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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:00:31 AM »
IMHO... unless your wife is really into photography, impress her with your sacrifice of leaving 90% of your stuff at home and make this trip about HER!  Make a STATEMENT to her by sacrificing your photo gear for her.

She'll feel more cherished and honored, not sidelined.  You'll be glad you did, or if you take all your stuff instead, you may regret it forever.  Seriously, ask any woman, they'll tell you to K.I.S.S.!!  This is a special romantic time, not a normal vacation.  I totally understand what you are thinking and I am also telling you to take a step back and put photography way down your list.  You should be planning special surprises for her, a few nice places to eat, etc but otherwise, it's a big love fest, not a photo trip.  She may not say anything now but in the future, esp after talking to her girlfriends, all your photography very well may come up in the future and bite you in the ass.  Esp if you aren't a pro, just a serious enthusiast.  Again, take a bunch of photo gear at your peril!

Take a Point and Shoot, buy a G16 or something and let it go.  That will impress her far more than "only" taking 40% of your gear and a new lens.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:50:32 AM »
I traveled to Spain and Italy over a year ago and only used the sigma 35 art. Heres the link

Simply beautiful! (So is your female model.) My only primes are a 50 and 100 ... these make me want to invest in a 35!

Thank you JonAustin. The lovely model is my wife. She too likes photography ;) I really suggest the 35 for walk around I also use a 50 and love the 35 because you can frame the subject with a nice background. 24 is too wide for me to frame the subject and 50 is to close. The sigma 35 art is really something special it killed my 24-70 vii in terms of contrast and colour.

Beautiful images, beautiful wife!

You are truly blessed!  Great trip, great to have a wife that shares your passion.  She looks like she had fun.  So did you obviously!

Software & Accessories / Re: Hand Strap
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:19:00 PM »
I have the Nikon AH-4 Hand Strap on all my SLRs.  Much better design, more comfortable, etc.  Made of leather, good construction, good design and guaranteed to confuse the hell out of whoever borrows you camera.  Add the back button focus to the confusion and they'll be running away screaming!   ;D


They are expensive but I've had decent luck with some of the eBay choices (for less) too.  YMMV

How many images do you need to capture in a session/day/whatever?   Personally, with cameras that have a single card slot, I have two equal-sized cards, when one is full I swap them, transfer the images to the computer, and leave them on the second card until they're backed up from the computer. That means have two copies of each image from the time I first transfer them.  I format each card when it goes back in the camera.  That way, I also have an emergency extra card.

So, if 16 GB covers a shooting period, IMO 2 x 16 GB is better.

Ditto.  For most cameras, (not including video) 16GB is sufficient for a typical day.  If anything goes wrong and you have shot enough to be on the 2nd card, you won't lose ALL of your pictures from the calamity.  Tragedies include camera theft of loss, card corruption, accidental issues or whatever could possibly kill your card and its contents.  I always try to use multiple cards if possible for longer trips or larger shoots.  Think one per day or two per wedding, etc.  Better to have a few pictures survive on one card than none at all!

And then there is also the process nuero discusses.  Have enough cards to be able to leave pictures on them a while in case something happens to them on your computer.  Unless your pictures aren't important to you, cards are much cheaper than lost pictures.  If the pictures aren't important enough to value more than the cost of a few memory cards, then just buy a point and shoot, stick a 32GB card in it and fill it up over a year or two and hope for the best.  Which is exactly what I see often as an IT guy, people that come to me with a corrupted SD card in their camera hoping I can somehow perform a miracle on 2 years of pictures they never got around to offloading onto their computer, which itself hasn't ever been backed up either!

I'd like to know too.  Looks interesting!  Thanks for sharing all the info.

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:41:03 PM »
I usually end up selling them on ebay.  My lenses are always in top shape with sample images, or if there is a small issue, I describe it.  I get a very good price on ebay, but their fees are very high.
Same here.  I hate their fees, but other than a few attempts to scam me and a couple of LENGTHY waits on customs for international buyers, I've had very good luck.  I like to take shots of the lenses with my 180mm macro and post shots I've taken with the lens in my ad.  I'm always very detailed about any scratches, marks, etc., no matter how small to make sure the buyer feels comfortable.

What I hate and I worry the most about is buyer scams where the buyer (the crook) complains to eBay that the seller (me) screwed them over in some way and they either received the wrong item, never received the item, received a broken item or they somehow got an STD from the item they were sold.  Whatever the bogus complaint, eBay Buyer Protection automatically refunds their money and yanks it out of the Seller's PayPal account whether it is there to yank or not.  So at that point, it is up the the Seller to prove they did nothing wrong while the buyer enjoys a full refund.  It's a huge buyer scam and eBay provides the means to do it.  I've known others who were scammed like this and not only did they lose the item them were selling but they lost the money they were paid for it as well.

Big Ticket and Popular items are the targets of these scams and eBay doesn't seem to really care unless the seller is some kind of Power Seller or something.

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:40:32 PM »
I think everyone here at CR would like and appreciate if CR would start a trade page to sell used gear to other CR members, etc.  Sort of a CraigsList for CR.  Call it CansList or CRList or something.   :)

Otherwise, I prefer to sell (in order of preference)...
1.  In Person to friend
2.  In Person from CraigsList
3.  Amazon
4000.  eBay  (eBay is not fun anymore like it was years ago)

I have never tried Fred Miranda but I may look into it.


Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:35:28 PM »
I agree with all the previous comments, Dustin's posts are always worth the time to read... thanks for sharing!

