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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to the USA
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:03:54 PM »
Well, I'll wait for white boxed versions of this lens to flood SE Asia markets, then pick it up cheap on eBay.  At $600 for the ef-m UWA, one might as well use the ef-s 10-22 with the adapter.

Lighting / New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:44:40 PM »
I only know of one place that is selling this in the USA.  Pre-orders are being accepted with shipments starting on July 16th.

Loved the previous incarnation, the LP160.  This LP-180 has some interesting new features; I really like the ability to gel the flash without resorting to velcro.  Being able to directly screw it into a light stand and plug it into an external battery pack are really nice touches as well.

Just wanted to bring this flash to the community's attention. This brand has been the "go-to" for Strobists who prefer manual over TTL until it was discontinued.

Disclaimer: I do not work for nor profit from MPEX in any way.  I just cannot find this flash on the internet anywhere else for sale.  Got an email from MPEX and thought there could be a few of us out there in need of a quality, manual flash.

For anyone who is complaining about mailing in a rebate, please understand there are two major reasons they are done.

1) Can show a lower sale price but still get some to pay the higher price by some not sending in the rebate or others not doing them correctly.

2) By forcing the purchaser to cut off the UPC code for the rebate, the purchaser can no longer return the item to the original store, leading to a reduction in returns to store.  This somewhat prevents people from buying an item to use for an event, then return for full price.

We as purchasers can complain about this all we want but as long as these incentives hold true, then the temptation to use them by sellers will remain.

Lenses / Re: Very Stuck Filter
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:51:09 AM »
I'd be careful using a tool with a lever action as you may damage lens components accidentally since you can apply so much force.  Not sure if anyone mentioned these, but they are cheap and really help to remove metal rings and have been used in kitchens for decades.  Here is one example...

I got a round one as a promo item and it really helps to securely attach and remove filters.  It is nice to have and cheap, so get one if you do not already have one.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 23, 2013, 11:37:21 AM »
Well it would have been a no-brainer on this in the past.  I would have sent you to Midwest Photo Exchange to pick up a LumoPro LP-160.  Unfortunately, this flash is now discontinued and the next version has yet to be released to the public.  You could try to find someone who would part with a working one, but you would be hard pressed to do so as they are extremely versatile.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon Foveon Sensor
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:14:38 PM »
I enjoy using my Sigma DP1x but the body design and controls are quite clunky.  I'd like to see the merger of Sigma and Fuji and have Foveon tech put in a Fuji X100s style body.  It would be both a beauty and a beast!

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm F2.8 L ver 2 or 3 Prime Lens
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:04:58 AM »
If I may, I'd like to buck the trend here a bit.  We do not really know what the OP wants out of the equipment.  If one were to want discrete shooting in the street and interiors, then a 24-70 would be a rather poor selection.  For convenience and overall sharpness, then the zoom will come out on top but if the OP wants to frame something that the 100mm does well, then the 24-70 will have to be shot wide and then cropped in post.  If shooting film, this may be more hassle than it is worth.
There are just so many possible photographic situations with ideal equipment selections for each that it is truly impossible to suggest an ideal without knowing the use scenario.
That said, why not get the 50, 100, and the zoom?  50 is inexpensive and a low light monster, the 100 covers a focal length the zoom does not cover, and the zoom can be used when the focal range is right and IQ is paramount.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:20:49 AM »
Separate Canon case is showing as $699 today from B&H and Adorama.  $649 was too much of a bargain I guess!  ::)  Not including a case would be just stupid on Canon's part.  It is the best way to get the lens in for service to CPS IMHO and there would be needless damages made to the lens in the first year.  Public responses have to be at least somewhat of a priority to Canon.  My guess is a separate SKU for the case allows those who want more than one; maybe for an on-location case and one for inside storage.  Reaching for straws here.  Also, I guess cases could get destroyed going to far-flung world destinations so a replacement case would be warranted though I'd imagine third party cases would be available and made excellently for under the $699 mark.

