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Street & City / Re: Fall in Pittsburgh
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:54:53 AM »
Beautiful shot.  And wild coincidence.  I live/work in Pittsburgh, and particularly Center Township, Beaver County, PA!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: May 02, 2012, 08:54:31 PM »
But this discussion is already on PAGE 27!
Clearly there is a lot of interest in keeping alive and fresh a magnesium body with great AF for sports, and with microfocus adjustment ability.  Don't know the number, but I have not seen many posts with 27 pages (AND COUNTING!) of comments.  Not even for a new real camera.  Certainly not this many posts for a completely non-existant camera.

Who knows the stats/record on most replies posted?  Neuro?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon fixed 5DIII light leak with tape
« on: May 02, 2012, 08:47:24 PM »
They completely overlooked the solution right in front of them all the time, literally.  Talking of course Flex Seal, the spray-on black rubber sealant AS SEEN ON TV!  Could mask off the sensitive electrodes and whatnot then aim at the underside of the LCD, and shoot.  As an added bonus, camera might than float.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom VS Photoshop
« on: April 27, 2012, 11:03:47 PM »
Photoshop:     $600.00
Lightroom 4 :  $145.00
Photoshop Elements: $89.00

If you are a professional photographer, you know way more than I do about whether you need the full $600.00 Photoshop leviathan.  I have never used it, but I see posts all the time from self-identified serious photographers/students claiming they only use 10% of what it can do, and that they don't really even know how to do most of the rest.

I find Lightroom does everything I need 99% of the time, plus it is non-destructive, plus it does organize your stuff, and it can apply basic corrections to multiple shots instantaneously, instead of one at a time.

If you do photography as a hobby, and you don't have unlimited money and learning time to invest, you can probably make do just fine with PS Elements instead of the full version, PLUS Lightroom.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 26, 2012, 10:29:18 PM »
First use of new 70-200.

Software & Accessories / Re: Issues with Black Rapid?
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:15:40 PM »
Having said all that, I went and ordered something totally different. 

This "Cinch" by Luma Labs got my hard-earned dollar.  http://luma-labs.com/products/cinch  Things I liked:
1.)  A shoulder strap rather than a neck strap, and
2.)  Attaches 2 places (One strap mount, one tripod screwhole, either on lens or on body), and
3.)  You shorten it up tight to your body to walk, and you loosen it to shoot pictures.

The 2 attachments seems nice because it will lay flat on your body, not twirling around on just 1 attachment.  The tighten and untighten seemed to address my other beef; having the camera swinging around hitting things (and me).

We'll see in a couple of weeks.  It is made in the USA (Oregon), and they are apparently making them as they go.

Lenses / Re: When does Canon restock Refurb Direct Store?
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:21:23 AM »
I saw a guy on another post who claimed to hav caught the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II on the refurb site IN STOCK at the same time as the 20% off code was in effect. 
Not saying this was impossible; just say'in it must bave been an incredible stroke of luck having tried to time it for as long as I did........

EOS Bodies / Re: Photography Course
« on: April 22, 2012, 05:11:31 PM »
Personally I'm a read and practice person.
My recommendations of books, sites, and podcasts:

Beginner (Digital Photography Books 1-3): http://amzn.to/JcAj4Y
Lighting (David Hobby - Strobist blog): http://bit.ly/PINy
Online Tutorials (Cambridge): http://bit.ly/JNBeV
Composition (The Photographer's Eye): http://amzn.to/JlnZOQ
Zone system, technical (The Negative): http://amzn.to/HX39en
General (Understanding Exposure): http://amzn.to/IUtKSv
Portraits (Perfect Picture Practice): http://amzn.to/IrI6gf
Photography Podcast (Nik Radio): http://bit.ly/9Na3zG
Photography Interviews Podcast (The Candid Frame): http://bit.ly/lgVVd
Lightroom Book (Evening): http://amzn.to/HHBZnZ
Photoshop Book (Evening): http://amzn.to/I8t6kJ


Thanks for these references.  I am saving them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sorry 5D3, Insufficient Value
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:41:54 PM »

The plan that's evolved as a cheaper 5D3 solution for me is this:

1. Replace the T2i with a new 7D.

2. Upgrade (my interpretation) my walkaround lens from the 15-85mm to a 17-55mm.

3. Upgrade my 70-200 f/4.0L to a 70-200 f/4.0L IS.

4. Get a 10-22mm for the wide side.

Good luck with the 7D.
Sounds like a good plan to me.  My upgrade path for bodies stops at 7D, or whatever its micro-adjusting, magnesium-built, weather-sealed, fast-autofocusing, crop-sensored equivalent is in about 2 years.

Thanks for checking.  I saw a few duplicates and assumed there were more.  I guess there are a lot that just "seem like" dupes at a glance, because there are "L" and "non-L" versions, different aperature versions, or IS & non-IS versions of lenses with the same focal lengths.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 W/ 70-200 IS II
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:22:11 PM »
Too much "squish room" built in for the weather sealing gaskets to handle firmly?

Or even an informative sticky requesting people post new pics to one of the existing posts for that lens, though that would probably get ignored a lot.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 21, 2012, 10:02:23 PM »

Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) by alabang, on Flickr

Anas luzonica is endemic to the Philippines, being recorded from all the major islands and eight smaller islands. Records since 1980 derive from c.30 localities, most on Luzon and Mindanao. Records from Siquijor and the Sulus remain unsubstantiated. A steep population decline was evident by the mid-1970s, with high numbers recorded at only a few sites in the following decade, e.g. Candaba Marsh (Luzon) which probably supported many thousands in the early 1980s. Subsequent local extinctions and near-disappearances have occurred in several significant sites, including Candaba Marsh and Buguey wetlands (where several thousand were recorded in 1983). Important current areas include Polillo Island (240 seen and an estimated 3,000 present in 1996), Subic Bay (600 seen in 1997), Magat dam (2,000 were seen in 2001) and Malasi lakes (1,320 were recorded in 2002), Luzon. Other recent records come from Mangatarem, Pangasinan (east of Zambales Mountains IBA) where 70 individuals were counted on the Barabac River inside the Manleluag Spring National Park, Cantilan mangroves in Surigao del Sur and from a mangrove fishpond in Bicol Region, Southern Luzon1. In 1993, its population was estimated at 10,000-100,000, but by 2002 fewer than 10,000 birds were thought to remain.

Incredible shot.  Very dramatic 3/4 angle, and super sharp.  The 2nd OOF duck really shows the tight depth of field and the sharp focus too.  Nice!

Site Information / Re: Weather section in the Image & Video Gallery
« on: April 21, 2012, 09:52:46 PM »
That 2nd pic in particular is great.  Caught the leading edge of a front, with the sharp gradient between blue sky, rain shower, lightning, and darkness.  Cool.

Site Information / Re: Thank-you CanonRumors!
« on: April 21, 2012, 09:49:04 PM »
I'll second that.  I get tons of valuable info, as well as some stuff that is just interesting to know.  This really is a MUCH nicer atmosphere than Nikonrumors or Photorumors or most of the other sites out there.  Thanks for all you guys (and all the members) do!

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