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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:51:56 PM »
Can't say I cheap out on many things photography-wise. I've done so in the past, and they almost always had a way of disappointing me.
I use 1D-series bodies and L glass for almost everything. Of course, not every piece of gear is the latest generation, as I expect that paying for quality it should last a long time.
One of my most-used lenses is 20 years old. I'm known to keep things until they're pretty well worn out. Maybe most people call that being cheap; I just look on it as getting good value.

I think that is over starting out quite a bit.  The 7d mkii has to be better than the 70d, worse than the 1dx/ 5d mkiii/6d in image quality, but better fps than the mkiii/6d.  To reach that sweet spot, aps-h is a nice fit, so I don't entirely discredit the presumption.

It is unlikely... but not impossible.
Whether it's an APS-H (not so likely) or an APS-C, the replacement for the 7D needs to be better suited for action photography than the 6D/5D III. Still, it likely won't have as good IQ or high ISO performance as these. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:35:41 PM »
With larger pixel and less MP, 1DX is your next choice if you want to go higher than 6400ISO. 5D III will not be your answer.

@ 12800ISO, I'm very happy with my X.
I've used the 1DX and absolutely love it. When I replace my 1DS III bodies, I plan to go with these. That is, unless the next generation is out by then.

EOS Bodies / Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:36:27 PM »
I have a 6D, which I've been using in low light situations. In recent months I've found myself frequently exploring the limits I can go and still come up with what I consider successful photos. I've very happy with the results I've been getting up to ISO6400 or so. Even what I've shot at 12800 pleasantly surprises me.
But, I got talking with a couple people who suggested I might be better off with a 5D Mk III. I'm not so concerned about its performance at lower ISOs, as I've got three 1DS Mk III bodies that I use in most all situations, but I want to get the best results when I shoot in "available darkness".
What would you suggest I do?

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:20:31 PM »
My first L lens, in fact my first lens in an EF mount, was the 300mm f:2.8. This was more than 20 years ago.
And, I guess I jumped in pretty hard as I bought it with an EF 2x extender and EOS-1 body.

Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:18:04 AM »
Might I suggest a used 300mm f:2.8, perhaps one of the non-IS models. I've had two of them over the last 20+ years and they've served me well.
It's an incredibly sharp piece of glass and still gives awesome images with the 1.4x and 2x iii converters.

And, no, I'm not selling mine!

You gonna need 2-3 people to lift this lens on the tripod: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/supertelephoto/sigma-200-500mm-f2.8-ex-dg-apo-for-canon
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.

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