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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:43:21 PM »
We never see Western Scrub-Jay's at our house. Then when I was practicing with a rental 100-400mm, this one dropped onto my fence to smile for a photo. 1/400 5.6 ISO 100

Unless your away from home on a trip and forgot to install the GPS map utility that you wanted to use - it's available only on the original disk.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:14:40 PM »
The question is hypothetical and presumes

1) a 5DIV would improve generically on the 5DIII but with a significant MP boost (at least 32MP compared to the existing 22MP for the 5DIII)

2) the price range of such a camera would follow the pattern of the 5D-family (around 3.500$ at launch)

Since you qualified the poll with "5DIV would improve generically on the 5DIII", I would probably not upgrade unless things such as IQ, DR, FPS, buffer speed, Focus points and types etc improved.

I like the idea of increased MP for larger prints, but that alone will not sell me one.

I just do not care about 4k video and nothing I own even uses 4K, not my TV nor my computer monitor. The 5D3 is just too heavy for video that I do without buying a grand or more worth of stabilizing arms. I take video for fun with an iPhone, otherwise I take photos.

Photography Technique / Re: Air Show Settings with 100-400mm?
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:44:59 AM »
I'd suggest wide open (maybe down a stop if you have direct sunlight) and trade off ISO for shutter speed.  1/800 will get you a little prop blur and a decent chance of a sharp airframe.  For jets wind the shutter up as far as you can go.  A gimbal will keep the horizon level even if it isn't in frame.  Spot metering and AF worked for me, lots of jazz going on around your subject.  Bring lots of water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, ear plugs, seat etc. 


Wish I had a gimbal, not going to bring a tripod at all. The people sitting next to me may not appreciate that being in the way. I have a front row seat right on the flight line.  They don't don't let you bring in food and water, citing FAA regs, but I really think it's about water and food sales. Not only sunscreen and sun hat, I bring an umbrella - there is no shady places to hang during the boring stuff they have to keep the kids interested.

You think spot AF is best? I will give that a try first. Thanks.

Photography Technique / Air Show Settings with 100-400mm?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:33:58 AM »
I have rented a 100-400L for an airshow this weekend and I'm looking for some help confirming my settings or suggesting better ones. I AFMA'd it with and without a 1.4 TC with Focal. I'm going to try an avoid using the TC and I'm bringing my 70-200 2.8L II also just in case I'm not happy with this lens.

The sky will be a bright blue with some puffy white clouds. Hopefully they will be in the right places  ;D

I took some practice shots today from too far away to get anything worthwhile to make judgement about this lens. I'm thinking wide open at 5.6 in aperture priority and ISO 100. Should I be looking for another fstop with this lens - it's sweet spot? For the prop planes I may need to drop the fstop down for the prop motion.

I'm pairing this lens with a 5D3 and think I should be on case 2 for AI Servo AF and have adjusted the tracking to -2 to stay locked on target.

For AF Area selection focus I'm thinking either AF point manual selection with the 4 surrounding the single point or  8 surrounding points. I have seen it suggested that I use 61 point or Zone AF.

Lastly, which IS mode on this lens is best for rapid moving aircraft? I'm thinking mode 2 which is for panning?

Video & Movie / Re: Papua New Guinea - Macro and Wide Underwater
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:54:22 PM »
Fantastic video, great colors and really captured the beauty.

What equipment did you use and who did you dive with?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:10:39 AM »
I went for the GPS.  Having the photo come up on the map view in Lightroom is nice.  Wi-fi would also be nice but i really don't use it that often.  I prefer to tether the camera.

That and you can export a file for Google Earth and have reduced versions of your trip.

I use GPS all the time and keep a eye-fi in the camera and rarely use it. Seems faster to import via a cable to my iPad if I want to send out photos fast.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:09:17 PM »
The selected point appears when I activate AF (I use rear-button AF). However, I cannot move it until I first hit the AF mode selection button...then that frees the AF point to be moved somewhere else with the joystick. In other modes, I just have to activate AF, then I can move the selected point with the joystick without the intermediate requirement of pressing AF mode first.

I use back-button AF, I just tap the AF-ON button then I can move the joystick to move the AF point (even after I've released the AF-ON button, although as I stated above, moving the AF point 'times out' just like the metering).  That's in all modes, including AI Servo + 61-pt auto.

I dunno what's up. I'm kind of ticked, as since I reset, I now have to press that AF mode button to get the AF point movable in every AF mode. I can no longer simply tap the joystick (after initially activating AF, however that's done) to get it moving. :'( I think something is up with my 5D III.

My 5D3 did the same exact thing right after I got it back from CPS. I thought it might be a setting, but it turned out the lock button was on. Hope it's that simple for you, I never use mine so it took me a while to look at it - that was big "duh" moment.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:55:13 PM »
Works great - Thank You. ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone with f-stop ICU Large Pro??
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:48:48 PM »
I've only been in one down poor with one of them, and nothing got wet but I did seek cover fairly fast. Buy a rain cover with it and hydration sleeve if your going to put in a water bladder.

Also, it doesn't come with any Gate Keepers and as usual they are out of stock. Order them anyway as then you get onto the wait list - then phone them periodically as the squeaky wheel gets the grease . They seem to get supply in bulk periodically for orders plus a small amount of extra. I found the small Gate Keepers to be the right size but also the Loka does of some built in straps for the sides.

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone with f-stop ICU Large Pro??
« on: August 30, 2014, 05:09:33 PM »
Thanks for your help, I'll probably get by with the Medium Slope! :)

Here is a photo of my f-stop Guru with a medium slope ICU. It contains the 5DMK3 griped w/ RRS L, 70-300 w/ collar and lens hood, 16-35, 24-105, 2 TC's, charger, batteries, lens hoods for the two other lenses, gps, cards. There is still a bit of room if I wanted to squeeze another lens in and put the two lens hoods up in the top of the pack or just set them on top of gear and zip it closed - usually with some padding. The Guru has a smaller access to the ICU than the Loka - which I also have.

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone with f-stop ICU Large Pro??
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:45:51 PM »
Check out this article for some ideas about the ICU sizes. With you listed gear, you might get buy with a medium. If you call F-stop, they can guide you and usually give you a discount if you go for additional ICU at the time of purchase.

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone with f-stop ICU Large Pro??
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:37:56 PM »
I just recently went on a trip with my Satori and the Large Pro ICU. I carried the 5DMKIII with grip and RRS L Bracket, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 4.0, 70-200 2.8, 400 5.6, 1.4 and 2.0 TC, GPS, 2 extra Batteries, Charger, TC-80N3 remote, a pack of CF and SD's. All of this was just in the ICU, the rest of the pack contained all my filters, cleaning stuff, cables, iPad, headlamp, extra lens caps, jacket, water, etc.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:14:17 PM »
A competition for all of our US members, two photos from my hotel window:
What is the continent; what country and what city?

You can't fool us, your in Las Vegas staying at the Bellagio and looking at the Paris hotel.

Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:32:07 AM »
Canada might be different, but in the USA for the gold level you get:
1 CPS Pro Strap
1 Body Cap
1 Rear Lens Cap

Plus some labels for addressing your equipment when you send it to them. Upon renewal, I just got a card, labels and a repair form.

Not for renewals, just for new members.

Yep, said that. I think this he is new to CPS.

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