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Landscape / Re: "Stairway To Heaven" Oahu Hawaii
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:39:00 AM »
Stairway To Heaven
Splendid Photograph my friend
see what I did there?

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Canon body this year?
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:36:30 PM »
CR mentioned another body is in the rumor mill for this year. How is that rumor shaping up (especially as the 5D3 is so overpriced)?

5D mk IV . . . going to be around $6k, why do you ask? :)

Kidding.  My guess is the T4i since we've heard nothing about the 60D/7D . . . though that would be my preference (7D price & AF, MFA then add a flip-around screen and a Digic V processor).  I'm betting it'll be a xxxD series though.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Affordable tripod ring for 200mm f/2.8L
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:29:48 AM »
Thanks.

No, counterfiet isn't a term I use lightly - I mean they say the canon part number, have the canon logo but aren't made by Canon.

I'll poke around some more on Amazon. Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Affordable tripod ring for 200mm f/2.8L
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:42:51 PM »
As the subject says, I'm looking for a tripod ring for my new lens. Canon doesn't seem to have the ring online, and it looks like the 'Canon' parts online are over $100.

Concerns:
1) Ran into counterfiet Canon products online
2) It's not a HUGE lens, but I need a ring that's reliable enough to hold a camera and the lens
3) I need something affordable, which means under $90

Suggestions guys?

I've waited *SO* long to get this lens, and now that I have it, I swear I have a medical condition or something with the shaking :(

I appreciate the help; extra points for Arca Swiss :)

Thanks

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Lighting / Re: Advice needed on set up to shoot cats and dogs at shelter
« on: February 24, 2012, 03:40:35 PM »
I would avoid the lighting altogether if possible and use available light. The more changes you introduce will most likely make it harder to get the animal in a calm state.

+1  Animals are very a reasonably easy shoot; don't go crazy with the lighting. 

I'm not super pro so what I usually do before an event/shoot try to compensate for light by taking a shot and see if I have to adjust exposure and temperature first, then figure out the lowest iso I can use without blurring.

The choice of lens is going to matter more than anything.


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has anyone noticed that their rumored price for the 27/28 announcement date news is $2700 and not $3500?

Yeah, honestly I'd rather have they match or slightly go over the D800 price and not cheap out on the AF though.... so the $2700 has me less happy actually.

Dang the torpedoes, full speed ahead: Two bodies baby! ;)

What? I can't make stuff up like all these sites do? hehe

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:54:41 AM »
Am I the only one who reads the CR Guys rumour as *around* $3500? This could mean it may be released at less or in fact more.

So even though it's a CR3 rumour it's still not on 100% with the price. So for all you people who are dreading the
price, whining and crying at least understand that it still isn't confirmed yet.

Good catch... and if everyone is happy on CR with that price, it might go even higher  ;)

Yep. And if it's MORE then that's absurd to leave the sub $3k FF market and it probably means a lower end FF coming out . . .

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Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:04:28 PM »
I have no need for super-zooms, so I'm sure my opinion doesn't matter...but that is a *huge* price jump (about 10x) to go from the 100-400 f/4-5.6 plus a separate 1.4x TC, to get a 200-400 f/4 with TC built in.  How big is the market for that? You gain one stop at the long end of the zoom and have the convenience of a built-in TC, but lose the 100-200mm range and pay 10x the price.


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Well, a couple of reasons I think:
-The 100-400mm was released in 1998. (It's not a superzoom either)
-The f4 while "only a stop" needs a lot more glass than a 5.6. Look at it, it's huge and heavy. Plus, it looks to be internal zoom.
-The 200-400 will be newer and much better. It will likely be sharper with the 1.4x than the 100-400 is without it.
-Plus it has the 1.4x which does cost something.

All that said, $10,999 is higher than I expected.

$11k is higher than Dr. Evil expected  ;D

I dunno . . . I'm still waiting for something 'wow' to come out for lenses in the $500-$1500 range.

Maybe make the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS in black, remove the L and red-ring then charge the DO price? :)  Maybe just a respectable 100-300 f/4 for the po' fo'k . . . .

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 03:00:17 PM »
All the specs really look great, the only thing that I am a bit upset about is the price -  $3500 seems high for the body only. I was expecting it to be a 20% increase from $2400 for the 5D2 to $2899 (max $3000) for the 5D3.

Let's hope that it's not $3500 body only!

$3.5k does sound a bit harsh . . . I hope it isn't the body as well, but who knows.  All I can say is that if it IS that much I am SO jazzed I pulled the trigger on the 5dMK ii price drop.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500 & 600 f/4L IS II in May
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:32:31 PM »
Let me guess, price will be announced by Mike Myers in a bald wig?

Very nice to hear/see, but I hope there's going to be something between consumer grade stuff and glass that you have to be related to the Windsors to afford . . .

