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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:21:10 PM »
I too would like this update lens to have internal zooming... I had an issue a few months back where the lens got knocked while zoomed out (walking around with the camera strap on my shoulder on a day out with the family and that lens is notorious for the zoom creeping like that) and after that it wouldn't retract... Had to send it to canon and $300 later it was fixed...  That was after the CPS discount.

The 24–105 L shouldn't creep—mine certainly doesn't.  The problem is usually easy to fix, though:
Ditto.  I've had mine since 2009 and it still doesn't creep.  Not that I know of anyway.  (But I still wouldn't mind a lock on it.)  Anyway, I like my 24-105 regardless of what is said about it.

jdramirez, you'll get great shots in the future without flash.  High ISO noise is normal and a common challenge no matter who is shooting or what gear they are using.

I think everyone here, while they seem to be shouting about ditching your flash, supports you in your desire to get great sports shots.  Keep up the efforts!!   :D

First, read surapon's post again.  It's spot on.

Second, I am also not a sports photographer per se but I shoot sports from time to time and I have always conducted myself according to the same guidelines as surapon's post.  Read surapon's post yet againIt's spot on.

Finally, MOST sporting venues PROHIBIT FLASH.  It's distracting to the players and the spectators.  And seriously, once the players you are shooting are farther away than about 15-20 feet, the flash is wasted anyway.  So read surapon's post one more timeIt's spot on.

I shoot swimming most of all and I am sometimes on the side of the pool only a few feet from the swimmers where a flash would be ideal and I still don't use itIt's prohibited, even in the stands.  The swimmers use a flash at the starting line to launch.  Obviously any flash would result in a false start.  I don't even put it on the camera to avoid any confusion.

I assume if any sports photographers comment, they will echo these points.  Look around at most sporting events and you'll find that the only flashes that occur are from spectators that don't understand the rules using their smartphones and point and shoots.  In fact, many venues these days don't even allow SLR cameras or if they do, they don't allow a lens over a certain size.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:36:49 PM »
I would love to see an updated 24-105 that uses newer IS tech, better optics and everything else.  However, to approach the IQ of the 24-70 with the longer FL of the 24-105, it will be very expensive, maybe even more expensive than the 24-70 II or f/4.  So, I suspect that Canon has determined that a refresh of the current 24-105 will not be significant enough to merit the effort if the new price is to stay in the same range as the current lens.  The current lens is 'good enough' as it is.

Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:55:32 PM »
Cool!  Maybe some of the existing threads pertaining to Wedding Photography should be moved to this section now so they are easier to find. 

Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:50:14 PM »
...... loading the same post full of images over and over can be a bind....
I'm not certain on this, perhaps someone more geeky like Rusty will conform or discredit.

As each unique image has it's own unique URL, when a page calls for that unique URL multiple times, it only gets downloaded once using only the bandwidth required for a single download, the browser then locally positions the display of that single copy in multiple locations.
So, if that ^ is correct, there's no bandwidth penalty when displaying the same image multiple times on the same page, the visual clutter issue certainly remains and is often very annoying even on a desktop, much worse when viewing mobile.
Best would be where posters learn how and implement a post/reply method that removes all from the quote that has no relevance to the reply. Being as we are all perfectly flawed humans with widely varied knowledge and experiences, this is not likely to happen.
Hmm, to eliminate visual clutter, let's all learn to post at f1.2, narrow focus and depth of field, clutter be banished to Bokeh.
edit...... visual clutter applies to text that is needlessly quoted, most especially when multi-quoted, visual clutter is not limited to images.

Confirmed.  That's the way I understand it as well.  The Temporary Internet Cache files on your local hard drive store the image from the first time it loads, then that image file is used repeatedly until it is deleted or it expires from the cache area.  So download performance is not an issue but the amount of post clutter might be a bother.  Personally, I usually edit the quote if it's large and remove all but the relevant bits that relate to my comments.

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:43:31 PM »
Personally, I think it's a win/win if good gear can be transferred from one dedicated owner to another who have a working familiarity with one another thanks to the forums.

Personally, I think it's a win/win if good gear can be transferred from one dedicated owner to another who have a working familiarity with one another thanks to the forums.

(Sorry Admin, I couldn't resist "copying" you!)  ;D

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:15:05 PM »
...and I thought I had too much time on my hands...then I skimmed through this thread....

Skim the info on the links I provided above and you'll be glad you did.  IMHO, much more interesting than the whole Apollo Moon conspiracy stuff.   ;)

Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:12:36 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions!!

