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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:28:11 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIV, 7DII and future of upgrades
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:23:36 PM »
Those are all great concepts.  Think of it.  I send my 5DIII off and for say $300-$500USD get a 5DIV, get tuned and cleaned.  Don't have to put out 4K.  I keep my camera in good shape.  Not too bad.  I'm sure Canon will get my money some other way.

Sounds like a great concept to me.


I think we should enjoy photography today and keep the rumormongering to the professionals like CR guy. ;)

Kidding aside I am looking forward to future bodies as well.

I need a new toy!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Best lens for night time lapse
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:46:24 PM »
I would second this.  It is on sale now for less than $300 and is almost a throw away lens, compared to some of the expensive Canon offerings.  I posted a few from my slot canyon trip to show what it can do under some difficult contrasty lighting conditions, with minimal pp.

Don't be put off by manual aperture an focusing, the lens will perform.  You do need to put time with it to learn how to use it, and DON'T even think of using the distance scale on the focusing ring- it is on there only for decoration as far as I can tell.

Best to you with you new goodies.


If you want to do night timelapse when the moon isn't out, such as timelaapsing the milky way, then you need to shoot at ISO 3200 @ f/2.8 for 30 seconds.  This makes most f/4 lenses unsuited to the job. 

For astro timelapse, I use the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 which is only $350.  This is a full manual lens, meaning you have to manually set the aperture and focus.  For timelapse and landscape photography, this is a good thing.  It's good good sharpness, color, and contrast.  Flare can be a problem if there is a bright light source off to the side.  All in all, it is a phenomenal value.  All the milky way shots in my timelapse reel were shot with it https://vimeo.com/57908848

I also have the Rokinon (or Bower or Samyang, they're all the same lens) 24mm f/1.4.  Again, fully manual, but it bests the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L when it comes to coma distortion of stars. 

For night timelapses with moonlight, I use the Canon 17-40mm f/4L.  This lens is cheaper, smaller, lighter, and sharper than the 16-35.

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:01:27 PM »

Thank you JR

Lovely photos Scott. I enjoyed seeing them.

PS: A select few posters on CR might just tell you that your images lack DR and/or that your photos are "junk" ... don't believe them  ;)

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:00:54 PM »
Thank you for the heads up.  I would agree with the DR comment.  This is my first real attempt at landscape photography, and as such, I now appreciate why people beat that drum.  With regard to the "junk" comment, I didn't make the landscape, just took the shot.  I have a tough skin, and as long as they give reasons why it is junk, I am always happy to learn from the feedback.  Otherwise, I wouldn't chance posting the pics.

I appreciate that you took the time to write.


Lovely photos Scott. I enjoyed seeing them.

PS: A select few posters on CR might just tell you that your images lack DR and/or that your photos are "junk" ... don't believe them  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:54:42 PM »
Is there perhaps a Sony Rumors Site that is a happy place for you?

We, the declining stills orientated market, are fortunate that the ideas they are moving towards are somewhat complimentary to our own "needs" for still based equipment, so far.

The customer only comes first if the company can sell the stuff they make and give their shareholders a reasonable return. If they can't they will try to find other customers, not different shareholders.

hehehe! Quite funny. Next suggestion will probably be to kneel down and beg to Canon "please, please give me a new stills-oriented camera."  ::)

no way!

In reality it is way easier for (almost all of) Canon's customers to turn around and find another supplier of excellent image capturing gear than it is for Canon to find "new customers" willing to pay inflated prices for fairly un-innovative products.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rolling Case to fit all my camera gear
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:40:54 PM »
All great suggestions.

You will likely get many bags over time.  Currently the ThinkTank Airport Security II alone will get you a $50.00 rebate.  I ordered one, and it is now shipping.  I also have the ThinkTank Airport TakeOff.  I can't say enough great stuff about this bag.  I love the material and construction.  I find with the big lenses and a couple of bodies, batteries, etc, it gets heavy, and I love rolling it.  The straps tuck away easily, and it fits overhead, even in small puddle jumpers.  This could hold the 300 2.8 II plus a couple of other lenses.

I am replacing my Lowpro pro runner x 450 aw  It is too wide for easy overhead, and the tripod which sits on the back of the bag has to be removed.  I don't like the material, and it has so many pockets, I always seem to lose things.  On the other hand, it has a spring loaded handle that makes it pop up, which my ThinkTank Airport TakeOff lacks, and that is too bad.

From what I have read, the Security II should be great for you, and a second bag, not a bad idea either.

