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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:53:46 PM »
What would you require in the next 1dx replacement body to make you upgrade? I can't think of much.
I will not upgrade if only:
1. It added 2 fps speed.
2. 4 mp.
3. Slightly larger spread of AF points.
4. 1/4 stop ISO improvement.
5. 4k (But that is because I actually use the 1dc)

I am so content with it that I would need something really special to want to upgrade. You?

1. 2fps...no
2. 4 mp...no
3. Larger AF point spread...no
4. 1/4 stop ISO improvement...no
5. 4k...hell no.

But...if it had 2fps, 4mp, 1/2 stop ISO improvement and continuous AF tracking in video.....Then YES!

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:38:29 PM »
I've had the exact same experience with my 1dx...I'll have a tack sharp Image followed by an image where nothing is tack sharp, but in general the image is pretty sharp, just off a smidge as Jared says.   

It's definitely a minor issue with my 1dx that I've just learned to live with.  I'm glad Jared talked about the issue.

Anybody else notice this issue?

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I have no advice but I'm looking forward to seeing your photos....such a rugged beauty in that part of the country!

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Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:19:18 PM »
107mm

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Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:18:54 PM »
totally agree....$4500 more for an extra 100mm is just not worth it, especially when you consider the weight and hand hold advantage of the 300mm over the 400.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:32:06 AM »
Is there any disadvantage to formatting the card, in camera, (SF or SD) after every shoot?  I guess my question should be worded, "is it possible to format a card too much?"

I tend to format my cards even if I only take a few shots.  I have gotten in the habit of formatting the cards as as soon as I extract the images.

that's why i have a bunch of cards....i don't format or erase the images until they're saved in multiple places(which i often don't do right away)  so leaving the original images on the SD or CF card and using a new/different card is a good practice.


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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:43:50 AM »
My first soccer match with this lens! A lot of intensity from two, ten-year-old girls!

Nice shot old shooter!

Is that real turf?  It looks so perfect.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:41:31 AM »
So I finally got a half decent panorama.  It's from the balcony of my room at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami.  It was a business trip and for some unknown reason, they upgraded me to a room with a huge balcony including a hot tub!  Needless to say I didn't ask why...  Shot during golden hour at around 50mm, 9 photos stitched together using my RRS pano kit.



Wow..nice pano and even nicer room/view!

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:19:38 AM »
Winter wonderland at Glenmore Reservoir, Weaselhead area, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lovely!

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:18:32 AM »
Sundown at Istanbul ;-))

Great shot....welcome to CR!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:09:10 AM »
Perio,

Stick with sandisk or lexar, these are the better quality products.

For what you've described, you only need something like this:
http://www.adorama.com/ILXSD6HU16G2.html

Get two cards. (as someone else had wrote) An extra card is always handy just in case one card gets misplaced or damaged.   

Also, I always format my card after I've finished saving my photos in two places. 


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Thanks to everyone who answered,  especially those that stayed on topic  ;)

Apologies for not posting this earlier (I've been offline for over a week),  but for anyone still reading,  here is an update:

Based upon the advice here, availability in my local market and portability requirements,  I have just purchased a new 15" Macbook Pro (base model). Whilst I am grateful for the many alternative suggestions,  I simply couldn't find any available locally (importing isn't an easy option either).

Owning a Mac is a new experience for me, I've never used anything but Windows (unless one counts AmigaOS and Sinclair Basic, but we won't go there!  :D ). I plumped for the 15" model because whilst I'm away from home, I'm not really travelling around. I don't want to commit to an external monitor, but nor do I need to carry the laptop around every day. 16GB of RAM should help in future proofing too. 

Thanks again to everyone!

You made a great choice.  I have the MBpro ret 13" and love it for it's small size, weight, and performance.

Also, it's a tough little SOB...I set it on the roof of my car and drove off forgetting that it was up there one day a few months ago.  It was turned in to the police by a little old lady who found it on the pavement at the edge of a busy intersection a mile from my home.  It was protected only by a soft and thin leather case that had been terribly scratched up from smashing onto the pavement and sliding across the intersection.  (I concluded that it finally fell off as I made a turn)

At the police station I turned it on and it worked like nothing had happened to it....They just work!  (Sorry rusty  ;D)

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Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:52:48 PM »
Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Great football shots Tex! 

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:14:31 AM »
Impressive shots Tex! Can you share some info on how you shot them?

Thanks!  And Sure!
I developed this technique myself.  (It is ridiculously simple)  Sort of a cross between motor driving and time lapse.
1. Set camera to Tv, 30 sec exposure.  M would work fine too.
2. ISO 100
3. Aim, Focus, Use a cable release that can be locked on.  Lock it on.
4. Drink beer and hope for lightening.  Adjust aim as best location may change.
5. I will usually dial in -2 to -4 exposure compensation because the camera is metering when there is no lightening.

Essentially I am letting the camera record 30 seconds exposure continuously.  In 30 minutes, you will take 60 photos.  And maybe get 3-4 keepers.  As this is so hands off you can easily work with 2-3 cameras at a time.

One thing about lightening photos is you must capture more than just lightening.  (Fireworks are this way too)  You must have ground objects to establish scale, and give some context.  The clouds really helped me here too. 

In post I adjusted color and added a lot of clarity.   If you have 2+ plus photos with strikes in each, and you did not move the camera, you can stack them in Photoshop and set top layers to lighten. This will add the strikes together nicely.  The middle photo is actually 2 photos combined this way.   

Oh and be safe.  I am standing on my 25th floor balcony here with 2 more floors of building and a lightening rod above me.  Don't stand on top of a mountain for a good veiw and get fried!

tex...regarding your technique, i think you've made a mistake...why on earth would you wait until step 4 to drink the beer?   ;) ;D

nice photos!
north

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:59:44 AM »

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