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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:06:57 PM »
I had asked a while ago for advice on photographing Chickadees. I got lots of useful advice on setting up blinds, use of long lenses, remote triggers, etc. It turns out that what I needed was a pocket full of sunflower seeds.

Taken with a 60D, 100L macro lens, ISO320....while using the camera one handed :) This is the full picture, no cropping.
Hi, I've managed it with Blue Tits, Great Tits, Thrushes and I'm now working on a Robin.
For most birds Mealyworms are the way to go, obviously they must be insect eaters.

I get the birds to associate me with food and can call some with a whistle (through my lips).
Some even sit on the patio and call me if there is no other food out.

The best time is coming up when they are in feeding stress with their young, then they are easier
to "Persuade". Keep fairly quiet, provide a safe place for them to feed (where you sit) and try to give
them a reproducable situation at the start, makes them less nervous.

A good way to start is a white saucer with a few worms on it under/near  the normal feeding spot,
they'll notice the movement pretty quickly. Then you move the saucer gradually in your direction.
Going onto my hand was a big step for most birds, but they would fairly quickly sit in the bush next
to me and take worms out of my hands, while still sat on a branch.

And in the end you keep hold of the worm, meaning it gets torn apart between your fingers, but keeping
the bird closer for a longer period.

Here's fluffy, been a around a while now.

Cheers
Wow! Thanks for sharing. This is fantastic!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 700d/100d as a first DSLR or wait for 70d?
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:00:43 AM »
Hey, I wouldn't worry too much about resale value if I were you, lenses are the real investment. If it's your first DSLR I 'Right! this camera will last me for 4/5 years, by which time I'll have shot thousands of images, learned a heck of a lot about photography and know my camera better than my wife'
Haven't you read the thread about somebody looking over your shoulder?
You are either very brave or not married... ;)

Btw, I agree with what you say. It is technique that one has to master. Bodies will come and go...

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Canon General / Re: anyone had someone over their shoulder on a job?
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:47:38 AM »
This is reality of life. We all need to learn to deal with it.

Learning to deal with it is as important as photography skills...!

Or become so so so great that everyone trusts you to be the best and then they stay away.
Or get really tall ;)
Stilts could help. Lenses have IS these days to offset the wobble...

 :)
 Sanj and Inspiron are right though...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:42:47 AM »
I had asked a while ago for advice on photographing Chickadees. I got lots of useful advice on setting up blinds, use of long lenses, remote triggers, etc. It turns out that what I needed was a pocket full of sunflower seeds.

Taken with a 60D, 100L macro lens, ISO320....while using the camera one handed :) This is the full picture, no cropping.

this is awesome, nothing like having them eat out of the palm of your hand
So Don is a bird whisperer too! Wow! We have at least two on this forum. Gary Samples was the first I thought.  :)
I hope I am not missing any one...

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I have used the 24-105 on my 5D3 and I love it. I have no personal experience with third party lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:58:16 AM »
I predict the new iPad 5!!!!!

Whoops, wrong company!!!!
LOL! Thanks. I needed a laugh. ;D

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2013, 02:18:45 PM »
quynh in the ferrari 458 shot with the 1dx and 70-200 mk2 available light only.yesterday i had a shoot and dropped a 600 ex-rt in deep water it working but not properly i still have hope for it :)
Hope your 600 recovers completely. Btw, good picture.

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Street & City / Re: My surroundings at night.
« on: April 07, 2013, 12:14:18 PM »
Lovely pictures. I love the last one. The curve of the painted island is what makes it great (for me).

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If you want to capture images of a baby with minimal lighting, get a 6D...  This would be a better choice.
That's silly.  Why wouldn't one improve the lighting instead?
Baby sleeping?

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Why not rent a camera? 700D, 70D, 7D2, SL1 are all in the "coming soon" category and I am guessing you don't want to buy in a hurry and regret later. I would have said 5D3 or 6D but since your criteria is the budget of $2000, and you came from a 20D background I guess you are hoping for a 70D or a 7D2. Mind you, a 60D or a 7D are still great cameras.

Take a look at 6D with the 24-105 kit lens. FF is another dimension. I went from 300D to the 5D3 and am delighted to say the least.

I agree with this dude, RENT a camera.
Or if you are really into buying. Sell your lenses and use the money to invest in a 6D with a lens.
I'm new to renting... wouldn't renting set me back around $500 a month? I'd want to rent in advance of the kid showing up, so there's some sunk cost there... I get renting for a week to try out a lens or maybe to cover a special wedding or something, but not sure that the model works here.

