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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:53:24 AM »
Ice climbing self-portrait (off the Trans Canadian Hwy, near Revelstoke...we had to wait for 7 hours for a fatal accident to clear so decided to make the most of it!):

Great shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: November 02, 2014, 05:37:38 AM »

I really like photographing wild bears. Shame I don't live anywhere near them!

Black Bear by Tom W W, on Flickr

Great shots...the second one is fantastic!

Tooth and claw by Tom W W, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: November 02, 2014, 05:28:50 AM »
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but I heard there were still some issues with the 70-200mm F2.8L II IS.  For example, the lens does not mount tight against the body.  Some owners experience some 'play' if the lens is gently twisted back and forth against the body.  There were complaints that some of the lenses were not  sharp compared to other 70-200 ... possible quality control issue with Canon(?).  Does anyone know if these issues have been resolved?  Are these issues a real concern?

I am also looking into purchasing the 70-200 F2.8L II but the shops here does not allow us to open the boxes to test the lens.  If you want to open the box, you need to buy it.  If you have problems, send it back to Canon.  This is what they tell me.  It would be nice to spend >$2200 on a lens and not have to worry about 'potential' problems.  I guess it depends on your luck!

The "play" is not an issue, that's a fact.  It is normal and doesn't negatively affect images in any way. (Topic has been discussed many many times on this forum).  By the way, the play is the same on the Nikon 70-200 so it's not a Canon issue.
Regarding sharpness, I've been using mine straight out of the box without adjustment for three years now and I've found it to be a very sharp lens.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:42:14 AM »
I've been looking over the shots from the speedway. There are so many that I like! The old 1Dx was great for getting focus in poor light.

So here's one more from that night, last on this thread I promise.  ;D

No quarter given by Tom W W, on Flickr

Skulker...both shot are great, keep them coming!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:26:04 PM »
Hi North Star.

Could you kindly tell me if you copied the files from a CF card or an SD card? I've been looking for a solution to the same question & the Apple Camera Kit is only compatible with SD cards. Since I don't use a SD card, the other option - lightening to USB cable supposedly (internet tells me) can't power a card reader to copy content from CF card to iPad. And I want to avoid connecting my camera directly to the iPad ( even though thats possible with the charging turned off) if I can. Is there a way around?

Thanks for you help.


I'm pretty sure you can copy from either CF or SD... The Apple camera connection kit includes TWO connectors, one is an SD reader/connector and the other is a USB connector.   Just buy(you probably already have one) a mini USB to USB cable, plug the mini USB into the camera, and the USB into the connector attached to your iPad...now you're good to go!!


Hope this helps.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:13:22 AM »
I've done it many time on an iPad, not sure about galaxy.  No extra software was needed.

Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: October 20, 2014, 07:45:44 PM »
A few online:

lettherightlensin....absolutely fantastic shots!!   Are you a sport shooter?



I'm not planning on getting an iMac, but I hope the advent of large Retina displays means we'll see the return of the 17" MacBook Pro before mine gets too much longer in the tooth (but then, it's still running fine, and with the 960 GB SSD I put in it's quite snappy).

I'm with you Neuro, and i'm hoping that if they do come out with a 17" mbp, it will be super thin and lite like the new 1/4 inch thick iPad air 2!  8)

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 beach...dog "smiling"...got 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 moment..you 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: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« 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.

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