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I can try tomorrow night, but I suspect it will be a bit too crammed. Maybe in the outside pocket?
I'll let you know.
Did you consider the 10?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:42:14 AM »
Maybe they are supposed to be in there. They are the ones moving the mechanical parts when we push a button, like little workers with hard hats. Maybe they are even counting photons and pushing electrons. We probably all have ants in our cameras.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:09:53 AM »
And if you could take a picture or video of ants crawling in the viewfinder, that would be a huge success. Take the lens cap off and shine some light through the lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:08:11 AM »
Sorry that we are making jokes at your expense, but it is funny in a bizarre way.
I think the bait is the best option - maybe you can find one that is also a trap? Maybe let a few of them go back at first so that they establish a scent path, then make sure the bait is in a no-return trap. That way you don't have to sit next to the camera for hours.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:55:50 PM »
Sorry, no advice - but can you post a picture if you see one crawling around?
Good Luck!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Birds in Flight tips
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:52:21 PM »
depending on size and speed of the bird, you might even have to switch to all 61 AF points. With zone or expanded AF I would have never been able to keep the AF points on this one (it was hard enough to keep them in the viewfinder - and I know it is too dark, I need to check my monitor settings):

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:06:22 PM »
A little update - and a warning! I had the 500 f/4 II with 2x III tc attached, with a Kenko 12mm extension tube behind that, and the 2x II and 1.4x III extenders behind that. I stood the camera upright, lens down (as I often do) on a bench while I fiddled with my bag. The camera fell over (which it sometimes does, and comes to no harm), but it hit the back of the bench and the lens combination just clean sheared in half! Thankfully, the strap stopped the camera falling onto the ground. Predictably, it was the extension tube that had failed - the front part had simply detached. Could have been costly! So be extra careful when mounting big lenses on teleconverters with extension tubes :(
Yikes!!!  All I can say is Yikes!!!  I'm glad it didn't turn into a disaster and thanks for the warning.

Well it turns out the screws (that on the outer surfaces are in metal) are only mounted into flimsy plastic sockets. I thought it was fixable, but the sockets had disintegrated. The whole extension tube is a writeoff. I wonder if (hope that!) the Canon extension tubes are more sturdily constructed?
Maybe it was a good thing that the extension tube caved in - otherwise the lens or extender mounts might have been bent. The Kenko acted as what I believe is called a predetermined breaking point

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:45:15 AM »
@candc Canon used to make a 135mm soft focus which I believe us discontinued:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-135mm-f-2.8-with-Softfocus-Lens-Review.aspx

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Lenses / Re: Landscape lens for backpacking
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:35:25 AM »
+1 on the EF-S 15-85mm. From all I have read, a 16-35 on a crop camera will not give you better image quality.

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Macro / Re: The same flower.
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:15:59 PM »
flat or not, I like the first one better

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Animal Kingdom / Re: A new take on BIF
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:11:46 PM »
yeah that is not going to be easy - they are small and fast and AF will have a hard time focusing in low light.  I'm also curious what others have got

The one I was trying to get was flying so erratically it was very difficult to even get this picture. I suppose a 400mm f2.8 on a 1dx might do the trick.
If you can't keep them in the viewfinder, a 1DX won't help either :)
One way to get them into a more predictable flight pattern is (sometimes) to throw a small stone high up in the air when they are near. If they pick up the echo of the stone, they might follow the stone as it falls back to the ground. You still gotta be quick though

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Animal Kingdom / Re: A new take on BIF
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:25:47 PM »
yeah that is not going to be easy - they are small and fast and AF will have a hard time focusing in low light.  I'm also curious what others have got

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon E2 Handstrap opinions?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:16:32 PM »
I'm using the E2 with a 5D mark III and a RRS L-bracket. I have attached the strap directly to the L-bracket, without using the lug for the tripod socket. It works fine, I have no complaints, but I cannot compare to any other hand straps.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:10:10 PM »
Yeah, it's weird, i don't know what's happening then, as I can't see anywhere on the page telling me it's either backordered or out of stock

Here's what I see on my end as of this morning:
Same here, I don't see an out-of-stock notification

Edit: Neither on the desktop nor on the mobile site

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:58:15 PM »
My wife looked at the schedule in complete Horror and asked just exactly what these places had for her, after some thought I added Japan, which seemed to make her Happy (Tokyo, Gucci, Hermes etc),
I know Tokyo, but I've never heard of the other two places. Sure they are in Japan?
;)

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