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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:04:59 PM »
The best part is the promotional ad debocle.

Yes, but everyone is missing the point of this innovative camera. For the first time ever, the ad shows that you can actually have your finger in front of the lens and the camera will automatically correct for it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:02:28 PM »
Actually brown would go very well with my Stash English Breakfast Tea.  :)
Well, until I add the vanilla creamer, which makes it lighter. So I guess I really need a beige Canon SLR.

EOS Bodies / Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 06:30:39 PM »
What is with all the boring black cameras from Canon?  ;)

Why are they not innovative like Pentax? First Pentax blows them out of the water 12 (count them 12) color options for the K-S1 digital SLR. (And don't even get me started on the cool grip LED's).

As if that is not enough, now they have three new special combos to match your favorite drinks and dessert: blue cream soda, lime pie, strawberry cake.

Click on the link and see for yourself - I mean that camera matches that drink perfectly! I do not like coffee (and definitely not black coffee), so what am I going to drink with my boring 5D3?

And read the Pentax press statement: these special editions will "make digital SLR photography even more fun." Well how am I supposed to have fun now with my black Canon? They are sucking the joy of photography right out of me!  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D + EF24-105L f/4
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:47:47 PM »
No personal experience, but as stated above I myself would not buy a gray market product.

United States / Re: Is this the norm or outrageous?
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:57:52 PM »
For framed prints that sounds very cheap to me.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:49:18 PM »
So many thousands (millions) of photos are being uploaded these days that I do not think there is any way to guarantee your photos show up in a search. I am not sure a different website format would help (but I am not expert and would be interested on hearing stories from others who have switched).

One of the things I read in articles on the subject is that one factor to increase your ranking is the number of verifiable external links you have to your site. In other words, the more legitimate websites that have a link to your site, the higher you will be ranked in a search.

Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: October 19, 2014, 02:08:38 AM »
The Rattlesnake Bridge on the edge of downtown Tucson, Arizona (my home).

This was when it first opened several years ago. The trees have now grown to the extent that they block part of the view from this angle. In fact there is really no way to get a complete photo of the entire bridge from the ground now.

(Taken on slide film with a Canon Elan2e).

Photography Technique / Re: Noise in 5D III - Concern or my fault?
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:28:05 PM »
I realize this is heresy, but you could always use film for night shots!  :o

Photography Technique / Re: Noise in 5D III - Concern or my fault?
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:40:01 PM »
Bad choice, only use full iso stops (100/200/400/...) or you lose image quality.

I am fairly certain that is an urban legend with no basis in reality.

Photography Technique / Re: A lot of FREE photo magazines
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:32:00 PM »
If you are a working photographer or you work in the photo industry (as I do at a photo lab), you can get a free subscription to a real printed monthly photo magazine (not an e-zine). Rangefinder is put out by the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. They offer free subscriptions to anyone in the industry and the magazine is not available at newsstands.

My lab also used to get a free consumer photo magazine to hand out to customers called PhotoMedia. It was a great magazine published three times a year and distributed only through camera shops and photo labs in the western United States. Unfortunately they stopped the print version a couple years ago (it may still be online).

I have been watching the old ODD COUPLE television show from the 1970's on (I believe this internet site may only work in the United States?). The Felix Unger character (the neat one) made his living on the show as a commercial photographer. I had forgotten just how prominent his photography was in some of the episodes. What is even better, it is an accurate (and positive) portrayal of a working photographer.

Lenses / Re: used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:03:34 PM »
Just wanted to update my status: the 328 has arrived and I couldn't be happier. I thought my other L lenses focused fast before, this thing is miles ahead in terms of speed! Thank you all for your recommendations.

Good choice. Another downside to the Sigma is that it is much shorter than 300mm. I am not sure about the newest version, but the two previous versions were reported to only be about 260mm. (Surprises me they can get away with calling it a 300).

Lenses / Re: Which prime lens for nature fotography?
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:59:44 PM »
300 makes sense if you think you will use it alone quite a bit, as well as with the extender. If you will use it almost exclusively with an extender (as a 600) then it makes little sense. Buy a 500 or 600. 300 is too short for a lot of wildlife (and especially birds), but is great for landscape if that is part of what you mean by nature photography.

If you want to save weight, the new Tamron 150-600 zoom is getting really nice reviews and the images I am seeing from it on the forums look really good. Of course a Canon fixed prime will be sharper, but I am surprisingly impressed with the Tamron images. I expect Sigma's upcoming equivalent to be similar.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:48:39 PM »
Juvenile elephant brothers sparring (a three year old and seven year old).
Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Arizona, USA, October 11, 2014.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:47:22 PM »
@tomscott - nice series  :)

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