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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:28:06 AM »
The photo attached was taken with a 5D2.  AF was at least good, I don't have a whole ream of comparison data with other lenses but I could keep up with birds of prey circling.

Jim

Nice shot of Patrick Stewart. Sorry to go off track a bit; I notice the camera struggling to reproduce rich reds. Same thing happens in my 5d3, when I shoot red flowers, the reds bleed over. If I try and fix in post, the shot looks desaturated, if I only reduce red then it looks weak but I regain some textural detail... correcting the red back to proper saturation and I lose textural detail. Anyone else notice this? till this point I thought it was limited to me only...

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There is something lacking in the feather detail on all three examples. It makes the bird seem lifeless. Is that bird a
Norwegian Blue?

That's just the sensor in the SX50 showing its age...

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Buyer beware:

I got a 70-200 2.8ii  refurb. It was as sharp as a new one, although the new one was perhaps sharper. I kept the new one since it was same price as refurb ($1999)

I for a 24-70 2.8ii refurb; It was not even close to a new 24-70 in sharpness that I had sampled earlier ... I sold it at a loss and got a Sigma 24-105 ART. A new 24-70 is sharper than the Sigma but I don't make money off this hobby so for now Sigma is ok for me.

There is a reason some lenses are returned and refurbished (or not). It is up to you to decide if you will get lucky or not.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:12:47 AM »
Photo of an iguana, shot during a vacation in Mexico last October

60D, 70-200 f/4 IS @ 200mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200

Sublime! Just beautiful.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:53:16 AM »
Couple of shots from my recent trip to Tanzania, we were up near the Mara River on the Kenyan Border hoping to see the Wildebeest Migration Crossing the Mara, Loads of Wildebeest but we were about a week early for the Crossing unfortunately.

Getting a little Bored with seeing thousands of Wildebeest doing nothing but eat Grass we started heading to a series of Grass Fires on the Serengeti, ended up the most exciting part of the trip, keeping out of the Fire ourselves and taking Images of Animals confused by the Flames and Smoke.

Absolutely breathtaking shot of Wildebeest by the fire....

What lens did you use for the deer?

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:41:06 AM »
We had a friend and his family leaving town so we threw them a farewell party. the last part was Mr. Photographer, needed to take a group shot. So I set the cap on a tripod, hit the timer to 10 secs, hit the shutter and ran to join the group.... had all the folks smiling or making weird faces.... after a while, when the shutter would not go off... we began to lose our expressions and they became a mix of funny face going to "whats going on" sort of face....

So I ran back to the cam, only to discover I had set the mode to "Video".  :-[
 
Needless to say one of the best 20 second videos we gave them as a momento.  ;)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 200 2 and 800
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:31:42 AM »
Have had mixed experiences with the refurbs...  the 70-200 2.8ii was very sharp. The 24-70 2.8ii was not even lose to a new 24-70 2.8ii in sharpness. You have to think that what makes it to the refurb box is not only damaged boxes but also not super sharp copies that people return to stores that stores return to Canon.

So it is hot or miss... not "canon fixed it and made it super sharp and resold as refurb", but if it falls in a range of "acceptable" then they sell it as is...

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Same with Aromas... how do you describe smell to someone who cannot smell... you need a lot of words.

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
I think it is by design... they could have extended the barrel length allowing two mk.iii's to be stacked and also used with other lenses like the 70-300L native.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:34:13 AM »
I owned one... very well made, quite light. Set up is easy, quite ergonomical. I love it. The only thing I miss form the Manfrotto it replaced was not being able to tilt the center shaft 90 degrees for macro work... but there are ways to get that done...

Setting it up is easier than the manfrotto, you can unscrew the collapsed leg (4 screws) with one hand and left gravity drop all legs smoothly. Again the Fit and finish is quite good for a newer brand.

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Landscape / Re: Washington DC. in my point of views
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:05:37 AM »
Love your passion Surapon. They look quite sharp as well.

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Macro / Re: Extreme Macro shots with stacked lenses
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:15:20 AM »
What software's (including ML) do focus bracketing? I'd like to do this for Macro shots. I have Macro rails, but the tiniest of lateral movement on the tripod could affect the shot. However Automatic focus bracketing could help eliminate that one variable.

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Will the 5D3 nightly build work with firmwares newer than 113?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:17:14 PM »
Is this why they crippled Reiken on the 5diii? Canon was not supporting full auto mode last year? If so, could this be available on the 5d3 as a firmware upgrade?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:33:48 AM »
Doesn't the T2i have the same sensor and it came "before" the 7D? or am I too tired to think straight... ? ???

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