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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:52:24 PM »
I've gotten a real lesson in high ISO needs.  I just received the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 lens and have been testing it on my 7D and 6D.  f/5 and 6.3 are really slow!  I can add 3 stops of light on the 6D (ISO 6400 vs, 800 on the 7D) which makes the lens a lot more usable.  That won't help on BIF, so I'll be stuck shooting in good light on the 7D (really would like to have a 5D!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600mm availability
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:00:23 PM »
Just received notice from B&H that my lens ordered on May 24 is being shipped - still running a little more than 3 months backordered.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Why the delay for the Tamron 150-600?
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:59:15 PM »
I just received notice of shipment from B&H for my order placed May 24, so it's running a little over 3 months behind (still.)

Lenses / Re: Stacked Teleconverters or Tamron 150-600
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:43:14 PM »
So I've been interested in shooting the moon. So there is the context, static object, tripod, don't mind manually focusing, etc.

Unfortunately I've put my energy and efforts into what I use on a regular basis, and that is focal lengths under 100mm. Now that I am very happy with my kit in that regards, I'm looking to invest some funds on the tele end a bit. I currently own the 70-200 f/4.0L but know I want to upgrade to an f/2.8 model.

So I was wondering how well it would work to just stack a 1.4x and 2x teleconverter? It looks like I could get the Kenko Pro 300s for a little north of 300 bucks for both. So that would give me 560mm @ f/8.0. Would I be satisfied with the results? Or am I just wasting time at this point and should consider spending the $1k on the new Tamron 150-600?

Keep in mind, the 70-200 upgrade will occur. And that I don't really have a need for anything greater then 200mm as I'm not into wildlife, etc. Oh, and I shoot on a crop sensor (70D) if that makes a difference.

Thanks in advance!
Well, fortunately the moon will last for a long time.  Maybe long enough to receive your Tamron 150-600.  I ordered one on May 24 from B&H and it's still back ordered.  Ridiculous.  I'm actually considering cancelling the order.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600mm availability
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:46:42 AM »
For the folks who actually have this lens, how long did it take from your pre-order or reservation to actually getting it? Want it for some sports shooting in a month's time but its out of stock everywhere (surprise surprise) or available from japan for a ~20% markup (ebay).
I ordered from B&H May 24 and received another email today saying it's still not in stock.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:38:02 AM »
It would be nice if Canon finally implemented touch controls and a menu that didn't necessitate reading the manual every time I use the flash (and I have 2 430EXII's.)

12 images, using 430EXII in softbox plus reflector for lighting.  6D, EF100 f/2.8L lens.

Not my favorite technique as I don't have the tools (proper focus rails), software (I use PS, Helicon and others made me crazy), or patience, but here's one of my more successful attempts that was necessary - it's a Maypop flower - really odd to me, but apparently an extremely common flower/weed 180mm macro @f/8, 1/800s, ISO 800:

Awesome!  The flower explodes out of the image.

Animal Kingdom / Re: American Alligators
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:48:40 AM »
Here is a friendly fellow at a sewage treatment pond about 150 miles from my home. We have seen him eat a Blue-winged Teal in one big snap.
He doesn't look like an alligator I would mess with!  Cool shot.

Various from the Everglades.
Great photos and I really like that overhead shot - is that from one of the observation towers?  I need to get down to the Glades one of these days - I'm just having a hard time convincing the wife (not the outdoor type) that it will be a fun trip.
Yes, it's from the observation tower stop on the Shark Valley tram.  I love the Everglades.  If you do go, drive all the way to the Flamingo Visitor Center area.  Eco Pond just past there is loaded with feeding birds at 7 a.m. (Egrets, herons, Roseate Spoonbills, etc.)

Animal Kingdom / Re: American Alligators
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:30:49 PM »
Various from the Everglades.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:03:12 PM »
Bought this from adorama on monday. Good news- came today. Bad news - canon box not sent. Everything was dumped in a large brown box. No original canon box. Therefore no UPC. No rebate for this one. Anyone else run into this? Or am i the random one who gets screwed? Everything seemed to be there but i am more than a little concerned it didnt get damaged in shipping. This thing is a beast.
I got mine in the Canon box from Adorama today.
Me too.

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:36:28 AM »
I place an order with B&H on May 24 and have gotten two emails saying it's back ordered.

You mean the one that starts with the 5th letter of the alphabet followed by a word that rhymes with day?  ::)
I use them too, begrudgingly.  The 10% fee and dealing with PaynotyourPal can be a real pain, but it's where I have gotten the best prices for my stuff.  Good photos are they key to selling there, and don't fall for the "What's the shutter count" scam, and ALWAYS communicate through their messaging system.  NEVER use email or any other form of communication as they scammers exploit it like crazy. Also, always check your MyeBay page and PayPal to make sure you have received payment before shipping.  Some of the scammers send you fake "Paid, Ship Now" emails (hence the tip on not using email or sharing your email address".  Also, International shipments can take weeks to clear customs and PayPal will hold your $$$ until the person signs for it, at least for people with under 100 feedback or recent electronics sales.  My $$$ was held for 6 weeks for a shipment to Isreal, but I finally got paid when the buyer signed for it.  Also, always obscure the serial # in photos.  I'm sure there are other tips to avoid scams, but those are a few of the ones that they've to do to me.

Craiglist is great for some stuff (not electronics!), but always meet in a very public place to avoid being robbed.
What is the "What's the shutter count" scam?

EOS-M / Re: Which batteries do you use on Speedlite Flash 90ex?
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:09:12 AM »
I just bought one to use on my G1 X at Amazon for $61, and found it controlled my 580 EX II on the G1 X and my 5D MK III.
Pretty cool little flash.  I use one on my 6D to control 430EXII's remotely.  I still rather have an in camera flash like the 7D for that purpose.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:40:14 AM »
Bald Eagle, Hoonah, Alaska, 7D, 70-300L

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