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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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:19:12 PM »
The fact that it (reportedly) has no video mode is reason enough to buy it.

Site Information / Re: new look for CR
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:25:38 PM »
I like it.  :)

PowerShot / Re: Limited Edition PowerShot Cameras Coming
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:54:52 PM »
For a limited edition, the prices seem pretty reasonable.  I personally think the G16 with the gold ring and dial look pretty cool.  I would probably get this version if I was in the market for one, but I am happy with the (299 deal) EOS M white with pancake for my point and shoot.  And yes, one of the reasons I jumped on that special was because it was available in the white version.  (And as for the other technology analogies mentioned, believe or not I do not own a cell phone or a television).

Lenses / Re: How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:19:02 PM »
If all the various threads on this lens are to be believed, it has about the widest copy to copy variance of any Canon lens made.  Some people - myself included - love it and find it to be very sharp.  I have never had an issue with sharpness or resolution.  The attached photo is blown up 40 by 60 inches in my loft and to me it looks great.  (Taken with Ektar 100 film, but I also have images with the same lens on a 5D2 digital that look good).

I have also not noticed the alleged purple fringing.  The only lens I have ever noticed it on is my Sigma 85 1.4 (in strongly backlit situations).  IMO, there are one of two things going on with this lens (and perhaps a combination of both).

1. There is a very real quality control issue with some great and some bad copies going out.

2. Since it is an L lens, photo geeks who take the time to post on forums are being overly critical and comparing it at unrealistic amounts of enlargement to more expensive prime lenses.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:08:01 PM »
Yes, that should resolve the problems you've been having and no, your profile pictures can be different :)

Much thanks. Maybe I will give it another go.  My next question is, should I use a different email than the one I already tried?  Since the previous one is now listed as account disabled, I wonder if I would get the same message trying to create a personal profile with that same email?

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:53:59 PM »
Not sure if it matters, but perhaps I should clarify I am a fine art photographer and not a wedding or portrait photographer.

So, for those of you that are very familiar with Facebook's setup, let me ask this.  If I create a personal page first (which I would not really use, but whatever), can I then create an artist page and not have the same problem of being unable to load the profile picture and getting the account disabled message?  Also, does the profile picture have to be the same on my personal and business page?  (I would think not, because certainly JC Penney does not have a photo of their IT person as their profile picture - they have their logo, which is what I want).

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