***Look at my Gura Giveaway- my ThinkTank is on the left.  The Lowepro on the right is slightly larger than the Security II, but not significantly in terms of packing, only in terms of getting it on the plane.



Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:24:16 PM »
My gear and I would be greatly appreciative of et cetera cases or perhaps a large T for me and a medium for my sweetie, who is kind enough to go on shoots with me, and snap a few herself.

Hmmm.  I don't have an X wife anymore, and I just figured out where all of my money goes.  Have fun with it Canon!

Thank you so much.


Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:59:39 PM »
The plate goes with the head.


Much appreciated, all! Tripods are apparently way more complicated than I thought :) Thankfully all the lenses I use now are light weight (50mm f1.4, 24-105mm f4, sigma 12-24mm), and my next purchases (I think) will be the 70-200mm and the 16-35mm, so I won't be shooting with heavy gear any time soon.

Quick question: as far as plates are concerned, is it just Gitzo and Manfrotto that are proprietary? And does that mean if I get an Arca swiss plate I couldn't use it on a Gitzo or Manfrotto head? But I could get an Arca swiss plate and Arca swiss head and attach that do a Gitzo or Manfrotto set of legs?

Sorry for all the basic questions. Your help is appreciated.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:03:53 PM »
I agree with all of the above.  Don't waste time with cheap stuff.  A tripod needs to hold up over time, be transportable, and most important, keep the camera stable during the shoot.

There are different ways to extend the legs (latches, rings and the like).  Next you have 3 or 4 segments, with more segments usually less stable, but smaller when collapsed.  You need to consider how tall you are and how tall you need the tripod to be.  Really Right Stuff web site has a nice chart on its front page you can look at for this.  No center column greatly enhances stability, and decreases the weight of this element.

Some tripods have a hook to hang additional weight to stabilize the unit- helpful during windy conditions.  Some either come with, or have optional "accessories" that you may later purchase.  These may not be important now, but keep an eye toward the future- like the leveling plate as mentioned by Neuro-  it may not make sense to you now, but as you expand, the ability to use these items may become essential.

I totally agree that your head should be a separate purchase.  This is a personal decision as the tripod legs.  A lot of things go into this decision.  One very important thing is the plate- Arca Swiss is my vote.  Another thing is the layout of the tightening knobs.  Be sure that they work for you, and be sure the head will carry the camera/lens load.  Play around with it for a while to be sure you like it.  I have a collection that look pretty but I hate.

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 and it is a great tripod.  I am going to get a RRS TVC-33 when I get my big white lens

So, be sure that the combo is easy to carry, easy to set up, and stable.



Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:41:06 PM »
First two are final Upper Antelope Canyon, final is Grand Canyon with a clearing in the clouds, but not haze.

Thank you for viewing.


Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:35:54 PM »
Canyon-X, "The Fins", Upper Antelope Canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon was closed due to wet conditions.  Overall, the Antelope Canyon was superior for photographing, but the crowds were horrific.  Tourists were oblivious, their bratty kids were a running around and a serious threat to gear.  Sometimes I had to wait forever to hopefully get a shot without people in it. Shot #34 was from the fins, the others were from Upper Antelope.

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:28:10 PM »
Canyon-x Slot canyon in Page, Arizona.

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:24:29 PM »
Zion Shots with 24-70

Landscape / Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
I hope everyone at CR had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  I Spent most of my time in Arizona in search of unique landscapes- slot canyons in Page Arizona.  I also went to the Grand Canyon which had low thick clouds and haze from a prescribed burn, which greatly limited views.  Thanks to all of you who gave technical advice, and advice on where to go, what to bring.

I just got in last evening, and I want to share with everyone some of what I saw.  I am going to post images that are minimally processed due to time constraints.  I used my 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 II , Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 for the most part.  On occasion, I used my new Samyang 14mm 2.8, which did not disappoint ( My addendum to Dustin's fine review- excellent lens, especially for the money- practice with it at home first, don't be afraid that you need to adjust aperture like the old days of manual, don't bother to look at the distance ring- just get to know what your copy does in advance, use a loupe and live view, dof preview button works, use manual and vary shutter speed, don't be afraid to go above f11 if needed- experiment with the lens). 

This is my first attempt at Landscape and slot photography, which means small apertures and long exposures, but I learned a lot, and saw some awesome, otherworldly things.

Look, enjoy (or hate them, that's ok too), comment, if you want contact information, whatever.

Thanks to everyone in CR for support and comments in general, the site has helped educate me and I appreciate and benefit greatly.
( Samyang photos are jpeg endng in 46, 64, 73, rest are from 24-70 2.8 II)

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