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From time to time, I notice that a fellow CR member is located in my city.  So I figured, why not see how many more there are?

If you wish, reply to this thread with the city that you reside in.  (And perhaps country if not in the U.S.)

For the record, I'm from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in (Arlington) in Texas.  U S A

Heck, who knows, maybe a small meetup would be in the works for some of us.   :D

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I'll update this in the next day or two with more detailed specs and a picture or two.  (Hint, it looks like a svelte black laptop.)  Feel free to contact me with questions.  And there have been several threads on CR discussing laptops for photography.

After a glass of wine or two, I have finally decided to sell my W520 Thinkpad.  So you should buy it right away before I sober up!   :o

Keep in mind that IT and computers are my business.  I shoot pictures for fun.  I read the CR forum for fun.  The W520 is a beast.  There are a multitude of reasons to have one as a photographer.  The primary reason is the 1920x1080 HD+ IPS High Color Gamut Display.  After that, you should consider the multiple drive options.  It can be docked.  It has a discrete graphic adapter built in that can drive multiple external displays.  And all Thinkpad keyboards are the best in the industry, bar none.

Another advantage is buying it from ME.  No really, I'm serious.  If you wish, I'll work with you and configure it however you like.  Heck, if I like you and you play your cards right (you know, like you BUY IT) I might even offer to support you remotely for a short time.   8)

Anyway, this is a limited time offer for CR members only!  (Limited time because I'll eventually sell it.)

The basic specs are...

Lenovo Thinkpad W520 model 4276-39U laptop w/ i7-2720QM 2.20 Ghz CPU, 15.6" HD+ IPS screen. (1920 x 1080)

It has been upgraded with the following:
256 GB internal mSATA SSD Card in place of stock hard drive with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
2.5" SATA Drive Bay still empty!  (Allowing a large secondary hard drive to be installed up to 2TB.)
16 GB RAM with 2 memory bays still free (allowing 16GB more RAM = 32 GB TOTAL RAM if desired)
It also has Bluetooth 3.0 integrated, web cam, fingerprint reader, WiFi, DVD/RW, and all the other stuff you would expect.  I'll customize it to the moon if you like but I already souped it up where it matters.  (For great photography performance, etc.)

Here are some great reviews of the W520.  It's not a normal laptop by any means.  It's a workstation replacement designed for engineering companies and specialty industries like graphics and photography.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/779647-REG/Lenovo_427639U_ThinkPad_W520_4276_39U_15_6.html
http://www.notebookreview.com/notebookreview/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-review/
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-ThinkPad-W520-Notebook.53220.0.html
http://www.storagereview.com/lenovo_thinkpad_w520_review
http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithcombs/archive/2011/03/28/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-mini-review.aspx
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1104301


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Sold to a nice local buyer.  I'm looking forward to selling something to a CR member soon though!    ;)

Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens - $1350 - Arlington, Texas

I'm about to list it on eBayI dropped the price for the last time here and on CL.  Price is now less negotiable.

This lens is in Mint/Like New condition and it retails for $1750 new.  Please don't waste my time with low-ball offers.  Lens is offered as-is but I stand behind it as a solid A+ lens that is in pristine condition.  I ship with UPS or FedEx for better tracking and I pack extremely well.  I also have over 700 feedback (100%) on eBay as "rl01" since 1999.  I've been selling stuff online for a long time.  http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=rl01&ftab=AllFeedback&myworld=true&rt=nc

This listing is for a Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens.  Serial number 2097890.  The lens hasn't been used much and I have finally decided to part with it. The lens comes with box, hood, lens pouch, lens cap, warranty card, etc.  (Everything it comes with new that has never left the box.  I leave everything including the hood and cap in the box and use my own caps, etc instead.)  The lens is in perfect condition and a 10/10.   It is superb in low light and extremely sharp.  It focuses fast and has beautiful bokeh.

Note:  I also have a pristine Hoya HD UV Filter (pictured) that has lived on the lens since I bought it.  It costs over $100+ new but I'll include it for only an additional $50 if desired.

You will LOVE THIS LENS. Great for everything, esp low light indoor and event photography. It's superb for outdoor landscapes and night sky photography.  The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built autofocus 24mm lens. If you want the best Canon 24mm AF lens, look no longer. This is it.  I don't think a bad review exists out there. I did the work for you...

http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/review-canon-ef-24-f1-4l-ii/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=369
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-24mm-1-4L-Wide-Angle/dp/B001GNCWCE
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24mm-f-1.4-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/lenses/canon_24_1p4_ii
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/590449-USA/Canon_2750B002_EF_24mm_f_1_4L_II.html

Product Description:
Canon's newest fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) that departs from conventional coatings by using an extremely fine structure that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits. It also features two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, incorporates rear-focusing, ultrasonic, quiet and high-speed AF with full-time manual override. A circular aperture provides beautiful out-of-focus detail and offers legendary dust- and water-resistant L-series construction using only lead-free glass.

