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Lenses / There is No Perfect Lens - Article by Roger Cicala
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:09:10 PM »
Roger has not only the knowledge, but the very rare talent and ability to explain things in a way that we can understand.
 
There are lots of posts asking which lens is best, or asking if I have poor resolution, too much flare, or decentering, and more.  Roger addresses the variables in lens design and manufacturing in a way that most of us can understand, and having a background as a designer, lab manager, and tester of some very tightly specified components and systems, I think he has hit it right on the head.
 
Enjoy!!
 
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/09/there-is-no-perfect-lens

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Landscape / Sunset Frustration
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:25:32 PM »
I am a inpatient photographer.  Last night, there was a brilliant red sunset lighting up half the sky.  I went into the house, mounted my 16-35mmL, and back out to the front yard.  By then, it was mostly gone.  I took 4 or 5 shots a few seconds apart.
 
I admire those who wait and capture that right moment, but I never seem to make it.
 
Here are the examples, not processed or enhanced.  you can see how fast that sunset goes away.  less than 30 sec, and I missed about 2 minutes of it.
 
 

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Pricewatch Deals / Yet another Canon Refurb Store Sale Starts Sunday
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:51:59 AM »
Its not a big sale, but if you are planning to buy anyway, be aware.
 
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2013/09/canon-refurb-sale-coming-soon-50-off-250-100-off-500/

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Pricewatch Deals / Canon Refurb Sale Starting 8-25
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:34:41 AM »
I received the following info.
If lenses are discounted, it might be worth staying up until the sale goes live.  Sales usually run from 15-20% off.
A sale on refurbished items at the Canon Store will begin early morning Sunday, August 25th. It runs until the evening of Wednesday, August 28th. At this time we know bodies will be discounted but are unsure about lenses. 

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This is the tallest 190 series tripod, its aluminum, and while most are looking for carbon fiber, it might be a good choice for someone trying to save money.
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox

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Site Information / Manuals for old Photo Equipment
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:28:37 PM »
I occasionally find the site below invaluable for downloading free copies of old cameras flashes, and light meters.
 
Be sure to donate a few dollars to help keep it going.
 
http://butkus.org/chinon/index.html

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Animal Kingdom / Northwest Trek
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:22:24 PM »
Has any one been to Northwest Trek?  I did not see any images when I searched. 
 
The wife and I have reservations for the photo tour next weekend, and I've been debating about which cameras and lenses to bring.  They take out windows and doors on the tram, and stop frequently to allow for shots.  There is also a walking tour which is more like a conventional zoo.  The park is part of the City of Tacoma parks department.  I've been wanting to go for a few years, but its necessary to signup for the photo tour well in advance, so I finally remembered to signup early this year.
 
My wife will likely take her 1G X, and I'll take my 5D MK III.  I'll take my 100-400mmL, my 70-200mm 2.8 MK II,  my 24-70L, and my 16-35mmL.  Maybe my 100L too?
I hate to pack so much stuff, and I'm even thinking of taking my 580 EX II and better beamer, since I hear that the animals are sometimes hiding in the shade.   That's going to make a big load to carry, maybe I need to bring my big roll around case :)

I will also put my 40D in as a second camera.
 
I'll bring my monopod, and Pol filters, but I don't like to use filters unless I really have to.
 
I'll start packing up to see what I can actually carry in my favorite bag.
 
Meanwhile, any advice from someone who's been there is welcome.

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Pricewatch Deals / Refurbished 6D now at Canon Direct, $1599
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:28:58 PM »
I don't know if they will give a 15% discount thru the Canon Loyalty Program, but it might be worth asking.  $1599 is not a deal.

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I don't know if its appeared before, but it is there this morning.  The price is no big bargain, but it will likely be sold out before the next sale.  Now with a 1 year Warranty, I'd buy one if I didn't already have mine.
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-digital-slr-camera-lenses-specials/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses-speedlites/ef-24-70mm-f-28l-ii-usm-refurbished

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Canon has recently increased the warranties on their refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses.  The warranty on refurb powershots is still 90 days.
 
I thought I'd post this, because I still see posts from those who are not aware of the longer warranty period.
 
That might help some buyers relieve their anxiety over buying refurbished, and American Express doubles that warranty when you buy with your AMEX card.  I'd check with Amex, they do not specifically exclude Refurbished when bought from the original manufacturer, but there are always weasel words that might exclude a refurbished, words like "Original Warranty" ;)

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Software & Accessories / Bogen 3040 Tripod
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:26:18 PM »
I saw the tripod at a garage sale, along with a old 3047 pan / 2 way tilt head.  I paid $5 for it, and finally got around to cleaning it up today.  There was nothing wrong or broken, but it was dusty from being stored for many years.  I took the handles off the head and used my buffer to give them a good polish, the shafts were starting to oxidize.  Aside from that, it looks pretty nice.
 
Its a huge and heavy beast, the kind that was commonly used for video in the days of the large VHS Camcorders, and medium format cameras.  It could easily carry a big load.
 
I already have too many tripods, so I'm not certain what I'll do with it, but for the price, I decided to grow my collection.  I have a nice Manfrotto fluid head, so I might put that on it.  I've given up on large lenses, and have two tripods big enough to handle super telephoto lenses with ease in any event.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Graduation 2013
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:53:46 PM »
Attended the graduation Ceremony for our local Home School last night.  They had 50 graduates, which is actually up from 30 a couple of years back.
 
Unlike the huge schools, Graduations are less stuffy and more informal.  Students do get a Diploma from the local school, classes are taught by certified teachers in a school run by the district as well as at home by the parents.  The level of scholarship is very high with many students receiving scholar ships.  A high percentage graduate from community college at the same time.
 
You can wear a feather in your hair, or even bring your teddy bear.  Diplomas are given by the parents, who also give a short speech.
 
I used my 5D MK III and 70-200mm f/2.8 L MK II almost exclusively.  I used my 24-70mmL MK II for the group photo along with a flash.  I prefer it without flash, but I wanted to freeze the hats in the air. I don't like the color (mixed light).
Next up is my grandsons graduation at Safeco Field in Seattle.  Nothing cozy about it. I'm not even going to try and bring my camera in that Zoo.
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

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Pricewatch Deals / Refurb 1D X in stock for $5439.20
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:21:43 PM »
Now that the refurb sale is over, Canon has restocked their refurb store.
 
Save $$$$ while they last.
 
http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_331226_-1

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There is a comparison of the two cameras,
 
[Japan: EOS Kiss X7i, Americas: EOS Rebel T5i, Europe/Asia/Oceania: EOS 700D]
                    [Japan: EOS Kiss X7, Americas: EOS Rebel SL1, Europe/Asia/Oceania: EOS 100D]
 
 
http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/tech/report/2013/05/
 

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