I enjoy reading Dustin's posts and typically I feel humbled, empowered or both after I absorb the material.

In this case, I'm humbled.  When I shoot the majority of my pictures, it's in the 'heat of the moment' and that is apparently where I thrive.  I am more challenged and slightly intimidated when I have to create a thought provoking image like the one Dustin has shared in a quite setting such as this.  My normal photography is of a journalistic style focusing on people and events so when I am faced with a 'blank canvas' of sorts, I struggle to create an image that is compelling.  Knowing the how and why behind a picture means a lot to me.  I'm anxious to see more when you are willing to share it Dustin.  Thanks!


EOS Bodies / Re: Best Sensor Cleaning Products
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:32:41 PM »
OK, sorry.  Couldn't resist! ;D

I've owned several bodies that required routine cleaning.  Some more than others.  Older bodies needed it more than newer bodies.  My old favorite 5Dc was notorious for sensor specks.

It's my opinion that static is the major culprit for sensor dust and the older cameras didn't mitigate it as effectively I guess because my newer cameras (5D3, 6D, 60D, etc.) don't seem to need cleaning as often.

My thoughts on this is that one should always check the sensor image (various methods either by zooming or using photoshop layers) to inspect for spots in the image after shooting the blue sky, etc at a small aperture.

The sensor should only be cleaned IF it is needed.  But once it is needed, a photographer should learn to do it.

It's not much more complicated than simple brain surgery.  And when doing brain surgery, it's best to not smoke, play with the cat or be around a running belt sander or chain saw.

Like surgery, you should be clean, maybe wear a hair net or hat and work in a fairly sterile environment.  The bathroom or kitchen might be a good idea as long as it's clean, you aren't baking bread or creating dust from rolling 50 feet of TP out on the floor.  Get the area a bit humid by running some hot water for while.  This will eliminate air born dust and reduce residual static.

Once the environment is set, use your favorite method.  Personally I start with a similar method to above where I try to clean the mount, mirror, etc first and then work my way to the sensor.  Then I start with air, test for spots, try dry methods and check again.  I only use a wet method as a last resort because it's such a PITA to end up with a pristine sensor.

When cleaning, you may find that static is your friend if it's built up on the dry brush you're using.

Whatever happens, just be gentle.  You're NOT touching the sensor, you're cleaning the thin glass filter on top of it.  It's fairly durable and repairable but if you're careful, you don't have much to worry about other than uttering profanity when success eludes you after the 10th go around.

EOS Bodies / Re: Best Sensor Cleaning Products
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:14:43 PM »
What?  You gotta clean the sensor???   :o  But..  but... for $3000+ that damned 5D3 Auto-Clean function should be doing the job for me!! 

Seriously... just turn it face down in the dishwasher....

No really, seriously this time, the air hose in the garage works great!

But if you're in a pinch at a nightclub, just use a swizzle stick and napkin.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:36:48 PM »
I love the 40D.  I have owned and sold no less than 4 of them over the years to friends and they all still love them.  Every time someone would ask what they should buy, I'd loan them my 40D and they were hooked.  It's still a great camera.  I still suggest it to many people who want a great "pro" camera at a bargain price.

I replaced my last 40D with the 60D and the 60D is also a great camera, but not quite the same as the 40D.  I'd say either the 40D or the 60D would be great bodies for your needs.

One advantage of the 60D (other than similar menu and newer technology) is that it uses the same battery as the 6D.

I guess as much as I love the 40D, I would have to probably suggest the 60D to pair with the 6D.  They are much closer siblings.

FYI, I have a 60D I have considered selling if you're interested.   :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:17:24 AM »
Optech USA all the way, get a utility or pro slink strap then add on the uniloop XL for the around the neck, this way you get the best of both worlds with a few clicks, carry 6d and 300f2.8 with ease

OP/Tech rocks!   8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:16:53 AM »
I like the simplicity of the Bossstrap.  It was so simple that I decided to make my own for about 1/3 the price.  Since I hate corporate logos on stuff, building it myself allowed me to choose the colours I wanted in addition to saving money.

+1  Ditto!

So do I!  Unfortunately, they stopped selling the original with the claw clip on the end.  So I bought an extra.  I still have my BR straps but I use this BosStrap more because of the simplicity.

Please share more on how you are making yours.  Material, buckles, etc.  Thanks.


-  It's good to see you are carrying most of the weight on your shoulders/hips.  Now if you would just dump those camera neck straps, you'll save yourself the eventual neck surgery you're going to need otherwise.


What is your favorite approach to use in place of the neck straps?  I'm always looking for something better.

I use Black Rapid, Op/Tech or BosStrap methods that transfer the weight to my shoulders hanging across my chest to the side over my hip.  The camera hugs my hip and stays out of the way.  I also will hang an extra camera from a carabiner over my belt on the other side sometimes when I need another body/lens combo.

I carry a DSLR all over the place all day when on scout trips, campouts, summer camps, whatever.  It works great.

I had neck surgery a few years ago and my wife had a neck fusion.  We try to watch out for our necks after all that.  Plus, I can't stand having a camera sticking out in front of me swinging/bouncing around and banging in to things.  It's always in the way.

Photography Technique / Re: Focusing
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:05:27 PM »
+1 Ditto.  Only problem is when you hand the camera to someone else.

Otherwise, I got used to shooting this way years ago.  I do quite a bit of low light photography where once I get a focus point sharp, I can shoot several pictures at approx that same distance without losing the focus.  In low light you often run into problems with slow focus hunting so shooting without AF happening with every shot is helpful.

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