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Lenses / Re: Canon - Give us 400/5.6L IS NOW!!
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:32:37 AM »
I think that the current 400 f/5.6L fills a unique niche, "inexpensive lightweight prime supertelephoto with fast AF", that allows beginners to try working with a supertelephoto and (once techniques are learned) get really good photos. The quality:price ratio is highly favorable. The focal length is ideal for beginning bird photographers. I know that I wasn't ready to plunk down the money for an f/4 supertelephoto when I started, and I didn't know how I would do in shooting handheld. Certainly it is better to learn handheld shooting on this lens than on a 500 f/4 (particularly the version 1 at 4 kg). At the time I bought the 400 f/5.6L, it had by a good margin the best image quality in lenses under $2,000.00. I considered the 100-400L IS v.1 but since I had a 70-200 f/4L plus a 1.4x TC, I didn't feel that I needed another zoom. There are more choices now for the budget birder, many people will go for the Tamron 150-600 or save up for the 100-400L IS II. The next step up for me would be an f/4 supertelephoto.
I agree, and if a 400F5.6 version II came out, you could expect much better performance than the 100-400 MkII. I think it would sell.


Look at Diamonds...artificially made to be RARE.

except in the world of abrasives..... there they are cheap....

Guess it's all presentation and marketing and hype.....

I don't know who was fool enough to pay 6 million for a photo.

This was previously discussed.  My personal opinion is that his left hand bought it from his right hand.  Or perhaps his cat bought it from him and gave it to the dog as a birthday present.
I just sold a picture of a tuna for 8 million to my cat.... and about time, I need that money for the 8 million that Fluffy wants to borrow...

If it was a real sale, it would have been public and hyped.... That's where a lot of the value from real art comes from.... This just has to be a fake sale.....

Canon General / Re: 5Ds R Moire and Bird Feathers
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:27:16 PM »
I'm going to stick with my 7D2....

First picture is a 1-1 crop with a 70-200F4, and the second photo is the head portion blown up further.

I'm with you. I just got a 7D2 but I haven't had a real chance to test it out yet. But if that top image is a 1920x1080 crop out of a 5472x3648 image, I don't know what reasonable person would not be impressed. What was the exposure settings on this photo?

ISO 200, 1/400th second, and F8

P.T. Barnum's motto is alive and well.

Instead of thinking of these photos as art, think of them as cars....

So I am a Mazda dealer.... Mazda ships me 1000 identical cars, I put fancy rims and race tires onto them, and I start selling them for $100,000 each.... except for 50 of the cars that I put floor mats into,  call them special, and sell them for 3 times as much. With the regular stock, once I get down to 200 left, I jack the price up to 5 times as much. Once the stock gets down to 100, I double the price again.... and somehow people keep buying them.

Why doesn't someone go to another Mazda dealer... or a ford... or Honda... or whatever????

There is one born every minute....

Canon General / Re: 5Ds R Moire and Bird Feathers
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:40:48 PM »
I'm going to stick with my 7D2....

First picture is a 1-1 crop with a 70-200F4, and the second photo is the head portion blown up further.

If all you want is an expensive print, then fine.... but anyone who thought that a Lik print was an art investment does not know the first thing about investing. Buy high and sell low is a doomed strategy, and having someone with a $200,000 print who can't sell it for $5000 does not fill me with confidence..

With $200,000 I can buy 15,150 cases of beer... have the party to end all parties... and at the end have $18,000 dollars worth of empties... an investment with a return 3.6 times greater than an expensive Lik print...

But what camera do you use to shoot a woodpecker on a weasel?

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:09:28 PM »
Hi Folks.
I grew up on Star Trek, probably the first reruns. I too feel that Leonard Nimoy's death is a great loss, a good man, but he will live on in the reruns for a long time yet!
Three things guaranteed in a life, Birth, Death, and Taxes! All the rest is a bonus.

Cheers, Graham.

It is sad, but I guess the only guarantee in life is death.

Don't Forget DR, someone will always bring that up. ;D
To expect that a thread on this forum would not have DR intrude would be illogical....

Lenses / Re: Canon ef-s 17-55mm 2.8 is usm GONE
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:13:06 PM »
Has anybody seen that the 17-55 is completely gone from the product page from canon usa? I noticed yesterday that the price was missing and if you clicked on it that you got redirected to the home page. Now it's completely missing from their product page.
still here in Canada....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gift for gf's birthday?
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:09:46 PM »
Take her out to dinner on her birthday, and stop at a camera store. Let her pick what she likes...

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:48:19 PM »
Communications research....

First major project that I worked on was Telidon.

The project predated the internet and influenced many aspects of it's design, including the concepts of HTML and the idea that you could connect from anywhere. In 1986, when the internet was officially created, we were part of it.... and here is a picture from 1986.... the first cat picture posted on the internet!

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:09:17 PM »
"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human. Rest in Peace, Mr. Spock."

Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:55:38 PM »
Game farms have a real use.  I don't want 100s or 1000s of people out in the wilds stressing animals, perhaps causing them to abandon their young.  No picture is worth the animal's life (or yours - but you can control the latter in most cases).

There is a fine line between game farms and animals that are free but are regularly feed/protected or baited.  How do you honestly label the latter?
I agree and unless they are abusing the animals, its gives far more people the opportunity to see/photograph animals than would be possible or responsible to do in the wild.  It's the captioning that is important, at least to me.  I don't think people would think any less of a photo if they knew it was at a game farm upfront, but I think they would be very disappointed if I tried to pass one off as wild and they found out I was lying.

The whole attractant thing is another matter.  If it's a man-made watering hole or a bird feeder that supplements natural food and water sources, I don't think that's a huge deal, but if people use bait, or game calls, that's going too far, IMHO.  It may take animals away from doing activities they need to survive, teach them to become dependent on humans, or in the case of large predators, teach them associate humans with food.  Note, that is humans=food, not humans=creatures who feed us. 

Finally, if it were me, I would caption a photo of a bird, even if the feeder wasn't in the frame, something like "Blue jay visiting my backyard bird feeder".
Personally, I do not think that I have to explain that these chickadees have been baited into a spot where it is possible to take a reasonably close picture of them.....

Lenses / Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 Going Away?
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:43:54 PM »
It is a great lens that sells well and has no equivalent..... I can't see it going away unless it was replaced with a newer version.

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