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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 8 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
18
comment Where can I find comparisons for linear polarizers (for a cheap variable ND filter)?
I thought the problems with linear polarizers had to do with the meter, and whether it was beam splitting. From what I understand, beam-splitting meters also polarize the light, which would double-polarize if you used a linear polarizer, and give you incorrect meter readings.
Oct
18
answered Is there always a way to capture all the light ranges to get good HDR images?
Oct
17
comment Any good alternatives to Lightroom for PC users?
Sorry, Paint.NET is an ok image editing program, but not really tool to do any kind of photography work with. It doesn't offer any kind of organizing/tagging, and outside of some very basic editing tools, does not really provide anything to effectively fine-tune and fix photographs (outside of its curves tool.)
Oct
17
answered Any good alternatives to Lightroom for PC users?
Oct
17
comment How do I generate high quality prints with an ink jet printer?
@labnut: I've actually done some tests, which will be the basis of the next Emperical Study. For certain types of photos, where fine detail is prevalent, 600ppi (or 720ppi on Epsons) does indeed matter. The moth used in the Extreme Upscaling study has some very fine detail in its eyes. Printing @ 300ppi vs. 600ppi shows a marked difference in the clarity of those details. On the flip side, if your photograph does not have such details, 300ppi is generally plenty.
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17
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comment Why does viewfinder spec state 3 times more dots than there are pixels?
Thank you! I knew the word "equiv" in their description meant something quite specific, and very misleading.
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answered Why does viewfinder spec state 3 times more dots than there are pixels?
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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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Oct
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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.