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Lenses / Re: 70-300L AF IS goes *CLUNK!* (??)
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:23:05 PM »
Yeah.  I started this thread for two reasons...

-  Get opinions/reactions from others with regard to the anomaly
-  Inform others in case this truly is a possible hazard to the lens

I don't see how a TC could cause damage (or change the AF mechanism) but I guess you never know.  I'm glad to hear someone has used the Kenko successfully.  I'll consider obtaining that one perhaps after I see some more posts.

I've never had a problem with this TC before on any other lens I've used it with.

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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 / Re: on the verge of buying, just need some final moral support
« on: February 07, 2013, 01:39:53 PM »
Most of what I'm reading so far I agree with.  The 6D will do you fine.  I have both the 6D and the 5D3.  I honestly gravitate toward the 6D more often.  It's lighter, focuses better in indoor/low ambient light and is less complicated.  I do enjoy using the 5D3 but if the next firmware update doesn't improve the low light AF, I'll probably sell it.  The 5D3 dominates the 6D in fps speed in good light so if you are planning any sports shooting, it's the one to go with.  I don't shoot birds, etc but if that is part of your shooting, the 5D3 is the better choice.  IQ is about the same so don't worry about that.  At the moment it's pretty nice having both but since most of my shooting is ambient light journalistic style shooting, the 6D works better for me.

Either wait to see if the price drops more due to the Yen or go for it now and start getting satisfaction from your purchase.

I also strongly agree that you should get the 24-105 + 6D Kit.  It's a great deal.  You won't regret it, but you might regret later when you want the 24-105 for $200+ more price.  And you will, trust me.

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Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:35:44 AM »
I think you should wait another week or month and see if you still really want this lens.  The allure may likely wear off.  I think the 100-400 lens is a good alternative, esp for your needs.  Keep in mind that even serious pros don't buy this lens often.  They rent it.  At many major events where photographers work there are tents or areas set up for them to check out the larger gear.  This way they don't have to carry it themselves, risk loss or damage, etc.  I would definitely rent this lens before you buy it and that experience may help convince you one way or the other.  There are lenses that are no brainer purchases and then there are lenses like this one that are not.  Nothing you have told us really says you should buy it other than wanting it because it is awesome.  That's sort of a red flag all by itself.  (Spoken by someone who knows.)

Another thing to consider:  How would you sell it later?  (Because I suspect you would be selling it sooner than you think.)  Buying is easy.  Selling is hard.  Keep in mind that many of the buyers for this lens would not be interested in buying it used because at this price level they would simply avoid the risks associated with a used purchase.  It's like trying to sell a used Ferrari.  There is a small niche market of folks that can afford it and will tolerate a used one.

My advice:  Just rent the thing, get your jollies and then move on and buy a smaller mainstream lens that is good enough and easier to manage and later sell.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Emergency wedding, of sorts.
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:10:19 PM »
Wow.  Thanks guys.  I appreciate the kind words.  I'm glad I can contribute to many of the other great posts I've read here.  It's my pleasure.

This is likely the longest I've ever kept up posting to an Internet Forum.  In most cases, I would have long ago tired of all the drama and emotional ego driven drivel many other forum threads inevitably sink to.  This forum has fairly consistently kept up a good reputation and the occasional rant or two is just a simple change of pace.

And FWIW, I can't wait to hear how the OP's adventure turns out.  I think it will turn out fine, esp if plenty of practice and planning is done ahead of time.  As another post points out, depending on the individual, jumping in the deep end sometimes generates an epiphany of sorts and we may see some amazing images.  Photography is so subjective and the OP may have untapped natural talent that is capable of overshadowing the lack of experience.

And now that there is more time to prepare, perhaps the OP can assist another exp wedding photographer to get a better idea of what works as a starting point.

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I could suggest the durable and rugged Canon D20 but it might not be fast enough.  I've used it hiking mostly and it makes pretty good pics but not RAW.  It is durable and fairly easy to shoot with one hand.  You can't really hurt it, no matter how much beer and slobber you spill on it or if you drop it a few times.  It can be tethered to you fairly well so no one can run off with it.  It just looks like a regular P&S so maybe no one would want to try and steal it anyway.

You know, you could always just get an old Rebel and kit lens and treat it like a throwaway.  It would be pretty small and light.  Pop up flash too.  Then you would have RAW and fairly quick shooting and zooming.  Just a thought.

Let us know what you decide. 

