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Lenses / Re: Selling 200-400
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:01:58 PM »
... Action in the bush happens fast...

That's what ... oh, nevermind...

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the 400 DO IS II, you can be sure that's going to be the premium wildlife lens for many, many people.

I'm guessing he makes use of the zoom and the built in tc.  He's got a 200-560mm lens in one package.  When that lens came out some guy was gushing about how great it is to be able to switch things up so quickly, claimed it was better than having a set of primes (and yeah, 200, 300, 400 + tc is a lot carry around).

That said, I agree with you on the 400mm DO, I have the mark I version and while it is a little less contrasty than some lenses, it's a great lens, I love it.  So darn light for what it is - it's the size and weight of my 200mm f2.  I can literally hand hold it with one hand (why I would want to I can't say but it's possible).

I'll be taking a hard look at the mark II, if it is significantly better I'll make the jump, that's a great lens.  I'd love a 500mm f4 DO.

Canon has released a few 600mm DO patents, including this one for a 600mm f/4 DO.  That's what I'd like to get, though I may bite the bullet and get either the 400mm f/4 DO or the 500mm f/4L II next Spring.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:59:39 PM »
I am pretty familiar with black bears. Not so much grizzles, and their behavior is quite different.
#1 rule of black bears is they feel the same way about you as you do about them. if you come around a corner and BOOM you are within swatting distance of a bear and he is suprised, you might be in trouble. thats the idea of bear bells, to give some advance warning. a dog or walking companions or singing also works.

When I see a bear, I stop, check for cubs, stay in plain view, and slowly get closer until it notices me. then i stop, take pictures and wait for it to either back off or stand its ground. keep eye contact, move slowly and deliberately. i have never had a bear do anything other than evaluate the situation and either tolerate me or leave.

Worst comes to worse and you get in a bad situation, prevailing wisdom is first back away slowly maintaining eye contact, and if you get charged (they paw the ground and bluff a few times first), either play dead or fight back while yelling, depending on how commited you think the bear is. I know of several people who have been charged and their yelling and stone throwing and stick swinging made the bear change its mind. Once the bear makes contact, play dead, they arent hunting you for food, they are trying to win a fight, so make them think they won. Never EVER EVER climb a tree or try and run away, bears legs are twice as long as they look, and they dont slow down AT ALL when they move from flat ground to straight up a tree.

Good stuff, however everything I've ever read on bear encounters states to avoid making eye contact, as it can be perceived as a threat by the bear.  Also, when it comes to black bears, you should fight back, instead of playing dead.



Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:41:33 PM »
It certainly looks nice -- love the size/weight/MTF -- but I think it's too short for birding.  I've been trying to talk myself into buying the 500mm f/4L II, so I'm hoping this lens lives up to its promise, so that Canon releases a 600mm f/4 DO!   ;D

Dang!  I just bought the Pixma PRO-100...   :P

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:28:43 PM »
This was just between sunset and sunrise.

Noon?!?   :P

If you buy it at B&H (free shipping), the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is just $98 after a $300 mail-in rebate.  I had to get one last month, because my old Canon i9900 finally bit the dust after 10 years, and it only took a few weeks to receive the rebate.  It includes the SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets) at no additional cost, which is needed to receive the $300 rebate.


B&H also has the Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster 13x19" (50 Sheets) on sale for $41 (almost half off).


Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.2L II Gets a Mention by Canon
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:40:16 PM »
I can't watch the video right now, but is it poasible when referring to the 50L II they might mean the current 50mm f/1.2L? Because technically the 50L f/1.0 was the first 50L.

No, because when Canon makes a major change in the spec, such as the aperture (in this case, from f/1.0 to f/1.2) or adds IS, they do not consider the new lens to be a "Mark II."  Other examples of this are the EF 200mm f/2.0L IS, which replaced the EF 200mm f/1.8L (change in aperture and addition of IS), and the EF 300mm f/4.0L IS, which replaced the EF 300mm f/4.0L (addition of IS).  In either case, the new lens did not receive the "Mark II" designation.

What is possible is that Canon is teasing us with the EF 50mm f/1.2 II to slow down sales of the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART, or it was simply a typo.

Pricewatch Deals / Adorama Email Ad
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:19:00 PM »
Did anyone else notice this in Adorama's email advertisement on March 7th?   :o   I did a double-take on the picture and the price before reading the description above it...   :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2 IS
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:56:04 PM »
I think I'll grab the 135 without IS once the new one is out...

FYI:  Prices for discontinued lenses typically go up, not down, as no more new ones are getting produced.

Good ol' Abe.

What I do love about this anouncement is the audacity! Sigma is shameless. They should be content with their inferior position in the market place, but no, - for the couple of last years they have gone hunting :) It reminds me of a classic ad for a US car rental company in the eighties... "We know we are number two, therefore we try harder"

Good one!  And let's not forget that Canon used to be number two, to Nikon.  It was their audacious move to the auto-focus EF mount that catapulted them to number one.   :)

"Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!"

I have the EF 50mm f/1.4 and had to have the focusing fixed once, so I'm really hoping this is a good lens.  If nothing else, I hope it forces Canon to release a new 50mm f/1.4, instead of only a 50mm f/1.8 IS, as some of the recent rumors may have implied.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 05, 2013, 06:12:17 PM »
Had some nice weather a few weekends ago, so I was able to get out and do some birding.  There are more shots of the GBH in flight on my Flickr page.  All shot with the 5D III and 300mm f/4L IS with 1.4x TC II.

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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:46:28 PM »
The British English usage is the ending "ice" for the noun and "ise" for the verb. E.g., I would advise you that the advice is to practise the practice of grammar. Americans use "ise" in all cases.

Sorry to disagree, but I am an American, and I was taught the correct usage of each in school.

Alan...I think you meant  to write that Americans use "ice" not "ise" for the word practice. (I'm from the US)   Americans always use practice, not practise.  (Even as I tried to write practise the spellcheck keeps trying to correct me).  I wonder if the spellcheck does that if you live in the UK?

DJL...Americans never use the word "practise"...so in the US there would be no "correct usage" of each...unless you mean that it would be correct to use "practise" when communicating with a Brit.  ;)

No, I thought he was saying that Americans always say advise, even when they mean advice.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: October 17, 2013, 08:05:55 PM »
Here's a nice sunrise I did back in April.  I'm not a morning person, but got rewarded for my effort!   ;D

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