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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Win a 5D Mark III Kit from Norman Camera
« on: September 06, 2012, 07:39:33 PM »
Damn...all the contests are on facebook and I refuse to ever use any social networking site like that.

Whats the matter... you don't have a need for 337 "virtual friends?"

Don't you want to constantly read about their "grocery store line woes?" 

Or be updated on the status of their emoticon? 

I'm with you... No FB for this guy either...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:13:29 AM »
Nice shot.  I really like the trees silhouetted against it.  From a composition stand point I would like to see a little more breathing room to the right, but overall a nice capture. 

i took one the other night as well.  We had nice clear skies the night after the blue moon.  it was fiercely orange for a little while as it climbed above the horizon.

5DIII + 600mm Non IS

Quick jpeg, I'm sure others will do better with more time!

Eagles copy by jamiewednesday1, on Flickr

That looks pretty good.  What was your editing flow?

Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: September 03, 2012, 04:18:32 PM »
I have State Farm personal articles policy, $7.60 per year per $1000 coverage (apparently less than half the cost of 'save money in 15 minutes or less with Geico' :o ), no deductible, full replacement, worldwide coverage for loss/damage/theft/etc.

With any of these 'personal' options (which explicitly state that the gear is not used to make money, and the policies are much cheaper than business policies), you have to be careful submitting claims.  Generally, these policies are linked to your homeowner's/renter's policy, and claims are reported to the CLUE database which tracks such things.  That database is used to determine rates and eligibility for homeowner's coverage, i.e. too many claims and your home insurance rates go up or your policy may be dropped (yes, they can do that!).

+1  I use state farm as well with a personal articles policy.  No deductable.  no questions asked.  Full replacement value coverage.  (i.e. I have a 300mm f2.8 IS lens that I bought for $4500 several years ago.  The replacement for this is now the Version II so I was able to increase my coverage to $7200 on this lens so that if anything happens to it I would get  new replacement lens)

Lenses / Re: Help..need advice. My lens was submerged briefly...
« on: September 03, 2012, 04:15:14 PM »
Yeah... what they said.  Send it in. 

Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: September 03, 2012, 04:13:33 PM »
Hey I have a dilemma. I have a 5d3 with the following
50 1.4
Various speedlites

I take Candids of the kids but I find myself wanting more reach. I rented the 70-200 f4 is and it was pretty nice. I currently can get it for $1100 from a reputable dealer but unsure if that's a good price or if I should hold out to see what else is offered by canon for the fourth quarter. I also want the 24-70 ii but would have to pay of the 70-200 first if I get it. So add focal range or a stop of light with the 24-70 ii or just wait. Any suggestions?

I have a 70-200 F4 IS.  Its an excellent lens.  There are advantages to the f2.8, however for budget reasons and the fact that the F4 is half the weight and size it makes it a great walkaround lens.

I wouldn't wait.  If canon comes out with something better in the next quarter or 5 years that you would rather have then you can always sell this lens.  Canon Glass holds a lot of value!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting sports High fps
« on: September 03, 2012, 04:07:23 PM »
If you need the extra burst then 7D or 1DIV would be the way to go.  If you don't then the 5DIII is really a great camera.

I bought one to go with my 1DIV for shooting wildlife (Birds in flight + Static), landscapes and real estate commercially.  The details are so much nicer then my 1DIV especially at higher ISO (Over 1250) that I ended up selling my 1DIV and picked up a second 5DIII body.

If its all about the burst rate then your question is easy to answer.  If other factors weigh in then it opens up your options a bit.  Considering that you are coming off of 3.4FPS then the 5DIII at 6FPS will feel like a machine gun, however it is a far cry from 10FPS of the 1DIV.

Good luck and happy shooting,

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Structural Weakness
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:45:40 PM »
Don't you have insurance? 

Software & Accessories / Re: ND Filters for Photography
« on: September 02, 2012, 01:42:47 PM »
It's not cheap but in my opinion the Singh ray 8 stop vari nd filter is worth every penny.

It will cover the full range of stops without compromising image quality.

I use mine all the time... And couldnt live without it. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: SSSSSSSSSSSSSSShow me your snakessssssssssssssss
« on: September 01, 2012, 05:23:18 PM »
Much like a toddler at christmas enjoying the wrapping paper and box more then the toys inside!  :D

I found this one in the grass on a warm early spring day.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tracking Birds?
« on: September 01, 2012, 05:21:36 PM »
I've been shooting a lot of birds lately and one problem I've been having is keeping them in focus while flying. I have tried al servo, regular etc, and once in a while I'll hit in spot on, but usually in a burst out of 15 photos 3 will focus on the bird lol. Is there a technique or tip anyone might have for all those fast birds out there :)?

using mono pod or ball head w/ 500mm sometimes with 1.4 or 2x extender

Are you using center focus point?  If you are using any type of zone focus then your camera might be grabbing on to whatever is within other focus points, especially if the birds are smaller or farther away.

Using such a long lens can take a lot of practice.  When I went from 300mm to 600mm I was like a monkey with a match problem at first.  Not saying you have not spent lots of time behind the lens, but for me I just had to practice practice practice.... and still getting better at it.

Also a small tip on getting BIF into your viewfinder is to orient the knob on your lens hood so it is directly centered on top of the end of the lens barrel.  This way you can look over your hotshoe over the knob and line it up with a bird.  Then just tilt the lens up just a tad while looking into the view finder and you will find it much quicker.  The sooner you find it, the easier it will be to track. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Ribit!
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:22:04 AM »
Here's a shot of Prince Charming I took this summer:

Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey Flight Shots
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:19:50 AM »
@ Jeff B.

That first one is a killer catch!!!!!   (pun intended)  Awesome shot.  Congrats on making that one.  :)

Spoiled we are, indeed......

We've got ten stops (or more) of digital ISO range, and we're not satisfied.

Am I spoiled?  Maybe
Am I not satisfied?  Quite the contrary... I'm extremely satisfied
Am Looking forward to whats next? Definately

For me... more features + better technology = more fun.    ;D

If we are going to see a revolution in high iso improvement then we are going to need some new sensor technology, especially if we want to see higher megapixel cameras.

With current tech less is better in the MP battle in regards to high iso. Nikon D3s is still the best out there and only has 10mp. 

Without a breakthrough in sensor tech we probably will only see marginal improvements in high iso noise performance.

One thing I will add is that it's not all about noise at high iso. Resolution is a big part of it. While my 5diii is not much better at noise then my 5dii or 1div, the detail retention is far better. This allows me to have better noise management when I push the iso.

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