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Software & Accessories / Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:36:16 AM »
I started experimenting using an actual tripod instead of a monopd. Truth be told, not a big fan of the process compared to a monopod.

I did find myself wanting a way to hang the camera off to the side because positioning the tripod was not really possible for what I wanted with the stuff in the way on the ground. Not much, but 6 to 12 inches of offset would have helped.

I really wouldn't want to buy a whole new tripod, so is there some sort of attachment that could give me an offset?

Lenses / TSE + Macro?
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:01:13 AM »
Is there a tilt-shift lens with macro capabilities?

I did come across this: http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/hartblei_120_4_pc_n10 but it is certainly priced as a professional piece of equipment.

Is there a combination of tubes and/or extenders that would work with current Canon TSE lenses to provide acceptable macro capabilities? I have access to a 24mm II TSE lens to experiment with- just not sure where to start.

Free 4x6 and/or 8.5x11 glossy photo paper packs *and* free shipping with qualifying ink purchases through Canon USA.

Not sure how long the promo lasts, but I needed some ink anyways, and the price was the same as elsewhere.

I purchased 3 ink tanks at $15 each and was eligible for both photo papers and the shipping deal.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mk 3 and 1D Mk IV raw images
« on: September 07, 2013, 05:19:20 PM »
I am noticing a difference between the raw images from those two cameras using the same lens.

The 1D IV images seem to have more pop and depth, for lack of a better description.

Anyone else notice this, or am I seeing things?

Software & Accessories / Canon Close Up Lens and Step-Up rings
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:49:07 AM »
I am wondering how well an "oversized" Close Up Lens works with step-up rings.

As an example, the 100mm L macro and 180mm macro both take different size filters. Step-up rings are relatively inexpensive compared to multiple copies of the Close Up lens 500D.

If I purchased one to fit the 180mm, would there be issues using it + step-up ring on the 100mm?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Avoiding "blown out" reds, how to?
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:38:19 AM »
I have noticed that images I take of red or close to red or violet things like flowers never seem to work out properly. The red channel on the histogram is always much further to the right than green, blue or the regular histogram.

What are some ways to handle this problem?


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Crazy Fast Shipping from Canon
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:41:22 PM »
I ordered a refurb 600ex-RT yesterday around 4 and it showed up this morning via FedEx at around 9.

Came from Wisconsin, so they must have thrown it on a truck right away. 

Software & Accessories / Sensor Loupes
« on: March 10, 2013, 02:50:12 PM »
I just received an Opteka. Pricing was reasonable and construction seems OK.

However, the focus distance is fixed and it seems to be focusing just above the sensor. I didn't notice a "For XXX Camera" option when I ordered it.

It helped, it picked up a couple of bigger pieces.

Any user feedback on other sensor loupes?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 28, 2012, 01:22:51 PM »
Given a budget of $1k USD, what new (new as in not used) items would you buy?

If that budget could be stretched to $1.5k (max, no more), what changes?

Looking for "ease of use" (amateur, no prior DSLR experience) and a zoom lens.

I am initially drawn to the T4i with the 18-135 IS STM lens kit and possibly the 40 shorty.



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Sensor Loupe Alternatives?
« on: August 01, 2012, 08:08:28 AM »
I've seen pictures of the stuff offered by the bigger vendors, but haven't used it. Read lots of reviews.

The one thing that keeps coming to mind is how cheap and cheesy these things appear to be made, but with pricetags approaching $100 USD.

What could be substituted for the ready-made versions?

I recently saw a 400 f2.8 for sale, but it had a UN06 date code, which is a 6/1999 manufacture date. The price was in line with much newer lenses, but towards the low side.

Is there a point where the age influences the pricing a bit? Yeah, the glass doesn't "wear out", but there are parts inside that may. Could the lens mount could be replaced to conceal brassing from use?

What is the expected service life of the IS portion? I suspect there is no way anyone outside of CPS would know the "on" time of the IS unit.

The rubber seals?

Lots of "touch up" paint?

Or, is it just buy one and hope it lasts.....

Lenses / Lenses, Focusing Speeds and Teleconverters
« on: March 30, 2012, 11:02:02 AM »
Expanding on a couple of threads concerning long lenses and teleconverters...

Do lenses focus at the same speed on any given camera body?

Does a 500 f4 focus any slower or faster than a 400 f2.8? If there are differences, could a 400 f2.8 + 2xIII equal a 500 f4 + 1.4x III as far as focus speed is concerned?

It seems that a 300 f4 does focus slower than a 70-200 II f2.8. Unscientific, seat of the pants test.

Does a 7D drive the lens any differenty than a 5DII or III?

Lenses / Going Beyond 300mm... for the birds
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:17:04 PM »
Is there a next step without breaking the bank?

If I want more reach than a 7D + 1.4xIII + 300 f4L IS, what is next?

How does the 2x TC fare?

Stacking TC's? Does that work, or turn the images to mush?


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