Specifications:
Filter Size: 77mm
F-Stop Range: 1.4-22
Minimum Focus Distance: 3.0 in./77mm
Magnification: 1:6.25
Angle Of View: 84 Degrees
Groups/Elements: 13 elements in 10 groups
Length x Diameter: 3.3" x 3.1" / 83.5 x 77.4mm
Weight: 22.9 oz./ 650g

Included Items: Front and Rear E-77U 77mm Lens Cap & Lens Dust Cap E, EW-83K Lens Hood, Lens Pouch LP1214.

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Photography Technique / Swim Pictures - Share your tips/ideas!
« on: August 28, 2014, 01:44:51 PM »
Hi all,

I'm starting my forth year of swim team shooting for my sons' high school.  Up to now I've felt like I was on a learning curve as my gear/technique improved, esp the first year.  Now I'm looking for ideas to be more creative and keep it interesting.  The venues are the same and basically repeat every year.  The rare events that are held outdoors are well lit and colorful.  Unfortunately, the majority of the pics happen inside poorly lit natatoriums.  So there is always plenty of post processing happening to fix WB, lighting, clarity, shadows, etc.  Any ideas on post processing improvements is also welcome.

I have shot the last 3 years with a 60D and then a 5D3.  The lenses improved as I acquired better gear.  Now I have a 70-200/2.8L-II and a 70-300L and I have used a Kenko 1.4 TC with both on the 5D3.  I now also have a 70D to try out.  So I'm trying to also decide what lens combos I'll do now.  I'm considering putting the 5D3 on backup status (hanging left side) with a 24-105 for up close and using the 70D (faster fps, more reach) as the primary with the 70-300L or the 70-200/2.8-II with/without TC.

To summarize, I'm looking for composition and shot ideas, post enhancement tips and I'm looking for thoughts on lens+body combos.

Here is a link to all the swim pics I've posted from the last 3 years.  That should keep you busy for a while!   :P  (And THANK YOU!)   :D

http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/lamarswim

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Another thread just popped up asking about slideshow software.  This reminded me that I've been meaning to ask the CR community...

-  Favorite Authoring Software?  (ProShow, PicturesToExe, etc),
-  Tips on making a great slideshow and most important...
HOW/WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MUSIC?  The music part has always been my biggest challenge.  I am usually interested in fast paced rock/pop music because my slideshows are about youth summer camps, etc and need to convey energy, fun and excitement.

I use ProShow Gold & Producer and I want to give PicturesToExe another try sometime when I have the time.  Any other winners out there?

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Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens - $1350 - Arlington, Texas

I'm about to list it on eBayI dropped the price for the last time here and on CL.  Price is now less negotiable.

This lens is in Mint/Like New condition and it retails for $1750 new.  Please don't waste my time with low-ball offers.  Lens is offered as-is but I stand behind it as a solid A+ lens that is in pristine condition.  I ship with UPS or FedEx for better tracking and I pack extremely well.  I also have over 700 feedback (100%) on eBay as "rl01" since 1999.  I've been selling stuff online for a long time.  http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=rl01&ftab=AllFeedback&myworld=true&rt=nc

This listing is for a Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens.  Serial number 2097890.  The lens hasn't been used much and I have finally decided to part with it. The lens comes with box, hood, lens pouch, lens cap, warranty card, etc.  (Everything it comes with new that has never left the box.  I leave everything including the hood and cap in the box and use my own caps, etc instead.)  The lens is in perfect condition and a 10/10.   It is superb in low light and extremely sharp.  It focuses fast and has beautiful bokeh.

Note:  I also have a pristine Hoya HD UV Filter (pictured) that has lived on the lens since I bought it.  It costs over $100+ new but I'll include it for only an additional $50 if desired.

You will LOVE THIS LENS. Great for everything, esp low light indoor and event photography. It's superb for outdoor landscapes and night sky photography.  The Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens is, without question, Canon's best-performing (optically and physically) and best-built autofocus 24mm lens. If you want the best Canon 24mm AF lens, look no longer. This is it.  I don't think a bad review exists out there. I did the work for you...

http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/review-canon-ef-24-f1-4l-ii/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=369
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-24mm-1-4L-Wide-Angle/dp/B001GNCWCE
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24mm-f-1.4-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/lenses/canon_24_1p4_ii
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/590449-USA/Canon_2750B002_EF_24mm_f_1_4L_II.html

Product Description:
Canon's newest fixed length L-series lens, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, incorporates the newest in Canon lens technology for spectacular sharpness and impressive performance at all settings. It features two high-precision, large-diameter aspherical lenses for sharpness across the sensor, even in peripheral areas of full-frame sensors. Lens elements have a newly-designed anti-reflective SWC (Sub Wavelength Coating) that departs from conventional coatings by using an extremely fine structure that minimizes ghosting and flaring across the lens surface, regardless of the angle with which light enters or exits. It also features two UD lens elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, incorporates rear-focusing, ultrasonic, quiet and high-speed AF with full-time manual override. A circular aperture provides beautiful out-of-focus detail and offers legendary dust- and water-resistant L-series construction using only lead-free glass.

