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Those curved TVs look pretty cool, at least on TV 8).  This looks like a big cost saving / miniaturization move by Sony to eliminate lens elements that correct for field curvature.  With 100M EOS lenses out there, not to mention Nikkor and many others, I don't see flat sensors going anywhere.

I hate to say it but those 100M EOS lenses would all work better on a DSLR with a curved sensor than one with a flat sensor.
Maybe or maybe not because they have different levels of field curvature and most macro lenses would really suck on a curved sensor.  On the other hand. the Sony sensor will no doubt have lenses that are all designed to have very similar levels of field curvature.

Field curvature has nothing to do with illumination levels.

I believe they were trying to say that not only will the new sensor allow for smaller sized lenses relating to field of view, focal length, etc., but they will also allow for larger apertures, thereby allowing more light.

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Lenses / Re: Family Holiday To Florida
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:41:26 PM »
+ for Gatorland. Nice selection of reptiles (duh) and birds.
Brad, I love the "lizard" filename.  That's a helluva big lizard, and here are a few of the birds that hang out at Gatorland:









Let's not forget the non-caucasian avians...

Remember this face that only a mother could love?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:10:51 PM »
I have had this lens on preorder direct from Canon since the middle of may, scheduled to ship on 6-27-14. I just received a notice from them that started out with "We regret to inform you that here has been a change in the Estimated Ship Date" and expected a disappointment. To my complete surprise, the estimated ship date has been moved SOONER to 6-20-14. I just thought I'd throw that out there for those who are anticipating this lens as much as I am.

I got the same notice.  I was hoping to get the lens before a vacation starting on 6/21, but I won't get it if they ship on 6/20.  Bummer!

That does suck. Look at the bright side. We'll definitely have them by the fourth of July!

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:34:17 AM »
Markins Q3 will be more than adequate for your setup. I also have a RRS BH40 so can compare directly. The Q3 is smoother, lighter and locks up quicker and stronger than the BH40. The only advantage of the BH40 is the strength of the panning lock. I only find this inconvenient for macro shooting, which is where I use the RRS.

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Lenses / Re: Family Holiday To Florida
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:27:43 AM »
I think the 15-85 and the 70-200 would be more than adequate, unless you are planning an airboat tour. I found that 300 was too short in some cases.
Not sure if this is allowed, and I'm sure the mods will fix it if I'm wrong, but Marsh Landing Adventures are really good. (I'm sure there are other tour suppliers)
As a Floridian, I'd second this vote and would recommend the 1.4x II or III extender which works extremely well with the 70-200 f/4 IS and a crop body as a wildlife lens.  I'd leave the rest at home as you'll get little use out of them.  Also, which parks are you going to?  Outside of the usual Disney/Universal/SeaWorld parks, I'd recommend a trip to Gatorland if you have time and are interested in birds & alligators.

+ for Gatorland. Nice selection of reptiles (duh) and birds.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:23:40 AM »
I have had this lens on preorder direct from Canon since the middle of may, scheduled to ship on 6-27-14. I just received a notice from them that started out with "We regret to inform you that here has been a change in the Estimated Ship Date" and expected a disappointment. To my complete surprise, the estimated ship date has been moved SOONER to 6-20-14. I just thought I'd throw that out there for those who are anticipating this lens as much as I am.

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PowerShot / Re: Looking for New Compact Advice
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:28:17 PM »
Thanks for the advice!  Refurbished sounds like a good avenue.  I'm probably going to save towards a T5i later this year to start shooting with a SLR again (and dust off all my lenses).  I had been thinking about the 70D or waiting for the 7D2, but those would probably be overkill for just getting back into it.  Baby steps.

Powershot S100 for $160. Great little camera...

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/310255?WT.mc_id=C126149

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Technical Support / Re: OMG Cookie Hell on Canon Rumors
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:17:44 PM »
Seen any cookies from Colorado or California?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod / Ball head available in Germany
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:28:21 PM »
Hi everyone,
planning to purchase my first (real tripod), looking for something that will last me for a long time while being reasonably priced. Since I take a lot of pictures while travelling I'd like a carbon tripod.

