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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen 34 mins ago

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
10
comment Should I go 5D Mark II or 7D?
@Eruditass: Actually, he stated that he only has one EF-S kit lens, and that all the rest of this lenses are EF lenses. Given that he does have other EF lenses, and is planning to get the superb 24-70mm L along with a new camera, I think a better body will do him wonders.
Oct
10
asked Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
Oct
10
comment Should I go 5D Mark II or 7D?
While I do agree with Eruditass that the XSi (which is the camera I have) is certainly capable of taking some amazing photographs, as someone who has used it for almost a year and a half for landscape and wildlife photography, I can warn you: It WILL be the limiting factor. I can't count how many times I wish I had a wider field of view with my 16-35mm L lens, or how many times I wish I had better ISO performance for low-light evening shots or shots of birds. I put all of my money into lenses early on, and have kind of been regretting the cheap body lately, and wish I had a 5D.
Oct
10
revised Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?
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Oct
10
answered Should I go 5D Mark II or 7D?
Oct
10
asked Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?
Oct
9
comment Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?
@Rob: Sounds good to me. :) I haven't met many other photographers out here yet. We should hook up in the Photo.SE chat @ chat.meta.stackoverflow.com and plan something.
Oct
9
revised Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?
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Oct
9
answered What are shutter actuations?
Oct
8
answered Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?
Oct
8
comment How can I get the shutter actuation count for Canon EOS 500D/550D?
I know its not an accurate test, but it would give you a ballpark number. Regarding tethered use, I guess it makes sense that it wouldn't update the image counter. If you've used it tethered, its probably a bad idea to use the in-camera counter. I would guess that opening the shutter for cleaning also doesn't get counted in the image counter, so if you've done that, it would also throw off the count.
Oct
8
answered How can I get the shutter actuation count for Canon EOS 500D/550D?
Oct
8
comment What colour space to use when printing digital photos?
Please see this answer for more useful information on color profiles and printing: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2624/…
Oct
8
answered Replacing my XXD with a 7D?
Oct
8
answered How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
Oct
7
comment How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
Regarding the "average" activations, thats what the rated numbers are. If a camera has a shutter lifetime of 100,000 activations, that is the average expectancy for that particular kind of shutter, not the absolute maximum. This is based on accelerated high-volume tests, where thousands of shutters are continually activated for a fixed amount of time, and the failure rate is computed across the full set of shutters in the sample. If you have a shutter rated for 100,000 actuations, then you should expect to get about 100,000 actuations out of it under normal use.
Oct
7
comment How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
The Rebels are rated for 100,000 actuations, as are the 50D and 60D. I've had my Rebel XSi for just a little over a year, and have done well over 10,000 shots. That number would be ludicrous for any DSLR. I can see point and shoot cameras having lower actuation counts, but when it comes to DSLR types or maybe micro3/4, 100,000 is probably the lowest you should find these days. For reference, see the chart about 2/3rds of the way down on this page: the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/…
Oct
6
comment How do I choose a professional photographer for my wedding or newborn?
I have to agree with Mark and AJ, this is a valuable and viable topic for this site. Were about "photography", which encompasses more than just technical questions about shutter and aperture and white balance...more importantly, photography is about real-world practice, experiences, artistic form, photography business (i.e. weddings), etc.
Oct
6
comment I'm Buying a Camera for a Short Film, Need Suggestions
Done.
Oct
6
revised I'm Buying a Camera for a Short Film, Need Suggestions
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