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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.

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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.

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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!

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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)?

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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?)

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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.

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

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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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+1 Pappa-razzi. The IS compensates for your movements, not the subjects movement. Look for faster aperatures to help with moving objects (or use faster/higher ISO's, a la a new 7D.)

The "mode 2" IS, which is for panning, helps with objects moving in a linear fashion - but again this is compensating for your up/down movement while panning, not the subjects movement

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:28:23 PM »
Bandon Surf

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:27:31 PM »
Cannon Beach Twilight

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:26:51 PM »
Cape Kiwanda

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:26:17 PM »
River Run

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:25:42 PM »
Everglades Stormy Sunset

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:24:45 PM »
North Falls

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