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Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:48:32 AM »
I'm with the OP on this one. Yes, prices fluctuate. However, I used to have a wedding anniversary that was the last week of January. I could get a dozen red roses for about $12.  Two weeks later, around Valentine's Day, those same roses were advertised for $18, "on sale" from their regular price of $22.  I called the florist out on it. She explained that as demand goes up, so does the price of their flowers. Understood, but it's deceptive to call the regular price $22, when I was buying them two weeks ago for $12!

So yeah, I get what the OP is saying.

I found a really nice 40D with a Canon bg-e2n grip for about $350 bucks.

Good trade. I just sold my 450D XSi kit, with an extra battery for 250USD! I thought the person was getting a good deal at that price, but they were a deserving young person and had worked pretty hard for the money. I see the XSi kits regularly advertised in the 3-350 range.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: White balance for moonlight
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:54:43 AM »
last summer, i shot some moonlit landscape, LR says 4381 for a pleasing slightly cold look. Tested 4100, rather frigid ;)

That WB setting greatly improved the moonlit shots that I was concerned about. What was your tint setting in LR?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / White balance for moonlight
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:36:22 PM »
What would be a good white balance level for direct moonlight? Assuming no other light sources, of course.

Lenses / Re: Re-kitting on FF
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:26:05 PM »
A 70-200 on a FF makes for a fabulous landscape kit.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:25:45 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:54:08 PM »
Thanks MSP. Weird, when I went back into Lightroom, those two photos were there, even though LR had told me it couldn't import them. So maybe things are ok after all. I'll run the full format, though.

Software & Accessories / CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:14:20 AM »
I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, along with about 450 photos. There were two on my 16G SanDisk (90MB/s) CF card that seemed to be corrupted. They were right next to each other, and they were the only two taken at that particular time. Is this a sign that my CF card is failing, or just a glitch of some kind in that particular session? Is there a way to test these things? I understand these things can fail at any time (this one has had about 11k shots on it). Also, I format my card after every time that I download to the computer, rather than just deleting my files. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for this purpose
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:37:05 PM »
If you'll have enough space, the TS-E 90mm is the way to go.  If it's a room-filling table setup, probably the TS-E 45mm (or the TS-E 24mm II and a TC).

Thanks neuro, I was hoping you'd come along and comment. It's indeed a room-filling table setup. How much of a teleconverter? 1.4?

Lenses / Best lens for this purpose
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:18:06 PM »
I've been asked to video/photograph an HO model train set with my 5DmkII.  I'm going to need to rent a lens to get it done, though, as I don't think my 50mm f/1.4 is up for the job. I'm guessing some kind of tiltshift lens with a fairly short focusing distance, if there is such a thing, but I have no idea in what focal length would be best. Thoughts?

You are unlikely to get a better value for money lens than the 70-200 f/4 (non-IS). It was my first L lens and since then I've purchased only Ls ... It's addictive.


Also, if you need more aperture for about the same price, you might consider the 135mm f/2 L.  I've only rented it, but it's awesome glass.

The first thing I would explore is whether your un-sharpness is due to misplaced focus or due to camera/subject movement.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:16:57 PM »
so it seems that mirror lock up is in essence just a form of IS for fairly long focal lengths when locked off?

No. They're two totally different things.

i always thought it would be good practice for landscapes , to help achieve best sharpness, but it seems, its almost irrelevant for that from what im reading,my unscientific tests seem to point towards that for a 50 85 24 focal length for around 1/4 to 1/40 sec  so far.

Those would be focal length/shutter speed combinations that occasionally get used in landscape photography.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 02:44:52 PM »
I recently learned the value of mirror lock up from some knowledgeable individuals right here on CR Forum.  Bottom line: If you're at a long-ish focal length (like using a 70-200mm lens) and your shutter speed is anywhere around the 1/20 second area, you'd better put it to use. I learned my lesson.

Addendum: This is assuming, of course, that you're already on a sturdy tripod, with no other movement (wind, shaky ground, etc...) and you're tripping the shutter remotely. If you're not doing those things, then mirror lock up probably won't help you.

Lenses / Re: Bridge not sharp - why?
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:55:53 AM »
And for future reference (as someone else already mentioned), ISO 125 is not the best ISO for that camera body.  Check out this chart that shows the sawtooth noise produced by the type of amplifiers used in the 5D2.  You are better off at ISO 160.


Interesting, I hadn't seen that before. According to this chart, it looks like the sweet spots are ISO 160, 320 and 640.

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