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Lenses / Re: Lens(es) for photographing artwork for reproduction
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:34:47 PM »
The lighting is probably more important than the lens, - cross polarized lights. The lens should be high quality and focal length appropriate to the subject.

Here's the basics: http://www.betterlight.com/downloads/conference10_speakers/guyer_Polarization.pdf

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:29:08 PM »
the single greatest thing about RRS tripods when they came out, that I noticed, was that the leg angle lock is spring loaded. No more forgetting to push in the lock to stop the legs from splaying out, it is click-stop loaded. Paying attention to your tripod when you are setting up in a hurry in the dark in the cold, that is easily missed...
I've dealt with Gitzo service department, and it is definitely a case of wing and a prayer: they say send it in and we will fix it, and they did, but don't expect to talk to anyone about your repair. They charge your card and send it back, and you don't know what was done until you receive it.

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 07:10:06 PM »
Wimberley kinda messed up on ver 2 of their gymbal..you can't adjust the "drag" like you could on ver 1. Mongoose 3.5 is a popular had now especially with the new lighter super t
'tele lenses. I really prefer dropping the lens down on tele he saddle ( the clamp is built in by the way). These things matter at 5 am and below freezing. Another reason to use the lens wrap ; the lens is no warmer than ambient and you'll be wearing little better than liners if you expect to feel your camera controls. Lows pro makes a pretty good bag for big glass. Oh, and don't let  the lens hang from the camera mount such as when you have the strap around your neck. Definite tail wags dog situation. The lens comes with a strap for a r3ason.
 Sorry for typos ( phone)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo 1325 tripod is it good?
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:25:30 AM »
Gold standard. Or, it used to be. As noted, lacks anti-rotation feature of newer Gitzos.
Mine (1325, had it about 8 years I think) spit out one of the "feet" (a glued-in rubber plug/insert at the bottom of one leg) in Antartica, after about two weeks of moderate cold. It's been in plenty of colder places, New Mexico in November with 8 degrees F at 5 am, no problems. I glued it back in with superglue, been fine for 4 years now.
Supports a 600mm lens on a Wimberley gimbal just fine.
I had a Gitzo 1548 for my 600mm lens for a while, it was overkill - unless you're well over 6' tall, then the added height is welcome.
For the price, you should snap this up. If I were buying a new CF tripod today, I'd probably go with RRS, but it's a $1000 or more....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:58:42 AM »
There's a place for nostalgia, and tech ain't it. Unless it's Steampunk, that which is but never was.

Where's the brass, Nikon?

Looking at that camera just makes me feel tired.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:53:43 PM »
To continue with idle speculation, this sale must be generating a lot of purchases. How could there be that many returns to provide merchandise to support it? If you had a slow selling camera with inventory steadily building, and didn't want to weaken your product line price structure to compensate, would "refurb" be a back door outlet?
Anecdotally, my UPS guy came in today, and I mentioned this deal, and he whipped out his phone and bought one on the spot.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:06:10 PM »
Got one yesterday. Saw it, then a couple hours later went to buy it...sold out. Sad face. Kept checking back and about 5 hours later more were available.
I think a lot of overproduction gets labeled refurb...

overproduction? any source for that claim?

pretty clearly speculation and not claim, but maybe you were just looking to make a post in this thread...

Mine has shipped as well.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:35:31 PM »
Got one yesterday. Saw it, then a couple hours later went to buy it...sold out. Sad face. Kept checking back and about 5 hours later more were available.
I think a lot of overproduction gets labeled refurb...

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Lenses / Re: Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 05, 2013, 06:54:15 PM »
your comment criticizes but lacks helpful content.

elucidate, oh wise sage....

 :P


Regarding the flash, you've got all the ETTL you need with one Canon flash - get some of these http://mpex.com/lumopro-lp180-quad-sync-manual-flash.html
and maybe some light modifiers/diffusers.

Go over to Strobist and prepare to be amazed.


Having started down the RT road buying the LumoPro makes zero sense.

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Lenses / Re: Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 05, 2013, 12:28:27 PM »
Regarding the flash, you've got all the ETTL you need with one Canon flash - get some of these http://mpex.com/lumopro-lp180-quad-sync-manual-flash.html
and maybe some light modifiers/diffusers.

Go over to Strobist and prepare to be amazed.

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Lenses / Re: Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 05, 2013, 12:02:14 PM »
Get the grip, and a second battery if you don't have one already.

IS will use a fair amount of juice.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Panoramas...How to have a consistent blue sky?
« on: September 30, 2013, 09:25:41 PM »
you might take a look at using "match total exposures" in Lightroom develop module, under "settings" prior to stitching...

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Did anybody link this faq yet?

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/faq.html#pslr-bundle

If you are CC now, contact Adobe to convert (see faq)

this pricing can not be obtained after Dec 31, or if you let membership lapse in the future.

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Well, they should have no problem guaranteeing this $10/mo in perpetuity...

They will simply end the product, support it for a limited time, while moving forward with a "new" application that carries forward, with a new pricing structure.

Those of you who were using Breezebrowser (one price, free lifetime updates) before Chris Breeze migrated development to Breezebrowser Pro (sold on a 12 month subscription basis) will know exactly what to expect.

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And there it is.

This is the right combination at the right price, for me. Hassle free, two programs I use together will upgrade in lock-step without having to do workarounds.

I always upgrade for new features, and to support the vitality of the software. I don't expect the company to carry me forever, just because I bought version 1.0 back in the dark ages.

If you haven't upgraded in 4 versions, you lost the ability to pay a reduced price for a stand a lone version anyway - so I guess this doesn't really apply to you. If you're not interested in new versions of a program, what do you care what the pricing structure is going forward?

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