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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:46:39 PM »
The treepod is homemade and since I don't own a milling machine, was a challenge with just a lathe. 
Jack

I don't know how heavy the 300mm f/2.8L is, but it must be a PITA carrying that tree around with you!   ;D

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An updated 1.4 with a better focusing motor, bit better sealing and no IS would be great.

+1000

I don't shoot video, don't need IS on a fast 50mm and certainly don't want want it made larger and more expensive to accommodate it.  Just want that #&@$ 'micro' USM replaced with 'ring' USM.

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Charge the battery?   ::)

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:24:04 PM »
...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days.

You are not going to buy from them because they support your local economy???  Funny how nobody wants to pay tax and yet everyone wants to have their streets paved or to have the police come when they call 911.

Governor Christie would just buy some more cheese burgers with my stipend!  :-)
(BTW...I pay PLENTY of taxes...i live in NJ ..we are taxed to death here..toll roads, bridges, tunnels, pay beaches, etc..etc..etc...I do not need to be chastised for making a perfectly legal choice to keep more of my hard-earned cash in my pocket..just like Apple or Mitt Romney..It's the USA..I look for loopholes...I take my power back wherever possible!)

In this case it's not a loophole - you are legally required to pay taxes on those purchases, whether the business collects it at the time of sale or not. Very few people do, though, so the Marketplace Fairness Act has been created so that out of state businesses will have to collect it up front.

Here's the specific (current) law in NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/su_5.shtml

Quite right.  In any case, Adorama has a warehouse in NJ -- I've had items shipped from it -- so they are legally bound to collect taxes for all orders shipping to NJ.

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Landscape / Re: Flowers
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:52:06 PM »
60D - 28mm 1.8

Love the B&W shot.
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I shot all these with my first love, the 5D Mark II.  I miss her so...  :'(

EF 50mm f/1.4 + ext. tubes:

On Flickr

EF 85mm f/1.8:

On Flickr

EF 85mm f/1.8 + ext. tubes:

On Flickr

EF 300mm f/4L IS + 1.4 TC II:

On Flickr

In case anyone is wondering why I used the 300mm for the last shot, I was busy shooting this dragonfly when it caught my eye.   ;)

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 02, 2013, 08:31:46 PM »
I have often gone out with just 3 lenses:  the 50mm f/1.4, plus the 28mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8.  They're small, light and fast, cover most of what I like to shoot and easily fit into my old Lowepro Off Road waist bag without needing the 2 side lens cases.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Press event on may 31st
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:25:55 PM »
I think it will be Canon announcing it's first 3D printer.... and it probably comes with the file to print a 70D body and a 1200F5.6 lens....

3D Printer?  Will it come with the gun-making software?

It could be quite the press event.....
Canon unveils 3D printer
Canon prints gun with 3D printer
Canon shoots themselves in the foot.....

ROFL!  Thanks for the chuckle!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A question for 5dmk3 and 1dx owners
« on: May 25, 2013, 04:06:26 PM »
With the 5D3, I use the multi-controller (the little 'joystick') to select the auto-focus point.  Much easier than trying to scroll through them the way I did when I had the 5D2.

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Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 19, 2013, 11:55:03 AM »
EF-S 400 4 IS

Why not try the EF 300mm f/4L IS, as it is the equivalent of 480mm on a 1.6x crop body?
Maybe because it would be the equivalent of much more mm (actually 640) on a 1.6x crop body and some need it?

No, a theoretical EF-S 400mm lens on a 1.6x crop body would be the equivalent of 400mm.  Note: EF-S lenses, which is what the OP requested, can only be mounted on a 1.6x crop body, so there is no crop factor.

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Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:30:08 PM »
EF-S 400 4 IS

Why not try the EF 300mm f/4L IS, as it is the equivalent of 480mm on a 1.6x crop body?

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« on: May 13, 2013, 11:58:14 PM »
Well, they're starting to get it onto their webpage.  However, if you click on the link in the banner, it takes you to the 5D Mark III Firmware Update page, which is the next preview that scrolls in the banner.  :(


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theres lots of space because its a desert! thats what i was trying to get across. i have hundreds of different pyramid photos, but this is sadly one of the more successful captures.

There's lots of space not because it's a desert, but rather because of where in the frame you placed the subject.  In fact, the empty sky, not the desert, takes up more than half the frame!  Some quick horizon basics.  Also, there's nothing on the right side of the frame to draw your attention over there, so there's no balance -- it's just wasted space.  Finally, study the Rule of Thirds to get better placement of the subject in the frame.

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heres an example, consider i was using a tripod, i think the picture, though i like th ecomposition , the results form the lens and camera are uninspring,    uneditied raw lightroom jpeg export , f10 iso 100  24mm.

The first thing that I noticed was all the empty space in this photo.  With the 24mm at that distance, the pyramids look rather small, which IMHO is why they look uninspiring.  Did you try the 100mm from that location or get closer to them?

Also, when shooting in the middle of the day, the sun makes your subjects look flat, which is why you don't see much detail.   Shoot earlier in the morning or later in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky, to get better lighting and warmer colors. 

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I've always had great service at the Jamesburg, NJ facility (I live within driving distance).  One time when dropping off my 5D2 to get cleaned, the manager asked if I wanted to wait and he had it done it less than an hour.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:19:07 PM »
If I photograph a group of friends smiling and holding up their index and middle fingers, while sitting behind the cracked windshield of a blue, 1950's T-Bird that they've just washed, does that count for 9 or 10 of the photographs?!?   ::)
I'll give you 9.  I don't think it would count for the cooking utinsel.

the hood could be open with someone cooking an egg on the engine

Actually, I was thinking the T-Bird would pass for "An interesting structure."  If not, then I'll just shoot it front of Stonehenge!  Oh, and I have to make sure the chrome bumper is polished.  Then, I'll throw a potted plant next to the car, while one guy holds a spatula and another brushes his teeth, and I think I've got it all covered!   ;D

Wish that'd work, it's pretty creative, but according to the rules:

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...and must contain 14 images as they relate to all 14 clues (images may be ordered in any way).

Yeah, I noticed that.  I'll just have to shoot it 14 times, each from a different POV!  THAT might make it a winner!   :P

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