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You gonna need 2-3 people to lift this lens on the tripod:
It's "only" 35 pounds, lighter than my Speedotron packs, and I frequently carry two of those into many jobs.
Besides, if you can spend $15,000 on this lens, you certainly can afford an assistant. 

Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:51:04 AM »
Back in the days of film, I was usually taking a few hundred rolls of slides a year and close to as much black and white. Today, I probably shoot three or four times as much. So, yes, I'm probably a good bit less critical when I press the shutter.
Like most, I'm often guilty of taking many shots these days, where in the past I would have been satisfied with one or two, figuring what each exposure cost. So, yes, my percentage of keepers has gone down.
But, in part because digital is almost free, I try many more things today than I would have done a couple decades back. Sure, a lot don't pan out, but I've gotten many images that I could never have captured on film.
And, funny thing, looking at my favorite slides these days, I've noticed that they're either not as great as I thought they were, or I've become a better photographer.  True, 20+ megapixel sensors and fast L glass doesn't hurt, but even the 10 MP files from my 1D, blow away all but the best of the best from my film days.

Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:25:50 AM »
I'll second all comments that say getting sharp hand-held shots with larger lenses is almost entirely a matter of technique.
I've photographed from boats on a regular basis for more than thirty years. One of the first things I learned was a tripod or even a monopod was useless. All they do is pick up and magnify vibrations, so what you have is worse than had it been hand-held.
Two tips I've found most useful that apply anywhere are pressing your elbows into your sides and holding as far out on the lens as you can. With longer lenses, it's usually a compromise to do both at the same time. So, if I have to give a little on one, it usually would be on holding the lens out, as tucking the elbows in seems to be the most important tool for stability.
One support I have used with success is an Ergo-Rest. I clamp this onto the lens and, holding onto the lens out as far as can I manage, push the double-legged platform into my chest.
It's helpful, too, if you can build up your strength, so holding whatever equipment you use for reasonable times isn't an unbearable strain. Whenever I find that my gear has suddenly gotten heavy, it's almost always because I haven't been working out enough.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:39:13 AM »
On the basis of better IQ and lesser noise at high ISO, there's a good chance the 7D II will be at least as good as the 1D IV. In there last few years, there have been great strides made in sensor technology. Let's hope the camera that finally comes to market doesn't have too many, hence smaller, pixels to negate that virtue.
On the other hand, the reliability and durability of the 7d II will likely not come close to the 1D IV (nor any others in the 1D family) unless it's sold at a price point above the 5D III. Since it's being billed as a prosumer camera, we can  be pretty certain THAT's not going to happen.

White will reflect the sun rather than absorb it, keeping the camera and lens cool, so hot climates like ...  OOPS, Whats wrong here???
I probably wouldn't want one here. Just yesterday we had close to 10 inches of snow. I'm afraid I'd keep losing it each time I set it down.

Canon General / Re: How To Water Proof?
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:34:45 PM »
As one who has made a career photographing from water, I know from costly experience there is no way to be "totally waterproof". But, you can vastly improve your odds if you take a few precautions.
The hard plastic case (Pelican or similar) is one of the best solutions, but, as pointed out, is probably too bulky to be useful when kayaking. Same goes for what I usually use, a large cooler, in which I fit two or three bodies and a few long lenses.
I also kayak quite a bit and, when I do, I use a dry bag. While it would be smaller than a case, I'd make sure it was large enough that your equipment could be quickly taken out and stowed inside. (Not sure what is worse, missing that important shot because you didn't get to your camera fast enough or ruining it because you couldn't put it back before the big splash.)
Before you set out, I would make certain that your dry bag is truly dry. I'd run a test each time you use it, without any gear, just to make sure the all the seams hold and there are no pinhole leaks. It might have worked fine the last time, but setting the bag down on a rough surface, like rocks or gravel, even a small piece of class hiding in what you thought was a safe spot, can cause a puncture (likely one you can't see, but will still let water in).  Also, avoid quick changes of temperature, as taking the bag from warm to cold, or even cold to warm, yields condensation.
Just to be extra safe, carry a towel in the bag as well, and use it to wipe up any moisture before it has a chance to find its way to your gear.
And, one more thing, make sure your bag is well-sealed, so give it at least three turns.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:49:07 PM »
I didn't release the names of the winners from the last contest, there was an issue previously and I've chosen to keep peoples names private.

