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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:22:49 PM »
For taking pictures of books?? I need to correct my former statement. How about invest in lights, a 580 exii and a 50 1.8. Maybe buy a dvd or book on photography and lighting. No need for a 1dx for that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 04, 2013, 01:02:38 AM »
I have a 7d, a 5d3, a 1d4 and now a 1dx. The 1dx does everything those other three do plus more. I am not a pro, but I don't miss the other bodies for 1 second. If you aren't doing a lot of high speed action shots, I would urge you to get a 6d though. I love bif photography which is why I upgraded. I also shoot mostly low light situations. 5d3 is nice, but not fast enough at only 6fps. I might keep the 7d for birds in the wild, with my 600 f4 version 1, but I doubt it. 1d4 is great, but not as user friendly.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:07:48 PM »
My boston terrier and my puggle ♡♥♡

Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:07:24 AM »
Now, I have a 1DX. And it's mostly for adoration from friends.

A 1DX for a hobby? Now i feel a lot better about my 5D :D but those are some amazing pictures.

Wow when i made this thread i was really expecting most people to be full time or part time photogs. Seems a lot of us are the same, willing to spend (a lot) money for a hobby. Cool
Thank you for the compliment. I always enjoy enablers!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III or 1D IV for sports!
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:39:34 AM »
I have currently (until I sell 3 bodies) a 7d, a 5d3, a 1d4 and a 1dx. Hands down 1dx wins, but 1div is my second favorite for wildlife (and presumably sports outside of Chess). I would take a 7d or a 5d3 in well lit situations, but for all around versitility-- for landscapes and such, 5d3 kills a 7d in IQ. Though it should, considering the price gap and age. If you want to see a video I posted showing fps of each I have included a link.


Lenses / Re: First Trip to the UK should i take a 70-200mm
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:23:39 AM »


I'm leaving to go to the UK for the first time in 2 days for a holiday and was planing on taking my 24-70mm. So now I'm just wondering if i should take the 70-200mm too?

I think UK is mostly about scenic landscapes and landmarks like big big. If you plan on seeing stone henge, I hear you are kept quite a distance from it now, so 70mm might not cut it. Otherwise you will probably be able to get upclose to your subjects. Nightlife is very active bring a 24mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4 or a 50mm 1.4 perhaps.

Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:19:53 AM »
If your kids are as fast as you say and if you're as old, fat and lazy as I am on a daily basis. I recommend bringing a 600 f4L IS USM so you can keep an eye on them. All kidding aside. 50 f1.2 or 35 1.4 are great general purpose lenses. 70-200 is ii for me would be hard to leave behind as an avid wildlife guy.

Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:31:53 PM »
It's a little of all these answers. I plunged $37k into a hobby because I enjoy tech and seeing what the different lenses or bodies do better. I started it as an ice breaker to meet girls at fetish balls, but when I got married, I got more serious. My parents died of cancer andleft me a lot of $$. They were into photography when they first met, though film was too complicated for me at that time.

I was bought a 7d by my fiancee as an engagement present. My sister shoots Nikon, but Canon seamed easier to understand and 7d was my 1st love. 8fps! Now, I have a 1DX. And it's mostly for adoration from friends. My wife cannot play pool to save her life, which was my last obsession.

I would have zero problem selling many of my lenses or bodies if and when I need to. In the meantime I get to capture my life to relive at a later time. One day I may make money off of it, but I wouldn't know what to charge. Besides, there are more to learn out there.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:34:03 AM »
Prairie falcon, barn owl and Harris hawk with a fresh kill

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:28:47 AM »
Prairie falcon, Feruginous Hawk followed by great horned owl. Shot with a 1Dx and 70-200mm f2.8L IS ii USM

If you want to do a helicopter ride for aerial photography around Tucson I know a pilot. His helo is tiny and your weight plus gear has to be under 210# or so, but rates were very reasonable.

Also if you're into birds of prey-- ending in April 15 I think is the free flight demonstrations at the Sonoran Desert Museum East of Tucson. And of course other wildlife as well.

20 minutes South of Tucson: Madera Canyon south of Tucson is my favorite hiking spot if you like to hike.

I live in Tucson. I know there are some cool shaped rocks between Tucson and Phoenix. I think they are closer to Tucson though. About two hours Southeast: Picacho Peak. You might want to check out hiking trails if you want it more nature and less big city.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 20, 2012, 02:01:20 AM »
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<strong>The 7D Mark II a go?<br />

</strong>Below is a purported spec list for an upcoming EOS 7D Mark II.</p>

<li>24MP – an all new sensor with phase AF on chip and noticeably lower noise than the current 18MP.</li>
<li>1Dx/5D3 based AF system.</li>
<li>10 FPS.</li>
<li>ISO 100-25600.</li>
<li>High speed video, with still capture.</li>
<li>Improved durability and sealing.</li>

I could see this as a dslr competitor to the Sony (nex fs700?) high speed $8000 video camera. If it does 240 fps at 1080 or 960fps in lower res...I'd buy it in a heartbeat even if there was little improvement still-picture wise. How fun is slow motion? Very very fun!

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