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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:01:33 PM »
Andy_Hodapp,

It must be exciting to have the opportunity.  I rarely see an eagle and then only golden.  Bet you were wishing you had a longer lens or could get closer!

Jack

Right now in the process of choosing a longer lens.  Tamron 150-600mm?  I did try and get closer but he flew away, but not before I got a shot of him flying!!!!


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:36:05 AM »
A new favorite of mine I took today


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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:28:16 AM »
Snow covered pano


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:58:02 PM »
Canon 5d mkii 200mm f/2.8 heavy crop bald eagle


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Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:53:20 AM »
This maybe just my battle torn lens needing some realignment sense the bottom left corner is the biggest problem.

That would be it, get it repaired - I got even my new lens unaligned and had it replaced. Most CA is easily corrected nowadays, and the corner problem (if you take shots that need this) of the 17-40L diminishes a lot if stopped down - be sure to check with existing sample shots on the net after repair to see if it works properly by then.

So send it to Canon? How long and how much would you guess?

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Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:45:16 AM »
I haven't tried the 16-35 but I will say the corners on my 17-40 are terrible.  When your at the wider side of the lens, the corners are filled with chromatic aberration.  When I was shooting on crop, it was a great lens but now it definitely falls short of expectations.  I've had to crop some of my photos taken at 17 (even stopped down to f/11 or greater) because the corners were unusable.  This maybe just my battle torn lens needing some realignment sense the bottom left corner is the biggest problem. 

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:53:16 PM »
Playing in the snow



Star trails over snowy mountains in my back yard



Sunset in my front yard



Icicles



Barn owl against snow



Light pole




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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:58:22 PM »
Some shots with my Canon 5d mkii and 50mm 1.8.  Most of the shots are at about 10 seconds F/1.8, iso 1600, all are in my backyard in Montana.











Very nice work!  Is the third image not a stitched pano?

The first and the third as panos

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:08:31 PM »
Some shots with my Canon 5d mkii and 50mm 1.8.  Most of the shots are at about 10 seconds F/1.8, iso 1600, all are in my backyard in Montana.










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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:54:09 PM »
The RRS and Kirk plates are the best for all-purpose use, but if you only plan to use them while doing panos, cheaper ones like Sunwayfoto (even the one you mentioned) should be fine. The important point of differentiation is you don't want a cheap one if you hang your camera off it or you need precision.
I have no experience with the Dolica you mentioned, but your tripod should still feel pretty sturdy even when the camera is tilted 90 degrees. If that is not the case, even with a 5DII and 200mm, then maybe you should consider a sturdier tripod first?

The tripod its still sturdy, its just on uneven terrain and stuff.  My real question is what clamp should I get to replace my Dolica one to fit acra type stuff?  Would this one be a good choice? http://www.amazon.com/SUNWAYFOTO-DDC-60-Compatible-inches-Sunway/dp/B004ED815A/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376207&sr=1-10&keywords=arca+clamp

While I have no problem suggesting a cheap L bracket, I wouldn't advise a cheap clamp. That's the part that will hold the camera equipment securely, and if the mechanism isn't up to par, then your camera might slide and even fall.
Given the ridge on the ball-head post in your picture (its similar to my Z1), the following clamps will at least work:
Wimberley C-12
RRS B2-Pro II
Kirk SQRC-Arca might work if the hole is not threaded

Check a couple of things though- does yours use a Metric 6 screw or a 1/4"-20? Also, is the inside of your Dolica clamp threaded?

The clamp is not threaded, and I think it is M6 because it has many more threads then my tripod screw for my camera

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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:12:52 PM »
The RRS and Kirk plates are the best for all-purpose use, but if you only plan to use them while doing panos, cheaper ones like Sunwayfoto (even the one you mentioned) should be fine. The important point of differentiation is you don't want a cheap one if you hang your camera off it or you need precision.
I have no experience with the Dolica you mentioned, but your tripod should still feel pretty sturdy even when the camera is tilted 90 degrees. If that is not the case, even with a 5DII and 200mm, then maybe you should consider a sturdier tripod first?

The tripod its still sturdy, its just on uneven terrain and stuff.  My real question is what clamp should I get to replace my Dolica one to fit acra type stuff?  Would this one be a good choice? http://www.amazon.com/SUNWAYFOTO-DDC-60-Compatible-inches-Sunway/dp/B004ED815A/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376207&sr=1-10&keywords=arca+clamp

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Software & Accessories / Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
I've been using a Dolica ZX600B300 tripod for the last year and have gotten into doing a lot of panoramas.  While the ball head and legs are great for panos when shooting the camera horizontally, having the camera vertical with my 200mm 2.8 makes it feel like it could tip over.  I would like to change over and get an L bracket for my Canon 5d Mkii.  I've been trying to find out weather my clamp could take arca plates and it sounds like it can not and sense all L brackets are for arca plates, this causes a problem. 

I'm looking for a new clamp to put on top of my ball head and I'm wondering what ones will fit and work best.  I'm also wondering what would be a good L bracket for a non gripped 5d mkii.  The RRS ones look great but there prices are a bit high, I found this one on ebay from china that looks like it would do a good job, it can still use the cable release when shot in portrait.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/L-shaped-Vertical-Quick-Release-Plate-Camera-Holder-for-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-/281230948986?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item417aabba7a




 

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:51:32 PM »
I got a 44M-4 about a month ago along with a fotodiox adapter for my 5d mkii.  It does have mirror hang so I put a very thing rubber band in between the adapter and the lens.  The lens now doesn't focus to infinity but it does allow for a little bit closer focusing distance and stopped all the way down you can get everything in focus.  Love the lens so far but haven't gotten to use it to much yet, but I picked mine up for $10 with a body at a thrift shop, friend ended up wanting the body and gave me more then what I payed for the whole thing, so far I have made a profit on this lens without even selling a print!  Below are some fun shots with the cats eye bokeh.

Beautiful lens flare



So sharp you can see my reflection in her eye!



Close focus



Even more bokeh


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Some shots with my Helios 44M-4 on a 5D MKII








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Having a 1120mm F/2.8 sounds pretty awesome to me!

Such a lens would likely weigh over 100 lbs.  The 'crop factor' applies to aperture (in terms of DoF for equivalent framing) and ISO noise scales inversely with total light by approximately the same factor.  The only thing the smaller sensor buys you is more pixels on target (and that's only because smaller sensors usually have a higher pixel density, but for example the Nikon D800 puts more pixels on target than the Canon T3).

I understand that it would not have the equivalent DoF.  I was more thinking that it would allow for a faster shutter speed then say something like an SX50.

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