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Confused, why are you trying to add filters to a fisheye on a full frame camera? 

The 8-15 has 180 degree diagonal FOV at it's most zoomed in (14-15mm) setting, it's not going to work with a 5D.

+1 for Crashplan, big fan here...

Regarding the java app, it's totally fine, just customize your settings so that it rescans, then later does backups, all during the night when you're not using it... actually that's just common sense, you don't want your backups eating up your horsepower/IO/bandwidth during your work day... I have enough gripes with Time Machine without worrying about the online storage part.

Roughly $5 a month for unlimited offsite storage, coupled with Time Machine for any immediate local recoveries, is in my mind a very solid backup system.

Crashplan can also be used in a pinch from any web browser, to grab data to present to clients... there's a web-based restore, as well as iDevice apps, however it's not really meant for cloud sharing/availability... that's where something like Flickr or Smugmug would be better.

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:20:03 PM »
I shoot wide open my 24-70 and 70-200 pretty much always.

On my fisheye and landscape zoom, I go f/8 or f/11 to get everything in focus, as that's usually what you're looking for.

On primes, I usually stop down one stop, to up the sharpness a bit.

The only time I routinely prefer stop down is when doing flash photography or when using an extender.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:29:38 PM »
Interesting to see Canon finally develop this range.

I've long recommended a rebel and a Tamron 18-270 VC, to anyone who's asked me about starting with an dSLR... I rocked that combo for a few years, including Yellowstone and a Blue Angels airshow, and it was a fantastic combo, with no lens swapping decisions to make.

Lenses / miniaturized WA lens tech, compared to 8-15L
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:42:48 AM »
Found this via Engadget.

Pretty bold claim on being able to provide a high resolution fisheye FOV in the palm of your hand that beats out the EF 8-15L.  Neat stuff!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo YN-14ex Ring Flash
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:53:54 AM »
Here's a pic of it in use...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo YN-14ex Ring Flash
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:31:20 AM »
Yeah that's one of the negatives about this (and the fullsize ring flashes as well), you are going to have trouble reaching the zoom and focus rings.  I was able to use a 24-70 and reach the zoom, and I let the AF do its' job so didn't need to reach the ring.

You need a 580 or 600 series Canon flash, the 430 isn't quite as powerful, and you'll need all the power you can get, plus the 430 isn't as tall and won't hit the hole correctly.  You can get a Yungnuo flash and leave it at 1/2 or 1/1 power if you need to save money.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo YN-14ex Ring Flash
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:10:56 AM »
All these options being tossed around, are built for macro work, and not for portraiture. 

The problems are that you don't have a perfect round catchlight, not enough power, and the ring isn't big enough.

Short of buying a real ringlight from Paul C Buff or something that's even more expensive, there's only one real option out there IMO...

If you have a speedlite, get the roundflash... it's bulky when popped out, and looks goofy, but it works.  It's not as cheap as these options above my post, but the other options won't really work that well.

Lenses / Re: Recommend websites for lens reviews
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:45:26 PM »
My faves are already all listed here, but here goes: for the cool 3D graphs by focal length and aperture.  Technical nirvana, but usually short and impassionate.
The Digital Picture is good if you don't need measured results.  Very verbose with a lot of good opinion, from a guy who knows how to use the gear.
DPReview isn't my choice because they don't review enough, often enough, and they are also owned by a major retailer of lenses, which detracts from their credence in my mind.
Ken Rockwell is good for entertainment purposes and alternate views... and surprisingly, he has the best tech details of any reviews consistently... what type of autofocus, how many blades in the aperture, is it par focal, does it breathe, etc.
Lastly, I find good merit in Amazon's customer reviews... the default sorting is by voting, IE, the first review listed is deemed the most helpful.

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:36:07 PM »
BlackRapid RS7 and using the tripod mount here as well.

I actually carried this combo and using another RS7 with some short sections of rope, made a poor man's chest harness, and carried a digital rebel and Sanyang fisheye on the other side.

When I'm doing this combo with one strap, I leave it pretty low, and generally keep a hand on the grip/body to make sure it stays behind me and doesn't jostle too much.

Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 13, 2013, 04:49:58 PM »
Here's a recent shot of mine... had a good opportunity while at a beach condo facing the Gulf of Mexico on a moonless night. 

Canon 5D3, 16-35 f/2.8L II - ISO 3200, f/2.8, 16mm, 30 seconds (right around the 600 rule)
Within Adobe PS CS6' ACR tool: cooled the temp to 3300K w/ -2 tint, contrast +98, clarity +48, vibrance/saturation both +21, +52 NR w/ 82 detail, and a very slight crop.

Hope you guys enjoy and find the details helpful.

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:12:50 PM »
I think that we are fortunate as Canon users to have two very competent models to choose from.

Truer words have never spoken, it's good times.

If Japan is successful in deflating the Yen, it'll be even better!!

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:34:08 PM »
The 6D has better IQ/DR than a 5D3??  Citation?

Here are a couple, although I have read this in many reviews:|0/%28brand%29/Canon/%28appareil2%29/795|0/%28brand2%29/Canon/%28appareil3%29/483|0/%28brand3%29/Canon

I have not owned or used a 5D3, so I can't speak from experience, but some pretty well established testing sites have come to the same conclusion regarding IQ and overall noise.  I can certainly attest to significantly (noticeably) superior results to my 5D2, which I am very familiar with.

Man it's been a day or two and these various threads have BLOWN UP since then.

Just wanted to say thanks for the citations, and the petapixel article was especially illuminating (pun)... the PP article really shows how much we're splitting hairs versus the 5D2 tho. 

I believe, as I have seen it said elsewhere, that there's a LOT more than the sensor when choosing the camera, and the 5D3 is still worth the $1k premium for me, especially since I'm replacing a 7D (higher FPS, more/better AF points).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Cap for 82mm Slim Filter
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:10:35 PM »
I'm late to this topic, but Neuro also veered me in the right direction, and I ended up swapping my slim for an XS Pro filter on my 16-35 II.  Works great!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Dynamic Range
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:37:21 PM »
that means he is waiting for "flame war" with his pop corn... hic.. hic... i am getting tired of that too.  however, back to your question.  below is the link to show you the good way:

HDR Ep 115: Take & Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: Adorama Photography TV

I just wanted to pop in and say THANKS for posting that!  I open all image formats with ACR already for the controls, and saving as a 32-bit TIFF and reusing ACR for the controls is neat!  I usually do the HDR Pro and save from that, but I'll try it this way from now on.

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