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Lenses / Field review of the new Canon 100-400
« on: November 11, 2014, 05:54:33 PM »
I found this on the Canon Europe Professional website this morning.....

Nik Software (now owned by Google) has set the standard for customer service.  At least in my view they have.

I recently contacted them to ask if my original Nik modules (pre-Google days) would be compatible with my new computer's operating system and updated version of Photoshop.  They responded to my email within a couple of hours.

Their reply was that it would not be compatible, but that I should not worry..... they were supplying me with a complete suite upgrade (7 modules)..... NO CHARGE.  I was stunned to say the least.  The tech rep even went so far as to tell me that if I had any difficulty with the installation to email or call him and he would help me through it.

These guys now have me for life.

Software & Accessories / Windows 7 install
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:14:12 PM »
Can anyone give me an idea how long it will take to do a 'clean' install of Windows 7 ???  It will be installed on a new machine with an Intel i7 4790 4GHz processor and 16GB of DDR3 RAM.

Also, are there any potential pitfalls to be on the lookout for ???


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon prevents me from buying the 7D Mark II
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:33:36 PM »
I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

I have used a 1D Mark IV since it was introduced as my primary body and have always loved it.  Mid last year, I acquired a 5D Mark III and over time have turned to it more and more, to the point that it has now pretty much become my primary body.  I simply love the files it produces.

I shoot primarily motocross during the spring and summer months and mostly birds and other wildlife during the off season.  In addition to that, I shoot pretty much what everyone else does such as landscapes and people.

I am now contemplating selling off the 1D Mark IV and replacing it with a crop body which I would use for backup.  I'm looking at the 70D as I have read good things about the camera.

Question..... is anyone aware of any particular issues reported related to that camera?

I would appreciate any input.

I didn't see anywhere else to post this so.....

A good lesson for manufacturers who won't admit to product problems or deal with the issues properly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / On a 5D Mark III, when shooting mRAW
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:22:43 AM »
On a 5D Mark III, when shooting mRAW, does one give up anything other than resolution?

I shoot motocross events most weekends during spring and summer.  I have mostly used my 1D Mark IV and have been very happy with results.  However, I have had occasion to use my 5D Mark III and notice a higher keeper rate on fast-closing, oncoming shots when compared to the 1D Mark IV.  I would like to use the 5D Mark III more but don't like the very large file sizes it produces when dealing with thousands of images.  It really does slow down the file transferring and processing.

As I have full access on the motocross tracks and can literally go wherever I want, my images are pretty much frame filling or close to it.  I need to do very little cropping, if any.  That being the case, shooting mRAW would be more than adequate for my needs in terms of pixels on the target, but leaves me wondering if doing so would cost me more than the just the reduction in resolution.

Can anyone comment on this concern?

Lenses / Question regarding drop-in circular polarizing filter
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
Among other things, I shoot a lot of motocross throughout the spring and summer season.  Pretty much most weekends.  I have often thought that a drop-in circular polarizing filter for my 300/2.8 would be a good idea to reduce glare from goggles and face masks, as well as to enrich colours and perhaps tone down some highlights.

I decided to go ahead and have ordered one.  As an afterthought (I have a lot of those), I was wondering if introducing that filter would have any negative effect on the speed and/or accuracy of the AF.  Anyone out there with any experience with one that could answer that question for me?

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark III phenomenon
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:37:14 PM »
My newly acquired 5D Mark III does something that I find really odd.

When I have occasion to remove the CF card for any reason and re-insert it, the camera switches to the SD card.  It does this even when the camera has been turned off.  My 1D Mark IV will do this, but only if the camera is left on when the CF card is removed, and never when turned off.  This can be really a pain in the butt if I'm not paying attention or forget to check before I start shooting again.

Both cards are set in the camera to 'Standard' mode, not to switch or record to both.

I've looked through the manual but can find no mention of this.  Am I missing a setting somewhere?  This is really annoying.

