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  1. #21
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    How many teeth ya got?

    (the "tooth faery" solution )
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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  2. #22
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    lol I kinda had my eye on that 15mm tube, ha!
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  3. #23
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    It was a 12mm tube ... ha ha
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  4. #24
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    yeah, 12mm rather. no lens to fit it to anyway. I was thinking it would be good for the 100mm macro and a 1.4x or 2x TC for beyond 1:1.
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  5. #25
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    I often found the focus always seemed to be too close to be truly practical. That's why I decided to skip that solution with the SONY/Minolta lenses and went straight to REAL MACRO solutions.

    Anyway, too each their own.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  6. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Anyway, I am on my way over to rescue my SONY 50mm f/1.4 from the repair depot. They say it has come back from SONY, so we shall see. Timing is everything.
    Don,

    Sad to see the 50mm 1.4 is still giving you problems. Knock on wood, mine's been functioning great and really comes in handy indoors.
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    I got the SONY 50mm f/1.4 back, last week, and it seems "okay", now. They finally took the problem serious, ripped it open and did the mechanical work.

    From what I have been able to tell, it is working the way I expected it too and without delay ... in aperture response.

    I guess you could say, "All bad things have come to an end." LOL
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Thumbs up In the history books ... I am published!

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    Thanks, Frank ... that became the one I turned in for the story.

    Talk about variety, my next shooting assignment is "fashion shots."

    Wow, talk about the areas I have not gotten too deeply involved in. I was probably going to have to study this type of photography in the BAF program ... and, now, I am faced with it, head on, in a trial by shutter fire.
    The Community College newspaper was printed and my recent work dominated it with seven shots for the related stories. That redone basketball shot was one of them. Nice call, Frank. Thanks.

    So, my days as a "non-professional" have come to an end. My first ordered assignment is paid for and this one is in the history books, as "published" work. Most cool.

    I cannot say how long this is all going to last, as the Editor-in-Chief wants to use "full-time" students (registered for 3 or more classes) at the Community College for next Semester ... and I am long past that point, having graduated with my degree in Art and completed my Certificate work, too. I have moved on to the Art Institute for my bachelor's degree ... and that does not allow for that kind of local class participation, audited or otherwise.

    One of the things that make for a compelling argument for my "photographer" position is that it is my experience that most photography students do NOT have a full bag of glass. Heck, they are lucky if they have two lenses and those lenses usually are pretty dark. I mean what student has enough to even consider such an expense? Especially with today's tax-happy Congressmen finding new and clever ways to rape the populous of their means? Popping for $500-$2000 glass from a community college student is just plain unreasonable, unless they have access to Dad/Mom's camera goodies. The photographer position just does not lend itself to going too cheap, because you sure will not get rich on the pay.

    Sports photography is tough stuff, I have to admit, even with the f/2.8 and f/1.8 lenses. Doing it with an f/4 (or f/5.6) is just plain insanity. Achieving a focus is just about a magical act, otherwise EVERYONE would be able to get by with a 70-300 f/4-5.6 and a smile!

    Anyway ... I guess we shall see what the next semester brings. One can never be sure. I am already two assignments into this next issue.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-24-2009 at 10:39 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  9. #29
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    That's great news Don. Good luck on all your future shoots.

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    Red face Opportunity shots ...

    Thanks, Frank. It is a "foot-in-the-door" ... and I am a big guy. This is going take real work, but it is out there and being viewed by hundreds of students, faculty, and parents.

    Maybe I need to drop in on a magazine ... LOL Have camera, will travel ... as it were.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-25-2009 at 11:04 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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