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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:57:27 AM »
Thanks Click.  Those nutcrackers are cute pesty birds!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:40:53 AM »
Bird attraction setup, Jasper National Park (somebody had popcorn). ;)

Jack

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 20, 2014, 12:16:28 AM »
Sorry Brandon, I don't have access to the F2.8 but I can say I'm pleased with the F4 and with the 6D low light and F4 is not that challenging.  Of course there is the bokeh issue but I use this WA lens mainly for scenes outdoors anyway.  Any shots I've posted that are WA will be with this lens.  The macro is handy and not useless as some have implied.  The data is in this shot taken at 24mm.  So far I'm not complaining and that deal you mentioned is VG.

Jack

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:31:22 PM »
Yes, as stated, endless debating.  A point worth reasserting is this.  Crop vs. FF is not unlike teleconverter vs. bare.  It is a significant advantage when reach limited to have the smaller region of spot focus to avoid AF locking onto undesirable objects.  This is a major reason why I almost always head out with 300 2.8 II X 2 III when I'm anticipating shooting smaller birds even though I'm aware of the slight decrease in IQ.  The X1.4 could have been left in the store in my case.  Of course I don't love the loss in F stop but with the 6D that hasn't been much of an issue. 

My issue is, I'm ready for a second body and was contemplating 7D2 but now I'm hedging against a FF update.  I also don't like the extra size but more so the weight the 1DX would bring for hiking, having bought a 1D2 cheap just to see if I'd adjust in that department.  :(

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:29:04 PM »
dpc, if only a photo could do justice.  Here's the bigger picture - gotta get that sensor cleaned :-[.  Love all the shots that are being posted since as a beginner I've got lots to learn and there is some amazing work being displayed.

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:49:50 PM »
A couple weeks ago at Mt. Robson, BC.  Highest in the Canadian Rockies and more often than not, under clouds.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:18:22 PM »
"The other part of my problem with Canon, and that has nothing to do with future price of 6D is why the control layout between different levels of cameras is so different. Somebody who starts with a xxxD and moves to xxD or xD will have to relearn muscle memory for controlling the camera. If you have to relearn all the layout then what is keeping you with a brand. I don't know if that is the same with other manufactures, but I think that is so stupid."

I typically carry the 6D with the 300 2.8 X2 and having one hand on the lens and being able to view shots using just the right hand is great.  My 40D requires both hands on the camera body and is not nearly as convenient.  The problem I have is that my finger sometimes is challenged with the select button within the L R U D selectors so when deleting a picture I sometimes end up forward or back.  With some tweaking the 6D layout is superior IMHO.

Put a better AF as mentioned and a bit higher frame rate and I wouldn't even consider a crop second camera.

6D and me.  :) :) :)

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:26:28 AM »
WOW, great shots everyone!

Mountain lake near Illecillewaet, BC

Jack

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D Mark 2 Rolling Review
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
Was on holidays with limited internet when the 7D2 came out.  Does the camera have the option of linking AF points to exposure? 

To me this is quite important when choosing not to use the spot center point.  Example, 6D with 600mm using vertical orientation and the upper focus point.  A pileated woodpecker lands on a stump in close proximity and my exposure comes off his densely black body (center point), significantly overexposing his red and white and black head. So just compensate - right?  However, in situations like this the subject tends to be in constant motion with the background/foreground shifting from dark stump to blue sky to significant to almost out of the picture, not to mention the shadows.

Of course I'm relatively new to all this so there are no doubt some alternate solutions but for now that may be a deal breaker and reason to wait a little longer.

BTW in contrast to this reviews assertion, I find in my multi-hour hikes up mountainsides that I'd never crave to have a much heavier camera, although I do understand the principle of balance.  My 6D with 300 2.8 X2 balances very nicely and is more comfortable than with just the 300.  The shot doesn't illustrate perfectly but you can see how my hand pulls the camera into my armpit allowing the unit to be both carried comfortably or simply steadied by my hand while being supported by the shoulder strap.  I can climb through bushes and jump puddles without losing a beat.  Sadly, the 1Dx doesn't sit in there nearly as well and adds quite a bit of weight.

Jack

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 12, 2014, 05:35:44 PM »
Yes, jepabst the 6D could easily have been made a killer camera but it would have cut into other sales.  Very nice shots. 

Bought mine with the idea that it would become my second camera, more for landscapes and now I'm waiting on full reports on the 7D2.  Not at all sorry I didn't buy the 5D3 considering the price even though I do a lot of wildlife.

Jack

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:09:09 PM »
Thanks Dylan777.  Of course I won't mention shots missed!  However, if one is persistent it's surprising what can be accomplished with less than the "best".  90% luck, but not just luck.  I still love my 6D.

300 X2 @ 320th sec.

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 01, 2014, 04:28:09 PM »
Dilbert, thanks for the quick correction of an uninformed statement based on something I obviously misread.  It does rank fairly high on the list of worthy worldwide waterfalls though (19 or top 100 according to this site) and is well worth the visit.

http://www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com/top-100-waterfalls-list/9/

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:29:37 AM »
Great shots from all.  I also just returned from a stint in BC and the Alberta rockies.  Finally made it into Wells Gray provincial park.  The Helmcken falls are over 450 feet high and about 75 feet wide, maybe the highest in North America.  The sun was my enemy.  The first shot is from the viewing side the second from the opposite cliff as I forced myself up to the edge - looking straight down to the water.  You can see the viewing platform in the last shot.

6D with 24-70 F4

Jack

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:06:21 PM »
Another example of 6D AF.  ;) Center of course.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:25:09 AM »
The window was open and the guy had his p&s camera trying to get a long shot when this happened.

Jack

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