Specifications:
Filter Size: 77mm
F-Stop Range: 1.4-22
Minimum Focus Distance: 3.0 in./77mm
Magnification: 1:6.25
Angle Of View: 84 Degrees
Groups/Elements: 13 elements in 10 groups
Length x Diameter: 3.3" x 3.1" / 83.5 x 77.4mm
Weight: 22.9 oz./ 650g

Included Items: Front and Rear E-77U 77mm Lens Cap & Lens Dust Cap E, EW-83K Lens Hood, Lens Pouch LP1214.

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Lenses / Online Selling
« on: August 03, 2014, 01:19:08 PM »
Removed by Moderator.  No selling is allowed.

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Video & Movie / Blue Angels Practice Perfection
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:07:05 AM »
Not sure where to post this but it's a cool short video on a beautiful morning of amazing aviation with some views of the cameras, lenses, etc.  Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=726296920723859&set=vb.428109517209269&type=2&theater

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FYI - For those of you that haven't heard the news about the HEARTBLEED SSL BUG...

There are many websites that are vulnerable to the bug until they are patched.


Affected PHOTO sites include 500px.com and flickr.com.

(As listed here... https://github.com/musalbas/heartbleed-masstest/blob/master/top1000.txt)

Also, I just tested the vonage.com login page and it is also affected.

Go to these sites to test (paste in the address of) the URL of the https login page before you use or login to the site again.  There is also a Chrome Extension linked at the filippo site.
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest  OR  http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

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Lenses / Best lightweight crop lens for SL1 & hiking
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:16:43 PM »
I have lots of photo gear.  Lots of Canon bodies.  Lots of lenses, mostly L.  I have both Canon rugged P&S cams, the D10 and D20.  (I took the D20 to Philmont in 2012 and carried it on the trail for 10 days.)

I'll go to Philmont again in 2014 and I want to try to take a DSLR this time for better pics and just suck up the added weight.  I'll likely still take the D20 again, it was nice and handy to have hanging on my backpack strap at shoulder height while hiking.  But when we are stopped at the camps or on side hikes, the DSLR would come out, that's where the best pictures happen anyway.

Just so you know, living on the trail for 10 days out of a pack, weight is the #1 concern.  I've considered investing in a Pentax K-3 DSLR with a tough weather resistant general purpose lens.  That would be around $1700 online.  Not a deal breaker but it's spending close to $2000 if I ever bought a Pentax flash to own a whole other system.  It would be more durable and less worry and who knows, I might love it so much that someday I would sell everything and just keep the Pentax.  (Wow, I said that?!)  But I digress..

I just bought the SL1 Rebel body for $349 (great price) figuring I would keep it in my pack while on the trail and use the D20 on my pack strap.  The question is.....

Which lightweight lens to use so I only have to take one?  I might take the 40mm pancake I have for low light and maybe a TC (if it fits the lens I choose) for more reach but in general, I figured I would take the DSLR+lens+simple strap as a unit, extra batteries and that's about it.  I don't mind using a non-Canon lens.  I don't mind just using the STM kit lens but I figured I would get everyone's opinion before I jumped.  It's not a huge rush at this point.

While on the subject of hiking photography, check out this independent filmmaker's great movie all about Philmont.  The movie trailer and documentary DVD is very well done.  Gives me chills every time I see it!  If you love the outdoors, you should love this.  If you have young sons, join Boy Scouts.  If you have tomboy daughters, join Venturing and go to Philmont if you can.  Also, check out his website, he's done some great work!

Philmont Movie Promo (vimeo.com/22745967) (Copy url or click the caption link below, the video isn't loading in the forum post correctly.)- The Philmont Documentary Collection promo on Vimeo
Buy the Philmont Movie - http://philmontmovie.com
Larry McLaughlin's Work - http://www.larrymclaughlin.net/


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Canon General / How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:16:04 PM »
I think this will be a fun thread.  I thought I would throw this out there and see what everyone thinks...

-  Neighbor wants to learn photography and wonders if I will teach her.
-  I'm an experienced technical instructor, just need to decide what will work for her.
-  Neighbor is a mom of foreign origin whose son is also in our scout troop.
-  She eventually wants to buy some good equipment and learn to take good images.

