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Hey Craig, congrats on a great trip. I'm headed to South Africa in late October.

I would suggest that you add a flash to the mix with a better beamer.  This will come in handy even during the day in harsh light.  You may find animals sitting under trees for example.  Also, if possible, try to go on night drive safaris- way cool.

Your gear sounds pretty inclusive (I have been to Serengeti/Tanzania X2, so can't comment on your locations yet).  You may seriously want to consider hiring a guide as some of the critters (even large ones like giraffes) can hide in plain sight.

Finally, before  you start packing the large whites, check weight restrictions.  Get a safari vest with lots of pockets to off-load heavy objects until you clear check in.  The vest is not counted as a carry on and there is no weight restriction.


Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:27:59 PM »
So, option 3
Just for fun,
ASSUMING the rumored 11-24mm f/4L arrives, performs well, has a bulbous element, and costs around $2499-$2999: which would option would you pick below if you could only have one since they would cost around the same?

OPTION 1: 16-35mm f/4L IS + 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye
PROs: Offers both rectilinear and fisheye UWA depending on focal length, 16-35mm accepts filters
CONs: No rectilinear option wider than 16mm

OPTION 2: 11-24mm f/4L
PRO: This one goes to 11. :)  Unusually wide for a FF rectilinear lens.
CONs: Expensive for a single lens, no filters, no fisheye option available, lacks 25-35mm coverage.

Just curious about what the opinions and use case scenarios for people would be  8)

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:29:22 AM »
Not a "typical" portrait, so please forgive.

Back story.  I was on the streets of Cuenca, Ecuador when I came upon this scene.   The door of the barber shop was wide open, and I had to shoot over people and other obstructions to get this shot.  I didn't do much editing.

I'd appreciate any comments and feedback, even if you don't like it.



EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:27:37 PM »
This thread turned ridiculous.

Focus has no bearing on the image quality -

Quote of the month !

Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:41:27 AM »
Dylan, that is exactly my question. 

IS on current 16-35 f4 works extremely well at 1/10ish or slower.

Wonder why Canon didn't apply IS on this lens? $3300 - $3500 f4 IS sounds a bit better.

Beautiful work.  I am envious of your experience, so thanks for sharing.


I bought my Canon 5DIII when it was first released and have since taken it on my travels to 55 countries; from Afghanistan to Somalia, from the streets of Paris to the Berlin wall, from Pripyat, Chernobyl to the Korean DMZ.
In terms of durability, it has performed amazingly well with only minor paint scratches and a frayed strap as the only real signs of it's age and 'mileage'.

Luckily I have not dropped it, but it has been subjected to all kinds of abuse such as the bumpy, corrugated roads and copious amounts of dust in Africa, the extreme heat and humiidty of the middle east, the wet and rain in europe , the high altitudes of the Himalaya's, and the -18C temperatures of the South Korean winter.

Although Canon seem to be lagging behind Nikon in terms of sensor performance, my 5DIII still takes great photo's. In terms of dependability and robustness it has definitely exceeded my expectations and I hope to take it on many more travels to come.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:06:44 AM »
I won't jump ship, I will patiently wait until a worthy upgrade is available for my wants.  Right now I'm happy with my 5D2/4, but would love (don't need) to see a 5D4 or a 1DXII- I won't spend 6K-7K on a 3 year old technology. 

Canon used to be highly secretive.The only reason they now feel compelled to reveal their development plans must be the loss of customers to other camps.


After Canon admitted being presured by their customers wanting a high megapix offer, this seems to be second time around they are trying to make sure customers do not give up on them too early. Well timed too. My heart was sinking for lack of a 5DIV announcement this year. I for one would be thrilled to be convinced to continue with Canon - but they have to act now - so Canon: Just do it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:38:55 AM »
Understandable, especially if you don't own a lot of Canon lenses

Who cares? Not me that's for sure... "not sure when but sometime in 2015", sorry, life is not never ending, I waited a long time and had hoped for the 5D Mark IV to be announced at Photokina, yet nothing and then in NYC in October, again, nothing.

I decided to go with Nikon and although I think they are putting products out too fast, at least there is something there worth having, there was no way I was about to drop almost 2k on a 5D Mark lll and I just got tired of waiting, sorry Canon, some indicator of when would have been nice but at this point, all there is as usual are rumours, meanwhile, I need a camera to actually get on with taking photos.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:12:20 AM »
This isn't the camera for me to begin with. I don't have a dog in this fight.  That said, I don't see what he is complaining about.  But then again, I don't have a 4K monitor.  Then again, maybe that is his problem as I don't see the pics being displayed that way generally speaking, in the near future.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:58:59 AM »

Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:55:16 PM »
If you can afford the 24-70 2.8 II, you will be in heaven.


PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:21:35 PM »
wake me up when there is an innovative 5D4, or 1DXII.  Please make it mainly for stills with only a few more mp's.  News from Canon has been a sleeper for so long now, it is like a drought.


Photography Technique / Travel Photography-Death Valley National Park
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:35:39 AM »
Any suggestions for great shooting- where are some great spots, tips, etc.  Thanks.

I'm going in January, 2015.

Thanks for all advice


Great for you Gary Fong, great for wedding photographers.

As a doctor, I can tell you that we face this every day.  Privacy laws tie our hands on defense in some cases.  They can drag on for 5-7 years.  Even after a win, we lose.

I'm glad that the attorney got a taste of his own "medicine".  Sadly, there are too many of them out there that need a bit of a cure.


EOS Bodies / Re: A new high end camera
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:46:05 PM »
I too think one or both will see an updatein 2015, but when?

I'd like to see it before summer.


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