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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:30:17 PM »
Judging by your statements, you don't  have particularly deep pockets. For this reason alone I wouldn't consider anyone but Canon.
A Pro has business needs completely different than an enthusiasts. Canon has a range of bodies and glass that far outstrips all competitors, allowing you to assemble a main kit AND a lessor but crucial secondary kit that will function as backup.

No other manufacturer compares in support and service to Canon. Can you afford to replace a broken camera or lens out of pocket on short notice so as to not miss a shoot? Nikon has a downright lousy reputation for their repair service, Canon are stellar in this regard and often generous in their warranty repair. Nikon isn't  alone in mediocre performance, no one is in the same ballpark as Canon.
Join CPS, get a 2 day turnaround on your repairs, and never look back.

Reviews / Re: Bryan Carnathan has completed his review of the 7D Mark II
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:05:10 PM »
Well I hope Brian's knowledge of the camera is better than his knowledge of horses !

You might try reading the review before embarrassing yourself with a gratuitous negative comment.


@ wtlloyd

Thank you for all the info.

I have read Michael´s trip report hence my preoccupation with the 5D. 
Yes, I thought you had but linked that report for others interested...I think that the grip had a major part on those camera´s failures and I will not take any grip to Antarctica.  I don´t know if the 40D had any sealing, but if it has survived, the 6D might survive too.

A seal bag or dry pack is a great idea.  It would protect my equipment and let me use my favorite backpack.

Your pictures are amazing.  Congrats!Thank you!

Which cruise operator did you go with?That was a Quark Expeditions charter through The Luminous Landscape...I really wanted to make a trip this year with Cheesemans, but couldn't work out the timing

@ Frodo

I will take 2 or 3 batteries for each camera.  I have read several recommendations like yours about this. 

Thank you for the location tips. 

We call gumboots galochas in Brazil.

@ Alefoto

I was planning to minimize lens and cards changes in this trip.  I am thinking about keeping the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II in the 7D II.  I am thinking about using the 6D for the wide angle shots with the 17-40mm f/4L or the Sigma 12-24mm and even the 24-105mm f/4L IS or the 24-70mm f/2.8L.

The 50mm f/1.4 and the 28mm f/1.8 might be useful in low light. Although I think the 85mm f/1.8 is excellent, I tend to use it on very few occasions.

Selling the two 70-200mm lenses is not an option because my wife uses the f/4L while I use the f/2.8L IS II.  But I could use the 2.8 with the 2x teleconverter on the 7D II (I might even buy the 2x teleconverter III if IQ is much better than the older version).

@ Dswtan

Your friend´s experiences will be very useful for my planning.

@ Dtaylor

I keep a B+W filter on all my lenses for protection so the lenses that need a filter for water resistance are well prepared.

@ Kurtj29

Used 1D series bodies are rare to find in Brazil and usually very expensive and/or beaten, so I would prefer a camera that I could buy new.

Thank you!
If you click on the pic you get it full screen, and the exif info is available - I didn't know that before, as I don't post pics...


Well, you asked for it ;)

Just wanted to chime in and say I love the pics. - Brian

Well, you asked for it ;)

Take both cameras - you must have a backup. You will also find it convenient to not change lens in weather - on board ship I typically had a wide-ish zoom on a 40D and a 400DO on my 1D3 - I didn't have a FF camera at the time, and the 5D2 had only been out about 6 weeks and I wasn't able to get one although I tried...Also take a digicam, something you can use on board ship and during hikes for casual snaps.
The 6D is probably no better or worse weather sealed than the 5DII is - those failed cameras on the Luminous Landscape trip weren't the only ones to fail, but were in the geat majority compared to all the rest.
Here is Michael's trip report, be sure to scroll down to "Failures" if you haven't seen it -

Definitely take the 1.4 extender. I used a tripod on most landings, most people say you won't need one...YMMV. When I go back, I will take a tripod again.

