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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:00:05 PM »
My least used items would be my...
  • Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM (the one that came before the Art).
  • My first digital, the 50D.
  • Vanguard UP-Rise 43.
I would use that sling bag a lot more if only I could carry my 400mm in it at times. Instead I use an ordinary backpack to shove my gear into while I'm out on a hike.

not sure what bird this is but i was in the right spot at the right time.

IMG_7400 by sedwards679, on Flickr

Great timing on the shot!
Do you have Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) over there? That's what it looks like to me.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:31:31 AM »
I only cheap out on women and food, but I am known to buy used lenses, and to haggle a lot in the stores that I visit. I can, usually, get 10-20% discount on the prices just by doing my homework before I get to the store (comparing prices and argue with facts, following price trends and so forth).
Bad quality annoys me, so I tend to be willing to pay for good stuff that lasts.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:32:15 PM »
A nice dilemma to have.
I would recommend my 400/5,6L any day. Mine has been to hell and back, and it still makes me happy. It's a tad lighter than the 70-200/2,8L that you have, and it balances nicely. If you nail the focus, the lens will bring you crispy shots already at f/5,6.

Good luck deciding which one to pick!

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:33:41 PM »
I think we (you guys, really) have helped Canons R&D-department and marketing division to find the only desired mode: MAUSO - Manual + Auto ISO. :)

One thing that would have me jump up and down of joy would be if they re-ordered the buttons in front of the top LCD. As of now I can't reach the metering/WB button without changing my grip to make my finger get there. The light button, at the far right, isn't used often enough to demand such a position as it has now. Flip those two over, or rotate the whole bunch, and make them "feel" different so you can touch them and know where you are without exploring the surrounding buttons also.

Canon General / Re: Exif data, does it help, do you need it shown?
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:38:26 PM »
*agrees with Marsu42 & mackguyver*

Awareness is the key. What can people learn from what I "give away", and what do I want them to know? A bit of obfuscation and some sane bowdlerisation can come in handy at times. ;)
Learned a lot from shooting data I've found in others works; it has made me try settings I wouldn't consider in the first place. In the end we all want to improve and help others grow their skill sets.

Side note: Obfuscation can go wrong too. I've learned that sneaking around near places where the military temporarily stores ammunition, in a ghillie suit, can lead to some awkward situations until it is very obvious that I'm there to shoot birds with a camera and nothing else.

Canon General / Re: Exif data, does it help, do you need it shown?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:15:51 AM »
It's not like the Universe will collapse if it's not included, but it is nice to know a little about some shots at times. I tend to make sure that body and lens info can be found, and ©. Also Shutter time, aperture, and ISO.

I don't add GPS coordinates to EXIF, but, most of the time, I post the images on services that have one way or another to link the photo to a map, and then I try to be precise with pinpointing my shooting coordinates for everything but rare birds and my own home - I don't want icky visitors at either of those places...

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I love my Gitzo  G1325  Mountaineer MK II,  with RRS BH-55 and Wimberly Gimbal Head , Gitzo 1321 Levelling Head, for 6-8 years---With out problem. Yes, After I use in every times, I will clean and preserve the fiberglass legs with ARMORALL  to protect this big / Awesome Tripods.

carbon.. not fiberglas.

im not a big fan of armorall.

i have a friend who has a very expensive carbon bike and he told me he would never use armorall on it. he use a wax.

i have protected the legs with lenscoat leg wraps.
and i clean the legs with water.

thought i would be interested to know if a wax would help.
i think it´s to protect the carbon from sunlight (UV).

Sorry for deviating away from original topic, but from what I've heard/learned from people who use fishing rods made out of carbon fibres, is that the carbon fibres have no problem with the UV-part of the light. The epoxy resins that are used to bind the structured layers are susceptible to UV-light and will age and get brittle. It's essential that the carbon fibre legs of tripods/monopods are lacquered with something that gives a substantial block of the UV-light.

Dear "J,"
 It is not's him.

The best response possible! *gives a solid hifive to Mark G., that is anything but unfocused*

One thing you should check for is checking out getting a good strap for your camera!

Very sorry to hear about your accident.  That must stynk.

Hope everything works out, but for next time, strap that puppy!

Thanks! Yeah, I have a strap attached (Canons original). The problem was that I balanced the camera on the lens hood on a rock - done that before without problems - and was stretching down into my backpack to take out another lens to use. The rock was solid enough and didn't wobble, but the surface was anything but even and the camera/lens combo balanced nicely for a few seconds. I was stupid enough to think that having the backpack tucked near my camera on one side and my legs on the other would be enough to catch any movement before it got ugly... I was utterly wrong.

