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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:10:05 PM »
7D, 70-300L, 1/1250 second, f/5.6

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:15:44 PM »
So you're saying there's a chance...   ???
Just when I thought they couldn't possibly be any dumber, they go and do something like this... and totally redeem themselves!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:01:16 AM »
More from the Everglades.  7D, 70-300L.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:58:56 AM »
From the Everglades.  7D, 70-300L.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:55:16 PM »
Salisbury, MA taken 2/1/2014. Been waiting for a good flight opportunity of a snowy, here it is. Canon 1DX, 600mm

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:12:10 PM »
Everglades Osprey with prey.  7D, 70-300L, 1/1000 second at f/5.6, ISO 160.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:04:54 AM »
Snowy Egret, Everglades.  6D, 70-300L.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:52:00 AM »
South Beach "Wildfox 5th Annual Model Beach Volleyball" this past Sunday.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:47:11 AM »
One of the many falls on the Aurlandsdalen hike. Canon 5DIII, 24-70 f2.8L II
Wow, interesting water.  It looks like a slow shutter for the falls, but fast shutter in front.  How did you get this effect?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:09:50 PM »
I find the barn owl one of the more enigmatic birds. I've never caught an image of one that dose them justice but I'm fairly please with this one.

I like your image processing on this one. Nicely done Sir.
+1.  Lovely.

Great review!

Your reviews have always been good, but this is the best one yet! Congratulations on a job well done!
Yes, agree.  Thanks Dustin!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:36:09 AM »
Bosque surprise, "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" or "Why bird photographers should always wear a hat"

Woodstorks too!

Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:20:36 PM »
Why is there so much fuss about the quality of a $1000 lens that comes with a 5-year guarantee?

Cuz it's too damn cold and crappy outside to do anything else  :D

I'm thinking (hoping?) this lens will pleasantly surprise.

It will
Are you testing one?

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 09:07:51 AM »
Hi all!
I am new in this forum, I have just registered because I would like to hear your suggestions.

Last year I bought a T3i, together with a EFS 18-55/3,5-5,6  IS II and a EFS 55-250/4-5,6  IS II.
I really like it, and I used it a lot. I use it mainly when I travel, what I do very often due to my work.

I always liked to take photos, but I am not a Pro. Fortunately, this year I could save money to invest in my equipment. I thought I could buy a new camera - first I thought in changing to a full frame, but my budget is not enough. Then I thought I could buy the new 70d, as I could buy the body only and use my EFS lens. My idea is that after some time, I could start buying EF lens (70d supports both EF and EFS) and later on, I could change to a full frame (if I see I will really take advantage of the difference).
I would like to take better quality pictures, and honesty I don't care very much of new features as the built in Wi-Fi. Do you think I will get any difference with a 70D?

But I also thought that I could invest in a new lens instead of a new camera. I read good comments about the EF-S 15-85/3,5-5,6 IS USM. I would have a longer focal length lens, and wider.

I would like to hear from you what would you do - jump to a 70D or invest in this (or other) lens?


I had a similar path - started with a T1i and the two lenses you mention.  I decided to spend on glass first - picked up a copy of the EF 24-105L (which is available much cheaper now).  It was a huge upgrade to the 18-55, although not quite as wide.  My next buy was a Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6.  Then I bought the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L, followed later by a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro. 

About the time I bought the 70-300, I sold the T1i and bought a 7D.  About a year ago I picked up a 6D and sold my Sigma lens because I now had the wide angle via 24mm full frame.  The Sigma lens was probably the biggest mistake I made in this progression.  I just didn't use ultra wide angle that much.

I now have the above Canon lenses and a 6D and 7D.

My intention was to spend on glass that would work on full frame, because I knew at some point that the price point of full frame would get to the point I'd jump.

I'm and amateur enthusiast, don't shoot every day, and love my current gear.

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