Wonderful photos the last few pages, guys. Truly. The Cumbria photos are really amazing, what a vista.
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I must say that I am very happy to not have crocs, alligators, and large or poisonous snakes where I live...
A bit off topic, but...
Like most tourists, I don't think you understand how quickly things can go bad in the wild. Sure, black bears seem more timid than grizzlies but many animals may look quite docile and then the situation changes in a heartbeat.
Yes I've heard those rumors.
I bought a 7" Amazon Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and I know how good the high resolution screens are, its only 7 inches, but I can read text with no problem. However, I need a keyboard. I use a pen with the Amazon tablet, the same pen works with my G1X MK II, but I struggle swiping with pens because the fine motor function in my fingers is screwed up. I can pound keys, and tap the keys on screen with the pen, but even writing my name has become extremely difficult. I have a Wacom Tablet, but that issue using the pen really makes it hard to use. Its not something that practice is going to eliminate, the nerves are shot. I've already had surgery on both hands, but that did not really help.
I had looked the Surface Pro II over before getting the cheap tablet, its useful for e-mail and reading books, that's all I use it for though. I'd probably use the Surface Pro.
Need a little help with this sparrow in Alberta. Seems it might be immature.
Personally, I use a Surface Pro, which will soon be a Surface Pro 3. Very light weight, good battery longevity, beautiful high res screen (2560x1440 IIRC on the 3), and full blown windows. I have run PS and LR on my Surface Pro since I got it (over a year ago now). It's nice having a huge screen for live view, especially for landscapes.
Keep us informed. My eyesight is not all that good, and the 12 in screen on the Surface Pro seems nice. I find the 12 in screen on my old Lenovo to be its weak point, it runs PS and LR wonderfully.
What Battery life do you get?
My Macbook pro laptop was stolen, so I need to buy a new laptop for tethered shooting. Over the years I've come to the conclusion I don't use the laptop for any image editing and doubt I will even install photoshop on the next one. I'm asking myself why pay the Apple premium for a good laptop when I am using it for emails and as an electronic Polaroid.
I'm looking for suggestions on a laptop that works good for tethered shooting? It would be awesome if I could connect it via HDMI and use it as a video monitor as well. tablets that only connect via WiFi are out because I have to connect via a cord at times.
My main workstation will stay a MacPro. Will there be any major problems transferring Raw files from an external drive recorded via a Windows machine to the MacPro? As long as the drive is journled to the MS-DOT fat I should be ok, correct?
thanks for any insights.
Finally getting a chance to look back at some woodpecker shots. Thought the dual eyelid was pretty cool. Unfortunately when eyelids are closing the head is moving and critical focus is tough (with a 6D anyway).
Those are lovely, especially the first one. And they demonstrate one thing a longer lens and greater subject distance gives you (with caveats) - a nicer background. People arguing one must get close for good photos ignore this aspect. Those bear shots further up the thread were good, but the background was nowhere near as blurred. Obviously the distance of the subject from the background is a determining factor, but assuming it's the same, a longer lens from a greater distance will blur things better than a wider-angle lens from a closer distance (I mean, I *suppose* one could try and use a really wide aperture lens like the 200 f/2 to even things out, but I still find the best blurred backgrounds are produced by the longest focal lengths - 1000mm f/10 beats 100mm f/2.8, except maybe at macro distances).
LOL, sorry, but I find that completely illogical. It's also an unqualified statement...so I have to ask. WHY, in very specific terms, would you choose the 50D or 40D over the 7D for bears (or anything, for that matter)?
First, I'm not sure if you just had chocolate or a Red Bull, but chill a little bit.
I've owned all of these cameras, and filmed ursine and ungulates in crepuscular conditions. Photographing a brown bear running on a brown hillside is much different than filming a sporting event with brightly colored subjects.
In these low light, low contrast conditions, I found the 40D and 50D to simply have superior auto focus consistency with L telephoto lenses. On top of the auto focus, the 40D and 50D also seemed to have less substantial AA filters, which required less processing. The 7D RAW files also feel significantly more "rough", and require more processing all around than even my 40D. The 7D's colors appear drab compared to my 40D and 70D.
My keeper rate plunged significantly with the 7D's I used. Blue channel noise is disturbing on the 7D, even at low ISO's. AI Servo, when combined with high speed burst mode seems to be especially problematic, getting focus, then not, then getting it again.
These numerous issues combined to make unpleasant RAW files. Sure, the 7D has a beautiful build and is a joy to hold and operate. And some of the features are nice. But who cares if the files are weak?
When I compare the 7D files to my 50D, 40D, 70D, 6D, and 5DIII, I simply shake my head. They're a mess.
When you're out shooting the Bob Marshall Wilderness for a month, and you have these cameras side by side over thousands of images, its easy to see what camera can hack the conditions and what does not. Once in a while, when conditions were perfect and everything went right, the 7D really came to life. But that can be said for any cheap smart phone, too. The real test of a camera is how it does when conditions are crap.
On top of this, these animals come closer during crepuscular hours, and the 7D just falls flat here with noisy, rough RAW files.
I found the AF somewhat more consistent, but I absolutely agree the 7D is a good light camera. I cringed when the ISO went above 800. I barely blink when my 1D X hits ISO 6400.