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  1. Re: Canon 24-70/2.8L & 24-105/4L IS, which one would you prefer?

    I think you summed up the tradeoffs well. With the new high-ISO sensors, an f/4 lens seems to be OK for general purpose shots, even indoors. I worried about the sheer size and weight of the...
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    Re: Lenses with "good" colors

    I find that the quality of color from a lens depends on its contrast first and foremost. The expensive Canon lenses all have excellent contrast, and the quality difference of pictures taken with them...
  3. Re: Learning PhotoShop or similar software for post?

    I almost never use PS since I bought Lightroom. Version 2.2 is even better because now you can dodge and burn and also apply gradients. I use these features all the time now to really take control...
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    Re: Existential woes

    I like questions and challenges like this one. I always try to
    salvage pictures like this. This tree is amazing. It must have been
    very impressive when you were there. I imagine that the texture...
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    Re: TSE lens query

    You can use the shift to make panoramas. Rather than trying to rotate the camera around its lens' nodal point to get multiple shots, you shift. I haven't tried this myself, but the examples I've seen...
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    Re: Illusion or my imagination?

    I've noticed this effect in my photos, too. At least for me, my eye is comfortable following diagonal lines that go up and to the right. The bottom photo reminds me of my 401K.


    I don't think...
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    Re: TSE lens query

    I routinely fix up perspective in Photoshop or DxO. DxO in particular makes this a breeze and combined with the other correction features makes it better than TSE lenses for this purpose. I had good...
  8. Re: How to test if a lens is functioning properly as it should?

    It's really hard to tell if your lens is perfect but you should be able to judge gross problems pretty quickly. I tested my lenses by photographing my computer LCD. I used Live View to accurately set...
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    Re: Change owner information?

    I would imagine that it works like the 5D2, which requires the Canon EOSUtility program on a computer to make the change. You connect the computer with the USB cord and type in the user name and...
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    Re: Filming with the 5D Mark II: Tips

    Yes, this should work, but only in one direction: opening the aperture up, not closing it down. However, I did check to see how much 79mm ND filters cost and decided to hold off until I'm sure I know...
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    Re: Filming with the 5D Mark II: Tips

    You can do this, but it's hard to do for at least three reasons. First, it's hard to turn the zoom smoothly and slowly like you would with a motorized zoom. Second, you're likely to make the camera...
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    Re: Filming with the 5D Mark II: Tips

    There are a number of well-meaning but evidently incorrect blogs which set out some "tricks" that are supposed to give a measure of manual control to aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. So far,...
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    Re: What body should I choose?

    It would be really cool. I'd be keen to photograph pro tennis players and really see what they are doing in detail. Bees wings in slow motion would be the bee's knees! It's something to look forward...
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    Re: What body should I choose?

    I took a big gulp and bought a Nikon F3 in 1990 and swore that this would be my last camera. Well, it was my last 35mm camera until I went digital two years ago. That was 16 years, which is a good...
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    Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review Discussion

    Great review, Bryan! Thorough and well-written, as usual.


    Let me add or emphasize a couple of points that strike me coming from a 30D. I've had the 5D2 for less than a week, so these are first...
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    Re: What body should I choose?

    The 1DMk2 is very well-regarded, especially for sports. It's a little old, so it won't have state-of-the-art noise levels at high ISO, but at moderate settings it should be excellent. I don't have...
  17. Re: Why do people say they have a very sharp copy of a lens?

    My theory about this is that every lens and body need a little bit of calibration to work together optimally. This isn't because they are broken or otherwise defective, it's just that they need the...
  18. Re: One landscape and a portrait for critique

    You're welcome. I find some features of Photoshop, such as perspective correction, indispensable, but in general I try to avoid using it in favor of Lightroom. It seems to me that 99% of the features...
  19. Re: One landscape and a portrait for critique

    Tom,


    Thought I'd give the portrait a try, too. You've got nice sharpness on Michael's eye and softness everywhere else, which is very attractive. I wanted to find a way to reduce the sense that...
  20. Re: One landscape and a portrait for critique

    Hi Tom,


    Let me comment on the gorgeous Tetons shot, which caught my attention. I used Lightroom to find ways to accentuate the mountain and the (morning?) atmosphere. Here's what I came up with:...
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    Re: What body should I choose?

    DLA is a factor only when you are printing or viewing at 100% or near to it. Otherwise, it's effectively invisible, and not a good reason to prefer the 40D to the 50D. The only way to escape the...
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    Re: Post Your Best HDR Photo

    Here's one...



    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1283/1237336634_9d0cdd7863.jpg
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    Re: Using a flash...

    The Canon dedicated external flashes are very easy to use and give much better results than the built-in flash because you can easily get them to bounce light off the ceiling or an umbrella while...
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    Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Barely worth it!

    I read your blog. I, too, lament the quality issues around the black dots and banding, but am confident enough that Canon will fix them that I put in my order for the 5d2 early this week.


    That...
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