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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:28:11 AM »
Here's my guess:
9.3 fps (2 more than 70D, 3 less than 1DX)
28MP with equal or slight bump in high iso performance
Better weather sealing
4k video @24 fps, 120fps 1080 video slo-mo
$2100 starting price, falling to $1950 within 6 months.
dual digic 5 and digic 4 processor
cf and sd card slot, though sd card limits higher functionality
dual pixel AF version of the 1D4
Headphone jack
wifi and gps

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:35:52 PM »
1) Forgot I had it set for 30 second exposure hdr and had a 90 second wait for nature that could fly off at any time.
2) Had many blurry shots that was fine in the LCD, but not at full size, including an awesome moment of Great horned owl and Cooper's hawk in the same tree aparrently fighting over a meal an owl stole judging by the blood around it's beak. This happened around sunrise and I was hiding in my car 25 yards away so they did not get scared off. They got scared anyway.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:16:21 PM »
30MP, 8fps with 240fps @1080 video built in wifi, same rugged build, dual card slots, better af and IQ. That would sell me.

Lenses / Re: New lenses ($6800 budget)
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:01:32 AM »
Prime: you have a 50 1.8? Why do you need another prime near it? I could see if you needed a 24mm f1.4L for astrophotography. Save $ here.

Medium zoom: 24-70mm f2.8 version I or ii. The lens that's always useful and brilliant.$900-2000

Macro: 100mm f2.8 non-is and use the savings on a nice quality (let me stress again, quality!!!) tripod. $300 + $500

Tele-zoom. 70-200mm f2.8 version I or ii. The most brilliant glass on the market. $900-$2000

If you really need a super telephoto on a budget wait for the new tamron zoom that's supposedly goes to 150mm-600mm f6.3 I think I saw on a recent rumor. Or the current 200-500mm. $1100 used.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:23:42 PM »
Weight played a factor, so I narrowed it down to my 1DX, 600mm f4 + tripod, 35mm f1.4, 14mm 2.8, 70-200mm 1.4/2x extenders and bringing a charger and extra battery. I hope it all fits. I tried to wrap my 600 in bubblewrap this morning and it no longer fit in my bag. One way or another I am getting it there! Wish me luck, I leave tomorrow morning!

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 06:02:27 PM »
I love my 1DX, and I like my 1d4, but the battery chargers are huge -- they take up the space of a lens. They are meant to charge two batteries at once. I think my 7D will cover my fps/wildlife needs while my 5d3 will cover my astrophotography and low light situations. I can use one tiny charger to charge both cameras batteries. If I took my 1Dx, I probably not be able to carry a 2nd body (this sounds like a bad idea) or I would have to ditch a lens to make room for the charger. -- I think I would miss not having the 14mm, 35mm, and 24-70mm I was planning to take. Can anyone suggesting the bigger bodies give me reasons why they would choose to sacrifice the space? If birds was the main thing I would be taking photos of I'd agree, but it seems birds of prey are much rarer than various other mammals which might not require an extra 4fps or extra spot of low light performance. Am I wrong? Are Ospreys and Bald Eagles and (I hope, hope, hope) Peregrine falcons common?

 I wish I had a 24mm f1.4L II, which would be perfect for astrophotography and I am tempted to splurge more, but I really need to sell gear being that I have my first child coming. And, I have a 35 f1.4, which is close and 14 f2.8 Tamron which will probably also be useful. I hope to sell my 600mm f4L IS USM and 400mm 2.8L IS USM which I use seldomly. This is one of the main reasons I am going, so I can use it before I get rid of it. Incidentally, probably selling 2 bodies as well.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 05:23:30 PM »
I will also be there the first week of September! Perhaps we might meet for coffee and share some of our prize shots.  ;D
I clumsily booked a flight into Cody, and hotel --was then able to change hotel to Big Sky, MT which is about 2 hours away from Hayden Valley according to Google Maps. My wife has a cousin who lives in Missoula (Western MT) whom we plan to visit during our stay. I onlyeish to get up at 3AM if the results will be dramatically better than evening time. I saved $500-600 by not booking in the park.Not to mention the places were booked despite the horrible, horrible reviews.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:30:21 PM »
I will be bringing my gitzo tripod with gimbol head and manfrotto monopod. Without a tripod astrophotography would be a pipe dream.
My wife and I are not athletes by any means but we do like hiking up in nature together, so she will love seeing all the bison, and elk. I hope to take pictures of wolves, bears and eagles. I live in AZ, so it will be a welcome relief from the heat of the desert to be up there in the mountains. Though my wife will not be able to do strenuous hiking, she won't be a big ball of baby yet. She is understanding of my passion even though she does not partake. She woke up at 3 AM with me to get sunrise pictures on our last vacation. I booked a hotel 2 hours from YNP, so I am hoping evening wildlife activity is as high as morning so 3AM is not a repeat offense. She would also choose to go with me than sleep in (most of the time). Also, I work in a pawn shop, so I've picked up a spotting scope and pair of Nikon binoculars for fairly cheap.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 03:30:01 AM »
Just mostly to dump pics from cards for more space/pics + webbrowsing at night at the hotel.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:07:57 AM »
Does anyone think bringing a 32gb tablet instead of a 700gb laptop is reasonable to save space? Or should I just bring the laptop. I think I mostly want to bring the tablet because I never use it except on vacations in my hotel room. Damn thing is a huge smartphone without the phone or the service, just wifi.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:43:25 AM »
Part of this depends on what you want to shoot - landscape, birds, otters, big game like elk/bison/bears, wolves, etc.  Yellowstone has all of that and more.  It also depends on the time of year but I'm assuming you are going in the near future.

