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Canon General / More on Hollywood Filmmaker's Albuquerque Landscapes
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:33:52 AM »
Last month I posted a short video on a retired Hollywood filmmaker's HDR panoramas of Albuquerque.  However, the video only touched on his finished results.  This link will take you to his site and some of his work:

http://www.unit16.net/Adobe%20Web%20Gallery/content/index.html

After viewing his work, you will understand why I picked ABQ as my retirement home.  Our Fall is usually spectacular, and the winter and spring scenes can be quite good as well.  If you like thunderstorms, July and August can produce some intense weather formations and plenty of lightning!

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EOS Bodies / EOS 7D II Specs Listed on KDrama Stars
« on: August 01, 2014, 10:22:01 AM »
Don't know if this is legit, but here is what is on the Korean site:

http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/31309/20140801/canon-7d-mark-ii-release-date.htm

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Weird black pictures problem
« on: July 20, 2014, 07:01:04 PM »
Having used digital SLRs since 2005 (5D, 5D Mk II, two 1D Mk IVs, and a 1D X), I had never experienced a completely black image until late last year.  In November, while shooting at Mission San Diego, I experienced one!  It was on my 1D X, with a reliable flash card and in very good available light. 

The image contained all of the shooting data as if it had been one of the images of the same subject both before and after the blank one?  There was no fault/error code at all!  So, I feel your pain!  That happened at around 800 shutter actuations and has not occurred in the 3,000+ shots since. 

I spoke with Canon Irvine about the experience when they performed a clean and check on my 1D X in February.  Nothing was noted during the check and all has been well since.  I guess the old saying "Truth is stranger than fiction" might actually apply here!

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Here's a short video feature on an award winning movie maker turned landscape photog.  He's an Albuquerque resident (transplant from LA) making a very good business for himself.

BTW, notice his choice of camera/lens combination, and his (homemade) tripod mount!

Sorry, the original link didn't work very well!  Here's a link that actually works on YouTube:

Health scare leads artist to world-renowned art


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Software & Accessories / Re: To filter or not to filter
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:57:25 PM »
I have used quality clear/uv filters on all of my lenses since 1969.  I've saved the front elements on two of my lenses by having a filter on them when they fell/hit a metal object.

I do remove them if I am going to shoot a sunrise/sunset.  Also, I remove them if I am shooting anything (Trains, Race cars, etc.) that have bright lights on them that are coming directly toward me, even during daylight hours.  I can only think of one other case where I removed the filter, and that was due to the Sun reflecting off the water?

Did I mention I live in the high desert...even the dust gets dusty!

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Oops!  Sorry, missed that one...Senior moment I guess!

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Monument Valley, AZ last month, EOS-1D MkIV, EF 28-300L:

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, EOS-1D X, EF 28-300L:

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Canon General / Canon "Bring It" TV Ad
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:42:25 PM »
Just for fun, here's the latest Canon USA ad, "Bring It":

Canon "Bring It" FULL REVIEW 2014

BTW, it runs twice on this link.

Enjoy!

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When I purchased a 1D Mk IV in 2010, I was so impressed with it that I ended up purchasing a second one just six months later.  When the 1D X was announced, I didn't think that it would be that much of an improvement (for me) over the 1D4.  The 1D4s served me well and I was hesitant to part with one of them in order to buy the 1DX.

However, after reading positive comments from so many users of the 1DX, I decided to purchase one to replace one of my 1D4s.  That was over 19-months ago, and I have never regretted making that decision.  I use both models together frquently and although I still reach for the 1D4 when shooting some wildlife, I find myself using the 1DX for anything and everything. 

With the release of a new 1-series body possibly just around the corner, I will probably wait to see just what it offers/features that I can't do now with my other two bodies, before making the decision to purchase one.  However, I also realize that because I just said that, it will probably come with features/capabilities that I just CAN'T live without!  Of course, then I'll be faced with the decision of which of my other two bodies to part with.

It will also be interesting to see how well it is received by the working Pros.  Based on the success of previous models, I guess I know the answer to that already!


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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 05:22:52 PM »
Good question, I had to pull out my records to see which one was first.  Looks like it was the EF 80-200 2.8L USM (not a typo, it really was an 80-200!) in May 1990.  It cost $1296.00, which was a lot then!  My second, was the EF 35-340 3.5-5.6L USM, in Apr 1995.  Since then I've added nine others.  The EF 300 2.8L II is on my short list for future purchases, although the 200-400L sure is appealing...just not in my budget plans!

