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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

The OP is referring to airplanes, not feathered birds.  :D

My observation is this.....   you have already invested thousands of dollars in high-end bodies and lenses.  From what I see in your signature, probably $10,000 (or more).

Why would you take any risks (I've personally had both good and bad experience with 3rd party grips and batteries) for the sake of saving a couple of hundred dollars.

I just added a 5D Mark III to my bag and did not hesitate to buy the Canon original grip and extra battery.  The grip is built like a tank and the controls are great.

You've been shooting with a 5D Mark II as well so you probably keep your gear a long time.  What you would save would amount to very little amortized over the years ahead.

Peace of mind must be worth something.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III phenomenon
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:43:00 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, guys.  I appreciate it.

It's good to hear that this is normal behavior and I'm not just being my dumb old self or have something wrong with the camera.  However.... it is still annoying.

I generally pull all my cards out after a shoot to upload to the computer and replace them when that is done.  As such, I usually close the card door.  I'll have to get in the habit of leaving it open until I replace the card.

Happy shooting,

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark III phenomenon
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:37:14 PM »
My newly acquired 5D Mark III does something that I find really odd.

When I have occasion to remove the CF card for any reason and re-insert it, the camera switches to the SD card.  It does this even when the camera has been turned off.  My 1D Mark IV will do this, but only if the camera is left on when the CF card is removed, and never when turned off.  This can be really a pain in the butt if I'm not paying attention or forget to check before I start shooting again.

Both cards are set in the camera to 'Standard' mode, not to switch or record to both.

I've looked through the manual but can find no mention of this.  Am I missing a setting somewhere?  This is really annoying.

Lenses / Re: Do you wish your 70-200L were black?
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:44:57 PM »

LensCoat to the rescue.....

For me, spring means I finally get out to start shooting the motocross races.....

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f4 L discontinued???????
« on: May 08, 2013, 03:53:43 PM »
I find that hard to believe.  This lens is a cash cow for Canon.  One of the most popular 'L' series lenses.

Here you go.  This is where you should buy it.  In stock, on sale and free shipping.....


Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:37:39 AM »
This is our girl, Jazz, who turns 10 years old in July.  She is retired from hunting, the dog show circuit and from being a 'mom'.  She is now a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog.

She is usually quite happy to share a bed with our 10 year old cat, Fannie, who can often be seen grooming Jazz.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2013, 05:56:34 AM »
Great Grey Owl

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