If you really want to get wolf shots you have to be incredibly patient and understand that they will be some distance away most of the time.  You'd want to have the 7d + 600 + 1.4 to get any decent shots.  They get closer in the winter incidentally and even then I was wishing I had more range with my 7d + 500 + 1.4. 

Most of the other wildlife isn't too far away.  Looking at my pictures from a summer and winter trip to Yellowstone before I was getting a wide variety of wildlife in focal lengths that were usually < 500 mm equivalent with few exceptions.  Notably there will be great photo opportunities while driving or hiking that will require a wider angle lens and sometimes without warning so I'd drive around with two cameras ready to go - one for telephoto shots and one with something wider for scenery and the occasional animal close encounter.

Sometimes I'd see amazing shots of lumbering families of grizzlies roaming the treeline quite a distance away and would want the range but often the bears aren't incredibly far away or at least you are able to reposition to get a better shot while still at a safe distance. 

My suggestion if you are looking to shoot the full variety of options (and Yellowstone really offers an amazing variety of photographic opportunities) is to bring the following:

Either 5d3 or 1dx - after buying a 1dx my heart would tell me to take it on this trip but my brain would say to take the 5d3 instead.  I'd consider the 5d3 instead because of the additional resolution and the size advantage however it is arguable whether it truly matters.  The increased frame rate of the 1dx won't be a major factor on this trip and the better low light capabilities of the 1dx would be somewhat handy but not critical. 

The second body should be the 7d for the extra reach unless you have zero interest in wolves and birds and distant animals.  You'd probably not be too bad using one of your FF's instead + the 600 + a tc but if you are looking at truly distant subjects (or smaller things) you will get more pixels on target with the 7d.  So if you don't care about farther away stuff take the 5d3 and 1dx.

Your lens selections sound spot on.

I don't think a blind is going to be worth it.  You can see amazing wildlife in Yellowstone through a combination of patience, getting up early, talking to locals and park rangers (like the various wolf experts - look for the yellow SUV), and considering doing at least some guided touring.  There are an incredible variety of good guides around and actually the Yellowstone Association does some nice tours as well.  My summer visit was without any assistance but my winter visit was with the YA guides as it is logistically complex to visit most of Yellowstone in winter.

It also doesn't take much hiking to get away from the masses and see good stuff.  This is a nice contrast to Yosemite where it seemed like you really had to hike a bit to get some of the best experiences.

Thank you very much! This was exactly what I was hoping to hear reenforced. Your logic of the 7d and 5d3 is how I rationalized it. Plus less risk of losing my favorite body by leaving it at the hotel or having someone steal it at the airport.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:32:15 AM »
I left off the list of lenses left behind is my 300mm f4 and 200-500mm Tamron. The 300f4 is awesome, but I would have to leave my 70-200 - that's not gonna happen. My 200-500 might seem useful, but the focusing is so... slow. Birds in flight is out of the question. It is however, way, way lighter than a 600. I have a 600, so you tend to make an effort to use it when you pay that much for it and the tripod sturdy enough to support one.

I also left out a bit of important info. I am putting my 600 in one hiking bag with bubblewrap, and the rest of my equipment I want to fit in my tamrac backpack which would fit 2 small bodies, 3 small lenses and my 70-200mm or 300f4 in a space not designed for lenses.

Canon General / Re: Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:30:41 PM »
Also, should I invest in a blind? I am not camping in the park I am just taking short hikes perhaps. My wife is NOT into photography and will be with me. She will be about 2 months pregnant at that point. She says she is willing to hang out in a spot for an hour or so, so long as it's not 4+ hours of sitting in the same spot.

Canon General / Yellowstone vacation advice
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:20:56 PM »
I'm flying into Yellowstone and trying to pack and wanted advice. I have 4 bodies. I was thinking about bringing 2 bodies. I have a 1DX. Obviously, my favorite to use. I have 1d mark IV, 7d and 5d mark iii. I have cf and sd cards, but my sd cards also work in my camcorders and they are larger than my cf cards. I was hoping to bring my Motorola Xoom tablet to save space. I was thinking about taking the 7d and 5d3 to save space (charger is much smaller too). I want to take pics of birds in flight and astrophotography. I am bringing my Canon 600 f4 and my 14mm f2.8 Tamron. My 70-200, both 1.4 and 2x extenders. I also will bring my 35 f1.4 and 24-70 f2.8. I am leaving behind my 85 1.2, 100 macro, 400 f2.8, macro extenders and my 17-40 f4.

Am I making any mistakes?

Lenses / flying with 600f4 or 400f2.8
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:46:56 PM »
I was planning a trip to yellowstone national park and curious if anyone had advice on flying with either my 600f4 or 400f2.8. They are expensive to be lost in luggage, but perhaps too large for carry on. And which of the two should I bring. I really am hoping for some bald eagle sightings, but if it's not likely I'd rather have my 400 since it is more hand holdable.

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