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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
« on: December 28, 2011, 12:47:20 PM »

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by alabang, on Flickr

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia  (where replaced by the closely related Rufous Night Heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

Adults are approximately 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. These are short-necked and stout herons.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Night_Heron

Amazingly Awesome shot...  ;) Nice one Paolo!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: December 28, 2011, 12:39:08 PM »
You are collecting a lot of applauds my friend  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom speed up tips
« on: December 28, 2011, 12:26:10 PM »
K-amps, it's a great idea to use an SSD drive for the application launch. Did you try storing your catalog on that drive? That should speed things up dramatically since those drives excel in random read/write.

I thought about it... however I have only about 43GB left on it and the Catalogs will fill that in about 1 year even if I don't have other apps running there... if it does get to be a huge issue, I might archive and move to SSD... but so far it is not too bad.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom speed up tips
« on: December 28, 2011, 11:17:02 AM »
You could higher the cache size under Edit->Preferences->File Handling.
And you could set your own preferred preview size/quality under Edit->Catalog Settings->File Handling.

Even better, when importing you can choose 1:1 as preview size (Render Previews). The importing process will take a whooooole lot longer, but it will pay off enormously when you are viewing/editing your photos.

Finally, adding more RAM and upgrading to a better CPU will also speed things up.

+1 Great tips!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom speed up tips
« on: December 28, 2011, 11:09:45 AM »
What hardware do you have?

I use a I7-950 quad core clocked to 4Ghz:  6GB RAM and a SSD for the main Application launch. I never have any issues with zooming loading... however since my catalogs are on a slower HDD disk, if I load more than 50 pics at once, I hear constant churning of the HDD as it backs up the library I am working on. That to me is irritating. Sometimes I have 300 pics loaded, then it slows down even more... but used sanely, I have no real issues with it.

I have had about 4-5 blue screens of death caused by LR3 on my Win7 Ulti 64bit OS... in a 5 month period. But it was a non-issue since after rebooting, the libraries came up as they were before, I did not lose any work done in that session (perhaps that explains the constant churning of the non-SSD, harddrive).  ;)

Apart from the sharpness tool within LR3, I am pretty pleased with the product.

...  , it does show that the 5D MkII and 7D are now the oldest Canon DSLRs. Even the 1D MkIV, which was released more recently, has technically been replaced by the 1D-X .

+1 Another Good enough reason   :)

And of the two, the 5d2 is even older... by several months. As a technology product, thats old... even automobiles have a 12 month cycle... at this rate, we will need to sync up 5d updates with home appliances or perhaps even furniture.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:51:39 AM »

Where did you see the prices go up? B&H have stayed the same.

Maybe I was having a senior moment when I remember them being $1989 at Adorama and $1999 at BH?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:33:30 AM »
Thanks willrobb, handsomerob, briansquibb and K-amps.

The first two images were photographed with a 5D2 using it's center AF point.

K-amps & thepancakeman, good eye. I was shooting at f/2.0 and did not crop so only the camera's in the DoF. As I am not used to shooting portraits with the lens I miscalculated the DoF.

briansquibba I would buy this lens if you need an extra stop of IS, an extra stop of light and the bokeh. If you need neither then the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is more than sufficient.

Thanks Dolina... needless to say, it is one heck of a lens!

2012 also is an Olympic Games year.
And more importantly - 2012 marks the 25 year anniversary of the EOS system.

I think this time round it's pretty safe to assume they will launch the 5DIII this coming year.

+1: Canon can get sentimental/nostalgic like the rest of us... I think we will see new bodies AND lenses in 2012.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:17:14 AM »
The prices for the 5d2 went up... thank you! 

I can now stop drooling and wait patiently for the 5d3.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: December 28, 2011, 09:54:26 AM »
Yes she is gorgeous, great capture!  However am I the only one in thinking the focus is sharper on the front of the camera she is holding rather than her eyes (maybe it is intentionally done like that... )  ?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 27, 2011, 05:03:14 PM »
I would be interested in knowing which will happen first
1) 1D-X begins shipping
2) 5D3 is announced

My suspicion (and hope) is that the 5D3 will be a D800 competitor and will therefore be around 30 MP.  I just can't see Canon letting the D800 go essentially unchallenged.  Unless they cripple the AF, a 5D3 with the same sensor as the 1D-X and the AF of the 7D would cause a lot of people to seriously consider whether the 1D-X is worth twice the price.  I know I would be one of them.

This has been discussed before but here it is again... at the MP levels we are today; does it really matter a whole lot? you will find most people preferring a clean High ISO 18mp sensor to a regular/noisy 30mp sensor. So with that being a toss, the rest of the features on the 1dx should be able to make the purchase justifiable over the 5d3 at 2x the price.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: December 27, 2011, 04:46:40 PM »

It depends if you shoot primarily RAW or use the jpegs too.. if RAW then it is much better, the jpeg rendering is not very good... even the 350d can render better jpegs and the T2i's can outshine it easily, they are less noisier; brighter/clearer... When you look at the raw renditions the margin closes, but still the level of clean details you can get from a 5d are far superior to the 1d2. I am going off personal experience here and have not done 1 on 1 tests on the two bodies, just a few months of taking shots with both.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: December 27, 2011, 04:07:05 PM »
Hmm. Sounds like it could work. Would it make sense to try and pick up a 1d mk ii (n or not) as well in the near future? They go for next to nothing, unlike the 1ds which still fetches a grand.


I had a 1d2 before the 5d... I didnt care for the image quality a whole lot... it was ok. The IQ with the 5d is better. But you can buy one used and resell after 2-3 months for the same price range thats what I did...  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:58:54 PM »
Thanks so much guys for your help, that was really quick :) Yeah, I'm talking about the mk 1 versions of each cameras. The consensus seems to be the 5d, but there is a lot of mention of AF issues. How bad are they, will I be able to shoot sports at all? (mainly soccer, skiing, snowboarding, plus the occasional hockey, waterpolo. By occasional I mean once or twice a year, the others pretty much everyweek. And can it autofocus quick enough to take good candid shots of people, especially small children in low light?

Thanks heaps guys,

If you use the center point, the AF is very good. Otherwise it can be hit or miss... I shoot usually with centerpoint and never had issues with the AF.

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