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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:49:35 PM »
Constance Creek, Near Ottawa, Canada...

The spring flood has started... it's kind of cool to take the canoe and go for a paddle through the forest.

The shot is five pictures at 17mm (portrait) on a crop camera stitched together.

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:13:39 PM »
There really isn't anything you can say that will stop someone like that. If you react, it just proves to them (in their mind) that you really are dangerous and have to be watched and the longer things go, the worse the behaviour will get.

Try defusing the situation... tell him you are learning photography and taking pictures of the dogs... and show him the pictures....

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:58:46 PM »
I wouldn't call the difference in noise between the 1D IV and 70D a "wash". Compare the noise test results from DPR:

Why on God's green Earth would I compare RAW files with no NR when I never work that way and neither does anyone else?

If your photography consists of staring at zero NR, ISO 3200 black and gray patches at 100% until your eyes cross, buy a Nikon or a Sony. Then you can boost those RAW files +5 stops and really have some fun staring at patches.

I feel another RAW thread coming up.
Obviously touched a RAW nerve.....

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 20, 2014, 03:21:37 PM »
Cardinal.... shot with an SX-50 at 1200mm equivalent plus 4X digital zoom and through a window.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:31:27 PM »
Imagine someone turning this into a movie.  ;D

It's been done before....
Small | Large

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:02:33 PM »
it WAS a great day...  >:(
I assume that since you posted the picture that you are OK..... Hope you get the sled out.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 12:32:29 AM »
I put out one of those ant baits, that they take back and poison the colony.  It seemed to be working, in that the ants marched out.  I decided I didn't really want a dead colony of ants in the camera though so killed them as they emerged, so they never carried the poison back.  What intrigues me is why they would want to be in there in the first place. I can;t believe that there are no better places to nest.
They are obviously not going to nest in a Nikon camera....

Thanks for the suggestions aj, gshocked and Don regarding the 7D/70D, however:
I just sold my 7D after buying my 5DIII because I simply don't see a role for APS-C camera for me any more.
While the 7D and 70D are excellent cameras,

1. They aren't as cheap.
2. They won't replace my FF focal lengths or replicate the DoF I can get (this really is the most important aspect I want my backup to have the same sensor size- which is why I am not considering the 60D either).
3. Won't be as good in high ISO- now that, of course, is a presumption. I am presuming the 5Dc will be better than any crop sensor camera at ISO, say 1600. Is that true? I am only thinking theoretically having never used the 5D. The 5DII, of course, blows the 7D out of the water.

Now what you say about getting a used 5DII instead makes more sense, except that won't be possible for me right now.
I suppose I can always wait a few months and save a bit more, and hope 5DII prices come down as well. Of course, the 5DII is a fantastic camera- just could never stand missing the 7D AF. But for a 2nd camera it isn't a problem. Hmmm (THOUGHTFUL SMILEY)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:58:55 PM »
For a while now I have had ants nesting inside my camera.  Anybody else have this?

They seem to live in the space in front of the viewfinder - occasionally I'll see one crawl across my field of vision.  They come and go via the little microphone slot above the "EOS 5D" label.  I put a bait out, next to the camera, and most of them seem to have left but I still get the odd one. I'm not sure if there are still others inside or if something attracts them back to the camera.  I can't imagine it is a good thing for the camera.

Any advice?

Wow! Is it worth getting it cleaned?.... you could try and convince Canon it's a design bug... (pun intended)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:36:26 PM »
and if anyone is wondering why people are so frustrated with waiting for the 7D2, look at the following graphic....it's already been a year longer then the next longest in production Canon digital camera and at least another half year to go...

and if you look at the cameras currently in production, it has been out for 5 years.... next oldest is the 1DX at a mere 2 1/2 years...

This is why I say that whatever is coming, it's going to be big!

BTW, Thanks Wikipedia for the graphic!

There are hardcore supporters of the idea that "full frame is always better. :-X" I do not think so, and choose 70D without hesitation. ??? Weather sealed, AFMA, AF far superior, more images per second, higher resolution, LCD infinitely better, etc... ::) I have not used original 5D, but some friends use and the noise in the shadows is very ugly. :-[ Any Rebel model currently has more like colored noise film, while the original 5D has horrible colored spots. 8)
I'd pick a 70D over a 5D any day of the week. With a 5D2, there would be a lot of humming and hawing and then I'd get the 5D2. The 5D2 is a major improvement over the 5D... heck, a T5i is an improvement over the 5D.

to go from a 5D to a 5D2 changes:
from 12 to 21 megapixels
max ISO from 3200 to 25,600
both with 9 focus points
a larger screen with 4 times the number of pixels
an impossible to find battery to the LP-E6 that seems to be in everything now....
you get video
you get live view
you get sensor cleaning

Lenses / Re: Canon IS Primes for landscapes?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:10:29 PM »
Have you considered Canon's 24-70 f/4 IS?  It'll be similar to what you're considering stopped down, and carrying zoom might be easier than a few primes.
I second that.

The 24-70 F4 IS is a VERY nice lens and there is a bundle with the 6D and that lens.... it is harder to find than the 24-105 bundle, but the lens is so much sharper..... It's sharper than a lot of the primes that it's range covers....

Lenses / Re: EF Extension Tube Thinner than 12mm?
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:11:12 PM »
There used to be a three ring set on eBay that had an 8mm and two thicker ones.
I think it was 8, 15, and 30....

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:28:39 PM »
thought spring was here but ........

yeah..... the bay behind my place is still frozen over, but a lot of the snow in the woods has gone....

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