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Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:34:01 AM »
Through Vegas to Zion (I'd recommend swinging through Valley of Fire just north of Vegas)
Scenic byway 12 on the way to Capitol Reef, possible quick stops at Devil's Garden (not to be confused with the Devil's Garden in Arches) & Goblin Valley.
Canyonlands & Arches
Monument Valley
Page (Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon; you'll be able to see the popular beams, but I recommend the more expensive photography tours if you go; Horseshoe Bend).
Grand Canyon

Based on Cali_PH's recommendations, I basically did this tour (flying in/out of LAX) back in October 2012, in 8-9 days. But there was quite a bit of driving involved, especially from/to LA to the Utah/Arizona area, as well as between Capitol Reef and Arches/Canyonlands NP.

Oh, I also stopped at the Natural Bridges park :)

Software & Accessories / Re: External AF assist light?
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:50:08 AM »
Yongnuo's YN-E3-RT has built-in focus-assist beam, and is the size of the Canon ST-E3-RT. Might just suit your bill, and give RT access to 600EX-RT's to boot.

Technical Support / Re: More reach
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:41:14 AM »
Struggling to work out where was best for this topic. I know its been covered numerous times before, but I'm after more reach than 200mm of my 70-200 on my 7D. It would be used primarily for motorsports, airshows and wildlife

A couple of years ago, I faced the same issue: I found that my 70-200mm on my 50D didn't have enough reach for shooting motorcycles on racetracks, and I was looking to get (significantly) closer.

After trying a 400mm and a 300mm in a shop and some "thinking", I decided that 300mm wouldn't be enough and splurged on a used 400mm/2.8L Mk I.  Only to find out that a 400mm on a APS-C got me too close to the action to be useful for me. I had to practice quite a bit to learn how to properly use the 400mm.

So my advice to you would be to check out if a 1.4x TC or a 300mm might suffice for what you want to do, or you really need the 400+mm.

Now that I have a 5D3, I'm looking forward to try the 400mm again to see if it has become more "user-friendly" for me.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:58:26 PM »
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

Yup, skyrocketing with 10%+ salary increases per year.  :D

There's a reason why an increasing number of companies are looking to move out of China. Heck, there are even Chinese companies will take your order and outsource the manufacturing to lower cost countries in South East Asia.

Can anyone think of any cons to using AI servo fulltime and ditching One Shot if I I'm able to achieve the same level of accuracy?

I've found on my 5D3 that if I engage AI Servo, a flash (580EX, 600EX-RT) will NOT send out AF-assist beams. If I switch to One Shot or AI Focus, the AF-assist beam works.

I haven't found this quirk mentioned in any of the manuals.

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:21:23 AM »
Also, how much travel time is involved in getting to these sites from Page itself? Doesn't look too bad, but again I have not been there.

As I recall, it's less than 15 minutes drive from central Page to both sites (Antelopes, Horseshoe Bend).

Since this is a family trip, most of my gear can't come. So I was planning on bringing a 5d3 body, 16-35L and a tripod.

Bring only 1 lens into the canyons, as there are too much fine dust there to change lenses. I got a little dust into the tripod (I cleaned it out later), but my 17-40L+5D3 were fine.
The 16-35L is your best choice for all three sites.

In HK you can get them for around $5800, which is not so bad.

kaihp - where in Hong Kong have you seen them at that price? (HK$ 45,000) I know Fortress sells them for HK$52,500 but they tend to be a bit more expensive.

I'm using the price.com.hk Android app/website to search. My Chinese is (very) limited, but there seem to be several sellers offering it for HKD44,800. But they could be "grey imports" - but hey, I'm not in HK so I don't care too much.

When I was in HK in October, I found the 600EX-RT's at lower price than advertised in the app. The "Sim City" shopping mall in Mong Kok, Shan Tung Street had several well equipped shops. DCfever is even registered as an official dealer by Canon HK.

Shoot me a PM if you need more info.

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:33:52 PM »
This is pretty informative. You will find this out for yourself after you go, in any case. But it is useful to have it before you go (I wish I did, and went with something wider than 17mm on APS-C!).


