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Lenses / Re: Comments on the design decisions of 24-70 II?
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:53:30 PM »
I'm very much aware of that, though some of those decisions can be derived from the lens specifications.

However, the bigger question was, do you notice that you would be using the lens in a different way than Mark I?
I doubt it, I do not know how the many different lens formulas they have tried affect the variables.  They try to balance all the factors, while, of course, giving maximum sharpness.  One formula may be sharp but have curvature of field, another might have more CA, and some might have more lens elements running up the cost, weight, and reducing light transmission.
How do we deduce which lens formulas they tried and what their properties were?
I would not use the MK I, I had five and did not like any, and sold them.  So any sustained use of the MK II at all would be different use.

Lenses / Re: Kenko TC - 2 models - which one to buy?
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:46:34 PM »
Only the 1.4X is going to AF with the 100-400L.  A 2X would give you f/11 at 400mm and will not AF.
If you have a f/4 lens, a 2X will allow AF.
I'd also be concerned about more distortion with the 2X.

Software & Accessories / Re: OS Questions
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:43:38 PM »
A few more to answer would be, "Will the programs I buy in the future need 7?"
Do I have enough RAM and Speed to make 7 worthwhile?

All of my software works on XP. For now. In the future, that's anybody's guess. And if push comes to shove, I can always install Win7.

Speed was also an (unspoken) thought that I had. In order to best use an older machine's specs, am I better off using XP? I'm thinking right now that I probably will be.
Speed will not be a issue, but compatibility with your computer hardware might be, it depends on the age.  I found one laptop that would not load windows 7, a message popped up saying it was incompatible.
You can download and run the windows compatibility checker to do this.  If a windows 7 disk came with your computer, it should work fine.  Since you have a new hard drive, try installing it, you may be surprised at how smoothly and quickly it installs.  You can always install XP over it, just choose the erase partition option when installing XP, or use a utility to format the drive.

Generally, the kit deals consist of camera and lens with a bunch of junk grade extras thrown in.  Don't get taken.
Zooms are not really that great for video, the focus changes on almost all of them as you zoom in or out. 
Get the camera and 18-55mm IS kit for everyday photography, but buy a older fully manual Nikon prime lens for video.  Adapters are cheap and do not degrade quality, so you can leave one on each lens.
Look for a 28mm and a 50mm to start.  You should be able to find them for a song.  The Nikon 55mm Micro is a good choice, as it is a macro lens (1:2) so you can take closeups if needed.

Lenses / Re: "Zoom Creep" on the 24-105L : My Solution
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:28:57 PM »
The issue comes when the adhesive dries up and the tape curls and jams your zoom.  Then it can't be easily dismantled for repair either.  Good tape might last for many years, while some of the cheap Chinese made stuff lasts 2 years.  Its all in the adhesive quality.
The tape that Canon uses inside your camera, for example, is the good stuff, tested for life and resistance to heat and humidity, but what you buy at a hardware store may not. 
Also note that use in hot and humid climates will accelerate degradation of some adhesives, sometimes in just days.  There are two basic adhesive types, silicone and acrylic.  Most tapes are acrylic because its cheaper, and has properties more suited to a casual user.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Sherlock Holmes tracks down the Culpret.
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:13:08 PM »
Did you discover any eggs?
We have 23 hens, plus three duck hens, we are awash in eggs.  We sell the extras.  Rabbit for dinner tonight!  Much better than chicken, Imho.

Software & Accessories / Re: Arca-Swiss requires plate
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:09:50 PM »
Yes, you need a quick release plate for your camera (and lens tripod collars, if any).  If you will shoot portrait orientation from the tripod, consider an L-bracket instead of just a base plate for the camera (yes, the ballhead has a drop notch, but centering the weight over the ball is better, and also enables you to do a pano rotation in portrait orientation).

Clicking the Accessories tab on the page you link shows the 'generic' base plates (fit any camera, you'd need the 1/4") from Arca-Swiss. But, lots of vendors make compatible plates since the AS system is 'the standard'.  Check out Wimberley for a good generic plate (P-5) and lens plates for tripod collars.  I like Really Right Stuff plates and L-brackets a lot - they are camera-specific, meaning no chance of the plate twisting. RRS gear is available only direct from them, though. Kirk plates and L-brackets are of equal quality to RRS, and distributed by B&H/Adorama.
+1 all of the above.  I have different brands, some fit lenses, some fit bodies, and a few generic ones.  I have both RRS and Kirk and they are good.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to do? Upgrade from 400d
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:07:21 PM »
There are lots of possibilities
A fast f/1.4 prime would gain two stops in low light, but you can also get a extra stop by upgrading to a 5D MK II.  Do both and gain three stops.  Thats a huge difference. 
Consider a 50mm f/1.8 or a 30mm f/2 for a economy way to get more stops.  A 40mm f/2.8 is cheap, sharp, and will add a stop.  As much as I love my 70-200mm f/4 IS, it is not a low light lens.
Going to a 5D MK III will add yet another 1/2 stop.

Animal Kingdom / Sherlock Holmes tracks down the Culpret.
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:00:01 PM »
I noticed a depression had suddenly been dug out near our flowers this morning, so while my hand is healing, I grabbed my wife's G11 to photographically track down the culpret.  As you can guess, I was pretty suspicious.
The images seem to lack punch, its a gray day and I did not feel like spending time on them.

A hole dug in my yard.

So I looked for clues and finger - er - footprints.

Sure enough, just follow the clues.

Software & Accessories / Re: Cover for Manfrotto 055xprob + 498rc2
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:51:24 PM »
Didn't it come with a zip-up bag?  Both should fit.

Software & Accessories / Re: Arca-Swiss requires plate
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:49:44 PM »
It does not include a quick release plate.  They are pretty standard, but you should look for reviews of various QR plates and how they work with the head.
Most Arca Swiss compatible plates work, but some have quirks.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:04:28 PM »
I bought the $2750 Adorama model recently, and just bought a LP-E6 battery from Adorama with the ebay bucks from the camera purchase.  I had to kick in $3.84.
Those deals from Beach Camera and B&H will earn you enough ebay bucks to buy a Genuine Canon battery maybe more.

EOS Bodies / Re: When using a hand strap, such as the E2 strap
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:33:19 PM »
I like to keep both hands on my camera, left under the lens and right on the grip.  I hate that lock button on top.  Maybe I'll look into remapping.  Thanks for the hint.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm tilt and shift
« on: October 13, 2012, 12:18:30 PM »
So far, just a prototype at Photokina. I'd sure wait for expert reviews of this one. 

No one is reading the article. It states that the only phone camera that trumps old point and shoots is the Nokia 808, which has an enormous sensor.
Yes, I've read it.  But, how is the Nokia at AF, what about CA's, how fast is the shutter, and how does the onboard flash compare, what about distortion?  DXO is one dimensional.  Just like only looking at the center resolution of the 85mm f/1.8 lens and its suddenly the best.

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