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Lenses / FF Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 IS lens pricing announced
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:19:31 PM »

Is it just me, or is Tamron about a year late with this?  Haven't many Canon UWA zoom folks (save perhaps the event folks) migrated to the excellent and somewhat fairly priced new 16-35 F/4L IS?

- A



Wow.  Both are spectacular values.  I believe the 16-35 f/4L IS is now sold out, but FYI for future refurb discount deals.

- A

Lenses / Sigma 35 Art and the USB dock - calibration tips appreciated
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »
Hey all, I've rented the Sigma 35 Art for a test run soon.  I also rented the USB dock to be to able to dial-in the focus on my 5D3.

It hasn't come in yet, but I have a limited amount of time (perhaps one evening) at home to use the USB dock before I head out on a trip where I won't have a computer with me.  Do you have any tips / lessons learned on how to best go through the entire process of using the dock, taking test shots, etc.?  How similar is the process/workflow to on-board AFMA?


Lenses / Yet another DXO Interpretation Time video with Tony Northrup
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:12:08 PM »
Tony Northrup, at it again, on the notion of using FF lenses on crop bodies.  This one touches all the bases -- DXO P-MPix resolution comparisons, filling the frame vs. cropping with wildlife, why cramming pixels in higher densities is awesome, etc.


He's been on a steady clip lately -- one per week or so.  The thought of Tony Toni Tone knocking out a "here's how the world works" every week kinda chills my blood.

(As always, I post these hoping for a proper group skewering.  I eagerly await Neuro's rebuttal web-series, entitled "I am the anti-Tony", but it hasn't happened yet.)

- A

Software & Accessories / Adobe CS6 + ACR / DNG 8.7.1
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:34:43 PM »

I have a knuckleheaded question about Photoshop and ACR.

I have Photoshop CS6 in my Mac and I process my RAW files through ACR.  As ACR is updated periodically for new cameras, lenses, RAW formats, etc., I grab the updates.  Over the summer, I grabbed the beta for a new version (listed as in PS for some reason) so that I could have a lens profile for my (at the time) new 16-35 F/4L IS.  It worked fine, though once per day when I opened it, I'd get a message that the beta would expire after a certain date.  Even after that date, it worked fine and I could use the 16-35 F/4L IS profile.

But today 8.7.1 came out and I thought I'd update things.  It was a paired DNG converter and ACR update.  I downloaded and installed it, and though the DNG converter is there, launching ACR from PS (by opening a .CR2 file) opened the same old version of ACR with the beta expiry date message.


Is 8.7.1 not compatible with CS6?  Must I upgrade to CC to get it?  (I got zero warning / error messages during installation of 8.7.1.)

If it is compatible, any idea what the problem is?  Do I have to associate the newer ACR application with CS6 somehow?  (I can't seem to find that in the preferences anywhere.)


- A

(CR Forum admin, please don't tuck this into the currently running TR thread again -- this is a NEW video from a couple days ago about what gear to buy.  It's not the same video about switching from Canon to Nikon.  Thank you!)

Our favorite camera pundit is at it again:

Best witty comeback to his latest opus earns my undying respect.

...annnnnnd Go!

- A

Hey gang,

Next month I'm off on a road trip.  Though I'll be bringing my camera bag inside to hotels each night, I didn't know if there was any harm in leaving my tripod and ball head stashed in the car.  Threat of theft is not an issue, but temps will be as low as 10-15 F overnight.

Tripod = carbon fiber = Gitzo 1542T
Ball head = Arca Z1 DP

Any concerns with that gear getting down to that temp?

- A


next month I'm off for a vacation road trip with my girlfriend through Arizona to Santa Fe, NM and I'd love some gear and sightseeing advice. 

  • Unlike past trips where I could carve out some solo photography time and shoot some landscapes or macro work, we'll be together for almost all of the trip.  So the big GuraGear bag is staying at home and I'm planning on bringing a more modest kit.
  • On vaca, I shoot a little bit of everything -- walkabout, street, hiking, landscapes and macro.  95% of the time, I'm an available light shooter. 
  • The full gamut of temperature we'll see could run from 15F to 60F.  So there will be plenty of large temp transitions where my gear will jump into and out of the cold.
  • We'll be staying in hotels -- no need to plan for overnights outdoors.

I have two burning questions:

1) If you've been to or live near the Flagstaff - Albuquerque - Santa Fe neck of the woods, what are the must-sees or must-dos?  I don't just mean great vistas for photography -- what's fun to see, do, or experience out there?  If it helps, we are in our 30s and we're into food, beer, hiking (medium level, day-hikes only), art, film, music, history, local culture, and odd places. 

