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Lenses / Re: New Canon 16-35 f4 IS not listed in CPS directory
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:08:34 PM »
The lens is on my amazon wish list.  Feel free to log in and purchase it for me :)
I'd be happy to do it, but I seem to have misplaced my credit card. Sorry.

If I find it, I'll take care of that for you. My finder's fee will just be that I'll buy one for myself as well ;-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 Won't Turn On
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:24:32 AM »
There is a switch in the battery compartment that shuts the camera off, when you open the battery door. I know it's a long shot, but see if you can find that switch and activate and/or deactivate it with something. It might be jammed.

My wife dropped her PowerShot and had a similar issue. It would no longer power on, so she bought a new one. A few months later, when I had some time to play around, I got a tooth pick and used it to probe the battery door switch. It had somehow gotten jammed. The toothpick freed the switch and the camera sprung to life. It is still working today.

Like I say, it's a long shot, but it's worth a try. I could certainly see something similar happening based on the description of your issue.

My brother had a 7D with this problem. His was a huge dust bunny messing with the little switch, so the door wasn't actually open, but the camera thought it was. Agreed, it's a long shot, but its worth looking at...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Weird black pictures problem
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:23:35 AM »
Although I've seen "black" pictures when a flash failed to fire, there's usually some detail when you push exposure a few stops in post, they're just dramatically underexposed. This is uniformly black, turning to gray when I push it. I'm wondering if it's an early sign of shutter failure- how many activations does this camera have? Do you ever get any that are partially black, but not completely?

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:46:26 PM »

Canon 5DIII and a 70-200 f2.8 LIS II with a 2x TC mkII

A wall-hanger for sure! I love how the sea sparkles even though it's completely blurred.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:55:34 AM »
One from the other day that I was pretty happy with:

Abstract / Re: best missed shots
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:47:47 AM »
Love the idea. Luckily, I'm pretty lax about deleting photos... most of mine are "too tight a crop" rather than not anticipating a moving subject, but similar amusing results... (yes, the duckling was shot holding my camera down by the ground, no eye to the viewfinder, I'm not *that* bad  ::))

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Loss of viewfinder flash of red light
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:19:08 AM »
As stated, check your settings.  The VF illumination has an auto setting, the camera may not have thought it was dark enough.  Also, it doesn't work in AI Servo mode.
This was my first thought as well.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:32:59 PM »
One more I liked, mostly for mom making it into the frame with a watchful eye:
EF 28 1.8 USM @ f/2, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:27:56 PM »
One from this morning:
EF 50 1.4 USM @ f/2, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200:

Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:27:22 AM »
What about all the apertures in between? I'm wondering if you step your way down towards 2.8, if you'll either get more practiced with getting both subjects into your DoF, while having a bit more leeway (say, at 5.6), or if you'll find that a middle aperture gives you the subject isolation you're after, while still having enough DoF to get both subjects fully in focus. I often go to f/4 when I've got two subjects to get in frame, and feel like it works pretty well for me...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:32:43 PM »
Not my best friend... I was puppy sitting for the weekend. Naturally took lots of pictures... :-)

Dixie by bseitz234, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:24:33 AM »
Canon seems to have made a limited investment in mirrorless, to date.  Still, in Japan – one of the largest mirrorless markets – the EOS M outsold every MILC model from Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic for 2013.

So what's your point? Have you ever thought that Europeans/USA/Canadians might prefer the "SLR"-style of camera (with integrated OVF/EVF) over the GF, E-P and EOS-M type of cameras, which explains why these [latter] cameras have not sold well in Europe, the USA and Canada? That it might be cultural thing, huh?

This is a serious question, I know it sounds snarky, but I can't figure out how to rephrase it, so here goes....

what is your point? Where's Canon's incentive to do better in the MILC markets in Europe/North America, if consumers are going to go to DSLRs for form factor anyway? If it's a tiny market, of course they're not going to spend a lot of money on it- there's not much to be gained. And where there is money to be made (Japan), apparently they're doing well already, so again, they have no incentive to release a better camera...

(I say apparently because my only source is what Neuro says, I haven't actually looked for sales figures, and Neuro could be making up numbers and I'd have no idea.  ::) ) Not saying he is, just that I'd be none the wiser if he did.

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:58:27 AM »
For info for those interested DXO mark one of the most trusted resources online

Come on guys, give the guy a break. He obviously just misspelled "least".

Sports / Re: Kayaking
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:03:46 AM »
A bit overcooked,  but here's what I mean about the perspective. This drop may be a little taller than the one in your 3rd image (This one is about 10 feet, I'm guessing that one is 8), but there's something about shooting from below that just emphasizes the height...

Sports / Re: Kayaking
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »
I think the biggest drop my DSLR has been off of was a 35 foot waterfall in chile... Granted, it was safely in a pelican case in the back of my boat at the time. ;-)

In general, I like these shots. Timing is good, and they're loosely cropped enough that you get a sense of the overall scene, which I like. My only advice would be on Airborne, to see if you can't get a lower vantage point (so you're shooting up at the paddler), I think that would emphasize the height of the drop and add more drama. I'll see if I can find any examples to show what I'm talking about in my library.

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