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Canon General / Re: Suggestions for a difficult choice
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:26:38 PM »
Few professional photographers will touch concerts with a barge pole.  Hundreds of kids who would like to break into photography shoot concerts for free, some of them are better than others.


I've known a guy who complained about that exact thing. He said he used to get invited to a lot of gigs, take decent photos (i hope he won't mind me sharing a link to an example that i quite like), and got paid decent money.
Then a few years ago, that all changed, kiddies with new cameras were promising to take photos just to get into the gigs for free, and his work dried up. Ironic thing is, that now he's getting more invites now, because those kiddies had no talent, they were 'just fans' (to quote from Almost Famous) who wanted to see the gig free, and the promoters have realised they have to pay for really good work...

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
« on: July 22, 2011, 07:51:49 PM »
How's the vignetting at 15mm? In another thread we were discussing, that vignetting on my lens is a lot worse on one side than the other, could be a centering issue. I haven't had any IQ issues (nothing better to compare it to though), i'd be interested to see how a refurb fares...
(and i'll put some pics up on here too one day, but i've taken a *lot* with this lens...)

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Canon General / Re: Switching to Nikon
« on: July 22, 2011, 11:20:06 AM »
Am i the only one who read the OP and didn't read any whingeing? sure, a few complaints that we've all heard before, but the post ended with "what do other people think of nikons, if you've use them?".

but then, this is the internet, and i wonder how many people read the post instead of just reading the title and getting enraged automatically.
perhaps a better thread title would have been "switching to nikon?".

ps, for whoever wrote that long rant: use grammar and punctuation. Long sentences make you sound like a teenager getting upset and your point gets missed. If the monologue in my head as i read sounds like an old woman yabbering in my head without taking a breath, then i'm going to ignore it just as much. And i highly doubt i'm the only one...

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Canon General / Re: Nikon mirrorless camera???
« on: July 22, 2011, 10:39:36 AM »
4) Leica M9, Fullframe sensor, really short flange distance, patented mirror thing on sensor to overcome angle of incidence problem, really nice glass, but have to sell your EF 800mm to buy one...

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Canon General / Re: Lets Play Chess
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:42:18 AM »
You have a perverse imagination :)

i have the dirtiest imagination out of anyone i know of.

but i don't get the connotation there...?

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Canon General / Re: Nikon mirrorless camera???
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:29:28 AM »
go nikon.
the more competition, the better it is for us consumers, both in price and innovation.
i'd be presuming nikon will be making an adapter to mount their F-mount SLR lenses.
But what? No Screw? No in-body AF motor? We won't be able to AF with our 20-year old F-mount lenses without motors in the lenses?  :o ::)

and 1/2.5" sensor? ouch, nikon, ouch. i'd buy a u4/3 PEN before i think of that, if i was all but the biggest die-hard nikon fan...

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Canon General / Re: Lets Play Chess
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:31:35 AM »
OK, here is a competition.... If we close an eye for the incorrect King/Queen setup, it's actually Nikon to move, and it has a forced mate in 3 moves !!! The one who find it first wins the chess set + T-shirt !
black moves pawn
white moves pawn
black moves pawn
white moves pawn
black moves pawn
boss comes in
boss sees lenses
boss screams
white tips over king, resigns, and runs away
black wins

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Macro / Re: Super Macro
« on: July 22, 2011, 05:40:31 AM »
i set my aperture manually in f11 and hold the DOF botton while holding the DOF botton i release the kitlens in the body so that the lens is set in the aperture f11

is that actually good for the lens? i read (i think in the lens manual) that removing the lens while the IS is active can break stuff so i've always been really careful to switch the camera off (even when changing manual lenses).
Have you had any problems removing the lens with the DOF active though?

i've got a reversal adapter 62mm to Pentacon Six mount, then a P6 to EF tilt adaptor (so you get the advantage of tilt), but never really used it much, i'll have to try it one day if i can get shots that good with it...

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Macro / Re: Super Macro
« on: July 22, 2011, 04:18:35 AM »
Hello I want to share my macro shots using a reverse kitlens

Nice shots! did you use one of those fancy reversal adapters that you can control the aperture?

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Canon General / Re: Lets Play Chess
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:34:29 AM »
Hi, Maybe we should have a competition to see who can correctly name all the lenses which are on the chess board.

Quote from: Lensrentals
The complete 32 piece set includes 70-200 f/2.8 pawns, 600mm f/4 Kings and 500mm f4 Queens, 400mm f/2.8 Bishops, 300mm f/2.8 Knights, and 200mm f/2.0 Rooks in black (Nikon) and white (Canon).

I win. Or is it cheating copying their site?

meanwhile, how much fatter does the nikon 200/2.0 look compared to the canon, or is it just the angle?

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Canon General / Re: Switching to Nikon
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:53:42 PM »
I know I will be dating myself to some newer photographers, but when I was in college, at the beginning of the digital revolution, my school had several Nikon D1x's and only a few Canon D30's...

Dating yourself? i think you're dating yourself young, and at a rich school to boot.
My school's photography lab consisted of a bunch of film cameras, i thought slr, but could be rangefinder, i think olympus, i know they had selenium light-meters in a circle around the lens (although now all i can picture in my head is my dad's Petri 7S).
When i was at the end of highschool (finished 2000), they forked out a mint for a digital camera, i think i was allowed to touch it once. It had a freakin 1.44mb floppy drive in the back (which says a lot about the camera size, and image size too).

And i was at one of the most expensive (top-5) private schools in the state, $8000 a year it (should have) cost my parents (i was on a scholarship). We had a nice darkroom, and i think that beat every other school's facilities as it was...

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Macro / Re: Do Moths Have Fangs?
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:33:30 PM »
I'd say that looks like some kind of a Hawk Moth, but i'm not sure if you get them over in the States. (I'll break out my backup hdd later and find an old pic i'm thinking of that looks like the one you've got there).

Got a shot of face-on to see the fangs better? I've no idea what they could be...

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Canon General / Re: Lets Play Chess
« on: July 21, 2011, 11:16:36 AM »
Am I the only one who's noticed the King/Queen are the wrong way around?

(queen on her own colour, king on the different colour)

There is no rule in chess that I know of that requires you to move the queen only to a space with her color.  This is taking during the game when pieces are obviously not in their original positions.

yeah, but on the lensrentals page you can see that they were set up wrong from the shots at the beginning of the game.
maybe i'm just a nerd.

how many different types of mugs are there? i've only seen the 70-200 and 24-70 mugs before.

(actually, if someone makes a 600mm 'mug', i think a beer-chugging competition would be more fun than chess)

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Canon General / Re: Lets Play Chess
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:31:17 AM »
Am I the only one who's noticed the King/Queen are the wrong way around?

(queen on her own colour, king on the different colour)

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Canon General / Re: Portrait photography - suggestions
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:24:11 AM »
Lenses: 50mm f1.4 or f1.2L , 85mm f1.2L and 70-200 f2.8 IS II

and if you can't afford all of that, try subbing out the 85 1.2L for the 85/1.8, sigma 85/1.4, or samyang 85/1.4, for a fraction of the price. Nothing wrong with no AF if it's a sit-down portrait :o
70-200 f/2.8 non-IS can also save you a bit of scratch, especially if you're outside, well lit, and for portraits you'll be at f/2.8 anyway.

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