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Canon General / Re: Post Processing: A Guide for Nature Photographers
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:43:07 AM »
Photoshop is overkill for most nature photographers. Lightroom is better. It also allows the photographer to avoid the Creative Cloud issue. An e-book devoted to Photoshop for this application? Seems like its starts in the wrong direction and keeps going in that direction.

Next, I worry when I see nature photographers talking about cloning. Stop calling it photography, and start referring to it as digital artwork. The huge problem with this becomes we do not know whether this photographer is more digital artist or more nature photographer by his final product. That becomes unfair to him and his viewers.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:45:19 AM »
This is a great thread. I'm loving the placement ads in the thread. Sooooo appropriate!

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:22:19 AM »
If you play the waiting game, you only hurt yourself. If you like the 5DMkIII, get it now. It might be next year the Mark IV comes out, or it might be years from now, if ever.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:20:36 AM »
Canon really needs to get this update out there. the 7D is ancient technology by comparable standards. Good camera/sensor, but so many others have passed it by. Hard to purchase something so old knowing Canon has to be considering a replacement soon.

Rebels are fine for those not torturing their camera equipment. I just would not trust a Rebel in harsh weather or the abuse of man-handling it. What is left for the wildlife or sports photographer that benefits from the cropped sensor?

The GPS and Wifi thing is not a necessity. In fact, I'm more than likely disabling both features should I ever finally get a chance to upgrade my 50D and 40D. I'd rather have a tight body that can hold up to the rigors of weather and abuse than external communication without wires or a pack on the bottom.

Faking is what you lead your audience to believe. If you tell them you are film the birth a polar bear in the wild, it had better be in the wild. Lying is even worse than faking. Faking is not telling the audience what is really going on.

As a wildlife photographer I do not want captive animals considered wild. Just state that some of the scenes were filmed in captivity. That makes the truly amazing wildlife image precious compared to one taken where the animal was under some control.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame or faster lens?
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:56:53 AM »
Buy a new main camera, and use your previous main camera as your backup.

I would not buy a back-up camera (unless you are considering a mirrorless or point-n-shoot).  If you purchase a good camera as a true backup, consider how many times you will actually use it. Hopefully, never. You are only pulling it out if your main camera fails. If your main camera does not fail, you'll never be using the back-up.

Canon General / Re: Canon Targets Security Camera Market for Growth
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:55:50 PM »
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<p><strong>DSLR Sales Cool

Until the big megapixel body hits or an EOS 5D Mark IV, DSLR sales will not see the growth that had been previously enjoyed.</strong></p>
<p>Canon hops to move into the “wide open” market of security cameras. They hope to sell $1 billion dollars worth of security cameras annually starting in 2016. I have no rumors about what’s coming in the segment. :)</p>
<p>“A major focus for the next phase is increasing our business-to-business (B2B) sales, and of course security cameras – which is a huge market – is part of that,” Canon President and CEO Fujio Mitarai said in an interview.</p>
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Perhaps releasing the longer awaited 7D MkII for wildlife and sports photographers would spur renew sales. Metal body with weather resistance. Seems a natural for upgrading and getting people to invest in the cropped sensor upgrade.

Lenses / Re: Superteles: 300 vs 500
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:34:51 AM »
I have both the 500 and 300 v1.  Use the 500 10-20x more than the 300.  Now that I just got the 200-400 (lots of $), I think both the 300 and 500 will see much less use.  Eventually I will replace the 500 with a 600 for the reach, especially when shooting birds.  200-400 is great for general wildlife.

I know this is much more money than you planning on spending, but it is an alternative setup. 

BTW - I would avoid 2.0 Mk 2 (soft) and the 600F4 V1 (too heavy).  500 F4 V1 is a great lens and the V2 is not much lighter.
same here.

