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I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.

At least two of us in that minority...

I have wondered about the pros/cons of push/pull zoom and found this link, which mentions the 100-400

Interesting discussions with personal preference perhaps a factor.  I think the push/pull design has made way for the rotating ring mostly because of recent advances in autofocus.  And just maybe the rotating ring may cost less to make??

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon .mov encoder?
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:37:11 PM »

Lenses / Re: Development Announcement of a New 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2014, 06:52:13 PM »
What sense does it make to put IS on such a big lens that would likely always be mounted on a tripod where IS is not needed? Or even not recommended?  Is use of a monopod assumed to be the most frequent user choice?   Certainly hand-held, where IS would be most helpful, doesn't seem practical because of quick fatigue with such a big lens.

Is the 16-35 f/4L intended as a replacement for the current 17-40 f/4L  ???

Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:48:24 PM »
I think I'll buy two!  Then I'll be totally broke.  Yikes!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:09:15 PM »
This lens not identified as L lens.  Does it make sense that it should be an L lens, or can you get high quality optics at this focal length without L design standards?

Photography Technique / Combining HDR and Panorama Stitching
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:51:31 PM »
Interested in hearing about experiences with panorama stitching combined with HDR.   What is your workflow?

I have shot my HDRs at each pano position first, then did HDR processing for each position (using Photomatix Pro), then stitched the resulting TIFFs into pano image using PS6.   

I get mixed results.   Any suggestions?

I have a WD Passport HD and received the following email from them today:

Dear WD Registered Customer,

UPDATE: November 1st, 2013

As a valued WD customer we want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple's OS X Mavericks (10.9). WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications. Until the issue is understood and the cause identified, WD strongly urges our customers to uninstall these software applications before updating to OS X Mavericks (10.9), or delay upgrading. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, WD recommends that you remove these applications and restart your computer. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks and are experiencing difficulty in accessing your external hard drive, please do not save anything to the drive, disconnect the drive from your computer, and contact Western Digital Customer Service at for further assistance.

The WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare software applications are not new and have been available from WD for many years. However, solely as a precaution WD has removed these applications from our website as we investigate this issue.

Western Digital

Do Canon EF and EF-S lenses both fit these cameras?   Good possibility without a mirror?

Software & Accessories / Lightning Trigger for Canon
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:18:07 PM »
Does anyone have experience with lightning trigger units for Canon that attach to the hot shoe?  See several models on the Amazon website, but no user comments that usually accompany a product add.  Feedback about your favorite model and pros/cons would be appreciated :)

Software & Accessories / CF-SD adapters
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:13:47 PM »
Has anyone had experience with CF-SD adapter card like these?

Is it intended for in-camera use, or for interfacing between CF card reader and computer?

If usable in camera, could be less expensive way to have higher capacity cards in cameras that use CF cards.

Is there a loss of write speed if used in camera with CF card?   What may be some of the other pitfalls? ???

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: White balance for moonlight
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:41:12 PM »
Unless I'm missing something, isn't a good starting point just daylight (5500 deg K), since moonlight is no more than just reflected sunlight?   

Isn't the net effect that you are basically renting usage time on the software?  What I mean is this--if you spend 2 years in it at a cost of $720 and then decide you have all the features you need and don't want any more upgrade, you have exactly nothing if you close your subscription, right?  As opposed to spending that money on an actual software license that you can use indefinitely?

I've been mildly tempted, but it's the being locked in forever or you've got nothing (if indeed that's the case) that is the biggest turnoff to me.

My thoughts exactly.  It's like leasing a car.  When the lease is up you have to renew, otherwise you walk.

Creative Cloud might be a good deal for someone who can always write off the cost.   They could also write off a purchase, but may need to depreciate the cost over some time period.   Just not obvious that the convenience and possible benefits of getting the latest capabilities as soon as they are available justifies the ongoing cost.

Not sure Adobe would wait to market new capabilities.  Could be they would like a group of steady users who could help them debug beta versions of their software, but you shouldn't have to pay for that.

Software & Accessories / Re: What printer paper do you recommend, and why?
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:00:27 PM »
I have an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer and use Epson papers.  My favorite is Enhanced Matte Paper - formerly called Archival Matte Paper.  Epson calls this a "Professional Paper".

I prefer the look of the matte finish and like that it dries almost immediately.  It comes in a Heavyweight (or double weight) thickness that is easier to handle than single weight.

Hope this helps!

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W "Kaesemann" CPL versus regular
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:14:37 PM »
I have the B+W Kaesemann CPL filter in several sizes, but not the slimline version.  The slimline is not threaded on the front, preventing use of the lens cover.  The slip-on cover provided slips off way too easily, and can be easily lost.  The added cost of the Kaesemann seemed reasonable, and possible vignetting at wide-angle focal lengths with the standard thickness version has not been a problem for me.

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