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Technical Support / Question about preserving a print
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:04:58 AM »
So I just finished remodeling one of our bathrooms, and I've got the perfect spot for a 16x20 gallery wrap of one of my photos. Thing is, I'm worried about it being in a hot steamy environment like that. Is there a recommended way of waterproofing prints like this? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Portrait / Niece and grandniece (candid)
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:07:57 PM »
You're welcome to comment/critique anything you feel helpful, but this candid upload is mostly for fun. It's official: I've got the cutest grandniece in CR Forums.  ;D

Niece and grandniece by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture   f/2.0
Focal Length   50 mm
ISO Speed   250
Exposure Bias   0 EV

Light source: Eastern Oregon evening sun camera right, subjects in shade.

Technical Support / How much space to get to macro?
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:11:29 PM »
So, here's the deal. I'd like to create a DIY extension tube to use my 50mm f/1.4 as a macro lens. How much additional space will I need to create to make that happen? I see that Canon has a couple of electronic ones for sale, more than what I want to spend on one, but I'm not sure of the math calculations involved to get to the point of using it as a macro. I understand this won't utilize AF, and will be strictly MF, but I'm ok with that. Thanks in advance for whatever advice you can give.

Technical Support / Live View + triggering strobes
« on: July 01, 2012, 11:34:29 AM »
Ever since I got my 5DmkII, I've been using the Live View function to zero in on my focal point to get it exactly where I want it. This is especially true when I attach my 50mm f/1.4, a good, sharp lens with AF that sometimes goes awry. The result is that my keeper rate has gone way, way up.

I recently ran into a snafu when I tried to attach my strobe and trigger it with PocketWizards. It doesn't fire. When I turn off Live View, it triggers just fine, but once I turn it on again, it won't trigger my lights. Is there a setting I'm missing somewhere, or is this beyond the capabilities of the 5DmkII? Ultimately, I was hoping to tether my camera to my laptop and capture some portrait images that way. I'm hoping I can find a good work around.

Thanks in advance for your helpful comments. 

Lenses / Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 01, 2012, 02:31:40 PM »
I'm shooting an indoor event later this summer, so I need a fairly fast lens with a longer focal length, something like a 135mm f/2 L.  I can buy one, use it for the event, keep it for awhile and then sell it if need be. I can see a need for this lens after the event, but I could probably get along without it also.  Or, I can just rent it for that time period and then send it back when I'm done.

I'd rather buy it, then sell it. The problem is that I live in a fairly rural area, and the market for specialty lenses like that are fairly small. I'm 3-4 hours away from the nearest big cities. Selling it locally on Craigslist or similar would likely not be a practical option. And, I don't do eBay, nor am I convinced that it would pay off to sign up and learn how to sell it just for this one item.

In my situation, am I better off financially to just rent that glass for ~$65USD for four days? What's the best way to sell a higher-end lens if you don't live near a populated area? Thanks in advance for participating in the discussion.

Lenses / Your dream 50mm f/1.4
« on: May 12, 2012, 12:19:25 PM »
You get to redesign the 50mm f/1.4 from the ground up. What do you leave in? What do you leave out? What improvements do you make and features do you add? And what's your realistic price point, given all of these features and the population you're targeting?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is 5DmkIII actually a 7DmkII in disguise?
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:25:13 AM »
Other than sporting a FF sensor, and now double the price, the 5DmkIII seems to have more in common with a 7D than a 5DmkII.  By that, I mean increased shooting speed, improved AF sensors, etc... It just seems to appeal more to the 7D crowd than it does the 5DmkII crowd. I look at my 5DmkII as fitting in perfectly with my shooting style, more slow and deliberate than fast and from the hip. Thoughts?

