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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 11, 2013, 05:44:23 PM »
Just as I would not consider myself to be a "carpenter" because I put together a table.   

Damn.  I just put together an IKEA table for the deck.  Guess that means I'll have to cancel that business card order I placed.

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 05:00:12 PM »
Rather than a straightforward minimum IQ score, I propose the following criterion for forum participation:

(IQ score / your camera's DR score) > 9

The smaller denominator gives more of a chance for us dumb Canon shooters to participate in this forum.   ::)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:26:34 PM »
A little off topic, but since I know you're using a 1DX, what AI Servo focus parameters are you set to for walking around, so that when a hawk jumps up in front of you, you're ready?

That shot was just basic Case 1, manual AF point selection with 8-point expansion. 

Interestingly, when I asked him if I could only afford one lens for BIF, he was adamant: get the 300 f/2.8 + a 2x extender.

Indeed.  AlanF uses this combo, and I have a strong feeling I'll add a 300/2.8L IS II to my kit at some point.  The bare lens is about the same length as the 400/5.6 (although not with the hoods on/extended).  That's sort of my point - for the 'inconvenience' of a physically longer lens, I'd like more performance benefit than the 400/5.6 provides compared to the 100-400 (and the 300/2.8 certainly delivers that...albeit at a hefty financial cost).

Regardless, enjoy your lens!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:09:00 PM »
... if you can get them comfortable that trumps IQ every day of the week.

Wait just a minute.  You seem to be suggesting that the photographer is an important component of making a good picture.  I hope I'm misinterpreting your statements, because frankly, they're complete heresy around here.  Fall to your knees and worship the Almighty DR of the Exmor Sensor.  That, and only that, will be Salvation for your images.  If you can't cleanly lift 5 stops of shadows, you're a poor excuse for a photographer not to mention a failure as a human being.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is the SL1 sensor an improvement?
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:49:25 PM »
It is true, he asked how it would compare to his T2i, not a D800.  A D800 or Nikon was not mentioned by the OP!
Its not going to be much different from his T2i.

Since when has that stopped anyone from bringing up the comparison?   ::)

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 12:39:04 PM »
It can't be too high, this thread is still here :)

Now that's offencive, Sir.

For what it's worth, I can comprehend the Queen's English perfectly.  It's the local patois that I have trouble with...fortunately, I found help.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 11, 2013, 12:28:11 PM »
But Neuro, I'm in the market for a 400 and this seems like a great price on what everyone says is a great lens. I agree, the 100-400 is more compact to carry & more versatile, being a zoom. I also understand you have a 600 f/4 at your disposal. But for a guy like me who can only occasionally rent a 600, already has a 70-300L, and would like something in the 400 range, this seems like a good buy. Finally, I was recently speaking with Greg Downing from naturscapes.net at the NANPA Summit where he gave two talks on BIF shooting. He carries the 600 f/4 and the 400 f/5.6, insisting in his talks that primes are the only way to go for BIF because they focus so much faster than zooms.

Can you add your thoughts, please? I'm a newbie to BIF shooting, but having a whole lot of fun getting into it.

The 400/5.6 is an excellent lens, no question.  For BIF, you'll be shooting at shutter speeds high enough that IS isn't needed.

For me, it's a question of compromise, exactly as you say - flexibility, IS, and convenience.  With a 70-300L, a 400mm prime makes sense - assuming you'll have time to switch lenses.  Not sure, but I expect Greg Downing may have a body for each of those primes.

The 100-400 does fine for focusing on BIF, IMO.  Not a great shot, but as an example here's one I took yesterday.  The camera was hanging from my BR strap when I saw this red tail take off for a short flight from one tree to another, so this is a snap-shot - grab camera, raise to eye, focus and shoot.  It grabbed onto the bird desipte the trees in the background.

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 12:01:28 PM »
No offense offence intended.  It appears my attempt at humour may have fallen apartment flat. 

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:46:51 AM »
Maybe there is room for a "Humour" section threads like that could be moved to.   

...and a section for threads where people put a 'u' in words like humor and color.  Oh, wait...we already have one:P

Lenses / Re: Insurance on camera equipment
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:44:58 AM »
Call your insurance company.

My comprehensive homeowner policy covers personal possessions including all the camera gear. Even if you rent, you should still protect yourself with home insurance.

+1, assuming your gear is for personal use only.  If you make money from your photography, be up front about that - your homeowner's/renter's policy probably won't cover business use, you'd need a separate policy that would include liability coverage.

I have a separate personal articles policy for my camera gear, from my home/auto insurer (State Farm).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D 3 sales
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:42:05 AM »
I see very little whining on the forums against the 5d3;

Very little overall.  Just a small but very persistent minority who post the same comments over and over, in every thread they can.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:40:12 AM »
Yes, and I was asking him seeking more information as I was trying to determine if he wanted the lens again, even with the other two. It appears from your comment that he does not want to purchase. If this is the case then thank you for the clarification. I mean no disrespect I was only trying to learn more. I understand this lens is good, but not so much better than the other two.

Understood - that was clear.  I can tell you that personally, I don't have any real interest in the 400/5.6.  It does offer slightly better IQ than the 100-400mm, but the real-world difference is minor, it lacks IS (which is helpful for perched birds in shade), and the form factor isn't convenient. 

What I'd really like is a new version of the 100-400!

So some questions:
 - What would you recommend in general in above situation?
 - Will the 6D represent a large upgrade from 450D regarding focusing?  How large?
 - Could a new sensor (long awaited) in a new crop (e.g. 70D) be the 'for me perfect compromise'?
 - Wait for announcements - or move now?

Partly, it comes down to what you mean by 'have the budget for quite a move'.

The 6D will represent a modest update in terms of focusing compared to the 450D.  For static subjects in low light, it will be better.  For moving subjects, not really.

The low light performance of a current FF sensor, in terms of low noise at high ISO, will be a very substantial improvement.  A new APS-C camera will be better than your 450D, but still not come close to FF.

You'd need to factor in a replacement for the 10-22mm lens, if you go FF.  But that and the 15-85mm lens can be sold for a reasonable amount.  The 24-105L on FF will easily beat out the 15-85mm on APS-C.  The 17-40L is an economical ultrawide option if you mainly shoot stopped down to f/8 or so.

The 6D is a very nice camera, but honestly, I think if you can swing the 5DIII, it's a better choice.

Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:09:13 AM »
family / children:  better with prime lenses
landscapes: better with a 24-70

Interesting.  I have the opposite viewpoint, mostly.  My kids move fast - a zoom offers the flexibility I need to capture them from arm's length to across the yard.  For landscapes, I have the camera on a tripod and time at my disposal.  TS-E 24mm and mucking about with gran ND filters?  No problem.
I was thinking as you but OP had said:

 "images are usually taken after I'm back from work so its mostly in low light situations"

That's the main reason I bought the 35L.  But now, with the high ISO performance of the 1D X, I find that an f/2.8 lens is working for indoor ambient shooting.

so how long would you shoot in the rain with your 1dx neuro lets say heavy rain i have used my 1dx in heavy rain with no problems yet though but only for say 10-15 minutes.

I've been out in wind-driven rain (and sand) for a few hours, shooting birds at the beach with the 1D X and 600 II as a hurricane was approaching.

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