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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikkor 2000mm F11
« on: December 25, 2014, 10:39:57 AM »
How well does it work with a 1.7x?


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 25, 2014, 09:03:06 AM »
How long was the span between the 1DX announcement and general availability?

This "Development Confirmation" seems to mean little... not that I would be in the market for a new piece of $4k-$10k hardware. At some point, enough is enough.

Lighting / Re: No 600EX-RT discounts this holiday?
« on: December 25, 2014, 06:51:27 AM »
I'm aware of the refurbished deals, I've been tracking CanonPriceWatch like a hawk.  :)  I'm interested in new units.

Except for the box, the refurbished one I got was indistinguishable from "new".

Lighting / Re: No 600EX-RT discounts this holiday?
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:23:53 PM »
There have been many deals on refurbished units from Canon USA.

Set up an alert at Canon Price Watch, and then you will know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:22:25 PM »
Maybe the "new line of EF lenses" will be an expansion of DO offerings.

Lenses / Re: Canon CN-E lenses compared to Canon EF and other lenses
« on: December 20, 2014, 07:29:23 AM »
The only stuff I have read about the Cine lenses:

Consistent color across the line
Low/no focus breathing

I have yet to come across something that indicates that the Cine lens is "better" than the comparable EF version.

The focus throw could be nice for manual focus work.

That said, I haven't tried any of them. A bit out of my range to buy.

No support for my 1D?


Canon General / Re: Pixma pro 10 or 100?
« on: December 15, 2014, 07:13:43 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Where did you find your paper deals? Are they still going on?

Venture on over to the Canon USA website, and you will find several "buy one, get 4 free" paper deals covering glossy, luster and matte finishes.

If you buy replacement ink from the same Canon website, they usually have deals/freebies on paper with an ink purchase. The OEM ink seems to be about the same price everywhere, so why not get free stuff with it?

Miss the sales/specials on paper? Then try Red River Paper- they have a sampler pack.

I have a Pro-10 and have had zero print issues, even with the printer sitting in sleep mode for a couple of weeks at a time. I wouldn't be too concerned about clogs unless you are in the desert.

Having this printer is nice, and being able to print fantastic images is awesome, but economical it is not. It is a very expensive convenience.

You will definitely want to have at least 1 10 pack of refills onhand, plus the color optimizer and the set of 3 blacks.

Also install the Canon Print Studio plug-in.

Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:36:59 PM »

Now I just have to move some furniture around for this printer (it is very big) and wait for sales on ink and paper...........

Uh, Canon has a buy one, get 4 free sale happening right now on selected photo paper (including the good stuff).

If you buy ink from Canon, they usually have some sort of freebies.


Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 07:56:25 AM »
Yeah, I figured that out quickly after getting a printer and then the prints looked nothing like the monitor.

Even a calibrated 1920 x 1080 would be an improvement over not having a calibrated monitor.

I'm waiting for the 4k or 5k monitors to come down to an affordable price point, or at least <$2k and without tech glitches.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:21:38 PM »
Love the look of matte. Is there other paper companies offer same quality as Canon?

Have you tried the Canon offerings?

Canon has "Pro Premium Matte" (smooth finish) and "Museum Etching" matte (textured surface, and quite a bit thicker).

Museum Etching also defaults to a much wider non-printable border if you use Canon print drivers (printer or the nifty Print Studio Pro plug-in).

Red River has lots of different papers, including a couple of matte finishes. They also offer a sampler box :) Their San Gabriel semi-gloss is a very nice balance between a glossy and matte paper.

There are lots of other options in a wide price range from numerous other vendors.

If you have a Canon printer, it would be best to start with either Canon branded paper or paper that Canon provides ICC profiles for. Next best would be Red River or any other vendor that has downloadable ICC profiles for the paper you want to use in your printer.

Printing at home can quickly become a slippery slope.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:08:00 PM »
The cost of inks (especially pigment inks) and photo grade papers makes it more expensive to print at home than at a lab. Plus all modern labs (including relatively small ones like mine) have online ordering available.

Canon has/had a "buy 1, get 4 free" sale on some of their photo paper, and the specials included some premium product. If you like or can use Canon paper, paper cost is negligible during a sale like this.

Yes, the ink part is more expensive. The cheapest way for home printing seems to be the Epson 3800 or 3880. Nothing wrong with the Canon Pro 100 or Pro 10, but the Epson print cost is about 1/2 of the Canon based on info from Red River Paper.

Online ordering is OK, but I would hate to upload a 10mb file...

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:56:37 PM »
Well, if it can't be fixed with a hammer, it is obviously an electrical problem :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:37:53 AM »

And! Do not judge your ability to manually focus by trying manual focus on an AF lens. That is a totally different thing.

Worth repeating.

A dedicated MF lens could have ~270* of rotation on the focusing ring while a Canon EOS EF lens will have significantly less.

Makes a big difference.

Lenses / Re: Are macro lenses essential for jewelry shooting?
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:50:49 PM »
The camera will require a lens to take a picture of something.

A 50mm lens with some extension tubes will give you 1:1 macro pretty easily. Working distance will be very short and you will need very good lighting and steady hands.

As magnification goes up, depth of field will become very shallow, measured in single millimeters or fractions of an inch.

At some point, you will want to consider a good tripod, remote shutter release, tripod head and a macro focus rail.

Ballheads suck for precision work, cheap ones suck more. You will notice this when you use one and then try to make small adjustments- damn near impossible. That's when you'll want some sort of geared head.

The macro rail would be excellent for dialing in focus. Without a rail, you are futzing with the tripod. The rail also gives you the ability to do focus stacking without changing the lens focus adjustment.

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