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Site Information / Re: Post Processing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:37:27 PM »
Fabulous!   ;D

I can't wait to learn more about post processing!  I've thought about this before and I'm glad it was suggested, supported and has already been started!

CR is getting better quickly, by leaps and bounds!  Hurrah!   8)

Rusty

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Canon 24mm f/1.4L - II EF USM AutoFocus Lens - $1400 - Arlington, Texas

Price is negotiable within reason.  This lens is like new 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 1998.  I've been selling stuff online for a long time.

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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Site Information / Re: Selling Forum Beta Test
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:51:10 PM »
My "huh?" was because I did not understand the original post and what the message was. Perhaps someone could translate ... ?


In essence, the post is saying that the (owner of CR) is closer to making a decision on providing a classified (buy/sell) section on CR, so that CR members have an outlet to buy and/or sell photographic equipment and that PayPal will be the mechanism to handle transactions between buyer/seller. 

But first they want to test (beta) and gather some data on how this will work before making the feature widely available.

Yes.  That.   Thanks lilmsmaggie:)

Think of it as a way for the powers that be at CR to offer a service to those that frequent the forum often and contribute consistently.  Up to now, any post that discusses selling has been against the rules for a variety of reasons and was pulled with a warning to the member.  CR is considering trying to relax that restriction a bit but not so much that a lot of scams occur.

For instance, when I want to sell an expensive L lens, it would be nice to toss out a quick sales notice to CR members who I already communicate with often and give them a chance to buy it.  They already understand its value and there is a level of trust based on familiarity.  Heck, I may have bought the lens originally because of CR discussions in the first place!

I don't think CR wants to become another eBay, FredMiranda or CraigsList site for photographers.  They are simply trying to help out and give back to CR members that have demonstrated integrity and whose contributions raise CR above other sites.  Unfortunately, a buy/sell section is a lot of work along with liability which is why it hasn't happened before.  Plus, to do it well, it requires software that CR doesn't currently have.

I think it's great that CR is willing to take a few risks and put forth the effort with this beta for the benefit of members.   :D

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I've kept an eye on the rugged market for years because it's interesting and there is a lot of potential but unfortunately it's remains virtually untapped with all the cameras being fairly the same in function and form.

For that reason, I've purchased three Canon rugged P&S cameras for my needs over the years... the D10 in 2008, the D20 in 2011 and the D30 in 2014 (for a friend actually, not me).  They have all been winners for me.  They all still work and they all share the same battery.

All of the Canon rugged cameras work about the same and produce about the best pictures (on avg) on the market for that type of camera.  They have been reliable, consistent and the menus are similar to other Canon products.

With that said... I am intrigued by the Pentax K-3 DSLR Rugged and the Nikon 1 AW1.  Both are much more expensive and are essentially buying into a whole new system, esp the Pentax.  For that reason, I haven't jumped on them but do look like they would be cool.

For better quality, I just returned from 10+ days on the dusty/dry/wet/rainy trail hiking in New Mexico using a Canon SL1 + Tamron 18-270 camera.  It's not ruggedized but it worked great and I simply took careful care of it.  Of course, I wasn't at the beach and I wasn't in the water.  So it's not a perfect solution by any means.  It's just what I did because I could.

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My TC experience is this...

I've never used a Canon TC because Canon seems to limit their use quite a bit.  Someone needs to convince me that a more expensive and limiting Canon TC is a better choice and why.  (I guess the IQ could be better but how much?)  So far I haven't figured it out or purchased a Canon TC.

Tamron 1.4X SP 140F-CA (Japan) (White Color) - This was my first TC purchased years ago and it works fine EXCEPT when I tried to use it with my new 70-300L last year!  The 70-300L did some strange clicking and the AF/IS was jumpy and erratic.  So I took it off and didn't use it with the 70-300L again.

Kenko 1.4X C-AF Teleplus Pro 300 DGX (Japan) (Black Color) - I purchased this last year for use with the 70-300L after the Tamron demonstrated the weird behavior on that lens.  It works great and seems to be a favorite on this thread.  I also use this TC with my 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM -II lens with good results.

In general BOTH teleconverters work great but get the Kenko to avoid the problem I had with the 70-300L.  They both cost a stop of light but other than slight AF delay when the light gets weak, they have always worked as good as one can expect on the following bodies... 40D, 60D, 6D and 5D3.

WARNINGI almost had a lens fall off of a camera using the TC because the release is very easy to bump when you carry the camera off to the right side of your hip hanging upside down the way I do on a black rapid type of strap.  I now use a bit of gaffer tape over the release button and across the lens+TC+camera to keep the lens from turning.  I also have some gaffer tape over the switches on the lenses for the same reason, they tend to rub on my leg and get changed.  Then I pull the camera up and the AF is turned off or something.  Grrr!  Aaaargh!   :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII - where are the leaks ??
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:30:17 PM »
The 7DII will be a weather-sealed body – that means no leaks.

Personally, I'm hibernating and have been for quite some time.  My last significant purchase was last fall, the 70-200 f/2.8 II and the 24-70 f/2.8 II.  After that, I was pretty much done with major purchases from Canon until something significant came out.  All my scratches were itched at that point.

That said, if the 7D-II WERE a heavily weather sealed body, I would seriously consider it for the type of shooting I do.  I've glanced at the Pentax K-3 several times as a tempting and very interesting camera for it's weather sealing and different mix of features and controls.  The only thing that stops me is the process of buying into another whole new system.

