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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: Today at 02:26:30 AM »
Image comparison of lens size on Northlight Images site:


EOS Bodies / New 1DX firmware info by Fred Miranda site member
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:21:47 PM »
Alright you mugs, remember you read it here first!


First purchased refurb 5 or 6 years ago. Took a couple days to ship, and I was disappointed that they charged sales tax.

Many refurb purchases since then, has always taken a couple days to ship.
In your case, you purchased sometime on a Thursday, so at the pace they move at, I wouldn't have expected to get a shipping notice until Monday.
Monday was "Snowpocalypse 2015!OMG!"
Just hang in there.

For the record, last 3 refurb purchases were new items. Zero shutter counts on a 6D in Nov 2013, same on a 5D3 (that one was ordered Dec 23 2014, shipped Jan 5 2015) and a 400 f/5.6 was unmarked with unblemished contacts, I don't think it had ever been mounted. Oh ya, just received a 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro in same condition.

I got in on a 15% off refurb sale and paid $660 shipped for that 100 L macro.
Why buy used?

Lenses / 400 DO II continues to test out as superb
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:32:34 PM »
Equals/surpasses 300 f/2.8 II

Roger at Lens Rentals has additional testing:


Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:13:28 PM »
Toss the 50 f/1.8 and get a 40mmSTM. On a 6D it's as close as you'll get to a compact snapper, and the 40 is hands down superior to the 50.
Absolutely take the 85 and shoot wide open as you state - one or two flattering shots of your wife with notable landmarks softly seen in the background, and she'll become a lot more tolerant of your picture taking ;)
That 70-300 is problematic. You probably won't use it as much with several lenses to choose from, and it's darn heavy in the kit. I've made several trips with too much gear, and frankly it's a mistake to take so much unless it's solely a photography expedition - you won't use it in museums, stores, theaters or on subways, and after 2 or 3 hours you will regret packing it.
And what bag will you take out each day, anyway? What about a small flash for the 6D? That 90EX works quite well for the 40STM and is cheap, but don't stint on batteries, those AAA's poop out pretty quickly.
That gorilla pod won't hold the 70-300, which is where you really need it.

Couple years ago I bought one and it just quit after about 6 months - battery change made no difference. I was willing to try again, but they have been unavailable from Canon for over a year I think.
Just tried a couple days ago, somehow I ended up with a $30 credit at the Canon store, and there's nothing else I'm interested in.
Maybe I'll grab a battery.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 10, 2015, 12:14:23 PM »
Today's camera will cost significantly less than tomorrow's camera - which will be in high demand at full price.
Used/refurb 5D3 at $2200-2400.
Used/refurb 6D at $1100-1300.

You can't shoot today with tomorrows camera.

Photography Technique / Re: How to Expose and get sharp Focus of Moon
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:03:56 PM »
That's a sweet shot with the Celestron. Very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 24, 2014, 10:09:31 PM »
high resolving glass for high resolution sensors - nothing else makes sense.

If you hadn't noticed, R&D costs haven't gotten any cheaper, so why reinvent the wheel?

Plenty of people are willing to pay for L glass designed in the last century; so don't tell me we now need to update the low end of the lens lineup.

Technical Support / Re: Question for 4k monitor users?
« on: December 24, 2014, 12:08:40 AM »
Interesting article linked to, and exactly the conundrum I face.

Windows7 user, and scaling might be a problem. Apple OS seems to have it worked out for the new iMac 5K, but of course that is a gamut limited monitor as all Apple displays are...

re: the LG, here are a few bits of information:


I was all set to replace my NEC PA271SV with a PA302SV, when word of the NEC PA322UHD SV caught my attention. I delayed on a smokin' deal for the PA302SV ($1800 shipped from B&H) unsure if I wanted 4K or not. The scaling issue on a single multi-use monitor is a real concern.


There are currently only 6 pages in this review, but he has told me he intends to make comments regarding general usability outside of editing functions

Post Processing / Re: DNG vs. original RAW in the long term
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:20:17 PM »
You can choose to embed the original raw file in your conversion to DNG. The new DNG file will be double in size.

Lenses / Re: Lens internal part falling off? its a refurb lens
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:25:52 AM »
You got a one year warranty, same as new.

Lenses / Re: 400mm DO II
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:07:30 AM »
Best reviewer on the web. I donate when I can.

People should be aware that the opening 3 images he posted were a joke he played. I called him out on it after a few people lost their minds, and he posted a really sweet Mallard image. For some reason the Mallard image (was at bottom of page two) is not up, so my further comments don't  have an image to relate back to.
But yes, he is a terrific photographer very experienced in the ways of Canon Supertele photos,  anyone interested in this lens should follow that thread.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5.7 - Is it working for you?
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:50:28 PM »
Googled it in about 2.3 seconds. Try it sometime.

"Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
Fixed bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
Improved quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles."


works well on my Win7 x64.

It's a bit sad that adobe only state that it corrects numerous "bugs introduced in earlier versions", but don't say which. Or do they in some place?

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