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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 03:12:20 PM »
It is funny reading this and other like threads and then remembering all the times photographers say "it's not the equipment, it's the photographer".   ;D ;D ;D

Doesn't work for lens collectors :)

Let's reframe the discussion.

It's not the telescope, it's the astronomer.


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Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 08, 2014, 11:50:33 AM »
Kudos.  I'd suggest talking the 60d along for some shots that might not be in the best light and take some comparison photos with the same lens.  When I first upgraded I want totally blown away because I romanticized how good my 60d was... ex girlfriend syndrome.  So back to back images will help cue that... if you do suffer from it.

Also... in my analogy... It is kinda like a three way.. menage a trois....
My back, neck, and knees miss the articulated LCD on the 60D, but nothing else. Cid's got a sweet set up now and hopefully he'll post some of his shots in the future.

exactly, this is one of reasons why I'm thinking of keeping 60D, the second is 1.6 "reach" factor, I have to test it with this new lens, it it's worth trying at least

I have to say 60D is really nice body, but since I have 5D mk III, I haven't shot it even once

I shoot sports... So if I were to use a crop over the 5d it would be in good outdoor light, with a long prime like the 400 f5.6... but that's about it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:02:59 AM »
I did searches for Reikan FoCal @ Adorama, B&H, and Amazon... nothing.  Where is the link for the thing?

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:35:23 PM »
OMG, still laughing!

In all honesty, my "significant other" (how that Mrsfotografie?  ;) ) can't really tell when or if I have a new lens on. I also don't think she really cares and I don't really have to sneak lenses in, but that is probably because she doesn't know how much some of the lenses cost :-) I actually don't have any crazy expensive lenses.

This has been fun. I'm still going to be bummed when I get the 100mm macro L and I have to give up on the 85mm 1.8 which I kind of like. I suppose I should be glad I diagnosed this issue before I got out of hand!

I had the 100L... and I sold it when I got the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii.  Then I bought the 85mm f/1.8 and I liked it... but I didn't like the 3 ft minimum focusing distance... so I bought the 100L again... and I sold the 85 f/1.8 because I wasn't using it at all... and I just bought an 85L f/1.2... so... I'm not sure I have a point... but the 100L is a lovely lens... and while I have a good deal of affection for the 85 f/1.8... you'll be quite happy with the sharpness, and the bokeh, and the the think depth of field...

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:13:44 PM »
I buy and sell gear... I find a good deal... use coupons, gift cards, etc. and then I sell it at a profit... usually a small profit, but you do it enough and it builds up over time.  Then I use that money to buy my gear and the wife STILL COMPLAINS... so sometimes you can't win... but you just buy and stop giving a damn about the objections.

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:24:37 PM »
The amount I spend on photography in no way compares to how much my wife spends on shoes and purses.   >:(
But do they match?

I can't tell you the chagrin I experience when I'm out on the town and my body doesn't match my white lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Stolen equipement - off-brand
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:27:07 PM »
I have insurance against theft... So if I lose my lens... I report it stolen, the insurance company cuts me a check... And then what?

The lens is sold, the buyer find out by blind luck... does the buyer return my lens, I return the check and everyone is inconvenienced?  And the seller goes to jail... hopefully.

The buyer would get his money back if it were from ebay or Amazon... but what if it were Craigslist or something like that? 

I'm curious what happens, because I think my best case scenario is that I'm inconvenienced but then have a brand new replacement lens. 

I think what happens (in the UK at least) is that once the insurance company have settled, they take over ownership of the stolen lens.  If somebody buys it in good faith from the thief, it still belongs to the insurance company, who can reclaim it.  The only recourse for the unfortunate buyer is to try to recover the money from the thief.  So - buyer beware!

That's unfortunate because no one would report the criminal.  The criminal needs to make restitution to the insurance company and go to federal f you in the a$$... sorry... office space on the brain.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Stolen equipement - off-brand
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:56:54 PM »
I have insurance against theft... So if I lose my lens... I report it stolen, the insurance company cuts me a check... And then what?

The lens is sold, the buyer find out by blind luck... does the buyer return my lens, I return the check and everyone is inconvenienced?  And the seller goes to jail... hopefully.

The buyer would get his money back if it were from ebay or Amazon... but what if it were Craigslist or something like that? 

I'm curious what happens, because I think my best case scenario is that I'm inconvenienced but then have a brand new replacement lens. 

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:45:34 PM »
That is a little slice of manipulative genius.  My hat goes off to you.



1) Always own up to buying one white lens. Once you've got one, they all look alike, so that gives you the freedom to own more.

2) When ordering from the Canon refurbished store, track the package progress and then change the delivery address to the nearest Kinkos/Fed Ex site. That way you can go and pick it up yourself without having to rush home to snag the attempted delivery notice tag off the door before someone finds it.

3) Separate checking accounts have prevented more divorces than any other innovation known to mankind.

4) You will never be able to sneak every purchase in, so build up some immunity. Do that by never, ever criticizing or questioning her when a box arrives from an online clothing, purse or shoe store. Smile. Complement her on her good taste and make a point of being pleased that she bought herself something nice. You are earning credits that you can cash in later.

5) Always include some low cost item in your purchases from B&H and Adorama – "Oh yeah, I ordered some batteries...a filter...a camera strap...etc. I don't know why they send that stuff in such a big box."

6) If you've got a big purchase planned, start the process early on. I'm going to start mentioning the new Tamron 150-600 zoom soon so that by the time Black Friday rolls around she'll be ready to tell me to just get it.

