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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:54:39 AM »
Guys don't be too hard on the reviewer. Like any review it is but one man' opinion and personal criteria. I had the 50/1.8 and I rather have the 40/2.8 due to the optical quality.

I had Cps upgrade my firmware the day I bout it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X100s
« on: February 13, 2013, 12:38:37 AM »
The RX1 would've been perfect if it was more like a RangeFinder
The X100s would've been perfect if it had the RX1's sensor size

:)

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A friend who shoots Nikon has the 14-24 and 16-35. He sold the 14-24 because he found it too wide and not long enough for people shots.

I am more partial to the updated 135L and 400/5.6L

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 12, 2013, 10:21:17 AM »

Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) by alabang, on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) (formerly considered as a subspecies of the Tricoloured Munia Lonchura malacca atricapilla) also known as Black-headed Munia, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hawaii. Known as mayang pula ("red maya", to distinguish it from the predominantly brownish Tree Sparrow which is also called maya) in the Philippines, perhaps because of its brick red patch on the lower back that shows only when it flies. The Black-headed Munia is the former national bird of the Philippines (the Philippine national bird is now the Philippine eagle).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia

Settings: 1/640 ƒ/5.6 ISO640 800mm

Taken at Candaba, Philippines

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
Not to say Manfrotto does not have it's uses but it isn't to be used with gear exceeding $4,000.

You are courting trouble if you do.

Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

I had a Bogen/Manfrotto that shattered on me at 20F - and dropped my Hasselblad 203FE with 110/2 on the ground when I was shooting. Yeah, that was the last of my touching anything Manfotto branded.

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x --- Brief hands-on review
« on: February 10, 2013, 10:49:05 AM »
Weight?

Dimensions?

Price?

Availability?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:18:42 PM »
serendipidy thanks! I live mostly in the Philippines. We got 200+ poorly documented endemics, 200+ residents and 200+ migrants

Excellent image Maxis.


Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is often placed in the genus Ixos, but is better retained in Hypsipetes as long as this is not entirely merged into Ixos, as it is quite closely related to the type species of Hypsipetes, the Black Bulbul (H. leucocephalus).

It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests; on Mount Kitanglad on Mindanao for example it is abundant in any kind of primary forest at least between 500 and 2,250 m ASL.

Fledglings of the Philippine Bulbul were recorded on Mindanao in late April, but the breeding season seems to be prolonged as females with ripe ovarian follicles were still found in April and May. Territorial songs are heard at lower altitudes as late as May, while further upslope the birds are silent at that time of year and presumably engaged in breeding activity. The Besra (Accipiter virgatus) has been recorded as a predator of young Philippine Bulbuls, and this or other goshawks might also catch adult birds.

A common and adaptable bird as long as sufficient forest remains, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Source: Philippine Bulbul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taken in Bataan National Park

Settings: 1/500 ƒ/8 ISO1600 800mm

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:15:14 PM »
ballheads are no good with monopods. look for a monopod head or screw your 100-400 feet directly to the monopod.

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:12:17 PM »
Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:10:08 PM »
paul the 2013 Mac Pro is expected to come out once the 2012 Mac Pro sales are halted in the EU. That is the rumor now.

As a non-working photog I see little point in the Mac Pro. I rather buy a top-end iMac everytime a new hardware redesign happens and expand my storage either through USB 3 or Thunderbolt.

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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:07:05 PM »
The thing with photography is the quality of work is often subjective. What is beautiful to one is plain garbage to the other.

So I largely prefer to describe photogs as working & non-working. Those who make a full time, part time or no time living in photography.

Dictionary definition and anyone who takes compensation for their work. No matter how badly it looks. :)
I think the Dictionary definition defines the skill level too.
The main criteria for professionals include the following:
  • Expert and specialized knowledge in field which one is practicing professionally.[5]
  • Excellent manual/practical and literary skills in relation to profession.[6]
  • High quality work in (examples): creations, products, services, presentations, consultancy, primary/other research, administrative, marketing, photography or other work endeavours.
  • A high standard of professional ethics, behaviour and work activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee, self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher duty to a client, often a privilege of confidentiality, as well as a duty not to abandon the client just because he or she may not be able to pay or remunerate the professional. Often the professional is required to put the interest of the client ahead of his own interests.
  • Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Appropriate treatment of relationships with colleagues. Consideration should be shown to elderly, junior or inexperienced colleagues, as well as those with special needs. An example must be set to perpetuate the attitude of one's business without doing it harm.
  • A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field.

In the USA, the Government Defines Professional workers, and if you are working for someone else, it  determines how you are treated pay wise.  A professional is not paid hourly, or paid overtime, for example.  I hold a professional Engineers license, tough to get in my state, fewer pass the exams than attorneys.

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:56:01 AM »
The suggested Gitzo tripod legs that has been suggested are the 3, 4 and 5 Series for the 600mm IS II. I'm eying the GT3542LS.

I am also looking for legs as well. Will be attaching it to the Mongoose 3.6 due to the weight. It weighs 1 lbs. 8 ounce or about 680g.

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I hate the idea that the paint job of my lenses flakes off.  :'(

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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:35:34 PM »
Dictionary definition and anyone who takes compensation for their work. No matter how badly it looks. :)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:18:29 PM »
I see Canon consolidating a 4k-capable 1D camera in 3 years time for about 6-8k.

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