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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Adopting a MF system.
« on: Today at 06:30:49 PM »
Congrats! Be gentle with her, and enjoy the Swedish technology. ;)

I've slammed a few L's into doorposts while turning abruptly. I couldn't tell where the lenses had been hit afterwards. (It could be seen on the doorposts though.)
My precious 400mm did a drop and bounce on stones before it settled in mud, sand and water. It sounds a bit differently while focusing, but it functions decently (still haven't serviced it).

*sigh* I would love to go to...
  • The Galápagos Islands - the birds there. Especially Blue-footed Booby.
  • The parks in Kyoto in spring (Sakura while blooming), and in autumn (the leaves of Japanese Maple).
  • Can't decide, but there's probably plenty of places where I would be able to see beauty, if I only bring the right mind-set with me...

Oh, that sucks.
I really hope that gets sorted out and solved, before it gives anyone an ulcer. In the best of worlds some of those items on the loose will turn up with their serial numbers on the web so they can be returned to the right owner.

Come on Canadian police officers! Find those thieves!

Short Eared owl, Cramlington, Northumberland, England:

That one is really magnificent! I love how the light hits the Owl, and how it connects to the viewer with its stare.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D II Specs Listed on KDrama Stars
« on: Today at 12:05:54 PM »
I completely agree with jrista, and the rest of you that are sceptic. That buffer depth shows that it just has to be old data dressed up to draw traffic - mine takes at least 23 frames of RAW with the latest FW. BTW the site didn't respond when I tried to check it. (A 500 error - server side failure.)

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:00:05 PM »
My least used items would be my...
  • Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM (the one that came before the Art).
  • My first digital, the 50D.
  • Vanguard UP-Rise 43.
I would use that sling bag a lot more if only I could carry my 400mm in it at times. Instead I use an ordinary backpack to shove my gear into while I'm out on a hike.

not sure what bird this is but i was in the right spot at the right time.

IMG_7400 by sedwards679, on Flickr

Great timing on the shot!
Do you have Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) over there? That's what it looks like to me.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:31:31 AM »
I only cheap out on women and food, but I am known to buy used lenses, and to haggle a lot in the stores that I visit. I can, usually, get 10-20% discount on the prices just by doing my homework before I get to the store (comparing prices and argue with facts, following price trends and so forth).
Bad quality annoys me, so I tend to be willing to pay for good stuff that lasts.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:32:15 PM »
A nice dilemma to have.
I would recommend my 400/5,6L any day. Mine has been to hell and back, and it still makes me happy. It's a tad lighter than the 70-200/2,8L that you have, and it balances nicely. If you nail the focus, the lens will bring you crispy shots already at f/5,6.

Good luck deciding which one to pick!

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:33:41 PM »
I think we (you guys, really) have helped Canons R&D-department and marketing division to find the only desired mode: MAUSO - Manual + Auto ISO. :)

One thing that would have me jump up and down of joy would be if they re-ordered the buttons in front of the top LCD. As of now I can't reach the metering/WB button without changing my grip to make my finger get there. The light button, at the far right, isn't used often enough to demand such a position as it has now. Flip those two over, or rotate the whole bunch, and make them "feel" different so you can touch them and know where you are without exploring the surrounding buttons also.

Canon General / Re: Exif data, does it help, do you need it shown?
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:38:26 PM »
*agrees with Marsu42 & mackguyver*

Awareness is the key. What can people learn from what I "give away", and what do I want them to know? A bit of obfuscation and some sane bowdlerisation can come in handy at times. ;)
Learned a lot from shooting data I've found in others works; it has made me try settings I wouldn't consider in the first place. In the end we all want to improve and help others grow their skill sets.

Side note: Obfuscation can go wrong too. I've learned that sneaking around near places where the military temporarily stores ammunition, in a ghillie suit, can lead to some awkward situations until it is very obvious that I'm there to shoot birds with a camera and nothing else.

Canon General / Re: Exif data, does it help, do you need it shown?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:15:51 AM »
It's not like the Universe will collapse if it's not included, but it is nice to know a little about some shots at times. I tend to make sure that body and lens info can be found, and ©. Also Shutter time, aperture, and ISO.

I don't add GPS coordinates to EXIF, but, most of the time, I post the images on services that have one way or another to link the photo to a map, and then I try to be precise with pinpointing my shooting coordinates for everything but rare birds and my own home - I don't want icky visitors at either of those places...

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I love my Gitzo  G1325  Mountaineer MK II,  with RRS BH-55 and Wimberly Gimbal Head , Gitzo 1321 Levelling Head, for 6-8 years---With out problem. Yes, After I use in every times, I will clean and preserve the fiberglass legs with ARMORALL  to protect this big / Awesome Tripods.

carbon.. not fiberglas.

im not a big fan of armorall.

i have a friend who has a very expensive carbon bike and he told me he would never use armorall on it. he use a wax.

i have protected the legs with lenscoat leg wraps.
and i clean the legs with water.

thought i would be interested to know if a wax would help.
i think it´s to protect the carbon from sunlight (UV).

Sorry for deviating away from original topic, but from what I've heard/learned from people who use fishing rods made out of carbon fibres, is that the carbon fibres have no problem with the UV-part of the light. The epoxy resins that are used to bind the structured layers are susceptible to UV-light and will age and get brittle. It's essential that the carbon fibre legs of tripods/monopods are lacquered with something that gives a substantial block of the UV-light.

Dear "J,"
 It is not's him.

The best response possible! *gives a solid hifive to Mark G., that is anything but unfocused*

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