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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:20:08 PM »
Any strap or connection can fail, that's for sure! I'm much more confident using the Custom SLR C Loop strap mount as the connector to the camera than I am the BR. Of course one must be sure the SLR connector is properly attached to the camera.

To each his own. I just hope that everyone avoids lens and camera crashes no matter the brand of strap they use!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:01:10 PM »
I'll never purchase a BR strap or anything else they make. Just looking at the swivel and clip tell you they are not up to the job of holding a heavy camera and lens. Basically the straps are junk.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:21:45 PM »
Shot over this past Labor Day at the Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Great fun! The photos are not fully processed due to my laziness but nevertheless tell the story of an amazing camera and a 300mm f/2.8 lens with extenders from time to time.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:06:02 PM »
Over last Labor Day at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska.

Lighting / Re: stopping motion with a light trigger
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:10:25 PM »
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to respond and provide such meaningful and helpful information. I sure know a lot more about triggering the camera shutter and flash using a timing device than I did when I started!

Wishing everyone much success in your photography efforts.

Lighting / stopping motion with a light trigger
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:55:23 PM »
I'm interested in knowing if anyone is doing stop motion, say a drop of water bouncing up after it hits water, a wine glass shattering and capturing the wine as the glass explodes, that sort of dramatic photo style, and what type of light/shutter trigger you are using to make those captures. Thanks much!

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 14, 2014, 06:49:18 PM »
Nicely stated, mackguyver!

I'm one who believes in taking a gun to a knife fight. So, I buy equipment that might be slightly beyond my skills set at that time and work towards growing into the better equipment. I'm not so much interested in buying new equipment at this point as I am using the great equipment I am so lucky to own. Oh I might buy a trigger to photograph lightning but that would be about it.

I don't use 600mm lenses often enough to own one, but they are easy to rent and return.

All of that being said, the cliche about the best camera is the one you have in your hand is usually true. I've had great luck with my Ricoh GR, and thoroughly enjoy shooting my 1D-X. And, I am very happy with both cameras!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:58:12 PM »
Runnerguy, well at least on my Mac monitor (pretty good with colors overall) the image of the Maui sunset you shot is extremely over-saturated. Just a helpful comment.

Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:34:32 PM »
My advice is to avoid the studio at all cost and enjoy the outdoors. I have the Paul Buff brand Einstein lights that are very good and reasonably priced. They do a superb job. Rent anything you need that is more expensive. But really, wouldn't you rather be outdoors? Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:08:42 PM »
I went to the combination of lens and extenders that MackGuyver uses and am very happy not only with the lighter weight, the choice of lengths with the extenders, but spending nearly half the cost of the 600mm lens. Sure the 600mm lens is superior at 600mm but not all that much imo. But if you suddenly need a 300mm lens you are out of luck unless you have a lens toting assistant along in the field to carry both lenses.

The 300mm is the way to go until something better comes along.

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:19:00 AM »
I purchased some Schneider 4" x 4" ND filters from 2Filter for my medium format camera that I was shooting last weekend. I am amazed at the quality of the filters. Sure, they are darn expensive! I think it is safe to say that you get what you pay for with filters. I agree with Neuro to avoid using variable density filters. I've not had good luck with the ones that I have tried using with my 1D-X.

I'm not looking for more megapixels because I am very satisfied with my 1D-X and trying to get better and better at shooting birds in flight. If you are a hardware collector and want to spend more money, then sure, bring on more megapixels. I probably will not buy a new camera body for the foreseeable future. In that regard, I am far from alone.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Focus indication with manual lenses
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:23:03 PM »
I have to say that when shooting the Canon 100mm macro lens or the Zeiss Otus lens on my Canon 1D-X, I never pay attention to anything that would indicate perfect focus on the camera for a manual focus lens. Sometimes I will go into live view and zoom in but then leave live view and go back to the viewfinder to make sure the focus is where I want it.

Manual focusing after a while becomes almost second nature and you know when it it right. My success rate increases the more I shoot in manual focus.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:03:40 PM »
Posting images? Maybe, but probably not. I'd rather take my camera and go shooting. Sorry!  :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:41:45 PM »
I've been shooting with my Otus lens that I received just after they were released. I use the lens on my 1D-X.

I've not noticed any rings or other anomalies with the photos I have taken so far. Most all of the shots were with the amazing hood on the lens.

As for focus, it might take a bit of getting used to. Learning to focus this lens is like learning to ride a bike. Once conquered it almost becomes second nature.

The images are amazing. I'm not a pro photographer or a techie with superior technical knowledge. I'm just a guy who loves to shoot landscapes, buildings details, and nature. The lens has outperformed my expectations in ever great way. Now I'm looking forward to seeing what new Otus lenses will be released at Photokina.

I encourage you to rent or buy this lens and have tons of fun using it for your photo needs.   

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