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Camera phones seem to be popular for things like this, otherwise a lightweight P&S like the GXX series or even the S series would take quality photos.  One of the Go Pro video cameras might also be interesting. Hands free and you get a closeup when kissing the pretty girls.  You might hide it in your hat.
+1

I like the hide GoPro in hat idea!  Then perhaps carry a SX50 (or similar) for stills.  Tons of reach when necc.  Shoots RAW.  It would be useful other times as well.  Not so expensive to totally make you puke if it's lost or stolen.  Also, with that in mind, you might consider taking several memory cards and changing them often so if something happens to the camera, you'll have plenty of images safe in your pocket, not all in the camera that could end up missing or something.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Emergency wedding, of sorts.
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:12:46 PM »
I think there are a lot of poor and somewhat fair photographers out there working as "professional photographers" because they have a website and price list.  The number of skilled, experienced and talented photographers out there is a much smaller percentage.  Notice I didn't include the word professional the second time.  IMHO, the word professional only indicates the fact that the photographer charges for their services and hopefully can pull off the job to the clients' satisfaction.  The word professional in no way vouches for the quality of the work.  Today's great (or not so great) professional is merely yesterday's up and coming amateur.  Everyone has to start somewhere.

It's all about the individual.  For example, there are many "photo moms" out there that are "professionals" because they do photography as a part time side business and it helps pay for their gear.  This is how a lot of professionals start out.  It's only after a lot of time and work has been performed that the photographer gets better in all aspects, be it working with subjects, scheduling, billing, delivery of images, whatever.  Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get.  And you only improve at what you do.  If one never ventures outside their comfort zone, they don't grow much, they just improve in that niche they are in.

Like most things, you get what you pay for and mediocre photographers won't get away with charging what highly respected and reputable photographers with a following can charge.  (For good reason.)  It's up to the buyer to be diligent and look at the past work and references of any provider of services.  I look at the wedding pictures we have from our wedding in '95 and I'm blown away.  And of course they shot with film then.  Mostly medium format.  At this point in my photography experience and with the great gear I currently own, I think I *might* be able to duplicate maybe half the shots if I was really lucky.

There is no replacing skill, talent and experience but it can be earned and the photographer doesn't have to be paid to earn/learn it.  So with that said, IMO the only thing that matters is the work.  Some non-pros will easily shoot circles around some pros and vice versa.  And I think Wedding Photography is perhaps the hardest and most demanding photography out there.  It's essentially journalistic photography in all the hardest situations but with a demand of top studio level excellence and quality.  My hat is off to all good and great wedding photographers.  All others have my sympathy.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: February 04, 2013, 10:59:59 AM »
Keep your current WinXP PC the way it is and get another PC for your photography with Win7 Pro x64 and run Lightroom 4 on that.  Get a good higher end IPS display for the photo pc.  The Photo PC is just another tool.

Excellent idea.  I've been tolerating Win 7 just to run LR 4.  There has not been one positive thing I've gained with Win 7 but instead lots of things that annoy me.  I'm seriously considering building a dedicated Win 7 photo PC while my main PC is XP.

Full Disclosure - I am in IT, I see and support many types of systems and OS versions.  I used XP x64 as my main workstation up until a couple months ago.  I still use it for some things (through an RDP session from my new Win7x64 workstation).  I sympathize with folks that don't want to change.  For those that the PC is just a tool, upgrading/changing the OS is a hassle.  Still, please be aware that the time is nearing when all updates, support, etc are going to end for XP.

XP will become a dead OS in April 2014http://www.technibble.com/windows-xp-support-ends-in-april-2014-what-technicians-need-to-know/

What this means is you will no longer receive updates for security, drivers, etc.  The OS will still function but it will cease to exist as far as Microsoft is concerned.

Windows 7 is actually a great OS and it isn't that hard to become comfortable with.  It performs better and much more reliable and secure.  You would like it even more on a laptop.  Lightroom or any other similar software is going to benefit from a 64 bit OS and at least 8GB of RAM, preferably 16GB.  Just do it and don't look back.  It's not that big of a deal.  Then after you are comfortable with Win7 on the Photo PC, start deciding about your main workstation.  My suggestion on that is to go to buy.com or eCost.com and purchase a refurbished HP or DELL Core2Duo workstation PC with Win7 Pro for about $250.  I would suggest to stick with Intel Core2 or i Series CPU + Chipset and away from AMD or Pentium 4.  Here's a good example... http://tinyurl.com/aza9qt5

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 04, 2013, 10:36:26 AM »
Brand B - dolina is joking.  I think if you read through the thread, you'll find several ideas but everyone is trying to avoid the mac vs PC debate as much as is possible without denying the price factor.  I didn't get the impression the theme of the thread was that one size fits all.  The theme does have a lot of opinions that agree about the iMac not being the best choice for video work or any purpose that requires long term performance and reliability.  The iMac simply can't be repaired or upgraded easily and is still expensive to get configured to the highest spec available.  The other undeniable fact is that regardless of which Apple solution is chosen, they are all very expensive for that experience.  So to save money, buying a refurbished system may be a good compromise and still achieve good satisfaction and value.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Rain Covers
« on: February 04, 2013, 12:34:38 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LKE7PI/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A12IPMVN62L4AI

I dont' have it yet, but I was thinking about getting this.