Good tips that I can only agree to. My own shots were taken at 20mm (17-40L on a 5D3, link).

My only problem with that group buy is that I'm not in the US to take advantage of it  >:(

That…and the fact that the deal has expired.   ;)

Well, I did see the group buy while it was active, so I won't complain that the deal has now expired  :D
In HK you can get them for around $5800, which is not so bad.

JPAZ, I started to shake & cry when I saw the prices on the 300 and 85 in the group buy :'(.  Ok, not really, but wow, what a deal, especially on the 300.  Congrats on scoring that price and I'm sure you're dying to get the new lens.  I can't recommend it enough and love it more and more each time I use it.

My only problem with that group buy is that I'm not in the US to take advantage of it  >:(

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:18:50 AM »
Anybody here visited Antelope Canyon lately? I will be in Page for about a day and a half this upcoming October. I was wondering if anyone here has any specific advice as to whether to spend time at Upper vs Lower Antelope Canyon. Looks like Lower is less crowded, but why? I was thinking I would probably be happier in Lower with less casual visitors and having more time, since the sunbeams in Upper aren't great in October…..Am I correct? If I only do one, will Lower be a good idea? Also, exactly how do you get in Lower……I understand you need a guide……..anybody have any good or bad experiences or make any specific recommendations?

Secondly, my plan was to try Horseshoe Bend then too………when is best, morning or evening? Is it easy or hard to get to?

Thanks for any help…..have researched this quite a bit but I am sure there are some of us here who know exactly what I am asking…...

I went to Upper Antelope, Lower Antelope and Horseshoe Bend in October 2012.

Since Upper is A-shaped (ie wide in the bottom, narrow in the top) and Lower is V-shaped, I would recommend going to Lower in the morning, and take Upper around noon in order to get more sun in. As far as I recall, October will be too late in the year to get the sunbeams in Upper.

You do not need a guide in Lower. Just show up with a full-sized tripod and your camera - they will allow you to go in alone (the entrance can be hard to find, though - I had to get people to direct me to the stairs down).

Horseshoe Bend is on the other side of Page vs the Antelopes. I went there in the morning before daybreak (bring a flashlight!) and kept shooting for 3-3½ hours, as the sun can up behind me and the shadows moved down into the ravine over the hours. I liked this light vs the light in the evening, when you are shooting towards the sun. YMMV.

Enjoy the trip  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:10:32 AM »
I wonder if just I have this problem.

Reikan is known not to answer support mail or support questions. Maybe mail works(?).
How "known" are Reikan for this - just to you, perhaps?
Your credibility for posting this is not very high, given that this is your very first post on the CR forum.

Personally, I have reported a few bugs and feature suggestions since I purchased the Pro license about 1.5 years ago. Every time, I've gotten a response.
To me, this sounds like a simple website problem.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:20:19 AM »
I don't know how many people out there are waiting for this Camera. It's a very very long wait now. It is still really surprising still not to have a CR3 news on this.
I've really wanted a 7D2 to be released by canon ... Tired of waiting I got a 5d3 in October 2012. Now I'm not sure what the 7d2 will offer which will make me get one after having been spoilt by the 5d3.
I also got the 5D MKIII in October 2012.

Software & Accessories / Re: How long a Monopod should be
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:38:51 AM »
I'm 6'6", so I feel the OPs pain. I managed to pester my local shop long enough (I think it was over a 6 month period) for them to import a Gitzo G1564L monopod, which can be extended to 6'7.5" (202cm). The G1564L is no longer available, but Gitzo has a 192cm tall Carbon-fiber monopod, the GM3551 which should be fine for you.

Hope this helps.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Aftermarket upgrading of cameras?
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:53:42 PM »
No, the primary reason for soldering everything is reliability.

Reliability and physical space. Sockets take up space that aren't there.

Laptop and desktop computers are in an entirely different ballgame when it comes to data rates, because they can afford to throw power (consumption) at the problem. A PC can consume 100+Watts with no ill side effects. A Camera cannot, since the heating will affect the sensor noise adversely.

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