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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:35:29 PM »
Here is one for folks who might like to put together long reach combo's with the 7D2. I shot for an hour or so this morning at Conowingo Dam handheld with the 7D2, 400 5.6L and 1.4x ii tele yielding an effective focal length of approximately 900mm. Sadly, the results were not very good. The 7D2 seems to focus fine at f8. It even tracked reasonably well. You can't use the Zone AF modes but you can use assisted center point and it had no trouble holding focus.

I think the problem probably is the 400 5.6L. I think the 7D2's resolution is about all it can take. It's an old design and I suppose modern ultra-high res sensors may have caught up to the pocket rocket. The 1.4x just puts it over the edge. 900mm is a lot to ask from such a small object lens. Even at 1/3200s the photos are mushy at 100%. I generally like 1/4x-focal-length for BIF's so maybe 1/3600 or 1/4000 would be better.  But, stop down to f11 to help sharpness and now you are maxing the ISO.

So, maybe on a tripod for something that moves slower than Bald Eagles you may be able to get something decent but I wouldn't count on it. YMMV. A new body always seems to trigger another Lens upgrade cycle.

Anyway, here is one that is just about as good as I could do. It's not cropped at all. Cropping these was a non-starter. It works fine as a small image but even at page size it's pretty mushy. I think these would likely  have been better shot without the 1.4x and cropped but I'm not sure. That is always tough to call.

I suppose if I was just trying to capture a rare animal or some unusual behavior it would be fine as a photo record if that is what you are into. - Brian

Great series GraFax

Thank you for sharing

« on: November 19, 2014, 09:38:29 AM »

Per Canon price watch, street price is 9849.99.

If you pay with a credit card that gives you 1% back, your final it the door price would be 9851.5... I've never bought the street price... do you have to pay cash/check.  Would you get a discount for paying cash?

I used CPW-street price twice. An authourized dealer(very-well-known dealer) contacted me through phone. We completed the transaction within few mins. I used my American Express.

$10K is quite a bit of cash to carry around JD... :o

I've decided to eliminate several lenses that I seldom use. 
I'm offering my Canon EF 135mm F/2L in Surpurb condition.  It is complete with original box and everything that came with it. 
I'm asking $775, I'll ship it to any US location for actual shipping cost. 
If you are interested, send a private e-mail with any questions.

Good price Mt Spokane Photography

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »
Thanks guys.

Let's me run through the couple about sharing their photos. If they ok, I'll post a link. It might take some time for me to go through these photos.

@ RustyTheGeek: I was the only one with DSLR. Others were using cell phones. They didn't running around at all.

@ RustyTheGeek: "Question:  How many friends/relatives came up to you and commented on how good the pictures will probably look due to you using all that expensive photography equipment?   (Implying of course that with all that badass gear, there's no way the pictures won't come out spectacular.)" ==> I don't shoot flash often, I do have bad shots too.... ;D

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:43:47 PM »
Kick it in the ass!!

Take your time, relax and try to enjoy the shoot.

Put the 24-70 and 70-200 on each camera and relax.  Don't forget to set each camera to Silent Shutter mode.

Share some pics with us later and tell us your war story!!

Thanks guys. I made it....  ;D
I prefer NOT to do this for living.

Canon General / First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:36:50 PM »
The clock is ticking down....2hrs away. I'm excited and nervous at the same time, since this is my 1st time shooting a wedding.

I have been asked by a co-worker to photograph his wedding. I'll be the primary photographer and more likely the only one there.

Gear I packed:
1. 5D III + 1DX + dual BR strap
2. 16-35 f4 IS, 24-70 f2.8 II, 85L II, and of course 70-200 f2.8 IS II
3. 600EX-RT(x3) + ST-E3-RT, 20plus spare AA batteries
4. Umbrella + stand

 Wish me luck guys

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 15, 2014, 12:25:31 PM »
Beautiful photos guys.

Love this thread

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:14:13 AM »
I'm not familiar to the Canon ecosystem and I'm not sure what choice is wiser. So if you guys could give me some advice, it'l be highly appreciated.
If there is a new FF Canon on the horizon, how long do you think until release, based on experience with previous Canon releases in the past?
What would you do if you were like me - wait or risk and buy, and then sell it cheaper if new FF body is released eventually (can't afford to have two bodies)?
There are good 6D deals now(5Dmk3 is ridiculously overpriced, even the second hand deals).


If that the case, I suggest you shouldn't wait for next FF.

Lenses / Re: The Next L Primes
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:10:37 AM »
Looking forward for their 35mm L II

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:26:59 AM »
I will pre-order it.

One of three missing lenses in my kit.

Only because I have very little shame...

Is your name pronounced Dih-lan or Die-lan... because in my mind I've been using the latter for the past few years... and I feel a little racist when I think maybe I'm just adding the odd pronunciation because I know you are of asian decent.

Call me whatever you want JD, except "late for dinner"  ;D

Just in case:

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:02:07 PM »
I will pre-order it.

One of three missing lenses in my kit.

« on: November 13, 2014, 03:44:03 PM »
We don't live for ever Mr. Surapon. Let's enjoy life  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:02:29 PM »
A collie belonging to my wife's niece.
Love the B&W one. Nicely done dpc

Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:59:47 PM »
YES ... come on Canon ... announce it!  ;D

There is no FF mirrorless in Canon world, so what the point   ;D

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:34:57 PM »
Frankly, I never understood the attraction of ordering a product before it is reviewed. Is being the "first kid on the block" one of the motivations?

Based on the MTF charts, I would pre-order it if I have a need for it.

Besides, Canon latest releases seem to be SUPER.

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