I used a Kata side opening backpack - the 400DO lens just fit into the top section by itself, and the other gear in the lower part.   They don't make this particular bag anymore. Do NOT take a DryZone! They really are the devil to get in and out of, I used my DryZone 200 a few times and sold it long before this trip. I guess I'd get another if I was going to be in a canoe/kayak. Instead, get a sealbag if you are really worried about dropping your gear into the ocean during landings. There is some agility required at times. Most of us had a camera out while in zodiacs, and simply used a ship's towel over the top of it to ward off spray/rain while not actively shooting. 

Two things I would take - a small, maybe 2' x 2' oilcloth or waterproof tarp to lay on the ground and set my bag on during landings - you're going to be smelling penguin poop in your cabin after the first landing, but at least you can keep it off your bag/equipment/hands! Secondly, I'd bring something I could use as a clothesline in the cabin - forever trying to dry out gloves and socks in between landings and that would have really helped.
7900 photos, about 2600 with the 40D and the rest 1D3

40D - 60 w/ 16-35 f/2.8 II, 550 w/ 24-105 L IS, 1850 w/ 70-200 f/2.8 IS, 50 w/ 70-200 and 1.4 extender (I had the DO) and about 20 with the DO and DO + 1.4

1D3 - roughly 1500 w/ 24-105 L IS, around 500 each 70-200 and 70-200 + 1.4 extender, 1600 on the 400DO, and 500+ each using the DO with 1.4 and 2.0 extenders

My primary interest was wildlife, shot a lot in Buenos Ares with wider lens, weather was poor most of the trip so shooting wide and far wasn't always good.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:04:05 PM »
American Crow 100% crop
6D & EF 70-300 L IS @ 300mm ISO 800 1/1250 f/6.3

Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:52:35 AM »
"Yes, and your finger does a great job of pushing the button" you did not go on to say...


Looks like you have a pretty good camera there!  Glad you are happy with it.  Very nice photographs.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:34:58 AM »
Now, there's a unicorn wish.

Looking for this lens to drop to $1,699 levels in 6 months.

Lenses / Re: EF 24 105 manufacturing location switch...
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:25:52 PM »
OR, my first thought is that lens is going to remain in the lineup just as it is for years to come, else why shift production of what is basically a loss-leader kit lens? Wouldn't you just introduce a new version and start up the production with fresh tooling?

It's also possible that the change in the manufacturing site might lead to some improvements as the processes and assembly line must have been cleaned and updated.

Lenses / Re: Old lenses Canon will phase out
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:21:04 PM »
It won't surprise me if they never replace the EF 400 f/5.6

Between the new 100-400 at $2200 and the new 400 f/4.0 DO IS at about $7K, where would the pricing fall? It's currently an inexpensive supertele, performs nicely but with some shortcomings. I don't see room for it in the lineup if the new 100-400 exceeds it at 400mm, which I expect it will. We never got a 500 f/5.6, so I don't think Canon want to diversify at the upper end all that much...better to force a choice between the zoom or the DO.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:25:34 AM »
NEC Spectraview series.
Sold my PA271 and looking to upgrade to the PA322 - this is a 4K monitor, with SpectraView calibration, available any day now.

I recommend a look at Lloyd Chambers "Mac Performance Guide" regarding the new iMac.

He is reviewing 4K monitors, should have the LG up for review soon.

Lastly, here is a interesting article regarding true monitor calibration:

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:53:32 AM »
Is that center ring a focus preset or zoom lock I wonder...

Edit: Oh, it's a zoom tension/lock...does that exist on anything other than the old 100-400? Why on a twist zoom?

Lenses / Re: A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:49:24 AM »
"SARCASM" (def) - a swift bird that often flies over ones head.

If it had a sony sensor you wouldn't need 16,000 ISO.  You could just keep all your shots at 100 and then fix everything in post.  I can't believe that anyone would even buy a Canon camera anymore.

It's even worse to post some comments on a website dedicated to Canon gear and don't use Canon gear, i really don't understand 8)

I've got an argument about that...

Bah, stupid infomercial, nothing to see here, move along....

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