I have plenty of equipment similar to most of the CR gang.  My plan was to loan her a basic DSLR, (like a Rebel or a 30D) with a basic kit lens and flash along with a few good books and let her get her feet wet.  Then loan another camera (like a 5Dc or something different), different lens, maybe a prime and let her experiment some more.  Demonstrate the fact that she can get good pictures with any camera if she develops good technique, etc.  Along the way answering questions and then teach more later after she is more familiar with what to ask.

Cart before the horse or the chicken and the egg:  I think that many folks go out and buy a ton of gear, mess with it for a while and then get discouraged because it isn't what they expect.  It isn't that fulfilling.  My goal is to first see if she truly enjoys taking pictures before she invests in gear or gets turned off by trying to formally  "learn" photography.  Actually taking pictures is the most important part and often that is the part people learn they don't really prefer after all.  Or, by actually taking pictures one tends to be motivated to learn on their own why or why not a picture worked and get the spark, the itch to keep going.  One also starts to discover what kind of pictures they like to take and how they like to go about it.  How many of us have said that if they could have known some period of time earlier what they knew later, how they would change their initial purchases, etc.  By loaning her a camera for while, I hope to give her the ability to make a better purchase later that suits the style she develops.

So, what are the thoughts of CR members that have some experience with this scenario or teaching in general?  Keep in mind that I'm not new to teaching but since this isn't an official classroom type thing, I figure I would try another approach.  It's more of a private tutor kind of thing I guess.  The more good ideas I get here, the better!  Thanks.

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Sports / Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:12:45 PM »
My church is hosting a marathon in a month or so.  I've been asked to shoot some photos.  I'm not a pro (since I don't get paid) but I consider myself a 5 year DSLR advanced enthusiast.  I shoot a lot of outdoor scout events, camping, school swim meets and church activities.  I own a 5D3, 6D and several decent L lenses, flashes, etc.  So with that said, I'm looking for advice gained from other forum members' experience shooting marathon/running events.  Logistics, composition ideas, pre-planning, lens choices, lighting challenges, possible dual body use, etc.  I might even get a photog friend or two to help me cover more locations.  I love picking up new skills and experience but I prefer to be as prepared as possible when time permits.  All constructive thoughts appreciated!

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Lenses / 70-300L AF IS goes *CLUNK!* (??)
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:50:26 PM »
Some of you may remember my little poll a while back asking what to replace my 70-300 IS EF lens with after a barter trade with a buddy.  Well, I finally did the deal and I decided to get the 70-300L.  So now I have a nice Thinkpad X301 all tricked out (from the trade) and a new 70-300L.

What's interesting is this...

-  Slap that 70-300L on the 5D3 and point it all over the place, AF performance is fast and smooth, fairly quiet and nice.
-  Add a Tamron 1.4x TC (140F-CA) and the AF slows a bit.  Not unexpected.  Still works pretty good.  HOWEVER...

... when the TC is attached, the IS tends to JUMP from time to time and makes a CLUNK NOISE.  You can feel the clunk too.  It still autofocuses on the target but the IS going CLUNK is weird.  I haven't been able to detect a clunk or jump when the TC isn't connected.  Anyone have some thoughts?

I've had the Tamron TC for quite a while and from what I have read around this forum, the Kenko 1.4X DGX is (I guess) the ideal TC but I don't necc want to buy another TC.  Anyone have a Tamron 1.4X TC like mine and like it just as much?  Curious how they compare.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What Photo Web Host do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:06:08 PM »
Wasn't sure which section to post this in but the question is, which online photo host do you use and why?  For instance, I use Zenfolio because I wanted to make sure our Boy Scout and Church Youth images didn't end up being used in anything we couldn't control.  I've been very happy with Zenfolio.

However, I've noticed that aside from SmugMug, there aren't a lot of options if one doesn't want to sign away rights to pictures they host.

Does anyone know if flckr preserves the original owners' rights?  I notice a lot of folks on this forum use flickr as well as the "official" White House photostream.

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Hi everyone.  As I reply to some posts, it occurs to me that it would be interesting to get explanations or back stories from many of the user/contributors here on Canon Rumors about why they use/choose the username that they have.  For instance, neuro has explained it before but let's hear it again here all in one place!!  What does TrumpetPower possibly mean?  While we're at it, add some info about the avatar picture you use if you like.

In my case, RustyTheGeek started out many years ago as a domain name people would remember for my IT consulting business when they needed to email me.  Eventually it just made sense to start treating it like a brand, esp since it's never taken when choosing a username on forums, etc.  So there we go!  I still need to get an avatar picture uploaded.  Bad me.

Anyone else care to share?  Even if it seems self explanatory there might be more than meets the eye.   :)

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