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Animal Kingdom / Riverlands Missouri
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:21:03 PM »
The first…two mallards debating which will go into the icy water first
The second…an eagle fending off an entire murder of crows
The third…a heron posed quite nicely for me

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:07:10 PM »
Marsh Hawk at Riverlands (confluence of Missouri and Mississippi rivers)

Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 22, 2014, 10:36:25 AM »
I have used 6D with 300 2.8 on monopod for BIF and done "ok" though it felt like my lack of practice was a larger factor than the gear.  That being said I am upgrading my back up camera from 2ti to a 70D (will give me some more reach, better AF and much better video than what I have now) I will be interested to see what I'll be able to do with the 70D 2xiii and 300 2.8.  The eagles haven't landed here yet but they are coming.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:31:44 AM »
could it be that "the year of the lens" was just off by a year…that is they thought they would have all these lenses this year but just didn't get around to it…so instead 2015 will be the year of the lens?

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:42:35 PM »
So with the telephoto the kids looked larger but so did the Elk so it gives the illusion that they are closer together.  I guess I wasn't paying attention to the distance to the kids...just the buck

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:31:47 AM »
I can't believe I'm adding to this but I'm asking a question. 

Regardless of what it is called.  If I use a telephoto background looks closer than it is. 

That is, the pictures of my kids with the elk in the background using the telephoto gets me in trouble with my wife while the one with the wide angle is fine. 

Is that because my eyes are about 50mm and the elk looks 4x closer using the 200mm zoom?

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:09:26 PM »
Thank you all for the advice.  The search continues.  "Too many hobbies" nice chick-a-dee photos…I know they are common but I'm quite fond of them.  The primary purpose is kids soccer.  I have three kids that play and I typically am at 3-5 games a weekend if I'm not working. 

For fun for me I would love to someday sit in my canoe with a used 7D and a cheap tele zoom and try to do some birding that way.  (I just can't imagine flipping the canoe with a 6D and 300 2.8)

Reading through the responses:
120-300: those who have it say that it focuses fine and they like the zoom but they also seem to always state that for the same price they would have gotten the canon (unclear if these folks have the newest sigma or an earlier lens).  I do have the 70-200 ii and there is a lot of overlap. 

300 mk 1 everyone says that the mk 2 is better especially with the extenders…that being said I won't be using 2xextenders for my primary purpose..maybe the 1.4.  The 2x would only be for secondary uses like birding. 

some have suggested that the 70-200 plus 1.4 is essentially the same as the 300 2.8.  I would say this…for night games and heavy overcast games I'm at ISO 6400 to 12800 with the 70-200  2.8 in order to get a shutter speed to 1/800 or better.  one stop just to F4 makes that Iso 12800 to 25000 which is no good on a 6D.  I can't imagine that it would work on the new 7DII

keep the advice coming.  I appreciate all of it

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:45:11 AM »
The original question was used 300 2.8 l is or new 120-300 2.8 sigma sport.  I would love to get the 300 2.8 ii but that just isn't going to happen and if I wait 3 years saving money for it my eldest will be almost done with high school soccer. 

The trade off is sharpness for zoom and weight considerations.  Has anyone used both lenses?  I'm never going to have two great full frame cameras. Maybe a used 7d and my 6d but that is likely the best I could have in the foreseeable future.  I don't see myself therefore using 2 bodies during a game.

Oh and someone was suggesting 85 ii for kids...maybe if they are sedated.  85 1.2 plus some Benadryl and you can get great pictures

Lenses / how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:59:03 PM »
I have long coveted 300 2.8.  I have used 100-400 but heavy overcast, night games and sidelines with lots of clutter have stymied my photography.  It is possible that I have made this complaint on more than occasion and my ruthless annoying complaining has finally worn the boss (my wife) down and I have been given permission to seek the 300 2.8.  But how to obtain such nirvana.

