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Reviews / Re: I'm amazed by my 5D Mark iii
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:24:06 AM »
I jumped up from the 40d, I couldn't be happier, The feather detail that I'm resolving at higher iso is amazing.  I do not miss the crop factor at all.

Reviews / Re: 5D3 shooting my cat at ISO 51k at 6:30 a.m.
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:20:36 AM »
I as well was completely blown away with the high iso of my 5d mk iii,  I shot a concert at 25k, with noise, but, completely acceptable.  Also, I have finally been getting amazing shots with my 50 1.4.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 09:08:38 AM »
I really want to win.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:27:54 PM »
Does anyone know the cheapest, Canadian price yet(non-grey)? I have seen both these deals go buy, but no shipping to Canada!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:17:10 PM »
So I have been playing with a friends 5d mkii the last couple of days,  I am quite impressed with the photo quality upgrade from 40d.  The 1.6 crop factor not as bad as I thought, but.... Where in lacks is the snappy focus of the 40d,  it takes a bit of time to get focus and the 4ish frames per second was more noticeable than I thought.  I think it would make a great second camera with a 7d, or I think I am just going to wait for the 5d mkiii to go on sale in Canada.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: September 28, 2012, 08:35:31 PM »
Thank You everyone, while not completely sure I think I may end up waiting for a 5d mkiii or 1dmiv,  It is just hard to buy a body when you just want to buy a 500 f4.0 or a 600f4.0.  But I feel I have reached the end of my cameras life,  I have really liked my 40d, I just can't push it any further.  I don't make much money but I do make some from nature photography, and perhaps I should just stop being so cheap, and commit a little more.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:43:01 PM »
Thanks, I just can't decide. I think I may wait for the 5dmkii to come down a bit.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:06:48 PM »
Is the 5d mkii focusing better or worse than the 40d for birds in flight?  I understand that the center point is more accurate, but is it faster than the 40d?  I only shoot birds about 25% of the time, I use for BIF a canon ef 400mm L f5.6 and for stationary birds an old Heinz Kilfitt 400mm f4.0 manual focus lens as well.  The other 75% of the time I know the 5d mkii would fit me perfectly. 

 I am happy with my focusing on the 40d with the smaller aperture (f8.0-f11.0) required for birding.  As long as it is at par I will be happy. 

I understand that the 1dx 1dmkiv and 5d mkiii are better cameras.  I have just installed a new furnace new air conditioning and have completed a basement reno(aka I have no cash flow),  I am finding the cheap price of the 5d mkii very tempting, And I would like to know if anyone else has made the switch from the 40d?

Software & Accessories / Re: What are most people using for processing RAW
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:25:35 AM »
I fully agree with you, DPP constantly produces cleaner images that are more color accurate, with better tones, it has nothing to do with being free, I have LR and CS4, and if an image is "really" good I will spend the time with it in DPP than convert to jpg and tiff, then bring it in to Lightroom for organizing.  Everytinh goes through Lightroom though(to be tagged, sorted)  And if I want deep adjustments, I will do it in CS4

And it works with all current Canons.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Regrets -- Your One Missed Picture?
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:17:33 AM »
I was setting up for taking some barn swallow pictures beside a bridge,  tripod was setup camera in hand, when I heard quite a commotion, I looked up and a peregrin falcon had taken out a barn swallow and all the other swallows where dive bombing the falcon, the falcon and victim passed 15 feet infront of me, I started firing, nothing happened until 10 seconds later,  I previously was shooting landscape without shutter release and didn't change it before I put the camera away, IDIOT!

Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:27:06 AM »

I worked for Leica for 7 years. Everyone has answered your question quite well.  I had an option to apprentice as a "Fine instrument Technician",  the end job was high-end electo-optical assembly.  I opted to be a "Prototype Mechanic", which meant I built the physical mechanical prototype for lens assemblies and production fixtures (I ended up with a Tool and Die maker C of Q).  It was a great job( I work in medical prototyping now).  I built a lot of grinding fixtures, and I have to say watching grind lenses  is not that glamorous, hard work. and patience.  I didn't work much with Optical engineers, but, I worked daily with mechanical engineers,  That seemed like an okay job.  It was pretty flooded with cheaper labour before I left. but, there was still some room for higher wage earning.

Landscape / Re: Canadians post your long weekend landscapes
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:10:37 AM »
Canon 40d 17-40L Port Perry,Ontario

Animal Kingdom / Re: How much time do you spend in post ?
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:46:50 PM »
For me it is a matter of printing or not printing.  I seem to spend a lot more time if I am going to print.  I do a lot of lens changes in not ideal conditions.  For those images I have to delete dust due to small apertures.
Other than that though 2 minutes or less in post,  Shoot it right the first time.

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