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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:30:33 PM »
After buying several tripods priced from the $200 to $800 range I find my go-to tripod is the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs. They are light weight very ridged and very versatile. I recommend you look at its features.

Agree on the 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs. Also had the non-CF (055XPRO3) version for a while - both very sturdy and durable for a reasonable (relatively speeking) price. The drawback for me is it's too short (I'm almost 6'-2) and it's hard to justify buying a Gitzo being a hobbiest.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:30:59 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

Add 300mm or 400mm f2.8 IS II will cure it ;D

Congrats on your toys

What else do you own? You could be my new best friend, too.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:29:20 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

You are my new best friend.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:41:17 PM »
Cognitive dissonance is very high with Canon customers who just shelled out a couple of Gs on their imaging equipment. They will try to justify by saying that "I always expose properly, so who cares about pulling shadows", "I shoot JPG anyway", "I like how Canon feels in my hands", or "Canon sells way more cameras".

Cognitive dissonance is very high with Nikon customers who just shelled out (more than) a couple of Gs on their imaging equipment. They will try to justify by saying that, "I don't really focus on anything in the left side of the field," and, "The sharpness of my images isn't affected by the CA endemic to my lenses, that can be fixed in post," and, "I like lots of buttons," and, "A smaller, less successful, non market-leading company like Nikon treats me better (and no, I don't mind waiting almost a month for a service when needed)."

You beat me to it!

I'm wanting to do some test comparisons on image quality differences between a 400D, and a 5D mk2.
Could I take some pictures on the 400D, then take the CF card out and take some pictures on the 5Dmk2 without having to reformat it in the 5Dmk2?
I'm borrowing the 5d from a friend and only have one CF card and can't keep hold of his CF card.
I don't want to buy another CF card just to do this test.
Sorry if the answer to this is obvious (either yes or no), but I don't know it!


The only issue I see has to do with messing up the numbering system.  As I recall (always problematical at my age) if you move the card from a camera "a"where the number is 1000 into camera "b" where the next number would logically be 100 it will pick up the numbering at 1001 instead and when a formatted card is moved back into camera "b"  the numbering will pick up at 1002.  At least that is the way I remember it.  And this assumes you are using sequential numbering.

Yes - I ran into the renumbering also - I believe it jumps to the higher number. Being the anal retentive guy I am, I then went back and renamed/renumbered a file on the card with my computer to make the file number pass 10,000, and then renumbered it again to one number less than what it was supposed to be.  It happened because I mixed up cards with my wife's 5D2 and my 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Stay with Canon?
« on: July 19, 2013, 09:35:17 PM »

What is H & G?

First post on CR forums, "I'm thinking of ditching Canon and moving to Nikon."  Hello & Goodbye.

Thanks - I was going to ask too.

i did use a cokin CPL on a lot of these shots including this one.

I that case, a little softness at f/10 (which should be quite sharp, otherwise) doesn't come as a surprise.

yep i think its inferior quality filter that might be the culprit try a high quality hoya or B+W

I concur. When I got my 70-200 I also bought a cokin circular polarizer for it. With it on, all shots were soft. With it off, they were sharp. I returned it. It cost me a week of fuzzy pictures to find it out.

I've used the Cokin P system with their split neutral density filter and feel the photos were "mushy" in the neutral density area of the photos. I quit using it. Your high quality FF sensor likey doesn't play nice with a low quality CPL.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:05:28 PM »
Does anyone know what type of bird this one is? The photo was taken in eastern Ontario, Canada, on the edge of a marsh. I tried to ID it with a couple of bird books and just got confused....


Looks like a Yellow Warbler. If it has orange streaks on it's chest and belly, it's a male. If not, it's a female.

Nice shot!

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:38:31 PM »
if the noise follows recent trends of becoming more filmy than blocky digital noise it will help greatly
as the noise from the newer sensors responds alot better to NR than the current 18MP range do

wickidwombat - I'm curious about the statement of noise becoming more filmy with new sensors. Can you point me to a place that I could find out more about this?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:46:32 PM »
Got me for a minute!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:12:22 PM »
I received the offer on Monday 3/25 as well. I purchased the bundle around Christmas 2011 and it had V1 of HDR Efex Pro. The download contained V2 of HDR Efex Pro.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: March 22, 2013, 03:15:13 PM »
Windows 7 is Windows XP fixed. I just got a new laptop with Windows 8. I got Start8 from Stardock, so no huge learning curve. Definately go for the 64bit OS.

My attempt (after posting, I think it looks over sharpened).

Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:15:42 PM »
I have both the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and the 70-200 f/4 IS (wife has now claimed the f/4). I prefer the shallower DOF that the one stop gives you with the f2.8. It really isolates the subject. It is also quite a bit heavier. I also had the 70-300 non L and while I got some nice sharp shots at times, I also got the opposite - some soft images. My 2 cents.

use live view to focus, ...


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