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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:02:44 AM »
Everybody Loves Rockwell

I'm sure he is having a good time watching all the chatter generated from a front page CR posting :)

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
I don't know... seemed like there were some bits of usefulness in the write-up.

That said, I've only seen this lens in pictures and auction listings. I've never used one or even touched one. I haven't looked into renting one, but that could be neat.

I took the sample images as examples of everyday uses for this lens, for those with the means to afford it. I wasn't expecting art-quality images with weeks, months or years of composition time or thought.

And for what they were, the images looked good here on my end. I'm not downloading the full res samples, though.

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Here's what the Adobe CC Terms and Conditions say:

"Renewal
After the first 12 months, we will automatically renew your contract based on the current price of the offering."

Source: http://www.adobe.com/store/en_us/popup/offer/ccm_photoshop_app_offer.html

Exactly.

$10 a month is $120 a year- not too bad.

At $20 a month, still a reasonable price, but now you are approaching or over the cost of buying the software outright every 3 years- closer to 2 years if you keep up with the upgrade options.

Adobe offers some pretty steep educational discounts, so there is some latitude in the pricing structure for their stand alone software.

I think they will have a winner at $10 a month, sold as $120 upfront.

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Anyone know what the current "regular retail" price of this package would be?

The current $10/month pricing is valid for only 12 months, then it reverts to "regular price".

For $10 a month, I'd do it, but if the price goes to much more than that, it isn't attractive to me because I have done most of my messing around in Lightroom even though I have CS5.

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Portrait / Re: Becoming a wedding photographer.
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:22:38 PM »
I think your idea has merit, providing you can find the target audience.

I've never photographed a wedding, nor do I plan to. Based on attending a couple of them, having a specific block of time set aside for a limited number of pro photographs has no disadvantages from my viewpoint. A couple of people I know with 100's of pictures to choose from for prints did not choose many.

The bridal party could even review them right there on a tablet :)

Wouldn't cost much to find out if it works.


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Portrait / Re: Becoming a wedding photographer.
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:39:45 PM »
Sounds like a novel idea, not sure how it would actually work out.

By that, I mean it reduces an entire day of events to a single block of time, an hour in this case, for professional photography. Would people actually want a limited number (10 in this example) of professionally posed group shots and nothing else?

Given the number of guests/relatives taking candids, maybe you will find work with this approach.

I suppose it couldn't hurt to offer an ala-carte hourly pricing rate, as long as the scheduled time is continuous, and keeping with the minimal post-processing theme.

Good luck.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:17:34 AM »
I think this fits in with the thread title :)


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Lenses / Re: magnification: Lens reversal vs canon 100mm L IS maco
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:43:23 AM »
thanks for the reply.

so is it the lens reversal of a prime lens on max aperture gives more magnification than a dedicated macro lens ?

Aperture has no impact on magnification

I haven't messed around with lens reversal.

From what I understand about lens reversal, you may have to get quite close to the subject to achieve 1:1 magnification. Also, if I recall correctly, a 25mm extension tube will allow 2:1 on a 50mm lens, and this trick does not work well on other focal lengths.

Unless you have a manual lens (100% manual), you will not have any control over aperture settings while reversing lenses, so you will have to pick an aperture before unmounting the lens.

A 100mm macro lens will have less working distance than a 180mm macro lens. If you turn off AF and set the lens to show 1:1, it takes very little movement to be in focus or out of focus. Being short of the 1:1 makes a big difference in magnification, so if you are looking for max magnification, you have to be aware of where 1:1 is.   

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:06:02 PM »
Lenses like that should only be purchased in pairs, I'll take the extra one and hold it for safekeeping....

Custom Brackets has a nice gimbal.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:53:49 AM »
Now there might be a better wide-angle coming soon??  (I need a head banging smiley...)

Just as a friendly reminder, these rumored lenses are still vaporware :)

Almost certain to be months out, if not longer.

Buy what you need or want now, and enjoy it.

 :D

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Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:25:16 AM »
For pete's sake, your thread topic says you're only there at the Grand Canyon for 14 hrs?

The total time of the van excursion I took was about 14 hours.

Actual foot time at the Grand Canyon was maybe 1/4 of that.

About 8 hours was driving time, in the van, to and from the park grounds. More driving time once inside. I was lucky enough to get a good seat- good enough to get some pictures out a window. There was an opportunity for a helicopter tour- i declined.

I could easily see spending 2 weeks at the Grand Canyon.

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Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:42:20 AM »
Dear Friends :
Here are my gears for 14 Hrs. at Grand Canyon and 5 days and 3 nights  at Las Vegas. (snip)
Surapon

Mr. Surapon-

You are bringing way too much stuff.

On my first time trip to the Grand Canyon, I brought my 7D, 16-35II, 70-200 II and a 1.4x. I also took a van tour (south rim) that went through Sedona (and lunch) on the way out and through Native American territory on the way back. About 14 hours in all.

Everything was well planned. They hit the high points on the trip. There was some interesting scenery that was passed on by due to scheduling.

The 70-200, while a nice lens, got very little use. I have one or two photos of the Colorado at the bottom of the canyon, which was visible at one of the planned stops. That's about it for that lens. It was neat to look through but not very well suited for capturing the panoramic views.

On the other hand, the 16-35 was on camera 97% of the time, which is ~24mm to ~56mm full frame.

I noticed that the wider end of the 16-35 changed the perspective too much for my tastes- it made stuff appear further away, but it worked quite well for many shots in Sedona.

I took a couple of 5-7 shot single row panoramas with about 50% ovelap on a whim, and regret not doing that a couple more times. The distances are so large that a simple handheld attempt worked for me. The end result more closely matches what I saw vs using something like a 14mm on a FF camera.

I do not own a 24-70, but on a FF camera, that would probably do the trick. I would also bring a 16-35 and maybe a 100mm macro- certainly some sort of macro lens. The handheld pano attempt worked well last time and I do not recall too many opportunities where I would have had the time or the space (physical space at the vantage point or space due to other people) for tripod use. Monopod, sure. The ability to have two camera bodies might be nice.

I didn't know about CPL filters at the time, and wish I had one then.

If you do not live at 7,000' above sea level, it makes a difference, and should be considered if you plan on trucking all that stuff with. Also check the weather forecasts and bring a jacket. Several warm climate natives on my trip bought jackets at the gift shop.

I'll echo previous comments about bringing well into 5 figures of camera gear, much less leaving it in a hotel room.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Another Canon paper sale; buy 1 get 4 free
« on: November 09, 2013, 11:24:29 AM »
Did you click the link on the page?  It should take you there.  Try this link and click on the tab for paper


The link works just fine, thanks.

My comment was more about navigation within the website. It takes a long time for the shopping cart to come up. If I go to the refurbished section and click on "lenses", that takes forever to load.  Of course, the issues I am seeing could just be on my end.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:51:10 AM »
Anyway, the jump from 5DII to 5DIII is bigger than the specs would suggest.

+1

Usable multiple outer focus points.

Increased ISO perfomance, less flash required.

5DII is a great camera, 5DIII is a great improvement.

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