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It would be far more interesting to see the applaud/smite ratio a person has given.

You can get smites for being a jerk, but also just for having a different opinion and polite about it.  It is the nature of the world.  The key is vengeance, I mean feeling good about yourself no matter what.

Love that one hitler sketch.  it's the first one of those I saw.

I'd recommend the Sigma 8-16 f/4.5-5.6 or Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.  the Sigma because of the 8mm end.  You are buying an Ultra wide to shoot ultra wide.  8 MM is a whole lot wider than 10, or 11mm, and this lens gets good reviews. http://www.juzaphoto.com/article.php?l=en&article=31

The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 would be my second choice for the build quality and f2.8.

Lighting / Re: 580 EX II problem retroreflective vest
« on: March 08, 2012, 09:36:30 AM »
In the above photo I'd have dialed in a +2 exposure compensation and reshot.  You can do the same thing shooting manual, but it will take longer.  For a "news" shot like this  I'd really ramp up the ISO, and try to capture as much ambient light as possible.  Shoot without the flash if you can, or as little as possible. 

Adding to the flash compensation is the wrong thing to do here.  The flash is causing the reflection.  If you could move the flash off camera a few feet, or bounce off something, that would have helped a great deal, but obviously is not ideal for quick shooting at an accident scene.

The camera is metering properly, but the retroreflective portions of the vests are much brighter  than the subjects making the camera.  The camera is averaging and overexposing the retro-r portions, underexposing everything else.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:40:42 PM »
Photos for an upcoming book on stray cats.

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: Canon coffee table...
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:15:46 PM »
Highest Megapixel coffee table ever!

Software & Accessories / Re: Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 06, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »
At work, we upgraded to XP from Win 2K middle of last year.

At home, I use a Mac, and keep up with the adjustments.  When I bought CS5 they offered Lightroom for an extra $100.

Lenses / Re: Will these lenses be suitable for the new MkIII
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:04:47 PM »
Those 2 lenses are great, and may be all that you ever need.  I would add Sigma's 12-24mm II, and the 100mm Macro IS, to round out the kit. 

Maybe the 8-15mm fisheye instead of the Sigma if you are into fisheye.  Or, the 15mm fixed fisheye (Canon or Sigma) used.

EOS Bodies / Re: No f/8.0 autofocus with 5D Mark III
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:22:03 AM »
400 f2.8 IS + 2X on a 7D is great.  Gets you Waaaaay out there.

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Did you know the vIII telles will not stack?  I have the 1.4X and 2X IIIs (replacing my vIIs), and I cannot stack them.  Not that I got good photos that way anyway. 

EOS Bodies / Re: I hope 5dx , 45 million pixels
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:27:38 AM »
When the D800 and 5DIII get into the hands of some real independent reviews, I think we will get the real picture.  Until then, I think we are stuck with maybe and promises.

It is interesting how people seemed really happy with the 18MP of the 1DX, but unhappy twits the 22MP of the 5DIII, Mostly because the Nikon competition is 16 and 36MP respectively.

While their might be diminishing returns in higher megapixels, i can't quite buy into lenses resolving a certain number of megapixels and no more.  As said above center and corner sharpness are 2 different things.  And, our current technology borrows from the neighboring pixels to obtain RGB for each pixel, when each is R, G, or B natively (all before the "RAW" image is recorded.)  And, from lens to image, there is an analog to digital conversion involving optical filters on the sensor, and proprietary algorithms in the computer.   I just don't see a lens being a single resolution.

In general however, obviously more and more mega pixels are going to need a better lens on a steadier platform to active the same per pixel sharpness.

I had version I for a year and a half and just bought vIII.  Noticably better image quality with my 400mm f2.8 IS (version I), especially in the corners.  I've also used it with my 300mm f5 IS, but can't says as I've really looked at photos side by side like I did with the 400.

Before buying I used the comparison tool at The Digital picture to get an idea if i'd see an improvement.  They showed an improvement with both the 2X and 1.4X version IIIs, and that is what i found when I bought them. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When/How to sell your 5D Mark II?
« on: March 04, 2012, 09:48:57 PM »
neuro, I had not heard that the BG-E6 might be compatible.  That would be nice.  I was planning to buy the new grip in a year or so when the price had come down, maybe used.  That's how I bought the BG-E6 and saved about $100.  Looking at the pins in photos of the new grip, it looks identical. 

I sell micro-stock, and the difference between 22MP and 18 is significant.  The 5DII was perfect 3 years ago, and made me switch from Nikon.  I do have a 7D as my second body for sports/kids etc.  Right now i think the 5DIII is perfect for me.  I plan to keep the 7D and would love for the 1D IV to drop on the used market to be my 7D replacement.  But I don't see it falling significantly for a long time.

jalbfb, I have a pre-order in.  Thinking I can always cancel it, but the 5DII has been soooo good to me.  I am willing to go on faith in Canon to a large degree. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / When/How to sell your 5D Mark II?
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:49:39 PM »
Many of us 5D II owners are going to sell to pay for the new 5D III.  But when?  How?

Obviously November 2011 might be a good time, but must i sell today?  Can i wait a month or two (or three) to get my 5DIII in hand first?  I have a back-up body to get me throughout the gap, but it's no 5DII.

For me straight to eBay ( I live in a small town far from the city), but for you?  And should I sell my 24-105 with it?, or separately?  (I am getting another lens, and don't need it)  How about my vertical grip.  Sell Body, Grip and Lens as a kit or separately? 

What am I missing? 

I've seen this question asked and answered a bunch of times.  There are so many variables, and so much judgment involved that there is no real answer.  I also recall that every time we made a jump from 3 to 4MP or 8 to 10MP, someone was always claiming this was finally the 35mm equivalent.  While others talked of the subtle qualities of film being impossible to replicate. (Grain was better than noise, digital bokeh was terrible etc)

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