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EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:46:50 PM »
I just tried putting a card in sideways and it felt different enough to me that I don't think I'd normally do it accidentally but I can imagine it happening.

I don't remember hearing about people doing this in the past.  It's much, much easier to do with the Type II CF slot that most cameras have.  If anything, it should be much less likely to happen with the 7D2 than it was with the 7D which supports Type II cards.

An aside: The move away from supporting Type II cards has now rendered my old microdrive obsolete, I guess.

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:37:11 PM »
I have a Kirk BH-3 that I'm very happy with.  It's actually the second I've owned.  The first was stolen last fall (along with the carbon fiber tripod it was on).  I ordered a new BH-3 almost right away.  I still haven't replaced the tripod (I'm using an aluminum one that I already had).

I really like the Kirk products and use their custom body and lens plates.

I've also ordered plates and other components from Hejnar and the quality is very good.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS SL1 in White Coming Soon
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:32:24 AM »
You know, if I didn't already have an SL1 I would consider buying this one.  My 7D and SL1 (and all the other bodies I've ever owned) get very warm sitting in the sun.  If this didn't heat up as much, I'd be happy.

This would allow me to feel a little better about leaving a camera sitting on a tripod (with a white lens) exposed to the sun.

However, I'd definitely want the finish to be matte white instead of glossy.

In general, I would mind a white body except it would probably show dirt more.  Also, it would be more likely to show up as a reflection in the glass that I am often forced to shoot through.

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:14:08 PM »
Fine, if you are standing among zebras.

This would allow stand in the middle of zebras and shoot the approaching lions without spooking the lions. :)

Only thing is that a two legged zebra is a slow zebra, which = lion's next meal.

But, the two-legged zebra doesn't need to invest in long glass.  Shorter focal lengths will work fine in this case and they wouldn't be needed for very long anyway.

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:46:46 AM »
Looks great. You can now shoot zebras unnoticed.

Fine, if you are standing among zebras.

This would allow stand in the middle of zebras and shoot the approaching lions without spooking the lions. :)

Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:06:56 PM »
The best thing to do is to avoid needing to clean them.  Make sure you never touch the glass on either end of the lens.  Use a lens hood to prevent contact on the front element.

Use a blower to remove dust.  Don't wipe the lens with any cloths or fluids unless you have to.

I don't baby my lenses, but it's extremely rare that I need to do anything other that blow dust off.

And avoid shooting in places with lots of cigarette smoke or similar stuff if you can help it.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:52:58 PM »
I am, too, disappointed with the plastic mount.  While I know its probably good enough, given the metal mount on the actual body I don't see how it would hold up over time if you change lenses frequently.

I'm not troubled by plastic mounts for the smaller, lighter lenses.  While I don't use them as often as lenses with metal mounts these days I've never had any problems.

If nothing else, they reduce the wear and tear on your camera body.  :)  You are unlikely to damage the metal mount on the camera with a plastic mount on the lens.  I'd rather need to repair/replace my 55-250 than my 7D (although I don't think I've ever used it on that body).

EOS-M / Re: EOS M / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Combo
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:15:45 PM »
I haven't found any issues holding the EOS-M with a large lens.  You just need to be used to supporting a lens with a camera hanging off the back instead of supporting a camera with a lens hanging off the front.

Most people who shoot with things like a 70-200 or longer lens are probably used to having their left hand under the lens, supporting the weight, and using the right hand to operate most of the camera controls and stabilize the whole thing.  It can be very awkward and less stable to have the center of gravity of the camera/lens forward of where you are supporting the weight.

It feels more natural to me to support the weight under the lens.  When I shoot with the 40mm pancake on my 7D my left hand doesn't know what to do. :)

Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 22, 2013, 11:04:20 AM »
When people are talking about the image quality from their 55-250 lenses, are they actually comparing the same lens?  What's the difference between the original and the II version?

I've got a refurbed II that I purchased for about $200 from Canon.  I'm happy with it and it complements my EOS-M and SL1 nicely.  It's not quite the same as my 700-200/2.8 on my 7D, but it's a nice lens and much more compact.  I think the image quality is very good for the price.

Does anyone make a comparable, but better image quality, EOS-compatible lens in this price range?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:31:54 PM »
I don't think any major Canon product (camera or lens) I've ever received from B&H has been sealed (or from Amazon or anyone else).  Canon doesn't seal their boxes.
I haven't from Amazon/B&H/etc either, but I just received a refurbished 28-70 f/2.8L II from Canon USA directly, and it was sealed (in a white box).

