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Lenses / Re: what do i take?
« on: August 24, 2013, 05:22:03 PM »
Living in ATL, I can give you three places to go (none will you need your 300).  Oakland Cemetery (I shoot there about once a month), Piedmont Park (Has a man made lake overlooking the Midtown skyline), and the Botanical Gardens.

What you need: Wide Angle, Normal Zoom, macro.  When I am out and about, I rarely need my 70-200 and you certainly won't need the tele-extender.

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Software & Accessories / Grad Hard Filters
« on: August 23, 2013, 05:59:21 AM »
I recently was forced to switch to Lee Filters (I got the 24-70 II and needed wider filters)...anyway, I accidentally purchased a set of thee grad hard filters (I thought that I was ordering grad soft).  So my question is: How many people use the grad hard and what do they use it for?

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Do you have a memory card reader?  If so, just open Windows Explorer and copy the file directly from the SD card to the location you want it on your PC.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Formatt-Hitech
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:31:13 AM »
I have not used HiTech, but the Lee filters are reportedly better.  The Lee are 2mm thick, the HiTech are 1.5mm thick. 

Note that if you want a reverse grad ND, HiTech is your only option outside of Singh-Ray.

I am really looking for something betwixt ND.9 and ND3, Lee does not have any offerings in that range.  A 1.8 would be perfect (I just sold by ND1.8 B+W since I upgraded to the 24-70 MkII and it takes a larger filter diameter)

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Software & Accessories / Formatt-Hitech
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:12:33 AM »
Does anyone know the quality of Formatt-Hitech filters?  Does it compare to Lee?

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PowerShot / Re: PowerShot Announcements Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:06:21 PM »
9 fps, but for how long? 1 sec?

lol, my guess is since it lacks a physical shutter curtain to open and close, it has a higher frame rate than most DSLR's

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EOS Bodies / Re: Which Canon Picture Style(s) do you use (for photos)?
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:21:20 PM »
Title says it all.  I've been using Faithful for the most part.  In Lightroom, I use the sharpness and clarity sliders EVERY time.  I found that using Auto picture style gives me a little more sharpness in my preview. I shoot RAW so I know this is not THAT big of a deal.  Just wondering what you guys are using normally.

I have not changed the picture style, it's whatever cam out of the box.  In fact, I am kinda surprised that Canon has a pic style button on the 5 Series (maybe even the 1 series, I dunno about that)

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Software & Accessories / Bridge CS6
« on: August 21, 2013, 08:15:08 AM »
I have noticed something with Bridge and I wonder if I am missing something.  Sometimes Bridge shows "Subject Distance", other times it does not (see below; same Lens, same Body).  What I find even more strange is that I create a folder for each photoshoot, and either all the photo's in a folder have subject distance or none of them do.  Am I missing something?  Is there a setting that enables show subject distance (I know it's an option, an option that I have checked).  I just can't figure out why some of them show it and some don't.

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Canon General / Re: Modest Gear - Great Results
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:52:16 AM »
I found this oldie but goodie, taken in 2002 with my D30 (not to be confused with the much more modern 30D) and the 28-135 IS Lens.  It was taken on the train from Chur to Sainkt Mortiz.

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"Sickening" to see what you get as a CPS member in the USA compared to the "benefits" in Europe (http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/services/faqs.do).


Well you get what you pay for.  CPS in Europe is free, it's 100/500 (gold/platinum) in the states.  I personally find $100 very inexpensive given that I can evaluate $10k lenses for free; I have personally arranged photoshoots around borrowed gear.

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Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:43:18 AM »
I've just received a new 77mm MRC Nano XS-PRO UV Filter and the box doesn't have the usual B+W/Genuine Product green hologram. Instead it has a silver hologram on the left side of the box which says Schneider Kreuznach on it and underneath that it says 9FFQ3T.

Should I be concerned?  :-\ I know Schneider is B+W but all my other filters have the green B+W hologram and I haven't seen anything online about this changing. It might be my imagination but the black box doesn't look quite so black as well...but I'm at work at the moment so can't check if this is the same as my other XS-PRO ones. The filter itself seems to look about right.


Did you order it from a reputable dealer?

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Certainly join (there are a slew of other benefits, my favorite being the ability to evaluate any Canon lens).  I opted to join at gold because I could not justify the $400 difference betwixt Gold and Platinum.  The benefits are not significantly better for Platinum.  But Gold versus Silver is worth every bit of that $100.

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I have a 600D/T3i and want to get the infrared effect I used to get with infrared film way back... I can't afford to get a camera just for this, and get it specially converted. I've bought a couple of 720mn filters from E-bay to try and get the effect I want.
I've used custom white balance, long exposures etc, on sunny days but am not seeing any typical effects e.g. white grass. One of the filters, a Green L, has just been reviewed in Digital SLR magazine, and was considered to work.

I haven't tried messing around in software yet as, according to the article, it should be possible to see the basic effect, in camera, on the LCD.

Although I did the test with a TV remote control to assess whether my 600D, could see IR wavelengths, and it could, I don't seem to be getting anywhere with this!

Has anyone had success with a normal, rather than converted, 600D?

Thanks


I used to use a Hoya R72 filter on my 5D2 (now I have a converted 40D) and I never experienced any problems.  What I found was it was best to shoot in manual to get the correct exposure.  Also, I set the White Balance to 2700k, it makes it easier in post processing.  Be prepared for longer exposure times, even if you up the ISO settings.

Here is an out of the camera (5D I), no post-processing, example of using an R72 filter:
http://www.gregoryferdinandsen.com/Images/SAV2009/Savannah_Forsyth_Park_R72_Jul09_005.jpg

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Software & Accessories / App for Exposure
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:54:48 AM »
I just got the Lee Big Stopper and I am wondering if there is an iOS app for exposure.  For instance, mostly for calculating time values where Tv exceeds 30 seconds.  Does anyone know of an app?

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Canon General / Re: Canon Binoculars
« on: August 18, 2013, 07:03:19 AM »
I have that pair.  They work just fine for my purpose.  The IS, while 10 years old, is just fin for binoculars.

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