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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:47:22 AM »
Thanks Graham for the review!

I dont own the 6D and I am not sure that I will, but your review added a bit more of doubt when thinking about the next camera. So far, I am happy and my needs are fulfilled almost 100% of the times with a 5D mark II. Maybe in 6m.- 1 y. may be time to change. Or maybe not... I was 7 years with a 10D..  :D However, when my hands were on the 5D II I thought why didn't I change before... I think Either it will be 5D III or 6D + 7D mark II. I "unfortunately" am developing my skills in wildlife and is a field I really love and plan to shoot in the coming years.... so the 7D II seems a great camera for that too...

Anyway now I am redesigning my lens collection (selling my 24 1.4 II and 24-70 2.8 vI and buying the zoom vII) and possibly my cokin GND filters (to Lee). Did you start with the Cokin? Did you find any differences?

And really beautiful pictures you shot! I also shoot quite a lot of landscapes at f16 and above and was wondering about if there is someone else using these aperture!  ;)  I have heard about the loss of sharpness at these high number apertures because of the diffraction. Any experiences on that? Any noticeable loss of quality? I know about it but really need those apertures many times for the purposes I want (as you, long exposures for example).

Anyway, keep on the good shots and thanks again for the review!


Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM Purchase
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:32:44 AM »
Congrats on your new purchase!!! A lens that probably I will never own  :)

One question for all:

I have been checking the Canon refurbish site and I am wondering if they ship to Europe. Probably not, but asking doesn't harm... I have been trying to search for some form or email here in European site but did not find one.
If they would be able to ship items between canon headquarters in different continents that would be awesome, but I doubt so.

Once I contacted to Lensrentals for one interesting purchase but, despite I found a method to ship it to Europe, they only would accept american credit cards, so I returned to look at the expensive and annoying Finnish market  ::)

Enjoy your new purchases!!!  :D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:32:41 PM »

Nice thread! Here in Finland there are several companies that offer hides to photograph bears or other species. It is not as "easy" as in America to do so....
Couple of weeks ago I went to photograph wolverines and at some point I needed to get out of the hide because there were Northern Lights. I was quite scared (a bear had been seen frecuently in the area) but nothin happened. IN here they normally run away if they spot a human. I thought that if I were in NA I would have been quite more scared that I was then... well, one day I really want to go to Canada and Alaska, at least. Even for a short term research position that also would allow me to know the area. I will ask for an expert or some fellow local photograher   :D .... well, first I need to save money or get the position.


By the way, this is taken with 5D mark II, 300 f4L IS and 1.4 II TC

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:57:13 AM »
 :D The web is already suffering from high number of clicks..... I wonder if it is a result of GAS  ;)

Seems that people were really looking forward to this! Understandable! And hope it copes with the noise.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 7D European Deal...
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:03:59 AM »

I understand the way you feel... I live in Finland and hte prices here are way MUCH more expensive than in the US. You just have to travel there once or twice a year to get rid of your G.A.S.  ;D

Althugh that is not always possible...

Regarding to this shop, pleasekeep us inform. I usually ignore these "too good to be true" deals but who knows??

It probably comes from Hong kong? If that is the case, check the warranty and that it has everything as it should, I have a friend that ordered the 70-200 2.8 IS II from some store from there and it came without serial numbers....

Just wait for your order and fingers crossed!! If you have purchased through visa or something like that it should not be a problem at all.



Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:14:38 AM »

as many others have suggested, just try something new. Something you have never tried before, new technique, composition, subject, new use of your equipment....

Read! There are thousands of very good photographers out there who are telling new ways to use flash, a lens, some slow speed photography (which I find VERY interesting)... there are thousands of things that we have not tried yet. But don't copy! Try to be creative.

Once I read that each photographer's style is a very personal view, created during years of personal time, interests and also influenced by others.... Your personal style will come after so many years of trying and practicing. In Helsinki, the bus routes are quite particular: most of them start near the central station, in the Railway Square, afterwards the buses separate after having shared a common route for some time (this varies).
As a photographer ,you always will get into a bus in the Railway Square, then you'll share some route with others fellow photographers that may or may not get out to follow another route in another bus. Everyone will get out at the end in their very personal last stop. You and the influences you get will decide which one it is! I am still traveling, may continue in this bus for some time or may try another one...

