October 22, 2014, 10:41:18 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Don Haines

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 224
1
I have a drawer full of 32Mbyte CF cards at work....

It would be like the good old days... changing film holders on the 4x5 :) Swap one out for every picture....

2
Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:52:43 PM »
I'm not too excited about the built in intervalometer since it tops out at 99 shots.
What's that going to give me? A few seconds of TL video?

The Canon website says it takes 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals but also unlimited.

;)

That would make sense... go for a set number of shots, or run until stopped.... at a 0.5 second interval it should only take me 20 hours and 50 minutes to hit the rated shutter life :)

3
EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:10:39 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?
Patience and a steady supply of food... and works on more than chickadees....

But as said above, if Art Morris is using 1200mms on a crop camera, he is most certainly not dealing with "tame" or habituated birds. If I am quiet and non-threatening, I can get within 30 or 40 feet of a wild duck... but that is exceptionally close. There are several spots I know where people regularly feed the ducks and you can have them a foot or two away.

4
EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:21:48 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

5
Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:19:32 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.


wonderful pictures!

6
Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
Edit: Sorry - got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...  I shop at Best Buy - not sure why I threw them under the bus.   ;D

Please keep admissions like these to yourself  :o

You were right on the first shot!  ;D

the local best buy is better than the local camera store :(

7
Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:21:56 PM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D
or the cat trying to catch that elusive red dot....

8
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:35:07 PM »
It is disgusting that you would have to do that to any camera.

Shame Sony... Shame on you... learn how to build photography tools, not toys....

9
EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 05:11:04 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

I had forgotten that the 30th was Sabbath.  Never having been to the store, having only been to NYC one time, do they reopen on Saturday evening after the close of Sabbath or reopen on Sunday morning?
they close at 2:00pm on Fridays and open up at 10:00am on Sundays.

Anyone thinking of showing up at thier store on the weekend may be in for a surprise :)

10
EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:25:15 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

11
Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:07:11 PM »
My Little Blue Friend

He's baack! I think he likes me. He would pose with each peanut before taking off this time.

Nice!

12
Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:01:12 PM »
Is there a Henry's in your town?  I live in Ontario and I think Henry's has a cleaning service. If not there is a canon service centre in Mississauga.
I have heard a few horror stories about cleanings at Henrys.... I would send it to Mississauga. This is something that you really want done right.

You are talking about a spot on the sensor which is NOT dust. If it is tree sap, you are talking about a wet cleaning so you can ignore everything you have been told about cleaning dust off your sensor... those techniques will just make it worse in your case.

Send it to Canon and tell them what you suspect the spot is...

13
Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:38:30 PM »
Nice pics on here so far. I'd like to add some of mine that I took from Vermont and one from Massachusetts. All taken with Canon 5D mark III and 24-105L lens.
I feel like I should be throwing a couple of turkeys into the pond on that last shot :)

Nice pictures!

14
Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:38:06 AM »
I often read comments like; “used CF cards for more than 10 years and never had a failure”. Unfortunately if you have a closer look at the technology for memory today, you would quickly come to the conclusion that the older technology was more reliable than it is today, and why is that so? 

The frequency of card failures is increasing and the reason is that Consumer Grade Memory is no longer as robust as you would hope or expect.

Manufacturers of consumer grade memory have been on a quest to increase capacity, reduce cost and increase speed.  One thing they have done is shrink the geometries, from 40nm down to 19nm, and next is 15nm (changes about every 18months).  So by example a CF card today, using MLC NAND Flash only has a write endurance spec of < 3,000 writes.  When it goes to 15nm, endurance write will be down to 2,000.  Now if you purchased a cheap card, very likely it is TLC Flash and only has < 1,000 writes. 

With smaller geometries there are many downsides which requires modifying of firmware and circuitry.  The manufacturers are not open about the endurance write spec on their products.  However they comfort you with an offer of Lifetime Warranties, and for a product that has a Limited Life.  Small comfort when you lose 100s of photos on shoot, who cares about the replacement card – where are my valuable images!  NAND Flash has a limited number of writes and ultimately will fail with extended use.

Only advice I can give is look at Industrial Grade Products which use SLC NAND Flash.  These products have Endurance Write Specs  >2 million.  They cost more, but extremely reliable, slower performance, but not an issue for the majority of serious photographers.
+1
I needed some larger capacity CF cards for one of the spectrum analyzers at work.... they bought me consumer grade ones.... they were all dead in a couple of months. (approx. 2000 write/erase cycles)

15
EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:05:11 PM »
I have just had a phone call saying the 7D Mark II will be in my hands before the end of next week so Oct 24th, however I was first in line ordering from Camera World. Now how do I justify buying a 400mm lens...

flip a coin....

Heads 400F2.8
Tails 400F5.6
lands on the edge, 400F4 DO

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 224