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Lenses / Re: Advice needed on possible 100-400 L Lens Trade
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:52:51 PM »
I buy and sell gear all the time... and so I have thoughts... doesn't mean they are right... but I have thoughts.

With the 100-400 mkii coming to the market... there should be a number of mki models going up for sale.  I did a whole exercise estimating that the sale price should be around $850 in a few months... but then rebounding back up to around $900.

With the 24-70 f/4, I've seen it sell new for $799 (though it was grey market)... More often than not, it sells around $900 used on Amazon... though I'm uncertain that there are a ton of buyers clamoring to get it.

So in the grand scheme of things... it is probably a push.  I think it will be tough to get $1000 for the 100-400... not impossible, but tough... so if you can use the lens while it is up for sale... go for it... if not... then I probably wouldn't bother.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:40:59 PM »
I will pre-order it.

One of three missing lenses in my kit.

Only because I have very little shame...

Is your name pronounced Dih-lan or Die-lan... because in my mind I've been using the latter for the past few years... and I feel a little racist when I think maybe I'm just adding the odd pronunciation because I know you are of asian decent.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:17:16 PM »
Still waiting....  I think they shipped via horse and buggy.

Today, a lady asked me to mail a t5 and kit lens before her Husbands birthday on Sunday... which means overnight plus a saturday delivery... So that didn't happen...

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:06:54 PM »
Maybe when they said, Year of the lens, they meant a twelve month period and not specifically 2014.

So what was the first big lens announced... and how many more months are left in the twelve months of the lens.... It just does roll off the tongue. 

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:02:43 AM »
My daughter doesn't like football either... but she's watched at least a minute of 95% of all the Cowboys games... so hopefully she will come around on that... it will be nice to have common ground when there is no common ground.


How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing...

I had a similar experience with our oldest son.  When he was 13 he showed some interest in photography, so I gave him my T2i(500D) 18-55 combo that I was no longer using (replaced with a 7D).  He complained it was too heavy compared to the little P&S he was using and almost never used it.  Other than a few cell phone pics, he doesn't do much if any photography now (he just turned 16).  Sometimes we want our kids to pick up or interest and hobbies, but they have their own ideas...

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:21:49 PM »
was considering snagging an SL1 (the small APC) with a EFS 15 85 for my daughter to use. Size is right... but now will maybe check out the 24 105 STM as another option. Probably will not chase me off of my 24 105 4 though... I like the fixed 4

How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing... but I do think the 15-85 is a solid option.  If price is the same though... I'd probably just get a 2nd 24-105L. 

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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:14:45 PM »
Out of all the ailments... this isn't that bad of a problem. 

What I do... is I buy something... and I sleep on it.  If it feels right in the morning... I'll let the order go through.  If it doesn't feel right... or I have some significant regrets, I'll cancel the order.

It's kinda like trying on shoes... just seeing how it fits.

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I'm not sure of the performance of the 24 105 STM yet, but for only $50 more or less you can get a 24 105 F 4 L.  granted it might be grey market, but it is still an L lens.

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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:34:48 PM »
I used the x-rite that was in sale a few weeks ago... I still need to do the rebate... But I'll give that a look. Thanks for the suggestion.

Actually... LR and facebook are not playing nice together... what I'm seeing in LR is what I expect, but FB is making the black look horrible... I'm guessing it is just FB's compression...

If you calibrate your monitor, could it be that your browser is not set to use your monitor's color profile?

Calibrating your monitor is a good start, but you also have to tell your browser which color profile to use for images, too. For Firefox, I use the Color Management add-on. It works well, but you have to manually select the profile to use (I wish it would dynamically apply whichever profile is in use by Windows for the monitor the browser is displayed in). Since I move between a two-monitor setup at home and another at work, I have to switch the profiles back and forth in the add-on. It's a minor inconvenience.

If you don't calibrate your monitor, well, all bets are off... :P

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I didnt watch his video...but the typical 'switch' scenario seems to be: " Sheesch, my new little camera is just so much smaller than that big badass 5d3 with the 24-70zoom and that huge 70-200f2.8! My new sony/leica/nikon/pentax/samsung is just so small and compact. I hardly notice its there'...which of course is all true...me I just swap my big ugly zooms for a little pancake and the my 6D is almost just as small and compact as the best out there, and all it cost me was the price of a 'meal'...

Where the hell do you eat.  I'm all for the occasional nice meal, but did you ask for extra bacon on the super sized meal?

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Technical Support / Re: 60D Front Focusing
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:20:48 PM »
Send it to Canon to pair with your lenses or drop it in the ground and hope for the best.

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Canon General / Re: New acronym patent: WO?
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:17:15 AM »
W/o= without

So sure it is different, but probably not different enough.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:52:18 PM »
So... who here owns both and can testify?    ;D

I'd guess not many.  The 85L mkii is a siren.  She makes you want to use her... even when it isn't ideal... like me shooting sports with it.

LOL, I think you might be right! I can feel her drawing me in... wallet first.

My favorite lenses are/were as follows respective to my other lens in my bag at the time:

50mm f/1.8 > 18-55mm is, 75-300/55-250
100mm f/2.8L > 50 f/1.4, 24-105mm is, 70-200mm f/4L usm
70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii tie with 100mm f/2.8L > 85mm f/1.8, 8.5mm fisheye, 24-105mm
but at present...
the 85L mkii > 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii, 100L, 24-105mm,

I really really love my 100L because it was really really sharp wide open... and the 85L isn't... but it is really pretty...

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=397&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=941&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

This is a pretty accurate representation... there is purple color fringing... which I have to remove in lightroom... it isn't crazy sharp... the thin depth of field means that I know I'm going to lose some shots that I otherwise would have nailed at f/2.8, and at least right now... I dont' care.  I'll slap on the 85L and walk bravely into the front because I know there is something special there that I can't get with my other lenses... and I love my other lenses... but I'm under its spell. 

I'd encourage you to rent/borrow and 85L mkii... I know we have to sacrafice sharpness, but I'm ok with it... and if it turns out that you are ok with it as well, it makes for a special compliment to one's arsenal.

Quick full disclosure... I was trying to buy the lens used for a while... and Dylan is partly to blame because he picked his up at a VERY nice price and I was of the opinion that if he can get that price... I should be able to come close to it.  So I bought one... couldn't sell enough stuff to afford it... cancelled the order... a few months later... bought one... and I found a better price, so I cancelled that order... then the 2nd order didn't arrive... so I was stuck... Then I bought another... again didn't arrive... and then finally I picked one up for under $1200... and it is like new... maybe very very good... but just a gem of a find. 

So... that whole effort... it could just be me rationalizing all my effort to get the lens at the price at I wanted...

but I do really love it...

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:38:58 PM »
When you shoot a panorama... do you stand at one point and pivot or do you move parallel with the subject/wall?

I've done both, but I'm not sure if there is a preferred method when photographing something like this.

Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...

I decided one day to try and take a panorama shot of the inside of my gazebo. The cats moved.

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:02:12 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...

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