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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:07:49 PM »
My plan was to sell the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II, after 200mm f2 IS arrived. Posted it on ebay last night, however, I ended my auction today. Just couldn’t do it guys.

Dam you L lenses

Ok, I started reading this thread with some trepidation, but all is well. Good!
Congrats on the 200/2! Please post pics as soon as convenient. Cheers!

And why would they feel the need to announce to the world that they change brand if the don't get paid? Hello, I switched to Sony I feel it is so important that you know it so I am having this press conference!

I don't know about Bob Krist's specific example, but if I switched from iPhone that I have been using for over three years to Android, and felt it was a significant upgrade, and I had a blog- I won't write about it. Because I would be excited about it. People express their feelings. It's natural.
Once again, can't comment on what Bob Krist's incentive might have been. But he did seem excited...

I think you have identified the problem. 

There are some members of this forum who treat the publishing/linking of an opinion as a provocation. That's what I don't understand. There are many many opinions I don't agree with, but I never consider them a provocation.

If the members really did not agree with the opinions in the video, would not the best action be not to respond to the thread?  After a few hours/days of no action, the thread would die away.   ;)

I think it might be a combination of two things- firstly, buying a certain item causes the buyer to identify his/her intelligence, judgment, knowledge etc. with that product. So if that item is vilified, the buyer considers those attributes of his to be questioned. If you think this is too much, you should see the Apple forums. Secondly, there is something about anonymous internet forums, where people feel it is okay to vent their frustration and anger to a nameless, faceless audience or towards another person, being nameless and faceless himself.

Accutance and Steve,
I agree with your comment that sometimes the defense of Canon equipment on this forum is quite rabid, but consider the fact that this thread was started with the aim of provoking Canon fans by someone whose sole contribution to this forum (Jon D, all 15 posts) has been to rant against Canon.
So when people do get provoked, you cannot solely blame them.

Regarding Bob Krist's criticism, as unfocused said- whoever puts his personal opinion in the public domain can expect to get criticized. He might be a very accomplished photographer, and he is certainly entitled to his opinions. That does not mean he is the ultimate authority in deciding which one is better, Sony mirrorless vs Canon dSLRs. His posts about technique might be more useful to the learning photog.

Also, gear isn't why he is a NatGeo photographer. While I'd love to publish in NatGeo, even my using a $50K Hassy won't help me do that. And he would have published in NatGeo even with a  P&S (well, probably).

I'm ok with the occasional why is this now missing for the rest of my life... because it is a fair trade off to having to clean.


Maybe I need labels that say, NOT TRASH.

Sound entrepreneurial venture ;)

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:07:06 PM »
I also have a 72mm 3-stop ND for shooting with the 'holy trinity' primes wide open (I find 3-stops sufficient even for f/1.2 on a sunny day). 

I got the regular (single-coated) version.  The MRC coating serves two purposes.  One, the 'multi' part reduces reflection and therefore increases light transmission – since the point of an ND is to reduce light transmission, it seems silly to pay extra for a multilayer coating.  Second, the 'resistant' part makes it easier to clean – I tend not to use NDs in harsh environments, and I find the single-coated filters are easy enough to clean when needed (rarely need more than a rocket blower).

Thanks, Neuro. That was very useful information. A follow up question. I see both MRC and non-MRC B+W 3-stop ND filters. Is an MRC one worth the almost double price? Thanks!

Ah, thanks for the advice. A non-MRC B+W filter is being shipped to me as I write :)

By the way, has anyone used or heard about (not heard of, mind you, but ABOUT them from someone who has actually used it) the Haida filters?

There seems to be quite a few reviews about them, and they are quite positive.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:34:15 PM »
I too use Lee's GNDs. I have a bunch of them, in both soft and hard grad. I really love the Lee filter system (although it failed me recently...i had my 2-stop proglass ND in...and when I was photographing rivers it just slipped out and shattered on the rocks...I am not sure why it did, but it was like a $160 filter. :().

You're not sure why it slipped out (those shifty filters  >:( ) or why glass shatters on the rocks?
That's why I use resin filters. The Big Stopper is enough of stress for me...

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:04:17 PM »
Thanks for the replies.
So, what all do I need to get started?
I have lenses with 77mm and 82mm filter sizes. The big stopper being a given, what else would you recommend to start with? Glass versus resin?

1. I'd say resin because IMO the difference in IQ is negligible, the peace of mind not worrying about breaking the filter (as you WILL experience with the Big Stopper) is priceless.
2. The 82 mm wide angle adapter and either a step up 77-82mm ring or the 77mm adapter.
3. The filter holder (aka the Foundation kit)
4. You can use grad ND filters just by holding them with your hand in front of the lens (not possible with the Big Stopper for obvious reasons). Another option is getting them from the Filter Dude via ebay. I use these are they are as good as Lee.
5. 0.3 soft grad and 0.2 hard grad, the latter isn't strictly as necessary. I strongly recommend a reverse grad filter if you plan to shoot sunsets.
Mind you, HDR and PP can replicate grad filters in many cases, as Neuro said, and better in some. And a B+W 10 stop filter is arguably as good as the big stopper from various reviews I've heard. So that, and a step up ring might be reason enough for you to forget the whole Lee filter thing. It IS cumbersome.
Good luck with whatever you do, and please share the results (pics).

