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Lenses / Re: 400mm thoughts
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:09:56 AM »
I had the 400 DO and found that the image looked a bit soft until I sharpened them.  Then they were very good, but not quite great.  I think a lot of people commented on this.  The lens is lighter than my 300 F2.8 (v1) though the 300 was sharper.

The real advantage of the DO is its weight.  You save around 1/3 the weight off a similar non-DO lens.  Of course your wallet is also that much lighter.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 11, 2014, 05:41:50 PM »
NEC Spectraview series.
Sold my PA271 and looking to upgrade to the PA322 - this is a 4K monitor, with SpectraView calibration, available any day now.

I recommend a look at Lloyd Chambers "Mac Performance Guide" regarding the new iMac.

He is reviewing 4K monitors, should have the LG up for review soon.

Lastly, here is a interesting article regarding true monitor calibration:

Thanks.  Very interesting.  One thing I have is that I need to keep my monitor brightness turned down, else the monitor is too bright and the print is too dark.  I know a lot of people who have work around for this (apply a curve, adjust levels x points, ...) but in the end, just dim your monitor.  It is much simpler.

I was going to get one of the 82mm UV filters when I remembered that I have almost 2 dozen B+W filters tucked away and never used.  UV, ND, Pol, I just don't use filters.  so, I forced myself to resist adding another one.

I have a draw full of 81A, 81B, from my film days.

I occasionally use a UV filter in bad, windy weather but most of the time I don't have on the camera.

I do use CP and afterward regret not using them more.

And of course ND filters (3 and 6 stop mostly).


Spec sheets make for good marketing materials, but the proof is in the pudding of shooting through the filter.  Color cast and consistency of the NDs?  Flare resistance?  Build quality (it's more than just materials)?  Thread quality, resistance to cross-threading and thread wear/damage?  Resistance to polarizer delamination and other environmental damage?

I'm intrigued and I'm not saying that these filters necessarily lack in those respects.  But those qualities haven't been proven either.  That only comes with direct comparisons of performance against competitors and experience over time.

+1 Like to see a review on IQ and build quality.  Without real world tests, it is hard determine if this is good deal or not worth the $

Besides I think this post is nothing short of an advertisement.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:17:09 AM »
I am running a 27" NEC spectra view and I found that I get much better colors out of it than any other monitor I have used.  HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended.

EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:00:45 AM »
Hope yes

Expect no

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:25:48 AM »
Sweet!  Looks like the length might be similar to the 70-200/4. 

I think performance is a gimme, the price is what will dictate when I'd upgrade from the 70-300L (unless I can convince myself that both lenses can live together   :P )

I bought the 70-300L mainly for it's compact size for travel (chose it over the 70-200/4 IS for the shorter length, more a concern to me than weight).  I could see having both the 70-300L and 100-400L II in a kit.  Perhaps not mine (I already sold my 100-400, wasn't really using it after getting the 600 II).   

If this new 100-400 takes TCs and only a minimal IQ hit from the 1.4x (similar to the 70-200 II), I'd consider getting it as a more portable birding lens (size precludes the 150-600 3rd party zooms for me, that big I'll just take the 600 II).

I, too, have the 70-300 and plan to get the 100-400 II (assuming its IQ is as good as the rumors claim).

The challenge for me will be 70-200 F2.8 II and 200-400 or the 100-400 II and 600 II.  the 70-200/200-400 will be lighter and sharper but the 100-400/600 will have longer reach and sharper at the long end.

Nice to have options  ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:39:02 AM »
Hopefully the rumour of Canon using coming to rely on Sony sensors is not true.  It would be very bad news for Canon (and for photographers!) if they (Canon) surrender chip development to an external provider.  It would be a colossal mistake--not one I think they'll make, but so many photography review sites are subscribing to "The Emperor's New Clothes" world that DXO Mark has fostered, that it is a concern.  :-\

total handover would be a mistake.  But take advantage of a supplier's superior product would be of benefit for Canon.  If they could match the D800/810 stellar DR in a 5D body would be great.  While 36 MP would be nice, much stronger DR is much higher on my wish list.

The new design resembles the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS with a thin focus ring at the base, and a wider zoom ring near the front element. The aperture range for the lens will remain at f/4.5-5.6. Another mentioned feature is in the lens hood for the lens. It sounds like there will be a retractable opening near where a filter would be, so you could turn your circular polarize easily if you needed to.</p>

70-300 is nice compact and sharp zoom.  Not up to the 70-200 F2.8 II IS or 200-400 standards but reasonably sharp.

I have wished Canon would extend this lens by 30% on both ends but keep the weight and size down.

Perhaps it will happen - I can only hope.

Upgraded and not problems (yet) with photo software but found out that Carbon Copy Cloner needed to be upgraded for $19.99

At least the upgrade to OS X was free

EOS Bodies / Re: Modular DSLR Coming from Canon? [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:54:38 PM »

electronics to transfer from sensor to card
lcd screen
screen (already available)



I am considering upgrading to Yosemite (OS X ?).

Any software gotchas?  I run LR, PS both CC, bunch of plugins.



Vic Falls - over processed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Problem with 1Dx
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:26:01 AM »
I'd guess it's a problem with file export.  We're you tethered on USB?  Or sending over wifi transmitter?  Or perhaps a card issue - were you at the end of a card or hasn't formatted the card you were using?

I've never had a problem other than the scenarios mentioned above.  And in that case I think it says "error 5".  Leaves the mirror up, and the only way to unjam it is to remove the battery.  If you could fix it by simply turning off the camera, maybe you're into something different.  Good luck!

In the field, not tethered, recording to dual CF cards.  I did not try other cards (only show HDR for a few days).  I can test that at home.  Now to find the bad cards.

Thanks for the ideas!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:21:56 AM »
weight is 6.6 KG.  that is heavy -- too heavy to hand hold.

a 200-600 F5.6 would be great.

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