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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SIGMA 150-600!!
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
Well, here it is:
I believe this will be a better option than the Tamron optically, maybe I'll buy one for myself  ::)

I wouldn't be surprised if the optics are marginally better (bigger, heavier, larger front element), but my biggest concern (as with all Sigma products) will be AF accuracy.  At longer focal lengths even a little miss produces an out of focus image.

Still, options are good.  If this is a better lens than the Tamron it might attract the middle tier of buyers, but the fact that it may cost twice as much means that Tamron will probably still claim the majority of amateur sales.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:11:09 AM »

This is an excellent shot. We have Ibis here a couple times of the year for a very short time. I've tried to get pictures of them in flight, but they are usually too far away. This pose is really excellent though.

I agree.  Not an easy pose to land, but this is done nicely.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:54:49 AM »
Here's a little coyote snarl for you:

Come Close, I Won't Bite by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:40:07 PM »
Dustin, is that a wild or captive wolf?

It's in a preserve, so does that qualify as a wild or captive?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:05:42 PM »

Wow! That's a once in a lifetime shot right there. Incredible!

As usual, Dustin brings the amazing. Some day I wanna grow up to be like him!

Thanks, guys.  In all fairness, though, knowing how to process things well does help my final product.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:34:22 AM »
2x 4 shots manually blended. Both two sets were same, except in second 4 shots I put my hand in front of the sun to prevent the flare. (It almost worked)

Love the light and velvety texture in the foreground.

I recognize that we are a Canon community, but I am interested in your reaction to the seemingly continual updates to Nikon's camera bodies (D810, D800E, D800S, D610, potential D620, etc...)  Their market strategy seems very different than Canon.  Canon never seems to be in a hurry to release new bodies (other than the Rebel series), and has often had at least 4 years between major model releases (more in the case of the 7D).

So, in your opinion, is Nikon's approach to continually releasing incremental upgrades to existing models a good thing or a bad thing?  I can see pros and cons, but as a consumer I'm not sure that I would be crazy about my camera being outmoded so quickly.  You would be stuck either using "inferior" tech or very possibly taking a pretty big financial hit because the resale value of your equipment has been eroded.  The thought of getting upgraded technology more quickly is also appealing, and I know that many of you feel that Canon's development cycles are often too long.

Your thoughts?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:17:20 PM »

This is awesome.

I really like the second image. Nicely done Dustin.

Thanks, guys

Reviews / Re: Tamron 16-300 VC Review and Video Review
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:13:42 PM »
great review and not unexpected outcome i think i agree the 28-300 might be a better option even on a crop
especially since canon have the 10-18 to make a much better crop wide end

i still think you need to review the samyang/ rokinon 8mm f2.8 on the eos M its fantastic :)

I'll give it a try at some point.  I'm interested in seeing how the 12mm f/2 performs (it's on the way to me right now), and would like to get a copy of the EF-M 11-22mm to compare it to.

Reviews / Tamron 16-300 VC Review and Video Review
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:55:05 AM »
Hello, all.  Just completed a review of the new crop sensor all-in-one lens from Tamron, the 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD.  This lens has a massive 18.8x zoom range, and on a Canon crop has an 35mm equivalent 25.6-460mm range.  That is both wider and longer than all previous lenses of the type.  If you would like to read more about (or watch the video review), you can click here:


Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

P.S.  I have previously reviewed the 28-300 VC for full frame bodies, and B&H is currently sending me the 18-200 VC for EF-M mount that I will be reviewing (alongside the Samyang 12mm f/2 for EF-M and the 16-35mm f/4L IS).  Full plate for a bit, but the new reviews should start coming in about a month.  Somewhere in there Zeiss will be sending me the two Otus lenses for review (55 and 85mm).

Is there anything out there that hasn't been reviewed much that you guys want me to request in the future?  At this stage I can get just about anything for review (although some of the higher end superteles are a little more work to get).

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:23:20 PM »
Nieuwpoort, Belgium

That is really fab.  Nicely done!

I made a home-made solid ND filter for the system from a couple of mattes with a sheet of LEE ND film in between them.  Not perfect, but seems to work until I can find the real solid ND filter for the system.  I seem to get about three stops out of it and can use it in conjunction with the grad ND.  I've filed tested it a bit now and like what I'm getting.  For example:

Blue is the Sky by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

darn, looks like a parasail of some kind.
why so big? Wonderpana system looks way more efficient and small - I have been looking at it, as it would fit both R/S/B 14mm and the Ts-e 17mm

Thanks for taking the time reviewing and posting it

The system is huge - no doubt about it.  Similar systems for the Nikon 12-24 are similar, though.  These lenses have such a huge angle of view...

The ability to use traditional filters is a big plus for the new Canon 16-35mm

It really is a huge setup but cool that it actually exists. Samyang keeps coming with an amazing array of products at an incredibly high rate.

Love your tie, by the way  8)

That's true.  I'm actually really happy to have it.  ND Grad filters are hugely effective for landscape work, and you basically don't get one without going to a square filter system - and they are always a bit clunky.  I've got the Cokin P system, and while it is smaller and cheaper, it isn't much different.

Thanks on the tie :)

Reviews / Re: Quebec City and the new Tamron 28-300 VC as a Travel Lens
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:15:13 PM »
I think I might get this lens as a take along/do it all canoe tripping and hiking lens on the 6d. Have you tried it on a crop camera? I wonder how it compares IQ wise compared to the 16-300? I know it has less range on the wide side but I would prefer it if the IQ is better on a crop body as well.

I haven't posted my review of the 16-300mm yet, but I actually make that case.  There are more optical compromises with the 16-300 and I still like the 28-300 better on a crop.  Less loss of resolution and contrast on the long end.  The biggest downside, of course, is that 28mm isn't particularly wide on a crop.

Here's a sample taken with the lens on a crop camera (300mm wide open).  Crop body is an EOS M in this case, but I did the review primarily on a 60D.

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