EOS Bodies / Question re: real world experience with 5D MkIII AF
« on: April 03, 2013, 07:59:25 AM »
I apologize if this has been covered in the past but I did a quick search on the subject and could not find what I was looking for.

I'm hoping that someone out there has some real world experience and can answer my question.

How does the 5D MkIII AF compare to the 1D MkIV?  I'm particularly interested in the accuracy and AF lock-on speed.  My primary use is action photography;  motocross and birds in flight.

The lenses I mostly use, in order of time on the camera are:

70-200 f/2.8L IS II
300 f/2.8L IS
400 f/5.6L
135 f/2L

I should mention that I do not intend to replace my 1D MkIV, which I have been using for 3 years.  If I acquired a 5D MkIII, it would be a second body to use primarily at the motocross tracks.  Most likely, I would carry the 300/2.8 mounted on the 1D MkIV and the 70-200/2.8 or 135/2 mounted on the 5D MkIII.

I am also not concerned with the burst rate as 6 fps would be adequate.  I normally keep my 1D MKIV set at 7 fps for motocross and it's been fine.

Any help would be appreciated.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / In-camera noise reduction
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:09:30 AM »
This question is directed to the technically knowledgeable out there and has to do with in-camera noise reduction settings.  Although I'm shooting with a 1D4, I would guess the same would apply to all models.

In a nutshell, is in-camera noise reduction (assuming it's enabled) applied to RAW files or just to JPEGs?  If it's applied to RAW files (which is all I shoot), have any of you shot RAW with noise reduction disabled, and if so, how were the results?

I tried to do a search here on this topic but was unable to find any information.


Animal Kingdom / Breakfast is Served
« on: March 11, 2013, 04:27:46 PM »
A Red-breasted Merganser drake enjoying an early morning breakfast of Goby.  This was taken at one of my usual haunts... our local harbor.  The Goby is an invasive species here so it's nice to see this duck reducing the population.   :D

Shot with 1D4, 300/2.8L IS plus 2xTC III

Thanks for looking.

Lenses / Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS for motorsports ??????????
« on: February 25, 2012, 04:27:02 PM »
Last year I began photographing motorsports. I shot some super bike and GP car races on road courses and shot a lot of motocross and atv races. The gear I used was a 1D Mark IV along with my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and 300 f/2.8L IS with great results.

I am fortunate to have full access to the motocross and atv tracks and end up strolling all over the track for extended periods of time. After a while, the gear package I mentioned above starts to take it's toll on me due to the weight. I am looking at possibly utilizing the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS to reduce the weight while retaining the focal length range. I have no concerns regarding the image quality of that lens. I know it's excellent.

What does concern me is that given it's slower speed, will it AF fast enough and accurately enough? I have no concerns on the road races as there is usually a lot of time to lock on and track the vehicles. However, on the motocross and atv tracks, the first glimpse I often have of the bikes and quads is when they suddenly appear over the top of a jump. Immediate and accurate AF is an absolute must in these circumstances. My f/2.8 lenses perform beautifully in that regard, but will the slower 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS be up to the task?

Has anyone out there had any experience they can share using this lens in a similar environment? Your input would be appreciated.

PowerShot / Canon G1 X image aspect ratios
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:40:11 AM »
The Canon website shows the following information in the specifications for the G1 X camera.....

Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images:
Large: 4352 x 2448, Medium 1: 3072 x 1728,
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360

Large: 4352 x 2904, Medium 1: 3072 x 2048,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424

Large: 4352 x 3264, Medium 1: 3072 x 2304,
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4352 x 3264

Large: 3264 x 3264, Medium 1: 2304 x 2304,
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200, Small: 480 x 480

Large: 2608 x 3264, Medium 1: 1840 x 2304,
Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480

Would this indicate that in-camera cropping to these aspect ratios is available?  If not, what would be the purpose of publishing such information?

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