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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 400 f/4, 300 f/4, 200 f/5.6
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:20:06 PM »
A 400 f/4 L IS and weather sealed would be a dream and an instant favorite lens for numbers of wildlife photographers if the price is correct (i bet between 2500 and 3000$)...

If  one of the 300 f/4 L IS II weather sealed or the 400 f/4 L IS is due to be produced this year i'll be a buyer for sure !

The front element of a 400 f4 would be nearly the same size as the front element of the 300 2.8 (they share the same hood and cover). As such, I doubt it will go for under 5000-6000 bucks...

Still, would be a nice lens... maybe they will make the 7D mk II to AF with f8 lenses...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:14:40 AM »
Thanks guys! I went and got the Wimberly Sidemount. I realized that I could either pony up for it, or buy a cheaper one then pony up for the expensive one later...  ;D

Canon General / Re: Should photographers hibernate?
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:59:41 AM »
I love taking pictures. I have only recently gotten a DSLR (about 3 years ago). But I have always loved taking pictures. My life is filled with frustration and boredom (work) but there is always photography.

But, obviously it's winter time here. Unfortunately I live in the southern US which means winter typically lacks beauty and just looks depressing. There is no pretty snow or ice to photograph here, everything is just dead. The maple tree in my front yard looks a bit like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree. The grass is dead, the trees are dead, the leaves on the ground are dead and rotting. Adding to that is the unseasonable warmth this year. The high yesterday was 69F.

Now, normally I would be all for getting outside and photographing some of these dead things. I think I could manage to pull something good out of the winter death. But there is another problem with winter: the sun. It's basically completely down by the time I get off work. So there is not much time to go on a walk. In fact by the time I drive to my house it's dark. Last week I did manage to get my EOS-3 out and shoot at a beautiful local university campus (they actually have winter grass so it's green). But I only had ISO400 film and it quickly got too dark.

So, I guess I'm just sitting here at work staring at my camera bag wondering what you guys do in the winter. I haven't had a photo session in a few weeks and I'm getting a little antsy I guess.

What are some tips? What do you shoot in the winter? Do you live in a place with a pretty winter or do you have to make do?

Should I just take a long nap until spring?

Glory in the dearth. Use the grimness to make striking monochromatic like images. Look for lines and shapes. Showcase the empty limbs of the trees.

Believe me, it is a blessing to be where trees lose leaves at times... here in Florida, I only have the opportunity for those shots I mentioned with the Bald Cypress trees...

Lenses / Re: Upgrade choices- full frame; wide prime or zoom; 135f/2
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:46:02 PM »
Get a 7D and use the savings on a 70-200 2.8!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:08:33 AM »
These rumored specs seems too good to be true for $2700 (like others have said), considering that things like AF is the same as the 1Dx (more then twice the price) and pretty high frame rate.

And speaking of frame rate, the 1Dx uses 2 Digic 5+ processors. At 12 fps at 18MP= 216MP/sec. Scaling that to a 22 MP sensor, Dual Digic 5+ would be able to move 22MP at nearly 10fts.
One Digic 5+ would maybe do 5fts at 22MP??

So unless the 5d mk3/mkx has dual Digic 5+, I don't see how it can do 6.9fps.
On a single Digic 5+ CPU I can believe anything roughly under 5fps

I am assuming that the 12fps the 1Dx does is limited by data throughput, but the limitation could be mechanical (mirror movement), in which case the upper limit of throughput is below 12fps at 18MP, otherwise Canon would have used just one in the 1Dx.

Indeed! It may be a little early, but I am going to call shenanigans on this rumor.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:55:53 AM »
If they kill the 7D mk II, they will have my limitless rage! :'( Or sorrow.

Seriously though, they had better not kill the 7D line off!

Canon General / Re: Truth in photography
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:25:35 AM »
As far as ethical, any amount of editing or compositing of any image is ethical. What is unethical is presenting an image as something it is not: for example, stating that an image is a single shot when it is in fact a composition. This is unethical because it is lying.

There are no special pure points anyone gets for having images which are not altered in any way. No one gets points for straight-out-of-camera. Even back in the film days, people did all kids of editing. I've seen old pictures where people who drifted to the wrong side of things (especially popular with Hitler!) disappeared from the pictures (and real life, too!). They had dodging, burning, contrast altering methods, and even ways to clone people or items out of pictures (with enough work...).

Purism in photography is a misnomer. The only pure photography is done with big white lenses with red rings on them!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:45:56 PM »
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?

Since I am using a Manfrotto Tripod for my 400 f/2.8L  I did get the Manfrotto 393 head which offers the same functionality as a gimbal head but at a much lower price.

I am very satisfied with it and do highly recommend it.

That's the U-looking one?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DmkIII & 7DMKII at photokina in September?
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:45:16 PM »
Fear not! I applauded, instead of flailing, you. Looks interesting, and totally believable that they might come out around then...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / King Cobra vs. Wimberly
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:58:15 PM »
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?

Lenses / Tiffen 77mm Digital HT Circular Polarizing Filter
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:44:30 PM »
I saw the adorama add on Bryan Carnathan's sight, so I went and scored one while it was on sale. I know I put the cart before the horse, but has anyone ever used this one before? How did you like it?

Has anyone ever had the Hotrod conversion done?

EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:05:00 PM »
Yeah this is not an untouched photo.  In fact I tend to believe this is two photos and he layered them together in photoshop.

1.  The moon is not that big.  Period.
2.  As Fleetie mentions, you can't shoot the moon through that much atmosphere w/o getting a ton of distortion - not necessarily from polution, but simply from the air. It's the same reason they put telescopes high on mountains - to eliminate as much air as possible.  Supposedly shot at such a low angle, the air is much thicker than simply shot straight overhead.

Heck it could be 3 photos layers together since the stars are visible and so close (right next) to the moon.

I call BS on his claim.

The moon is that big. Moreover, I have taken pictures of the moonrise at 600 MM with no real distortion from the airwaves. What looks odd to me is the exposure. Looks like he was using an 800 mm lens...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mk2 ..... APS-H
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:26:35 PM »
I just cannot comprehend any of this. Why do you want APS-H again? >_>

And if a new 7D-esque body gets APS-H, it will NOT be called 7D MKII ... It will have a different series name.

Absolutely correct! I dont get why everyone thinks this is gonna happen!

I am SOOOO with you on this one! A 7D is a 7D, and that means APS-C!

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 05:16:26 PM »

However, that's not the case with the mystery cam--the LCD is clearly NOT a 3x2 ratio but is 16x9 or so, and this obviously is a direct video feature that is at odds with a stills dedicated camera.

I don't know about me, it just looks like a 3x2 screen which due to the angle at which the shot was taken looks wider than it is. I call optical illusion :-)

If this really is the 5DX, then the styling is modeled heavily after the current 7D (it's almost identical), and somehow I don't see them doing that with 5DX. I'll place my bet on 7DX :-)

There were multiple angles, not just one, and it's obvious its noticeably wider than a 5DII or 7D screen.

Looks like a 16:9 sxreen to me too. Also, the layout looks very 7D, and the eyepiece looks APS-C.

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