Good luck!!


I'm sure replacements are in the works. When will we see them is the question...so in the meantime enjoy what you've got. :)


Just go out and shoot!!! And be happy with what you own!  ;)

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 04:59:26 AM »
Mine was, as other members of the forum, the 70-200 f4L bought it in Nov 2011 in a trip to NY from Boston (where I initially went for a conference).
It completely amazed me, at the time I only had Sigmas and the 50 1.8II and an old 10D... Something like 6 months later I bought an used 5D Mark II with a 24-70 2.8L version I and this was a huge upgrade... to be able to shoot at ISO 800 and above!!! WOW!!!!

Still nowadays, almost 3 years later I still love the 70-200 f4L, versatile, lightweight for hiking and used a lot, always giving me very good results.

Since that I have decided that I won't buy any non L lenses, unless justified.

At the moment I am thinkingabout selling the 24-70 2.8L I and the 24 1.4L II that I bought 1.5 years ago to buy the 24-70 2.8L II, but I bet the 24 prime is not going to be easily sold here in Finland...



well, I am really sorry for you, if you don't find your camera (may be a bit hard considering that you are in Germany), I hope your gear was insured...

I guess you know stolen camera finder? http://www.stolencamerafinder.com/

Just in case, it was a good idea and you might have a possibility there if photos taken with your camera are posted to Filckr or somewhere else. Just try from time to time, dont give up because there are cases of guys who found their cameras after some time.

Well, all the best! Good luck!


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Patent: Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:48:09 AM »
Wondering if it would be for Full frame or cropped sensors... Don't have much experience on Fish eyes, but I am quite sure I will buy one at some point in the future, after so many other adquisitions!



Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:38:54 PM »

I like the Chobe bag as everyone else :) the tembo cases and the sabi stabilzers.

And here is my picture:

Greetings rom Finland

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:21:42 AM »
Well, I'll take this cautiously... does not affect us after all... YET. At least me, I am still holding to a EOS 5D mark II and if I get a grant or project (I am a researcher who just got his PhD) I will upgrade to 5D III or a APS-C second body.

If the "entry level" EOS 6D was about 2000 euros at launch, I dont know what these cameras will cost.... Prepare your wallets!  ;D

Cheers from Finland!


Some time in February, I think 2009, I had the marvellous idea of going outside to shoot at -27C. Did not have a car, went biking for about 4km and back home. At the time, I had my old EOS 10D and sigma lenses 17-35 2.8-4 and sigma 105mm. Besides 50mm 1.8 II.
After 3 hours shooting with no problem, the LCD started to react much slower and the AF i the lenses to be very slow. I decided to leave home, that was the first time that my toes got frozen, very painful to get them back to life :)

This year in March we were outside photographing the aurora and it was -20C. Canon EOS 5D mark II, 24mm 1.4L II, Sigma 12-24mm and Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L.

Besides that we were freezing, toes again as well as hands, no problems at all, 4 hours outside in total. Batteries get empty quite faster than normally, but I did not miss any shot because of this.

I usually put my equipment back in my Lowepro old minitrekker and fastpack with lots of silica gels (I always carry them inside the bags) and I have not had any problem. Just be careful and leave the camera to warm up inside the backpack.

Next time, toewarmers for sure ;)



Well, it's partly a "video" update... but another part of me is pretty darn excited to rent a 300 f/4 and slap my x2 extender on it ;)

That is what I was exactly thinking about since I tested the 300 mm f4 last summer. That and a TC will be the closest option I will have for an autofocus 600 mm  :D

However, i am still with  my 5D II and I have not found a decently priced 300 mm f4, same with the 2x tc, so I guess everything has to wait or be rented  ???


EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 11:31:53 AM »
I have the same opinion about using the same sensor.... for me a basic upgrade for a body must be the ISO performance (that I guess will be the same).... Imagine if they would have kept the same sensor between the 5d and the 5d mark III... it would have been a disaster.

BUT, this camera probably is not meant for me, meaning that, as stated by other user, people would care more for sharing in FB than ISO performance.... well, that is call entry level.

Let's see about the sensor in the 70D and the 7D mark II (if they are finally coming).


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