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I've owned several of the EOS-1 series of cameras, starting in 1989 with the first version of the "1", I upgraded to the 1n in '94, and the 1V in '96.  I still have two of the 1V bodies and the 1n, they have served me well and occasionally get some Fujichrome, Provia, 100F run through them.  What is sad, is that I still have half a brick of Kodachrome 64 in my freezer!  I guess I'll keep it until it has some collector value?  Ha!   

I waited to go digital until the 5D was released.  Two years later, I purchased a 5DII, followed shortly by a couple of 1D4 bodies.  Since November of 2012, I have used my 1DX almost exclusively.  However, I will also grab my 1D4 if I'm going to shoot wildlife and want the 1.3 crop factor.

I couldn't be happier with the EOS-1 series of cameras, although it's hard to believe it's been 25 years since I bought my first one! 

It will be interesting (and probably expensive for me!) to see what features/specifications the next version will have!
I'm still a 1D (X) newbie - just about 3 months now - but it would seem that you've been a Canon user as long as I have been alive, having been born in the year mentioned under your name ;D

Hey Mackguyver, thanks for making me feel old!  Only kidding, I'm fully enjoying my "Golden Years!"
Hope you are fully enjoying your 1DX!  I keep being amazed on how Canon continues to improve upon an already good thing! 

Although I've studied all the guides and manual for the camera, I try to learn new methods/settings for the 1DX whenever I can.  I have found the Canon Professional Network (eu) to be a great resource for finding helpful tips and tricks for the 1DX and most all of my Canon gear.  Here's a link to their site in case you don't already have it:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/index.do

Enjoy!
Steve



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Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 10, 2014, 03:35:25 PM »
Hi Surapon,

Just returned from a short road trip last weekend to N/E AZ, and S/E UT.  Be sure to include Monument Valley to your trip if possible.  It straddles the southern border of UT & AZ, and is well worth the detour.  I used a 28-300L on my 1DX for the entire trip, even though I also took along a 24-70 II.  One thing to keep in mind, the region is quite dusty and usually windy!  So I would keep my lens changing to a minimum, and preferably in your hotel room before heading out for the day!  Also, as we used to say to our students at the USAF Desert Warfare Center, "Drink Water or Die!"  Seriously, drink plenty of water (min. of 3-liters per day) even if you don't feel thirsty!

Hope you have a Great trip!

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I've owned several of the EOS-1 series of cameras, starting in 1989 with the first version of the "1", I upgraded to the 1n in '94, and the 1V in '96.  I still have two of the 1V bodies and the 1n, they have served me well and occasionally get some Fujichrome, Provia, 100F run through them.  What is sad, is that I still have half a brick of Kodachrome 64 in my freezer!  I guess I'll keep it until it has some collector value?  Ha!   

I waited to go digital until the 5D was released.  Two years later, I purchased a 5DII, followed shortly by a couple of 1D4 bodies.  Since November of 2012, I have used my 1DX almost exclusively.  However, I will also grab my 1D4 if I'm going to shoot wildlife and want the 1.3 crop factor.

I couldn't be happier with the EOS-1 series of cameras, although it's hard to believe it's been 25 years since I bought my first one! 

It will be interesting (and probably expensive for me!) to see what features/specifications the next version will have!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:36:07 AM »
I am fortunate enough to have both bodies.  And both of them produce outstanding images.  I actuall had two 1D4 bodies until Nov 2012, when I sold one of them in order to buy the 1DX.  After giving the 1DX a good workout to get familiar with the differences, I find myself using both of them on a regular basis.  Depending on the type of shooting I am doing, I will generally use the 1D4 fitted with my 100-400 for wildlife.  Although the 1DX works just as well for wildlife, I like the 1.3 crop factor of the 1D4 when not using a 1.4X or 2X TC.  The 1DX get used the most with my 24-70, 2.8 L II.  If I am traveling, I will usually carry the 1DX with my 28-300L as an all-in-one combination.  That allows me to cover just about any subject with one lens and eliminates lens changes on the go.  I don't think you can go wrong with either body!  However, If I could only keep just one of my two bodies, I would have to pick the 1DX.  It really is that much better! 

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