P.S. Edited to reflect the correction by Lintoni

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:34:18 PM »
I also have a 72mm 3-stop ND for shooting with the 'holy trinity' primes wide open (I find 3-stops sufficient even for f/1.2 on a sunny day). 

Thanks, Neuro. That was very useful information. A follow up question. I see both MRC and non-MRC B+W 3-stop ND filters. Is an MRC one worth the almost double price? Thanks!

Ok, so both of you are suggesting that I get the 82mm CPL and Lee if I want to experiment with them? I looked at some videos and articles on line, looks like there is a pretty steep learning curve for them? I have a trip planned for Southern UT/Northern AZ next year and found on reading that ND filters are almost a must for that landscape. I want to practice for a while so by the time that time comes around I can be comfortable. But, it's a substantial investment in money as well. But I think I agree with both of you to get another CPL as that is my most used lens and using a step up/down ring will be a pain and of course I will not be able to use the hood, though using a hood with a CPL is quite the pain as well.
Are there good and reliable resources on how to use the Lee filters? Thanks

As Graham said, nothing beats practice.
You will notice that using a square filter system isn't technically challenging. The main issue, however, is doing it efficiently and quickly- otherwise, it will make you lose great moments and opportunities. Also, doing it at home is much easier that doing it in the field.
So if you get the Lee system then just take a weekend and practice shooting boring (or at least familiar) scenes from your balcony. That Big stopper gives me the heebijeebies when handling it- I am forever worried about dropping it.

I have been putting the CPL between the lens and the Lee holder - that really doesn't work well at all.

Totally agree. I had used that set up and was super happy that I could just turn the CP-L by turning the Lee adapter, until I came back home and realized I don't have anywhere to grip so I could separate the CP-L from the adapter. It just kept rotating at the junction between the two CP-L rings.
Finally, I had to put some gaffer's tape along the CP-L, preventing the two rings from rotating about each other, and I was able to get the Lee adapter off. It was maddening!

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:13:59 PM »
Or an price increase?

LOL, an impossibly high price increase! That will get a lot of people REALLY pissed, especially if advertised in this manner... ROFL!

But seriously, this could be a message from Canon USA to Canon Inc.

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:17:55 PM »
While the (Lee) square filter system is more versatile it is also much more cumbersome.
I wouldn't use it just for the sake of using CPLs.
I have the Lee filter system but for polarizing, I use screw-in B&H filters.
1. For dedicated CPL use I would use screw-in filters.
2. I suggest keeping both 77mm and 82mm filters- I have done so as I cannot use the 82+step up ring with the hood (necessary for protection and flare for my 70-200).
3. Lee is a great system for long shutter speeds.
4. I have used the ND grads less mostly due to my unfamiliarity and the somewhat steep learning curve (in terms of practice needed). It is less of an issue with solid NDs. However, I think I need a screw-in 6 stop or so will make shooting wide open with my primes a lot easier- square filters, again, are too cumbersome.
5. The first filter I would buy for the Lee system is indeed the big stopper. Second choice would be the new little stopper (6 stops I think).
6. People recommend 2 stop hard ND and 3 stop soft ND to begin with. I found that was sufficient for me, but then I don't use ND grads that much yet.

Great pics! Would love to see someone use a TS-E to change the depth of field too.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 20mm f/1.8
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:24:40 AM »
Well, once again Nikon is ahead of Canon in offering modern upgraded lenses, like the 35/2, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 55/1.4, 85, 16-34/4 etc etc etc etc. And now it's this great looking 20/1.8. What a great astro photography lens, not to mention landscapes.

Go shoot Nikon, you say. I don't want to. I like my 6D and 70-200/4is. I just wish they'd make a 20 like this Nikon.

While I really wish Canon makes a 20mm/1.8 I think saying Nikon is ahead is a bit much of generalization.

They only just caught up to upgraded f/1.4 lenses a few years ago. They didn't even have a f/4 IS tele zoom.
Your examples are only partly correct as well.
Canon did just offer a 35/2 IS AND a 16-35/4 IS that kick ass, and the Nikon 55/1.4 was very poorly reviewed. You also forget the STM line that works great with video AF. 

Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:09:55 PM »
It is a question of capability, not intent.

Maybe the patent game backfired on Canon and now they may not use that great sensor they just developed?

You mean the Intellectual ventures thing? It's not a biggie- they are patent trolls- they bother everybody and basically want the money.

Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:19:41 PM »
You can tell from their interviews that they just don't feel like spending the money, so nothing less than people going on and on and then starting to buy other stuff and suggest other stuff will prod them into action.

You are deluding yourself if you think for a second that Canon isn't spending money on sensors because they don't feel it is important, merely based on that interview by Mr. M. I am certain the bottleneck is that either they haven't developed a better sensor (in terms of DR) yet and it is a work in progress, or they haven't been able to find a way to produce it profitably, and/or they haven't been able to form a collaboration as Nikon has (or decided not to).
It is a question of capability, not intent.
Knowing the resources Canon has at its disposal, I will also speculate it is only a matter of time until we see some great stuff coming out. But only time can confirm that.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT now $499
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:09:58 PM »
Just saw the $50 price drop this afternoon on Amazon... thought I'd share the savings...

Maybe Amazon is starting their Xmas pricing early. :)

Last year IIRC they all had it for $449, and best of all, Adorama had 2x 600s plus ST-E3-RT for $ 1020.

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