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Lenses / Re: Vintage Lenses: Any Advise?
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:53:21 PM »

For 135mm I can recommend the Auto Vivitar Telephoto 135mm f2.8. The manual focus works very smooth, the bokeh is OK and focus to infinity works (albeit a bit soft).

Great! I picked up one of these on Friday because it came in a kit with a Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f1.4 that I wanted to try.  My adapters should be here tomorrow.

EOS Bodies / Re: Enough Full Frame Talk: Where are the 7D II Rumors?
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:49:17 AM »
Personally, at the top of my wish list is the ability to control the camera with a phone (i.e. iOS or Android app).  I don't care about the built in hardware, but if Canon were to introduce a dongle that, at the very least, would allow phones to communicate either wirelessly or through a cable.  I know you can do this with a laptop, but I rarely carry mine when shooting (who wants to drag around an extra 7lbs?)... especially when an iPad/iPhone has most everything I need in the short term.

But I'm fairly happy with my 5D mark iii and the expanded AEB, which was a huge reason for wanting tethered shooting -- camera shake during HDR exposures and all.

As a slight aside, the only real feature I'm slightly jealous of the 6D having is wifi, since I see this as a possible route to truly controlling the camera wirelessly.  Nikon definitely got that one right... :-\

The remote control with your phone is already available.  See "DSLR Controller" on the Google Play Store.  You have to use a USB cable, but it really works.  Works for all new Canon cameras and some older ones.

I see that al2 beat me to mentioning "DSLR Controller".  I agree that it really works with my 7D and can even control my 40D within the 40D's Liveview limitations.

I'll vote for the Op/Tech sleeves, they kept my camera nice and dry on this day with some really torrential rain.

IMG_4488.jpg by oronoco, on Flickr


IMG_4466.jpg by oronoco, on Flickr

I, on the other hand, was soaked from water running past my rain-coat's sleeve cuffs.

Lighting / Re: First Time Flash Test
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:26:56 AM »
I just picked up my first off camera flash a month ago. I found Syl Arena's talk at B&H to be a nice place to start.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 50D vs 7D
« on: July 14, 2012, 06:58:34 PM »
I just went from a 40D to a 7D a couple of months ago which is more of a jump than you are contemplating but I think is still relevant.

I appreciate:
  • The higher resolution that lets me crop a bit more when lens reach runs out.
  • The integrated ETTL controller.
  • The improved weather sealing - although I try not to test it.
  • Much better auto-white-balance
Bummed about:
  • The idiot-mode-sports-setting on the 40D set a minimum exposure (seemingly 1/500) and let auto-iso/auto-exposure settings take over. While I like the other improvements for sports, I really wish I could have that minimum-expo setting back.
  • The high iso-performance isn't as much of an improvement as I had hoped.

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera Manufacturing Plants
« on: May 31, 2012, 08:19:29 AM »
If you really want to try to track down the manufacturing, the list starts at  There are four partners/subsidiaries in Japan and one each in China, Malaysia and Singapore.   Canon was part of the now defunct Fuyo Keiretsu which would give a hint towards part suppliers.

Maybe schools need to teach a little more about the world's religions, there was certainly nothing taught about them when I went to school.

Benefits of a Catholic education. We had comparative religion as an requirement.  In the final year, we got to choose an elective option - my choice was Theology of the Devil. Not kidding. Reading list included C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, among other texts.

I've read most of the CS Lewis novels, including the Screwtape letters, but on my own.  I'm definitely at a huge disadvantage in discussing religions with anyone. 
I read almost anything I can get my hands on, but mostly old Science fiction stories and novels from the 30-s thru the 60's.  I have a few thousand I bought from a estate that I put in alphabetical order by author, and added anothet thousand or so from other used book sales.  I'm up to Delaney now, and might never read them all, although I've probably read 40% of them years ago.
Adorama, and our local camera store, Huppins (, are owned by Jews, but do not close on the Sabbath or other Religious Holidays, so obviously, their are varying degrees of how strictly they follow the rules, just as with all the other religions.  I tend to admire B&H for sticking to their beliefs, and, since shippiing is not done on Saturday by most businesses anyway, its not a big deal when they are closed.

Off topic, do yourself a favor and jump ahead to the "W"s and read some Manly Wade Wellman.

On topic, my education on the subject was a college roommate who was both Jewish (Reformed) and the campus paper's main photographer. 

Wakipedia has an interesting claim: "Surpassed only by the Diamond District in terms of Orthodox employment, the company is a vital part of the community's financial health, with hundreds of Orthodox Jews on staff."

Thanks CR.  I've been waiting to pull the trigger on 7D upgrade from my 40D and was kicking myself for not taking advantage of the recent refurbished 7d sale.

I am thrilled to get a great price on new in time for the summer soccer season.

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