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The Sigma Lens is their show piece.  More of a "yes we can!" than a "lens you need!"

I've never seen a photos from it that were not part of a review or test.  When you try to find photos from it, all you get is photos of it. http://www.flickr.com/groups/200-500/

Software & Accessories / Re: Arca-Swiss requires plate
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:34:09 AM »
The fantastic thing about the arca-swiss system is lots of manufactures make it, and they are all cross compatible. 

Many (but not all) have a safety system of pins that will keep the plate from falling off the ball head if you loosen it but don't completely undo it.  In this loose position, you can slide the plate back and forth to get positition and balance.  (Or you can just be happy your camera did not fall on the ground because you did not make it as tight as it needed to be.) Not all have the safety system, and I avoid the ones that do not.

One of my favorite Arca-swiss add ons is the Wimberly Sidekick.  It converts your ballhead into a long lens gimbal system without removing the ball head.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:50:52 PM »
The first image in the article is almost certainly shot at 10mm and labeled as 8mm.

I love this lens, and have always loved fisheye.  I find the circular fisheye much less useful, but still cool.  Full faram fisheye on my 5DIII AND my 7D? AND my 1D Mark IV?  Awsome.

A couple tips: 1. It's still full frame on a FF, at about 14mm, and even wider.
2. When shooting circular, I zoom to about 8.5-9mm so I don't have black borders on top and bottom, then I crop to circle in photoshop.  This has more "perfect" circular edges and gets you more verticle (and horizontal) pixels that are not just black.
3. Crop circular images to square, and more web services (flickr etc) will display them significantly larger..

REX_9674 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

IMG_5331 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon 800mm F5.6L IS USM experiment
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:41:08 PM »
I need a zoom lens that covers that range. :)  (Plus I'd like circular fisheye on the wide end.)
Very cool, thanks.

I am a big fan of the 24-105, and highly recommend it, but your decision there is kind of 50/50.  Body or kit?, I'd go with the best deal you can find, counting on the 24-105 as worth $800 more than body only.

If you end up with both, use both and see which you like.

If you get the body, shoot with you current lens for a while before making any deception.  I think in 6-12 months the 24-70 II may be way more reasonable, and then you'll have to consider that as well!

Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:23:16 AM »
Do I use anything else?  Hell Yes!  Weather resistant does not mean water proof, and my gear is not cheap.

1. First line of defense is I don't go out in the rain with my camera in general.  Sure if there is something worth shooting, like for example I'm getting paid, or the big foot convention is in town.  But I don't go outside in the rain for no reason.  Why?  Seriously what are you going to shoot? I sell stock photography, and there is little call for the rainy drab photo of ____.  What a great day for post processing!

2. I use LowePro all weather (AW) Bags.  My main bag actually has 2 rain covers, one for the top for light rain, and one that covers the whole bag.  Both fold up into pockets.  I also keep a trash bag inside to bag up a camera on tripod, convert to a poncho, or ultra-secure my bag if in a small boat or something. ( a .$50 trash bag is cheap insurance)

3. Pelican cases.  When i shoot pro surfing, or some similar event that gets me in the sand, I love my pelican cases.  They can be seats on the beach, and when you get home, you wash the outside with a hose.

Lenses / Re: Need opinions on telephoto choice
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:12:35 PM »
I have a 400mm 2.8 IS I, and both vIII extenders. I was not aware it was was a bad combo  :D

I agree with the above posts.  My combo is because I am 80/20 sports/wildlife.

Sounds like focus breathing.  Also when you are close, camera placement can have an effect.

It is interesting though because when you have one 70mm lens, its 70mm, but when you have 2, suddenly there is an issue.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:00:51 PM »
Very nice Alex!  But spill the beans man, how you do these?

Software & Accessories / Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:12:07 PM »
I recently picked up a Benro B-3 Ballhead and am VERY happy with it.  Happy enough that I have ordered a 2nd for my 2nd tripod.  $129 from eBay.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:33:07 PM »
I sold my Mark II with 220K actuations, and it did not have wear like that. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with dynamic range!!
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:28:21 PM »
The exposure mode does not make any difference.  Only the actual exposure.  But switching to manual and setting the exposure settings from your ground spot metering is a good start.

On the other hand, from your description, it's hard to believe you got a blown out sky, unless your ND grad was upside-down.  Was the darker part of your filter on the top or bottom?

Adding he ND as you did, setting exposure compensation to 0, and setting ANY exposure mode aside from M should yield a decent exposure unless something is wrong.  Setting the camera to manual and then adjusting until the meter says 0, would effectively do the same thing.

In any case, i think you ND grad was upside-down, or something else was dramatically wrong.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D or 5D2
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:27:12 PM »
7D now, 5D3 or 3.5, 4 when appropriate.

Trying to be positive... :D  Good lord man, buy a camera bag with some weather proofing!  I own several Lowpro AW bags and have been through tropical rainstorms without a drop of water on the gear.  Side benefit: you can carry the cameras in a camera bag!

Each one of my bags has a drawstring trash bag inside so i can enclose the bag and float it if necessary. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Better dynamic range than my 5DIII
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:32:16 PM »
I'll bet its video was crap though.

Yea, it was 1 frame per 10min.

Great foto, interesting discussion.  Note: There was probably a very talented guy in a darkroom partially responsible for this awsome photo.  Even then, post processing was important.

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