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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

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.

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

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


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.

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/

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).

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.

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.

Canon General / Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
    Well, congratulations. You’ve convinced me. After reading these forums all of the erudite and eloquent comments have convinced me to totally toss my vast collection of Canon cameras and lenses and seek a better alternative.
With that in mind I have hired the entire graduating class of the closest Art Institute of America location to follow me around and paint everything I used to take photos of on primitive digital camera equipment. It is a simple point and shoot interface. I point at something and one of the kids sits down and starts to draw it. The image quality is superb. No matter how much you magnify the images, you can’t get down to the pixel level, unless you are using the pointillist module. Well, I suppose you can with an atomic force microscope, but it will be a few years before I can afford accessories like that. Depth of field and dynamic range are infinitely flexible.
    Processing time is slower than with my 7d. Some images can take months to develop. But the filters are amazing. The impressionist module does wonderful things with landscapes and abstract module makes portraits fun and surprising. The tagger module allows for incredible enlargements, limited only by the size of available wall space.
    Granted, my system is a little expensive and clearly not for everyone. It came as surprise that artists these days expect to eat every day. Storage is also a challenge. However, I believe that anyone who is serious about producing great images will quickly realize that my setup is the only conceivable way to get the kind of images we all know we want. Anything less is ludicrous.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:48:02 AM »
Grumble.  >:( Looking at the extended forecast for my area, what I need is a filter that will let my camera see through clouds. I'll have to hope for a timely break in the next two weeks of "mostly cloudy" weather.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:18:03 AM »
As I work as the editor/reporter/photographer for two small town weekly papers, I go with the Tamron 18-270. Some of my best shots have come on very short notice, and if I have to change lenses, I may miss the moment. I seldom know if my subject will be a mother and child or a building on fire, or whether I will be five feet from the subject or a quarter mile away. My biggest need it flexibility, and it gives me photos that look as good or better than my kit lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:23:22 PM »
A metal scourer gets the baked on stains off when it gets really dirty
I smear mine with tuna and let the cat lick it clean. ;D

Canon General / Re: With the Yen plunging, will we see price drops now?
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:02:50 PM »
I think the decision would involve several calculations on Canon's part. To start, will the company make more money from retaining the added profit from currency fluctuations or from selling more units at a lower price? Are other competitors lowering their prices, which could take a bigger bite out of Canon's sales? Does the company expect the drop in the yen to be long lasting, which could cost the company sales if it has to raise prices relatively soon after dropping them? As pointed out above, what has the yen done to Canon's raw material expenses? I'm sure there are a dozen more considerations they have to make that I wouldn't even think of. So after all that, my answer would be an incredibly firm, "It depends."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Filling the buffer
« on: February 08, 2013, 11:36:50 AM »
Here is a link to an article what NR does and how it affects shooting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Filling the buffer
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:43:29 PM »
The High ISO Noise Reduction (which is actually active at all ISO settings) on the Canon cameras will drop the camera's ability to buffer photos drastically. I shoot some basketball games in some poorly lit high school gyms and rather than limit myself to single shots with a flash I pump up the ISO to 4000 or 5000 most nights. I shoot with Noise Reduction set to high and I can only shoot four photos in a burst with my 7d.

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