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Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:45:16 AM »
Intersting story, I'll check the link for sure. That Sheldon Brown site is a bible for cyclist isn't it. Personally I've been riding a fixed gearfor a few years as I mainly ride around the city and park in crowded bike racks where I've had my derailers bent a few time. Fixies are so much more reliable and give so much feedback when riden with cleats.

I've built a commuter bike based on a single speed mountainbike frame that addresses that by using an 8-speed internally geared hub. The first photo shows the hub when the bike was new (april 2004). At that time the bike looked like a proper mountainbike with nobby tires and without fenders. The photo was taken with my first digital camera - a Canon PowerShot A20.

The second photo shows the current state of affairs after 10 yrs, the bike has evolved into even more of a city bike with fenders, narrow slick tires and such. Still with the same hub though which now has more than 15000 km on the clock. This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot S90 that I now use for such 'practical' pictures.

I've spent several months in NL in 2011 and it is flat indeed, although the wind can be quite strong along the Ijsselmeer. Needless to say that my Canadian home town now feels so unfriendly to bikers since I've been in NL though.

Yes sometimes I say the wind is our hills. Sometimes the wind feels like a mountain too  :-\ NL is a very bicycle minded country, but for mountain biking and the spectacular nature I think I'd prefer to be in Canada ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:21:54 AM »
I'm most interested in any (long) lens release that might coincide with the 7DMk II.

Actually this means that Amazon is phasing out Cannons for Nikes due to the better dynamic rage and pixels revealed with the 810D.

Funny I read 'Cannons for Nukes', I bet that was your intention. By the way I would prefer a cannon because there is far less collateral damage.

Even better I think all cannons and nukes should be replaced by Canons and Nikons. It would still hold true that here would be vastly more Canons.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:17:32 PM »
I know of one major internet retailer in the Netherlands that hasn't been carrying the 7D for quit a while now. There are two others that still list the 7D and various kits thereof, though.

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:37:23 AM »
Here's two that I took for practical reasons, but turned out to pretty good photography, too :)

Now thats funny, creating this thread I was thinking that I should try some macro of my bike wheel hubs, of some chain links and possibly of the cleats mechanism... you've beaten me to that.

...by 6 years ;)

These were actually not shot with a macro, but with a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 on a 40D. That was an excellent lens with good close focusing ability. Too bad my copy started giving wrong focal lengths in the exif, and poor AF speed most likely due to exposure to humidity on a trip in Africa.

If you're interested, the pics show a venture into 'half step gearing' - a temporary solution I used to modify my roadbike for riding the 'Marmotte' bike ride  in the French Alps. It is normally set up for riding in the Netherlands (flat country), but by combining the 9 speed 11-32 cassette from my mountainbike with a 39t and 42t plus an old Suntour front derailleur that can handle the small step size of the front gears, I ended up having 17 gears of different step size which, despite a complicated shifting pattern, worked like a charm. See http://sheldonbrown.com/gear-theory.html and look for 'Half-Step Gearing'.

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:16:41 AM »
I basically do what everyone else does.  I do leave the lenses in the safe in the pouches partially unzipped to allow air to circulate.

I zip 'm up fully, they're not air tight anyway and zipping them up keeps the dust out.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:45:38 AM »

In fact, I've even been considering selling my 70-200 2.8L II and picking up a 135L (and change), although I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet.  If they bring out a 135L IS, that might well convince me ... although I'm still tempted by the 135L as is.   (And no, I don't want to just add a 135L to my kit. I really don't need any more lenses!)


+1, that's almost insane - the 70-200 2.8L II is a bag full of f/2.8 primes all rolled into one. It is the ultimate zoom. So unless you're bothered by its size and weight, I recommend getting the 135L beside the 70-200L (I know how GAS works). Whatever you do don't first sell the 70-200 and then get the 135L. Keep them both for a while (a year or so) to see how it works out.

I find I'm looking at (used) lenses in the 5000 euro range now (!!!) so apparently the comfort zone increases as far as the wallet can take it...
You (and the OP) could consider renting the "Chess Board set" from Lensrentals:

shipping is $1100 to $2400, depending on location.

