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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:47:02 AM »
I don't crop when I shoot slides. Digital is easier to crop ;)

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:08:54 AM »
Nice!!! Why are people complaining that it is EF-S?! We already have a 40mm pancake for ff (if you want that normal view), and 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (if you want that 24mm). Chill.


Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:12:26 PM »
Come on people, these "price drops" are just pure marketing! Who here ever buys Canon lenses at full MSRP? Don't you all wait for those "deals" like instant rebates and mail in rebates?

The MSRP prices are always artificially high, so when they are lowered you feel all warm and fuzzy dropping 1600 on a new lens- but at least you "saved" 100 bucks!

The sky isn't falling. This has nothing to do with Sony's magical sensors, or Sigma's world beating lenses, or mirrorless taking over... It's just marketing.

The point of marketing to boost sales.

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:36:56 PM »
I wonder what the limits of a "pancake"'lens are. Could they make a 14mm or 85mm pancake?

Since Pentax can make a 70mm f2.4 Pancake and a really small 15mm f4.0 for APS-C, I think it is not completely impossible but the Limiteds are a bit pricy unlike the EF40.

I believe the pentax pancake lenses don't have AF motors built in to the lenses. They are screw drive from the camera. How much space does an AF motor take up?

I have no idea.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:08:48 PM »
And a few more from the other morning.

The Beginning by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lighthouse by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

For all those not from USA/ NY: These shots are from Montauk, NY. This point is the eastern most point on LI (Long Island). A beautiful spot to stand and watch the sunrise.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:39:51 PM »
Sunrise in Montauk

Montauk Sunrise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Montauk Sunrise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What does Sigma do next?
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:26:19 PM »
How about a 35-70mm 1.8 APS-c to go with their sweet 18-35!!

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:10:55 PM »
I've seen Joe McNally use a pop up flash as an optical trigger. He is a professional photographer. Cameras aren't professionals ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Suggestions of a Canon MF announcement at Photokina!
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »
I seriously doubt this rumor. Canon seems to be more about the evolution and merging of the "moving image" with stills photography. Their highest end professional products are in this area. Why go after a tiny "medium format" market? Medium format digital cameras aren't even medium format! This just sounds like sensor geek fantasy talk.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can't get my 1dx to catch focus fast as 7d
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:36:42 PM »
Another win for APS-C!!! Man, that pesky 7D mkI classic has been just rocking it this week* on CR ;)

*See "The Reach War" thread for all the amazing things the 7D is now doing.

The difference is "Neg-li-gi-ble."


Post Processing / Re: Smart objects
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:54:29 PM »
Does anyone know:  do smart objects work the same way as editing in LR, where the edits are commands stored in a separate XMP file so that your underlying RAW file is never changed?  Sounds like Adobe took that from LR and built it into PS?

I don't edit in PS very often (I have the CC version but really haven't started to learn how to use it).  My workflow (if I can dignify what I do with such a term) is to import everything into LR, figure out which photos I want to work on, edit in LR, then if I think PS would be useful (mostly so far only for content aware fill to get rid of stuff) I use "edit in PS" and create a Tiff from the photo (with the LR edits) for that purpose.  Sound like I should edit the LR adjusted photo as a smart object in PS.  If I understand correctly, that would just be adding further commands to the XMP file and I wouldn't end up with so many versions of the same photo.  Does this make sense to anyone? 

OK, I have some tutorials to watch.  Thanks for the links.

Not really. It's more like putting "containers" around the file to protect the pixels and original file. Then filters and adjustments are applied to the container file. They are very helpful when you want to do destructive edits.

But the problem is that the Photoshop file will get really big really fast, as you are basically nesting files within files.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: D810 vs. 3D
« on: August 02, 2014, 06:30:44 PM »
I'd wait for the 3D mkII. It's going to have better dynamic range and other amazing technology that will make you want to delete every photo you have ever taken and start over. For realz.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:38:13 AM »
Some shots from Hall of Fame Weekend:
Ernie Banks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Reggie Jackson by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Hank Aaron by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Torre HOF '14 Parade by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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