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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: Today at 10:24:22 AM »
I have read complaints about not having EC using auto ISO in a manual mode and I usually considered it a silly argument, probably because of my age and being a film user for three fourths (plus) of my life. Reading this discussion has changed my attitude.  Although I am primarily a TV man (and have been since my Canon F-1), I can really see using manual mode with auto ISO if EC were available much of the time.  But the EC would have to be easy to set, a wheel or rocker arm would seem to be best but there isn't really enough real estate for another wheel on most bodies.  Solve that problem and I think it is a good idea I would like to see implemented.  How does the 1DX do it?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:41:18 AM »

Since I have telescopes and telescope parts lying around, this is what I did with nothing more than a rear lens cap and my existing parts.

Another great idea.  I may have some parts like that in the garage.  But I am not great at DIY. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:27:04 AM »
By eliminating the sensor they were able to make the most compact camera of all time that can still mount EF lenses. 

Lens2Scope has beaten them to it, albeit without colored pencils and a sketch pad.

This is the reason I hang around here.  I had never seen this before.  I am tempted to buy one but I usually have my longest lens on the camera at the same time I would want to use this item.  Still a cool idea.  Wonder how well it works.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:21:30 PM »
I wonder if this means they're still on track for a September release.  Although sooner would be cool, I don't think it being out of stock at Amazon means that it will be released any sooner.  It might be construed as further evidence that the September release rumours are accurate though.  :)

Actually, Amazon still has some in stock in different configurations even though they are marked "Discontinued." 

I was thinking about this and as I recall, before the 7D was released Best Buy had a SKU assigned that got leaked to some of the photo websites.  Although it was primarily a "placeholder", I think it had some accurate information about features.  I could be wrong, at my age it is easy to forget things.   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:01:58 PM »
I'm sure mammals require more effort (staying downwind, etc), but I've never attempted to photograph them.

Mammals can be easy.  They let you get nice and close sometimes.  Just make sure any bunnies you try to take pictures aren't from Caerbannog...

I'm afraid I had to look up that reference :-[

I have done rabbits, actually. They used to forage in front of a fixed bird hide at my local nature reserve. Feral British rabbits always seen very timid otherwise, though.

You won't believe that if you watch this: 
Holy Grail - Killer Bunny Small | Large

Reference is to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Abstract / Re: Lets See Some of Your Double Exposures!
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:59:15 PM »
Just figured out how to accomplish this on my 6D (I'm behind the times here) Looking for some inspiration...

I knew we could do this in Photoshop with layers... or long exposures with flash... but I didn't know this was an ooc function as well.

Only a few cameras have a double exposure function.  I used to do some using my Bronica 645.  Did some decent bride pictures that way.  The technique used by Surapon, very effectively, is similar to what we old timers called painting with light.  We would find a location (glass church in Palos Verdes, CA, was a good one), a dark night, set up camera/cameras on tripod, open shutter and one of us would illuminate various areas of the subject with, usually, a large flashlight, like a camping flashlight, or occasionally a couple of flash bulbs (strobes weren't used as much in those days).  Ah, I guess I'm caught up tripping down memory lane.  I do hope the 7DII, or whatever it is called, has a double exposure capability.

Photography Technique / Re: Help me on using tripod
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:44:18 PM »
Lens over leg, especially when leg spread is reduced.
This is kind of a corollary to Jamesey's post regarding one leg down slope, as best you can, keep the lens over that down slope leg.
I have never heard the "lens over leg" idea and it makes such perfect sense.  I believe I have been doing that instinctively but never thought about it until you mentioned it.  Excellent suggestion.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »
I propose a poll to see who among the CR members neuroanatomist, dilbert, or Aglet has provided the most helpful/useful/beneficial information to the other members of the forum. 
I don't know who would win this poll but I have to say that neuroanatomist has given me excellent advice.  I am no novice to photography, or even digital photography, but I do ask some simple minded questions from time to time. (I am planning ABC, my lens choices are probably DEF, what do y'all think?).  Neuranatomist has always given good advice (sometimes I even followed it) and treated an old man with respect.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
In the old days, when those grips originated, cameras were rectangular boxes with lenses attached. If you wanted to advance film to the next frame you had to flip a lever, .......
Or turn a knob....I am sure getting old.  :)

I'm loaded with live bunnies, we have two does and a buck, June is coming, and  bunnies are popping out all over.  I'm eating one as I surf CR right now.
As I recall from my childhood, two does and one buck kept a family of four eating rabbit at least once a week for most of the year (we may have froze some for the winter).  And I haven't ate rabbit since those days.

Reports from owners of this lens really got my GAS going.  But I will be leaving for vacation two weeks from today and I might consider overnight delivery if they become available in the next week (or one of the two decent stores within thirty miles get them in stock...though I'd rather save sales tax money dealing with B&H), otherwise I may just pass this by since it wouldn't get much use until next spring.

Lenses / Re: EF 400L f/5.6 vs. Tamron 150-600
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:50:58 AM »
Thanks for the input and excellent sample pictures, I'm sold on the Tammy.  I plan to order one in the next few days so I have time to get familiar with it and perform AFMA before my trip north.

I placed an order for it on 4/1 from BH so I'd have plenty of time before a July trip - haven't heard anything yet.   Status is still "On Order".  I wonder what the current lead time is.

there is a quite a backlog for them as they are super popular

I ordered last night from B&H, but am nervous about delivery now.  We leave for AK in 6 weeks.
I would love to have the Tamron for an upcoming trip but since I leave a touch over three weeks for a twenty-four day road trip (Texas to California to Yellowstone to Texas) I doubt if any will be available.  I haven't pre-ordered because it isn't a necessary lens for any other trips I have planned this year so it might be wiser to leave the money in the photography account until next year.

Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.


I noticed your title said "possibly Bryce" and the only good advice I can give you is drop the "possibly."  Of the two, I find Bryce Canyon to be more photogenic (if a location can be photogenic).  I have only been to Bryce once and I found it more beautiful than the Grand Canyon, overall, and totally different. 

I've used both flip and twist locks, and I far prefer the twist.
Well, I've used both twist and flip locks, and I far prefer the flip!

Definitely an individual preference.  With flip locks, you can tell visual when they're locked, which can be reassuring.  I find twist locks faster, as the whole stack can be gripped so you loosen them all at once.  The RRS locks open with 1/4-turn, very easy to operate.
That is a talent I have never developed.....and at my age I probably won't.  For many years my main tripod was a Bogen I bought for my Bronica 66 and 645 cameras.  It has a type of flip-lock I guess (recently had to replace one or two of the locking levers and they were still available after about 30 years).  Got an Induro CF about a year ago and it has twist locks and I like everything about it but I just can't do the "loosen them all at once" thing.

I appreciate your testing of all this less expensive equipment (and your DIY projects also).  This would be perfect for a gift for my son-in-law who is getting started in photography and doesn't own a flash yet.

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