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Canon General / Re: Yet Another Upgrade Advice Request
« on: February 18, 2012, 08:53:20 AM »
Sell
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (x2)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Buy
Canon EF 50 1.4
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8

Go for the 50mm 1.4, but stay away from the 17-55 2.8!  If you decide to go FF anytime within the next 2-3 years the 17-55 is EF-S mount, you won't be able to use it on FF....

Honestly, I see no reason to sell the 15-85mm -- even if he goes FF, it's a good lens to hang on to.  The others I agree with selling and also getting the 50 1.4.

Juvenall mentioned the 85mm f1.8; it's a great lens, I had limited use on crop, but love it now that I have the 5D.  The 7D was available w/kit lens for something like $1300 recently, which if you sell it, you're at around $1000 (if you can get that deal).  If you find another high-quality lens you'd like to go with the 60D isn't exactly a slouch either, and the body is around $850 last I checked.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 16, 2012, 02:53:54 PM »
I'm curious about this deal for lightroom. I would like to get a legit copy, but I am not about to buy right before the next version comes out. It seems like it might be about a $30 discount for lr3 and then another 100 to get lr4. This means I pay $130 for lr4. What am I missing?

The full version of LR 4 will cost you $299 when it comes out, but a upgrade from LR3 will cost $99.

The current retail price of LR3 had dropped over time, but LR4 will go to full list price.

This means that it will cost $169 with the upgrade to LR 4 versus $299.  And, if B&H delays shipping too long, you might just fall into the free upgrade period for LR4.  Not likely though, I think that has been figured out carefully by Adobe.


Yep, I'm pretty sure Adobe and the vendors have this figured out carefully. My guess is that they are trying to get new customers while maybe selling off old stock that is sitting there. They got me. I figured for less than a hundred bucks I'll buy it even though I'm not a big fan of LR. If it sticks they know I may upgrade one day - and if not they still got my hundred buck at pretty much no cost to them at this point.

I'm not sure though about the incentive to upgrade. I don't see anything major in the new version that would be worth any additional money. Haven't tried it yet so this is just from looking at the specs.

Don't remember where the thread was on here, but someone mentioned that 5DmkII shots above ISO 3200 got better noise reduction in the v4 beta . . . if it's true, that will definitely be a selling point.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:39:40 AM »
dstppy,

Its a wild Mink - uncommon to see in the day since they are nocturnal, but this time of year its mating season so they are a bit more wild.  He's sitting in the drain of a medium sized pond, which I believe is a modified 5-gallon bucket!  I saw him run across the ice and dive in, but I camped out till he popped his head up.  I would have killed for a 400 or 500mm zoom lens, that image is heavily cropped.

The white tuft of fur under his chin is what gives away his identity as a mink.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_mink

Thanks for the advice - I'll play with exposure next!

DeadPixel
Hehe I figured something like that.  I used to live up near Canada for the first 20 years of my life.  We pretty much call everything a weasel (and shoot at it, not with a camera) whether it be fisher, weasel, mink or someone's pet ferret.

Oddly enough, we all seemed to be able to tell the difference between those and otters. :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:01:36 PM »
Thanks for everyones comments!

Is that a Ferret or a Llama? :)

I'd adjust exposure (lighter) -- the lens correction is pretty much a MUST.

I think John said DxO had profiles as well.  Honestly, from neuro using it, alone, I'd consider it . . . of course if he told me to sell all my belongings and follow him and 11 other guys doing good deeds I'd probably do that too. (he's one smart guy) ;D  Well, maybe.

(EDIT)

Seriously, what *IS* that?  I can't stop staring at it, like the giant rabbit from Donnie Darko.

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Lenses / Re: New canon 24 2.8 USM - consumer or Pro ?
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:44:11 AM »
Not sure about your camera, but my 5DmkII isn't that much bigger than my 60D -- any reason you've shied away from Zooms?  The 15-85mm is a really nice lens and is 'everything but' an "L" lens in terms of build quality and IQ.

I, too, am curious what the two new primes are going to emerge as . . . hopefully they'll be the same high-quality as the better EF-S lenses they've released the past few years instead of the mass-market stuff.

You're right about the size of the bodies, but with all the primes he has I think he would be disappointed with the 15-85's sharpness.  It's a decent lens, but I would say that the 17-55 f/2.8 IS is the one that's closer to an L lens.  Also he'd have a lot of focal length overlap.

Like I said, if he wants wide the Tokina 11-16mm would be a great choice.  But if you can live with the variable aperture or just want to stick with Canon the 10-22mm is a good alternative.
That's true; if you are used to primes, zooms seem kind of toyish :)  I can't complain about the sharpness of the 15-85 though; vignetting and barrel distortion, well maybe :D

I haven't used my 10-22mm enough to figure out if the zoom creep is my fault or the lens.  I almost got a 17-55 f/2.8 IS then got the FF body, so I'm glad I didn't shell out the cash :)

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A lot of recommendations here for 3rd party zooms; anyone had any focus issues?  Read something on LR written by Roger that MFA is best to have with 3rd party lenses and Canon.

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