I wish we had heard some time back that there were winners, as well as a general congratulations to all who had participated. Guess I'm old-fashioned in this regard, but I still appreciate an acknowledgement.
Don't get me wrong, I really like the guys at Gura Gear. They make some great products, but, if they'd they been a little better in communicating, they'd be seen as a class act.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:37:51 PM »
We should all be rewarded with a nice bag from gura for our patience.
I should think it would be invaluable PR for Gura if they rewarded everyone who participated in their last contest with a nice bag. After all, we've been patient! (Well, most of us!)
With only about three dozen entries, it shouldn't cost them all that much. And, all the favorably publicity for them, as that ad goes... priceless!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Bag System Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:52:13 AM »
Great products here, so I'll gladly give this a shot. I'm on another trip overseas later this spring and really could use something like this.
Of course, I'd still look to hear who were the winners from their last contest.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:48:09 AM »
Nice to see that Gura Gear is holding another contest. They make fantastic products and it's great they give us one more chance to win some.
Of course, I'd still like to hear who were the winners last time. (Full disclosure: I have a horse in that race!)

LOL - Everyone wants to be Annie Liebovitz :)  Her BTS videos show an impressive amount of assistance, but then again, her works speaks for itself.
There must be something wrong with me. I never wanted to be Annie. I wouldn't mind some of her clients, though!

Having worked as a photographer almost my entire adult life, I've run across a few of the most famous, several more near-famous and a good many who thought they were.
I started out in photojournalism, back in the pre-digital days. Perhaps because of my chosen path, the ones I considered at the top still processed their own film and made the final prints. I'm sure this shaped my views, that those who were the best earned their reputations the hard wayand mastered every aspect of their craft. To not do so was considered taking a shortcut and avoiding paying their necessary dues.
Even when I became one of the best in my specialty, I've almost always had to do all the work. It's still true to this day, perhaps even more so with digital publishing, market convergence and shrinking corporate photography budgets. This is probably why I have the most respect for photographers who still carry their own bags.
Yet I'll concede, in certain areas of photography, we can't all be one-man bands. Some disciplines require a group effort and great team skills. I know there are a few photographers who have achieved well-deserved fame, even when they do only a portion of the work. But, I'd like to think they earned their status because they can see the big picture and effectively communicate their vision to others.   

Unfortunately, I've found too many whose mark of greatness seems to be solely self-proclaimed. The more elaborate their set appears, the more subordinates running around, all the better. But, they seem to have mastered no more skill than that of the famous American, Tom Sawyer, convincing others to pay to work for them, at best.  And, at their worst, charlatans and truly great... frauds.

The sensor is still the one thing that bugs me the most. It's not even m43 sized. It's TINY.  If Canon were able to do this with an APSC sensor it would be an incredibly impressive camera.
Even better if they were to put it into a weatherproof, drop-proof and water-resistant body.  Now, that would be something I'd seriously look into.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:25:33 AM »
My first experience with B&H was almost 20 years ago. I was changing trains in Penn Station, had a couple hours to kill and wandered into their location. Talk about a kid in a candy store!
Since then I've made several visits back and probably ordered from them close to a hundred times. There was only one occasion I ever had an issue, and they resolved it quickly, easily - and cheerfully. So, I have no hesitation on doing business with them and have recommended the place to probably a couple dozen acquaintances and friends.
I've had far fewer experiences with Adorama. Perhaps it's because I've never been in their store. But, on the times I have bought from them, I've never been disappointed, either. Now, after reading Helen's posts and learning about the lengths she goes to for customer satisfaction, I realize this company has an extraordinary asset. I'm sure they will be seeing a good bit more of my business.

Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:45:33 AM »
A nice wave for you from Maui. Mahalo!

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