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EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:50:41 PM »
The newest AF systems allow "clusters" of points or "focus areas" which give you larger spots similar to a single point = increased keeper rate.

Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:46:58 PM »
Terry, one thing to consider is getting your "L" lens used. Not sure where you are, but my freinds and I have had great success amassing (or selling) lenses on Craigslist - local face-to-face only. If you keep an eye out you may find the 70-200 f/4 IS for an amount you can swing. There are also some reputable photo websites where there are buy/sell forums (not eBay.)

BTW, I have owned the 70-300 IS and presently own the 70-200 IS - the 70-200 has amazing sharpness and color/contrast. Neither of these lenses have blazing speed or accuracy when it comes to fast motion (servo) focusing.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:51:19 PM »
Johankh - that is one incredible bird portrait!!!

Unbelievable position and timing for that lighting!!! Great job.

Canon General / Re: online gallery/website
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:18:45 PM »
+1 for Smugmug.

Their Pro account lets you use your own domain name. You can have people log-in to your regular web address and your Smugmug page opens without most visitors even knowing they were on Smugmug.

There are plenty of forums where you can get help to customize the standard formats as you seem fit. Also, you pick/choose their printer/vendors (I believe they offer 2) and make up shopping carts with sizes/prices you would like to offer, quality, etc.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Noise on a 5D vs T2i
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »
Both are similar - the T2i seems very slightly smoother?

Remember, the T2i is using newer technology than the original 5D so the FF vs Crop argument is a little skewed. I bought my wife a T2i recently and was quite impressed with it's higher ISO performance (given it's price tag.) With a little noise reduction software, got very usable 3200  and acceptable 6400 images!

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:03:29 AM »
Once again, well put Neuro.

Wildlife photography is a perfect example of where crop sensors + super-tele's shine. It has been my experience shooting eagles, bears, coyotes, etc. that even a 400mm lens on a crop body is not enough. When you reach in your bag for that 1.4 or 2x converter, you're probably even further away and they won't be enough. Any advantage you can get to have the closest appearing image in your viewfinder usually yields the best result. And as Neuro noted, the MP's at the crop size are larger in the crop body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Body Price At Announcement
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:44:52 AM »
Body only . . . . $2999.00

Sports / Re: Surfing photos
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:28:20 AM »
A couple of shots of surfing and kite surfing on Ft. Lauderdale Beach . . .

Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:55:47 AM »
I have shot many photos handheld with the 24-105 at 1/8 of a second with perfect results. As previously mentioned before, IS does nothing for moving objects. In situations where the subjects are moving (does not have to be fast-moving), low f-stops are king to obtain fastest "real" speed.

BTW, who says the 24-70 is a much better lens than the 24-105?

EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:07:08 AM »
Hey Franz, is the position/orientation of the moon consistent with what one would see in Australia?

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:55:50 PM »
There are various discussions around the web for "safety straps, etc" in case the connector screw breaks or comes loose. I haven't seen any that were very informative.

Regular checking of the screw-in connector is just good practice and mandatory IMO. As I mentioned earlier, I regularly do this for all my Arca plates as well because they loosen with use, temperature, weight distribution, etc.

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: January 30, 2012, 10:50:04 AM »
As Neuro pointed out in his first post, you need to be concerned with the sling lug loosening itself and the camera falling free and not the camera failing at the attachment point. The sling lug could come free if you've detached/reattached hastily without a good tightening or other twisting and turning of the sling. Even Arca plates loosen with use and need the occasional tightening.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP and RAW addition/average/subtraction
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:09:01 AM »
I was pretty sure your images were not HDR and was curious about your approach. Thanks so much for your willingness to share ideas/techniques - keep up the great work!

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP and RAW addition/average/subtraction
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:22:04 AM »
5D Freak, your images submitted for the lens giveaway contest were outstanding both in composition and technical merit. The colors/contrast come out very well without looking over-done and without destroying the overall technical quality of the image. Would you care to choose one of your landscapes and share your workflow (from capture to post production)?

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