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See, really is 'Year of the lens'.............. doubters  ::)
LOL  ;D ;D ;D ... but when they said "year of the lens", Samyang didn't really cross my mind.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 21, 2014, 06:31:52 AM »
A grizzly bear in Yellowstone October 2013 - just after the reopening. He was scrounging for roots in the parking area of Upper Falls.

5DMKIII, EF400 f5.6L + 1.4III TC(560mm) f9 1/250 ISO 800 and hand held.

I think he thought you might make a good meal?
;D ;D ... his look definitely seems like he was thinking of it  ... nice shot.

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 21, 2014, 06:28:01 AM »
Jrista...simply outstanding! 

After reading through your posts I have to say that I'm impressed by your knowledge, and thankful for the time you've taken to "write a short book" on the subject in this thread!  ;D

Jon, that is magnificent! Have you considered posting some tutorials on astro photography? I would love to learn how you make those images, they are just stellar.

Thanks, guys! For all your kind words. :)

I'm happy to write some tutorials. I have an area set up on my blog at jonrista.com for that. I'd love to see more people get into astrophotography. I've been limited myself to just the moon and larger solar system objects, and maybe some of the larger nebula like Orion, until I got myself a good tracking mount. It's a complex form of photography, but if you like a challenge and like all the gadgetry and math and tinkering and experimenting that goes into astrophotography, you'll love it!

I'd like to get a little bit more experience under my belt before I do write any tutorials...some things I'm still learning and refining my knowledge of.
You are most welcome, your work deserves all the praise that it gets. I am no professional photographer but I do conduct lots of free workshops for many colleagues my office and also at my kids school ... although I am not an expert, I feel I learn more as I teach, the little that I know, to others. I think many CR members would agree that if you did start tutorials (as and when you get time) from whatever that you know now (which I think it is a lot), on Astrophotography, there will be lots people who will learn/benefit from those tutorials. FYI, I did read the "Extreme Digital Upscaling" page on your website and loved it, must confess that I'll have to revisit that page a few times to absorb ... so having seen your writing/explaining style, I think your tutorials would be a great benefit to many like me.

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Back to our regularly scheduled programming...
;D ;D ;D ... wise move. ;D ;D ;D

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According to http://www.sansmirror.com/lenses/lens-database/sony-nex-lenses/ ... these are the 15 FE lenses that will be available (in or before the end of 20015) "in order of likely introduction":

3. FE 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss (Available)

4. FE 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss OSS (Available)

5. FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS (Available for Pre-Order)

6. FE 16-35mm f/4 Zeiss OSS (2014)

7. FE 85mm f/1.8 Zeiss OSS (2014)

8. FE 100mm f/2.8 Macro G (2014)

9. FE 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss (2014)

10. FE 24mm f/2 Zeiss (2014)

13. FE 21mm f/2.8 Zeiss (2015)

15. FE 50mm f/1.2 Zeiss (2015)



See, this is a real problem.  Looking at the $$$ price Sony is selling their Zeiss FE glass, if I commit to the FE system, the lenses above are the lenses I would likely want, to at least half-way approximate my Canon lens system (minus my T-SE, MP-E, etc) We are talking about a lot, a LOT of money here, which I (and most) cannot afford IN ADDITION to the Canon glass we have already invested into.   

It's only a problem when you view it as a tool to replace your existing DSLR/lenses ... but as of today the Sony Full Frame mirrorless camera is not capable of replacing Canon/Nikon DSLRs and lenses. Also, it is unfair to compare a 5 months old system like Sony FF mirrorless, with decades old tried and tested eco-system like Canon & Nikon. When Canon first introduced a new system called the EOS in 1987, there were only 13 lenses introduced in the first 2 years (as listed below, not necessarily in the order of introduction):
1. EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye (1987)
2. EF 28mm f/2.8 (1987)
3. EF 50mm f/1.8 (1987)
4. EF 50mm f/2.5 (1987)
5. EF 135mm f/2.8 softfocus (1987)
6. EF 35-70mm f/3.5 - 4.5 (1987)
7. EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (1987)
8. EF 50-200mm f/3.5-4.5 (1987)
9. EF 70-210mm f/4 (1987)
10. EF 100-300mm f/5.6 (1987)
11. EF 24mm f/2.8 (1988)
12. EF 200mm f/1.8 (1988)
13. EF 600mm f/4 (1988)
I am sure Nikon and other SLR users must have doubted the "limited" and "overlapping" line up of lenses Canon had introduced, but given the time Canon become numero-uno with some great line-up of lenses.
Give the Sony FF mirrorless system time and you we will know where it stands in a couple of years time.

