
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:10:08 PM »
Hm, interesting. I only use the main dial to select focus points.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:40:26 PM »
Simplicity is important.  For me personally, an articulated screen is going the wrong direction and I'm not going to buy a dSLR with one. 

So you would prefer no LCD?  It would be simpler...   ???

Perhaps even that. Any time I'm now using my film camera I find myself staring at the back of the body. Kind of makes you realize how much of a habit this has become - and how often this is really just a major distraction. The time "reviewing" the shot and histograms after the shot might be better spend thinking before the shot. It's very tempting to just snap away because of the instant result. Not to speak of the insane number of actuations that digital cameras allow for without penalty (other than early demise of the camera and the stacks of hard drives accumulating).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:44:41 PM »
@Eye-Broccoli, @dr croubie, @Harley, @Narcolepsy, @Canon-F-1, @7enderbender:
Perhaps some traditionalists don't realize that the Vari-angle screen can remain flush against the body without ever even once being swung out.  Canon has recessed it into the camera's back, surrounded by a slightly raised, rounded frame.  There's no way I can think of, that it can be accidentally dislodged from this position, even rolling round loose in a sack: only a somewhat forceful action of fingertip/nail can pry it open.  To this extent it doesn't resemble the clam-shell design of many small camcorders.  In appearance it's very little different from Canon's fixed-screen models.  It is more vulnerable once swung out, obviously and of course.  One must take care.  The hinge seems to be very solid.

@WFT: Those vari-shooters are only blocking your view because the fixed-screeners in front of them don't dare stop and sit down, shooting blind as they are.

Admittedly, this is a good argument. But forgive me, as a traditionalist (which I am on a lot of things, not all) I don't really want to put up with a feature just because it can be done and because it may be useful to a minority. Is a fixed screen the be-all-end-all? No, of course not. But it's another thing that takes away from the experience of owning a rock-solid camera which to me is part of the fun and justification of shelling out thousands of dollars for camera gear (or similar items). Neither makes me a better photographer (cyclist, guitar player, golfer, skier, you name it...). But to me there is something to be said about solid workman ship that makes the experience of going out and shooting half-way decent photographs more enjoyable. A BMW, Audi or Lexus doesn't make me a better driver or even gets me any faster to work than a Corolla (or the Commuter Rail...) - but hell, I do like stick shifts and good acceleration when I drive.

But even in that somewhat lame comparison I could now (the traditionalist that I am) complain that the Germans and Japanese in the last few decades started to put way too much useless stuff into their vehicles. So even with money to burn I'd probably still take the train and rental cars for the necessary stuff and otherwise have a nice classic sports car in the garage.

So in as much as I "get" the fully utilitarian approach with turning everything into the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife (I do like Swiss Army knives though) I'm missing the emotional component. That's why people like me whine when they realize that their $1000+ new lens is made from plastic and is build in way that makes it unlikely that my kids will enjoy them later on like I still use some of my dad's old lenses. And it's a bit like the difference between a nice mechanical watch and a Chinese quartz movement. The latter will be more precise.

Maybe I'm interpreting too much into a silly old screen here but it's another one of those obvious changes that significantly change the experience independent of results.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DII joystick/multicontroller
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:16:58 AM »
So now that we may have seen the first pictures of a new Canon body with a joystick integrated into the battery grip I was wondering what I may be missing. Come to think of it I realized that I never use the thing on my 5DII. How are you guys using it? What other functions would we expect from it that makes it important enough to add a second one to the vertical layout?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:15:25 AM »
It would be another step into a direction that I personally don't like. More plastic, more moving parts, more "features" that have nothing to do with photography. It would be another reminder that what I really want is a digital version of the F-1. And that I can't afford Leica gear. I don't do video (at least not with my DSLR) and I don't use live-view. I'd rather have no screen at all instead of a swivel screen.

Lenses / Re: All primes... But what zoom?
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:50:33 PM »
Hello CR!

I am a prime sort'a guy. I currently own the 35mm f/1.4 L, 50mm f/1.2 L and the 135mm f/2 L.
I am shooting with a Canon 5D mk ll.
I have always loved my primes, but am considering a good walk-around lens.
Any opinions out there on what to invest in? My main reason is for the versatility and to NOT have to carry my three primes all day.
Thanks in advance!