2) Of all my gear (listed below) -- and considering the four bullet points up top -- what would you bring and why?  My gut (just off the cuff) is on bringing the bold items below.

  • 5D3
  • 28 f/2.8 IS
  • 40 f/2.8
  • 50 f/1.4
  • 100 f/2.8L IS
  • 16-35 f/4L IS
  • 24-70 f/4L IS
  • 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
  • 90EX Speedlite (tiny emergency flash if the need arises, works fine on the 5D3 with standard FLs)
  • 600EX-RT Speedlite
  • Tripod, ball head, cable release, sand bag, etc. (Small Gitzo traveler (1542T) and an Arca head (z1/dp)
  • Standard filters - UV, CPL, etc.
  • Landscape filters - Lee 100 system, ND grads, Big Stopper, 105 CPL, etc.
  • Ziplocks and desiccant for coming from the cold
  • Batteries, chargers, yadda yadda
  • Rain covers
  • Monopod

So?  Thoughts? 

As always, I appreciate the advice -- you folks have been gold on prior trips.

- A

Hey all,

I caught this story doing the rounds on PetaPixel and SLR lounge:

Watch the video.  Besides being a wretched sales pitch (zero details on filter size or reasons why this is better than anything else), this idea appears to be an alternative for the Lee SW150 holder, which is made for non-front-threaded lenses like the Nikon 14-24.  It has the added upside of automagically not needing any threading or assembly -- it's a pretty simple one-piece push-on usage.

Commenters on the stories are calling BS over a $265 asking price for just the holder, but upon further review, the Lee SW150 holder is a solid $400 in comparison (I had no idea!).

I'm a happy Lee 100mm (standard/foundation) user and am invested in that setup.  So this new product certainly isn't for me.  But I was curious what I'm missing with this idea -- what (besides the push-on use, which I am not convinced is a net positive thing) is the point of this system, and what might it offer over the Lee SW150 or Wonderpana setups?

- A

Reviews / Solid DPReview video (20+ min) with a wildlife photographer
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:48:17 PM »
DPReview just put out a very nicely produced 7d2 hands on with a wildlife photographer, using the 16-35 f/4L IS, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, and ever-so-affordable 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.  Mountain lions, wolves and landscapes were shot, as well as some intervalometer and video work (note: the pro in question is a wildlife stills shooter and not a video pro).

A very nice watch if you have 22 minutes to spare:

I want to see more 'big picture' reviews like this in the field after a week filled with minutiae and lab tests.  Nicely done, DPReview. 

- A

Lenses / Is the new 100-400L II going to be a push/pull after all?
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:43:08 PM »
Just saw this at photo rumors:


Of note:  "New “push-pull” zoom"

The article was then pulled from the site in question.  Is there anything to this?  Any chance that push/pull might live on?

- A

EOS Bodies / Canon 7D Mark II - DXO, Tony Northrup, and You
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:21:25 AM »
Our favorite long video gear talker  ::) has chimed in on the DXO ratings for the 7D II.


Where's my popcorn, dammit...

- A

EOS Bodies / Canon 7D Mark II AF tracking through the viewinder (VIDEO)
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:06:06 PM »
Worth a watch:

Shot with the 18-135 IS STM lens.  Impressive, I'd say, but I don't shoot action like this often.  Others may be less impressed.

- A

Lenses / More chatter on an EF 11-24 F/4L coming soon
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:55:03 PM »
I don't put too much stock into CanonWatch, but they are claiming to have a source saying that an EF 11-24 F/4L lens is happening:


Some of you in a recent poll implied that this forum community's desire for a Nikon 14-24 F/2.8 clone was less based on that lens's spectacular sharpness and more based on the opportunity the 14mm wide end on that zoom might offer.  So I'd imagine -- were this rumor true -- some folks would be super duper happy about this.

But even if this picture was not a fake, no front filterability (without a comically large aftermarket outrigger) would be DOA for me.  I'll happily enjoy my 16-35 F/4L IS and call my UWA needs sated. 

- A


Only Sigma has the stones to find a way to turn a fixed lens point and shoot into a medium format ergonomic footprint...


Quattros have always been an odd, odd duck.  They have amazing detail in the sensor, yet such poor low light performance that a review I saw of this little thing was largely done on a tripod (!).  The science fiction ergonomics, the fixed lens, all of it -- is wacky and "why?"-inducing. 

But that viewfinder, good gravy that viewfinder...  [Does the bon appetit hand to mouth kiss of perfection.]

Stick with lenses, guys.  Stick with lenses. 

- A

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