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CPS is aimed for Professionals, and i'm sure if they were to find out that you were not a professional, you could lose your status.  Being both a professional and a CPS member, i find threads like these kind of sad, but, for those who take advantage and bend the rules for your own gain, karma always comes back around...

What is sad are posts like these as they appear to be judgmental and pompous. What, may I ask are the criteria for being a "professional?" Where is the line drawn? Primary source of income? Your main job? How many gigs you've done? How often someone has paid for an image of yours? The level of ambiguity to this determination is huge to an extent to which I don't believe you have given any thought.

I don't quite understand how anyone is taking advantage or bending the rules. I'm quite certain that if Canon/CPS was overly concerned about making their memberships exclusive only to high level pros, they would do so. I tend to believe based on the way things are set up that they are really only concerned about whether you have spent enough money on their stuff.

I have a career which pays me very well which allows me to have the luxury of owning a lot of gear without having to do photography as a job. I do paid gigs for fun here and there and have plenty of gear which doesn't all necessarily get used on those jobs. Does that make me not a professional? Am I not qualified to get my equipment worked on?

Canon sells products and provides a way for you to get them serviced which also costs money. Who is anyone to tell another photog they shouldn't be allowed to have membership if they are willing to pay the money for both?

I'm pretty sure there is a higher likelihood of running into some bad karma when you are being wrongfully judgmental of others and/or being full of yourself.
John, I don't mean to be pompous or judgemental, but I quite disagree.
I don't have a "day job" to fall back on, so I think it's only fair that Canon looks after those who depend on their equipment for a livelihood.
Being a self-employed editorial photographer is fraught with enough challenges without the worry that your camera manufacturer doesn't have your back. In this day where publications expect content for free, let's just say there are many other careers that, in comparison, pay very well. Too many times I've covered events where the hobbyists have equipment that's better and newer than mine. Most likely theirs has seen far less wear, as they don't have to come up with usable images day after day. If they miss a shot because their gear fails, yes, it's a real disappointment.  If I miss mine, I've probably lost a payday, perhaps a hard-won client, as well as being out of work until it's fixed.

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:54:09 AM »
Still, you think they would have the brains to ask you to remove the nozzle and look inside, realize it is rubber, and tell you to have a nice day. 
Unfortunately, in many lines of work, having brains is detrimental to remaining employed.
Much like the aforementioned blower, management is likely to consider such a person dangerous. ("They think too much, they could embarrass me, perhaps even put me out of a job.")
It's actually pretty standard employment policy at many if not most mid-sized and large companies, and almost a certainty at government agencies, not to hire a person that's too intelligent for the task. The reason is that they are seen as ones who will spend most of their time figuring out ways to do their job better, faster, more efficiently or, heaven forbid, maybe even give improved customer service, instead of doing only what they were asked.   
I'd like to think that's the reason I never got called back after job interviews and why I became a photographer!  8)

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:42:24 AM »
Congrats to that TSA agent  ::)


Ha, Ha, Ha---No comment from me, Dear my friend Click---Ha, Ha, Ha----Unbelieved story that happens to me.
Your story about the air blower that flies is really unbelievable! Then again, considering the source, maybe not!
I guess for certain folks, if brains were gunpowder, they probably couldn't blow their nose!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:39:36 PM »
This contest is open to everyone living on earth that can receive mail!

People say that I live in my own little world, so I'm not sure that I'm eligible‚Ķ  The Chobe Bag, Et Cetera Cases and Sabi Stabilizers all look quite nice!

Craig did say, "anything" with the necessary text.  My entry is a 1D X with 40/2.8 on a RRS TVC-33 + BH-55 LR, Live View focused on the LCD of an EOS M with 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS on a RRS TQC-14 + BH-30 LR focused on a PowerShot S95 on a Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom focused on an iPhone. 

I call it TTL5 (counting the iPhone picture of the handwritten text, the PowerShot S100 used to take the image posted, and the LCD display on which you're viewing this web page, that scrap of paper is being seen through 5 camera lenses and 5 LCD displays).
I knew we could count on you for both enlightenment and entertainment! 
Planet Neuro is quite an interesting "own little world", indeed!  :)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:47:46 PM »
Christmas list for Santa:
Chobe bag
Sabi Stabilizer
Et Cetera
I'm not at all opposed to heavy camera bags, especially ones filled with big white glass, but I'd never think of carrying around dumbells! ;)

Canon General / Re: Best place to sell used Canon gear?
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:10:55 PM »
I, too, use Craigslist a lot, both to buy and sell. Yes, it can be a waste of times on the smaller items. But, I live less than an hour outside a major city, so I can often set up several appointments on one of my less busy days.  I'll usually come home with a bit more money than I started with as well as have made a few new friends.
I set the price midway between Calumet trade in price and their 2nd hand retail price, that resulted in a quick sale.
That's an excellent suggestion about pricing and one I try to apply, a win-win for both buyer and seller.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:29:31 PM »
I was photographing kingfishers today. Of course they are not that rare or difficult to photograph. But when it sat in front of me and I needed ISO12800 I thought I'd give it a try.

I just can't believe how well it can out. I thought it might be interesting for some to see what comes out.

