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Hi, it really depends where you are. Here in Germany the best place is probably our largest camera forum with more than 420.000 users. You open up a thread, add a few pictures and wait a couples of days for the private messages to arrive. Customers pay upfront by bank to bank transfer or Paypal. I bought two cameras and more than a dozen lenses like this and would do it again. 

A juvenile common tern in Essaouira, Morocco
5d II + EF 70-300 mm L @ 300 mm 1/2500 sec. f8

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:25:05 PM »
A really good TS-E 45mm Mark II or another TS-E lens in the range of 40 mm till 60 mm would be great. It can be f2.8 because there is no real need for a faster TS-E lens. But a really good lens for product photography is missing. The gab between 24mm and 90mm is too large. It would also be useful for architecture, landscape, fashion, art reproduction etc.

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:13:59 AM »
Did anyone of you test the new "Firecrest IRND" filters yet? They claim "The new Firecrest filters are the best NDs ever..." on their facebook page. At least they are the most expensive ones they ever made. I would really love to read some hands on experience. Thanks.

Photography Technique / Re: Sunset/Ocean Techniques?
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:08:45 AM »

A normal grad ND filter won't help you at all. For a sunset with the sun near the sea level a reverse grad ND filter is needed. A 2-stop filter (0.6) should do when the sun is very close to the sea level. The reverse grad ND filter from Formatt Hitech does a pretty good job.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:06:25 PM »
*  5d MkIV - 26-30MP with improved DR sensor, 1 stop RAW image quality improvement in all ISO ranges, enhanced metering and autofocus system from 1DX, dual pixel autofocus from 70d, improved buffer (40 photos in full RAW), dual compact flash memory card slots, backlit buttons for low light shooting, 3.5" vari-angle OLED touch screen, GPS & WiFi, improved low light autofocus points in viewfinder for low light shooting in Ai servo autofocus mode

I'd buy that.

Me too. But the next 5D should come with a range of interchangeable focus screens like the 5D II or 6D.

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 20, 2014, 01:14:19 PM »
Hi, I can recommend the Matin "Camera Bag Balade 300". It's pretty well made for the cheap price and big enough to carry the 5D III + 24-70 + 2 other lenses / 1 lens + 1 flash. About a half year ago I had been looking for a very inconspicuous bag and so I looked through all bags Amazon Germany had to offer (more than 1200). This one was my favorite because it was the most inconspicuous bag.
It performed very well during my 2 weeks trip to Thailand. It could be carried for several hours without problems. The padding is quite good. The padding inside can be removed and the bag can be folded to be just 5cm high. In comparison to some other bags there is a zipper to seal the main compartment, which offers a bit more protection. This no-name brand is also not known for camera bags, which might help, too.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D800E 30% sharper than D800
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:40:42 PM »
Dilbert, Canon Rumors is a Canon equipment related webseite and forum. Who cares about Nikon?!

Care to take a gander at the sub forum you're in?

Yes, I have seen the subforum. It would be a prefect place to speak about things like Sigma lenses or Manfrotto tripods. But Nikon gear normally doesn't fit on a Canon camera. Endless discussion about Sony sensors in Nikon cameras doesn't help anyone shooting with Canon cameras and lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D800E 30% sharper than D800
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:10:59 PM »
Dilbert, Canon Rumors is a Canon equipment related website and forum. Who cares about Nikon?!

Spread useful information and experience about Canon gear. But don't bother us with Nikon.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:08:24 PM »
Hi, I can't really remember it anymore. I guess it was the EF 35L but it could also haven been the TS-E 24L.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portraits from the Mara
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:40:57 PM »
Paolo, that's a nice copyright sign! But in some of the pictures the background is a bit distracting. Maybe to reverse it would help: a colorfull copyright on a b&w photo?

The pics on 500px are nice. Thanks for sharing them there. The large copyright sign on the small attachments ( 548x365 pixel) here is useless when you share them on 500px without it in a much larger resolution (2048x1152 pixel). Every picture you see in a browser can easily be downloaded. For Firefox there is e.g. the "Web Developer" add on, which let you see the image information of every graphic on a site. It can also easily be downloaded this way.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:48:35 PM »
I rarely shoot animals these days. But this portrait of a ashy gecko (Sphaerodactylus elegans) is one of my better ones.
Canon 450D with EF-S 60mm & 580EX II f16 1/200 ISO 200

Axel, wait for better natural light. Weak sun light in the morning or early evening would be best. At the moment the background looks like it was an overcast day. The colors are pretty dull. The subject (the frog) shows a different lighting than the background, caused by the flash. That's not appealing to me. Get rid of the flash. Warm sun light would look better because all colors would be warmer and more vivid. These rather cold colors and too tight framing don't appeal to me.

As a travel tripod I recommend the Feisol CT-3441T. I use it for several years already and I'm very satisfied. I would buy it again without hesitation.

When you compare both mentioned Manfrotto tripods to this Feisol tripod, you will see that the Feisol is higher, lighter, can carry more weight, has a shorter length for transportation and it is cheaper, too. I'm 1.83m and with a ball head the Feisol has a pretty good hight to work with. It should be OK for your body size, too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Square or round filters?
« on: May 21, 2014, 06:02:58 PM »
When you shoot with several lenses, which makes sense for landscapes, you will need either several nd filters for each lens diameter or just a few adapter rings (less weight & cheaper) and one filter holder + a few nd filters. I prefer the filter holder, so that my nd and grad nd filters can be used with each lens.

With the Lee filter holder you can combine easily several filters like nd + grad nd or nd + pol filter or grad nd + pol filter. All these combinations make sense. With a screw in nd filter, it will be hard to combine it with another filter.

A disadvantage of the filter holder is its size. I always take it with me in my backpack but never in the smaller photo bags because it is too bulky. But for landscapes I need quite often my tripod, which is attached to the backpack...

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