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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II "Fix"
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:55:40 PM »
You forgot to stencil "AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II" on your black lens.   :-X
I knew I'd get one of these!

Preemptive strike?  The off-white can be conspicuous.  I do wonder, though - Canon paints the lens white for a couple of reasons, one of which is to keep the internal temperature of the lens lower in the sun (the other is shameless marketing, of course!).  Probably not a big deal.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II "Fix"
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:04:11 PM »
You forgot to stencil "AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II" on your black lens.   :-X

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Camera in 2014
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:55:00 AM »
The 1D X definitely has better noise characteristics compared to the others, and it does not seem to exhibit the oscillating +/- 1/3rd stop ISO quirk (which is a big improvement IMO).
What is this quirk? I stopped using 1/3rd stop ISO after I was told that my 7D actually only has 1-stop analog amplification, while intermediate ISO values consists of only applying a digital gain (that only serve to throw away highlight info).

Bill Claff's data show the 'quirk' pretty clearly.  The same oscillating pattern seen below in the 5DIII plot is seen in the 7D plot, etc.  The 1D X has lower read noise overall, and a pretty smooth relationship with ISO.

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yeah that rat that jumped off the empire state building just hit the ground  :o
Oooh ... Post some pics ;)
Bright sun on the side of the building, deep black beady little rodent eyes and have to push the exposure 4 stops to see the detail in the matted fur. Gonna need at least 14.4 stops of DR, better not use a Canon.

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As the predawn shadows are lifted, I bet the rooster gets really noisy.

GROAN!!!!!

Is 'cock-a-doodle-doo--cock-a-doodle-doo' a fixed pattern?

Ba-dum-bum.   :P


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice for Vacation to Belize
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:03:06 PM »
Whatever gear you bring, get it insured before you go.

For most of what you'll see in Belize, a good (small but stable) travel tripod and a comfortable backpack will serve you better that a camera upgrade.

For snorkeling/diving, I'd go with a small but relatively big-sensored P&S (e.g. S100) and its dedicated housing.  If you want to shoot at depth, budget permitting you'd need an Ikelite-like housing and strobe.

I highly recommend diving the Blue Hole, and if you go inland as far as Cayo, check out Actun Tunichil Muknal.

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As the predawn shadows are lifted, I bet the rooster gets really noisy.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D7000 replacement in April...
« on: February 07, 2013, 05:03:17 AM »
Seriously?!?  This is how you think?
Then I think you do not understand the whole concept of artistic intent - which is just fine since you are defending using tools that limit artistic expression.
Some of us prefer to work with hardware with less limitations to provide us with a greater latitude of creativity.
Ultimately, it seems to be this is what it comes down to; some of us want to manipulate our images and some of you are happy with them out of the camera.  Artists vs snapshot documentarians.

DING!

Ahhhh...so, you're saying that if one is an 'artist', one must be using a Nikon camera with a Sony sensor, and if one is using a Canon camera with its unbearably poor DR, one is capable of merely 'taking snapshots'.

Is that ringing in your ears making it hard for you to think, or are you really intending to be that pompous and insulting?

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 07, 2013, 04:51:29 AM »
I guess the only drawback I see with the XLS vs. the LS is its collapsed height. It is over 28" long collapsed, where as the LS is a little over 22" long. If I wanted to travel with the tripod, a 22" one would fit in a carry-on, where as a 28" one would not. At the moment that is the last thing I guess I need to decide on.

Neither would do well as a carryon, and either would fit in a checked suitcase.  That's actually why I have two tripods - the TQC-14 with BH-30 ballhead in its quiver bag fits inside my Storm im2500 carryon hard case, and is quite suitable for anything up to and including a white zoom (70-200/2.8, 100-400, 28-300).  It would hold the 600 II, but if I were to travel with that, the TVC-33 would go in checked luggage.

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Lenses / Re: TS-E lens
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:48:13 PM »
I don't know if you are still interested in the TS-E 17mm hack, but B&H just got a shipment of the Lee 82mm wide angle adapters.  The adapters are hard to come by. 

Thanks for the heads-up. Not sure how many they got in...but they now have one fewer available.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 06, 2013, 04:10:11 PM »
Pretty amazing though, that those tripods can handle that much weight...I mean, we have to be talking greater than 100 pounds there, in both cases for both brands.

Well, yeah - but either the guy hanging from the Gitzo is extremely short, or judging by it's height that Gitzo is at least a 3-series and rated to hold at least double what the RRS travel legs are rated for...   :P

Seriously, you can't go wrong with either brand. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM (I)
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:22:34 PM »
A 400 II would be great; the 400 MkI is a big, heavy beast (12.5 lbs) that cannot really be handheld.  IMO, the 300 is a better choice, especially given that you're shooting with 18-22 MP and can probably afford to crop a bit if needed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D7000 replacement in April...
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:18:52 PM »
Sorry guys, I have not been around for a couple of days so now I see the "D7000 replacement in April..." topic and open, read last two pages without seeing anything about the D7000 or its replacement. Going to read from the beginning to see how the topic developed...

Here's how:

Q: What was the weather like in Stockholm last week?

A: Sunny, and when I underexposed by 4 stops to capture the detail of the sun shining down on the Storkyrkan then pulled up the shadows by 4 stops to see the cobblestone detail of the Slottsbacken, the Canon 5DIII failed miserably with banding and noise, but fortunately I had my D800 with me - and look at this perfect shot!

 ;)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM (I)
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:17:05 PM »
Is there any sports photographers out there who can ansver if the 300 will be sufficiant to shoot soccer?

I currently use 5D MK III and also have a 7D.

Yes, it will be sufficient.  More than sufficient, actually.

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 06, 2013, 02:55:20 PM »
Note that the RRS universal base is rated for 35lbs while the base made to go into their RRS TVC-34 / 33 is only rated for 25lbs.  Big difference.

But...keep in mind that RRS' support ratings can be just a little bit conservative.  For example, their TQC-14 travel tripod is rated to hold 25 lbs, just like the leveling base on my TVC-33.  Here's RRS' owner showing us what 'just a little bit conservative' means:



I've done this with my own TQC-14, by the way.  :)  Anyone want to try that with Gitzo 254x legs?

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