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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
While it's a much-debated comparison (and I'm not sure there's any definitive answer), 180º sounds far wider than the usual human field of vision. Stare straight ahead, don't move your eyes and head, move your hands apart until they disappear. For me it seems not much more than 90-100º.

That's interesting :). Some say that 99% of what we see is produced by brain. Everyone's brain developed a bit differently, we are all unique. So, we don't have to agree on one number here :).
How wide can you see with one eye, while staring straight ahead? From center to the edge. I think it is ~85º. We can't be that much different. Tell me it's at least 70º :).

Yeah, 85º seems right for each eye alone. Since they overlap a lot, the two together can't be 180º then, right? Even if they didn't overlap at all, it would come to only 170º.

We need a circle to put it heads into... it isn't 180, but it isn't only 85 degrees per eye. 

Ok do a rudimentary test while in here in the bathroom stall... with motion, which is current than without motion.

Right eye... looking straight ahead... I have around 155 degrees of vision... looking straight ahead...

Ditto the left. 

No it isn't all in focus, but I can see what is too the right and left.

Provided my total angle of vision is 170 degrees, that means there is 20ish degrees that isn't over lapped when looking straight ahead.


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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:57:44 PM »
I think that human vision is closer to 10mm really, a lot wider than 40mm.
If not, then maybe I'm not human :o.

Around 80mm, what I see in the viewfinder is the same size as what I see in my other eye... but in regards to my angle... I almost have 180 degrees of coverage... so I think that makes me more of a herbivore than a carnivore...


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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:38:01 PM »
My brain.  :o
Other than that, it is the 40 shorty...
Oh yes! My 40 shorty is so unused I'd completely forgotten about it. Picked it up as a novelty item when it was announced, used it a couple of times, and then....ummm

-pw

That's weird. I use mine all the time, it's a great body cap.
Things may change when I'll get a fast 35mm. Still waiting for that 35/1.2L :)).

I'm really happy I managed to constrain myself and didn't buy it. I guess it helped that I had a 40 mm Voightlander. For some reason I was never really happy with that focal length anyway. Perhaps because it is the closest approximation to normal human vision which renders it a bit boring.

I bought one for my daughter... I really like the lens in theory, but I never personally use it.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 11:43:33 AM »
I sell all of the things I don't use...

The 1.4 extender has been getting a good deal of use lately, but I suppose that would be the candidate.  Maybe my gold umbrella...

Oh... my daughter's sl1 which I use as my backup... and the 40mm f/2.8 that is attached... fun lens, but I don't use it at all.

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Calling a 2"x2" piece of plastic a 'softbox that gives studio quality lighting' brings to mind a phrase my 4 year old recently picked up and sometimes shouts emphatically:  "YOU A LIAR!"

If anyone thinks paying $200 for said modifier is good value, I've got this nice bridge in New York and some prime Kansas swampland for sale, and say hello to Mr. Barnum as you seek the Great Egress.

How swampy is the swamp land in Kansas?  Are we talking gators... or just wearing rubber boots when you go out?  Please send me a prospectus.

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Photography Technique / Re: How to get eyes tack sharp?
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:13:26 PM »
Use a single AF point and focus directly on the eyes. In single AF mode you can move the AF point around to place it exactly where you want it. I only use a single AF point to focus on a subject.

Bigger depth of field also helps. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:25:47 AM »


I really cannot imagine shooting in anything other than full RAW. Maybe I'm different than some because I do print large on occasion but I'd rather carry cards than switch modes during a shoot. I now wait to be schooled by those who tell me I'm missing the point. I can take it.

If I get a bump in fps speed... maybe... if not, no thanks.  Give me a bigger rock so I can make my sculpture rather than a smaller rock that I have to fit my vision into.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:14:41 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

I'm looking forward to people selling off their 1dx for pennies on the dollar... so yeah, bring in the 1dx mkii

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And it still doesn't get you light at the right angle. From everything I've seen the RT speedlight itself is the next big step, always have two with you and just stick them wherever needed, no worries.
I'm really, really, really hoping that every body released from here on has the transmitter for those built in.

Don't forget to bring the feet.  I was at a baseball game and I wanted to set them on a concrete barrier but putting them on their side didn't seem safe...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:14:58 PM »
So the mail in rebate is through them?  They aren't an authorized dealer... I can't imagine it is through Canon... and I also presume the three year warranty is through them after the first year... I'll look at it when I'm not at work... but all things about this deal worry me.

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I had five 622c's... I returned the first pair because one, not sure which, only worked as a receiver... so when I used that one, the flash would fire on full... so not good.  This was with ettl. 

The next three I had worked fine... but I didn't like the yongnuos, except for the ir beam that was sent out. 

I've since upgraded to 600ex-rt's and a e3-rt... or what ever it is called.

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They lost me when they said it can replicate studio lighting and there are three off camera speedlites surrounding the subject...  maybe they weren't teething mislead, but that was a pretty quick jump cut. 

As for the product, sure... looks fine but I really don't see paying a premium for a diffuser... but I'm cheap.

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up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-menu-play.  :)

F A T A L I T Y

lol

I'm not sure why... but that reminds me... I want to play Milon's Secret Castle.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:55:38 AM »
I like digrevtv... I find them to be entertaining... though I'm not entirely sure I would build my entire collection based on what he says.

In regard the 50 art... I don't have one yet... but it seems a little strange that he attacked build quality and bokeh more than auto focus consistency... which seems like it is the only poison pill for the lens...

I can accept the 50L has better bokeh... but from the images I've seen from a myriad of sources, the bokeh seems more than adequate and in fact, quite decent... but his images... were blah... so I guess I can agree that his images were blah and consequently the bokeh... and that's not an attack on him images... because he normally does a fine job making the mundane appear interesting. 

As for the 58... don't most people hate that lens @ that price?  Something about not being sharp and having a ton of CA... but I guess that doesn't matter in the comparison...

or even what the art does REALLY well, which is a near complete lack of distortion.

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Abe's went out of business... their name was sold to a shady nyc company... they try and up sale you now.  Not cool.

Oddly, AOM seems to be located in NJ.

Any idea of when AOM went belly-up? I have bought from them in the past with ok results, but I did have to keep saying "NO" to the add-ons.

I feel like it was two years ago... but a Google search will be more accurate than me.

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