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EOS Bodies / How the iconic post-Sandy 'New York' cover photo shot w/ ID-X
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:53:42 PM »
I thought you guys would find this info from the Verge and original link interesting:

From the Verge
"Dutch photographer Iwan Baan captured a stunning shot of New York City for the latest cover of New York Magazine, but how exactly did he do it? Speaking to Poynter, Baan described how he rented a helicopter on Wednesday night after the storm hit to try and take a photo that would convey the duality of the city at that moment in time. Despite the freezing cold and motion of the helicopter, Baan spent an hour taking burst shots with a Canon EOS-1D X and 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens, ultimately achieving the cover picture with an ISO of 25,600, 1/40 shutter speed, and a wide-open aperture. The photographer didn't stop there, though: Dezeen has put together a slideshow of Baan's various pictures taken across a largely blacked out Manhattan in the aftermath of the storm."

Where they got the story:

Lenses / Re: Lenses listed in Group A, Group B, Group C... Why?
« on: August 24, 2012, 01:15:58 PM »
Thanks for the link but I get the following when I click on it:

Referral Denied
You don't have permission to access "" on this server.

Reference #24.b4210e6b.1345828490.388f1e0

Lenses / Re: Lenses listed in Group A, Group B, Group C... Why?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:26:54 PM »
Where can I find the categorization of the lens into groups and the details of what that really means?

EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:51:00 AM »
The lesson for me is that you need to do a fair evaluation without some instant L snobbery or blindness. I love my L lenses especially the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L  and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L (another lens that is slammed regularly here). But I also very much like my 50mm f/1.4 which does not get a fair evaluation here either. It is a real wonder.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS should really be in the mix when you consider that its IS cousin the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS is twice the price and that is without adding in the Canon Extender EF 1.4x III to match the reach. The cost of the extender alone is equal to the cost of the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS.

To do the very finest professional work the L may in fact be the only option. The reviews of the L lenses would agree with this. But for the rest of us where cost is a factor that may deter us from buying other desired photo goodies then maybe the non-L is worth a real look. You can produce some beautiful images and excellent enlargements at a very reasonable cost with a non-L too.

Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400 lens - Post Olympics
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:10:17 PM »
The Paralympic Games begins Wednesday, August 29, 2012, and ends Sunday, September 9, 2012.

I don't think there will be the same coverage nor the same level of demand for equipment as for the Olympics.

Lenses / Re: Travelling zoom
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:08:26 PM »
Hi again!

As I started this discussion I would like to thank you all once again for sharing your wide experiences and knowledge which has helped me so much. After a long "inner debate" I'm now buying the 5D mk III combined with the 24-105 L and 70-300L. Yes its an awful amount of money spent but ... you only live once ... and I love photographing... and yes I stay up late at night postprocessing photos ... and I have got an opportunity of a lifetime to travel with my family. I also think about to 'revigorate' my old 450D and perhaps buy a used Tamron 18-270mm as a travelling complement.

Thank you guys out there


If money was no object...

EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:04:27 PM »
Thanks CC  :)

Shooting squirrels, like photographing all wildlife in their element, requires patience, experimentation and anticipation. I would take readings with practice shots of the settings before I try to get that perfect squirrel shot. Because they move so quickly it is important to both track them and have a proper speed (certainly above 200 if possible) to freeze the action and avoid camera shake.

In the shade that potentially means some compromise with a higher ISO and shallow DOF making focusing critical.  Ergo the practice and testing. The shots are nice already and you should practice being more cagy and patient in getting closer to those critters for really outstanding work.

Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:17:42 PM »
I am not sure what the Adorama slamming is about but this is a very good company that stands by their products with great service. If you read and follow their return policy you will have no problem.
I speak from experience over the many years.

EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 20, 2012, 08:47:29 PM »

I agree with you CanonCollector.

Which would people choose - larger aperture or image stabilization?

Depends on what you're shooting.  The benefit of IS is that it allows handholding with less light, and it does so by allowing a longer shutter speed.  That's great if your subject(s) are still, but not as useful if your subjects are moving where you need the higher shutter speed to stop action.  For general use, the f/4 IS is probably a better lens - sharper, smaller, lighter, weather sealed, etc.  For fast-moving sports, especially indoors, f/2.8 would be better than f/4.  Obviously, the f/2.8 IS II gives you the best of both worlds - IS and the extra stop to freeze action...but there's a penalty in terms of weight and cost.

This is right on. I would only caution that this is probably not the last lens you will buy and the Canons keep their value fairly well so it is OK to buy and enjoy and then sell. If you can try these lenses it would be best you can see what well informed folks like neuro are talking about. In the end it is really about the type of photography you anticipate to be doing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 17, 2012, 01:43:40 AM »
Great job Ansela. I would like to see more!
Amazing Owl Richard...

I was just wondering who would be the first...why not me? Here is a warm up for the inner masochist in you...

It is really too late in coming out so I am going to Nikon again.
I have dust in my sensor. Should I return it or cry now?
It is too expensive and I won't stand for it. (Expected response A: It is cheaper than the last one when converted to Yen in 1995 when adjusted for inflation and the price of rice in Taiwan)
HELP! I don't like the wedding pictures I just took with it. Any ideas? Am I in the right career?
There is banding in ISO over 25,600 and my shoes are too tight when I shoot with it.
I don't understand and don't like the auto focus system whatever it is.
Why is it less available than the new friggin' Rebel? Does that make it more expensive on purpose?
There a color cast when I look at images from the sofa just over the TV in the evening. The D800 doesn't do that.
I 'm not a pixel peeper but...
Maybe if they made a APS-H sensor version it would be perfect and I could afford one.
I think Canon screwed us again, but what L lens is best for shooting my spawn when they are running in the dark?
Will the auto focus be better than the 7D or at least my 40D? Should I sell my Mark II?
I haven't seen one but I am sure Canon screwed us.
What is the best lens you don't own?
Which is best queue to complain about? Adorama, B&H or Amazon?
I have ten thousand dollars I don't know what to do with. Do you?


EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware update - any news there?
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:10:26 AM »
Link from Canon announcing all the great new features:


It has been in business for years, and it is profitable. If you want my opinion they are using the exchange rate that they bought them at to price them today. They are also in a market where perhaps they over purchased the 1D Mark IV because they are not the only reputable company that has them in stock. New and second hand.

That sounds like a new story...

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