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Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:53:13 PM »
Not a BIF, but here's an oops moment from yesterday when the egret dropped and lost it's fish.

Also today's blog post has a cormorant fishing and taking off from the salt marsh.

When exposing for for a subject like this, where you in manual? Also, how did you work out to push the whites to what appears to be just short of clipping.

Technical Support / Lens cleaning and calibration
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:17:38 PM »
Hello all

I have a question regarding servicing.

I have an older 17-55 2.8 IS and there is quite a bit of dust between the elements. I was wondering what is the best way to go about having canon clean the lens and how much it would typically costs. Additionally, I recall reading you can have a lens calibrated to a particular camera. I have a t4i so don't have auto focus micro adjustment. Is it possible to have canon calibrate my lens to my body and how much that typically costs?

Lenses / Canon 10-22 vs 10-18
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:27:51 PM »
Lets get this one started....

Looking at MTF charts alone, how much better is the 10-22 vs 10-18? If we take the charts at face value, will the 10-22 be sharper or softer? Additionally, even if the 10-18 is a little softer, with it being half the price, would it be a much better value?


Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 04:43:20 PM »
It's not so much about building a kit for any particular kind of photography. More of a fun exercise in building a jack of all trades kit.

This is quite irrelevant unless you tell us what kind of photography you like.

Canon General / $10,000
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:50:27 PM »
If you had $10,000 to spend on photography gear to put together a jack of all trades kit, what would you include, assuming you were starting from scratch.
Here's what I would likely put together...

$4000 5D3 kit with 24-105
$1070 Tamron SP 150 - 600
$300  Rokinon 14mm 2.8
$1050 Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS
$1350 Canon 70 - 200 f4L IS
$500 On a tripod... not sure what though
$1280 600 RT x2 and ST E3 RT transmitter kit

To be followed by an announcement from Sigma of an 85mm 1.4 Art for a quarter the price and 90% the IQ.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
Now it's time for Sigma to make a sub $1000 f1.8 of equal optical quality.

I wonder if it's also because most people who would have bought a DSLR will have already done so. And technological advancements in entry lvl cameras seem to be slowing down, so people don't feel the need to upgrade.

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:07:03 PM »
I just don't understand why Canon is not including RT capability built into their newest cameras. The 6D has  wifi... why not add the necessary capability for RT triggering? I know I know.... then they couldn't sell the additional ST-E3 RT to take more money from you.

Canon General / Re: What price to quote for used APS-C gear
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:32:56 PM »
I live in Vancouver Canada so prices might be different. However, I just bought a used 17-55 2.8 a few weeks ago for $650. It is 5 years old, and has some dust under the front element, but it doesn't seem to affect image quality and is otherwise in perfect condition. I also got a Hoya ND8 filter and Circular polarizer as part of the deal. no lens hood.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of what to expect for this lens. I saw numerous people selling theirs for $700 on craigslist. I suspect you should get at least that given yours is only 2 years old and has the lens hood. Good luck. My next major camera purchase (in several years I imagine) will definitely be a move to full frame. I wonder if Canon will offer a rebel model full frame by then... hmmm...

Lenses / Selling 35mm 2.0 & 85mm 1.8 to buy 17-55 2.8
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:43:38 PM »
Hi all

So I currently use an xsi and have the kit lens, 35 2.0, 50 1.8 and the 85 1.8. Unfortunately, I've found the 35 not wide enough and the 85 too long for most of my needs. While I love the 85, I'm not terribly pleased with the 35. At this point, I'm looking for the convenience of a zoom. I've been eyeing the 17-55 2.8 as a one lens solution for most of my needs. though my wish list is long, my funds are short, so I need to sell the two lenses to buy the 17-55.
Anyone here familiar with Canadian pricing on used lenses? I'm trying to get $400 for the 85 and 300 for the 35. Is this a reasonable expectation? Remember, theses lenses are significantly more expensive new in canada than in the states. Any thoughts or advice? I've never sold any lenses before.

Thanks all, cheers.

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:09:46 PM »
If I were you, I'd sell the 7d and 17-55 to get a 6d...
You'll see why after you get your 24-70 ii! ;)


Lenses / Re: Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:11:17 PM »
Not sure how you feel about off brand products. I have been using my opteka grip with two off brand batteries for about 3 years and about 30k images on my rebel xsi without a single problem. The texture of the grip is slightly different than the camera body, but still quite good. The optika off amazon is about 1/3 the price of the canon with two extra batteries included. This way you get the grip and can still save for a camera upgrade. I find my grip on a rebel body essential for anyone with medium to large sized hands. Also, I find having a grip to hold onto normally while in portait orientation is much more comfortable, not to mention more stable (ie with a larger lens on).

Given the kit you have now, I think your next big purchase might be a used 5d2 or 6d and unleash the full potential of your great white lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 13, 2013, 08:21:08 PM »
Professionals, please enlighten me. Would not a 24 - 90 2.8 or 28 - 90 2.8 be an "ideal" walk around lens. While I don't shoot full frame, I would imagine a lens of such focal length would be ideal for a general purpose lens given it's 2.8 (as opposed to f4) and is long enough to reach the "ideal" portrait focal length of 85/90mm.

The 24-105 range on f4.0 is actually close to perfect for walk around. Don't know that I've ever really care for the extra reach of the Nikon (24-120) and I suspect that going wider (20-105 or something) would be too hard.

While I agree that 24-105 is an ideal walk around zoom length, I would rather loose a bit on the long end (down to 85) in order to gain a stop of light both for low light abuility and bokeh.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d vs d7100 Buffer
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:04:24 PM »
Okay, I just had a crazy thought that may or may not work... hear me out.

If a camera had dual card slots, could you get more shots off if every other shot was saved to alternating cards? Would that speed anything up? Would it allow for a longer burst of shots before the buffer filled since the buffer would be emptying faster (presumably)?

Just a thought.

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