So, my fingers are crossed Canon!  Give me a K-3 killer!   8)

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Lenses / Re: Why are Cine Lenses so expensive?
« on: August 04, 2014, 08:06:40 PM »
I gotta be honest pablo... kinda harsh, dude!  I have wondered the same thing about C lenses so I don't consider this to be a stupid question or a stupid thread.

Personally, I have spent way more money on photography equipment than I need to as an amateur.  It's embarrassing how much money I've spent to do what I could likely do with a Rebel and some kit lenses.  But that doesn't make me stupid, it just makes my bank account poorer.  I've taken thousands of images I probably wouldn't have taken with just the Rebel and kit lenses.  I've learned a lot more than I would have ever learned otherwise with all the extra experience of those 1000's of images than if I had just stuck with the Rebel and kit lenses and given up long ago due to boredom.  And ultimately, a lot of friends and charitable organizations have benefited from my obsession as a result of that spending.

So please, next time post something less condescending because your previous post does little to contribute to the discussion other than show everyone a side of you that isn't very considerate.  I mean, really, did someone with a cine-lens kick your dog, call you names or something?   :o

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Street & City / Re: Let's post something colorful
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:34:34 PM »
Independence Day

Fireworks 3 July 2014© Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

So, I assume that is your off camera flash in the corner of the porch with a gel on it?  Great job!!

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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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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 03, 2014, 11:47:21 AM »
I find the 70-300L to be an excellent travel zoom.  It's the shortest of the bunch, so it fits 'vertically' in most camera bags (the 70-200/4 IS is lighter, but taller).

Ditto.  The 70-300L is a wonderful (and fairly affordable) lens that is light, compact and easy to use.  The IQ is excellent.  If you want more reach than 480mm (which is asking a LOT on a crop body) you can always add a 1.4x TC to get over 600mm at the loss of a stop (and some IQ) which isn't a huge problem in daylight.  The 70-200 is great but not as great as the 70-300 for your request (IMHO).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:42:19 PM »
My 3 cents: SL1 with Canon 15-85 IS.

I tried that combo and while I agree it's sweet... it weighs a ton.  That 15-85 is a beast.   :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:59:38 PM »
If i want i lightweight camera for traveling, i would never take a camera with interchangeable lenses.

Sure, but just because your camera takes interchangeable lenses doesn't mean you have to take a bunch of them with you.  I don't know where the OP lives, but right now in the UK you can buy an EOS M kit with 18-55 zoom lens and flash for £199.  There's nothing else on the market for anywhere near that price that approaches it for IQ, and it makes a great travel outfit IMO.

Ditto.  The SL1 is very lightweight and it's still an SLR.  The Tamron 18-270 lens weighed more than the SL1.  All other cameras I tried that were not SLR cameras were too slow to focus, zoom or shoot the picture.  They were a compromise.  If I were going to make that kind of compromise, I would just take the Canon D20 rugged camera like I have in the past.  If I wanted super light weight, I would use the 18-55 STM kit lens and give up the better reach/range of the 18-270.

Keep in mind, in my case, I wasn't going for the ability to put the camera in my pocket, I wanted the best camera I could get while saving weight and also be able to survive in an outdoor environment.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:53:03 PM »
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles.  It worked great.
If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.
The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.

How do you like the IQ of the Tamron 18-270?  I've been looking at buying an SL1 kit as a lightweight option for some time.  Carrying multiple lenses defeats part of the purpose of a lightweight/small kit, so a good superzoom would be a nice option for long hikes.

The SL1+18-270 is acceptable, pretty good actually.  After all, the whole point is to reach an acceptable compromise.  The IQ is much better than a point and shoot and I can focus and shoot quickly using an SLR.  Everything else I've tried is a more difficult and less useful compromise.  I tried EOS M, G15, D20 Tough Cam, D30 Tough Cam, S95, etc.  They all are basically point and shoots and take forever to focus, etc.  The tough cams I like for their ruggedness but they are slow and don't do RAW.

I also took an EF-S 10-22 for wide shots but I could have lived without it.  FYI - I had to remove the lens hood to avoid a flash shadow on the widest focal length using the popup flash (to save weight).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:42:29 PM »
yep, but all the moisture in your breath is wet wet wet and it will condense upon any surface within the tent.

Alright, don't take silica gel.  Your kit.

I understand your concern pablo.  Inside the tent overnight is a good point.  The problem with silica or other humidity control devices is that they will be saturated in no time and be of little use.  The environment will overpower them very quickly and then they are just extra weight.

In general, if the camera is in the same environment that everything else is, it's all equal and condensation rarely forms as long as the camera isn't suddenly moving into a much warmer or more humid environment.  The overnight inner tent environment is an exception which is why the camera stays outside of my inner tent under the vestibule if there's a possibility of condensation.  In the dryer climates this isn't much of an issue though.  Also, one can always keep the camera in a ziplock bag overnight inside a humid tent to prevent condensation and not remove it until the tent has been opened and ventilated.

Whatever the case, a good understanding of what causes condensation and how humidity works will serve one well in determining what is needed to prevent moisture problems.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:02:54 PM »
Whatever bag you use, take plenty of silica gel, or some raw rice.  Condensation gets everywhere when you are camping.

Well, maybe.  That depends heavily on the climate.  For instance, it's rarely humid in parts of the southwest, esp at higher altitudes.  Dry, dry, dry.  That's what I love about it!!   :D

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