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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>
<p><strong><a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/23/canon-surveillance-idUKL4N0GN0YB20130823" target="_blank">Read more at Reuters</a></strong></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: http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1510

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?

Seems the delete function does one card, and depending on your setting, the data from the other card can automatically be copied to the blank card. Frustrating if you do not realize that is happening.

Formatting the cards gives you the choice of which card to format. You'll have to do it on both cards AFAIK

Software & Accessories / Re: arca swiss help please.
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:51:55 AM »
So it looks like i'm in the market for some Arca style QR plates. Problem is I don't know what i need, and they have no website. What would work well for a Canon 300mm 2.8, 5d, and 5dmk3? From reading another thread about straps that I can't even find right now, i found http://www.adorama.com/KIRQRC1.html. It looks like Neuro uses these, and if they are good enough for him and his heavy gear, they should work well for me.

You ask about plates, but then you link to a clamp. Color me confused.

http://www.tripodhead.com/products/lens-plates-main.cfm for lenses
http://www.tripodhead.com/products/camera-body-main.cfm for camera bodies (not recommended for a camera body holding a 300mm f/2.8L IS).
http://www.tripodhead.com/products/qr-clamps-main.cfm for clamps, I prefer the longer ones for more flexibility in finding he center of gravity with and without a battery grip or a teleconverter

Lenses / Re: 600mm lens
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:03:36 PM »
Is this a rumor about the 600mm? sorry...

I have a 500mm f/4L. I used the LowePro for years. I like having the camera, extender attached ready to go, but I disliked not have room for other equipment. I ended up going the GuraGear option: http://www.guragear.com/backpacks/

My pack was discontinued, but nice to have the two sides. One for the big lens, and the other side for a smaller lens (300mm f/2.8L) plus bodies and whatever else I can get in there.

Original feet on both lens using the original Wimberley.
The lens plate I use snugs tight without Loctite, never needed, and I cannot say I have ever had to tighten the plate in years of use.

Canon case is not something I'd use except to return for repair.

Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt vs PocketWizard Flex TT5 Setup
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:56:30 PM »
I use multiple 580EXII, a 580EX, and 550 flashes on flexTT5 all controlled with a miniTT1/AC3. I have not have the problems some seem to have. I do not use the socks or the hard shells.

Something that I was taught seems to make the system more reliable:
1. turn everything off
2. turn on a flash, then its FlexTT5 to the proper channel
3. Repeat step 2 for each flash. Flash first, FlexTT5 second.
4. Then turn on your mini TT1
5. now, turn on your camera.

Easy way to remember: Turn things on, top to bottom.

Since some of my flashes are hidden inside a softbox, the radio trigger is required. Once I started practicing the top-to-bottom method, I've not used the socks or hard shells.

Technical Support / Re: Urgent Help Requested:Photos for my website
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:15:13 AM »
Hello all,and thanks for your time.i will be grateful if you help me with tis serious problem.
i have con 6 d and 17-40mm lens.
i take my carpets photos with this camera and happy with the results but only problem is the image size is too large like 10 mb in jpeg format.i always shoot jpeg and raw.
now 10 mb jpeg is too big for my website photos.my competitor www.carpetvista.com has almost same pixels but their size is maximum 400 kb .please vist that site and see it.
my questions are as follows,
1 what size should i put in my canon 6d .L M or S ?
what i think is that i can shoot L but later can reduce the size .am i right ?L size giving me jpeg size 10 mb maximum.
Please please help me sort out my problem as my job is at stake .
Many thanks in advance.
Kind regards
Adjust your image size in the camera for JPEG: probably S2 or S3
Save all the processing for when you need to do so on the RAW image.
thanks very much for the info.
My images look great when i take photos in Raw in L size.My concern is if i take S size ,will my images show less detail even before post processing?
If you allow the browser to scale the image to fit the window, you are losing detail. There is no magic solution.  However, the smaller images will appear more in focus.

Take a set of images with RAW+S2 and compare them. There is no other way for you to decide. JPEGs are a lossy format. Each save means more loss of information. Minimizing the number of saves you need to perform is best. Straight from the camera is ideal. This is one reason Canon provides multiple sizes rather than force everyone to pop open PS to resize images. Some will still prefer to shoot exclusively RAW and make all edits in a lossless format, then make one save to JPEG.

The only ones who will tell a difference are a few photographers, and I do not imagine they are visiting your website.

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