I use the 300mm with a teleconverter as my handhold lens whilst the 500mm and 1.4xTC is on the gimbal mount. Which is being used is dependent on if I'm standing still or on the move. So consider your shooting style. Do you campout at one spot and wait? (500mm) or do you constantly move about (300mm)?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DM2 as a FF? Hmmm...
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:36:52 PM »
Canon might release yet another entry-to-mid level full frame APS sensor camera, but I doubt it will be named 7D MkII. From a marketing standpoint it makes little sense to have confusion using the 'Mark' designation for something so different.

I do hope Canon realizes the advantage some have with cropped sensors and continues to produce magnesium alloy bodies with weather sealing. Sports and wildlife photographers require something quite durable. And the cropped sensor fits the need nicely.

I really do not believe the 60D or 70D achieves the same role as what the 7D or a real 7D MkII might.

Lenses / Re: 500mm or 600mm lens on a monopod.
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:14:22 AM »
Either a monopod or a tripod will work. The clear advantage of the tripod is that you do not have to hold it upright. Since you already know this with your 300mm, it probably is not a big deal for you.

I use my 500mm ("Mk I") which is close to the weight of the 600mm II mostly on a tripod with the Wimberley head.But that is because I tend to find a spot and stay put for long periods. So a tripod I do not have to hold there endlessly.

I have fashioned a monopod with a inverted mount that allows me to keep the pod vertical but effortlessly tilt up and down. The monopod does its job supporting the weight.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or wait for 7D MK II?
« on: July 02, 2013, 04:58:28 AM »
I've been waiting to upgrade from my 40D and 50D, and I guess I'm still going to wait.

I did get a 5D MkII for a full frame, but that was after seeing the 6D release. The price was right compared to the 5D MkIII.

I just cannot believe Canon has not upgraded the 7D in all these years. I'd really like a new body by October, but alas, I suspect I will have to wait. Seems Canon is churning out the consumer cameras, and even making gains for the professional cameras, but not much new for the prosumer market.

The APS-C sensor is great for wildlife and sports photographers. Both require weather-sealing and a more rugged build. Hence, it looks like a long wait for the touted 7D Mk II.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II travel bag for Alaska
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:40:12 AM »
I've traveled to Alaska (eagles) with my 500mm f/4L several times, and ill return this fall as well. I use a Pelican 1510 case:

I do not use the dividers, just the top foam and the padding on the sides and bottom. I cut a slot in the foam top to avoid pressure on the lens cap. I found the dividers unnecessary as I filled the case with other equipment: lenses and bodies.

Read the airline websites on their size and weight limits for carry-ons. This case works for domestic flights, but some international flights have tighter restrictions. With what I carry, I'm right at 40 pounds.

This makes rolling through airports a breeze, but not so much fun carrying it down a trail. If that is where you are heading, consider the The Gura Gear Kiboko or whatever they have these days.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 10:34:07 AM »
I might have learned something from watching that... is it true that wifi won't work in a Magnesium alloy frame?

Correct, same with GPS. If you put a battery powered radio in a metal box and close it up, the radio will have a lot of trouble playing the local radio stations. Depending on the metalwork, the radio waves are either reflected or absorbed by the metal.

So it becomes very challenging to build a small, complete metal/alloy body that supports sending and receiving radio waves.
It does not matter where the radio is located. It matters where the antenna is located.

But I believe the fear of another Rebel by another name is continuing. I will gladly forgo WIFI and GPS for something that will hold up to the abuse I give my camera bodies.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 10:29:36 AM »
Why is such fowl language trash allowed on this site ?

There is no insight/experience or information in this video ? He reads the spec and curses ?
Free speech, even foul language should be permitted; however, appropriate warnings should be given that such language is used.

Foul language is a sign of those without proper education. They cannot make an impact with normal vocabulary, so they resort to cursing. It speaks volume about the speaker and less about the message. I'm unswayed but a curse-filled rant than I might have been with an educated discussion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:21:29 PM »
The item I'm still wanting to read is whether the body and controls are 60D/Rebel-ish or 50D/7D-ish

Anyone with real insight? Or do we still just have guesses and wishful thinking to this issue?

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