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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lee Filters - Why They Take So Long to Produce.

Mike Browne visits Lee Filters

This is the reason why Lee photographic and cinematographic filters take so long to produce. Each filter is custom handcrafted and quality tested. I'm planning on getting a set of soft 4X6 graduated neutral density filters for my landscape/city scape photography so I'm expecting a bit of wait on these filters which will give me the biggest bang for the buck. They are absolutely the highest quality filters that you can get anywhere. Well-renowned for not throwing unwanted colorcasts into the output, these are prized so much that they have a wait-list of up to several months. I fully expect that I will probably be thrown onto a wait-list as well when I order them.

Update: July 4, 2011: I have put my name on a waiting list at The Camera Store in Calgary. It may be at least late summer - early fall before I can actually see the set of filters, but I will be sending in an order for my Lee filter holders by middle of this month. Then I'll be going and getting some landscape shots to put up on

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lack of Entry Level Wildlife Lenses through Nikon

There has been a distinct lack of "love" by Nikon for entry-level wildlife/aviation photographers. When you look at the Nikon catalog versus Canon, you see the deserted wasteland that is the 100-400mm range, or the 200-500mm range that could be filled by a 100-400mm f/5.6 lens or a 200-500mm f/5-6.3 lens armed with VR and AF-S. Certainly we could go Tamron or Sigma for those lens ranges, but considering that there is a legal fight going on between Nikon and Sigma over VR/OS proprietary rights, I'm kind of wondering what the fallout of that is going to be.

Nikon versus Sigma Legal Filing of Proprietary Rights over Sigma's OS similarity to VR

Right now our only choices are either going 3rd party manufacturers and risking less than quality glass or sticking with a long-in-the-tooth 80-400mm D ED VR lens or slapping a 300/4 with a TC-14EII or TC-17EII which pretty much is the same as throwing your money at a Tamron 200-500mm f/5.6-6.3 Di LD (IF). For those of us who don't have the financial resources to throw at a 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, or 600mm f/4 prime, a 400mm f/5.6 or a 500mm f/5.6 prime would be a god-send. A lot of the amateurs have gone Canon because of the attention shown by Canon manufacturers to the amateur crowd. A Canon 100-400mm f/5.6 IS L is probably one of the prized lenses that amateur wildlife photographers who shoot Canon have in their inventory. Nikon might do well to court that demographic for those of us who have steadfastly and faithfully decided to stick with Nikon for better or worse.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ships to Shore 2011 - June 4th, 2011

The tall ships came to Garry Point in Richmond, British Columbia. They will be here from June 1st to June 7th. It's one of the attractions that's going on in Richmond. Well worth going out.

Garry Point Park is located near the Steveston Fish Cannery and fishing docks.

Lady Washington sails up Garry Point to do battle with the Hawaiian Chieftan during the mock gun battles.

It was a great day to be out watching this. I brought my 70-200mm VRII and took a whole lot of shots; a lot of which haven't been edited yet.

Lady Washington delivers a devastating broadside. the Hawaiian Chieftan

Hawaii Chieftan sails upstream.

~more photos to come as they get edited.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Andreas Exner

I have to say this guy is a maestro with a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3. So much so that I'm going to think of getting a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 OS HSM for an interim working lens while I'm saving up for the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 and the Nikon 600mm f/4.

Feast your eyes on these images at his blog: Andreas Exner's Blog

And if you want to see some stunning images of bald eagles taken by Andreas. Go directly to this entry. Andreas Exner's Bald Eagle photos

He is a great all-around photographer. His other images may be viewed at his pbase photographic website Andreas Exner's Photography Website

He is absolutely amazing with that lens and really pumps the "Bigma" for what it's worth. All in all an amazing photographer. And folks, PLEASE respect his copyright. He earns money off his photography as I am trying to do with mine. So if you would like one of his images, please do the proper thing and buy it from him.