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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
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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
comment What is the dynamic range comparison between SLR, DSLR, and point & shoot?
+1, plus one! Finally! Someone has offered up a reasonable real-world estimate for camera dynamic range. The average DSLR has about 5-9 stops of real-world performance. :D
Oct
30
comment What is the dynamic range comparison between SLR, DSLR, and point & shoot?
As Karel pointed out, this is a duplicate of a previous question. Barring significant objection, I will either close this thread as a duplicate, or merge it with the thread linked by Karel, as the two are quite literally duplicates.
Oct
30
comment What is the dynamic range comparison between SLR, DSLR, and point & shoot?
I am a bit wary of the accuracy of DXO-Mark. It says my Canon 450D has 10.8 EVs worth of dynamic range. I know for a fact that is most definitely NOT the case. With ETTR and some very meticulous manual adjustments to aperture, shutter, and ISO, I can MAYBE get 9 stops worth of real-world dynamic range, but normally I get about 7-8 stops. Sometimes I think these scientific measurements mislead potential buyers, as real-world performance in a photograph as observed by the human eye rarely approaches what can be scientifically measured with non-human algorithms and devices.
Oct
30
comment What is a good all-purpose, single-lens choice for a 7D, to take trekking in the Himalaya?
We seem to have a rogue down-voter in our midst. If you down-vote, please tell the Answerer why. I gave this a +1, as I think the Tamron 18-270 is a great option. It offers a very wide focal range that should allow both wide-angle landscape and telephoto wildlife shots.
Oct
30
comment How can I backup my photos while travelling?
Whats with the down vote?
Oct
30
comment How well do tilt-shift lenses work for nature/landscape photograhy?
I'm not sure its just about lines and perspective. In landscape/nature, its more about focus plane (tilt). For example, you could tilt up just a tad to get foreground in clear focus without losing your distant focus (blurry foreground happens a lot.) There are also close-up or closer focal plane options where having more freedom with the focal plane allows greater creativity. I understand why large format view cameras (used heavily in pro landscape photography) have these types of movements...I am jot sure if a TS lens for a full-frame digital offers the same capabilities that justify cost.
Oct
30
answered Focus shift when stopping down on Zeiss Primes?
Oct
30
comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Regarding the 5D, I am actually waiting for the 5D Mark III. I've been on the brink of buying a 5D II a few times, but with the Mark III just around the corner, I could never bring myself to actually purchase it. I do believe the orig. 5D is indeed a stellar body, I've seen some amazing photos from it, but I love to blow my photos up to HUGE size with lots of detail...so image resolution counts. The 5D III will be bought regardless. I am seriously considering the Sigma 50mm now, as in comparison with the Canon 50/1.4, it seems to perform very well. Thanks for the tip!
Oct
30
comment How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?
@Sarah: Glad you found it helpful. :) Lightroom is pretty disconcerting at first. I didn't even like it much for about a month or so. I finally sat down with it one day and explored every option and tool, worked a bunch of photos, and learned how to use it. Once you understand its design, its workflow, and how it organizes its catalog and your images, it is a pretty fantastic tool. I do highly recommend you get to learn how it manages files. Its catalog, where it stores original images, where it stores presets, and how it stores your edited images.
Oct
30
comment How to turn off the LCD while taking long-exposure photos?
We have had a few CHDK questions in the past, and they are well accepted here. Feel free to ask them in the future, as we most certainly cover hardware and firmware here as well as "photography".
Oct
30
comment Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
Thanks! Its always nice to know there is someone more experienced to fall back on. :D
Oct
30
revised Canon 50mm lens: f/1.2 L or f/1.4? Alternative brands?
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asked How well do tilt-shift lenses work for nature/landscape photograhy?
Oct
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comment How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?
Yeah, when I first started learning Lightroom, it was a little confusing. Now though, I doubt I could even use Bridge, as I am so used to LR it has become second nature. If you don't have LR, I recommend that you at least try out the trial. It is such a fantastic program. :D
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revised How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?
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answered How can I avoid overwriting original images after editing in Lightroom 3?
Oct
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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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Oct
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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?