Landscape / Two from Eastern Oregon
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:17:17 AM »

Lenses / Canon 50mm f/1.4 and AF Reliability
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:39:00 PM »
Although I'm not in the market for a 5DmkIII, I've been reading with interest about the recent issues with light leaks and that body. That got me thinking about my 50mm f/1.4, a lens that I bought fairly soon after getting my first DSLR a few years ago. At the time, I was perplexed why I would carefully aim the AF, but at wide apertures, the area in focus was slightly different than where I had placed that little red dot.  Not always, but sometimes.  I thought I was doing something wrong. So, my remedy at the time was to take 10-12 clicks of the same exact comp whenever I was shooting that wide, particularly portraits of my two boys.  I found that I was able to get some keepers in there somewhere.

Fast forward to 2012. Now that I have my 5DmkII, and have vastly improved my knowledge of the problem,  I'm able to remedy the situation. And not with microfocusing, either. The problem I've come across in this lens isn't inaccurate AF, but inconsistently accurate AF. Had I the knowledge that I do now back when it was still under warranty, I might have sent it back asking for a different one. That may or may not have made a difference; what I'm reading is that this problem is likely model wide.  How I've remedied the situation is to turn off the AF, turn on the image preview, and zoom in where I was to focus. From there, I can just spin that little black ring into position. The last time I did kid portraits, the results were amazing. I didn't have one shot where I said, "Dang, that's a nice pose. Too bad I can't use it because his eyes are out of focus." And this was a fairly active 4 y/o boy. It's not a perfect solution, but one that works for me.

So, all of that to say, these companies sometimes put out really good products that either have quirks or design flaws. I guess it's up to you to decide which one yours is. I've learned to live with the problems in my 50mm f/1.4. It is otherwise outstanding glass, especially when you consider the price. Since I can't return it, and I'm not willing to fork out money for a 50mm f/1.2 L, I've decided to just stick with it.  It's become a lens I have on there all the time when I'm just out shooting. Like anything else, you have to know your gear, with all of the strengths and limitations it might have.

Lenses / Zeiss lens wipes
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:05:07 PM »
I was at our local drugstore not long ago and I came across a display of some Zeiss lens wipes, which are pre-moistened little towelettes designed to clean your glasses and, according to the box, your camera lens as well. Does anybody have any experience with these? They work fine on my glasses; they've never been cleaner, in fact. The name "Zeiss" leads me to believe they'd work ok for my camera lenses, but I thought I would poll the unwashed masses just to be sure. Thanks in advance for your input.

Lenses / Replacement suggestions for 17-40mm f/4 L
« on: March 03, 2012, 03:15:17 PM »
You're familiar with the shortcomings of the 17-40mm f/4 L, so I won't go into those here. Suffice it say when I compare  sharpness and clarity to that of my 50mm f/1.4 and 70-200mm f/4 L, it comes up a little short.

Here's my question to you: If I were to replace it, what's your recommendation, keeping in mind a similar focal range to complement the two other lenses I mentioned? I'd like something under $1,000 USD, without regards to what I could get for my 17-40.  I'm willing to consider an off-brand lens, if it meets all of those guidelines and still outperforms the Canon I already have.  Oh, and I shoot with a 5DmkII, so I'll need to stay away from anything EF-S.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D mkII price trajectory?
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:25:19 PM »
As we get closer to the release of a 5D mkIII, I assume that the street price of the mkII will fall.  How low do you see that price going?  I'm in the market for a new camera. I don't mind buying the 'old' one at a really good price, even if the 'new' one is just around the corner. This will be a huge upgrade for me from my 450D. 

Thanks in advance for your comments and discussion points.

EOS Bodies / Theoretical question
« on: September 17, 2011, 11:57:07 AM »
My apologies if this has been asked before. 

The 600D and 7D share the same sensor.  If I put the same lens (say, my 17-40 f/4 L) in front of both cameras, and snap the same shot at the same time, I should get the same image, right? 

Granted, the 7D has more niceties (sealed body, microfocusing, probably more shutter life, etc...), but I'm talking strictly the quality and characteristics of a single image. Am I thinking about this correctly, or am I missing something?

Landscape / Palouse Falls, monochrome
« on: September 17, 2011, 11:24:36 AM »

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