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Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:22:28 PM »
Saw this monkey at our Oakland Zoo with a cel phone. I soon then saw pizza's being delivered to the same location!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:59:50 PM »
Sarge,

Surely hope this works it way out for you as I've been down the same road when I ordered the 5D3 from BH with Paypal only to find out my standard provider, Amazon, had them in stock and could ship next day for $3.99 in lieu of $68 from BH.  Trying to cancel the PP debit was not a quick walk through the park but it worked its way out.  BH and Amazon are the best you'll ever deal with.

I have seen other vendors advertise items 'in stock' only to find out when the purchase is made, 'temporarily out of stock' is emailed to me.  This happened with an order from Adorama that is still on backorder after 3 weeks. 

Best of luck!

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Post Processing / Re: "Painting" plug-ins and stand alone apps
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:12:31 PM »
Very nice painting Dave.  I love this area around Pescadero and the beach/Hwy 84/Rte 1.  I've used Snap Art with pleasing results. The new Tonal Impressions plug-in from Topaz unfortunately does not work with my video card.

Would love to see more of your work with this app.

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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:29:47 PM »
The short and sweet: Well researched and well written sysnopsis.  I completely agree and feel a sense of gratitude knowing that I too have some of the same dirt on my shoes having kicked a few other systems to the curb.  I've never felt that I could release Canon 100% as it always performs for any job I need. Period. 

Sure, I still shoot with Fuji on occasion for 'quick shots' and  travel but there is a compromise and you know as well  as I what that is.

Thanks for bringing this subject to light.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Invested In 3 Different Systems
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:22:40 PM »
Hi John,

We run in similar circles. I've been a Canon shooter for many years and love my 1DX/5D3/1D4 for sports and landscape.  I'm also heavily invested in Fuji's mirrorless system and I can confirm that the XT1 and 56mm f1.2 is the best combination Fuji offers.  Their 10-24 wide angle lens is also a consideration if you're considering going wide.

While the Fuji's are light and getting faster at 8FPS, they still will not replace a DSLR designed for sports. I've tried to shoot sports with my Fuji XT1 w/55-200 zoom lens and while the lens length was acceptable, the XT1 simply could not lock on as quickly or maintain AF for fast moving subjects.  The images from the XT1 were 'just about' as good as the 1DX from the same venue but I missed so many more shots with the Fuji.  Agreed too that the smaller Fuji's are not designed to be at the edge of a football field or a racetrack but they really do a great job at portraits and landscapes.  Their built-in intervalometer is also a nice feature for timelapse.

Welcome to the 'circle of confusion'. Which system do I take?

Regarding Sony, I too have considered the A7R or S but at this point, and based on some others comments, its not for me. 

Best of luck!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X100T
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:13:51 PM »
I realize this is a Canon forum and I'm a dedicated Canonista but....I've also been shooting Fuji's also for the past several years and love them! They are not, IMHO, a replacement for our beloved Canons:) They are compact, easy to shoot and have a nice lens offering.

I just ordered the X100T and may eventually sell my X100S if the T proves is point. I also shoot with their XT1 and XE2 and have given my kids the XE1 and XM1. We can actually share batteries! (Except for the X100S). ;D

Can't wait to see how this new model performs.


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Born in Bellbrook, Ohio and have lived in San Francisco Area (California USA!) since 1979.

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Software & Accessories / What is the best gimbal head everyone is using?
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:16:44 PM »
I'm starting another season shooting sports and last year I used a Manfrotto gimbal but it was a bit clunky and not that smooth. Considering what I paid for it, it fit the bill at that time.

This year I'd like to find another gimbal head that will hold a 1DX + 400mm f5.6 or 70-200 f2.8L II w/TC2.0 III.  The weight between both lenses is about the same.

What gimbal type head is everyone using?   I've seen prices ranging from $85 (Yikes!) to $600.  I use RRS plates and a Benro monopod for soccer games.

Your experience would be very much appreciated.

Cordially,
Markoe
Danville, CA. USA

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:52:53 PM »
I'm still a sucker for god-given beautiful sunsets which in this case are sunrises since I'm on the west coast.

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Question for the OP

Was this quoted as a rider to your home owners / renter policy or as a stand alone policy?  Not sure how much but that will have a pretty good impact on rates

The quote I received was from another insurance company and not my home insurance carrier.  I didn't want to tie these two together as Neuro had mentioned.

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I've seen several topics here previously about insuring your gear against theft or damage and I'm sorry I can't find that thread for reference.

I went to a State Farm agent and requested a quote to cover my inventory that totals about $45K. They sent a proposal for $850/annually which is much more than I recall hearing from other shooters here.

Who are others using for insurance?

Thanks again for your help. This is better than Dear Abby.... ::)

This was for personal use only; not professional.

Was this coverage for personal or business use?

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I've seen several topics here previously about insuring your gear against theft or damage and I'm sorry I can't find that thread for reference.

I went to a State Farm agent and requested a quote to cover my inventory that totals about $45K. They sent a proposal for $850/annually which is much more than I recall hearing from other shooters here.

Who are others using for insurance?

Thanks again for your help. This is better than Dear Abby.... ::)

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From our parade today in Danville CA. Shot with Fuji XT1 and 55-200 lens.

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Lenses / New Canon 16-35 f4 IS not listed in CPS directory
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:03:52 PM »
Hi Guys,

I'm loving the new 16-35 F4.0L IS and went to register it in my CPS inventory but don't find the lens listed there yet?  Assume others are finding the same thing?

Gee, how long does it take Canon to catch up?

Thanks,

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:28:35 PM »
 :o Ouch!  I just bought a 1DX last week!  I love it like all the others but do see room for improvement.  It is much better than I thought it might be so I'm going to sell my trusty 1D4 and 6D. (Keeping the 5D3 until a replacement is announced that).

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