Just playing devil's advocate here: do you really need one? The obvious choices are of course the 24-70 and the 24-105. Both are great and it's hard to say which is "better" since it depends on application and preference. BUT as a "prime sort'a guy" are your really going to take either of them?

I have a 50, 135, 200 and then the 24-105 - because as a "kit" you couldn't beat the value of it, otherwise I may have opted for the 24-70 and may still trade it one day. The 24-105 is way better then I expected. It's very sharp and the results at all focal lengths are really really good. But I do like my fast primes and the 24-105 is anything but not fast with its f/4 limitation. The IS works but I personally consider it a gimick and see no value in it. So the 24-70 would probably be more the zoom for me or so I thought for a while.

What I find though now is that I go for the 135 and 50 more often and leave the zoom behind unless I expect needing the wide angle.  Well, and if I already had a wide and fast prime like you...

So in short: if you really feel you need a zoom either is fine. If you shoot a lot wide open the 24-70 maybe a better choice. If you really want the wide range the 24-105 is better, especially since the long end delivers pretty decent results as far as background blur goes - more or less a wash compared to f/2.8 at 70mm.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mkII upgrade with a mkIII or 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:59:20 PM »
If the rumors turn out to be true I can see that a lot of people may go for the 5DIII - which might be a great opportunity to pick up a second 5DII body. I'm personally happy with it as is.

Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:25:53 PM »
Well, I hadn't invested in any photo gear for years since I was still using film. I knew that one day I had to go digital but that I had to start over from scratch since I was still on the FD system. So I knew it would be a big chunk of cash in the first place just to cover the basics. And while watching the market for the last 10 years or so I knew that I didn't want to compromise too much over what I had before. So any of the cheap Rebel kits from Costco were out of the question.

When I left my last employer last year they still owed me quite a bit of money for vacation days etc. So at that point  there I saw 4 options: put the doe away, replace my wife's wedding and engagement rings that she is allergic to, buy a new road bike or buy new camera gear. My wife convinced me that I should go for option 3 or 4 since I had worked hard for it and everything else can happen at a later day (I hope that includes the new bike which is now also kind of overdue given that I've been offered money for my old one recently by a guy who is into "classic" bikes...).

Long story short. I put the money away, lucked out with a few stocks and was able to pull the plug when my local store had its Canon day deals.

Everything I've added since comes out of my little stash that I put aside outside the normal family budget and savings. I wish I was into running marathons, drawing with pencil and paper, but unfortunately, my passions for guitar playing, cycling, photography and so forth are  not exactly cheap hobbies. But then again, if you invest in some decent stuff it lasts for decades. And some things can even appreciate in value like I've seen with some of my guitars and amps.

Landscape / Re: Earth
« on: January 26, 2012, 10:25:48 PM »

Landscape / Re: Earth
« on: January 26, 2012, 10:21:48 PM »

Nice pic

I wonder what Camera's Nasa uses ? :)

From all I know they use Nikons. The moon cameras were Hasselblads. There is a little documentary somewhere on the web about the current Nikon D3s they use. Pretty much stock except for those that go on space walks. Those are modified but not even as much as you would expect.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii sync speed
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:25:43 PM »
Just to stir the mud a little more, the G12 will sync without using HSS at 1/4000th although for some odd reason not with the ST-E2 where it's a little slower.  It's left me wondering the kind of shutter the G1X is going to have, focal plane as per the NEX or electronic like the G12.

Does the G1X have a focal plane shutter?  My guess based on the above is no - a 1/4000 sync speed means electronic 'curtains'.

I used to have a Sony compact that also synced at 1/1000s and froze action like nothing else. I understand how the shutter of an SLR works, but I have never thought of what the negative sides to an electronic "curtain" is? Can someone fill me in? Why doesn't the slr's use electronic "curtains"? You could still have the mirror and everything, right?

I'm sure others will provide more detail on this but I believe it has to do with the sensor type. The G12 has a CCD sensor while the Canon SLRs have CMOS sensors. From all I know there are pros and cons to both types but what you describe is one difference where it's easier to accomplish different behaviors in one way or another.

Leaf shutters like on medium format cameras would be another option to increase sync speed.

In any case, neither have anything to do with freezing action since you can do that even at slow shutter speeds. Things like high speed sync (or high shutter sync speeds) are more important to control ambient light.

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