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Messages - curtisnull

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Canon General / Re: CPS Changes
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:16:48 PM »
I remember back in the old days of NPS (when I was shooting Nikon) you had to be recommended for membership by a current NPS member and send copies of business license or pay stubs and samples of your work that had been published.

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Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:49:59 AM »
Going back to my photography school days almost 30 years ago. A "normal" lens is defined by the film size or sensor size. That is the diagonal of the sensor size in mm is equal to the "normal" lens size in mm.

Using the Pythagorean Theorem which is a square + b square = c square. Therefore the APS-C sensor on the 7D for example which is 22.3 mm x 14.9 would result in a normal lens of 26.82 mm.

A full frame sensor would have a "normal" lens of 43.27 mm.

Anything greater than the "normal" lens which is defined by the sensor size would be considered a telephoto lens and anything lesser than the "normal" lens would be considered a wide angle.

When I was using an 8x10 view camera in photography school, the normal lens for that camera was a 12.8 INCH lens or a 322 mm lens. I think the actual lens we used was a 300mm.

In theory a 26mm lens on an APS-C would give the same field of view as a 43mm on a full frame and the same field of view as a 322mm on an 8x10 view camera.

My Hasselblad used an 80mm as a normal lens.

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:55:37 PM »
I'm just realizing after reading this post that I haven't used my 24/1.4 or my 50/1.4 since I got the 24-70/2.8L IS II about 3 months ago. Maybe they will be coming up for sale sometime soon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 04:50:49 PM »
I have both. I just left yesterday for a family vacation to Colorado where I will be shooting some family pics, some landscapes and possibly some wildlife. I wanted a small kit to carry with me since it is vacation. I left the 1Dx at home and brought the 5D3. Mostly because of size and weight. I didn't feel that on this trip I would need the advantages of the 1Dx. That being, in my opinion, frame rate and an extra stop of usable ISO. In fact, I only packed 2 lenses for the trip. The 24-70/2.8L II and the 300/2.8L IS II. Well, and the 2.0x III. That all fit perfectly inside the Think Tank Urban Disguise 50 v2.0.

I debated on bringing the 70-200/2.8L IS II but in the end, left it at home.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS : Seller's remorse?
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:30:55 PM »
I sold mine a week after I got the 24-70/2.8 II. That was 6 months ago and I haven't missed it yet.

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »
Purosol

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs. 1DX for lower-light shoot
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:42:49 PM »
If you are expecting to shoot at 4000 ISO, you should be fine with either one. I have both. The 1Dx does handle low light better. That is, it can handle about a stop of lower light. You shouldn't notice any difference until you get into the upper end of ISO.

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 05:02:06 PM »
I lay them on a white sheet on their back and stand over them. Works perfect.

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Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:19:44 PM »
Great photo. Just curious, where was this taken?

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M and Flash X-Sync Question
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:23:00 AM »
Good to know. There will probably be lots more EOS-M owners after this week. I just ordered mine from B&H on the incredible $299 deal.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Monoprice camera accessories
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:48:41 PM »
I've never bought their photo stuff, but Monoprice is an awesome company to deal with. Superior customer service.

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I had 2 1D Mark II's from May 2004 until about 2 years ago. I travelled all over the world with them and they were great cameras. I have made 40x60 inch prints with them. Obviously there are many many difference compared to today's cameras, but the MAJOR difference is low light performance. You are limited to about 500 ISO before things start falling apart. It still would be a great camera in the camera room. That was the camera that got me to switch to Canon after 24 years shooting Nikon's.

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:07:14 PM »
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
Canon 300 f/2.8 L IS II

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They should have offered you as loaner, I'd contact CPS and complain.

The loaner was available, I just didn't choose to get it since I had enough extra equipment to get by and I didn't have any major jobs right then.

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I've had pretty decent service from the VA center. I'm a CPS Platinum member. Most of the time lens repairs are shipped the same or next day.

I recently had to send my 1Dx for a problem. They had to replace several parts including a circuit board, pentaprism and top panel. They did not have the parts and had to order them (from Japan, i'm assuming). The repair took about 10 days. I can understand what happened, but I think Canon's communication with the customer about what is going in is exceedingly poor. All the information they would give me is "in process".

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