It converted from raw in LR4, minimal sharpening, but NO NOISE REDUCTION, or any other adjustments.
And, I thought ISO 12800 was where 1DX images stated to fall apart!  ;)

This is absolutely awesome, skulker! Imagine what it does at "only" 6400. Or 3200!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:27:57 AM »
Looks like great gear and especially nice to see they're made in the USA.

My favorite items would be:     Chobe Bag
                                                 Et Cetera Case
                                                 Anansi Stabilizer

Lenses / Re: Handheld vs. tripod with the Great Whites
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:29:13 AM »
Using the Great Whites from boats and helicopters, I find the bandolier option a little scary, especially when things get bumpy!
I generally go hand-held, but sometimes use an Ergo-Rest reconfigured so it braces against the chest or shoulder. There's not much room up in the air for anything else.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 11:00:47 PM »
I've found from costly experience that nothing but the 1D series of bodies will work for me. Granted, not all of you work on the water a hundred or more days a year, but, if you ever put your gear through some of the worst that nature can dish out, whether planned or not, you owe it to yourself to get the 1DX, or one of its earlier iterations. Better weather sealing, stronger materials and more rugged construction often make the difference between getting the shot when it counts and being down for the count.

On the other hand, if you're one who ALWAYS babies your camera, never mind;  the 5DMark 3 will be fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Need to upgrade my eos- 1dsmark3 but to what???
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:35:50 AM »
I, too, have been using the 1DS mark3 for the past five years. It was definitely an upgrade when I got my first one. I'd been using both the mark 2 and original 1DS, and, such was the improvement in my images, that I almost immediately stopped using them.

Now, though, I've gotten quite accustomed to the quality of these files. Perhaps a bit too much, as I've lately found myself asking, "What next?"

I've had the opportunity to use the 1DX for a few weeks this past year and am most impressed.  Such clean files from high ISOs (1600, 3200, even 6400 was most usable) and awesome autofocusing! It actually made my 1DS 3 bodies, in comparison, a bit disappointing. Fortunately, I never had any problems.

I never even noticed the reduction in pixel count (BTW, it's less than 8% in each dimension) and I frequently produce images that get used double-page size or printed to 40 x 60 (inches). Much as I love the 1DX, I'm still thinking about something a bit bigger. Guess I do have pixel envy!

Lenses / Re: 300 f/2.8 -a big problem
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:13:42 AM »
I heartily agree with the majority of others who find the 300/2.8 to be a stellar piece of gear. The primary subject of my work is racing sailboats and this is THE "go to" lens for most all situations. I'll often pair it with a 1.4x when I need a bit more reach.
The most affordable option, of course, is picking up an early version, whether it's the original IS or the even older non-IS. I've had two of the latter over the last 20-plus years and they have served me very well. The sharpness is incredible; the "look", perhaps even better. Note, though, that Canon US won't service the non-IS. If something goes wrong, you may be out of luck.
Not only are these lenses exceptional by themselves, they're very good when matched with Canon's converters. Other than slower autofocusing, I've found little loss with the 1.4x, and used with the 2x, while not in the same league, is not so far behind.

As for stacking both the 1.4 and 2x, they're more than acceptable for those times when you must have the shot, though be forewarned that focus will be slow. So, you might need a captive subject. Attached a 100% crop of a lunar landscape I shot this way.

Lenses / Re: Canon Extender 1.4ii or iii?
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:11:33 PM »
I've had the ii versions of both the 1.4 and 2x converters for many years. While I generally use them only on longer lenses, especially my 300/2.8, I have also put them on the 70-200.
While I haven't tried it yet, I'm inclined to go along with the view of others here, in that the 1.4x iii is only a very slight improvement in terms of IQ over the ii.  The results I've had with the ii are excellent matched with my 300, and very good on the 70-200 (both the original and ii versions of the 2.8 IS, as well as the 4 model).
On the other hand, the 2x ii with the 300 was only fair to good, and absolutely terrible with the 70-200 (the earlier 2.8 IS, anyway). It became much better with version iii, though still not at the same level of the 1.4x. If you ever consider buying a 2x, it's money well spent getting the latest edition. 

Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 15, 2013, 09:39:56 PM »
While the IS function should produce noticeably sharper images when handheld at all but the highest shutter speeds, it should be disabled when using the lens on a tripod. A remote release should further minimize image movement.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS : Seller's remorse?
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:29:32 PM »
There is no comparison between the 24-70ii and the 24-105 is...24-70 is just incredibly sharp! All serious photographers need the 24-70ii and the 70-200ii in their kit!
Hmmm, suddenly I feel ... half-serious since  I have only one of the two lenses...  ;D
I must be another of the half-serious ones, as I, too, only have the 70-200ii! But, I also have the 16-35ii, which I consider more useful than a 24-70 when I'm in a 2-lens situation. What falls between 35 and 70 seldom seems important to me. Then again, I've never considered myself "normal", at least photographically!

I do, though, have a 24-105, and, from what I read on here, mine must be one of the better copies. It's not as sharp as my 70-200 and certainly not as good as my 300/2.8, but I've never received complaints from clients. In fact, my tough critic (myself) is happy with its results almost all the time! And, for what I paid for it, I'm more than pleased. It's turned out to be much better than the earlier 24-70 I'd had.

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