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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
visits member for 4 years
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I am a relatively new photographer, having been at if for only a few years. I chose Canon gear when I finally took the plunge into DSLR. I am an avid hobbyist now, and love everything about photography, from the gear, to the science, to the art. I spent years reading about the technology and photography theory, so I am very well versed in the technical aspects of photography. My artistic skills are moderate, but improving. You can see my work @ the following sites:

My interests lie primarily in nature photography:

  • Birds
    • Songbird Setups
    • Shore Birds & Waders
    • Raptors
    • All others
  • Astrophotography
    • Moon
    • Wide Field
    • Deep Sky
  • Landscapes
  • Wildlife
  • Floral Macro
  • Insect Macro
  • Abstract

I currently use the following gear:

  • Cameras
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi)
  • Lenses
    • EF 16-35 f/2.8 USM L Wide
    • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    • EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
    • EF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM L Zoom
    • EF 600mm f/4 L IS II
    • Canon EF 1.4x TC III
    • Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300 DGX
    • Periodic Rentals:
      • EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II
      • EF 500mm f/4 L IS II
      • Canon EF 2x TC III
  • Filters
    • Lee Foundation Kit (x2) + Tandem Adapter
    • Lee .3/.6 ND
    • Lee .3/.6/.9 Soft Grad ND
    • Lee .3/.6/.9 Hard Grad ND
    • Lee CPL
  • Tripod
    • Gitzo Systematic GT3532LS 3S. Series 3 Tripod
    • Jobu Pro 2 Gimbal
    • Gitzo Mountaineer GT0541 4S. Series.0 Tripod
    • Gitzo GH1780QR Series.1 Mag. Center Ball Head

Oct
30
answered How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?
Oct
30
revised What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
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comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
Whats with all the down-votes? Are people only reading the first half of my answer, and leaving it at that? Read the whole thing before you leave a down vote...
Oct
30
comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Thanks. Double the cost, but the Zeiss is a full manual lens, which might be better for what I'll be using it for. In the pitch black of night, AF doesn't work, so I never use it for astrophotography. And for close-up work, I prefer to manual focus as well. The focus shift of the Zeiss is the one thing I don't like about it, and for close-up work, it might be a problem.
Oct
30
comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Thanks for the concise answer. :) The weight of the 1.4 is definitely a bonus, I didn't realize the 1.2 was twice the weight. I won't really be using flash for the bulk of the work I need this for, as I'll be imaging the night sky over 30-45 second exposures. I also won't really be using AF, as you pretty much have to set focus to infinity, and using live view fully zoomed, tweak focus until it is sharp. Not sure that 1/2 of an extra stop is really worth the extra cost of the 1.2. That boils it down to sharpness...any insight into how relatively sharp the two lenses in low light?
Oct
30
comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Thanks for the info. The Sigma definitely looks better than the Canon for a 1.4 aperture. Its on my list of serious consideration now. I recently asked a question focus shift on Zeiss lenses. Guess its the same problem with the Canon 50/1.2. I find that to be a fairly annoying problem, and would definitely affect close-up photography. Any idea how focus shift would be affected by extension tubes? Worse? Also, have you ever used a Zeiss 50mm manual lens?
Oct
30
comment Focus shift when stopping down on Zeiss Primes?
Thanks for the info.
Oct
29
comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
Yeah. I don't really know what the OP needs specifically. I was just spitting out the options that are. I myself would use a combination of lenses. Probably the 18-200 and the 300 prime would be my choice, I think they cover the best range for a decent price.
Oct
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comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
@che: Very true, its difficult to get wide angles on an APS-C body. I did recommend the 18-200mm EF-S lens, its in the last paragraph. The only reason I mentioned teh 28-300 and 50-500 was they were the only lenses that really covered the "wide" to "supertelephoto" range, that would do well for landscape, portrait, and wildlife photography in a single lens. At 200mm, you still have to get pretty close to get a decent wildlife shot. It should also be noted that you can get some pretty amazing landscape shots with a telephoto. A LOT of my landscapes are done with my 100-400mm.
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revised What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
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comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
@ninesided: Read the rest of my answer. There are some other options that don't have the weight problem.
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asked Focus shift when stopping down on Zeiss Primes?
Oct
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comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Do you know what the cost difference between the Zeiss 50/1.4 and the Canon 50/1.4 is?
Oct
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Oct
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answered Which small point-and-shoot cameras support RAW images?
Oct
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comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
@che: I wasn't particularly recommending them, they are monsters. But they are the two lenses that cover the full focal range in a single lens, which was what was asked for. (Weight was not mentioned as a con.) It was just one option out of several, its up to the OP to decide what might work for him. The tough part is getting a single lens that can handle landscapes (wide) as well as wildlife (telephoto). I would say 200mm is about as "short" as you could go to get decent wildlife shots, and you would have to be pretty close.
Oct
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answered What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
Oct
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comment What's the best technique and kit for taking a picture of the Milky Way in a nearly pitch black landscape?
@drachenstern: Glad to be of service. :)
Oct
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comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
@Drew: Thanks, useful information. :)
Oct
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comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
@Shizam: Does the Zeiss 50mm come in a Canon mount? Got any links to good reviews?