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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:34:45 AM »
I like the 14mm II and TS-E 17 better than the 16-35 II, but the 16-35 II is hard to beat for travel like this.  The 14 II is prone to CAs and does not take filters, but it has better IQ than the 16-35 II, is wider and is more compact.  Unless you plan on using the 16-35 II at 16mm exclusively, I wouldn't consider the 14mm prime.  And the 14mm feels a lot wider in usage than the 2mm difference from the 16-35 II may indicate.

If I had the choice and had sufficient time, then I'd consider the TS-E 17 over the 16-35 II.  The shift will help for architecture/landscape shots, and it can help get you some nice panoramas.  But it is MF only.  In this case, the 24-70 would be the primary, and the TS-E 17 would be for the special shots.  If you're going to be crunched for time, then the 16-35 II offers good IQ but is much more versatile.

14mm II does take ND filters in the rear gel holder.

Site Information / Re: Issues with Integration of JPGs in Posts
« on: June 15, 2013, 04:02:26 PM »
No I am talking about corruption.... nothing to do with the size of the images. I am noticing it more and more... just letting them know.

Its like you get 3/4 of the image then the rest is blue or another color, jagged, and corrupted.

Site Information / Issues with Integration of JPGs in Posts
« on: June 15, 2013, 03:52:18 PM »
I have noticed that a lot of jpeg's on this site, including main posts, are not appearing properly, you get 3/4 of the image and then the rest is gone.  Has anyone else noticed this issue with some posters files?

Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:10:43 AM »
First one Shot with my 600 F4L (cropped)

Second with the 24-105L (not cropped)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:28:57 PM »

I believe these are Golden-Eyes, but unsure. Used my wife's shoulder as my monopod. Taken with 5d2 w/600mm.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:12:18 PM »

Red-Winged Blackbird, taken with my 7d/600mm f6.3 - 1/800 iso 160

I didn't crop the image at all just re-sized.

Lenses / Re: 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:29:41 AM »
I paid $6400 cad last year for a very good condition (yeah some scratches but I expected this, but nothing that doesn't add some character! I am so happy! at 5k worth a look!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 Raw file corruption
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:13:13 AM »
This type of corruption has been reported by many users on a previous thread. I experienced it too.  Although what ive seen are colored bands in a particular corner of the frame. I dont think its the card (had it with many cards). I feel its more related to the computer where the file was imported. Mines went away after i changed the type of memory on the computer. Others reported different reasons. I suspect that its a Camera problem OR a lightroom/Adobe Raw problem - thats the common denominator. Canon should look into it.

If the OP's computer is a PC you can download and check the memory using a program called memtest, this isn't definitive but will certainly help, and if there is a issue with your ram it should come up... here is the link, I use this on all new pcs and surprisingly I do get the odd bad memory module. One pass is all that is necessary, it can take 15-20 minutes to run the pass it all depends upon how much ram you have.

Ultimate Boot CD V5.2.1 is what I use which has a bunch of utilties including memtest.

to use this you must first burn this to a cd/dvd, then at your bios screen usually press F12 and select your dvd/cd as the first option, then go into the memory, and run memtest.

Good Luck.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: A Few Lens Deals at BuyDig.com
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:47:31 PM »
I live in Canada and regularly have shipments cross the boarder for me so I can pick them up when I am there, I use a company called package express. There are many that offer this service, basically for a small receiving fee they accept the package, hold it for me, and allow me to pick it up during business hours. 

They notify you via email when your package arrives and even will bundle packages together and resend them to your Canadian address. Just adding this as a option.

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:29:28 AM »
Reading above, I too wanted the monster!  I'm a big guy (6'3"), I debated forever on the 500/4 or the 600/4 then the new ones came out, I debated on spending the big bucks on a new one!

I realize the weight of the newer models was a great change, but, I took the plunge when I saw a kijiji ad for very good condition 600/4 I, I jumped.  Paid about half of what I should new ($6400 cad). Yes its a Monster, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Listen to what the other guys say tho, you're going to want to invest in either a serious tripod setup or at least a nice monopod w/foot. That's the route I have gone so far and I am very impressed with my shots.  A car might not be a bad setup, but at least with a monopod you can easily swing it over your shoulder and the 500/4 might not be a bad choice for the weight consideration (you might get a good deal on a MK1 which is still a FANTASTIC lens).

My first pic that I really liked (Actually used my wife's shoulder as my tripod! (works perfect in a pinch))

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