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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:45:29 AM »
Either company is fine. Both have excellent salespeople with the knowledge to get you what you want, and shipping to get you it when you need it. However, there are bad employees at each, too.

I happened to get probably (hopefully) the worst salesperson from B&H on my Canon 500mm f/4L order. First, a refusal to ship to my PMB (UPS Store) when shipping with UPS. I had dozens of previous B&H orders delivered to this same address without a problem, but suddenly this one salesperson decides he will not allow that lens to go to that address. Problem - my residence is unlikely to ever have someone there when the UPS driver arrives. No way of knowing what day it will actually be delivered well in advance. So scheduling a day to be there is impossible. Next this salesperson decides to unilaterally place an alert on my credit card. My truck is stuck on empty at the gas station where they are refusing my card. No where near the limit, and calling the bank on a Sunday is real fun. They have me answer 20 questions, and then tell me the alert was placed on my card by B&H. Ended up having the package arrive without anyone signing for it. Just sitting there. Could have just shipped it to my PMB in the first place and been safer without all the hassles and worries. I became an Adorama customer after that experience. Never found a reason to return to B&H. One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.

I've had two problems with Adorama, but always resolved through their customer service. Perhaps someday, I'll get major hassles from them as well, but my streak is about 8 years without a real problem.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:01:17 AM »
1) Photoshop on an iPad? Might as well skip PS and use Instagram filters to post process your images. I'm unlikely to convince Apple to make a 30" iPad, so it seems I'll stay with my desktop to edit images.

2) I do not always connect to the internet, so the CC thing is a pain for me. If I go off somewhere for months, why do I need to check back in with Adobe when I'm paying the bill? Makes zero sense, and I will not pursue the CC scheme. Their reasoning is twisted, and not based on real numbers.

3) Anyone examine the data throughput to Adobe to see how much you end up paying if not on WiFi but using 3G? More costs involved?

4) The second year is five times the price? And Adobe expects you to fulfill the contract for the first year regardless of usage? Automatic renewal? If you are off the grid then or get the notices routed to your junk folder, you might be looking at the second year contract buy out plan (50% of the remain contract). $300 to say, "No, thanks"?


No, thanks.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:17:32 AM »
Some of us want a lens we can know will perform in the rain and snow. Is this as weather resistant as Canon's L-series lenses? Can this lens go to the windy beach and not get clogged with sand? I've had Canon's 24-105mm f/4L IS in all sorts of conditions, and I have not thought twice about it. Dumb luck or specs, I do not know.

Is there a reliable rating system for such a question?


Hey, no weather sealing, not to mention the double-barrel zoom makes an extra area "exposed" for potential element influx. I don't think Sigma has an "All weather" rating, and neither does Canon (not even all the white L lenses are weather sealed).


"Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction"
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_105mm_f_4l_is_usm

Perhaps not the sealing for a downpour or sandblast, but still tight and "resistant"

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:30:23 AM »
Some of us want a lens we can know will perform in the rain and snow. Is this as weather resistant as Canon's L-series lenses? Can this lens go to the windy beach and not get clogged with sand? I've had Canon's 24-105mm f/4L IS in all sorts of conditions, and I have not thought twice about it. Dumb luck or specs, I do not know.

Is there a reliable rating system for such a question?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gura Gear Launches New Color for Bataflae
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:23:37 AM »
I have the older Kiboko, and use it to carry a 500mm and 300mm, plus an assortment of other items, including two bodies and teleconverters. I keep the Canon lens shades and leather covers on the lenses with this Gura bag. I would not to leave the lens shades behind.

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Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:03:52 PM »
Pictures >> 2013 >> 13.07.04 (fireworks) >> img_1203.cr2 through img_####.cr2
edited images get renamed fireworks_1203.jpg (and *.psd) and placed in the same folder

Then later, when I'm looking for the original to fireworks_1203.jpg, I simply search on *1203.jpg and find it. Sure there are many other files matching, but chances are narrowed that any 1203 file is of a firework. Even if you specialize in fireworks, you'll be able to find that one original in a hurry.

File converters will be around for a long, long time. Your bigger problem is Photoshop not recognizing a newer file format on a new er camera, and having to use their CC as your only option.

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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:55:25 PM »
thank you for sharing this, Roger is always great and maybe the smartest person in this business.

anyway, I think metal lenses/cameras are being overrated, my plastic 6D is as durable as supposed to be all metal  the Sony A7R or the Nikon D800E or the 5D3.

and my rebel XTi lasted more than 7 years.

new gen engineering plastics are very tough with good amount of elasticity to it.
Any of the plastic bodies/lenses will last if you treat them with some kindness. I'm rather hard on my equipment. So I pay extra for the little extra durability. The report is not taking into account that someone with tougher equipment is tougher on the equipment. Someone carrying a porcelain camera/lens would be extremely gentle with it. If a few years later their metal camera broke but the porcelain camera was intact does that make the metal camera less durable or more prone to breaking? I think not.

