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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:03:32 AM »
The patent says 55-203... Why do they say its 250mm?
Several patents can be combined for building one lens.

That too  :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:02:12 AM »
The patent says 55-203... Why do they say its 250mm?

AFAIK the patents are more to cover the design of the optical chain itself, and specific values are less important.  In fact specific values could be an advantage to competitors (or rumor sites).

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS -- update coming?
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:30:35 PM »
I'll second that, buy it.  Great bang for the buck.

I picked one up for my son off of craigslist for $160.  It's amazingly non-horrible.  Yes, it's light, (very) plasticy, AF is slow; but it's IS is quite decent, and it can take reasonably sharp photos if you have the light to stop it down.

I've spent more than $160 on just a single filter, I'd consider the $160 I spent on this lens some of the best money I've ever spent on photography.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:01:26 AM »
This is a little old, from last fall.

Very nice.  I'm a big fan of the subtle accent color.

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Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.4 II & EF 50 f/1.8 III [CR2]
« on: May 23, 2011, 10:39:16 PM »
I doubt it.  The 50/1.2L is not that old (released in 2007), and was itself an update of sorts, from the 50mm f/1.0L (released in 1989, and still shows up on the used market occasionally for $3-4K).  The other two current 50mm standard primes are from the early 90's.

Why did you tell me about this lens...you just cost me an extra $3000.  Thanks.  :)

I did not know the f/1.0 existed, but for the night time pictures I take, it might be the right lens.

Good job no one mentioned the f/.95 then!

Wasn't that FD mount?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 18, 2011, 12:40:00 PM »
If you're asking about store it and forget it, nothing is fail proof. Accidental Overwrite is your worst enemy . . . yourself.  In the end, nothing replaces proper backup procedures, so the true solution of no data loss is to get a software solution that allows it to be schedules and does not overwrite copies outside of how comfortable you are with it, and store a copy off-site.

That can't be emphasized enough.  RAID is not backup.  It's protection from hardware failure.

I would use all the following data protection strategies that you can afford:
  • RAID:  Protection against hardware faults.  Sunk cost that I would consider mandatory.
  • Snapshots:  Near instant recovery of human "Oops".  Virtually free (performance and cost) on any decent NAS.
  • Local Backup:  Quick recovery from major failures.  Costs media (drives or tape), and time to manage.
  • Offsite Backup:  Slow recovery from catastrophic failures (e.g., house burns down).  Can be a second copy of your local backups that rotate offsite, or an online service (dropbox, amazon s3, etc.).  If it's physical media, there are professional services that will come an pick up your backups every week, or you can just put them at a friends house, preferably outside of range of a single tornado/hurricane/earthquake/flood/godzilla.

Remember, just like you only have to brush the teeth you want to keep; you only have to backup the bits you want to keep.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:50:36 PM »
For truly portable storage, consider something like the Epson P-7000.


Wow, that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  A tad pricey, but may be worth it.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=B31B192002

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:56:57 PM »
Get a NAS, minimum of 4 drives, RAID 10, replace it every 3-5 years, migrate data.

Now that I think about it, RAID 10 is overkill, RAID 5 or 6 is probably more appropriate.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which Storage Devices ???
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:41:56 PM »
Get a NAS, minimum of 4 drives, RAID 10, replace it every 3-5 years, migrate data.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:00:31 PM »
My B+W ND #110 (3.0, 10-stop)

AKA, welding goggles.

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Canon General / Re: Nikon D90 or Canon T3i
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:44:35 AM »
fantastic question on a CANON website.....  :o ::)

don´t you think such a question will always yield biased results on a brand connected website?

On this particular site, not as much as you'd think.

Despite the fact that most of us shoot Canon, I think this is one of the (very) few places where you can get a relatively unbiased opinion.  One of the main reasons I frequent this forum it that it's high on knowledge, and low on fanboyism.

We prefer to have flamewars on high ISO performance, pixel density, and square sensors; more so than Canon Vs. Nikon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Best Buy has 5DII on sale for $2123?!
« on: May 15, 2011, 09:49:22 PM »
Has to be a mistake, BestBuy NEVER sells big ticket items for less than MSRP.
Not entirely true.

I know, just my ham-fisted attempt at humor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Best Buy has 5DII on sale for $2123?!
« on: May 15, 2011, 08:00:23 PM »
Has to be a mistake, BestBuy NEVER sells big ticket items for less than MSRP.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D focusing question??
« on: May 15, 2011, 02:11:43 AM »
I understand where your coming from, however hindsight is always 20/20 in regards to photography and camera gear.  With the 7D it magnifies so much more due to all the extra MP that any and every little flaw in focus and or lens will be that much more magnified.  I had the pleasure a few months ago to run into a CF card with pictures I didn't delete yet which were from my old 30D and sigma tele lens... During the time when I had that camera, it seemed to constantly pop out amazing photos one after another, however looking back at that card and photos, now with my increased expectations, I would be ashamed to show any of those photos on my portfolio due to stuff I may not have noticed during my time using that camera.  It doesn't mean the camera was bad, but my increased expectations of me, of my current gear, of my skill set has changed.  Comparing different, especially older generations of cameras is apples to oranges due to that same reason.  7D is a beast of a camera, but on the same note, any slight issue will be that much more magnified.

Nail, head, hit.

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Landscape / Re: landscape
« on: May 12, 2011, 12:40:14 AM »
Wow.

The color and saturation are amazing.  Is that straight from the camera? Or worked on a bit?

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