PowerShot / Re: Two New PowerShot Cameras Leaked
« on: May 13, 2013, 12:03:11 PM »
I thought a 1200mm equivalent lens length in the SX50 HS was pretty interesting even though I found it a bit too challenging to use.  I'd love to see the next iteration of this camera have a smartphone app for remote focus/lock and shutter control.  At 1200mm equivalent, I found the image to be too shaky even with IS on when handheld  but on a tripod, the image could be stabilized.  However, since I had to depress the clunky shutter button, there was no way the image would stay stable.  A remote triggering via phone would be great.

Without a doubt, programs made to run in Windows have the advantage of an environment that does not deprecate applications like the Apple environment.  If Apple decides something should not run in their OS, they just make it so.  There are millions of PCs out there running software from 15-20 years ago and Windows OSes are often supported for much longer than Apple.  Windows XP was introduced in October of 2001 and they fully supported that for 7 1/2 years with continued security support ending in 2014!  I don't think Apple supports an OS variant for even 2 years.
Get a PC with Windows 7 and CS6 and it should last you until at least 2020.  The PC hardware will probably crap out long before the OS support does.

Saw this deal mentioned over on Ken Rockwell's site.  At Adorama, the 800mm super lens is available for a mere $13,249 which is the same as places like Amazon but Adorama is throwing into the deal a $1000 gift card and a $10 software package.

So, Neuroanatomist, have you got your 800mm yet?  ;D

Wow, loved your website's shots and story.  Got me seriously looking at this $349 UWA.  Love my Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 I picked up wicked cheap used but this 14mm could really come in handy when I go to San Francisco at the end of the month.

For anyone else considering this lens, check out Dan Carr's review here.

Note in the review that Dan links to another photographer's site, Thomas Berndt, who made a custom distortion profile on this lens for Lightroom.  Here is the direct link to the profile.

Instructions for installation of profile:

Download the Lens Profile
Open the profile in TextEdit
Find the line that reads: ” False”
Change the word “False” to “True”
Save it with a new name
Copy the profile to
User profiles location:
Mac OSX: /Users/(User Name)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/LensProfiles/1.0/Canon
Windows 7 or Vista: C:\User(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0\Canon
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings(User Name)\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0\Canon
Shared profiles location:
Mac OSX: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/LensProfiles/1.0/Canon
Windows 7 or Vista: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0\Canon
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0\Canon
Restart Lightroom
Your new lens will now be in the Canon section (if you put it in a Canon folder, you could also create a Rokinon folder)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:43:10 PM »
LR 5 is in beta. Does this mean no release except by subscription?  I've got CS6, and I'm quite happy with DxO and Aperture, but maybe it's worth buying LR while I can, just in case...   ???

According to "The Queen" of Lightroom, it appears we are OK.  Lightroom will exist in the cloud model but not exclusively.

Keep in mind too that there is more than a little risk for any camera manufacturer who would completely shut out third-party lens makers.

They'd have to consider the ill-will they'd be generating among their best customers, since those who buy third-party lenses are also the ones with the discretionary income to buy Canon lenses and Canon cameras. Is it really worth it to antagonize those customers?

Canon doesn't operate a monopoly. If they make it impossible to use third-party lenses, that will only drive customers to Nikon. Right now, the two companies compete relentlessly over insignificant differences in their products. Ceding the third-party compatibility issue to the other side would be handing them a massive competitive advantage.

Shutting out Sigma, Tokina or Tamron would also mean shutting out Zeiss. Granted, it's a very small market, but I don't think either Canon nor Nikon would want to hand over these high-end luxury buyers to the other side.

Yes, I can see Canon and Nikon engineering new features into their lenses and trying to keep those features from being accessible by third party lenses, but that's a far different case than completely shutting out a competitor's lenses.

While there would be backlash, do not think companies are afraid to do so.  For proof, just look at what Canon did in 1987 with the development of the EF mount.

Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:32:12 PM »
I use mine for non-critical stuff, Like ebay photos, vacation photos and personal stuff. When I do use it for clients it's usually at F/8 so no-one could tell. It's a great lens if your using flash...

Good point Ramon.  The 430ex flash is tailor-made for the EF 24-105 f/4L as its head extension matches the focal range perfectly.

I like the lens out in the daylight but I've been trying to get as compact a camera as possible so I've been leaning towards primes lately.

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