You never see an Aston Martin stuck in a muddy field, but there those 4WDs covered in mud getting pulled out. Which vehicle is better off road?

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Canon General / Re: Post Processing: A Guide for Nature Photographers
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:43:07 AM »
Photoshop is overkill for most nature photographers. Lightroom is better. It also allows the photographer to avoid the Creative Cloud issue. An e-book devoted to Photoshop for this application? Seems like its starts in the wrong direction and keeps going in that direction.

Next, I worry when I see nature photographers talking about cloning. Stop calling it photography, and start referring to it as digital artwork. The huge problem with this becomes we do not know whether this photographer is more digital artist or more nature photographer by his final product. That becomes unfair to him and his viewers.

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:45:19 AM »
This is a great thread. I'm loving the placement ads in the thread. Sooooo appropriate!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:22:19 AM »
If you play the waiting game, you only hurt yourself. If you like the 5DMkIII, get it now. It might be next year the Mark IV comes out, or it might be years from now, if ever.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:20:36 AM »
Canon really needs to get this update out there. the 7D is ancient technology by comparable standards. Good camera/sensor, but so many others have passed it by. Hard to purchase something so old knowing Canon has to be considering a replacement soon.

Rebels are fine for those not torturing their camera equipment. I just would not trust a Rebel in harsh weather or the abuse of man-handling it. What is left for the wildlife or sports photographer that benefits from the cropped sensor?

The GPS and Wifi thing is not a necessity. In fact, I'm more than likely disabling both features should I ever finally get a chance to upgrade my 50D and 40D. I'd rather have a tight body that can hold up to the rigors of weather and abuse than external communication without wires or a pack on the bottom.

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Faking is what you lead your audience to believe. If you tell them you are film the birth a polar bear in the wild, it had better be in the wild. Lying is even worse than faking. Faking is not telling the audience what is really going on.

As a wildlife photographer I do not want captive animals considered wild. Just state that some of the scenes were filmed in captivity. That makes the truly amazing wildlife image precious compared to one taken where the animal was under some control.

Ethics.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame or faster lens?
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:56:53 AM »
Buy a new main camera, and use your previous main camera as your backup.

I would not buy a back-up camera (unless you are considering a mirrorless or point-n-shoot).  If you purchase a good camera as a true backup, consider how many times you will actually use it. Hopefully, never. You are only pulling it out if your main camera fails. If your main camera does not fail, you'll never be using the back-up.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Targets Security Camera Market for Growth
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:55:50 PM »
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<p><strong>DSLR Sales Cool

Until the big megapixel body hits or an EOS 5D Mark IV, DSLR sales will not see the growth that had been previously enjoyed.</strong></p>
<p>Canon hops to move into the “wide open” market of security cameras. They hope to sell $1 billion dollars worth of security cameras annually starting in 2016. I have no rumors about what’s coming in the segment. :)</p>
<p>“A major focus for the next phase is increasing our business-to-business (B2B) sales, and of course security cameras – which is a huge market – is part of that,” Canon President and CEO Fujio Mitarai said in an interview.</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/23/canon-surveillance-idUKL4N0GN0YB20130823" target="_blank">Read more at Reuters</a></strong></p>
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Perhaps releasing the longer awaited 7D MkII for wildlife and sports photographers would spur renew sales. Metal body with weather resistance. Seems a natural for upgrading and getting people to invest in the cropped sensor upgrade.

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Lenses / Re: Superteles: 300 vs 500
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:34:51 AM »
I have both the 500 and 300 v1.  Use the 500 10-20x more than the 300.  Now that I just got the 200-400 (lots of $), I think both the 300 and 500 will see much less use.  Eventually I will replace the 500 with a 600 for the reach, especially when shooting birds.  200-400 is great for general wildlife.

I know this is much more money than you planning on spending, but it is an alternative setup. 

BTW - I would avoid 2.0 Mk 2 (soft) and the 600F4 V1 (too heavy).  500 F4 V1 is a great lens and the V2 is not much lighter.
same here.

I use the 300mm with a teleconverter as my handhold lens whilst the 500mm and 1.4xTC is on the gimbal mount. Which is being used is dependent on if I'm standing still or on the move. So consider your shooting style. Do you campout at one spot and wait? (500mm) or do you constantly move about (300mm)?

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