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Lenses / Extender EF 2X III Help
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:29:22 PM »
I bought 2 X Mark III extender on ebay to use with a 300mm f2.8 II (which I haven't bought yet) and tried it out on my 5dMarkIII and 7dMarkII with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  No autofocus at any aperture.  I checked the autofocus on the lens and it was on.   Did I make a mistake in my assumptions that it would work on these cameras? or is something wrong with the extender.  I use my 1.4 extender and it works fine.   The 2X extender looks immaculate with everything clean and the sensors bright and shiny. Any ideas would be appreciated. 

Canon General / Funny things I read on ebay about lens
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:57:42 PM »
1.  Trust me.
2. I am selling my 5,000 lens I bought several years ago and only used it once.
3. I only used the lens for my kid's little league games.  It only looks like it has been run over.

Anyone else read anything interesting?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7DMk II or the 1DMk IV
« on: August 30, 2014, 06:53:24 PM »
I have the 5dMkIII with TC 1.4Mk III and 100-400mm, 4.5-5.6L

Thinking of getting the 7DMk II


the IDMkIV with 2x TCIII with 400 f5.6/USM

Objective: Best IQ at distance handheld for BIF.

Saw the discussion on the 300mm with TCs and was quite impressed with that combination.  Any comments or opinions would be appreciated. Now if handheld is a bad idea, then I can go with a monopod, or gimble or whatever. Hands on experience is a plus.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Bird in flight with 5dMarkIII vs. 7D
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:36:15 PM »
Question for all you BIF fans.  When I was using my 7D with the 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, I was taking relatively great shots of the hawks that hang around in the canyon behind my house.  I sold that and got the 5dMk III and I have never been able, even with cropping, to get the same quality of sharpness.  I’m assuming it’s all technique but I’d like your opinions.   I typically hand held the 7D at 1/1250 in good light.  The hawks are usually gliding on the thermals and not fast.  The 5dIII is perfect for me otherwise.  The discussion about FF and crop bodies reminded me about this and why I’m bringing it up.  I just saw someone else with the same sort of query. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. 

Portrait / My first portrait session and what I learned
« on: May 22, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
One of my friends asked me to take her portrait for her new website (family counseling).  She prefaced her email request with saying that “you take such wonderful dog pictures you think you could take one of me?” I didn’t say a thing, just wrote to her and said I would give it a try but warned her she would be my first subject and that there would be no charge.  I did some reading on setting, things to be aware of, e.g., clothing, etc., and of course lighting, positions, and so on.  I read some pretty interesting tips on the process and then post-processing.  The lady was in her early sixties and had age lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and an assortment of other spots, and features that indicated a rich life.   The shooting went fine, I found a nice completely shaded spot, a neutral wall about 10 feet in the background, and I had my 85mm, 135mm, and my 35 mm Sigma.  I had her look to me over her shoulder and up as I was slightly above her and did my best to minimize any areas that I didn’t think were flattering.

I sent several thumbnails to her that I had processed and thought I had hit it on the head, pun intended.  Her response was that they were too close and showed too much of her face.  She then related to me that she hated her face.   On receipt of this feedback I realized that I had assumed too much about what the client had wanted.  Her idea about a portrait and mine were totally different.  One of the “tips” I had found for doing portrait photography was to spend some one on one time with the client to get to know them and get a feel of what they wanted.  Being a friend I obviously knew her but I didn’t really understand her expectations and it led to a failed session.   I had assumed the client wanted a head shot in a serene setting for her website.  I got that part nailed but it obviously wasn’t what she wanted.   One of the things I took away was that there are many definitions about what a portrait is and guiding my client towards what that is should have been my first priority. I'm not posting the pictures because she didn't like them and I respect her privacy.  The point of this post is to widen my understanding of what a client wants, how to direct them (and myself) to a mutual agreement prior to taking the shots, and other points that would result in a successful session.     

Any comments appreciated.

Lenses / Lens cleaning
« on: April 21, 2013, 11:53:09 PM »
I pulled my 100 mm f2.8 out and was trying some new ideas about work related macros and found little dots on the front lens.  I used "breath" and a micro fiber but couldn't get them off.  Must be more than 40 I can see and sprinkled liberally around my lens.  The shot shows some of them in the red circles.  I ordered Zeiss LIQUID CLEANER and that hasn't arrived yet.  I've been known to stick that lens in close but I can't remember what could have caused the spots.  None-the-less they're there.  Should I send this off to canon to clean or try the zeiss cleaner first? I'm worried about removing the coatings on the lens with the cleaner.  The cleaner is from B&H and it was recommended.  Any thoughts about having canon cleaning it and secondly, using the zeiss cleaner? I've ordered a B+W 67mm XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating in the interim which was recommended on the forums. 

Thanks for any input.

I'm interested in getting a printer for my photographs.  I had narrowed it down to the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II but found that it was discontinued.  There are hundreds for sale but I'm not interested in buying something that they may stop selling ink for.  The pixma pro-100 was listed as the successor.  Anyone have one and can provide their thoughts on it?  Thanks.

Software & Accessories / Lens coat, any good?
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:34:29 PM »
I'd like to cover my Canon 100-400IS f4.5/5.6 with camo cover for both nature and urban usage.  The reviews I've seen (Amazon) aren't particularly good.  I'd like some reviews from first hand experience.

Any input is appreciated.

Lenses / Soviet lens for video
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:51:53 PM »
I recently purchased these lens for video work but will also certainly try them for stills as well.

Does anyone have any experience with them in either capacity?  The adapters (two sets) are in the mail and I haven't been able to try them yet. 

MC Helios 44m-5 2/58mm f2/58 *IN U.S.* m42 screw pentax
CHROME Mir-1 2.8 37 f2.8 37mm m39 m42 screw pen...
EXPORT Industar 61 L/Z 2.8/50mm Soviet Close Focus
Mir Arsat 26B 26V 3.5 45 f3.5 45mm Kiev 88 Screw

Any information would be appreciated.
My camera is a 5dMark III.

Lenses / Rokinon 35mm T 1.5 CINE LENS FOR CANON VDSLR
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:01:22 PM »
Anyone have any experience with their lens for video?  I'm interested particularly because of the price point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Konova mortarized unit
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:33:38 PM »
I currently have the Konova slider and was considering getting the motorized set up which would also include the hand crank.  Anyone have experience with this brands motor setup that can provide advice? 


EOS Bodies - For Video / Video processing software for the 5d3
« on: May 05, 2012, 11:14:26 AM »
I recently saw a review by Philip Bloom on the 5d3 video capabilities (Vimeo) and he indicated that he had obtained excellent results by post processing the footage through Adobe Premiere Pro (sharpening).  I am interested in purchasing the 5d3 primarily for the stills but would also enjoy doing videos.  My problem is I can’t afford both the camera and software. I’m currently using LR4 and Adobe Premiere Elements/Photoshop Elements 10 for processing.   My question is whether there is a cheaper alternative to Premiere Pro to obtain the same results? 

I am currently using a 7d for bird in flight photography.   I get unacceptable levels of noise when I crop the photograph when the ISO is 400 and above (even at 200 it isn’t great).  I’m using a 100-400mm lens.  Should I send in the camera for service? Should I upgrade to a used 1d mark IV? Or wait until the 7d replacement comes out?  Price range is 3,500.00 give or take an or leg.  I shoot raw (max) and use LR4 for initial processing which is where I see the noise.

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