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Lenses / Re: Canon Extender EF 2x III review - at the bronx zoo
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:00:49 AM »
Thanks for the info. I got what I needed.. :)

Lenses / Re: Canon Extender EF 2x III review - at the bronx zoo
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:28:20 AM »
I have a question. Since I have the 7D and soon the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II, would buying a 2x Extender actually give me an effective focal length of 640mm? With the 1.6x crop factor and all? I think so, but I'm inclined to believe the crop effects are not totally linear but I may be wrong.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: April 04, 2011, 01:23:12 AM »
Being quite new to this I'm not quite sure what the filter would be. Maybe some of the more experienced guys could give us some hints, my first thought would be a circular polarizing filter. It would take out some of the glare, but maybe an ND type filter would yield even better results.

I added you as a contact on my flickr too.. :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: April 01, 2011, 02:14:35 AM »
Excellent pictures everybody. I love the Corgis especially (but I'm partial, my first dog was a Corgi Cardigan)  ;D.

I'm thinking along the lines that with the proper filter attached to the lens one could achieve very nice pictures of black dogs in snow, but you are right, the dynamic range is pretty crazy.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Max 8FPS Burst Capacity Question
« on: March 31, 2011, 08:13:59 AM »
Mine says 15 or 14 most of the time. However, I have never been able to actually reach 8 FPS, I mean I understand 8 frames per second as taking 8 pictures in one second. I was wondering if I need to enable mirror lockup to get maximum burst out of the camera, at least it wouldn't be spending time flipping the mirror back and forth.
For high speed shooting I can recommend the Kingston Ultimate 32GB 600x CF card, it's about half the price of the equivalent SanDisk offering and very fast. Been using it now for a few weeks and I am definitely going to get another one.

Software & Accessories / Re: Thoughts on 430EX
« on: March 31, 2011, 02:23:04 AM »
Just wanted to add a little of my own un-worthiness. I have a 430EX II that I use with my 7D. I love it. I really haven't tried the 580 so I can't say how much better that is, but 430 flimsy? I don't find anything flimsy about it. Could the one who stated that please elaborate?
My guess is that the 580 must be built like a tank to improve in build quality over the 430...  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Dogs playing around
« on: March 31, 2011, 02:14:55 AM »
Took these over the weekend using the 7D and the kit 18-135mm lens. Not a very good one, but still waiting for that elusive 70-200mm one to arrive, should be here first week of april. It was a bit of a challenge to shoot this as the sun was very bright and the ground was covered in extremely white snow.
The pics turned out ok, but there could be a better balance between the snow and the dogs, haven't quite yet worked out what would have provided a better result, but I'm learning. And having fun while doing it..  ;D

Check it out. (BTW, these two ones they do play rough, but there's no aggression involved. Just so there's no misunderstanding).

_MG_2785 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Wrestling is a nice sport!
_MG_2764 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_2732 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Hard right!
_MG_2484 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon price increase enforcement
« on: March 30, 2011, 03:19:21 AM »
A lens supplier in the UK I spoke to said that all their procurement prices have gone up. Some substantially. That's why they could only offer the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II lens for 1599GBP instead of the previous 1499GBP I was quoted.
Legit firm so I don't doubt their claims. If it was some obscure little sweatshop I might have felt I was being bait-and-switched.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D 1.2.4 firmware
« on: March 30, 2011, 03:09:07 AM »
I've read a few instances where cameras have been sent for repair / adjustments and come back with 1.2.4 firmware. But for now it is not officially released and thus no information as to what has changed is available.

EOS Bodies / Re: Looking for a second body
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:58:50 AM »
Got me a 7D about a month back! Haven't regretted it for a second.
I had the same concern like you, that a new model was just around the corner. Thank goodness I was reminded of the old law of electronics, no matter how new the gear, the second you walk out the shop with it a new model comes along to replace it.
I don't think we're going to see 7DmkII in the next 6-9 months. This is what I have deduced from surfing the intarwebz, certainly a mkII _will_ be released, no doubt, but it doesn't seem likely to happen tomorrow, or next week, or the week after.
In this case, there's no time like the present.

As the previous poster, I also use my camera to take pictures of my dogs playing / running and the 8fps is brilliant, just waiting to receive my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II in a week! YAY!

Canon General / Re: Canon 60D or 7D
« on: March 23, 2011, 02:27:18 AM »
 :D Not yet... but I expect it to set in no later than 2 years from now...

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I wait?
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:50:15 AM »
I know. I tried with my old Panasonic Lumix super compact and..well.. it was a disaster. With this 7D however things are a different matter, even with the kit lens. And when I made my shots I wasn't allowed to use a flash and it still worked out great.

Can't wait for 1st week of April when my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II arrives. That should make it even better.  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I wait?
« on: March 21, 2011, 03:24:00 AM »
I had the same problem as you. Didn't know whether to wait or go for it. After getting some advice from this forum and other places I decided the best time to buy was now. I got the 7D and couldn't be happier.
For video perfomance you might want to check out this:

Filmed using the 7D and a Sigma lens. the quality is excellent given the somewhat challenging lighting conditions.
Go for it, you won't be disappointed. As your skills improved, you can then move on to the super-pro 5Ds etc. At least, that's my plan. But I figure the 7D will keep me happy and occupied for atleast another two years before I'm ready to go all out.
BTW, I have now had my 7D for two weeks.

Hope this helps.

Animal Kingdom / Reptiles
« on: March 21, 2011, 03:15:05 AM »
Yeah it's me again... :) Went to a local reptilian/amphibian exhibition and took some snaps.. Some of them turned out pretty well. The challenge was the lens I was using most of the time (the 18-135mm kit lens), not exactly ideal but atleast there were some good shots.

The green mamba. The RAW file has some serious detail on the head.

_MG_1665 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

I like the way this looks as if it was photographed very early in the morning.

_MG_1557 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

A 200kg (450lbs) webbed Python, nasty bugger.

_MG_1506 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

And my favourite:

_MG_1483 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D first Street Shots around New York
« on: March 16, 2011, 04:33:41 AM »
Good stuff.
There was a couple of photos there that (in my opinion) could have done with being partly / or fully in color. For example the Japanese girl holding the "Horror in Japan" board. Make her in color with the rest of it B/W. Being new to this myself, I don't know if that would work or not.

Keep 'em coming, very nice shots. I'm going to add you on my flickr so I can see as soon as you add more..

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