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Black & White / Animals in Black and White
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:03:06 PM »
I post from time to time (bird portraits, best animal photos, bif) and like just about everyone else's images, the images that I post are in color.  But, sometimes, black and white just seems to make a stronger statement.  Here's a photo of Polistes flavus wasp, a native of the Sonoran Desert that has the unique ability to stand and even walk on the surface of water without falling in.  I like this image in color but I love it in black and white.


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Canon General / Anyone still shoot with an FTb?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:05:24 PM »
I'm not even sure that this is the right forum but I can't find anywhere else this fits.

My first Canon was an FTb that I purchased back in about 1973.  I loved that camera and took a lot of pictures with it, mostly transparencies and Tri-X B & W negatives.  A few weeks ago I was rummaging around in a closet and discovered the camera, neatly stored away.  It's in flawless condition and I still have the lenses that I purchased for it including my personal favorite, a Bell & Howell/Canon FD 24 mm f2.8 (yes, Canon was briefly a subsidiary of Bell & Howell, back in the 70's).

The camera is in flawless condition.  It probably needs a tuneup, a thorough cleaning and the shutter should be retensioned, but aside from that it's absolutely good to go.  I really got excited for a while thinking about taking some pictures with it.  But then, I was hit with the practical considerations.  Do they even make transparency films?  And, if so, what do I do with the images? 

So, I'm wondering.  Does anyone out there still shoot pictures with this old warhorse?  What do you shoot?  What do you do with the images?  I'm intrigued with the idea of going back into transparency shooting just for the sheer hell of it, but I'm daunted by the fact that this is apparently an extinct technology.  Your thoughts?

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I have a 5D Mark iii.  My go to lens for bird photography is the 100-400 F4 - 5.6 L IS.  I'd like something with more reach  but can't afford any of the longer focal length L series lenses.  I've tried the Sigma 150-500 on the camera and I'm unimpressed with that lens.

I was looking at the B & H website tonight and it states that the 1.4 teleconverter will autofocus the 100-400 F4-5.6 L on "professional cameras."  They don't define the term and I'm unclear what that means.  Is the Mark iii a "professional camera" and will the 1.4 teleconverter autofocus the 100-400 on that camera? 

Anyone out there have a clue?

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Reviews / I'm amazed by my 5D Mark iii
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:14:14 PM »
I've used a 7D for a while, mainly for wildlife photography, and I love the camera.  A couple weeks back I took the plunge and ordered a 5D Mark iii.  It arrived day before yesterday and I immediately mated it with my 100-400 FL 4.5-5.6.  I've spent the last two days prowling around and photographing birds.

The differences between this camera and my 7D are simply amazing.  The autofocus on the 7D is pretty good.  On the Mark iii it is fantastic.  I have been able to acquire subjects in lighting that would have been out of the question in the 7D.  Noise reduction is far superior in the Mark iii.  With my 7D my "go to" ISO is 320.  I've been shooting at 640 with the Mark iii and the images are far less noisy than at 320 on my 7D.  The metering seems to be superior as well.  Spot metered photos with the Mark iii seem to be far less influenced by contrasty backgrounds than with the 7D.  Finally, the full frame format is not an apparent disadvantage for shooting wildlife because I can crop my images with much less loss of detail than with the 7D.

This is a wonderful camera and that's based on only two days and couple hundred images' use.  I'd thought I'd use my 7D as a backup for the Mark iii but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever put the Mark iii down.

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