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Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:58:56 AM »
Hi Don.
Wow that would be a surprise, but how bad? Was it a face to face oh crap kind of surprise, or just walking back making a noise and scared him out surprise.
Worst surprise we had from an animal was a 30 amp 240v cable in a barn, pulled the bramble off it and FLASHBANG, all the insulation was missing for about 5 ft. At the end was the skeleton of the rat responsible! ;D we found the fault!  ::)  Why do rodents seem to prefer PVC insulation to sticks and other natural stuff?

I like both those pics, I had seen the Raven and dish image before on another post (or one from the same series?).
Token effort for on topic, is it 21 or 22 we are up to, but whatever number they left out my category,
xx not as good as I thought I was before I found CR! :'( But hopefully improving.

Cheers Graham.

Hi Don.
I would probably hang the broken weld if it was a macro that made it resemble some canyon in metal, or if it was a microscopy image using a disclosing agent, some of those look cool, but then I'm an engineer at heart. ::) 
It isn't properly broken until you fail to fix it. And the engineers mantra.
If it won't fit, force it, if it won't force, get a bigger hammer! ;D

Cheers Graham.

Ps I too have pictures of all those except the groundstations.

Definitely #10....

I get paid for it, but who wants to hang pictures of cable runs, inner assemblies of groundstations, worn bearings, or cracked welds on thier wall....

My heart is in landscape and nature.
Sometimes nature and technical photography come together. My avatar is of an access hole to a cable run up the base of a satellite dish... I left the plate off while running a new feed cable and when I came back after lunch... SURPRISE!!!

The second picture is the back of the same dish... complete with Raven and snow...
Nothing dramatic... she was staring out the hole at me as I walked up to the dish...

I definitly agree on the CR has made me a better photographer category... I am always learning and the images are inspiring!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:46:59 PM »
Don, news yesterday - Great Lakes frozen over - wow.  But it's hot in Australia, wonder what the average is for the planet?

Sad to see the wildlife suffer but it's the way of the wild as it's always been.


Nice to see this thread continue to grow with lots of newcomers. :)

Jack
I love that it is worldwide and we get to see wonderful shots from across the globe...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:40:18 PM »
I don’t know your level of experience.   I am an amateur and have zero experience in Africa.  There are many here who can take a picture of the instant a bullet strikes a balloon using a pinhole box camera.  I am not one of them.  Therefore, take my thoughts with that in mind.

When I had only my 60D and went to Yellowstone I came back disappointed with many of my low light photos.   When I used my old manual focus no IS 800mm I felt I had to keep the shutter speed up and, fearing noise, I kept the iso down as low as I could.  I shot in raw and I had a lot of noise in the shadows.    In retrospect, I might have been better off raising the iso more and exposing more to the right.  Since getting the 5Diii, I have much better results in the low light.   I believe that most of this is due to the superiority of the 5Diii and some is due to just gaining more experience.   My vote would be for you to get the 5Diii for its low light abilities, provided you have enough time prior to the trip to get familiar with its characteristics. 


Have a great trip and don’t get so caught up in the photography that it detracts from what will likely be some moments of a lifetime.

I'm similar Lloyd. I have used my 60d at a couple hockey games with average low light success. I would expect much improvement from a 5d mkiii vs the 60d.

You sound like you've been talking to my fiancé with that last comment :)
The 5D2 is at least a stop better than the 60D, and the 5D3 is supposed to be about a stop better than the 5D2...

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:21:55 PM »
Why doesn't anyone get this? It's really simple and strait forward. You cannot seal a camera if you slice open the seal to pass a ribbon cable through it.

I simply don't think that's true.  No sealing is perfect: even submarines have to break the seal of the tin can to connect wires to an external radio antenna.  The question is how much sealing is good enough for the intended purpose.  Or, phrased in business terms, how much sealing makes the product a profitable, worthwhile member of the catalog.  (good profits and reasonable failure rate)

A submarine isn't a good example.....they are full of leaks... the trick is to be able to pump out the water faster than it comes in :)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Hotshoe has stopped working?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:14:53 PM »
Can you borrow another flash to test?  Are you shooting through the viewfinder, or using Live View?
Also, does the flash work on another camera?

Have you tried a fresh set of batteries? I have seen some very weird behaviour out of electronics when voltages get low....

As to settings, one thing to try when unexplained things happen is to "reset to factory settings".

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Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:51:36 PM »
Hi Don.
I would probably hang the broken weld if it was a macro that made it resemble some canyon in metal, or if it was a microscopy image using a disclosing agent, some of those look cool, but then I'm an engineer at heart. ::) 
It isn't properly broken until you fail to fix it. And the engineers mantra.
If it won't fit, force it, if it won't force, get a bigger hammer! ;D

Cheers Graham.

