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

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.

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

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. :)

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.


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

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 :)

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.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:33:10 AM »
A pretty important point is being missed here - as is usual when people get the opportunity to shout up their own favourites...

The fact is that PaintShop Pro is very, very good - certainly more than enough to get a beginner deeply into "experienced post-processor" territory (I used it myself for a good few years) and if the OP can't get good results from it, the software ain't the problem.

Recommending an alternative won't change that fundamental.

PP software needs to be learned - true whether we're talking about PSP, Photoshop, Lightroom, the Gimp - and in the situation DeadPixel describes, bouncing from program to program is the worst thing to suggest to him.

Hrm;  are we talking about spending time learning whatever program you currently have, or finding something that fits your needs the best? 

Gimp, Photoshop and PSP all have about the same (ridiculous) learning curve.  At the end of the day,  the only one in that list that has a reasonable number of people that you can ask for tips and tricks in the real world is Photoshop.  Even tutorials and books for Gimp and PS get grossly out of date with the incrementing of a version due to the development fetish of moving and renaming stuff.

Lightroom, Aperture and one of the ACDSee products (pro I think?) are designed for photo management and moderate (but powerful) editing . . . definitely geared more towards photographers.  I don't particularly LIKE Lightroom, but it had the quickest learning curve and I spend less time at the computer.  Some people just become graphics designers and don't worry about the photography . . .

In the end, I guess, I only disagree on two points:
1) Not wanting to spend the time to master PSP, Photoshop or GIMP isn't a cardinal sin or personality flaw
2) The best time to try and switch is when you haven't gotten too used to one program or another

I do understand that the *real* Photoshop fanboys are the reason that PSP gets so little respect.  Of course, those those fanboys are also he aforementioned people that we occasionally have to consult for help. ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 15, 2012, 05:29:00 AM »
I used aperture for a few months and saw little use other than a place to make my photos use up more space.

I bought Lightroom on a deal at x-mas and it's been pretty good for nominally improving images with very little time involved.  The basics are to allow the profile to fix lens issues, then straighten and crop; an image takes under a second.

All editing is non-destructive and fairly straightforward; you can increase/decrease exposure with a slider bar, then undo if you want as an example.

I think I saw it on sale for $80 recently

Lenses / Re: New canon 24 2.8 USM - consumer or Pro ?
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:49:10 PM »
Not sure if the new Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS is worth waiting or not.  It is somewhat appealing - small, lightweight, USM AF, probably pretty sharp, and IS is always convenient - but the price is really quite high for what it is.  I know a big part of that is just the exchange rates finally catching up, but still, it's pretty hard to see a US$350 lens replaced in the lineup with a US$850 lens.

If a full manual lens and size are not major concerns for you, I'd recommend checking out the samyang/rokinon 24mm f/1.4.  B&H currently has it for pre-order at $700.  I have the rokinon 35mm f/1.4 and it's an exceptional optic regardless of price (once stopped down to f/2.8 and beyond).  I've also used the 24L II and it is a very nice lens - great if you need AF, but there are better options out there for pure IQ (24mm TSE f/3.5L II, the 21mm Zeiss you mentioned).

vuilang makes a good point - foregoing a new lens and getting a full-frame body instead is another option to consider.

Thanks for the feedback. Because I mostly use the camera casually - size and weight are a concern. I dont see myself carrying around a FF body for casual use. Hence I'm "stuck" with crops untill they make FF's lighter and more mobile (this will come I assume).

The samyang 24 - is a very good idea. I'm going to check it out.

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: IS vs IQ
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:22:10 AM »
Let me ask this: are there any Canon lenses with IS (old or new system) that produce a less sharp image when hand-held (excluding, of course, someone who can hold freakishly still)?

I have to say, in the Canon P&S world, I was simply amazed by the images when IS was introduced . . .

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Book Shows Up at Amazon France
« on: February 13, 2012, 04:35:25 PM »
Aha. That clinches it.  That must be the 5DmkIII release date .  . and if it's not let me be the first to post I'm selling all my stuff and moving to Nikon (obviously).

