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Lenses / Night Pollution Filter
« on: May 31, 2014, 05:51:19 AM »
Does anyone know if there is a manufacturer of Night Pollution Filters in 82mm?  I can only find such a filter for my telescope, none for any lens.

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My single biggest beef with eos at present is no real auto ISO with EC in Manual mode

ie set your aperture and shutter speed dial in +1 EC and let the camera set the iso
it should not be hard to do but for some reason they refuse to do it  ::)

also the AF point illumination issue is a close second in annoyance

and at number 3 I would also like to be able to program the stupid rate button so it enables / disables AEB

they are my top 3 gripes, other than that I find the 5Dmk3 ergonomics pretty much perfect

I have to totally agree about the AF point illumination, when I got my 5D3 that was the first difference I noticed from the 5D2.  And while we are at it, illuminate the grid lines.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 11, 2014, 05:33:26 AM »
The first photo is of the center leg to the tripod; the second photo is of the hook thingee.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:27:51 AM »
I agree with all of the above.  Don't waste time with cheap stuff.  A tripod needs to hold up over time, be transportable, and most important, keep the camera stable during the shoot.

There are different ways to extend the legs (latches, rings and the like).  Next you have 3 or 4 segments, with more segments usually less stable, but smaller when collapsed.  You need to consider how tall you are and how tall you need the tripod to be.  Really Right Stuff web site has a nice chart on its front page you can look at for this.  No center column greatly enhances stability, and decreases the weight of this element.

Some tripods have a hook to hang additional weight to stabilize the unit- helpful during windy conditions.  Some either come with, or have optional "accessories" that you may later purchase.  These may not be important now, but keep an eye toward the future- like the leveling plate as mentioned by Neuro-  it may not make sense to you now, but as you expand, the ability to use these items may become essential.

I totally agree that your head should be a separate purchase.  This is a personal decision as the tripod legs.  A lot of things go into this decision.  One very important thing is the plate- Arca Swiss is my vote.  Another thing is the layout of the tightening knobs.  Be sure that they work for you, and be sure the head will carry the camera/lens load.  Play around with it for a while to be sure you like it.  I have a collection that look pretty but I hate.

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 and it is a great tripod.  I am going to get a RRS TVC-33 when I get my big white lens

So, be sure that the combo is easy to carry, easy to set up, and stable.

Cheers

Scott

I have a stupid question, I have a Manfrotto 055CX3 and it came with a hook attachment; however, I'll be damned if I can figure out how/where this hook attaches to. 

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Lenses / Re: The 24-105 and/or the 24-70 II ...
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
I shoot with both, but find that I rarely use the 24-105.  The contrast and detail on the 24-70 is amazing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I sell my Canon EOS-1 film camera?
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:18:45 AM »
I'm going to be selling some camera equipment and I have a fully functioning Canon EOS-1 that I haven't used since I went digital in 2008. Does it have any value on the used market? Thanks! :)

I sold my 1V is 2011 for $500.  I regretted it shortly after the sal, soI recently purchased a 1V-HS for 300...so sadly, they are not worth that much

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 07, 2013, 01:59:07 AM »
If I wanted to use this filter what lenses does the filter system work on?  I have the rokinon 14mm, would that work on there or no?  I can't seem to find an answer

What size filter does you lens take?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 07, 2013, 01:58:04 AM »
If you don't want to wait, the following eBay seller that I ordered from has been selling Lee Big Stopper for quite a while.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lee-Big-Stopper-4-x4-10-Stop-Neutral-Density-ND-Glass-Filter-Brand-New-/161104691260?pt=Camera_Filters&hash=item258296803c#ht_289wt_1187



I got one on EBay a couple months ago, I paid $290 for it.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals at B&H Photo on 5D Mark III, 7D & T5i
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:59:50 PM »
Amazon also currently has it for 3099.

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Canon General / Grey Market 5D3 and CPS
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:55:12 AM »
I am looking into getting a grey market 5D3 off EBay, does anyone know if that would count towards my CPS points?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cataloging
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:36:01 AM »
what do you consider to be simple?

My vote goes to Adobe Lightroom ;) It's not freeware nor shareware, it's about 100 eur, but it's totaly worth it

+1

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Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another storage thread
« on: September 13, 2013, 05:45:21 PM »
So, I'll be the guy to start another one of these threads. Storage. Specifically lenses, bodies, and accessories (hoods, batteries, chargers, cables, speedlites, etc). I don't really need any of the awesome Pelican or similar cases. This is going to be for at home, something to keep them organized and in one 'spot' so I don't have to go searching through 3 different bags in different spots only to find that I left them in that other bag I forgot I had put under the desk.

So, for fairly non-portable storage that can help keep things together and organized, what do people suggest? Preferably not too expensive, but I'm not afraid to spend a bit of money to get something good quality.

I actually use the Pelican 1510, I paid about $200 for it.  For that that does not fit, I just use an extra shelf in my lilen closet.

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Canon General / Canon partially relented
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:53:37 PM »
Equipment Evaluation Loan Period
To allow for transit times, the period for equipment evaluation loans will be ten days, starting when the loaned product is shipped to you and ending when we receive the loaned product back.

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Canon General / Re: CPS Changes
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:53:38 PM »
And while the Hollywood office is great and all...it's still only during the daytime/business hours which doesn't help most of us hobbyists who have a day job. For working photographers it's likely easier to get to, so that's not so bad for them.


Don't CPS member have to be professional full-time image makers?  CPS is not aimed at the amateur/hobbyiest, so it does not matter that it's during business hours.


Actually no. Anyone with enough points (e.g. qualifying equipment) can join CPS. True, the Platinum level isn't really aimed at someone like me, but the Gold feels like it kinda is. Either as a serious hobbyist, or if I'm doing some photography as a part-time side business.

That said, I'm not angry or frustrated at the business hours, just it'd be nice if they were open to 6-6:30pm so I could run up there after work and drop off something to be cleaned and pick it up the next day or two without worrying about shipping. On the whole, not a big deal. UPS is really cheap for next-day because the Irvine center is nearby.


I was under the impression that you needed to be a full-time photographer

http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/about_cps/about.shtml
Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional benefits for individual full-time imaging professionals.

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Canon General / Re: CPS Changes
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:10:43 PM »
And while the Hollywood office is great and all...it's still only during the daytime/business hours which doesn't help most of us hobbyists who have a day job. For working photographers it's likely easier to get to, so that's not so bad for them.

Don't CPS member have to be professional full-time image makers?  CPS is not aimed at the amateur/hobbyiest, so it does not matter that it's during business hours.

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