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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:46:51 PM »
Mostly OT, but I've been wanting to share this photo of a 14,000+ mm setup from Outdoor Photographer ...

The photographer called this setup ridiculous. :o http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/eagle-eyes.html?start=1#.U019u1VdWNJ

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:30:05 PM »
Anyone know how long the backlog for the lens is? I ordered one a week ago from B&H and am trying not to be whiney about it. :'( On the plus side, I have decided to name it Tamronasaurus Rex.  ;D

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Don't know if this has been posted elsewhere on the forums, but since we are talking about Getty, here is what you can pick up for $425 grand at the Canon Store ... http://petapixel.com/2014/02/06/getty-images-sports-photographer-robert-cianflone-reporting-sochi/

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:25:30 AM »
I wouldn't call mine exactly useless, because I did get a couple of good years out of it. My first camera was a Ricoh that I got for college graduation and I used it for about 10 years before it was stolen. I was pretty broke at the time so I picked up a used T-60 because it was super cheap and came with a fairly nice 70-300 lens and I was able to pick up a couple of other lenses in pawn shops over the years. I got some good shots despite the horrible limitations of that camera. That was about 1992. A few years later, I had the scratch to upgrade my camera body only to be told "everything is EOS now, nothing works with your lenses." I think he offered me a trade in of five bucks a lens or something like that. So my tale of woe is more about obsolescence and bad timing rather than poor design, but it felt pretty useless at the time.

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Lenses / Re: Replacing my 18-270
« on: November 15, 2013, 11:29:27 AM »
Given that the 24-105L would give me half the flexibility at three or four times the cost, (not to mention having to carry around a 55-250 or 70-300 as well, which is what I am trying to avoid in the first place) that's pretty much a non-starter. Plus, a small town journalist, I avoid a lot of income tax by avoiding a lot of income, so cost is pretty high on my priority list for this purchase.

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Lenses / Replacing my 18-270
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:40:49 AM »
Just a quick question for the group mega-mind. My Tamron 18-270 (older version) bit the dust (literally, I work in the North Dakota oil patch and until they paved some key roads this summer it was like a dust storm every day). I use my 7D for newspaper work so IQ isn't the #1 priority compared to getting the photo right now, and I appreciate not having to swap lenses. So right now B&H has the Sigma 18-250 with a $200 instant rebate at $349 and the Tamron has a $70 mail in rebate at $379. I am leaning towards the Sigma because I don't think I will miss those 20 extra mm and I really don't like mail in rebates. Any thoughts one way or another on these two lenses, especially in terms of durability and weather resistance?

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Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:45:27 PM »
Thou shall proclaim thine happiness with the adequacy of thine sensor and lenses until the announcement of new models.

Honor thy camera shop and processing lab

Thou shalt honor the Golden Hour and shoot it only.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:04:48 AM »
Here is another story about the lens. Makes me wish I could hit that winning lottery ticket.  :D
http://www.cultofmac.com/237343/lomo-to-resurrect-170-year-old-lens-design/

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:17:56 PM »
1,2, and 5 I would crop so they are vertical. That would put the focus on the couple and cut out some of the distracting background. 4 I would cut out the cameraphone guy on the left but keep the first table on the right. YMMV.

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Portrait / Just because I like this photo
« on: June 02, 2013, 02:01:55 AM »
Besides how often does one get to post a photo of a Polynesian fire dancer performing in a North Dakota Arikara earth lodge?

Canon 7d, Tamron 18-270, 1 second exposure, f16, ISO 1600, Speedlite 430 EX

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EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 26, 2013, 01:12:01 AM »
Just got the info from my sooper-sekrit stooges inside Canon World HQ. The new technology of the new AF will be ...

wait for it

wait for it

A TAPE MEASURE

The tape measure will be duct taped to the exterior of the 7D MkII and will use a proprietary rubberband focus transfer assembly rotate the focus ring in sync with the tape measure. Pricing of the rubberbands focus transfer assemblies will be $25 for consumer lenses and $300-$1000 for L lenses.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:40:54 AM »
They want to make you work for this freebie. http://tamron-usa.com/scavengerhunt/

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Lenses / Long zooms
« on: April 15, 2013, 08:55:52 AM »
I am considering purchasing a long zoom lens for football and rodeo photos and birding. Does anyone have links to reviews comparing the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Tamron AF 200-500mm f/5.0-6.3 Di LD SP FEC (IF) and Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM? Any personal opinions (like I have to ask) whether the Canon is worth the extra $500-$700? I shoot a 7D, mostly for newsprint (so everything gets halftoned down to 150 dpi).

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Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:55:27 PM »
As some have noted, this is a humor post. I am hoping that few posters who seemed to take it seriously were just joining in the fun. For the humor deficient, I am parodying the trolls who feel the need to jump into any new equipment thread and declare that they are done with Canon for good unless Canon comes out with a gigapixel camera for fifty bucks in the next thirty minutes.
I actually came up with the concept because I was once afflicted with a number of audiophile acquaintances who could (and did) go on for hours about how their $200 speaker wire made music so much more lifelike than that plebeian $100 speaker wire and that MP3s were the work of the devil. So I created a post saying how recorded music is passe an that the true music aficionado has a strolling chamber orchestra and chorale that follows them around. I figured this would be the visual equivalent.

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Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:34:07 AM »
If only he would have waited, I've heard that on the 23rd Canon is going to announce their Oompa Loompa line, which features a team of shrunken down Oompa Loompas in each camera that can turn out a whole 0.03 fps of hand painted pictures!
And no batteries required! Each night the Oompa Loompas scavenge your house for food, what's more they polish the camera and give you a manicure while you sleep.
Congratulations, I think you just won the thread. If true, this could entice me back to Canon. My nails are a mess so the manicure would be most welcome.
Hmmm, I wonder how many carrots I will need to keep the Oompa Loompas in their preferred complexion.

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