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Street & City / Re: London Sights
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:27:49 PM »
Really nicely done. The Anchor and St Paul's works equally well in black and white and in color (or colour to you Brits  ;)). Probably my favorite of the group but I like them all.

I am flying into London in a couple weeks but catching a train straight to the coast and not spending any time in London. These shots make me wish I had booked one night there.

Street & City / Re: Views from Waterloo Bridge, London
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:23:03 PM »
There sure are a lot of construction cranes over the London skyline right now!

Street & City / Re: Millennium Bridge, London - Big Stopper
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:20:48 PM »
I like how the one guy on the railing is tack sharp and everyone else is blurred. Nicely done (and I hope you are ok from your fall).

Lenses / Re: Which 70-200?
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:12:03 AM »
Several months ago I bought the Canon 70-200 2point8 new - the original nonIS version. Bought it because it was a thousand bucks cheaper than the ISii version. Fantastic lens, no regrets whatsoever. I have read the ISii is sharper but mine is so sharp that I cannot imagine any average person being able to see the difference in real life photographs (as in NOT pictures of line charts). IS would be nice, but not absolutely necessary IMO due to the excellent high ISO range of modern cameras. (I use it on a 5D2). Of course I also use a tripod quite a bit. Often use it with the 1.4xii extender with equally good results.

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

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.

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