7) Never miss an occasion for a gift. A piece of jewelry tucked into an Easter Basket is also a great way to buy immunity for the future.

8 ) Ask for gift cards from your preferred photo store. "Oh that. I ordered that with the gift card you gave me last Christmas." (plus an extra $800, but who's counting)

9) Get yourself a "man cave" where you can stash all your toys. Preferably in a room she seldom goes into.

I have more, but these should be a good start. :)

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Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:39:23 PM »
Kudos.  I'd suggest talking the 60d along for some shots that might not be in the best light and take some comparison photos with the same lens.  When I first upgraded I want totally blown away because I romanticized how good my 60d was... ex girlfriend syndrome.  So back to back images will help cue that... if you do suffer from it.

Also... in my analogy... It is kinda like a three way.. menage a trois....

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:30:51 PM »
I started like most... shooting with the 18-55 & a 75-300.  I liked the tele zooms range and blur, but it was so terribly soft.  I got a 50 f1.8 mkii and I feel in love with bokeh and shallow depth of fields, all be it poor in comparison.

But knowing what I liked made a huge difference in buying what I needed.  I will probably never own a 17-40 or 16-35 for personal use... but if I shoot real estate, I suppose I'll have to get one.  And that is just fine with me. 

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Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:13:20 AM »
If this all happened on Facebook, I'd just completely forget it. I think your demonstration images with the figurine were excellent and very explanatory. The advice you gave was solid. The problem with people these days is more often than not, they already think they are experts at whatever it is they think they are experts at...when they ask for advice, they aren't looking for advice...they are simply looking for someone to reinforce their already-formulated and overly inflated opinion of themselves and their skill. I think you got sucked into one of those inverted vortices where yes means no and "Help me" really means "Assert my own opinion of myself...verify me, so I can feel good!"

Bleh. Facebook. BARF.

I'm my own biggest critic.  I know when, why, and how badly I screw up.  The wife usually says not to worry about it... but I take the error so much to heart that I'll never forget that circumstance.  Learn from your mistakes... And as with all things photo related, only show the good images. 


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the truly inane thing about this is how does one enforce this?

if i create a set up that uses the same configuration of lights but i change the positions by a foot or two and the angle by a foot or two i will effectively get the same lighting result but technically not infringe upon the patent. and even if its argued that i did infringe...how in the heck would you ever prove that i did?
YES, you get IT. To be safe, use an f-stop other than approximately 5.6, an ISO setting other than 320.
This patent is so specific, it's meaningless to anyone, everyone but Amazon.
It's their specific product photo set up and that's all and only what it is.
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Although, there's nothing stopping anyone from improving on that specific set up, applying for another ridiculous patent.
 
 
 
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How much does it cost to get a patent?  I'd like to purport that I use a patented lighting technique that no one else on the planet is allowed to use without my permission.

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Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 08:11:14 AM »
I'm going to need a young priest and an old priest to exercise these demons that occupy space in my photos. 

The worst part of it is that Shipwreck hasn't been played with in about five years... And he asks how his photos went and I just don't have the heart to tell him...

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Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:34:36 AM »
local photo clubs are often the worst place to get innovative, thought provoking and open minded discussion about progressing photographic technique.

they are often run by long time amateurs who's skill and experience plateau well below an advanced, well versed professional. i have found that they tend to exist only to slap each others backs and boost the egos of whoever is running the show.

i've run across a number of them in my area and i avoid them like the plague...

not to be overly harsh, i'm sure there may be some good ones out there...but as a rule of thumb i wouldn't put too much stock in them at all.

this community far exceeds the experience one can get from a local camera club imo.
Much of what you say rings true.  Most of what is put up there is wide angle landscape... which isn't my favorite so I don't bother commenting.  If you don't have anything nice to say... and I pretty much do the same here.  But if someone ASKS, what would you do or what did I do wrong... I have thoughts that I'm willing to share.  It doesn't mean that I'm right, but I have thoughts... do with them what you will.

They do have meeting, that I never attend, and they do have group outings, that I never attend.  Paying $100 to go see the inside of a ghost house doesn't really appeal to me.  I can see the inside of my house for FREE.  And unless I have guaranteed a 1 on 1 sit down interview with the ghost... it really seems like a stupid waste of time.  But I digress.

I think I am going to opt out.  I had a whole mess of unwritten rules placed upon me:

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...a place to encourage and gently direct someone by posting one (not many) comment about how you think a photo can be improved. Then let the rest of your ideas go.

But even before you do that, please begin to post some of your own photos (not of toys for examples) to show you are serious about being a productive member of our FB page. We have many members who do not post photos but neither do they pontificate about knowing more than the rest of us.

So the rules are simple:
1-Post your own photos (no flooding) and be accepting of others comments even if you don't agree- or get booted
2-Be encouraging and not a know-it-all, or get booted
3-Feel free to comment, but if someone has another thought then fine don't start a tit-for-tat war: let it go! Or get booted

So evidently answering someone's question in detail is being a know it all.  And only one suggestions... ok... how about get stuff in focus because blurry images are bad images... but no.  Deep breath...

It's my own fault really.  I suggested the foreground background thing... and I posted examples... and they said they didn't like them... which is fine because I wasn't in love with them either... but then I posted pro examples from Getty that showed basically what I was showing and evidently the 6 images I put up are 5 too many.  Ugh.  Stupid unwritten rules.

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