Yeah, the level thing is a problem, my current set of sticks really doesn't have a level bubble on it or easy way to adjust.

I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....


Where do you live?  (I'm in Texas.)  Maybe I'll sell you one of my ball grip heads and sticks in exchange for some quality cooking!   LOL!  :P

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:09:34 PM »
I suspect there are several reasons...

1.  It is likely that many folks just don't know.  If possible, I think it would be a good idea to have another heading at top of the site next to the existing 8 topics (CanonRumors, Forum Home, Help, Search, etc...) that simply says something like "Selling" or "Trading Post" perhaps.  It would be a HUGE advantage if a number could update next to it showing new or total items listed so folks would always know things were being listed.

2.  I agree that this time of year, a lot of folks are simply offline a lot, out of town, on vacation, busy with family, getting ready for school or out shooting pictures.

The overall problem with large forums is that things get buried, hidden, etc because the threads and topics are a top-down design and new stuff is only seen if the tree is navigated.

So overall, I think a lot of folks either don't know the beta Trading Area exists, they are unsure how it works, they have forgotten or they are offline anyway.


Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:40:01 PM »
AND - For those of you with some extra time on your hands with science loving kids (or grandkids)...

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:36:00 PM »
OK - If you read nothing else in this thread... READ THESE!

You will be fascinated beyond words with these great write-ups on Mission Control!  Seriously, Check Them Out!!  :D

And the incredible Eidophor Projectors they used in mission control!!

Eidophors used an optical system somewhat similar to a conventional movie projector but substituted a slowly-rotating mirrored disk or dish for the film. The disk was covered with a thin film of high-viscosity transparent oil and through the use of a scanned electron beam, electrostatic charges could be deposited onto the oil, causing the surface of the oil to deform. Light was shone on the disc via a striped mirror consisting of strips of reflective material alternated with transparent non-reflective areas. Areas of the oil unaffected by the electron beam would allow the light to be reflected directly back to the mirror and towards the light source, whereas light passing through deformed areas would be displaced and would pass through the adjacent transparent areas and onwards through the projection system. As the disk rotated, a doctor blade discharged and smoothed the ripples in the oil, readying it for re-use on another television frame.

Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:13:13 PM »
Schweet!  I would love to be able to make a video half that good!  I can't wait to give those recipes a whirl!  :D

At time index 1:50 you can see the light modifiers in the background, if that matters.
During the close ups of adding ingredients at 6:50, the lighting shifts slightly.
Love the time lapse segment, esp where you added the little extras like the spinning salt box, etc.

Next time, give the dog the first manhattan and he'll probably be out for the duration.   (Kidding, LOL!)  :P

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:03:57 PM »
There are very accurately placed mirrors on the surface of the Moon which allows Earthbound scientists to bounce laser light off them in order to confirm and track the Moon's slowly movement away from Earth.

Been there for more than 40 years. They didn't get there on their own, nor would the degree of precision in their placement be realistically achievable back then unless - y'know - somebody physically put them there and lined them up...

(Earlier attempts by the Russians to remote-land mirrors didn't work nearly as well, precisely because of the lack of control over their placement).
Oh man!  You beat me to it!!  Of course, it's a LOT more fun to learn about those mirrors from The Big Bang Theory!   ;D

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:55:58 PM »
Thinking about it now, that would have been an exceptional feat to accomplish with the technology of the time!  So there's room for doubt.. and deception.

Bull. The 747 was designed from scratch and brought into production in 28 months during that period, without computers. Remember the Concorde?

It was an exceptional feat. That's the kind of thing you get when thousands of dedicated individuals, with extraordinary resources, work for a long time on a common goal.

I agree.  Feats like this are possible when great leaders inspire great minds and many talented/smart individuals to work together to achieve a common goal.  Those 1960's folks did all that with slide rules and an enormous amount of guts, sweat and sacrifice.  (Not to mention copious amounts of coffee and cigarettes!)

Unfortunately, I'm afraid we have mostly forgotten that spirit of self sacrifice and achievement in this country.  Our leaders are largely selfish, corrupt or just too weak to make a difference.   The majority of our youth are now poorly educated, apathetic and self centered.  (And those are the ones that aren't on public assistance programs.)  Our smart and motivated youth are in short supply these days.  It's a terrible shame.  Now more than half of our populace fears the future is less hopeful than the past.   :'(

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