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Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 03:17:25 PM »
I would suggest the 70-200 2.8ii...it's such a wonderful and multipurpose lens.

Looking at shots from the 70-200 2.8ii compared to primes in it's focal range and there just isn't enough difference that warrants limiting yourself to just the 85, or 135, or 200.   The 85 1.2 is a great lens for portraits, but forget about it if you're trying to shoot anything that's moving, so if you're on a budget like you say, wouldn't you rather have more of a multipurpose lens that can do so much more than the 85 1.2 for about the same $?   

Think about your longer term goals/needs for photography in general.  For me, I realized after time that I hate switching lenses all the time and carrying them all with me.  So eventually i ended up with the 24-70 and 70-200 to cover 90% of my needs with excellent quality.   

good luck,

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:32:42 AM »
What will you be using/ doing for the next year or two?!
I'm confused...

I am too...but I assume saving for it?

:'( Goodbye my dear 5d mk III . You were my first "real" love. You were so quick and comfortable in my hands. I loved the way you felt. When we were together, we were "one in the same". You were the peanut butter to my jelly. Simply amazing and skilled in every aspect. Your resolution, dynamic range and AF were as real as it got. I even loved your previous model almost as much. You were my "King of the World."

I have decided its time to move on. We just don't see eye to eye anymore. I need more! You see, I have grown and you have remained static. You're not willing to change. You sit idly by while my new friend, Nikon, keeps growing. She will have upgraded quite a few times since you came to market. She knows that I need more and she is willing to give it me. She has more dynamic range now, a great AF system and, as you already know, more MP. She is willing to give me the resolution when I enlarge. You're not! And, she will feel better in my hand.

And, don't feel to bad. I'm sure you will get your chance to change and improve. I know you will eventually, but I am tired of waiting and the false promises. I hear whispers and rumors hear and there, but they are nothing more than that. I also know you are do for a "change" and I do believe it will happen by the end of the year. I cannot survive on the false promises. And based upon your past, I'm sure your price will be a lot higher.

However, I will never forget you. I will remember the fun we had in Maine, Oregon, and Yellowstone. I will never forget the time we traveled thousand of miles to banff national park, only to be flooded out for five days. I will also remember the time we got soaked under the waterfall in Iceland. Those were great memorable times!

Do I regret anything? Well, let's just say that I wish we had more resolution together. We could have printed so much lager than 32x48. It would have made all the difference in the world to me. I want to leave you with one final thought as you find a new home. Don't let the door hit you in the A$$.  :o

Funny and well written!  ;D

Canon will probably drop their rumored 46mp about a month or so after you've owned the Nikon. ::)

Shot a rodeo the other evening.  When the artificial lighting came on, I started getting strange exposures on my images.  Only at 12 fps. Several white balance settings - same issue.  Next day I tested in very lighting conditions and it appears that the artificial light is the culprit.  Has anyone else seen this?  And what could be causing it?


Jerry...It's most common in older fluorescent lighting at faster shutter speeds...and it's normal.   I've had it happen many times with my 1dx.  Newer more modern lighting is much better.

The article below explains the problem in an easy to understand way...(link below)

"This article will hopefully explain the difficulties associated with photographing under fluorescent light and advise on how best to deal with the problem.

Fluorescent light bulbs emit photons as electricity excites the atoms inside them.  Our homes and businesses are powered by alternating current (AC). This type of current is continually reversing polarity in a cycle known as a sine wave.

As the current goes from zero to positive to zero to negative and back, the changing voltage causes the excited atoms in the fluorescent tubes to emit light of different intensity and different wavelengths. This results in a light source of continually changing brightness and color temperatur


Take care,

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:24:04 PM »
Here's a couple:



Technical Support / Re: CF CARD speed question. Am ignorant.
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:14:14 AM »
Wopbv please do not trash your bad cards, most of them have life long warranty, just send them back for replacement!

I will later today make a test: I will shoot with the cards individually in my camera and keep the shutter pressed for 10 seconds. If at end of 10 seconds both cards have equal number of shots, my concerns are over. In any case I will pack spare cards. Am taking a laptop and will empty cards as needed.

I will set the camera to manual, ISO 800, 1/1000s.

Will update.

i agree with wopbv regarding bad cards...damaged cards....lost cards...etc.   I've had all three happen to me and that's why i strongly prefer multiple smaller cards vs large cards.


also...this thread might help you...


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 06, 2014, 06:43:59 PM »
pelican giving his neck a rest. ;D

or maybe this is just how they relax after a big meal  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 06, 2014, 06:41:03 PM »
Juvenile Bald Eagles - pretty sure the last photo is of number 2.  These guys are at a nest that I usually find adult eagles... I've seen the adults here several times over the last couple years, the spring before last I spotted a baby in the nest.  This visit the adults were no-where to be seen.  Question - do the adults give the nest to their young?

great post...you just don't see these very often!  thanks!

Navy Leapfrogs

i've never seen that before...must be fun to watch!  nice photo!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 05, 2014, 02:35:02 PM »
I'll add a few to the mix ---  happy 4th!!!  even though its the 5th...

your photos never disappoint Chuck...very nice series!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 05, 2014, 02:34:23 PM »
Independence Day

Fireworks 3 July 2014© Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

wonderful image here Keith!   should be hanging on someone's wall!

I'm a day late, but it is the Fourth of July weekend, right? I shot this earlier this morning with the TS-E 17 f/4L:

nice composition Mack...you're making me want to go buy a wide angle!   24mm is all i got but the new 16-35 f4 looks tempting.

Fourth of July horse show photo....

very cool photo!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 05, 2014, 09:24:45 AM »
Head Shot

400mm, f2.8, 1/1000, ISO400.

Menace, Beautiful!

Here's the other one.

Nice shots Brian!

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