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I honestly can't remember what I just did.  It was done fast and under 10 seconds.  Lowered exposure, raised contrast and raised clarity in Photoshop.  Nothing major.  I am interested to see what others will do.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chikadees in flight
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:19:56 PM »
Chickadees are curious little birds.  All it takes is a little food on the hand and they come.  At least in my area.  When they land on your hand, fire away.  They are either too friendly or just hungry that they don't care the food on my hand.

Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 04:03:39 PM »
Btw, have you ever noticed that what you see through the viewfinder on your crop camera, with your own pupil, when a fast lens is mounted (such as a 50 or 85 f/1.4) not what the sensor is seeing?  The sensor's "pupil" is much bigger than your eye's.  So your eye is effectively skewing what you think will be captured, by giving you an unwanted "depth of field preview" of its own...This occurs on full frame as well.  It's no wonder it's so difficult to focus fast lenses...there are just too many factors at play.  I love them anyway though.

I haven't really paid much attention to that.  I will keep my eye on that next time and let you know.

Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:22:27 PM »
In my opinion anything shorter than a 400mm on a full frame body for shooting birds is going to be hard to get good, close results.   Birds like sparrows, finches, blue jays, cardinals and robins don't stay still very long and can spot you coming in close to them. At least with a crop body you get a little bit of an extra reach.  Even with a 300mm.  Also with a crop sensor you can crop your photo more than a photo shot on a full frame sensor before it starts to deteriorate in quality.

Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 12:44:49 AM »
6D @ 500mm and 1/2500

Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 12:43:03 AM »
I own the Sigma 150-500mm.  Not a bad lens and the photos it takes if your subject is standing still.  The problem starts when you try to photograph fast moving subjects such as birds.  AF is slow in my opinion.

I used this lens today.  Posted some pics below.  Shot with 6D @ 400mm.

6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:47:06 AM »
Is the photo cropped?

Also I would suspect the plane was very high in the air.  The picture may be cropped which may give it its appearance or the plane is very high in the air which may also make it look soft.

A plane at a very high altitude may appear to move slowly across the sky even if it is moving at a high speed.  In this case it would be easy to track it across the sky and take a decent shot.

6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:08:39 AM »
I have had very few issues with the AF on my 6D.  When photographing Swans, geese, ducks or other large birds flying past me, the AF picks them up with ease.  The issue is when they are flying towards me at a high rate of speed.  I do get some blurred shots.  That's pretty much what I expected.  Not a big deal for me.

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 26, 2013, 02:53:27 PM »
Not sure how or why but about 6 years years ago I became interested in photography.  Perhaps it was from my dad who had a an older Minolta film camera. 

At that time the Canon t1i (500D) was being launched.  I heard many positive things about it.  It was supposed to be a great introductory DSLR at an affordable price.  I took my chance with it and have no regrets.  Years later I am still with Canon and have recently upgraded to the 6D.  Again no regrets.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Cinema Prime Lens Kit in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:52:34 PM »
$14,220?  Oh is that all?  Great!  :o

That's relatively cheap for cinema primes, Zeiss CP.2s are pretty much the same price.  But then you figure Arri Master Primes are $20k-$25k PER LENS, close to $200k for a set.  And the Arri's aren't an anomaly, there are plenty of other sets that cost that much.

Wow!  Those a re crazy prices.  I can buy a new car for those prices or put a payment towards a house.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Cinema Prime Lens Kit in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:17:05 PM »
$14,220?  Oh is that all?  Great!  :o

What you have is a list of patents.

For example, you state:
50mm 1.2 which isn't soft like the current Canon version:

All I see are drawings with numbers.  Come back and talk when this lens is released and there are reviews on it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:14:53 AM »
Kingfisher with snack.

Mmmmmm.  Yummy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:47:50 PM »
Canada Goose

6D, f/5.6, 1/2000, iso 1000

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:32:59 PM »
The first one is from Optech.  Come in pairs i believe.  Under $10.  I use these ones and they work for me.

Second one is the KATA E-704 GDC EXTENSION SLEEVE KIT.  This one fits longer telephoto lenses.  350 to 650mm I believe.  Runs about $50 give or take a few dollars

The third one is the AQUATECH SS-200 SPORT SHIELD.  Has breathable waterproof fabric.  Expensive at $150 and up depending which model.
Nikon 80-400mm f/4 5-5.6 AF VR
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR
Nikon 200mm f/2 AF-S VR
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS
Canon 400mm f/5.6 L
Canon 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6 L
Canon 300mm f/4 L
Canon 28-70mm f/2.8 L
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L
Canon 200mmf/2.8 L
Canon 135mm f/2 L
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L

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