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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:19:38 PM »
I've owned a 7D since shortly after its introduction.  I bought a 6D this past April.  On my recent trip I shot the 6D as my carry-around (still getting to know it) and anytime the light was low.  I used either/or in daylight.  Action (surfers, birds, etc.) in daylight was almost exclusively 7D.  The dynamic range of the 6D beats the 7D hands-down.  7D AF, AF points, frame rate is way above 6D capabilities.  My 7D captures almost double the frames my 6D does in the same amount of time.  I don't regret buying the 6D just for the increased ability to shoot well at night, and for better detail in my landscapes.  The 7D has survived so long because as a new breed it was far superior to the xxD line, and its features pushed the xD line; though it lacked xD DR & ISO capabilities most of these issues could be addressed in ppc.  Marry the best features of the two bodies together for a sure winner in the 7D MkII. 

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle lens for my 6D
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:52:51 PM »
RENT a, or more than "a" uwa lens for your trip.  I've rented every lens since my rebel XTi kit years ago before purchasing and this has given much guidance as it allows me to get familiar with it, compare lenses, and largely avoid remorse.  Just sayin'...

I've used my buddy's Canon 24-70 regularly and was pretty pleased with it.  I rented the Tamron for a month shortly after its introduction; awesome lens exceeds the Canon I in sharpness and the VR seals the deal for me.  It is on my very short list of things to buy next.  Would have already bought it except I bought a 6D kit instead.  You will not regret buying the Tamron...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Newbie - My shots your thoughts
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:43:49 PM »
            Impressive work -especially with the "newbie" qualification.  I've added you as a flickr contact; hope you don't mind.  When I grow up....

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 17, 2013, 05:56:01 AM »
Three quick ones...

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom Upgrade Delay
« on: July 14, 2013, 09:38:36 PM »
i've always been instantly approved in the past 6 years or so. i've already used up my 30 day trial & I'm still waiting for adobe...

Software & Accessories / Lightroom Upgrade Delay
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:06:20 PM »
Anyone else upgrade and get the following message?:

Thank you for visiting the Adobe Store. We are currently reviewing your order! You will receive an email within the next business day confirming the status of your order. Your credit card will not be charged until your order has been processed.

It's been over 12 hours and I've never waited more than 1 hour for a serial number from adobe.  In the middle of processing Hawaii pix from LR5 demo catalog and this is way inconvenient with thousands (already) of photos taken...

(attachment done in ps 5- almost forgot how to use...)

EOS Bodies / Re: How good is 70D AF system compared to 50D?
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:29:39 PM »
Sounds familiar... Which movie?

Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:48:26 PM »
Congratulations.  Great shot.  Though, I am always a little confused when  me and various algorithms (flickr, ,bing, etc.) agree on good photography....

Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 22, 2013, 03:15:13 PM »
I have an Epson storage viewer that I only use when shooting events where I want to show off some raw images to the client before departing at the end, i.e. weddings, parties, and so on. It’s a cute marketing item, but not nearly enough capacity for travel.  When travelling I use several high capacity memory cards that I download/implore through Lightroom to a usb hdd attached to my laptop that stays in the room.  I hadn’t thought of using a netbook while on the go, but I am now intrigued to find a raw viewer for my transformer 101 (my 7-year old will be less than pleased) so afford me the option.
Anyway, I used wd passports until I had failure issues with 2 out of 5; I was able to recover one drive, but the one with spectacular Chicago Bulls game/ Derrick Rose pix on it is still resolutely locked-up for 2 years now.  Not giving up on that particular drive yet ( great shots if I can ever recover them), but I did give up on wd after years of trusting them.
I’d been using Seagate portables until just recently.  Bought 2 online, filled on halfway and then opened the second one about 2 1/1 months later only to discover it doa.  The retailer referred me to Seagate since the was past 30 days.  Seagate hemmed and hawed until finally sending me a refurbished drive at my shipping expense: same excuse, length of time since I bought the drive. Okay. I got the replacement.  I don’t trust it much. I don’t trust Seagate at all anymore.
Silicon Power:  happened upon this drive on sale at amazon:
Good solid feel, plain-spoken 3-year warranty, and inexpensive.  So far I am mighty pleased, as it’s worked well so far with no boot or other issues.  Ordered a second one for my upcoming trip.  We’ll see how it goes.
Silicon Power website:

Dell XPS 15
CORE i7-2720QM @ 2.20 Ghz
8 gb RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 540M 2gb RAM
Win 8 Pro w/Media Center

I use LR4, CS 5, OnOne PPS7 & NIK Complete; only adjustment brush slows system a bit.  I always look for a gamer config when buying a pc and this always works for last 10 or so years...

I bought the original, non-vc version of this lens when it was introduced a few years ago after renting it first.  IQ was very near Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS (I), tough af was slower, and I liked that it was black and more inconspicuous, but it seemed to spend more time in the shop or needing repair/adjustment than in use.  I owned the lens for around 3 years, & there was something wrong with it for some 14 months all total.  After last repair I sold it and put the proceeds toward a used copy of the aforementioned Canon.
I'm hearing very positive things about Tamron qc nowadays, though.  I still use my 28-75, and their new 24-70 vc is on my wish list.  Very nice shots, btw...

Canon General / Re: Noooooooo....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: June 01, 2013, 03:02:00 PM »
Sad, though all but inevitable.  The preponderance of camera-phones, in conjunction with wi-fi, "guys with cameras", lo-fi print media resolution, s-rgb web requirements, the expense of a "good" camera and accessories, paying a professional staff photographer, and an artificially crunched economy- along with EVERYONE'S desire for something for a lot less, or even nothing, have all converged to this move by a cynical and desperate corporate entity.  Why bother with hi-res "quality" imagery, and pay the price for it, when a quick cellie snapshot will amply illustrate the story printed in the daily paper?  Early on, I did think that maybe I'd make eating  money from my avocation, but I learned quickly that the closed and unwelcoming ever-shrinking fraternity of news photogs was not the way for a guy like me with a full-time job and family responsibilities. I continue on because of my love for the (ultimately) printed image.  On those relatively few occasions that  someone's appreciation of my work has included purchasing a print I have been pleased but ever- cognizant of the "gravy" nature of the event.  I have been associated, though, with a group of professional photographers in Chicago who seemingly all have been Pulitzer- or other award-winning photographers for all the newspapers in Chicagoland over the last 50 years; including the sun-times. I do grieve this milestone for them, their loss in vocational fulfillment, and as, for popular culture, the past is somehow diminished, perceptually, and discarded in favor of the expedient present, and what was once vital is now considered quaint historical oddity.  I was at the Rolling Stones concert last night and there was a (certainly understandably and wise-enough) ban on "professional" cameras, but everyone's -including mine's, cell phones' batteries were dead by the end of the show. Such an event as that translates well using a cell phone to the extent that hi-res "quality" offers little to any profit potential; the benefit is all journalistic documentary; which is also the allure of such photography. Such is "progress" in the modern world as we all adapt or die.  I shoot on for love and documentation, hopefully communication, but, -gad...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2013, 02:08:26 AM »
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:44:47 PM »

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