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  • thattomjohnson commented on Favorite Notebooks

    In the last year or so I've become a true believer in Doane Paper's utility notebooks. They're about the same size as a Moleskine Volant or Field Notes notebook, but every page is both lined and gridded. I've found them to be extremely useful for note-taking, sketching, etc. It also doesn't hurt that they come three for $10.

    When I need a bigger page for whatever reason, I have one of their larger hardcover notebooks, as I've become super accustomed to that style of page lining.

  • thattomjohnson commented on Post your photography kit

    There are far better kits out there, but here's what I'm working with these days.

    • Canon 6D
    • Canon 7D
    • Fuji x100s
    • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
    • Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
    • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
    • Canon 50mm f/1.4
    • Canon 40mm f/2.8
    • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L Non-IS
    • Canon 430EX II Speedlight


    • A pair of Sennheiser lavalier microphones
    • Shure SM57
    • Zoom h4n field recorder
    • LED video light
    • Crumpler 6 million dollar home
    • Dakine Sequence camera backpack
    • A handfull Domke Gripper straps
    • Mefoto Roadtrip tripod
    • Fotodiox Pro Macro Extension Tube
    • Canon battery grips
    • Giottos rocket blower
    • Blackrapid Sport
    • Extra batteries, Canon AC adapter
    • B+W UV filters
    • Pelican 1510 case
  • thattomjohnson commented on Been out of the Mac-buying game for a while, could use some help.

    I haven't purchased a piece of Mac hardware since my 2009 baseline Macbook Pro, which at nearly 5 years old is starting to show it's age something fierce. With (almost) all of the MBP models not being user upgradable, I'm a bit bewildered by the hardware options.

    As someone who does a great deal of intensive photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and occasional video editing in Premiere, the hardcore RAM upgrades are a no-brainer. However, the processor options on the new machines have me a bit confused. Would I be better off going with a high-end dual-core i7 13-inch model, or the base 15-inch models with Quad-core i7 but lower clock speed. Processor speeds with multiple cores and whatnot have always confused me even on the PC-building end of things, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • thattomjohnson commented on Canon 7D or 5D Mk. II?
    @bjpe89:  I've used the d5100 for class in the past, and its a nice piece for the price. The big selling point on the D600 as far as I'm concerned is the ability to monitor audio right from the camera, which is invaluable when shooting video. If video doesn't matter to you, you can get some really nice deals on a used D700 body if you're looking to go full-frame. If you don't mind a crop, the D7000 isn't a bad choice either. I've used both extensively and if I weren't a Canon guy I could easily see myself using either. From what I've seen in playing with my professor's D600, it's more or less a D7000 with a big fat sensor in it and some other nice additions, with a build quality lower than the D700, obviously.
  • thattomjohnson commented on Canon 7D or 5D Mk. II?
    @PiltdownMan:  I stuck with a 7D for the time being. I deemed the higher frame rate in continuous shooting and better autofocus system as being more important right now, as I have to shoot quite a few NCAA games these days. However, I'll definitely be pairing it with a full-frame body early next year sometime, although whether or not I'll go 5D or 6D still remains to be seen. I regret nothing, especially since I was blue to nab a 7D body' new in box for around $1300.

  • thattomjohnson commented on Canon 7D or 5D Mk. II?

    So my Canon 50D is now permanently out of commission and I'm now back in the market for a new DSLR. I'm torn between the 7D and the 5D Mk. II, as the Mk. III is far out of my price range, and the 6D doesn't interest me. I'm a photojournalism student, so I need to figure out which to buy pretty fast as being without a camera for too long is problematic. I've used a 7D for a while and adore it, but there's something really appealing about the full-frame 5D Mk. II, even though it's autofocus system is ancient and it has a slower burst rate.

    Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.