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Canon General / Re: online gallery/website
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:18:45 PM »
+1 for Smugmug.

Their Pro account lets you use your own domain name. You can have people log-in to your regular web address and your Smugmug page opens without most visitors even knowing they were on Smugmug.

There are plenty of forums where you can get help to customize the standard formats as you seem fit. Also, you pick/choose their printer/vendors (I believe they offer 2) and make up shopping carts with sizes/prices you would like to offer, quality, etc.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Noise on a 5D vs T2i
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »
Both are similar - the T2i seems very slightly smoother?

Remember, the T2i is using newer technology than the original 5D so the FF vs Crop argument is a little skewed. I bought my wife a T2i recently and was quite impressed with it's higher ISO performance (given it's price tag.) With a little noise reduction software, got very usable 3200  and acceptable 6400 images!

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:03:29 AM »
Once again, well put Neuro.

Wildlife photography is a perfect example of where crop sensors + super-tele's shine. It has been my experience shooting eagles, bears, coyotes, etc. that even a 400mm lens on a crop body is not enough. When you reach in your bag for that 1.4 or 2x converter, you're probably even further away and they won't be enough. Any advantage you can get to have the closest appearing image in your viewfinder usually yields the best result. And as Neuro noted, the MP's at the crop size are larger in the crop body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Body Price At Announcement
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:44:52 AM »
Body only . . . . $2999.00

Sports / Re: Surfing photos
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:28:20 AM »
A couple of shots of surfing and kite surfing on Ft. Lauderdale Beach . . .

Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:55:47 AM »
I have shot many photos handheld with the 24-105 at 1/8 of a second with perfect results. As previously mentioned before, IS does nothing for moving objects. In situations where the subjects are moving (does not have to be fast-moving), low f-stops are king to obtain fastest "real" speed.

BTW, who says the 24-70 is a much better lens than the 24-105?

EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:07:08 AM »
Hey Franz, is the position/orientation of the moon consistent with what one would see in Australia?

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:55:50 PM »
There are various discussions around the web for "safety straps, etc" in case the connector screw breaks or comes loose. I haven't seen any that were very informative.

Regular checking of the screw-in connector is just good practice and mandatory IMO. As I mentioned earlier, I regularly do this for all my Arca plates as well because they loosen with use, temperature, weight distribution, etc.

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: January 30, 2012, 10:50:04 AM »
As Neuro pointed out in his first post, you need to be concerned with the sling lug loosening itself and the camera falling free and not the camera failing at the attachment point. The sling lug could come free if you've detached/reattached hastily without a good tightening or other twisting and turning of the sling. Even Arca plates loosen with use and need the occasional tightening.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP and RAW addition/average/subtraction
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:09:01 AM »
I was pretty sure your images were not HDR and was curious about your approach. Thanks so much for your willingness to share ideas/techniques - keep up the great work!

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP and RAW addition/average/subtraction
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:22:04 AM »
5D Freak, your images submitted for the lens giveaway contest were outstanding both in composition and technical merit. The colors/contrast come out very well without looking over-done and without destroying the overall technical quality of the image. Would you care to choose one of your landscapes and share your workflow (from capture to post production)?

Contests / Re: *UPDATE* First Contest Finalists Up
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:28:59 PM »
There's nothing wrong with the rules and the finalists thus far have been outstanding!!!!!

Waso - hats off to you! Many fine, outstanding images. (That's what it's all about, isn't it?)

EOS Bodies / Re: Best "first buy" Gradient Filter?
« on: November 29, 2011, 02:43:17 PM »
Though the Singh Ray vari-ND is one of the best ND filters to have in your bag, it is not a gradient ND.

Rectangular resin filters by Singh Ray and Lee are fairly reasonable for the quality. Rectangular glass Schneider filters are appreciably more $$$. My experience with Cokin filters is the higher ND levels leave a purplish color-cast. As Neuro pointed out, you'll want to evaluate the hard vs soft edge available at the gradient transition line. As for the level of ND, there is no one overall solution here - the level you will need will vary with the lighting conditions/ratio between the bright areas and darker areas. Having a kit of three levels is usually sufficient.

Also, some photographers have success simply holding a solid (non-gradient) ND filter out in front of the lens and only covering half of the lens opening/front. By holding it out a centimeter or so and varying that distance, they can simulate hard or soft edged transitions. This is something you can try with your eBay kit you bought.

Canon General / Re: Rechargeable Batteries for Flashes & Other Acc.????
« on: November 28, 2011, 02:38:45 PM »
I meant Energizers - not Eveready's.

Canon General / Re: Rechargeable Batteries for Flashes & Other Acc.????
« on: November 28, 2011, 02:35:50 PM »
Last time I checked Costco they had the original eneloops, not the newer higher Mahr. Eneloops have the convenient feature of holding a charge for months after they have been charged (similar to non-rechargeable batteries.)

Original poster was looking for one-hour charge time - note that shorter charge times = shorter hold times and overall life. Most users turn to MAHA's or similar with smart chargers which ensure max. usage of each charge cycle. Many systems will allow you to leave them plugged in w/batteries so you can grab-and-go with fully charged set of batteries. MAHA's are great and I've also had success with the higher mahr Eveready's which are available with the slow chargers at Home Depot/Loews/etc.

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