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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.

Software & Accessories / Re: Unidentified Object on big lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:48:33 AM »
Looks just like the reflex sight on my AR. Never thought of using one that way.

Lenses / Re: Value Lens for birding
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:06:13 PM »
Look into that new Tamron 150-600.  Dylan's links go to thread discussions and by all accounts its a tremendous lens for entry level wildlife photography.  I started out with a 400 f5.6 on a crop (40D and 7D) and its great but if the Tammy had been around when I was first getting into birding I would have gone for that in a heartbeat.  I mean seriously, IQ that matches or beats Canon's 100-400, an extra 200mm on the long end and IS for just over 1000USD.  What's not to love (other than the slow aperture at 600 but, eh, tradeoffs)?

I read both threads on the Tamron 150-600 and developed a real interest in buying it but can't locate one in stock anywhere.  Thought about buying one from Adorama or B&H but I would get the most use out of it while on vacation and my spring/summer trip may arrive before the lens would.   :)  Fall trip I probably won't need it so it may be another year before I get one. 

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:18:27 PM »
From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands...

I'm afraid that your understanding is incorrect.   ;)

Generally speaking, the best tripod legs are made Gitzo and Really Right Stuff.  The best ballheads are made by Really Right Stuff, Kirk, Markins, Acratech, and Arca Swiss (but not Gitzo - if you get Gitzo legs, get someone else's head).

Manfrotto and Induro offer good value (performance for a given cost).  Manfrotto's legs are good, I'd avoid most of their ballheads (with the exception of the 468MG), and if you do go that road, make sure you get one that can be converted to use an Arca Swiss-type clamp, since that offers compatibilty with good L-brackets, macro rails, etc.

I trust your expertise in the matter, Neuro.  :) I'll look at the brands you (and the previous guy, too) mentioned.  :)

As the owner of an Induro CF tripod allow me to say that Neuroanatomist hits the nail right on the head.  I love my Induro but it is not the same level as Gitzo or RRS and that is what I would have if my financial situation allowed.  And arcaswiss compatible head is the only way to go.  I have used other systems in the past and they can't compare.  Buy the best now so you don't have to spend more in the future.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:33:29 AM »
Shows up in black on Internet Explorer. Doesn't show up in Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari.

Now I am getting more puzzled.  I only use Firefox and I see it.  I have IE and Chrome installed so I'll have to use them to see what happens.  Got my curiosity really going now.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:19:59 PM »
This is odd.  I saw the message "Please note: Although this item is temporarily out of stock, you can order it now and it will ship as soon as it arrives. Your card will only be charged once item is shipped."  Unlike what Ms. Oster wrote, on my computer it was black print instead of red (which would be a good idea since it would grab a person's attention).  Wonder why it only appears in some cases. 

I haven't made a living by photography in a very long time (I find more joy in being a hobby shooter) but it seems to me that you were present at the wedding as a guest of the contracted photographer for a learning experience.  I sense an ethical dilemma in "poaching" sales even though the bride preferred your shots.  In fact, I would have turned down her request to view them.  If you had been a guest of the bride or groom at the wedding then I wouldn't see the same problem.

Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:21:59 PM »
I am old so my memory is problematic but I believe I read something about this on the 7D and there was a work-around.  Seems to me it was on one of the numerous pages written about this lens here on CR.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:23:49 AM »
I think the same thing every time I type DSLR.

However, I also think right after that, "Well, it is a DSLR!  I still have a SLR in the closet."

IMHO, the D will never be redundant because there will always be other forms of SLR, used or otherwise.

As for mirrorless... well, that's not a SLR camera anyway so I don't think this discussion applies.

In fact, if you want to really pick nits, consider that an SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex.  The fact that it is a Single Lens camera must mean that it should be set apart from what?  Multi Lens cameras?  I'm guessing yes, since there were cameras made way back that did indeed have multiple lenses, esp movie cameras.  So the Single Lens part has been somewhat redundant for even longer, correct?

The SLR differentiates between them and the TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) and I still have one of those in my used camera box in the garage......which I found the other day while cleaning stuff out after not being able to locate it for the past year....talk about a messy garage.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:00:36 AM »
There would be absolutely zero point to a 36x36 sensor, you get a 50% increase but have to have new lenses and bodies to do it. EF lenses will not cover a 36mm square sensor, EF lenses don't have the flange distance to cover a 36mm sensor on the vertical side if you use a reflex design.

The idea is a non starter.
I must admit I donĀ“t understand that. Can you please explain why vertical is more of a problem than horizontal, considering that the optical opening of a lens is perfectly round?

I pretty much flunked geometry, but take a circle and draw a perfect square inside of it and then take that same circle and draw a rectangle inside  of it. A rectangle will actually be able to be wider at the long end than the square before it touches the edges of the circle. A lens circle that accommodates a 36mm rectangle cannot at the same time, accommodate a 36mm square.

I read this and said to myself, "No way!"  And then my brain kicked in and I realized you are 100% right. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:52:52 AM »
I have to confess that when Canon introduced their first pellicle mirror camera back in the sixties the first thought that came to my mind would match your picture.  Thanks for the smile this morning.

Didn't Canon have some sort of semi-tranparent mirror sort of like Sony's?  Pellical or something wasn't it called?

Yeah, I think they made a Pelican mirror at some point:

Sorry, couldn't resist <grin>

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daylight Savings Time
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:43:12 PM »
No.  Thanks for the reminder.  Doing it right now.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Let's Get it On
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:00:35 PM »
Happy Lions  8)
Food and sex - an interesting mixture for sure...

Oh, come on. You've never taken a lady out for dinner and...

+1  The ladies almost always take me out for dinner first....

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:27:51 AM »
A quick shot I call The Herd

Some shots to show how well the "soft Tammy" at 600mm f/6.3 compares with 400mm f/6.3 upscaled 1.5x. The full-frames are reduced to 1200x800, the crop at 600mm is 100%, the one at 400mm is 100% upscaled by 1.5x. These are at the limits of resolution. the 600mm shows much extra detail, contrary to Pitbull's assertions.

Shot after shot was equally sharp, showing how good the AF is.

Thank you for posting these pictures.  The Tammy looks pretty good and the price seems attractive.  May have to get one later this year.

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