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Lenses / Re: 16-35 I vs. 17-40
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:24:51 PM »
Just to shore up what others have said, I owned both lenses.  I sold the 16-35 and kept the 17-40.  I found it to be noticeably sharper than the copy of the 16-35 I had.

Personally, I think the 17-40 is probably the best 'L' bargain out there.

Lenses / Re: Question regarding drop-in circular polarizing filter
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:19:40 PM »
Thanks for your input, guys.

I well know about the loss of light throughput and given the light I normally shoot in and the bodies I'm using, that is not an issue.

I was just wondering if there was any impact on the AF speed or accuracy.  I believe that question has been answered.

Hopefully it will arrive in time for me to try it out next weekend.

Lenses / Question regarding drop-in circular polarizing filter
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
Among other things, I shoot a lot of motocross throughout the spring and summer season.  Pretty much most weekends.  I have often thought that a drop-in circular polarizing filter for my 300/2.8 would be a good idea to reduce glare from goggles and face masks, as well as to enrich colours and perhaps tone down some highlights.

I decided to go ahead and have ordered one.  As an afterthought (I have a lot of those), I was wondering if introducing that filter would have any negative effect on the speed and/or accuracy of the AF.  Anyone out there with any experience with one that could answer that question for me?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:39:43 PM »
Does anyone know what this bird is?

It's tiny, just a bit bigger than a chickadee, and there were two of them on the sand at the edge of the Ottawa river, near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It would use it's beak to quickly probe the sand.

I'm pretty sure it's a Least Sandpiper, although I'm surprised to see it that far south at this time of year.  It's a bit early for the fall migration to have started.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:35:19 PM »
A Trumpet Swan that was putting a run on a Canada Goose.....


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:32:49 AM »
You guys all rock! I had a heck of a week...we had ALOT of migrations, and a ton of signups, so the support to cover was alot. It is finally slowing down, so I can come back and chat with you all! I saw a couple posts with new sites. AWESOME! It's 4am here, and i need a couple hours of shuteye, but I will return tomorrow to answer all your questions and check out your new Smugmug sites. Thanks so much!

I shoot a lot of motocross racing during the season and when at the track yesterday, many of the people who regularly visit my site made a point of telling me how much they liked the new look.

As for me, I love the look as well and am delighted with how much and how easily I can customize and change the site.

Two thumbs up.  In my opinion, and the opinion of several of my friends who use SmugMug, you guys have hit a home run with this change.



Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:04:58 PM »
Why invest in a full frame, 20 megapixel camera if you don't take advantage of it?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Two thumbs up for the new SmugMug
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:35:25 AM »
I have now gone live.....


Comments or questions are welcome.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:41:17 AM »
Okay, I've now gone live.  Remember that I am a 'Basic Service' user and don't have all the bells and whistles that comes with the higher service levels.  Still, I think it looks far better and I can customize it a lot more than the original.


Still a work in progress.   :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:09:53 PM »
I looked for this thread earlier and couldn't find it.  Duh me.  So, rather than post on this thread (which I have obviously now found) I started another.


Basically, I'm really liking the new SmugMug and expect to go live with mine within a couple of days.  In my opinion, it looks so much more up-to-date than the legacy version.  It's also a lot more customizable for a basic service user.

Well done, SmugMug.

Third Party Manufacturers / Two thumbs up for the new SmugMug
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:59:47 PM »
I was not sure which forum section to start this thread in and if this is the incorrect section, a mod should feel free to move it.  Thanks.

Well, for the last two days I have been playing with the 'new' SmugMug'.  I'm giving it two thumbs up.  It provides a very much up-to-date look.  It's also very much customizable.  I am a basic service user and was impressed by how much I can do to make my site look unique.  So many themes and layouts to choose from and adjust to suit one's taste.  SmugMug, in my opinion, you have hit a home run with this.  A big congrats.

To put it succinctly..... I LOVE IT !!!

I have not yet gone live with the 'new look', but will shortly as I am now a lot more comfortable finding my way around things.

If you are a SmugMug user and have not looked around the new 'digs', I suggest you spend some time with it.  I  don't think you will be disappointed.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:54:23 AM »

I have used SmugMug for years and could not be happier.  I wish every supplier I have ever dealt with was half as good.

Keep on trucking, SmugMug.

Technical Support / Re: Help needes: EOS 7D - noisy pictures
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:12:18 PM »
I could be wrong here, but to me this looks more like a 100% crop.  I just can't imagine a full frame shot looking that soft.

Lenses / Re: What's the Difference: 1.4X EF Extender 2 Vs. 3
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:46:28 PM »
I owned both 1.4x and 2x extenders V.II for use on my 500/4 V.1 and 300/2.8 V.1 and when they V.III extenders were released, I upgraded both.

I didn't really see any  noticeable difference with the new 1.4x (perhaps just a tad in the corners) but I did find a noticeable improvement with the 2x on both lenses.  Across the entire frame.  I rarely used the V.II 2x because I was never really happy with the results.  Now I use the V.III 2x all the time and am very happy with the IQ it delivers with both my 1D Mark IV and my 5D Mark III bodies.

If I had it to do again, I would not bother to upgrade the 1.4x extender for my use.

Just my personal experience, for what it's worth.

Kill all the spammers and let God sort them out.   ;D

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