That's a really great idea  ;D :o

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:35:19 PM »
Here's two that I took for practical reasons, but turned out to pretty good photography, too :)

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:18:11 PM »
I only use them when I store my lenses on my shelves.

+1. They keep the dust out and are a nice secure place to store the lenses. When traveling or on a shoot, lenses simply go into one of my camera back packs.

I must be going a little nuts... I'm looking at 200-400's, 300/400 f/2.8's... and I'm seeing the price tag... and I thinking... "That's not bad." 

As the kids say ... "1st world problem". Count your blessings that you are apparently pretty well off.

+1, that's a bit of a stretch but I find I'm looking at (used) lenses in the 5000 euro range now (!!!) so apparently the comfort zone increases as far as the wallet can take it...

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:07:29 PM »
Sad topic :-\

I rather see "Your next lenses to purchase?"  ;D

Would that be anti-anti-G.A.S.  ?   :'(

My minimum would be 6d kit, including 24-105mm (which I feel is a very under-rated lens).

Yes, especially since the 24-70 f/4 IS came to be. The 24-105L is a bit of a sleeper - it's really good though, and made me sell my 24-70 f/2.8L MkI :) It's also an invaluable travel lens, it's sure to be in my bag, and most of the time mounted to my camera,  wherever I'm on holiday.

In much the same way, the 17-40L is feeling the competition from the new 16-35 IS, but the 17-40 is still more compact and gives excellent results. For these reasons it's also part of my standard travel kit.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:58:32 AM »

have you tried calibrating it with the sigma dock?

Again, as I've stated previously, along with the others having this problem, it cannot be user calibrated because it's only off center points having the issue and any calibration gets applied to all focus points, throwing the center point(s) out. Neither in camera AFMA nor the sigma dock can fix this issue, and sigma service has stated that they cannot fix it either until the sigma corporation finishes writing the software necessary to do it with (note: they said it's software to be used at the service centers, so it will still not be a user serviceable issue). At least it sounds like they are working towards making it fixable, god knows how long that will take.

Errrhhh... so you're saying Sigma needs to calibrate the calibration dock?  :o  ;)

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:29:04 PM »
The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation. 

I can see that combination making sense, but I don't use such long focal lengths enough to justify the cost.

Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang :o

Catchy subject title, isn't it ;)

Lenses / Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:47:59 PM »
Maybe you can help.

I've been bending my mind over the 400mm focal length for quite some time but can't make up my mind. Too many options but none that really stand out. Here are some of my considerations, all for full frame use:

I'd like something better than my 100-400L that I can shoot hand held.

I don't require a zoom and use 400mm mostly for motorsports or animals in a zoo environment.

A 400mm prime would be nice especially if I can use my 1.4x II to go to 560mm occasionally.

I don't want to break the bank or my back. I'd like to keep the weight of the lens under 2.5 kg if possible, investment below 5000 Euro's.

I previously owned the Sigma 150-500 OS, but couldn't live with the handling (focus ring in the wrong place) and the performance at the long end was only so-so. That lens also felt really heavy but looking at the figures I think the weight distribution was more to blame than the actual weight (front heavy).

I know some of you use the new Tamron 150-600 and the resolution looks good at 400mm but it reminds me too much of the Sigma, and I no longer want any lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.3.


  • The 400mm f/5.6 has no IS.
  • The 400mm f/2.8 I or II is too heavy and big for one. The cost is a killer too.
  • The 400DO has a mixed reputation. I know of a shop that has a used one, with one year warranty for €3999. The shop is not exactly around the corner but I'm actually really tempted by this one...
  • The 300mm f/2.8II is a stretch, and I'd have to use it with a 1.4x II or buy a 1.4x III making the stretch even longer.
  • The 300mm f/4 IS looks great but less so with a 1.4x
  • 70-200 f/2.8II with a 2x TC? Maybe not.

What else am I missing? What would you recommend?

One thing important to know about VueScan that I forgot to mention: The RAW files it puts out are compatible with Lightroom/ACR, but NOT Aperture.  That's one thing that started my move away from Aperture even before Apple announced it was reaching end-of-life.

Thanks, fortunately I've got Lightroom that I use for my Sony RAW files so it's easy to go from there. For CR2's I still prefer DPP ;)

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