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Blastwave fx free sound effects

For a limited time, Blasterware fx is offering a free download of 68 high quality sound effects. There is a good variety of sounds in the back so you might want to check it out. Actually, since its free you should get it anyway, you can never have too many sounds effects! Found out about this on the users group ...

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Best Sigma and Tamron lenses for Canon 5D

12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II

So you got your Canon 5D MarkII or other Canon FF camera and now you want to save some money on lenses. Great, make sure you read this post about the cost/benefits of doing so first. Here is a short list of the best value lenses. Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 If you want to go wide without using a fisheye, this ...

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Go sign the 24p petition!

I talked about this a while ago but I think it is important to underline this again. If you want to have 24p support in the Canon 5DMrkII, you should go and sign the online petition. Will it force Canon to bend under the pressure? Probably not. But if we get enough people, it will show manufacturers that there is ...

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Should you buy third party lenses?

For the budget conscious photographer looking for new lenses, there is a solution: third party manufacturers. In fact, it surprises me that we don’t hear about them more often. They offer nice products and when you take into account that they cost half the price of the “official” ones, it is worth investigating. So let’s see what they are all ...

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Real life test of iPhoto09

Just a quick warning to anyone thinking about using iPhoto09: if you have a lot of pictures, it is slow! I just came back from by girlfriend parents house where they have about 16,000 pictures (46gig). While iPhoto08 was fast and very responsive, the newer version is as quick slow as a slug given the same amount of pictures/albums.  Just to ...

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Is 21 megapixels enough?

After reading the article How many megapixels are enough at the digital photography school and reading the comments, I felt compelled to make a post about it. After all, as the owner of both a 5DMrkII and this website, I have to have an opinion on the subject! Why megapixels are important? When you talk about megapixel count, most people think ...

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iPhoto09: the vanguard of automatic meta-tagging

No, this is not a review of iLife ’09, or iPhoto. There are already plenty out there.  Instead I want you, me, us, to think about how that face detection thing can change the way we work. I played with it a bit and while it is not perfect (according to iPhoto my girl friend looks like a guy as ...

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Going to NY, what to bring, where to go?

Next weekend, I am on my third trip to Manathan. While I have seen the city a few times before, this is the first time I will go there with a single goal: taking pictures. I had non photographer friends with me in my previous visits which created some tension every time I asked for a “quick stop” to take ...

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Which lens should I buy?

We read this question at least once a week in any photography forum. While there are a lot of possible answers, the first question should be “What do I want to shoot?”. It is only once you know what is the kind of subject that interests you that you can pick up the perfect lens. So to help you clarify ...

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False Manual Video control advertisement from Canon?

Hudson, from the cinema5D forum made an interesting discovery while reading the Canon 5DMrkII white paper (yep, some people really read these things). Look at page 14 the in the middle of the page you will see this: If you read the whole thread you will see that they have tried to contact Canon to have some explanations. Canon reply ...

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Flickering issue with the Canon 100mm2.8 Macro

The problem I was doing some test recording with my macro, for a small test project I had in mind, when I noticed the image flickering when I was focusing in and out. At first I thought it was just my eye but the issue was still there when I looked at the video playback.       Not everyone ...

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