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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »
so.... sales have slowed and they want to spur some activity?
or their profits are SO good they want to offer us a bit of a gift?

Good competition is always good for the consumer!  I hope all the other lens manufacturers keep improving their products and kicking them out at lower prices.  It will only force the big boys like Canon to either lower their prices or reduce the quality.  I don't see Canon doing the latter. 

Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:05:24 PM »
Kinda wish I held off on the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, still it was $6247 with my CPS discount so I still am ahead, just not by quite as much

I've not heard of CPS discounts on lenses.

Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:33:59 PM »
I'm glad I held off on buying the 400 2.8.  Now I'll hold out another month or two and see if I can find it at an even lower street price!

Lenses / Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:58:07 PM »

Sports / Re: Dirt car racing
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:11:59 PM »
I wanted to try some slower shutter speed panning shots, but I was elbow it elbow with several others which made it difficult.  I know from shooting some NASCAR shots in years past that to pan properly you need plenty of room to follow through with the panning motion.  I didn't have the room to do this here. There were only a few us obstructed views that had a good view of the track from the infield and of course that's where everyone flocked to.  I'll be back there next year, hopefully with some access to the photographer only areas where I would have much more room.

Sports / Dirt car racing
« on: August 12, 2014, 06:13:47 PM »
Last weekend I was at the Knoxville (IA) Nationals 410 Sprint Car races.  Four days of the best sprint cars in the world after the $150,000 to the overall winner.  1200 pound cars with 900hp on a 1/2 mile dirt track with average lap speeds of approximately 125mph.  These were shots from the infield during time trials.  The air was so humid that it was creating contrails from the wings of the cars when they were at top speed which you can see in some of these shots.  All of these were shot with my 135mm f/2 on a 5d MkIII.  ISO was 3200-6400, apertures f/2-2.8, and shutter speeds were 500-640.

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: August 04, 2014, 08:55:29 PM »
The detail of a wave splash.  Kind of looks like strands of cotton candy the way the light is reflecting off of it.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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