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Photography Technique / Re: How to replicate a 'look'?
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:41:21 PM »
For some reason I couldn't see any of your photos on that blog. But the inspiration images are pretty simple:
Increase contrast / curves and a slight vibrancy push. Make sure your images posted to the web are sRGB and not Adobe RGB.

You can also play with the camera color profiles in Lightroom/ Camera Raw to see if there is a more vibrant look you like better.

Photography Technique / Re: shooting reverse mounted lenses for macro
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:09:03 PM »
You can always get an old cheap 35-80 kit lens and pop off the front element.

Then you have a crazy macro zoom! You can find these lenses for next to nothing.


EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:32:28 PM »
Here's a bit of a non sequitur question... why did the 7d ship with the 28-135? The lens creep on that thing is atrocious, sharpness was less than the 18-135, and it really doesn't address the wide angle much with the 28 x 1.6.  Maybe there are those who love the 28-135, but compared to the lens offerings available, it seems pretty bad. 

And I realize there is the 15-85 and 17-55 options out there, but I don't believe they were kitted with the 7d, though I may be wrong about that.

I think it was also kitted with the 18-135 EF-s. They probably kitted it with the 28-135 to get rid of stock?

I have no affiliation with Adobe, and like I said haven't even upgraded yet. I use Adobe CS professionally and to me it's a complete write-off.

I just think that their move is smart business and has streamlined their process for the future. I don't believe they sat around a table and devised a plan to screw their customers. They aren't forcing people to buy in. They have a solid product and should be able to evolve with the times in a way they believe gives their company the best chance at continued success. I'm sure customers are important to their bottom line.

What clues?

While I haven't upgraded to CC yet from CS6, I do believe their new system was/is the smart way for the future.

In the past they needed to rush to have enough new content/ features for marketing and advertising to promote the new software and "need" for an upgrade.

And having them release features the moment they are available (instead of saving them up for the next version), in today's fast evolving technology landscape is really valuable.

I think it was a bold move on their part and one that wasn't made out of greed, but by a company that wants to stay current in this modern world.

I'll gladly upgrade to CC when I NEED to.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:17:47 AM »
My prediction is that the 7D has tons of "awesome" new features- for video.
Maybe 2 card slots, a fancy headphone jack, 1080 60p...

Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:14:43 AM »
I find using back button AF mixed with the other hand constantly tweaking the focus ring can keep the lens focusing fast and on subject. Those focus rings actually do serve a purpose ;)

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:47:12 PM »
You know it's slow in Canon land when people start making lists like this to pass the time!

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:57:10 PM »
IMHO, Canon doesn't need to compete with Nikon, and why should it?
Nikon can continue to produce whatever they like... if you like what they have... please go to Nikon.

Canon has nothing to prove...
They can't afford to cough up a brand new camera every year.... and if they do its going to be Rebel.
If you can afford a camera every year, then you can afford to jump between brands every year.

Fact is... Canon released the 1DX, 5D Mark 3 and the 6D, 2 years ago.
They also released the 70D last year...

May be a 7D mark II is on the way, but they don't owe us anything... so don't expect it.

Totally agree. What is the rush for new cameras? Are there really that many Canon photographers out there being severely limited by what Canon currently offers? I just don't understand the need to upgrade camera gear so often. I'd rather have that cash for other things, no?

Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:53:35 PM »
What exactly is wrong with Canon's sensors? The ones in my "ancient" 5DII and 7D still work the same as the day I bought them all those many lifetimes ago.

I guess I missed the memo.


Those test charts and Roger's comments make the lens look like an absolute marvel, but then I read the comments below Roger's article and the number of people reporting autofocus problems gives me pause.  When they talk about their "hit rate" with the autofocus, it diminishes the appeal (for me) of the utrasharp 35mm Sigma.  That said, I haven't tried it myself.

But how many of those focus "issues" are people testing their lens photographing their moving cat in candle light wide open at the minimum focus distance?

Canon General / What did y'all get for Christmas/ the holidays?
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:58:51 PM »
Hey all,

So what did you guys get for the holidays?
My wife got me a weekend intensive with Peter Hurley in his studio. Should be pretty bonkers.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:53:41 PM »

Runny nose by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Fresh snow by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:37:31 PM »
I'm curious to know just how much Macro folks that are recommending using AF are doing? It's a sizable part of my portfolio and AF isn't ever part of the equation.

Um, can't the lens be used in many different modes for many different things? If I'm shooting at macro distances or products, I'm on a tripod and manual. If I'm using the lens for other things, I may use that handy modern AF feature that's included for free in my lens. Not sure why you are trying to call people out because they may use their tools differently than you.

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