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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

Sep
14
comment What are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?
The real question is: Given that you can save a copy of a RAW file as JPEG later, why would you ever shoot JPEG? RAW+JPEG only really does one thing: consume more space. Sure, those jpegs are small, but hundreds of them consume quite a bit of space, and don't really buy you anything, since you can create them on demand from the RAW versions if you need them.
Sep
13
comment Where can I get an extension tube for micro-four-thirds lenses?
@Eruditass: Oh, I definitely don't doubt the power of natural light for macro. A ring flash would be for highlights and fill, and to provide some motion-stopping. I would say shutter speed is still important...even with flash, expose for too long, and you get odd ghost/translucent subject effects. I've encountered these myself, and I have a topic here on Photo.SE about it.
Sep
13
answered Where can I get an extension tube for micro-four-thirds lenses?
Sep
12
comment What color calibration tool should I use to step up past my spyder 2?
The price tag for the Spider3Studio is about $550, which isn't too bad for a complete solution. I have not tried any other printer calibration systems, however I did quite a bit of research before I chose. It came down to the X-Rite and the DataColor offerings. The much cheaper DataColor solution does what I need, and it seems to be pretty accurate. I've been using the 225 patch options so far, but it also offers more accurate 729 patch options if you need a more specific calibration. The monitor calibration is stellar, never had problems with the Spyder3 there. I used a Spyder3 Pro before.
Sep
12
revised What color calibration tool should I use to step up past my spyder 2?
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Sep
12
comment How can I check the metering calibration on my camera?
I don't think the rule is restricted to BW film. Plenty of the modern digital landscape photography books I own still discuss "Sunny 16". It is by no means a highly accurate method of verifying the built in meter calibration, but if you don't have an additional incident meter, it might give you a starting point to determine if you should get an incident meter and do a more accurate comparison.
Sep
12
answered What color calibration tool should I use to step up past my spyder 2?
Sep
12
answered How can I check the metering calibration on my camera?
Sep
12
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
@Alan: :\ ....?
Sep
11
comment Will Quantaray QTB 7500A with module CN AF work with Canon Rebel XSi?
This does not appear to be a question. Who's "earlier post"? If this was intended to be a comment on another question, please post it as a comment on that question.
Sep
11
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
Aye, I did specify 'available'. ;P If they were a little more expensive, I'd go for it...but its kind of hard to justify nearly twice the price. I wonder if tariffs are involved in those prices somehow... I did find some of what I needed on B&H. They had ONE of the ND sets that I need in stock, as well as a 77mm adapter for the foundation kit. They are not allowing purchases until 8:30 ET...I'll be waiting with baited breath to click the "purchase" button as soon as it is available...hopefully no one else is trying to buy the same thing. Seems LEE stuff is perpetually backordered.
Sep
11
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
... shudder ... o_o
Sep
11
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
Henrys seems to have a similar problem...their prices are a bit cheaper, but still nearly twice as much as the prices here in the US.
Sep
11
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
I'm not really sure what the exchange rate is between Canada and the US, although I believe it is pretty flat right now. The prices at Vistek seem radically extreme. The Lee Filter Foundation kit is about $75 here, but its listed at $170 at Vistek. The ND soft grad kit (.3,.6,.9) is about $240 here, but its listed as $419 at Vistek. Other stuff is similarly expensive. Those prices sound really outrageous. Am I seeing the right kind of prices?
Sep
11
asked Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
Sep
10
comment MacHood Cinema Display Hood in US?
Yes, yes. That stems from the graphic/interior design aspects of my mentality. :P I like nice stuff to be nice. :D
Sep
10
answered Flash on Nikon d50 broken, need to set up correctly
Sep
10
answered Stock Photo that is not strict with the quality?
Sep
10
comment What are the pros and cons of non-extending zoom lenses?
Are we talking non-extending zoom, or non-extending focus? I know of lenses that do not extend during focus, but I think that zoom still requires extension to one degree or another. Even if it is in a "non-extending tube", such as the Canon EF 16-35mm L II, there is still extension regarding zoom. Focus, however, is often all-internal with enclosed moving groups. I guess I'm just confused on the real subject matter here.
Sep
10
comment Do electric ink/electronic paper “digital” picture frames exist?
This looks promising. Seems LiquaVista just manufactures the panels, but they don't appear to make any devices. Do you know of any picture frames that use this?