victorian squid

victorian squid

Lives in United States SF Bay Area, CA, United States
Joined on Nov 19, 2010

victorian squid's current gear

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Love it. It really can see in the dark. FPS is terribly slow, my 60D eats it alive here.
Toss up between this and the Sigma 105, price reduction on this one was the deciding factor - but it is an awfully sweet and razor sharp lens. Solid and fast.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
I went from fairly impressed to wowed. Build is much nicer than I'd been led to believe.
Competent, not great but pretty darned good. Can compare with the 24-70 in spots. The IS is a saving grace. It's growing on me.
What can I say that hasn't been said. Skip the Tamron, go for the gold. I'd like to see Sigma's answer to this lens.
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Sharper than it has any right to be, good build. Distortion is wild, but easily solved with lens profiles available.
This has been too good to replace. Only the 8-16 is tempting.
This lens is amazing. It handily beats the 17-55 most everyplace. Compares with my L lenses - all of 'em.
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Really a fantastic lens. It has to stand in the shadows of giants, but is no slouch. Only my 100L and 24-70 are sharper.
It's not a good lens, but it's not a bad lens - for a lot of folks. On a tripod it can actually be quite competent. Tamron 70-300 blows it away.
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
Canon Pixma Pro-100
It's growing on me.
Number 5 might actually do it. Works far better on my 60D, and good with MFA on 6D. Slow focus. Slight halo effect. VC is fantastic. Sharp! Bargain classic.
Great little printer - and even better free with rebate. Worth it for the carts alone!
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Great little printer does everything asked of it. I have hardly printed any photo stuff on it (yet).
Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, ID and Bridge on occasion (not like I used to now that I do Lightroom). The de facto standard.
Now LR6! Version 5 finally converted me to using this as my main workflow program. Still wind up in photoshop when I'm super serious.
DxO FilmPack 3 Essential
HDRsoft Photomatix Pro
Nik Color Efex Pro
Fun to play with - not sure if I'd call it a tool. Nik Analog Efex are more fun.
Not as fun as NIK for HDR but this creates the most realistic effects. Difficult to fine tune, but best results.
Nik HDR Efex Pro
Nik Sharpener Pro
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Fun to use, and mostly for artistic effects. Realistic photos are harder to achieve than Photomatix. Good for effects with single photo.
Jury still out on whether LR5 is as good now - I'm thinking yes.
Nik Viveza
Portrait Professional Studio 64
Nokia Lumia 928
Great for fixing shots from P&S or camera. Or if all you've got is JPEG. Can be close to RAW editing in some respects.
Great fun, make the gals look like a million bucks. Can WAY overdo it, so back off of the sliders!
Only phone I've ever liked. We rotate at my company for development - I'll try to keep this for a while.
Amazon Kindle Fire WiFi
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad Mini
Other gear:
  • 600EX-RT x 2
  • Canon 420ex
  • EOS Elan II Canon should look at this for future AF technology. Oh, wait!
  • Epson 10000XL Scanner
  • Fittest L Bracket
  • Nikkor AI 28mm f/2.8 Fantastic "up close" wide angle lens
  • Nikkor AI 50mm f/1.4 Great fun with fotodiox adapter - it was always a great lens
  • Nikkor-Zoom 50-135 f/3.5 Fun push-pull that worked. Sharp as can be - also has macro mode
  • Nikon FE2
  • Reikan FoCal Pro
  • YN-E3-RT
  • Yongnuo YN-565ex It don't move no more - but it's too purty to throw away just yet.

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Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

victorian squid's previous gear

Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X)
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Not a bad lens at all really, the Wife has it now.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
This was a great lens, and I didn't have it long. Sorry, but the 16-35/4L IS is just so much better.