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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:30:52 AM »
At the beach 0419/14

Love it!  At the "smiling" a mouthful of sand..a clear blue eye.....and for a bonus, a classic name, Sam. 

Nice photo.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:19:25 AM »

I am getting 70-200 f2.8 II for the same price as the following set 100 f2.8L, 135 f2 and 200 f2.8. I currently own a 60D and am planning to purchase the 7DII once it is available here in my country. What do you think is a better buy - the zoom or the set of primes? I love to shoot my kid (a very active toddler, her ballet recitals, outdoor sports, etc) and wildlife.

Would love to get opinion from folks here.


Get the 70-200.

IQ and AF are on par with the primes, and the versatility of the zoom will make shooting much more enjoyable.  You don't indicate that you need or want macro and the occasional benefit of 135 at f2 is very small.

If your primary target is your kid, you'll regret not having the zoom range of the 70-200.  With kids, a great photo opportunity will sometimes be available only for a don't want to spend that moment having to change lenses.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 13, 2014, 06:34:12 PM »
I like when you can see the sweat flying after a collision!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:26:29 AM »
Tamron 150-600. Handheld and cropped

Beautiful and interesting photo! 

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:21:33 AM »
Is it possible to unsubscribe from threads on these forums, so they don't show up in your new replies list?

I would like that option too.

What I usually do is read the replys that I want to read, and then click "mark all as read" on the others. 

One post that I got tired of seeing was the "24-70 2.8ii slick clicking sound"...though it looks like it's finally died now.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:44:46 AM »

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:34:34 PM »
I'll let the "cat out of the bag" since the announcement is almost here.

It's a joint venture announcement with Sony for a new Pro Level high MP camera using Sony's sensor tech

that's what I've been told by the voice in my head!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:03:00 PM »
I am glad I sold mine last month just before the 7d II announcement. I fetched $5200 for it after using it for over a year. It was and still is an amazing camera, but just seemed like a lot of money tied up into one body and is damn heavy, loud and only 18MP.

Got a 5D III and waiting for my 7D II to arrive.  I think those are a better combo.

Kind regards,

jason...i agree, unless you're regularly shooting action or sports.   The 5d3 (i have one) is good, but no where near as good as a 1DX.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: October 04, 2014, 03:45:17 PM »
Received mine yesterday... I will give it a good workout tomorrow but I took a number of test shots and everything looked great...

Camera looks perfect
No warrantee card
The power cable for the charger is in "slightly" different packaging

I have received constant updates (what I would consider excellent customer service)...    Below is the last update:


I am Albert, responsible for post-sale customer satisfaction.
I see that your order has been delivered. That's great!

I want to make sure you are happy with the item you received.

Missing an item?
Received a damaged item?
Expected a different item?


Reply to this message.
Call me at the post-sale dedicated phone line:
TOLL FREE 1.888.334.6971 or 1.718.360.0920.

congrats TAW!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:41:22 PM »
Northstar - I always enjoy your sports photos - thank you!  You inspired me to share a few from my son's recent soccer games / practices:

1dx & 300 2.8

TAW...thank you for your kinds words! 

I've got kids the about the same age playing's fun taking their photos!

Nice shots...I like the second one best

Post Processing / Re: Fast editing of RAWs to "camera like" Jpegs
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:52:11 AM »
Hi all,

Not trying to start another RAW vs Jpeg debate here. We all know the advantages shooting RAW has over Jpeg.
However, as an amateur shooting solely for my and others pleasure I'm having more and more photos mostly stuck imported to my Lightroom and never getting out of it as I don't have the time to edit them and unedited RAWs rarely look better than in camera Jpegs.  Currently I shoot only RAW and was trying to find a way for creating a "decent looking" or as in camera looking Jpegs conveniently and quickly. I've tried to using the Sync in LR for multiple photos with similar shooting conditions, but most of the Sync'd photos just don't look good enough and need re-tweaking anyway. 

I know I can shoot both RAW+Jpeg and only edit the best photos from RAW while publishing the rest quickly. Maybe I will do it eventually, but it seems to be really cumbersome and taking a lot of space on card while shooting and quite some time and mess in LR while trying to separate the Jpegs from RAWs (maybe I'm doing it wrong though).

I guess a lot of us encountered the same problem with "volume shooting" and was wondering is there an easier way in LR (or maybe DPP which I never used before) just to push a button and get these "camera like" Jpegs without hassling around to much.

Please help me set my photos free :) !



When you shoot RAW and JPEG do you save them separately to two different cards?   And then load the RAWSs and JPEGs to two separate folders?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:35:35 AM »
1dx and 300 2.8

rain isn't fun to shoot in, but it does create more interesting photos!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:25:01 AM »
Love the images I get from the 1Dx. Early morning shot into the light, it catches focus somehow. This one is a slowish shutter speed to get some movement in the wings and water.

First of the day by Tom W W, on Flickr

wonderful photo!

Technology will continue to improve and change to allow photographers to take even more incredible images in the future.

50 or 100 years from now, you'll probably be able to guide a completely silent, flying, remote controlled 100MP camera the size of a hero go pro right up to within a few feet of an an elephant while it simultaneously gives birth and fends off a pride of hungry lions....and the hundreds of incredible images of the scene will be taken from a position five miles away in your jeep while you sip on a lemonade...and then you'll click a button on your remote to start taking 8k video to boot!

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