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EOS Bodies / Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:30:44 PM »
This is probably the wrong place for this but I couldn't find a better sub-forum.  My apologies but some folks might want this information.

I pre-ordered the Canon 7DII a few days ago with the understanding that it would not be charged against my PayPal Credit account until shipped.  Checking my accounts, as I do from time to time, I found in had been charged already.  A little research has shown me that if you pre-order from B&H using the "Bill Me Later" (previous name for PayPal Credit) it is immediately billed.  I don't believe this is true using other forms of credit.

I choose the Bill Me Later option, even though I have the cash on hand, for the six months-no interest.  Rather leave the cash in my account than theirs.  I sent an email, using the B&H form, and just got a reply that since they were closed for Rosh Hashanah I should resubmit the problem on Sunday 9/28.  I think it is admirable that they close for the religious holiday but one would think they could keep the email until they reopen. 

Software & Accessories / Help: Photoshop Elements 12
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:03:27 AM »
This is probably a simple question but I have a problem.  I recently upgraded to Photoshop Elements 12 from version 10.  Generally I like it but the interface is a little different.  While playing with upgraded capabilities I started tagging some media with peoples names (basically a type of facial recognition).  Works pretty well.

Now to my problem.  Since I started doing this I can't seem to turn off the "Who Is This Box"  when viewing photos.  I find it most annoying.  I have changed some settings in the "preferences" which I thought might stop it but, so far, it hasn't.  So I thought one of you might have used this software and could give me some guidance.

Software & Accessories / Macro Photography
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:07:07 AM »
I have to admit that I have never done any true macro (at least 1:1) photography in my close to sixty years of practicing this hobby.  But I have been thinking I might have some fun with it.  Currently I own no prime lenses (loaned my 50mm 1.8 to grand-daughter, doubtful I will see it again).  I have an EFS 17-55 2.8 (which I love), a 70-200 2.8L II, a 100-400L, and several other lesser quality mid-range zooms (between the wife and I we have three bodies, 30D-hers, 40D and 7D-mine).  Due to a lengthy fall vacation (I'm retired, what am I vacationing from?) where we will visit four National Parks and one National Monument plus a day trip into Canada and a planned mission trip in November to a third world nation, my budget is a little strained. 

Finally to the question.  What do I need?  Would it be wiser to wait until I could afford something like the 100 2.8L Macro ( or other lens suggestion) or should I pop for a set of extension tubes such as the Canon extension tubes (or should I go for something cheaper in the tubes).

Thanks for any advice from those much wiser than I.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Blocking The Viewfinder in a Long Exposure
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:02:59 AM »
I was reading an article in a photo magazine and came across a tip I have seen before and wondered about its importance or usefulness.  The recommendation was to close off the viewfinder  when making a long exposure.  As I considered that tip I remembered that Canon used to include a viewfinder cover which could be attached to the neck strap.  In fact, I seem to recall that my F-1 had a switch which would close the viewfinder.  But as I considered the necessity of using such an item I wondered if the mirror/body seal was so loose to allow light-leaks.

I rarely, if ever, take exposures of more than a second or two so I wondered if anyone who makes truly long exposures, say thirty seconds plus, has had an issue with light-leaks from the viewfinder? 

I also seem to remember, back in the early days of light meters being part of the camera, that the measurement for light value was made in the pentaprism so the recommendation was to not allow any light to enter from the viewfinder side lest the exposure be skewed.  Just some random thoughts on this early morning.

Lenses / A Walk Around Lens for a Trip
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:45:01 AM »
First a little background: 1) I'm old. 2) My wife wishes to visit Israel (where she has previously gone on a mission trip but she wants a tour this time). My Pastor is planning a tour in 2014. 3) I dearly love L glass and constant apertures but my 70-200 II is a little on the heavy side. 4) I want to carry as little as possible.

Considering the above I am thinking about something like the Canon 18-200, Tamron 18-200 or 270, or something similar. If I do this my kit would probably be my 7D, this walk around lens, and my Tokina 11-16 2.8, and extra batteries. Carrying a flash unit is up in the air at this point.

So my question for you, my learned friends, is 1) are there better options for me? 2) do you have experiences with any of these lenses? Should I add a monopod to this list (even though my cf tripod is light weight I don't think I want to include it)?

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