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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:46:27 PM »
Northern Lights from Hope, AK last night!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:52:04 PM »
For those who went out with the intent of photographing bears, other then your photography gear what else to do you bring? Witnesses? Bear spray?

I just moved to Alaska, so I'm relatively new to being able to reliably see bears, but I definitely bring bear spray and have it ready to go.  I don't use a bear bell because the rangers up here say they are not very effective.  I usually listen to audio books when I'm by myself, at max volume, in the top of my pack.  Human voices are the best for not surprising a bear.  Which is pretty much the worst thing you could do!

And a bear canister for food.  Setup camp in an equilateral triangle.  With camp at one point, bear canister at one point, and kitchen at one point.  Don't want to give them ANY reason to get curious about tents!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:11:06 PM »
Grizzly in Denali National Park a couple weeks ago:

The only reason I haven't pulled the trigger on this lens is because I really need IS in my next 50mm!

Still waiting to see what Canon does.

I absolutely love the 28mm f/2.8 IS! (I may be the only one)

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:40:54 PM »
If i had to start over today, i'd go with d810 over the older 5d3.  But i don't want to go through the hassel of selling all my lenses so i'll wait to see how Canon responds.  Competition is great for all us consumers and Canon could use a hard kick in the butt like this to start stepping up.


This is exactly where I am at.  I talk a lot of smack about Canon bodies and generally steer people towards Nikon...

And occasionally they'll be all "wait...don't you shoot Canon?"  Like I'm trying to hide my secret from them!

It's just...it's too late for me. 

I'm not into losing hundreds of dollars to sell and then re-buy lenses.

I'll just sit tight and hope the next 5D gives us some more dynamic range and some 4k.  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:51:27 PM »
Hilarious puff piece.

Next time I go alpine climbing I should bring one of these so I don't get lost. *eye roll*

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:04:47 AM »
Wait, where's the print button?!

How am I supposed to make prints for clients?!


Plus, how can you say "no" to this?

Epic! Is that Mt. Hood?

It is!  I went up and took some photos of Mt Hood from Portland.  A few hours later I went and climbed Mt Hood and took some photos looking back at Portland!


I'm sure the cooler weather is a huge plus too. As a Houstonian, you're already used to the rain :)

It is. I actually lived almost 7 years in Eugene, OR. So I am very used to the Northwest weather.
Houston, on the other hand, is exactly similar to the city I was born and raised and lived in for 25 years. I still haven't gotten used to the heat and the humidity. The very thought of going outside pains me... :'(

Plus, how can you say "no" to this?

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:28:15 PM »
Ice climbing self-portrait (off the Trans Canadian Hwy, near Revelstoke...we had to wait for 7 hours for a fatal accident to clear so decided to make the most of it!):

Portland, Oregon, USA.  I'll put our Pacific Northwest scenery up against any challengers

That's funny. I am going to decide whether to stay in Houston or to move to Portland, OR in the next couple of months and the scenery is actually one of the biggest factors in favor of the city of roses.

Funny you should say that!

Portland is one of my favorite cities I've ever been to (lived there for 5 years, up until a couple months ago...will likely move back some day) and Houston...is probably my least favorite city...ever.  Terrible place.  :-X

I live in Anchorage, AK now  ;D

Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:26:08 PM »
I love my Canon 50/1.4, but, as others have noted...the AF motor is fragile and breaks all the freaking time.  And, it's pretty poor at f/1.4...but sometimes you just need the light gathering ability of f/1.4, so you deal with it.

I have sent it into Canon to have the AF fixed 3 times now, no exaggeration.  I could almost buy another one with the repair costs.  And I've never dropped it either!

I'm seriously considering the new Sigma 50/1.4 but I'm waiting to see how Canon updates its 50mm line.  I'm much more into hand-held video now, and I'd really love IS on a 50mm since I really love the focal length.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:01:20 PM »
I'll stick to my Canon 85/1.2, thank you very much!

I'm sure this lens will be better than it in every way imaginable...


And, personally, 85 and longer are focal lengths I really need AF for.

I'd love to see a 24/1.4 with zero coma.  That's my only complaint about the Canon 24/1.4 II.

JUST moved to Anchorage, Alaska and loving it so far!

Before that Portland, Oregon.

I love the Canon 24 f/1.4 II, it's a fantastic piece of glass in every way possible...

except one...

It has very bad coma making it a problematic lens for star-shooting.

If the Sigma is as good (I'll even settle for almost as good) but has much better-controlled coma, I'm in!

14-24 OS looks interesting too...I agree with the others though, the 16-35 f/4 IS is going to be very hard to beat.  I've rented one and I'm on the verge of buying one.  I feel like it's the Canon wide-angle we've been waiting for for a very long time.  I suppose if anyone could top it, it would be Sigma.

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