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Lenses / Re: Which white lenses are weather sealed?
« on: Today at 03:48:30 AM »
Hi,

I have read a plenty of reviews and discussions about various Canon white lenses and I feel more and more confused. Some say that all white lenses are sealed and others tell just the opposite.
I know that the 70-200 L IS II is sealed and 300 f/4L should not be.

I've read topics where one 300 f/4 user complains about mold inside the barrel...

I am considering the 300mm f/4L and 400mm f/5.6L for my next buy but I want to be sure I can use them in difficult weather situations like light rain or dust.

Can anyone share his/her experience about this subject?

Thanks.

I can tell you straight away that the 400/5.6L is not weather sealed.
I believe that there is a site that lists all L-glass and whether they're sealed or not, and some are weather sealed only if you have a filter on the front. Bits like that are what I remember. Will check later if I can find a link to it...

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: Today at 03:45:13 AM »
The Prince of Wales Hotel overlooking Waterton Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park AB. Taken this past Monday.
Found it and like it! It sits well with a view like this surrounding it. I can't believe any Hilton hotel could top this.

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Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:34:28 AM »
Wild lilac bush
I'm actually more interested in the building that tries to hide behind the trees. Have you posted any shots of that? It seems to be craving some serious shots of it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What card(s) will you use for the 7DII?
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:30:57 AM »
I have a drawer full of 32Mbyte CF cards at work....

It would be like the good old days... changing film holders on the 4x5 :) Swap one out for every picture....

Haha
I can picture the following at your nearest Canon center in a near future: *looking at Don's 7D Mk II that has been sent in for service and repair* -How the h*ll could this card door be all worn down already after two months?? It has to be a design flaw.
 ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:36:46 AM »
I only "discovered" Artie this evening.

He touts that DPP is better than ACR for processing RAW files

Anyone agree/disagree?

I've never heard of anyone, even a Canon Explorer of Light, highlight DPP

All my postprocessing is done in DPP and only DPP. I've tried and tested Oloneo for some processing during its beta phase. (A wicked program with some quirks and awkwardness.)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What card(s) will you use for the 7DII?
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:30:46 AM »
If I get one, I will continue to use CF cards for my shots. I could possibly consider to buy the smallest possible SD card onto which ML will fit and go like that. (Yes, I assume ML will find a way to run on the 7D Mark II.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:35:46 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?
Patience and a steady supply of food... and works on more than chickadees....

But as said above, if Art Morris is using 1200mms on a crop camera, he is most certainly not dealing with "tame" or habituated birds. If I am quiet and non-threatening, I can get within 30 or 40 feet of a wild duck... but that is exceptionally close. There are several spots I know where people regularly feed the ducks and you can have them a foot or two away.
*nods* Agreed and understood. (Been pecked upon by a Jackdaw I raised when young, and bitten by a Mallard who expected food but got none from me.)

I'm also convinced that Art has all the skills needed to shoot wild birds and do it in a professional way. No pro would slap on a 1200mm combination of lens and TC's for a tame bird that could be shot at MFD with a shorter lens - a pro would know to use the best possible gear at hand, make the best of the situation. I've read his blog and the review of the 7D Mark II, and I have a good impression of him and his abilities to judge the camera properly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:32 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:30:20 PM »
Another from the cloudy and rainy day when I was out last. Taken at a pond at Klåveröd.
The fishing in the pond is "put and take" for all but experienced fishermen, who are allowed to do "catch and release". Species found are Brown trout (Salmo trutta morpha fario), and Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
Last week at Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Great balance in light and colours. I like it!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:27:08 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.

...

Looked at all three of your fox shots, and they're all superb!
I met two young ones while driving home from a bird shoot this summer, but never managed to get shots of anything but a stump of tail and a foxy butt.

So I look forward to see more from you.

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 03:26:34 PM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D

Haha Too funny, and mostly too true.  ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:25:32 AM »
My Little Blue Friend


He's baack! I think he likes me. He would pose with each peanut before taking off this time.


(P.S. Utterly HORRID lighting...I wanted better light, but direct edge-on sunlight...no. Slightly diffused would have been sublime!)


Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Gitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2


Bird attraction setup, my backyard.
Great bird with colours that compliment the backgrounds. Wish I had similar birds here.

From the looks of it, I would say that he's eyeing you in a curious way, instead of the first variants where the appearance was more nervous. Soon you'll have him eating nuts out of your hand. Bring out the WA, or the 100/2.8, and start the training... :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:06:18 PM »
With 70-200mm f2.8 IS II. Calico Ghost Town in California, some old and rusty tools.
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I love your rusty shots, Dylan!
Rust is always interesting (as long as it doesn't show up on my car). It redesigns things we are familiar with, in ways we couldn't imagine.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:48:29 PM »
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Nice one, Preppyak! It makes me think of "Inglourious Basterds" and some of the forest scenes in the later part of that movie.

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