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I haven't shot a whole bunch of portraits; however, for those that I have, I find my best shots were taken early and late in the day.  The light is just much easier to work with during those times.

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The Galápagos Islands
Tanzania
A road trip to several of the National Parks in the Western U.S.

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If the 100-400 is the heaviest lens you have (or will have), you can easily get by with the RRS BH-40.  I've had mine for about 5 years using a 40d with a 100-400 up through a gripped 5d III with a 100-400.  I've had no issues with the BH-40 with these combinations.  I would suggest buying the L-plate from RRS for your body, really nice plate. That said, I'm looking to buy a heavier lens in the near future, at which time I'll have to upgrade to the BH-55.

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Something I have done in the past is to just take a picture of the picture.  Much faster than scanning and the results can be very good if you are using a good camera.  Try a few and see what the results are.  You need good quality consistent illumination. If you have bunches of photos like you do, look for an old copy stand that you can mount your camera to.  These can be found very cheap sometimes because they don't get used that much anymore.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:04:16 PM »

Because, there are survey results 4-5% of customers who bought the kit lens is that it does not use only kit lens.


Would indeed be interesting to see an accurate translation of this. Do 5% never buy another lens? If so that is an amazing stst

I could believe that easily 4-5% never buy another lens.  I know people with DSLRs that bought a kit and are just fine with their kit zoom.  They take pictures only once in a while such as on a trip or at some big event.  It just depends on how much they get into photography. 

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I've got three Pelican cases that I've had for over 10 years. I can attest to the water sealing and durability as one of my cases has carried camera gear though several hundred miles of whitewater, including many Class V rapids in the Grand Canyon.  I've never had a drop of water in the case.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:26:43 PM »
Love this piece of glass for indoor sports such as high school volleyball and basketball.

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One very important note to go along with this post:  Before you sign anything and hand over a check, make sure you read and understand your policy!  When I was pricing policies for my gear, I read every part of them and jotted down questions for the agents as I went through them.  There can be major differences between them that may be important to you.  Make sure you get the coverage you are aiming for.  I bought my policy through Hill & Usher.

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Insurance is a casino game between you and the insurance company in which the odds are stacked in their favour. Many years ago, I was given the advice that you insure yourself only against events that happen very rarely and are too expensive for you to cover. If you can afford to replace your gear, then don't insure it because the insurance companies have the odds stacked in their favour - they make a profit because on average the insurance premiums cost more than the cost of repairs and losses.

So I take it that you don't insure your house or car either?  Of course insurance companies are out to make a profit, they can't provide that service for free!  The model is for them to spread the risk over many in hopes of reducing their risks and keeping the premiums lower for everyone in the group.  That's just how it works.




If his house is not too expensive for him to replace with pocket change, he would be ahead to not insure it.  I stop insuring my cars, except for liability once they are a few years old, its a losing bet.  I once had a homeowners insurance loss of about $5,000.  This was after paying insurance for 40 years with no losses.  The insurance company cancelled my policy.  I lost a lot of $$ on that, If I'd have invested that insurance $$$ in the bank for 40 years, I could buy a new house.  Of course, by mortgage company would not allow that.


Life insurance is the same story.  Bet a insurance company that you will die, and you will most likely lose.  They know the odds, and always win.


Many larger companies are self insured, or only purchase insurance for catastrophic losses, they know the cost well.

It's like neuro said, insurance is generally for catastrophic events. The problem is many people don't think these events will happen to them.  Had you been allowed to "bank" that homeowners premium and in year 2 of ownership, the house burns to the ground, you would wish you had coverage.  I can't believe the company cancelled your policy on a $5000 claim.  I have had vehicle and homeowner claims over the years totaling way more than that and I still have the same insurance company. 

Twenty-eight years ago I went to the Dr with a sore throat, 5 months and $100k in medical bills later the cancer I didn't know I had was in remission.  Had I not had health insurance, I would probably still be paying hospital bills.  Insurance is critical for those catastrophic, unexpected events.  Yes, they may never happen, but if they do you'll be glad you're covered. 

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Insurance is a casino game between you and the insurance company in which the odds are stacked in their favour. Many years ago, I was given the advice that you insure yourself only against events that happen very rarely and are too expensive for you to cover. If you can afford to replace your gear, then don't insure it because the insurance companies have the odds stacked in their favour - they make a profit because on average the insurance premiums cost more than the cost of repairs and losses.

So I take it that you don't insure your house or car either?  Of course insurance companies are out to make a profit, they can't provide that service for free!  The model is for them to spread the risk over many in hopes of reducing their risks and keeping the premiums lower for everyone in the group.  That's just how it works. 

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Washington Monument, December 2012.

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I know the feeling, but unless you will be getting a commercial/financial return from the investment, it does not make sense.

And why is that?  Some people, like myself, enjoy photography as a hobby, not for a commercial endeavor.  I have roughly $17k in gear now and I'm looking to add a $10k+ lens next year.  I know hobby fisherman that have $25-30k in boats or weekend motorcyclists that have $20k in a custom Harley's.  Photography as a hobby is no different.

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Photography Technique / Re: Myrtle Beach, SC
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:34:30 PM »
Wow, this was really helpful. 

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Photography Technique / Myrtle Beach, SC
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:41:29 PM »
Since there has been a few travel questions of late, I thought I would throw mine in there.  I'm headed to Myrtle Beach, SC in a couple weeks.  Suggestions on photo opportunities in the area that I should not miss?  I like shooting landscape, macro, and wildlife. Thanks.

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There are 100's of photographers at this event. You can't tell what all of them are using by watching it on a tv. Besides, I'm sure the camera would be somewhat disguised, there would only be a few of them, and the photographers using them would not be using them for all of their pictures. Just because YOU didn't see one on tv allows you to conclude the CR is inaccurate? Ridiculous assertion.

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