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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:53:16 AM »
Couple of shots from my recent trip to Tanzania, we were up near the Mara River on the Kenyan Border hoping to see the Wildebeest Migration Crossing the Mara, Loads of Wildebeest but we were about a week early for the Crossing unfortunately.

Getting a little Bored with seeing thousands of Wildebeest doing nothing but eat Grass we started heading to a series of Grass Fires on the Serengeti, ended up the most exciting part of the trip, keeping out of the Fire ourselves and taking Images of Animals confused by the Flames and Smoke.

Absolutely breathtaking shot of Wildebeest by the fire....

What lens did you use for the deer?

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:41:06 AM »
We had a friend and his family leaving town so we threw them a farewell party. the last part was Mr. Photographer, needed to take a group shot. So I set the cap on a tripod, hit the timer to 10 secs, hit the shutter and ran to join the group.... had all the folks smiling or making weird faces.... after a while, when the shutter would not go off... we began to lose our expressions and they became a mix of funny face going to "whats going on" sort of face....

So I ran back to the cam, only to discover I had set the mode to "Video".  :-[
Needless to say one of the best 20 second videos we gave them as a momento.  ;)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 200 2 and 800
« on: February 03, 2014, 12:31:42 AM »
Have had mixed experiences with the refurbs...  the 70-200 2.8ii was very sharp. The 24-70 2.8ii was not even lose to a new 24-70 2.8ii in sharpness. You have to think that what makes it to the refurb box is not only damaged boxes but also not super sharp copies that people return to stores that stores return to Canon.

So it is hot or miss... not "canon fixed it and made it super sharp and resold as refurb", but if it falls in a range of "acceptable" then they sell it as is...

Same with Aromas... how do you describe smell to someone who cannot smell... you need a lot of words.

Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
I think it is by design... they could have extended the barrel length allowing two mk.iii's to be stacked and also used with other lenses like the 70-300L native.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:34:13 AM »
I owned one... very well made, quite light. Set up is easy, quite ergonomical. I love it. The only thing I miss form the Manfrotto it replaced was not being able to tilt the center shaft 90 degrees for macro work... but there are ways to get that done...

Setting it up is easier than the manfrotto, you can unscrew the collapsed leg (4 screws) with one hand and left gravity drop all legs smoothly. Again the Fit and finish is quite good for a newer brand.

Landscape / Re: Washington DC. in my point of views
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:05:37 AM »
Love your passion Surapon. They look quite sharp as well.

Macro / Re: Extreme Macro shots with stacked lenses
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:15:20 AM »
What software's (including ML) do focus bracketing? I'd like to do this for Macro shots. I have Macro rails, but the tiniest of lateral movement on the tripod could affect the shot. However Automatic focus bracketing could help eliminate that one variable.

Will the 5D3 nightly build work with firmwares newer than 113?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:17:14 PM »
Is this why they crippled Reiken on the 5diii? Canon was not supporting full auto mode last year? If so, could this be available on the 5d3 as a firmware upgrade?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:33:48 AM »
Doesn't the T2i have the same sensor and it came "before" the 7D? or am I too tired to think straight... ? ???

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: January 01, 2014, 11:17:06 PM »

The Canon 24-105 is selling for $600-650 new, do you feel the Sigma is worth the 40-50% price premium?

Depends on your wallet... the 24-105L could go to $450 and that would not take away from what the S24-105 can still do. It's worth the money... and probably a good $200 more worth it for me. If I made money off this, I'd get a 24-70L or wait for the IS, but apart from that, I like it very much. I was on a speed boat going quite fast, snapping shots as we went along, I got almost no blurry shots... AF nailed, OS nailed. Great product.

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:16:01 AM »
I have owned a 24-105L before as well as 2 copies of the 24-70 f2.8L II. Sold all for financial reasons ... got the Sigma last week. It's not amazing but pretty darn good. Great for the price.

24mm Distortion and corner sharpness are better than the Canon 24-105L. The wide end is where I mostly use my 24 zooms.

OS is not bad either. Shot this in the evening, on a moving and bobbling Speedboat yesterday.

This has been gently PP'ed but I have not MA'd the lens yet... it needs a little maybe but I have not done scientific tests.


Look and feel is solid, barrel is nice and snug, feels more robust than the canon 25-105. Great finishing.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:31:58 AM »
It is not only about the length, or the Aperture or the sharpness or any other static spec.... rather the fact that shots taken with the 70-200 F2.8 mk.II, are just drop dead gorgeous.... instantly your shots are just better. hard to explain...

I am a hobbyist myself... and not a rich man, but after knowing what I know about the 70-200 f2.8 mk.ii, I'd be ok paying $4000 for this lens if I had to do it over again... (can't say that about my 24-70 f.2.8 mk.ii)...

The bokeh is great, the contrast is great, the colors palpable, the shots breathtaking...

How will you put a price one that?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tough Old Buffalo Bull, Kruger National Park...
« on: October 30, 2013, 06:01:44 AM »
Nice Shots Ivan: Love the exposure and Post processing...

If there is one thing I'd do different... in some of them, the composition is too tight/ cropped...

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