This looks interesting.  I keep the Op/Tech handy in case I ever need it.  If you plan to do a lot of rain shooting, perhaps the Amazon device will be a solution but whatever is purchased, it still must be packed and carried.  I suggest a more permanent solution for heavier use but have the op/tech handy for times when the rain is unexpected since it's inexpensive and easy to pack.  Having a decent lightweight hiking umbrella may also be a good solution.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: February 04, 2013, 12:25:07 AM »
Keep your current WinXP PC the way it is and get another PC for your photography with Win7 Pro x64 and run Lightroom 4 on that.  Get a good higher end IPS display for the photo pc.  The Photo PC is just another tool.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:35:15 PM »
Great RMC33!  Sounds like a wise choice.  However on the SSD, if not a huge rush on the 512, get a 256 until the prices drop more.  It's easy to upgrade later with SuperDuper.  Just my 2c.  If you want great performance and solid reliability, get an Intel 520 series 240GB unit for about $250.  Lightning fast and Intel quality.  Or the 480 GB version isn't that much more (per GB) I guess at $510 for 480GB.  Either way you will love the Intel SSDs and they come with wonderful install kits too.  Don't forget to get a large 2TB drive and a redundant external 2TB drive for internal redundant storage and internal/external backups.

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Series-Solid-State-Drive-2-5-Inch/dp/B006VCP9G6

HAVE FUN!!  ;D


I have an extra 512 Crucial. It was for my old laptop but I got the MBP Retina so it has been sitting. The internals will be 2x 2TB caviar blacks in RAID1 with 6tb of NAS (In raid 1). I will also be bumping to 16gb of ram.

I learned a long time ago to back up back up back up. ALl my photo shoots are on 8 or 16gb cards and I dump to a custom built card reader/HDD/Screen while shooting. I lost almost an entire Ducks game to 1 64GB card dying.

Either way.. Thank you and Night for your advice. I placed the order with apple (and even got the GF to get a 2nd monitor!) about an hour ago. I am kind of curious if apple has kept their internals super clean like back in the G5 series days.

Sounds sweet!!  Can't wait to hear about all the great work and satisfaction you are getting from the new setup.  Coooool!   8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:51:15 PM »
Great RMC33!  Sounds like a wise choice.  However on the SSD, if not a huge rush on the 512, get a 256 until the prices drop more.  It's easy to upgrade later with SuperDuper.  Just my 2c.  If you want great performance and solid reliability, get an Intel 520 series 240GB unit for about $250.  Lightning fast and Intel quality.  Or the 480 GB version isn't that much more (per GB) I guess at $510 for 480GB.  Either way you will love the Intel SSDs and they come with wonderful install kits too.  Don't forget to get a large 2TB drive and a redundant external 2TB drive for internal redundant storage and internal/external backups.

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Series-Solid-State-Drive-2-5-Inch/dp/B006VCP9G6

HAVE FUN!!  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:28:08 PM »
I am a Mac fan, have only ever owned Macs blah blah. I cannot understand anybody buying any kind of computer where the hard drive is not comparatively easily replaced, for goodness sake in this day and age they are practically consumables. iMacs have become toys for the masses, and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that, just don't even think about getting one for actual computing work. As I said earlier in the thread, the Mac Mini is far better than the iMac, I put a second drive in mine so I now have a 256GB SSD and a 1TB 7200 internal, I also maxed the RAM and it is a great little tool, works well for photos but I wouldn't like to edit too much video on it. The 2012 iMac is tomorrows doorstop.

P.S. My sister has had five iMacs, her current one the HD died on 13 months, she has been booting from an external USB drive for months, postage to get it to a somebody who can split it open is around $100, each way, and that is an iMac that can be worked on, plus the cost of the drive and the semi skilled fitting and even that is a crazy hassle to get a new HDD.
TOTALLY AGREE!  My sentiments exactly.  Very expensive and very risky.  As I look at the Apple store, I guess the Mac Mini is a better value now than it used to be.  (It used to be so weak, limited and expensive that any mac laptop was a better deal.)  So yeah, I guess I could support a Mac Mini purchase now.  Esp if you get a nice IPS display.  You can get my DELL U2410 for around $300 now.  It's great.  Or any nice display including Apple (Glossy = GLARE!) depending on how much $$ you want to spend.

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