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Lenses / Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:57:59 PM »
Has to be fake. No payment info, no SN, horrible engrish, and an outrageous price.  Move on.

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Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 30, 2013, 11:31:47 AM »
I have a great solution.  I'm broke.  I can't afford much new gear!  The last lens I bought was a 17-40L and it took me 8 months of saving to get it.  I know not everyone is blesses with this condition that makes it so easy to resist buying new gear. But there is help out there. 

No matter how much disposable income I have or how inexpensive the item I want, I don't allow myself to buy it if I haven't truly mastered the last piece of equipment I bought.  With the case of my last lens, (the 17-40L) I took it to Oahu and spent a couple of days shooting sunsets on the north shore. I did well, but far from perfection.  So I can't justify spending another $2K on a 70-200 F2.8L II IS (next on my wish list) until I know I'm getting the best shots possible out of my 17-40

I can do better than this.  When I do, I'll move on to my next purchase.

Hawaii - Feburary 2013 (40 of 60).jpg by ianwilsonphoto, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Best filter
« on: March 13, 2013, 11:06:32 PM »
I used to buy the "reasonably priced" polarizer until I got my L glass.  Part of the problem I had in the past was that I had lenses various diameter. (52mm, 58mm, 67mm).  All my L glass has 77mm thread so it's easier to buy nicer filters (Now I've only got high end Hoya and B&W) one of these days I'm going to finally put out for the Lee 100mm filters, but not likely anytime soon. 

If your goal is to protect, save your money and use a hood. If your goal is image quality, spend as much money as you possibly can (on Hoya, B&W, or Lee) I've also heard good things about Singh-Ray, but never tried them.

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All about specs and familiarity. If you have been using PC, I recommend sticking with it, otherwise you may face a rather steep learning curve.  If you have the ability (or a friend with the ability) to build the PC from scratch, you can get a MONSTER PC that would cost twice as much in MAC. AND you're talking about adding another $1000 for Final Cut Pro.  Stick with the PC.  I've used both and it all boils down to personal preference.

Err....Final Cut Pro X is only $300

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933?mt=12

cayenne

My mistake on the price. I was sticking to what I last paid for Final Cut Studio. (Or I should say, what my employer paid for it.)

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All about specs and familiarity. If you have been using PC, I recommend sticking with it, otherwise you may face a rather steep learning curve.  If you have the ability (or a friend with the ability) to build the PC from scratch, you can get a MONSTER PC that would cost twice as much in MAC. AND you're talking about adding another $1000 for Final Cut Pro.  Stick with the PC.  I've used both and it all boils down to personal preference.

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Eneloop all the way.  Costco sells them a lot and at that price, they're paid for after 2 uses.

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Honestly, in my experience I find that it's technique first, lens second, camera third.


Bump....

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 10, 2013, 10:34:27 PM »
I was a dummy who left his tripod bag in his car unlocked 2 days before a shooting trip to Hawaii.  Sure enough, it was gone the next morning.  Maybe not as bad, but for an amateur like me who can't just shell out another $500 for a setup it was a hard pill to swallow.

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Landscape / Printing services... Where do I go?
« on: March 06, 2013, 06:42:23 PM »
I'm interested in what advice the community can offer in terms of professional printing labs.  I'm an advanced amateur/emerging pro and I'm trying to get some of my work printed in professional quality.  I've already placed an order with Bay Photo. I got the same picture printed 3 different ways in order to compare finishes. I was impressed with the prices and services they offer, we'll see how the images turn out. Can anybody offer a suggestion for another lab to try?

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Lenses / Re: Addicted to dof
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:14:48 PM »
I don't own any of these lenses, but I have been a frequent borrower. I just wanted to mention one thing that seems to have not yet been mentioned.

What I really notice about the difference in the SHALLOW DOF of the 85 1.2L vs the 1.4 is the range at which you still notice the truly shallow DOF.  With the 1.2 you can get a noticeably shallow DOF even at further distances which you may not see in a slower lens.  I think this is why many wedding photogs consider the 85 1.2L the "Gold standard" for portrait lenses.  You can get extraordinarily nice results from a distance which might otherwise not be possible with a wider, slower lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is this true
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:07:04 PM »
thank you for saying what REALLY needed to be said distant.star.  Every time I heard this guy say "eee-soh" I wanted to punch my monitor.

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Sounds to me like everyone here basically agrees with the same point that the 7D is a better camera for the job, but might not be for the money.  Allow me to throw in my $0.02.

I use a 60D and I love it, granted I do very little sports shooting.  I use it mainly for nature/wildlife.  Of course the wildlife side shares many requirements of the sports shooting.  (requiring fast burst rates and tracking etc.) I would say that the bigger improvements in my photos came from my upgraded glass more than the body. So if you haven't spent that much money in that arena yet, it may be something to consider first.  (A 70-200 F4L is a great start for a great price, but get the 2.8 IS if you can afford it.)

The 60D and the 7D have the exact same sensor (despite the differences in processing) so the IQ of each is comparable when shot under equally advantageous circumstances.  With that said, the 7D has unquestionably better AF and burst rates.  If you find the 60D is giving you trouble in these areas, might be time to consider an upgrade.

If you were to get rid of the 60D for the 7D, would you be able to return it for full refund, or have to sell it? If you were to sell it you would probably take a bath, seeing as how all rumors point to the 7DmII and the 70D being right around the corner.  I never sell anything. You never know when you'll need a backup.

Bottom line, decide what's important to you and your shooting needs, and head that direction.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera or lightmeter?
« on: January 18, 2013, 10:36:11 AM »
There's actually a great little article in the Feb 2013 Popular Photography (Pg 26, titled "Tone Dome") that talks about the benefits of using a light meter vs in camera metering.  I'll give you the gist of it.

Camera metering measures the light reflecting off of your subject.

A light meter measures the light HITTING your subject.

Therefore, the camera metering is subject to errors due to things like background, backlighting, or high contrast scenes.  So for the best exposure possible (even given in 1/10 of a stop) Use a light meter.  But for most photos, the camera metering is fine. 

It's a good 2 page article, grab it if you can.

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Landscape / Shooting locations in O'ahu.
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:27:40 PM »
I headed to Honolulu on business during the first week of February.  This will be my first time in Hawaii and I'm looking for suggestions on where/what to shoot during my very limited free time on the island.  I will only be able to visit O'ahu (no other islands) and I will be busy until mid-afternoon.  Any ideas for great sunset locations, or other ideas out there.  I'll have my 60D with lenses covering 17-200mm.  The only thing I'm planning on so far is Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona memorial.

Help and suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:59:29 PM »
I don't just WANT to win...


I NEED to win by ianswilson, on Flickr

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