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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
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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
16
answered Why does viewfinder spec state 3 times more dots than there are pixels?
Oct
16
comment Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
@Winston: Glad to be of service. :)
Oct
15
answered Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon D3100? If so, what is it?
Oct
15
comment When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why?
The viewfinder on the 7D is a 1:1/100% viewfinder, however since that is an APS-C sensor, it is smaller than the 5D's. The 7D's finder has some pretty advanced active display stuff since it uses an LCD to display information across the whole surface of the viewfinder.
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answered How do I generate high quality prints with an ink jet printer?
Oct
14
answered Is the Canon EF 35-105 lens compatible with Canon T2i body?
Oct
14
comment Any 8+ MP Nikon/Canon/Sony cam that can click photos via the PC?
It seems like you've generally answered your own question. Amongst the cameras you have listed, prices range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars...you can pretty much take your pick for whatever your price range is.
Oct
14
comment Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
@Nick: The 1D is a body built for top-rate action photography, and the smaller APS-H sensor supports a higher burst rate (lower MP, faster write speed.) The 1Ds, on the other hand, does sport a full-frame sensor, but offers half the burst rate of the 1D, with the same image processing hardware. Tradeoffs, tradeoffs...
Oct
14
answered Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
Oct
14
comment Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
This is a partial duplicate of this question, where you should be able to find most of your answers: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/496/…
Oct
13
comment Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
Can you explain further what you mean "cannot hold the lens in every position"? What positions do you need it to be held in? Also, are you mounting the lens with a tripod ring to the tripod, or the camera to the tripod? Most of the time, you need to mount telephoto lenses directly, rather than the camera, to get proper mobility and stability. As for cost...$100 really isn't going to get you much of anything...thats not even enough for a half-way decent head, let alone a decent 'pod. :\
Oct
13
comment Where can I buy a camera off the internet?
Note that quite often, when buying off of Amazon, they are actually just fronting for Adorama or B&H anyway, so most of the time, your really just buying from those two. Excellent online stores, both!
Oct
13
comment Vibrant colors in pictures
What brand and model of camera?
Oct
13
comment Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
It is a ball head, so there is a knob that you can loosen, then you have full freedom. There is a nice vertical flip notch in case you want to change from horizontal to vertical with a lens that does not have a tripod ring. There is a simple quick-flip screw that you loosen (I just use my thumb to flip it up or down) to enable panning. It is a very nice head, with degree notches around the panning ring, and three bubble levels in the head itself for gravity leveling. It is also a quick-release head, but it is "safe", and prevents the camera from just falling out like some manfrotto heads.
Oct
12
answered Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
Oct
12
comment Reasons to use in camera special effects?
+1! Couldn't agree more.
Oct
12
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
@Reid: The first few releases of Google Chrome browser had a EULA that basically gave them perpetual, worldwide, royaltee free right to use ANY content you transfer with their browser at any time. It was a bit of a big fiasco back in the day, and a few lawyers got on board and basically forced Google to change the EULA. A quick search for "Google Chrome EULA" will bring up a bunch of blogs about it. They have also had numerous content misuse scandals, massive and permanent data loss without any kind of support for thousands of users, etc. etc. Every big company has their demons.