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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:44:32 AM »
I don't mean to post this image in a condescending way about people who use iPads/tablets as cameras ... I think its awesome that we live in an age where different people with different tools and budgets can get into photography the way they see fit ... its cool that people don't have to learn about camera controls, lighting etc to get some decent images that they will cherish ... like this man who was capturing his little daughter's excitement of having discovered a little dome under the stingray exhibit ... I think he was more excited about having captured this precious memory of his daughter then she was about discovering that little dome ... priceless!
I know some photographers scoff at the idea of others using an iPad as a camera, but I think its marvelous that people can capture a priceless memory in a manner that is convenient to them ... that man was using some app to capture the moment in burst mode and later on at the cafeteria I had seen him editing it in iPhoto. During my last vacation in December, I've seen several tourists using their iPads ... I say why not, more power to the people.
Sometimes it's the right tool for the job... sometimes the convenience outweighs other concerns, but under the right conditions they work surprisingly well.

The lady in the picture is a professional photographer, had a 5D2 and a 24-70 in the backpack, and was snapping away on the iPad :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 21, 2014, 10:06:53 AM »
Taken a little while ago in my garden, not exactly welcome and was feeding on bird seed. Could not resist trying to get his photo and he obliged. Never saw him again. Canon 300f2.8 Mk1 and 7d.
Great shot!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:50:50 AM »
An alternative from Canon, where they made a body with a 36x36 size sensor, would be interesting.

That would give a number of advantages:
- 50% area increase
- 27MP with the same pixle size as the 1DX sensor (or 54MP with the same pixle size as the a7r/800)
- All EF lenses would work

If I could get a 40MP-ish sensor, with proper high ISO performance, a fair fps and Canon user interface in a reasonably sized body ... It would put a abrupt stop to my Phase One ambitions ...

I know some will oppose a square image format, but that would be OK with me. Thoughts?

I don't see why that would be any better than just going up a centimeter in each dimension, and making a whole new line of lenses.  It's not as if many couldn't afford to buy new lenses.  And like I said, 10 years from now, it's quite possible they would be making super telephoto lenses to go along with the new mount and larger image circle.  Weight need not be an issue, the physical size of everything would not be much bigger.
Double the sensor and you cube the weight of the lens to get the same field of view.... That's twice as long, twice as high, twice as wide.... Eight times the weight...

These two lenses have the same field of view and F-stop. The small one is from an Olympus 4/3 system and the big one fits Canon FF....a lot of the width of the small one are the focus motors, just look at the lens caps to get an idea of the difference in the weight of the glass....

I, for one, will not be paying for a lens that dwarfs the Canon "big whites"

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:48:19 PM »


If there is any camera in the Canon lineup that desperately needs an update it's the 7D. The 70D brings more features to the table at a lower price... that has to be annihilating the sales! If they put 4K video on it, NAB would be a great place to announce it.

I completely agree that the 7D needs an update and that the 70D is competing well in the 7D market, having seen amateur wildlife shooters I know opt for the 70 D. I'd be *really* disappointed if the addition of 4K video is the only upgdate though. I just don't see video as one of the primary functions of the 7D and, personally, could not care less about 4K video.
I agree!

I'm not a big fan of 4K video.... but if it does handle 4K it will mean that there are FAST storage devices and this can only help with burst rates..

There is so much that can be done with autofocus and dual-pixel technology. I have a $200 p/s camera that recognizes people and will track focus on that face... I can put it into "cat mode" and it will track focus on the cat... Why can't we have a DSLR that tracks a BIF or an athlete?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:11:33 PM »
'They' just got a new Rebel, and the 70D is far too new. That only leaves the upper echelon. I know, this sort of reasoning is flawed, history has proven that time and time again.

No, "they" just got a sub-Rebel. They release a new Rebel every year and the 5Ti is a year old.  They speculated 3 new cameras this year, one being a video body leaving a new Rebel. No 7D2 this year...  The lack of any new real news regarding any kind of 7D replacement supports this thinking.


Wow, I got schooled with just two letters.

It wasn't even a new model but a reclassification of the line, which is due as it was all over the place. Still my point is valid as the Rebel LINE got a new model and the XD line has not since the 6D. The Ti and XXD lines are merging and to some degree the lower models are passing the upper in terms of AF and dual pixel tech. Oh and let's not forget the SL1, that makes two SUBRebs.
Your guess is as good as anyone else's guess. Nobody knows what will be released. It is all guesswork.

If there is any camera in the Canon lineup that desperately needs an update it's the 7D. The 70D brings more features to the table at a lower price... that has to be annihilating the sales! If they put 4K video on it, NAB would be a great place to announce it.

Landscape / Springtime in Canada
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:08:48 PM »
Hey fellow Canadians! Grab your snowshoes and put on your parkas and let's go out and show the world what the first day of spring 2014 is like in Canada... When you post, be sure to say what part of the country you took the pictures in.

I have a thermarest pad, about 1 by 1.5 feet, that I use for comfort when waiting for a shot. I kept my rear end warm Monday when I sat in the snow for almost an hour waiting for ducks to wander close enough for a shot....

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:16:54 PM »
Female Greater Scaup and male redhead ducks

Crisp - clear pictures of waterfowl usually seen in the distance.  We don't see the Redheads much anymore in these parts. Good to see them. Thanks
They were shot with a 60D and a Tamron 150-600 at f10 and 600mm on Monday at Point Pelee, southernmost point in Canada. There was a large opening in the ice and they were feeding on the far side so I got the camera ready, and sat down partially hidden by the snow and waited. After a while they moved close enough for the pictures.. There is a lot to be said for being patient, still, and quiet. :)

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:57:13 PM »
On Monday I was at Point Pelee, the southernmost point in Canada, enjoying the tropical weather conditions. It was a balmy -8C with 40-60K winds... (back home was -23C)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:43:25 PM »
Female Greater Scaup and male redhead ducks

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:40:42 PM »
Tundra Swans

A simple white kitchen trash bag. Folds up nicely in your camera bag for when you get caught in the rain. Also makes a great flash diffuser.
I do that too....

Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:35:12 AM »
I'd like to have 14-24 2.8 too, which would be a great combo with 24-70 and 70-200.

yes and then imagine a EF 200-600mm.  ;)

would that not make a great line of zooms.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two Cinema EOS Cameras Coming for NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:03:40 AM »
If the 7D2 shoots 4K video, wouldn't NAB be the place to announce it....

Then we could shoot high resolution video of Bigfoot and Nessie

This is a CR1, combined with your CR1.
What if... they disappoint again? Just saying....

Then I don't get to shoot high resolution video of Bigfoot and Nessie......

A DC-AC converter (with USB charging port) that allows me to charge batteries and devices while traveling.

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