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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:13:47 PM »
If you don't mind rebates, you can get a pretty decent deal. Then use your rebate money to by paper.

I never shot at targets... but I would suspect the lens should be on par.  Have you manually focused using live view and then used a shutter release.  I wouldn't use auto focus because it might need micro adjusted... might...

Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:45:53 PM »
I don't, but I'll give it a go next time.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:26:02 PM »
I thought this was going to be another stupid dynamic range conversation... but it really is so much more and I find that to be incredible.

We have the Nikon is better than Canon discussion.
We have the novice buying top gear despite not having adequate knowledge to truly wield it.
We have the jealousy presumption.
We have the, Why didn't you ask someone who has more experience before buying discussion.
And we have what I believe is my presumption... That Nikon in the perception of those entering the market holds Nikon in higher esteem than Canon.

There is really quite a bit of nuance in this thread and I love it because it isn't just a pissing contest.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:35:02 AM »
I have Canon pro 100 that I haven't taken out of the box yet.  I generally send my print work to Costco, Shutterfly, etc. 

I think I'm ok with mediocre on the sites of non-profits. 

I almost would hope they aren't expending resources on camera gear and professional photogs... because then I would assume that more of the money I'm donating would be going to the end recipients. 

I play the game... name the settings all the time... I look at a photo, I guess the shutter speed, the iso, the aperture, etc... and if I'm guessing a full frame and a 135L (because it does have its own look)... then I would find it disconcerting. 

Now maybe that's just me because I play that game... maybe the bulk of people will look at the image and be moved by the subject matter more so than the cost of the gear in use...

This sort of rings hollow for me.  If I were to travel to India/Nepal/etc. I would want to photograph more (landscape, street, portraiture, etc.) than the activities of the non-profit.

If I were to travel to there and want to help, I would want to do more than simply photograph the activities of the non-profit (actually help with the administration of food/drugs/etc.)

Then there is the part of me that is married and I have kids... and I wouldn't want to travel to a dangerous part of the world.

And as a middle class person, I can't see giving my money to people to go across the world to photograph non-profits.  I would want to donate either locally or to organizations that I hold a deeper interest in.

I might be missing the bigger "picture" if you will.  And I know that giving a volunteer a camera won't result in pro-level images simply because they have access to pro-gear... but it seems to be a better return on investment... mailing a camera rather than a person...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:47:44 PM »
My wife has never bought me anything photo related.  I bought things for minefield that we turned into gifts for me... but it would be nice if she simply didn't hide my stuff when she cleans.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:43:01 AM »
I know people who buy vehicle designed to go off road and they never do.  Just seems like overkill.

Lenses / Re: What prime should I get?
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:33:17 PM »
I think 35 mm on crop is a bit more functional.  50mm (80mm with 1.6 crop factor) can be a touch long... ditto with the 85mm.  But the 85 does a really nice job... though there is some purple fringing... the f/1.8 50 does feel cheap, and it is loud, but it is really sharp and nice around f/2.8.  Which is probably why I would suggest going with the 40mm.  F/2.8 is sharp, it isn't as long as the 50 or the 80, and cheaper than most of the canon 35mm options.

As for the f/1.4 50mm... the auto focus is faster and quieter, but it is fragile.  If you don't drop it... it will be fine... but if you do drop the lens, the AF groove can be misaligned and never be right again.  I hated the 50mm f/1.4 because I was afraid of breaking it. 

Does the shutter really open and close 30 times a second when you choose a 30 fps rate or the sensor is electronically programed to make one reading of the frame every 1/30 of a second?

I assumed the latter... I know the mirror isn't slapping, but I can't image the curtain is flipping and a flopping that often.

I always thought that shooting in manual and seeing shutter just have you a representation of how exposure will be if you take a shot while the video is being recorded. 

Are the curtains jumping up and down during video... huh... I wouldn't have guessed. 

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:06:40 PM »


I decided on these two.  I got two different brands of the same type partly to see if there is a qualitative difference, but also because I HAD to buy one directly from Amazon in order to receive a $25 discount... so.. that works for me.

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:51:49 PM »
JD, if you get one, please share you impressions of it.  I'm very interested in learning what you find out and how you like it.

I was doing some math and I can get 2 60" for a little more than 1 70/71"... so i think that is a better value... especially since the 60" has a removable black cover... so it gives me a touch more flexibility. 

But I'll give a full report and maybe some product photography, which is primarily what I use the studio setup for (my 1 year old refuses to sit still and the 11 year old refuses to smile...)

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:05:55 PM »
Thanks everybody, and sorry for hijacking your thread jdramirez.

It's fine... i got some good information out of the digression... I wouldn't mind getting a softbox... but they are so expensive for really good light... where I can spend the 30 bucks and get good light with the umbrella.

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