1)300 2.8 L IS II…just kidding you didn't really think I could do that did you?
2)300 2.8 L IS I…seems like it can be purchased for around 3500 depending upon from where/condition etc
3)Sigma 120-300 sport (around 3500 again)

So 300 L IS I or sigma 120-300…

Primary purpose is for taking pictures of kids playing soccer.  I use a 6D (though might someday buy a used 7DI as a second body).  I shoot with a monopod when renting a 300 I which I have enjoyed.  I have not ever used the 120-300.  I would like to try some birding.  I live near a lot of good birding locations.  I would probably buy a 2xTC for that. 

Any thoughts?

at f 11 the sigma is sharper across the board…i wonder if the f8 is a mistake

Canon General / Re: Greetings ! New York , Boston Trip advice ?
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:16:31 PM »
The Boston tourist places are going to be crowded in August so wide angle and fast speed are your friends.  18-55 will likely be your most used lens though I'd have the 50 1.8 with you.  If you're getting out of the city then bring the 70-200 too.  If you go to Fenway bring the 55-250 instead for even more reach.

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:07:40 PM »
thanks for all the advice everyone.  I should add that I have a pentax waterproof camera that is very nice with good light and wide angle…(F2.8).  However, the tele is not so good.

What do people think about for small fill flash on a 6D?  I'd rather not have my Nissin di866 with me at all times.  could I buy a 270 and be happy with it?

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:19:16 PM »
OK when I get home from work I'm going to do some weight checks and see what I can fit into my amazon low budget backpack.  It's small but I have a 13lb weight limit on the inter island flight or else it has to go into checked baggage.  That means the expensive stuff 6D/24-70ii/70-200ii/ipad would all have to fit and be less than 13lb.  so we'll see what I can fit in that bag.

I do a lot more portrait and environmental portraits of the kids than anything else.  I don't use a lot of ultrawide.  Essentially the 24-70 is my inside lens and the 70-200 is my outside lens. 

How about flash.  I have a Nissin 866 which works well but I was wondering what people thought of the small canon flashes...i'm thinking as a tool for fill flash.  maybe the 270?  any good for that? 

I also wonder if it is time to buy a black rapid...I've never used one but people talk about it a lot and I saw a wedding photographer the other day with what I think was two of them, two cameras and other stuff and I have to say she rocked...and did a fabulous job.  It would be great when at pearl harbor.

Lenses / Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:19:40 AM »

Going to Hawaii, big island and Oahu. It is a family trip. I will not get time to set up a tripod and take long exposure photos of stars or volcanoes etc because I will be chasing a 4 yo...among others. I will be trying to take a lot of pictures of my family all over the islands.

I will use a 6D
My gut reaction is to take the 24-70 and use that almost exclusively.

Then I thought I might want something a little wider like the 17-40...or even use it as an excuse to purchase the new 16-35 F4. Then I thought I could use the 14 2.8 samyang if I happenned to be seeing a great sunset. Then I thought what If I'm tryin to take pictures in really low light the 50 1.4 would be usefull. Of course for outdoor portraits my go to lens has been the 70-200 2.8 ii which I love so I shouldn't leave that behind. Alternatively maybe I should rent a 70-200 f4 for weight. I do have the 1.4 extender. Should I rent/buy macro?

Oh and at pearl harbor you aren't allowed any bags so I can only have one lens. Do I need a superzoom for that day...what should I get?

Lastly, I do have the tamzooka ordered...though who knows when that will arrive.

Mostly I want to take great photos of my kids in Hawaii.

any thoughts?

Gear:  6d 2ti.    14 2.8 Samyang, 17-40l, 24-70ii, 40 2.8, 50 1.4, 70-200ii, 1.4x, 55-250

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:00:04 AM »
I'm a long way from printing my own though I have moved from cheap prints at walgreens to using my local camera store with very nice improvements.  I have a monitor that was supposedly calibrated in the factory (came with documentation I didn't really understand) I usually ask for no changes to be done on the print. 

Would it be even better if I used color profiles and costco...?

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