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Lighting / Guess what?
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:18:31 AM »
If you're shooting with a 135mm prime lens (non-IS), and your camera max shutter sync speed is only 1/200...that's not a lot of wiggle room.

I'm going to +1 the Rebel on this one. The sensors on the newest ones are pretty darn good, and a great choice for somebody just starting out.

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:09:51 PM »
So much for getting this thread back on topic. I guess I'll go have fun and shoot with my 135mm f/2 L now.

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:12:17 AM »
In the spirit of getting back on the OP's topic, I just got my 135mm f/2 L a few weeks ago and I love it. $900 from a local, trusted professional photographer. If you look online, these things just aren't losing their value much. I felt like I got a great deal on a high quality, carefully used lens.

Lenses / Re: A wise lens upgrade?
« on: June 22, 2013, 06:32:37 PM »
I'm going to respectfully disagree with others about the 70-200 f/4.  It is a great portrait lens. Will you wish you had IS and an f/2.8?  Perhaps, but you need to consider your upper price limit.  Both of those lenses at $900 refurbished is a great deal. What's more, that 70-200 f/4 L also makes a fantastic landscape lens.  You'll know what I mean once you start using it for that purpose.

Lenses / Breaking a rule here
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:35:43 PM »
I'm not normally one to talk about my gear. I just like to show my photos. However, yesterday I scored a really nice used Canon 135mm f/2 L.  I rented this lens last December, and putting it back in the box to send it back was very, very difficult to do. It didn't come off my camera that entire week.

My take on the 17-40:  It's a great landscape lens, and the vignetting is easily dealt with in LR. I know a some pros who rely on it. At wider apertures, though, the corners/edges become fairly soft, so you may want to keep that in mind when making your decision. If you're shooting landscapes at f/11, though, it's not a problem.

Software & Accessories / Re: Question on B+W Circular Polarizer
« on: June 13, 2013, 10:46:17 PM »
more important.. where does he work?
it´s seems he is 24/7 online here.... must be not a very time intensive job.  ;D

i wish i had that much spare time.  :(

Who knows. Except for the occasional lapse in spelling, he's a smart dude. I've seldom had reason to doubt his advice, and when he has an opinion on something I stop to make sure I'm thinking through my own correctly. Ignore his comments at your own peril, but you're not going to find better free advice anywhere else.

My take-away:  Next time I've got $27kUSD burning a hole in my pocket. I will drive to [insert name of favorite large volume retailer here] and pick it up myself.

Lenses / Re: Purchasing a used 135mm f/2
« on: May 19, 2013, 10:29:06 PM »
This lens turns up on the Canon refurbishment site from time to time.  Set up an alert on SlickDelas for when the Canon refurb site advertises.  When they advertise they have almost everything in site or just keep checking back.  By buying from Canon you know you have a lens that has been checked out by Canon and is perfectly clean.  One usually turns up every month of so:

Good to know. I created an account and put it on my wish list. When it becomes available, will I get emailed directly from that list?

Lenses / Purchasing a used 135mm f/2
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:06:54 PM »
I've decided to get the EF 135mm f/2 L, and I'd like to get a good one on the used market. I've checked out a couple of the rental places (Lens Rentals, Borrow Lenses), and they don't have any in stock at the moment. I'm not in a great place geographically to be able to look at one locally on Craig's List.

Other than those venues, where are some other places to procure this lens?  I've always had good luck with third party vendors on Amazon, although I've never purchased a used lens that way. I know that Amazon has a warranty program, even for third party vendors, but luckily I've never had to use it, so I don't know how good it is. Whatever thoughts you have on purchasing a used quality lens online would be greatly appreciated. My timeline is such that I can wait for a little while, but I'd like to make a purchase within the next 30-45 days. Thanks in advance for your advice.

Lenses / Re: lenes yeap I need help
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:46:45 PM »
The only thing that's missing is you actually getting out there and shooting.

Software & Accessories / Re: Scanners
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:26:55 AM »
Thanks for all the replies, everybody. Like in everything else, You gotta pony up for the good stuff. Right now, my needs for a new portrait lens outweigh my needs for a film scanner.  I just got back my first roll from North Coast, and I'm quite happy with the results. Any flaws in the images are that of my own, and not developing/scanning.

Software & Accessories / Scanners
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:42:59 PM »
So having shot digital for the last six years or so, I've decided to take a leap into the world of film photography. I know that many of you got your start in that medium. I picked up a Canon Elan 7 and loaded it with a roll of Ilford FP4. I sent the film out for developing/scanning, which ran me about $25 for everything (not including the roll of film to begin with.)  I can see that if I do this every 36 frames, I'm going to go broke in a hurry. I'd like to start developing my own film and then scanning to digital. I see a lot of different scanners on the market, so I'm looking for some recommendations/advice on getting a film negative scanner:  Brands, off-brands, resolution, etc...

Thanks in advance for your helpful input. I'll post a scan or two when I get this first roll back in a few days.

Software & Accessories / Re: Websites
« on: April 19, 2013, 06:03:54 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, everybody. Wordpress is great, but their gallery displays leave a lot to be desired. And there really aren't any plugins that address that issue. I was hoping that Drupal/Joomla might be an option, but those apps have their own shortcomings. So, back to WP it is, mainly because I'm too lazy at this point to learn anything else.

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