Heck, if it doesn't have (insert feature here) I'll probably sell all my stuff just for being betrayed!   ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Image effects with EOS 7D possible ?
« on: February 11, 2012, 09:16:11 PM »
For 10-stop NDs, I have a B+W 77mm and a Schneider Optics 82mm. The former is readily available, the latter is the only 82mm 10-stop screw-in filter I know of (Schneider is the parent company of B+W), and is only available from

Wow.  Innavigable just got redefined.  That site have an index?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:56:26 AM »
the 100-400mm is a lens i sell to amateurs quite often.
i guess the new one will not sell as well.

While I hate to jump on the complaining about price train, I agree.  It seems that Canon is making it's money from casual consumers and people with a lot of money (by what they're releasing).

Maybe they'll surprise us, but I get the nasty feeling that the 500-1500 range will be haunted by either higher-end EF-S stuff or 'still not L quality' lenses. 

Don't get me wrong, lenses like the 15-85mm were priced fine IMO, and it's great quality, but I just get the sneaky suspicion that the next 'kit lens' for the prosumer bodies will be in the $2k range . . .

Software & Accessories / Re: Decent Compact Hard Case for Travel
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:24:43 AM »
5D II and 50mm prime....any suggestion? beside carry with me ;)

I *hate* to beat a dead horse, but why are you against carrying-on?  Have you been to China before? Are you traveling with others?

That's a small enough setup to safely carry with  you; or pack away, honestly, any more than that, and I wouldn't chance it in the luggage.

Lenses / Re: how long does it take for lens prices to drop? (24-70mm ii)
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:10:28 PM »
Awhile  back I got curious, so I checked my customer profile on Adorama (they keep a record of everything you've ever ordered). Virtually every lens I've purchased is either now selling for more or roughly the same as what I paid. 

So, I guess the answer would be: maybe never.

Untrue to one extent: Crap always varies.  Good stuff on the other hand is on a "buy it if you need it" basis . . . because it's a hit-or-miss sale proposition.

The only lens I got (financially) burned on was the 70-300 IS . . . which is also the lens I was greatly disappointed in.

As I said in another post (paraphrased) it's not like X bursts into flames and stops taking good photos when it's replacement comes out. 

Most people are looking for sales on the 24-70mm right now; so, just find a 'good' dip in price ASAP and stick with it, IF you need it and you'll be fine.

Lenses / Re: First LensRental Just Arrived
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:06:13 PM »
good to know; thanks for the review!  I've been considering renting some stuff from lens rentals but always wonder if it's worth the hassle ... or if I should just buy the lens :D

I just buy the lens.  Instead of renting for a few days, if there's a lens I am interested in trying, but not certain is the right lens for me, I watch my local Craiglist boards (quite active here), and buy the lens used.  I won't pay more than 70% of the new price - that way, if I don't like it, I can sell it for little/no loss (and usually a small profit).  I've done that with the 200/2.8L II, the 300/4L IS, 70-300 DO, and 24-105 (all bought then sold after a few months, although the 24-105 was an even exchange of selling the one bought used and buying the 5DII kit).  I look on it as a long-term rental that's effectively free. 

Most recently, I bought the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS - used for less than 70% of then-current retail, and that was 3 days before the rebate ended and the retail price jumped $270.   :D

Regarding, I've heard nothing but good things about them, and I also really appreciate Roger Cicala's (the owner) contributions to the knowledge base about gear.

CL must be more reasonable where you are. Scanning the current NYC/CT ads, the prices are about $100 cheaper than new on some of these lenses.

I bought two lenses from LR and I have to say I like them as well.  I started buying new again when the prices of the new stuff started to go down . . . now I'm sort of thinking of picking up one of the 70-200mm lenses, this is a good deal, but the wife recently made it clear that she would know if I purchased a white lens ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: When will Canon Meet The Market Demand?
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:44:01 PM »
Now I'm looking at ebay; why aren't the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM guys dumping all their canon stuff?

Come on! Canon Stinks . . . Nikon rules . . . don't be greedy, you don't need $1200 for that baby  ::)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:44:17 PM »
Just curious of the age/shutter count when this happened (or can start happening)


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