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Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:58:12 PM »
Do yall ever use flash?  I was thinking that setting up a wireless umbrella/680ex rt set up to do high speed sync would be a good way to go about shooting birds... but then I REALLY don't want bird crap on my flash or umbrella.

I have.  I set it on a small table about 8' from the bird feeders.  They get no where close to it.  The shot I included was with a glass.  It really helps to bring out the details in the bird.

Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:54:31 PM »
Love it, though I think that might only work in areas where break-ins are low! :) 

I'm lucky there, I'm in a good neighborhood with lots of watchful neighbors.  Plus, the deck I'm shooting on is about 15' off the ground with no steps, so the burglars would have to bring a ladder.

Before now, i have set up a tripod next to the feeder for a long time, then slapped on my camera and lens using a wireless remote to get the pics..  :)

I've done that too. I use a CamRanger for the remote as it allows me to focus and adjust camera settings as well.

Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:00:01 PM »
I solved the birds through the glass at the feeder on my deck by making a bird blind.  I cut it out of a piece of 2" thick rigid insulating foam, cut a viewing/lens hole, and weatherstripped it all the way around.  I put it in place and leave it there for days at a time in some cases.  It's probably got a better "R" value than the window itself.  I cut it to fit tight and weatherstripped it to where there are no air leaks at all.  I just pull up a chair, take out the plug and start shooting!

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:00:00 PM »
Sending this eval lens back a few weeks ago was difficult.  That said, I ordered my own today.

Canon General / Re: External Monitor for Photography
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:56:24 AM »
The Cam Ranger is what you need.  I use it on the sidelines of football games to get the pics instantly to my iPad.  I also use it with live view to shoot macro.  You can also adjust the camera settings remotely and choose focus points. It's a very useful to tool and I have not yet used it to it's full potential.   And no, you do not need a network.  The Cam Ranger uses is own generated ad hoc network to connect to my iPad or iPhone.

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 13, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
I'd head out to the garage and fire up the acetylene torch.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:19:10 PM »
I for one can't justify the cost.  I have everything I want printed by MPIX.  Very good prints, fast turnaround, and great service.  I recently had an order with 3 prints that just didn't look right to me. A quick e-mail discussing what I needed with the print, they re-printed them and they were on the way to me the same day, no charge.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Body In Stock at B&H Photo
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:08:13 PM »
I got my "body only" from Crutchfield 3 weeks ago.  I looked at B&H first, but no stock.  Same thing happened when I bought my 5d Mk III body, it came from Crutchfield as well. Crutchfield is a very overlooked dealer for bodies and lenses.  They don't carry all of them, but they have a decent selection.

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:16:30 AM »
If you are attracted to the 300 2.8ii and plan to use it with converters most of the time, the 400 2.8 is to heavy and to expensive for you, then maybe you should try the 500 4.0. This one is not so much more expensive and will have better AF and better IQ at 500 than the 300 at 420 and 600. It will be a better 700mm with extender than the 300mm with 2x and a compromised 1000mm with no or poor AF

My two main uses for this lens will be sideline football and birds/wildlife.  From experience with others I know, a 500 is too long for football. I can believe this as I found that I rarely used my prior 100-400 at 400 on the sidelines. Also, that extra stop of light is critical to me for night games.  So, a 500 would limit its use to just birds/wildlife for now.  I'm thinking about buying the 300 and a couple years down the road adding a 600.  Extenders will give me reach on the 5d, and I an gain even more reach with my 7d II for birds. I haven't shot anything yet with the 300 and 7d II.

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:03:28 PM »
 I'm really glad I borrowed one of these before committing to the 400mm.  This one fits the bill just fine and will save me some cash and be lighter to pack around.

Lenses / Really bad GAS
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:23:24 PM »
The GAS is so bad today that I thought I needed to call a gastroenterologist!  The pain started when I received my Canon evaluation loan today, a 300mm f/2.8L II.  The attached x-rays, I mean pictures, summarize the pain.  The image, in both full and cropped version, was shot right out of the shipping box on a 5d III with a 1.4x teleconverter.  I have been looking hard at a 400mm f/2.8 II, but I do believe this prescription, I mean lens, may take care of my GAS for a while.  A lot of money, probably more than it would cost to check out normal gas symptoms by the gastroenterologist.  But, this lens will be a lot more fun than a colonoscopy, so well worth the $$.

Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E16 an ergonomic disaster?
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:58:48 PM »
Anyone have any idea/opinion whether an L plate (RRS) for a Gripped 5D3 would fit on a Gripped 7D2? The grips look pretty close. I don't use it all that much. It would be nice if I could use it for both.

Call RRS and ask, but it's pretty doubtful.  There are almost always subtle shape changes, and the RRS plates are custom fit.

Yes, I suppose it's a long-shot. Guess I'll wait until RRS does their thing and then I'll see. Given the weight I guess it has to fit pretty snug on the grip side. Great, another gadget to keep track of. Just what I need.

Nope, it won't work.  I was hoping to be able to use it on both as well.  I have the RRS L plate for my 5d Mk III and it will not work on my new gripped 7d Mk II.  I think they plan those slight changes to help the aftermarket sales!

Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E16 an ergonomic disaster?
« on: November 17, 2014, 07:16:24 PM »
You'll get used to the ergonomics. I have the grip on my 5d Mk III and the new 7d Mk II.  They both feel very much the same and the newly added 7d II was very easy.  It took me a little while when I got the grip on the 5d III, but now it's all just second nature. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:37:24 PM »
Lovely shot nonac. It's beautiful with the snow.

Thanks.  I really like shooting birds in the snow.  Adds something magical to the photo.

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