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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Insurance for big whites? (USA)
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:16:35 PM »
I use Hill and Usher.  I have approximately $21k of camera gear, and 2.5k computers and processing equipment scheduled for around $375 annually.  This covers loss, breakage, and up to $10k in rented gear at replacement (scheduled) cost.  Peace of mind!

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Wow, people who actually use their cameras to take pictures!  More people need to do this rather than pixel peeping and complaining about what they see.  A good photographer takes pictures and mitigates the weaknesses of the camera through skill and knowledge of photography. 

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I've had them mixed in grips on both my 5d III and 7d II without any problems.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:47:23 PM »
Broadwing Hawk, about 160-180' away.  He sat there for quite a while, the whole time on one leg.

5d Mk III
300mm f/2.8 + 1.4x
ISO 1000
f/4.5 @1/250
cropped.

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Technical Support / Re: 24mm adapter ring
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:25:07 AM »
I found the problem this morning.  Apparently the ring was just slightly out of round (about .003") as I checked it with dial calipers.  I have since corrected that little dip and all is now fine with a couple well placed taps with a mallet on the thread with the end of a dowel rod and it's now working great. 

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Technical Support / 24mm adapter ring
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:15:29 PM »
I discovered today that my Lee Filters 77mm adapter ring will not screw onto my Canon 24mm f/1.4.  Neither will my 77mm B&W circular polarizer.  Both work fine on my 24-105 and 70-200 and thread in quickly and easily.  Has anyone else had this issue with the 24mm?  I guess I need to send it in to Canon because I sure don't want to force something that could lead to greater problems. The lens is still under warranty and it's never been dropped.

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Photography Technique / Re: Best Place to order good quality prints?
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:11:31 PM »
I've used MPIX for the last few years. I've been very happy with the quality and the turn around time.  If you get a print and it's just not quite you hoped for they will make adjustments and reprint it for you as well at no cost. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 06:12:59 PM »
Excellent.  I'm attending a Canon Destination workshop from Feb 26-Mar 1, maybe they will have these new toys for us to check out.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:19:32 PM »
nonac, that's great and so are the results.  Too bad all birds won't cooperate! ;)

Jack

They rarely ever cooperate!  You just have to outsmart them.  I've got to start working on some "in flight" shots like those great ones you posted of the chickadee.  Any tips, other than patience?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:38:12 PM »
This poor gal must be old, look at the chunk missing from her beak.

7d Mk II, 300mm f/2.8L
ISO 400, 1/500 sec @ f/4.5
Cropped to about half its original size
Wow! Nice! So do you have a blind that you shoot from? How do you get so close?

Yes, I shoot them on my deck via a blind fabricated on my patio door.  I cut down a couple small sapling trees and attached them to the deck rails near my feeders.  They land in those a lot before going to the feeder which makes for a more natural look.  Page 1 of this post has a picture of how I built the blind in the patio door:  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=24326.0
I can put it up or take it down in just a couple of minutes, keeps me warm and hidden.  The feeders are about 15' away.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:47:55 PM »
This poor gal must be old, look at the chunk missing from her beak.

7d Mk II, 300mm f/2.8L
ISO 400, 1/500 sec @ f/4.5
Cropped to about half its original size

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Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:36:37 PM »
Does anyone else have any New Year's Gear Resolutions for 2015?

...........(or RRS finally has a genuine sale)

I don't ever see that happening.  I've darn near bought everything they make and I don't even good a good customer discount!

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A fireproof gun safe is the ideal thing.  Provides protection and security.  I'm in and out of it frequently so it vents, plus I keep canisters of silica gel in there to keep the humidity low.  If you keep an eye out, you can find a decent one on sale for a reasonable price.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:19:49 PM »
nonac, if you don't mind I'm most interested in a comparison of the 300 X2 full frame vs 7D2 300 X1.4, etc.

What's your take?  I have the 300 and extenders and a 6D and may buy the 7D2 but I'm concerned about a decrease in IQ, especially since I clearly prefer to stay below ISO 1600 with the 6D.

Of course I wouldn't mind more reach but ......

Jack

Hi Jack.  I've only had my 300 for about a week so I have'nt had a chance to shoot a whole bunch yet.  I have yet to AFMA this lens to either of my bodies either.   However, the thing I have noticed is the 7d image IQ at below than 1600 with plenty of light are really good, the Cardinal I posted be an example.  The fill flash I used really helped. I've mainly been shooting birds with it since I got it.  I plan to use it for sideline football next fall.  I'll have a chances try it out on some tennis, sand volleyball, softball, basketball, and baseball in a few weeks as I'm attending one of Canons workshops at Arizona St. University.  By then, I should no a lot more about this lens and both bodies.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:10:30 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160
I'm, yet again, floored by the images that comes out of the 300/2.8L. Amazing work, nonac! *all thumbs up*
+1

It was a very fine drizzle of rain that turned to snow later that evening.  I think bird pictures during rain or snow are really amazing.  It just adds a whole new element to the scene.


Are those snow flurries or rain drops?

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