Thanks to all of you for support and useful ideas!

My insurance didn't cover it, so I'll have to wait to get things serviced/repaired until I get a job someday. I haven't had the possibility to set things up on a tripod and do test shots. When I was out trying some test shots with other lens combinations I got the feeling that there was something not entirely correct about the focusing and the overall sharpness I got out of it. Could be a mind trick, could be that things has been nudged out of original placing internally in the body.

Might be that I have to pull out the old 50D and shoot with that and the other lenses until I can afford to get everything checked and fixed. Oh, if I only were a millionaire...

I was out on a trip yesterday, and was standing in/at a waterfall and decided my 400/5.6L was not the proper lens to have on. Found a solid stone and made the camera balance on the lens hood, backed it up with my backpack and my leg. It didn't take more than a few seconds before the camera decided it wanted to try close-ups of some of the stones and the water - all on its own...

Lets just say that I didn't let it lay there for all that many seconds. I'm slow, but my reactions were triggered by the bouncing sound against the rock and I, probably, had my fingers on the body as soon as my expensive package stopped skidding in the mud.

Apart from brushing off all visible and easily removable sand/mud and water drops from the body and lens, what should I look out for now?

I did shoot a few frames with another lens soon afterwards, and the body seemed ok (I haven't taken the card out of the camera yet or tried downloading anything). When I got home I figured the best thing to do was to just have everything dry up, so that I can clean it properly and inspect it in a day or so.

What I have noticed is that there are scratches on the body and some colour is missing in those scratches, some finer sand particles are in between the metal and plastic on the hotshoe and near the flash. The 400/5.6L have a clearly visible dent almost as wide as a finger and it's a millimeter or two deep. The lens hood can be slid over it, and it locks (almost) as before, some wiggling and odd sound can be heard while doing so. It feels like I can do a full twist of the focus ring, and no extra noises could be heard, nor did I feel that it was stiffer to move than usual. I haven't had the nerve to try and rattle the lens - far too afraid it will make noises that equals repairs that I can't afford.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:28:32 PM »
An APS-C sensor, around 24 MP, with improved high ISO performance and (I´m almost afraid to say it) improved DR would make an interesting start. If it came in a house with as close to pro body sealing as possible, improved fps and, most importantly to me, an AF system like we have in the 5DIII/1DX, it would make a Very interesting camera. The ultimate bonus would be if it (on top of the above) also could AF at f/8.0 (AF at 1920mm!!)


+1 and +drool

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:20:39 PM »
I concede - tripods are useful.

Mighty nice Robin, Alan! Did he come with a quick release-plate? Or do you have to screw him into the ballhead?

Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:18:41 PM »
Hi all. I'm ashamed to be mentioning this but I really need some helpful advice please...

I've considered myself a decent landscape photographer for many years, the subject has always excited me and I've always been able to pull a good shot out of the bag even when scenery and conditions don't play- ball.

For a year or so now I've found myself photographing less and less. I think the passion's still in there but I tend to be at home kicking myself when a cracking sunset develops, rather than be out in it with the camera. Recently I have managed to get out but found myself wandering about unable to find inspiration and going home later without taking a single shot. I feel like I've lost my inspiration, lost my ability to see and imagine. I do live on a small island so photography can become repetitive, but it never stopped me before.

I wondered if anyone here had been through this before? A total lack of inspiration and if so, how you managed to get through it? I can't believe being such an experienced photographer I'm asking this but it does concern me and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thank you.

I feel your pain, but there's nothing to be ashamed of. In all long term progress, there's bound to be plateaus, and smaller dips.

   Back in the days when I shot film, I could often find and see the beauty in nature when I was out, and I managed to make something out of it too on the film. Nowadays, I have far better gear, but I often lack the ability to "see" and I haste through a scene, telling myself I'll go back some other day and redo it in a better, proper way. For me it's that I've lost the ability to be here, now. Imagination is crippled, and much of the hope I once had is gone. I'm halfway through life, and currently unemployed (2 years without income sucks donkey...), living in a place that is far from as inviting as I hoped it should be.

   What I do? I try to do things in a slightly different way. Visit the places, where I shoot, at other times of day. Walking the opposite way to what I usually do, and so on. I try to find inspiration in books that I read (plain novels), music I listen to. I refuse to give in. One day it will come back, and in the mean time I go about shooting birds.

Faith in oneself. Patience, and an ability to forgive that not all shots are 100% perfect.

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