October 01, 2014, 10:36:25 AM

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by krisbell on Today at 02:24:59 AM »
Corbiere by Kristian Bell, on Flickr
They have arrived in my part of the world!!  I am picking up one for my wife tomorrow.  The 65X zoom range is correct.  Other details can be found on the B&H site - www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1080919-REG/canon_9543b001_powershot_sx60_hs_digital.html

They still have it on pre-order status, but if it is in my part of the world (Western Canada) then they should have it soon.

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« Last post by Aglet on Today at 02:11:48 AM »
17mm f4L TS-E and 5DIII
I like it!
what f-stop did you use?
just wondering if stopping down more would reduce some of the upper corner CA with that lens..
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« Last post by Aglet on Today at 02:08:08 AM »
Maybe some things were just my ignorance of Nikon but I could not find a way to give me BOTH 1 finger access to changing ISO AND 1 finger access to using exposure compensation. It seemed it was an either or thing.

Did you give up before looking at the menus?  You can customize the controls to a great extent.

I have my d800s' rear control dial programmed to be direct ISO control and the front dial is for aperture in AV mode.
Press +/- button and rear wheel is EV comp.  I think you can flip those functions as well, if you prefer.
And you can define the controls differently for different modes if you like, very flexible but not as intuitive as Canon's more defined default approach.
I do believe better gear could have made my earlier shots better. I started with a 450D and kit lens, then got the 100mm macro, then the 16-35 and 100-400. The 16-35 enabled better landscapes. The 100-400 enabled bird photography. I spent a lot of time trying, learning, and experiencing the limitations of my gear (like 3.2fps and basic AF.)

I always feel as though I'm experiencing one limitation of my gear or another. When I got the 7D, it was the most liberating camera purchase I'd ever made at the time. It made the 100-400 lens work. :P If I'd started with the 7D, I do believe I'd be farther along in my photography than I am today, as I'd have been able to spend more time learning about the nuances of bird photography, rather than the nuances about how to get around the limitations of my 450D.

You probably always learn, and can probably always progress, regardless of the equipment in hand. However, I strongly believe that when your not learning how to get around hardware limitations, your learning how to actually do the kinds of photography your interested in. Moving from the 100-400mm lens to the 600mm f/4 lens was another liberating experience. I haven't felt the limitations of my gear nearly as much since the 7D and 600mm. Even adding the 5D III to my kit has not nearly had as much of an impact on my work as those other two additions. It's opened options for astrophotography, and allowed me to use already-existing skills to get close to birds and get better IQ in the process, and allowed me to fully utilize the capabilities of the 600mm lens. But it just hasn't had as much of an impact overall...as it really didn't eliminate any key limitations that I have.

Most of my limitations now, are just myself and my skill level (with the exception of astrophotography...still have LOOOTS of hardware limitations there.) Every time I go out to photograph birds and wildlife now, it's me learning how to photograph birds and wildlife...and much less about learning how to use my camera, or work around my camera.
Hrmpfh! The forum didn't agree with me and my posting. Doing it again in a separate post.

Update 2 - The thumbnails of two images in DPP. One without, one with DLO.

Thanks again! I found this on the matter, too: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/dlo/howto/index.html

However S-RAW, M-RAW, JPEG, and TIFF images are not supported and I usually shoot SRAW1 (5DMkII), and MRAW (5DMkIII). I will evaluate if there's an advantage in it for me, but I normally downsize my images for digital viewing and well below the ~10 megapixels I shoot with. The 10 megapixels is sufficient for any material I've printed, largest on canvas. The hit on storage space is definitely not a plus because I shoot and process a lot of images... also not sure how my aging computer would handle these files.
Lighting / Re: First Flash
« Last post by Marsu42 on Today at 02:00:32 AM »
You should look at the Pixel Mago speedlight. It is a great flash AND it's only $88!! Every option of any Canon flash EXCEPT the built in radio feature of the 600EX-RT.

Great hint, thanks - it even has a 200mm reflector! I am probably going to buy this a a on-hotshoe or on-bracket flash for wildlife when I don't want my expensive Canon flashes to be worn down or damaged.

I can see this being a good product for Canon. I don't think its crass, certainly not like a Hello Kitty item would have been. It's white. Well, white with a little offwhite. I can see a lot of women being interested in this, and even beyond that, I can see it being "stylish" (there are a couple places in Colorado packed with high-end restaurants and clubs, and it;s pretty common to see guys in all-white suits and things like that). In particular, though, women are becoming the dominant buyers of a lot of items like this, and it'll probably end up being a lucrative thing for Canon.

(Although, I think it could become even more lucrative if hey would offer more variety...a black case, maybe a couple other colors. I could easily see people matching their Rebels to their phones and tablets.)
It's pathetic to hear modest gear makes no difference in enthusiasm. Adv-tech making our life easier, faster and better.

That's a refreshingly global assessment, including all people :-o

It is interesting to read the comments, as the "tracking people" (sports, birds, kids) vote that they'd have profited from better tech. There seems to be a less steep learning curve there when photography mostly consists of pressing some buttons on high-end gear and carrying the gear around, I wonder?

However, I really don't see how a *lower* (i.e. not "zero") keeper rate has to dampen enthusiasm, for some it might even be a challenge to do better. Last not least, I have to say that I don't share your "endless tech improvement" theory, for me there's a "good enough" which the current dslr systems have passed for most shooting types. For the difficult ones there's a logarithmic curve how much better your shots get with better tech.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why would Canon pick this combo?
« Last post by Aglet on Today at 01:50:17 AM »
Maybe they think if you purchase a L lens you may be motivated to purchase a FF camera in the future.
They lost me as a customer some time back with the disappointing performance of the 5d2.
They may snag others coming in to the game tho.
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