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Third Party Manufacturers / Finally a Pentax Full Frame DSLR
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:59:34 PM »
Talk about being late to the party! Pentax if finally announcing a development announcement of an upcoming and as yet unnamed full frame camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One single reason to never buy Nikon DSLR
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:26:55 PM »
Since it is a third party cable, it is entirely possible that is the problem. And yes it does have a screw collar. If it is the cable and the proprietary Nikon cables work well, then I retract my statement. (Although ten pin still seems like an unnecessary design).

If however even the Nikon cables are difficult to install then I do think that is a valid reason to not buy a camera. To me at least, comfort and feel and ease of use are just as important if not more important than pixels and image quality. If you frequently use a cable release but it is a pain in the neck to install every time you go to use it, that is so frustrating that I would rather use a different camera altogether.

I also think (as do others I know) that Canon cameras overall have a more user friendly layout and feel. The cable issue is just one example of this overall design philosophy.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:45:52 PM »
Wow, more responses than I expected.  And some very cool Photos.

by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

I love the basketball shot. Does not look like a pan. Did you zoom the lens during exposure?

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:30:05 PM »
I love motion blur and do quite a bit of it. However I do not photograph sports, so I will refrain from posting off topic pics. It seems to me most professional sports photos are frozen high speed shutter images. Personally I would like to see more slow shutter shots in sports.

Although I do not condone bull fighting, the photo posted above is very dramatic.

Third Party Manufacturers / One single reason to never buy Nikon DSLR
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:24:12 PM »
Although I use and love Canon, I am not a brand advocate. I work at a full service photo lab and when people ask me which camera is best I tell them they are equally good these days. But I recently had a customer buy a cable from us (we sell accessories but not cameras) for their Nikon D800. It uses a ten pin connection and we could never be sure the cable was actually in. A customer with a pro Nikon with same connection even tried to help and he could not quite get it. This was for an adaptor cable (3rd party) to a radio trigger but I think even the Nikon brand cable release uses the same connection. The connection is so difficult to achieve that it is essentially unusable. As far as I know all Nikon pro bodies use this (while the consumer bodies use a simpler connection). No matter how good the camera is, even if it was unquestionably better than any other manufacturer, I would refuse to buy a Nikon based on this one feature alone.

I should note that the Canon pro FILM cameras (Eos 1 series) had a similar problem, though not quite as bad. Thankfully Canon realized their mistake and made a much easier connection for the digital pro bodies.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 25, 2015, 05:34:55 PM »

Elk and train in Grand Canyon Village.
New Years Eve 2014.
Canon 5D3 with 24-105L.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 04, 2015, 01:42:37 AM »
Elk flee the Grand Canyon railroad departing from Grand Canyon village on New Years Eve 2014.
5D3 with 24-105 L.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 04, 2015, 01:40:45 AM »
This rail trestle was used to carry passengers and freight in and out of town.  Our town was the end of the line for the Sierra Railroad until 1962.  The railroad was used for many years in movies and TV shows such as "Unforgiven" "Little House of the Prairie" "Petticoat Junction" etc.

That is really cool looking!

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 01, 2015, 11:13:00 PM »
New Years Day 2015. I was at the Grand Canyon in anticipation of this major winter storm.
Canon 5D3 with 24-105L. Having not done much cold weather stuff before, I was pleasantly surprised that the battery never lost power despite being out 6 plus hours NY Eve and 3 hours NY Day in temperatures at or below 20 degrees Farenheit.

I went back this Christmas Eve to Tumacacori Mission. Last year (post three above) I got a good shot of the exterior. This time I got a clean shot of the interior by being there right at closing as the people were leaving.

Let's see if we can revive this for Christmas 2014. I did this inside my loft - the background is a large photo I have in a window lit by an LCD panel underneath. The nativity scene is a small carving - about 2 inches big. I lit it with a candle (blocking the front of the candle with my hand with a black glove).

5D3 with 100 2_8 macro (old non L)

Landscape / Re: Post your light painting landscapes
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:20:10 AM »
@ichetov - That is one of the most original photo concepts I have seen. Great stuff!

Landscape / Re: Post your light painting landscapes
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:16:39 AM »
Here is one from last night in Tucson Mountain Park. This is the unedited JPEG (except for downsizing).
5D3 with 24-105L and an LED bike light.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:06:12 AM »
That's easy because I work at a pro photo lab! I realize this answer will be biased because I have a vested interest in continuing my livelihood, but printing photos at home is a complete waste of money IMO. The cost of inks (especially pigment inks) and photo grade papers makes it more expensive to print at home than at a lab. Plus all modern labs (including relatively small ones like mine) have online ordering available.

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