Would need advice on several questions:

1. For the legs I thought about a Manfrotto Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 055 or Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055. Good choice? I'm 1,86 m (6'1"). Is the 4 or the 3 segments version better? I wouldn't mind spending less of course - is there something with a better value for money?

2. RRS seems to be the best choice for a ball head, if I understand the other entries here correctly. Unfortunately it's not that easily available here; I only found one web site selling their stuff, so I'd rather go for something I could get spare parts etc. for around here (Germany) in the future. Any recommendations? I bascially only do still photography at the moment - could change in the future of course, but I want a system that is ideally geared towards still photography.

Thanks in advance!
RadioPath

You don't mention what type of camera/lens combo you will be using (weight), but I will also vote for a Markins Q3 or Q10. I have a couple of Markins and a RRS ballhead and can confidently say that Markins is smoother and stronger than the equivalent RRS head. The exception is the strength of the panning lock. The Markins is not weak in this regard, but the RRS heads are definitely superior in this one area.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal head or not for Tamron 150-600
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:18:16 PM »
Here is a question for everyone. I am trying to figure out if I should buy a Gimbal Head or whether I should just buy the Acratech GP Ball-head with the Gimbal head feature. The only telephoto lens I plan on using once I save up the money is the Tamron 150-600. I know that Gimbal heads are definitely easier than ball-heads when you have a big telephoto lens like a Canon 500mm on it and can handle the weight, but the Tamron only weighs 4.3 pounds.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks

I have an Acratech GP and it will work fine for that lens. Keep in mind that the weight of the lens will be offset from the center of your ballhead, so a stout tripod is required. A more cost effective solution to the Wimberly Sidekick mentioned above is to pick up a Jobu BWG-M1 Micro Gimbal Ballhead Adapter. I have one and it is very well made and has a small enough profile that you can carry it in your back pocket. It easily attaches to any Arca ballhead. A full gimbal would be way overkill for your situation.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/754602-REG/Jobu_Design_BWG_M1_BWG_Micro_Gimbal_Ballhead_Adapter.html

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Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender Diffusion Kit vs actual softbox
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:25:35 PM »
I can't offer any comparisons since I don't have any softboxes, but I do have a few of their reflectors with panels and find them very convenient and effective. I just wanted to mention that somewhere on their site they sell "factory seconds" for a good discount. I bought all of mine that way and they are functionally perfect.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:08:28 PM »
Shoot nudes and boudoir

Hit or miss. Entirely dependent on the clientele ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:05:31 PM »
Hi Viggo,


I use the Tamrac Velocity 8x
It can hold your 1Dx with even a size lens 70-300 or 70-200 f/2.8
In the front pocket you can put extra battery, CF cards and your wallet
While sitting on your bike you can easliy swap it from your back to the front, open the zipper and take out the camera. Put back and swing the bag on your back again.
I use it for the 5DMKIII with grip and the lenses I just mentioned.

+1 on the Velocity 8. It is exactly what you're looking for. Smallish size, good protection and quick access, particularly if you leave the lid unzipped.

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:58:20 PM »
1st: 24-105...............Still use for travel
2nd: 17-40................Still use until 16-35 f/4L IS arrives
3rd: 70-200 f/4 IS......Will have to pry from my cold dead fingers (and I have the 2.8 v2)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Real World Sample Images
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:49:38 PM »
Mine's supposed to ship from Canon via Fed Ex on the 27th, so I should have it by the fourth of July. Yippee! I even bought a new B+W clear XS-Pro filter for it when I could just have used the "old" (still like new) F Pro filter that's currently on my 17-40. I guess I'll sell the lens with the filter. This GAS stuff is contagious. I hope the lens performs as well as I expect so I can also sell my Tokina AT-X 16-28 f/2.8 FX. I don't think I'll need 2.8 often enough to justify both lenses, and lord knows I already have enough overlaps in my assortment of lenses.

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