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Dude never underestimate the power in the images of a hot ch!ck with bare minimum clothing ... when it comes to such photos, there is no such thing as a "crappy shot", all are awesome and most welcomed, coz with such images you make many hearts glad ;D ;D
If you have more such photos and are in doubt of their quality, just post them here and I/we will be the judge (and I shall guarantee that they will all recieve positive feedback) ;D


Hold on a minute. On another thread you slammed me for suggesting it's easy to take great landscape shots on a very picturesque island with a medium format camera yet here you claim there's no such thing as a "crappy shot" when it comes to young women wearing next to nothing. What sort of creep would make such a statement? I'm sure you're quite a hit with the girls.

Hey, you didn't post that just to get a reaction, did you? I wonder what the moderators would make of it.

I see that you don't know how to discuss two different topics separately in their own threads ... nor do you seem to know what is said in humor and what is not. ::) And don't be too concerned about me being a "hit with the girls" - if you have any doubts about your ability, in that department, just hone your skills instead of resorting to school boy tactics and stop carrying grudges and move on. Just for the record, over on the other thread you were belittling a 72 year senior professional photographer - for which you had several members reacting very strongly to your statements. http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20005.0

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I bought it in 2012 for $1429 when B&H had instant rebate ... but for the past year or so I notice that B&H is having more of the mail-in-rebates with great prices than the instant rebates, the instant rebates they've had so far in the past year seem to be not as attractive.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:23:12 PM »
Meanwhile a couple of pictures from last year.
Canon 5Dm3 + 100-400L @400mm


I like this one ... very nicely captured.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:21:47 PM »
"That's All Folks", a very old family cemetery outside of Andover, KS after a hearty spring rain.  EOS30D, ISO200, 1/30s, f11
Kinda depressing, nice photo nonetheless ... welcome to CR

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Sekonic does not play nice with Canon RT so I carry my STE3 around with me when I shoot in M. I use it to fire the flashes by pressing the test button. I can shut the other flashes off and work at one at a time at each location.

I cut up one of the mini stands, used a BR connector and Optech strap. I tried a generic mini stand but it was hard to lock and I did not want to damage the rubber. I just purchased a replacement stand from Canon.



That's a really cool idea ... thanks for sharing.

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:45:25 AM »
Here is Rosette nebula, in the constellation Monoceros (Unicorn), just to the east of Orion. Integration of 30x210s ISO 800 light frames, 30x darks, 30x flats, and 100x bias. Total exposure time 1h 45m.



I wanted at least twice the light frames, and it seems I could probably do much better with 60x480s ISO 400, rather than ISO 800. Next time I get the chance, which may be tonight, I'm going to give it another go, and see if I can get more dim nebulosity in the periphery.

Jon, that is magnificent! Have you considered posting some tutorials on astro photography? I would love to learn how you make those images, they are just stellar.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:42:46 AM »
So brilliant and beautiful works. I always love to see the sunsets!
+1 and welcome to CR

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:41:11 AM »
Agreed with a couple of posts- be SURE to buy your cards from reputable dealers first off. Second, format cards before first use and before reusing and every once in a while twice. And finally, most pros will only use their cards a maximum of two years. Generally new technology is coming out by then but that's slowed lately too. And with CF cards you do have to be careful to not bend pins. Never just throw one in a pocket without a case as lint can fill those holes and bend a pin.
Static discharge can create problems too. With so many variables it's hard to narrow down what really caused the problem. Pressure on the case can break contacts within the card as well, making it unreadable. There really isn't a reason any one name brand should have a higher failure rate as many of the components are by just one or two suppliers. So, good luck and hopefully your issues are behind you!
+1

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OK, OK!  It's a crappy shot though.


Dude never underestimate the power in the images of a hot ch!ck with bare minimum clothing ... when it comes to such photos, there is no such thing as a "crappy shot", all are awesome and most welcomed, coz with such images you make many hearts glad ;D ;D
If you have more such photos and are in doubt of their quality, just post them here and I/we will be the judge (and I shall guarantee that they will all recieve positive feedback) ;D

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According to http://www.sansmirror.com/lenses/lens-database/sony-nex-lenses/ ... these are the 15 FE lenses that will be available (in or before the end of 20015) "in order of likely introduction":

1. FE 28-70mm OSS (Available)
2. FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss (Available)
3. FE 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss (Available)
4. FE 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss OSS (Available)
5. FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS (Available for Pre-Order)
6. FE 16-35mm f/4 Zeiss OSS (2014)
7. FE 85mm f/1.8 Zeiss OSS (2014)
8. FE 100mm f/2.8 Macro G (2014)
9. FE 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss (2014)
10. FE 24mm f/2 Zeiss (2014)
11. FE 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G (2015)
12. FE 135mm f/2 Zeiss (2015)
13. FE 21mm f/2.8 Zeiss (2015)
14. FE 35mm f/2 G OSS (2015)
15. FE 50mm f/1.2 Zeiss (2015)

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