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Lenses / Re: Found Canon 28-80mm f2.8 and Canon 80-200mm f2.8, thoughts?
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:00:56 AM »
I got an 80-200L used but in mint condition and used it for at least ten years (maybe more), on film body and then on digital 5D2. A great lens - no problems whatsoever - I loved it. The ONLY reason I sold it about a year ago is that it does not accept teleconverters. I used it in conjuction with a 300 f4 lens, but it was too heavy carrying both so I opted to buy a 70-200 and use a 1.4x to make up for the 300 (which I also sold). However, for video and if 200 is long enough you will have no regrets whatsoever.

Taken last night, Christmas Eve. An annual luminaria lighting held at Tumacacori Mission National Historic Park in southern Arizona.

5D2 with 24-105 f/4 L.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Gets in on the Party, 5D3 Body $2699
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:46:41 PM »
Ok, I had to do it. Free next day shipping, camera will arrive on Christmas Eve!  :D
I will test it out that night at a luminaria lighting at an old mission (now a natinal historic park).

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 22, 2013, 01:13:36 AM »
I make folders by category. One for architecture, one for landscapes, and several for animals since I do a lot of that (reptiles, cats, ungulates, etc). Everything that fits the category goes in there, with no reference to date other than the embedded EXIF. After all, if I want to find my best Grand Canyon photos (to use an example already given on this thread), I do not want to have to remember which months I did trips there. I just want to see them all.

As for naming the individual files, I do each one manually in windows which is a very labor intensive method and probably not the best. I do not own Lightroom, but I am sure they have a better method as others have stated.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Gets in on the Party, 5D3 Body $2699
« on: December 22, 2013, 01:06:59 AM »
I am really tempted too. I am certain the price will not go this low again, at least until the mark IV comes out. With BH offering free next day shipping (how can they even afford to do that?) I may pull the trigger.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: new brass petzval lens
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:16:01 AM »
Not sure why, but on my screen there is a huge blank space between what I wrote and the hotlink I attached (which appears abnormally small). Anyway, that small red link at the bottom is it.

Third Party Manufacturers / new brass petzval lens
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:13:42 AM »
Ok, this lens is totally gimmicky and I cannot buy one, but there is something about it that just seems cool. Of course if I did get one, then I would want a brass Canon body to match it!
Lomography x Zenit New Petzval Lens: Now Available For Pre-Order! on Vimeo Small | Large

Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:42:39 PM »
Years ago I used to use them. But one night I was doing city night photography and noticed the lights were being doubled (i.e. reflected) due to bouncing off the inside of the filter. This was with the old 80-200L and a cheap UV filter. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway, I personally have never used them since (well over ten years) and have had no problems. But I am pretty careful with my stuff and do not often shoot in extreme conditions.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:18:02 AM »
Mini-softbox for on camera flash...

We have one (Gary Fong Puffer) that we use on the compact camera at my work (photo lab) to shoot passport photos. Completely eliminates red eye. Very useful item IMO.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:22:00 AM »
I would be nice if this were in an "affordable" range, but I'm not holding my breath...

No worries - price will be a very affordable $30,000 US.  Plus it will come with dual tripod mounts to accomodate the two tripods necessary to hold it up!  :o

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:41:50 AM »
Or just leave enough overlap on top and bottom that you can crop out the top and bottom parts where there one shot is slightly higher or lower than the next.  I do this with a regular ballhead (a much maligned on this thread Manfrotto ballhead) and it works fine.  Attached photo is five verticals stitched together.

Of course if you plan to do A LOT of panoramas then a dedicated head makes sense, but if you only do it occasionally as I do, then any head should work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:53:03 PM »
I agree 100 percent with Winglet about lever locks over twist locks.  If you do not know what this means, most Gitzos (and a few other brand models) use twist locks to release the leg sections for opening or closing.  This means you twist a circular collar several times to open and again to lock.  This is a major pain IMO and I do not understand how anyone puts up with them.  A lot of pros and advanced photographers use Gitzo, so maybe I am just wierd about it, but it twist locks would drive me nuts.  Definitely try before you buy.

Most Manfrotto (and a lot of other brand models) use a flip lock.  Flip a lever once to open and again to close.  So much faster and easier.

I switched from a Manfrotto aluminum to the same class of Manfrotto carbon fiber a couple years ago and it was one of the best photo purchases ever.  Go carbon fiber if you can afford it.  I use a Manfrotto ball head also - with their proprietary plates - and it is no issue for me.  Unless you plan on sharing tripods with a group of people, why do you need a "universal" mounting plate???  (However, Arca Swiss is the industry standard so I am sure they are quite good and perhaps better than my Manfrotto head).

When color film came out decades ago, many predicted black and white film would become obsolete.  This was well before digital, in which people say all film is now obsolete.  And yet I work at a professional photo lab that still sells black and white film.  It is clearly a niche market - which is what may happen with SLR's - but they will not go away entirely.  I cannot imagine using anything else myself (except for pocket camera snapshots) - but time will tell...

I found the pre-announcement teaser videos very enticing.  But as soon as I saw a picture of the real thing, my interest dropped to zero.  I do not know who would buy that camera at that price.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Bundle $2999 at Amazon
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:58:08 PM »
Glad they are including the Canon battery as the extra and not an off brand battery like some other bundles.

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