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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  :)

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:35:54 PM »
If it was a full spread in New York Times, I would expect it to be a product for the masses. (Just my hunch). Definitely not a high MP pro body, because that is a limited market and the people who would buy it will be all over the news without need of an expensive ad like this.

My fear is it is some kind of camera phone gimmick or perhaps mirrorless or perhaps large sensor compact. Or as someone else has said it may not even be camera related at all.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:40:49 AM »
Florida panther at Flamingo Gardens, August, 2014.
Great one. Is that behind glass or open?

The Florida panther is through glass.

I realize this is all speculation and may come to nothing. But if there is a high MP that costs $8000, it is hard to imagine why someone would not just fork over $9000 and get a medium format Pentax. Or spend $3000 for a Nikon D810 (which at $5000 less would surely cover the cost of replacing lenses). Still, this is an unsubstantiated rumor and may come to nothing.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:05:31 AM »
Our new baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo (Tucson). First elephant birth in Arizona.

I am sure many of us are familiar with the joke camera news site New Camera News. You will love their take on this announcement.

Street & City / Re: London, day and dusk
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:59:48 PM »
The third one is very nice.  :)

Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:53:01 PM »
Never heard of that Devere enlarger, that is interesting. Still I think you would be hard pressed to find many people that agree with you the old way is better. And those that do I imagine would also think film is an integral part of the process.

As you may already know, a lot of digital prints done at commercial labs and even drug stores are in fact true, developed photographic prints. (I work at a photo lab that serves both consumers and professionals). However the prints are not projected through an enlarging head as you are describing. The machine uses either colored lasers or colored LEDs to draw a picture of your picture on the photographic paper, which then gets developed in chemicals. Of course this is all done by the machine, so you are not moving prints from tray to tray.

I think it is safe to assume the VAST majority of us on a photo geek site like this are men and this product is obviously for women. As such, I don't think it's a bad idea. Of course it does not appeal to any of us, but I am not sure why people here would think it is so awful or somehow shows Canon is desperate. IMO they are reaching a new market which to me makes good business sense.

Plus I like white cameras. When the M went on sale for 299, I bought a white one for my point and shoot.

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