Every Canon refurb I've purchased has been sealed, but no new items have been.

I only have one refurb from Canon (a lens) and I can't remember if it was sealed or not but based on these posts I can assume it was.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:08:28 AM »
Hey guys, first time poster, long time lurker. I bought the 5D Mark III through the deal posted two days ago for $2545 and can confirm receipt of a brand new 5D Mark III. Everything was in the box, SEALED just like any camera you'd purchased from B&H. The serial numbers match and all original items were included. It was the camera with the kit lens with the lens removed.

I don't think any major Canon product (camera or lens) I've ever received from B&H has been sealed (or from Amazon or anyone else).  Canon doesn't seal their boxes.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 09:06:19 AM »
I haven't used that many, but I've never used a photo backpack that I found exceptional.  If you want a backpack, I'd seriously consider the suggestion others have made about using a backpack designed for hiking and using something inside it to protect your gear.  It sounds like the camera/lens is the only thing you're carrying that really requires any protection.

There's no such thing as completely waterproof.  If "waterproof" is important, I think you do need to consider something with a separate rain cover (or get a generic rain cover).  Even those always let some water run down the side of the pack adjacent to your back.  Most of the photo backpacks I've looked at with rain covers also have the straps attached at the top of the bag.  This prevents the rain cover from wrapping around the bag as much as I'd like.

You are not carrying too much of a load.  Have you considered using a good belt system instead of a backpack?  I use one all the time, although I haven't been hiking with it.  The stuff I use is from Kinesis ( but Lowepro and Thinktank also make systems.  The Kinesis stuff is designed by someone who wanted gear for trails and backcountry.  Thinktank seems to be geared more to commercial photographers and photojournalists.

I switched from using a backpack to the belt because I find it's more comfortable to have the weight on my hips (where it should be with a good backpack as well but rarely is with a photo backpack) and it's a lot cooler (temperature-wise) than having a pack against your back.  This works well for me in spring, summer, and fall.  In the winter, I usually end up using a backpack.

The belt also makes it a lot easier to get to your gear.  I typically have pouches all the way around my waist.  In the back I have lenses or water.  It's very easy to reach around to access those.  The camera with a lens is in a holster-type pouch on my right side.  Accessories, smaller lenses, a second body, etc. are on my left.

At a minimum, I'm typically carrying my 7D w/ 70-200/2.8, a 300/4, a 10-22, a teleconverter or two, maybe a second body (SL1 or EOS-M), and various things like a phone, sunscreen, etc.  I spend a lot of my time shooting where water is readily available to I don't always carry some.  I do have a pouch that holds a 1L Nalgene (or similar) bottle that fits on the belt (and sometimes replaces one of the lenses).

In light rain, I do not worry about waterproof-ness although some water does get through some of the seams and zippers.  I have a rain cover that wraps around the entire belt and all pouches, but I will admit that it can be a bit of a pain to put on and get off (too much stuff on my belt) and it makes it difficult if I am actually trying to shoot and not just protect my gear.

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:39:59 PM »
The smaller formats like 110 were great for the instamatics and p/s cameras of the day, same market as APSC is in now....but with the reduced film size came reduced image size to that of 35mm..... blowing up a 110 negative past 8x10 was a bad idea because the detail just was not there.

I'm fine with everything you said except this.  I don't think that 110 film and digital APS-C cameras are targeted at the same market.

110 film was made so that small cameras could be made (smaller than for 126).  Until recently, there haven't been any APS-C class cameras that you could call small in the same way.  I'd say 110 was targeted at the same market as a number of digital point and shoots where small camera size overrides image quality.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:07:43 PM »
In another thread, there has been some discussion of the benefits of higher fps.  Here's an example of a moment that I might have missed with slower than the 8fps of my 7D.  Of course, I might have caught it with a single shot, too.  I figure my chances were better with the 8fps. :)

7D, 70-200/2.8, cropped a bit.

Harris Hawk (or mouse in flight), Cincinnati Zoo Bird Show

Good timing. Well done Sir!

Here's another from a couple weeks later.  Same hawk, same gear.  This is a crop of the right side of a landscape view (almost the entire height).

Both of these cases are misses, where she didn't catch the mouse in midair.  Normally she does.

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