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Street & City / Re: Bratislava
« on: July 03, 2013, 03:16:38 PM »

Bratislava streets by <CiD>, on Flickr

This one is far better than any of the others.  I suggest cropping away the bright area above the atch.

I only put Canon lenses on my Canon bodies ... not
I only put Microsoft software on my Windows PC ... not
I only put genuine Ford parts in my Ford Focus ... not

wake up people.  A Canon body is a platform on which you can mount a whole slew of lenses: Tamron, Zeiss, Sigma, Tokina, Canon, Rokinon, you name it.

Canon lenses are generally awesome, but if you limit yourself to Canon lenses only then you are limiting yourself.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $699
« on: June 29, 2013, 05:56:26 AM »
That's a much better deal than the 24-70/4 IS

Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:56:31 PM »
Do you think I should buy this one?  Or should I wait for the mark-2?

Lenses / Re: AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:53:34 PM »
For most lenses it is not necessary.  But my 17-55/2.8 IS would be useless without it.

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:49:31 PM »
Hahaha. $1k, that's funny.

Seriously now.  It'll be at least $2.5k.  At least.

The 16-50 F4L IS sounds REALLY intriguing, lets hope it's around 1k and I'll buy it. :)

Lighting / Re: Emergency help-wedding tomorrow
« on: May 18, 2013, 03:37:16 AM »
Check whether flash metering (not camera exposure metering) is set to Evaluative or Average.  IMO, Average produces more even results. 

Evaluative has a highlight-protection mode built in which can lead to underexposure, especially when there are small reflective objects (e.g. jewelry).  In my experience, FEC doesn't help much with this.

Lenses / Re: When is the New 100-400 Coming?
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:34:10 AM »
March 2021.

If the theoretical future incompatibility keeps you awake at night, then get the Canon.

If spending an extra 400 bucks keeps you awake at night, then get the Sigma

Lenses / Re: A Walk Around Lens for a Trip
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:49:50 AM »
I keep thinking I'll move into a full frame but, truth be told, it gets more doubtful as I age.  For that reason I haven't spent a lot on EF-S glass but all the praise the 17-55 is getting sure impresses me. 

I may break my prejudice about buying EF-S lenses and pull the trigger on the 17-55 2.8 IS when my photo-fund gets rebuilt.

I've never been an adherent of the 'I'm getting a FF camera someday so I won't but EF-S' school of thought. But the lens(es) you need for the camera you have today.  Particularly if the EF-S lenses are the top ones (17-55, 15-85, 10-22), where resale value is strong.  When I eventually sold my 10-22 and 17-55, I think I lost a combined total of ~$120 from what I paid new for them - pretty cheap 2-3 year rentals.

IMO, the EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS is the best general purpose zoom for APS-C.  However, it is a little short for a travel lens whereas the 15-85 is better suited. If taking the 17-55, I'd be inclined to bring a longer lens, too.  I found the 100L Macro IS to be a great second lens for travel, since it does both tele and macro very well, and gives you f/2.8 across the board (with the 15-85, I'd consider a 430EX II or at minimum a 270EX II).

17-55 is a great zoom if you intend to do a lot of indoor shooting, with or without flash.  15-85 would be my pick for an outdoor walk-around lens.

17-55 is also very heavy.  I have one with my 7D.  I also have a drebel and Tamron 17-50/2.8.  This combo is much lighter, and does not lag far behind in image quality.

Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:07:51 PM »
7D is a heavy camera.  How about bringing a T4i

Lenses / Re: 2 filters jammed together
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:02:47 PM »
1) Find a second lens (or other cylindrical object) with equal diameter, and some tape.
2) Tape the inner filter to lens #1
3) Plase the second lens against the outer filter and tape it to the outer filter
4) Twist

The nice thing about this method is that it applies twisting forces only, and not compression

Lenses / Re: Lenses for carpets photography
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:10:23 PM »
You don't need a 5D for this job.  You're not shooting high-iso, ultra shallow-dof, or making huge prints.

I'd get a 60D, 15-85/4-5.6 IS, 50/2.5 macro, a really nice tripod, remote shutter trigger, and a few flashes with umbrellas and stands.  And a copy of Lightroom.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dc a good option?
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:08:49 PM »
I know my 450D is a newer camera with a DIGIC III processor and the 5Dc has a DIGIC II processor, but would going back to an older processor matter?

With the 5Dc being full frame the ISO and image quality will be much better than the 450D, am I right?

Is there a big difference in image quality between the 5Dc and 5D MKII?

I do understand that the 5DMark ii is again better than the 5Dc, but I am trying to save money. I am basically asking is going from the 450D to a 5Dc a good option?
and yes again.

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