Thanks for your 6d comment - seems to make a lot of sense.
If you are going to take pics almost every day, don't rent. Look into Canon-F1's suggestion too. Go into a shop. Play around with the models there and you will then get a sense of what you need to get. If you can't wait then buy the best you can. So it also depends on what else you are going to shoot with it. Sports, shots with a lot of movement would warrant a 7D. Otherwise a 60D or a 650D will be fine too. However, play with the FF cameras before pulling the trigger. The 24-105 is a great general purpose lens. If you decide on the 6D, get it as the kit lens.

I have no experience of third party lenses so can't comment on them. The 24-105 as kit turns out to give you a big discount on the lens.

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Why not rent a camera? 700D, 70D, 7D2, SL1 are all in the "coming soon" category and I am guessing you don't want to buy in a hurry and regret later. I would have said 5D3 or 6D but since your criteria is the budget of $2000, and you came from a 20D background I guess you are hoping for a 70D or a 7D2. Mind you, a 60D or a 7D are still great cameras.

Take a look at 6D with the 24-105 kit lens. FF is another dimension. I went from 300D to the 5D3 and am delighted to say the least.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Batteries and AF
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:38:39 PM »
Question for all of the collective wisdom here:

The other day, I let my sister borrow my 7d. She's used to my dad's 60D, and probably getting a rebel of her own, so I wasn't too concerned about her messing anything up. When she gave it back to me, it wasn't AFing- with any lens, regular or live view, nothing. When I MFd in one-shot mode, I got a focus recognition beep. Checked all the connectors, they were all clean. Finally, I looked at a pin diagram, and seeing that a pin provides 6v for the lens AF motor (something I logically knew, that was just the inspiration) I popped in a fresh battery. Suddenly, AF worked again!

My questions:
Has anyone ever observed behavior, where a battery shows 2 bars of remaining charge on the top LCD, and the camera takes shots, but doesn't have power to AF?
The battery I had in was OEM. I swapped in a Wasabi power LP-E6 clone- any OEM/3rd party compatibility issues? I'm inclined to think no, since the OEM was the one that caused the problem.
Should I do anything? At this point, this is purely an exercise in intellectual curiosity- that wasabi power LP-E6 has now taken 1,000 shots without issue, so I'm curious more than concerned.

Thanks!
Brian
Q1: Nope. Never.
Q2: I have 3 OEMs and one non-OEM. I have let go of the non-OEM because it did not hold charge. AF was not an issue with it. Even the last shot before the camera died would AF.
Q3: So a bit of basic electrical engineering. If that particular battery is not able to deliver 6V to AF when it shows 2 bars, it could be that the battery is faulty. It may be that the internal resistance of the battery is high. It would still generate a voltage that would be considered ok (2 bars), but when it has to deliver the current to the USM to AF, the internal resistance would drop the voltage and hence unable to AF. Then again, this is my best guess (intellectually best guess). Well, I know your question was should you do anything? The answer to that one is a resounding yes;)
If it is under any sort of warranty, take it back. Internal resistance of a battery is not a function of its charge. It is easily measured. Canon should be able to tell you if your battery is good or not. If it is not, you can leave it with them to recycle it.

Here are some questions I have:
So did you ask your sis if she found that the camera did not AF before she returned it?
Are the battery terminals dirty?
How many pictures can you shoot till this battery goes to 2 bars? And how many can you shoot till the others go to 2 bars? I don't want you to up your shutter count just to answer this question :). Oh! I am assuming the other batteries keep AFing even when they get to 1 bar. If not, we need to have a whole different discussion...

Hope this helps.

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Abstract / Re: A crack in the universe
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:27:27 PM »
With my keen eye for astrophotography I'd say this is definitely a crack in the universe. An image like yours can't be faked unlike the lunar landing stuff.

The latest images from the Planck space telescope prove the whole universe is sub-standard. Shoddy workmanship if you ask me.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Planck/Planck_reveals_an_almost_perfect_Universe

What do you expect! You send a plank (may be bad spelling...) into space. Just one plank - without any significant DR. It is bound to get substandard pictures - if any... Duh!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:17:34 PM »
Mums have patience, in all walks of life it seems.
Plus infinity - and more...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:02:49 AM »
1Dx
200mm f/2.0 @ 3.5  1/2500 iso 400 case 1 
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Wow! Lovely! How far were you from it?

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