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Canon General / Re: How long does Canon repair usually take??
« on: January 11, 2015, 02:57:46 AM »
I gave two bodies and five lenses to the service point in Germany for cleaning and calibration as well as some minor repair. The equipment had seen a lot of dust during a two month trip through southern parts of Africa. I got the note, that the work was completed after five working days and picked up the equipment, with everything well served.

I will happily buy one of those!

Maybe I should start writing a book (or at least a tutorial on my site): "Marsu42 on hdr" :-)

I would appreciate such a book or a good tutorial on hdr from you.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:32:47 AM »
That looks like a lens for me. Light weight, compactness, optical excellence in the same lens. Thats what I like!

EOS Bodies / Re: New 7d2 Embargo Date?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:33:03 PM »
May  be we have already had all the news from Canon for this years photokina.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:15:59 PM »
When will we see the announcements from Canon for photokina?

Lenses / Re: Ultrawide Canon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:22:09 AM »
I consider my 14 mm/2,8 an ultrawide . A wonderful lens. .... from Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: a different look at the sensor topics
« on: September 03, 2014, 12:45:48 PM »
A couple of years ago, in the discussion of amateurs about cameras, the camera sensors were an issue quite often. But at that time everybody talked about the oil or "dust" problem on Nikon sensors: On the sensors of the D800 and the D600. 
I didn't hear anything about DR of Canon sensors. That seems to be a concern for only a very small fraction of photography enthusiasts.

Lenses / Re: Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:54:56 AM »
One fairly large foto company with a number of stores  in Germany has dropped the prices of the big whites (300 to 600 mm) by about 8%. That means rebates of 500 to almost 800 €.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 30, 2014, 06:50:04 AM »
I would like to buy it before end of September, but that will not work. I would combine it "permanently", or let's say for two month, to my Tamron 150-600. That will help to avoid almost completely the dust problems, that are typical for sand deserts. And the reach is compelling for wild life and especially for birding.

Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:44:14 AM »

So, I know what to do then :). going to the gym and practicing with this new baby (shouldn't I call It like this for its weight). In September a have a big aviation show on a military airfield here in Belgium at only 6 km from home. First half of October I have my safari trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls.

After that I will show you if my mussels were strong enough.

I wish you a safe trip with fantastic photos. May I ask you a question. Are you going to take a tripod on your trip? I am going at the end of September also on a tour through southern Africa. We will start in Swaziland, go to Kruger NP, Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Namibia with all the exciting natural wonders to end the trip after seven weeks in Capetown.
I read, that in several of these parks you must not leave the car. So the tripod may be no good in those places. Do you normally have enough time to set up the tripod before the birds and lions are gone? Sitting at night and watching these waterholes may be a different story.  I am wondering if I should carry the tripod which means  almost 6 pounds of weight or rather take another lens with a very good image stabilizer.

Black & White / Re: Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:08:24 AM »
How did the lion take the flash?

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:51:01 AM »
I have enjoyed reading on your site. The pictures I do like. But as le Greve said, way too many pictures of the same bird.  Less would be more!

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:01:21 PM »
This thread made me think. I have a similar problem. Because of weigt and size restriction on an extensive trip, I can take only a small part of my gear. Not that I plan to sell my gear, but I have to decide, which piece to take on this trip of  8 to 10 months. Birds, wildlife, flowers, portrait, landscape. What do I need, that will fit with my needs and my  luggage constraints at the same time.

1 body = 6D
1 lens : EF 100 / 2,8 IS L ;
2 lenses : EF 100/2,8 IS L , EF 24-70/4 IS L
3 lenses: EF 100/2,8 IS L, EF 24-70/4 IS L,EF 70-200/2,8 IS II, Tamron 150-600/5-6,3
4 lenses: EF 100/2,8 IS L, EF 24-70/4 IS L, EF 14/2,8 L, Tamron 150-600/5-6,3
1 Accessory: Tripod RRS TVC 24 L

I may decide to take the EF 16-35/4 IS L rather than the EF 24-70/4 IS L.

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results Released
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:32:24 PM »
I just read this statement from yesterday:
Smartphones and tablet computers are adding sophisticated lenses and sensors, eroding demand for Canon’s PowerShot compact models and EOS high-end sets and leading to the first annual drop in shipments of single lens reflex models. Canon expects to sell 7.6 million single-lens reflex cameras in 2014, which is 50,000 fewer than last year, while sales of compact models are forecast to drop 20 percent to 10.5 million units, the company said.
The upper end camera market seems to be affected too. We don't know, what the balance sheets of other makers will show.

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