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Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:51:05 PM »
Canon is likely saving up for a big showing at Photokina in the fall, would not be surprised if that is one of the lenses announced.

I would also not be surprised if this is not announced, if the outdated 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 have been selling so far they will continue to do so. The 50/1.2 is a unique prestige cash cow not to be easily endangered by a faster 50mm with IS and good bokeh.

The 50/1.2 is threatened by the Sigma 50A, not the EF 50/x IS. I hope Sigma can ramp up production enough to fulfill demand for the 18-35A and the 50A, so that when they release my new 85A I won't have to wait too long to get it. I am also very interested in the presumably soon-to-be-released 50 IS. I wonder if it's going to have a silly high release price like that of its siblings, or more in line with current prices.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 16, 2014, 05:07:44 PM »

Located in Norway, and we can't buy anything above 30 ish dollars without paying both 25% taxes and a 30 dollar fee for declaring it. Include shipping and a used bag is more than retail here  ;D

Wow. You have my sympathy. I afraid to contemplate what your 1DX cost :P

I believe you'll find the Travel Angel to be too short to shoot comfortably with unless you raise the center column. Raising the column adds a great deal of instability, and should be avoided. Have a look at the Sirui M3204X. It is 58" w/o the column extended and is well made and quite stout for a pod in this price range.

Amazon has 1 for sale at $400 right now which is a very good price.

B&H has them for the normal price of around $465.

Unfortunately those prices do not include a ballhead. I would suggest a Markins Q3 for that.

The filters you have chosen are excellent. Happy spending shooting.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 16, 2014, 04:34:15 PM »
So Viggo....what did you buy and why?
. I'm looking for the Tamrac, but it's not easy to find here, and it seems it's an older model. I have been looking at the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150, it seems like it would do. But I'm not in a big hurry and need the money for something else, so haven't pulled the trigger yet. Just sold my 85 today, so might buy something fun soon  ;D
the Netherlands
maybe they sent it abroad, don't know te extra costs for that....

Thanks, but 50 eur is quite expensive and I would have to pay shipping and 25% taxes in top it's twice what my backpack was, lol.

It's $66 on Amazon in US.

I don't know where you're located, but you might try ebay. The bag is very sturdy, so picking up a used one is certainly an option.

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:04:53 PM »
Thank you all very much for taking the time to reply - there's an awful lot of useful info here.  :)

The ball head is the most important component of a support system.  There are better places (eg: lens and body plates, clamps, flash brackets, macro rails...) where one can save money.  I recommend investing in a top ball head, then saving elsewhere.
Yes, absolutely. I can't quite stretch to Linhof, but that aside, I'm willing to pay what it takes. I just want something that really works for me. (I already have a ballhead that doesn't...)

I've read the thread carefully several times now, and what I keep coming back to are the recommendations for Acratech. Strong but lightweight and easy to keep clean are excellent points in favour, and I like the gimbal/leveling base trick, although I don't know how much I'd actually use it.

I'm willing to carry as much as I have to, weight-wise, to be sure it'll hold my gear properly, but once that's given, the lighter the better. And the place I'm most likely to use it is on beaches, so while I'm rather hoping I wouldn't drop it in the drink or mud, having something that will forgive that if it does happen also appeals. (Also, I can be a bit of a klutz, so.)

I'm specifically considering the Acratech GP, which btw does have a tensioning knob (re: scottburgess's caveat about having to "crank on the tightening knob to really lock it down", which would be an issue because I don't have particularly strong hands).

Acratech don't however do custom L-plates, and Hejnar Photo don't seem to do them for Canon. My local bricks-and-mortar camera shop could order me one, but I didn't quite catch which brand it would be - Kirk, I think.

Would the Acratech GP be a good choice, do you think? And if so, where would I best go for my L-plate?

Thanks again!

The Acratech GP is an excellent head, you will not be disappointed. One of the major points of the arca-swiss system is compatibility. Any arca compatible plate will fit with any arca ballhead that uses a screw type clamp. Lever clamps are a little more picky. Kirk and RRS make the best L brackets that are custom fitted for your model of camera. Lens plates can be bought from any source as they are generic.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:33:44 AM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

Dull and lifeless.

The French will be so glad to hear you describe their capital city in that way.

This has nothing to do with where an image was taken, it's the depiction of it. That shot has no soul.

A photographer cannot capture what isn't there, so if there is no soul in that photograph then there is no soul in Paris.

By that logic, since there are no orange cars in the image, therefore there are no orange cars in Paris ::)


The image says far more about the ability of the photographer than it does about Paris.

What, you mean I have no soul?!?! OMG, how will I live without having a soul! Let me find a bridge to jump off!

Can't we just enjoy some nice sunsets without getting into flaming insults and cheap shots? Is this all we have?

PS:  @Dilbert    Please let me know when and where so I can prove that my 7D has not reached the end of its life :)

Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:32:38 PM »
Mine has been on preorder from Canon since the middle of May with a scheduled ship date of 6-27-14. I received a notice from Canon yesterday that the estimated ship date has been moved up to 6-20-14 (this Friday). I don't know how that translates to normal retail release, but there you go.

from the canon website (USA)?  Do you know if they ship sooner to consumers than they do to major accounts such as B&H or Amazon?

Yes, from Canon USA.

As I said in my response, I don't know how that translates to normal retail release, but it can only be good news for reviewers and preorders. The ratio of how many lenses Canon have to release as opposed to how many lenses are on preorder is another question.

Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:05:05 PM »
Mine has been on preorder from Canon since the middle of May with a scheduled ship date of 6-27-14. I received a notice from Canon yesterday that the estimated ship date has been moved up to 6-20-14 (this Friday). I don't know how that translates to normal retail release, but there you go.

If practical means cheap, then definitely not. But if their claim that the redirecting of those photons takes substantially less glass to accomplish is true, then it would mean smaller and sharper lenses. I certainly don't know enough about lens design to know if that's true/possible, but I like the idea of a sharp f/1.2 85mm the size of a couple of shorty forties.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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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