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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

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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday
« on: November 17, 2013, 07:11:40 PM »
Some sample images with 5D3 at

Of course it is hard to tell from a few small screen images, but on those it appears to me as if the shots taken at 600mm are the sharpest!?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:12:13 AM »
I actually like the white.  I bought the EOS M in white when it went on sale.

Now if you want to see a really ugly color for a DSLR and lenses, check out this custom painted Nikon setup.

Since I could never, ever afford a 500 or 600 prime, this would be great for me if the optics were sharp enough.  But I am very dubious that a lens with that long of a zoom range could be very sharp.  What I would really like to see is for Sigma to produce a new version of their discontinued 500 f/7.2 lens.  Although I never used one, it was very inexpensive and I am sure they could make it very sharp as a fixed lens.  With the excellent high ISO of today's cameras and the inherently shallow depth of field at 500mm, not all of us need an f/4.  (Plus the size is much more manageable).

Software & Accessories / Re: Question about scanning film
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:46:02 PM »
Dust is a huge problem and there will always be some no matter how well you blow it off.  (Same is true when scanning prints on a flatbed).  The better scanners use software called Digital Ice that automatically detects dust and small scratches and clones over it.  If your scanner does not have that, I am afraid the only solution is to clone over the spots in Photoshop or Elements or Paintshop or similar.

Rewashing the negatives may may things worse because you get new water spots on the film when it dries.  The only way around this is to add a little Photofluo solution to the water, which helps it streak off.  I believe you also need to use distilled water.  But you will still get dust on it afterwards, so I do not think this is a practical solution.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:39:43 PM »
US$3000 and 750g.

How is this going to compete against Sony A7/A7r?

1. No one really knows the price.  The 3K is just speculation as far as I can tell.

2. It will compete because there are A LOT more Nikon users with lenses invested than there are Sony users with lenses invested.

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