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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:27:18 PM »

It's when you start adding elements not in the original capture, It's no longer photography.

I could not agree more, adding to the image changes it to photographic art; however, subtracting (the corner of a building, a flying bird, contrails, et cetera) is perfectly acceptable.  Obviously anything you can do it a wet darkroom, you can 'legally' do the same in photoshop.

Canon General / Re: CPS and borrowing lenses
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:54:59 PM »

You pay shipping back - so for a 600 F4 that will be a chunk of change.

Ironically you mentioned one of the two lenses I am trying out.  Whilst I certainly don't ever see the day when I 'need', much less can afford, the 600 f/4, I do think it's a possibilityt hat after trying out the 17 TS-E I may decide that I do need it.

So am I to understand from you post that I can evealuate two of the same bodies at the same time?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:32:27 PM »
If I can do it in the wet darkroom (cropping, dodging, burning, filtering) then it's completely legal; adding to or subtracting from the photo I feel are iffy, they take away from the art of photography...that's certainly not to say that I have not photoshopped hundreds of contrails out of beautiful blue sky...but adding objects that do not exist is a no-no in my mind.

Canon General / Re: CPS and borrowing lenses
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:16:39 AM »
You have to email CPSloan with a request. I don't remember the email but Ill be getting 4x 600RTs from them to demo real soon.

Do you have to give them a credit card number?

Canon General / CPS and borrowing lenses
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:33:15 AM »
I hope someboday can help me, I just joined CPS as a Gold Member and would like to "play with" the TS-E 17mm, if I find it matches my style, I may break the bank for it. In any event, what is the procedure one goes through to request a lens? The CPS website says you can borrow for "a week or two", how long do you typically use a borrowed lens? Do they take your credit card number as security against you damaging/losing the lens?  And, finally, is it OK to borrow a lens that you have no intention of ever purchasing (say the 600 f/4)?

Lenses / Re: Taking the next step
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:04:58 AM »
The 85 f1.2, it allows low/natural light shots at the wedding/reception.  And whilst you can lug around the 70-200, the 85 is more convenient.

Lenses / GND Filter Recommendation
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:15:59 AM »
I recently went from the 24-70 mk I to the 24-70 mk II.  This means I have to add all new sets of filters (why I chose the 17-40 over the 16-35).  In anyevent, I have always used B&W.  But I can't find any 82mm GND filters (I saw one from Tiffen, but I prefer to buy a better brand).  Any ideas?  Thanks...

Lenses / Aperture and Light
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:48:42 AM »
I just got the new 24-70 to replace my Mark I version of the lens.  Here is my question, given that the new lens has a diameter of 5mm more, does that mean that more light enters the lens?  I presume yes.  So, following that presumption, shooting the same subject in the same lighting at the same aperture and ISO speed, does the 82mm lens need less time to properly expose the subject?  If it does, it follows that the new lens is better in low light, correct?

Unfortunately, I sold the Mark I lens the day before the Mark II arrived in the mail so I was unable to test the theory.

Give me the pentaprism any day.  I learned to shoot using an optical viewfinder and just can't see myself breaking the habit.  I do like camera gadgets though, and this one looks interesting.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:05:08 AM »
Cool... A while back I followed some online tip for getting one of the Nik plugins for free (think it was an older version of the B/W plugin), and sure enough, in my spam folder was a link to the complete collection!

The whole collection free!  :o  :D

It got caught in my spam folder, and I use gMail.  There is something ironic about gMail calling email from Google spam!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:22:01 AM »
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????

Download the trial version, then they will send you the link for the free version.  Also, if you purchased any component after 22 Feb, they will refund your money (too bad I got Color Efex 4 on the 21st of Feb!)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1V Film SLR
« on: March 29, 2013, 03:01:37 PM »

Where would be the best place to pick up an EOS 1V? I want to find one in a good condition that will last a while. Any thoughts?


I'd suggest EBay, a used EOS 1vHS sells for about $400 used.  It's a great camera, I regretted getting rid of min so I just picked up one on EBay for $320 (I paid $2100 for mine new back in 2001)

My last copy of the 24-105 was terrible, but at this price I'll give it another try.

Lenses / Re: 24TS-E Version I v. Version II
« on: February 19, 2013, 07:15:06 AM »
Yeah, but Samyang lenses are all manual focus.  Oh, wait...   :P

The 24 II is a significant optical improvement over the MkI, at f/3.5 and even stopped down to f/8.  It also offers the ability to change shift and tilt orientation to one another on the fly.

But...the 85L II is an amazing lens, too.  I suppose it comes down to whether you want to improve the optical performance of your wide TS-E images, or have another great lens for portraits.

I think I am going to go with the 85 f/1.2, I am reasonably satisfied with the performance of my 24 TS-E Mk I.  Out of curiousity, does anyone know why a TS-E lens cannot be made with AF?

Lenses / 24TS-E Version I v. Version II
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:54:27 AM »
I currently own version 1 of the 24mm TS-E, I'm curious (because I may buy it or the 85 f/1.2) how much better the version II of the lens is?

I have a choice of the 85 f/1.2 or the new 24 TS-E.  Given I already own the TS-E Version I, what would y'all reccomend for my new toy.

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