Ps I too have pictures of all those except the groundstations.

Definitely #10....

I get paid for it, but who wants to hang pictures of cable runs, inner assemblies of groundstations, worn bearings, or cracked welds on thier wall....

My heart is in landscape and nature.
Sometimes nature and technical photography come together. My avatar is of an access hole to a cable run up the base of a satellite dish... I left the plate off while running a new feed cable and when I came back after lunch... SURPRISE!!!

The second picture is the back of the same dish... complete with Raven and snow...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 06, 2014, 06:57:48 PM »
A Panorama from the great white north...

These ducks hang around all winter and live off of handouts.. you can get VERY close to them, particularly if you have food. This section of river normally stays open here all winter (rapids) but this year it is completely frozen over and a number of ducks have lost their feet to frostbite... plus they have to eat snow to get water. A very rough year on them.

The last day that got up to "seasonal average" was in mid-November.... I have a hard time believing that they stayed.

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Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 06, 2014, 02:55:49 PM »
Definitely #10....

I get paid for it, but who wants to hang pictures of cable runs, inner assemblies of groundstations, worn bearings, or cracked welds on thier wall....

My heart is in landscape and nature.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:00:20 PM »
My articulating screen on the 60D is still fine, almost 4 years out. I think that it will last long enough for me to wait for the mythical 7D2.

The articulating screen on my 60D is in perfect condition after 4 years of heavy use. I tend to fold it over to protect the screen when not in use. I would like to add that my friend's 5D2, which is well treated and has only seen a fraction of the use, has scratches on the screen....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:55:58 AM »
Speaking as a 60D owner who has used a 5D2....

If you are carrying 2 bodies, make one crop and the other FF

If you are going to be dealing with action shots, make sure one of your cameras has good AF capabilities. The 60D does not cut it. The 6D is not really great for action...

The fastest moving action will be close to you (geometry) so that's probably where you will be using the FF camera. (crop is best on longer distances)

Therefore, the second body you purchase shouls be FF and with a decent AF system.... and that means either 5D2, 5D3, or 1DX. The 5D3 really is a great improvement over the 5D2 and half the price of the 1DX, so that's where I would go...

And make sure you have the camera far enough in advance of the trip to get used to it.... don't forget spare batteries and memory cards!

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Lighting / Re: Whitebalance with grey card seems red?
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:41:43 AM »
Still not shure why the pictures get a colorcast when using white paper (and a grey card)

Because white paper isn't really white!  White papers have brightening agents added to them, and those are fluorescent chemicals that absorb light in the long UV wagelengths and emit blue light which is added to the light reflected from the paper.  So, white paper is actually a little blue (and the 'bright white' papers are even bluer). 

When you WB on something with a blue tint, you get a yellow-red tint in your image.

I did not know that! Thanks Neuro, always learning new stuff here....

BTW... my "grey card" is a 30 or 40 year old kodak card.... colour bar on the top half, neutral grey on the bottom half.... It is getting quite worn. Do you have any recomendations for a replacement?

Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:15:48 AM »
The conductors inside the ribbon is sealed  by the material of the ribbon already. Therefore the sealing at the joint for the ribbon will not be needed.

The point isn't to seal the ribbon itself. The point is to avoid having to break the camera seal to allow the ribbon to pass through it. Why doesn't anyone get this? It's really simple and strait forward. You cannot seal a camera if you slice open the seal to pass a ribbon cable through it.

Unlike breaking the seal to mount a lens :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:42:06 PM »
mark II 1Ds
600mm   love dance

What's this wet stuff they are playing in..... around here the water is white and hard....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:26:36 PM »
Awesome Gary.   8)  It's always a pleasure to look at your great pictures. Keep posting.
I think  I should slow down on the posting there talking banning me on the
( Show your Bird Portraits )

 THE SMACK DOWN

Yet another wonderful picture.... Thanks for posting!

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:50:49 PM »
Touchscreens came out on the 70D and you can bet that the 6D2, 7D2, 5D4, and 1DX2 will have it.

Minor correction. The 650D/T4i was Canon's first DSLR with touchscreen. Whether the 5D4 and 1DX2 will be equipped with touchscreens depends on performance of those screens under weather testing. :)

My opening line was "for clarity, I will ignore Rebels, EOS-M, and SL-1 and concentrate on the higher end cameras" :)

Weatherproofing of a touchscreen is the same as for a "normal" screen. Even articulated screens can be easily weathersealed.

The convenience of touch controls will be hard to resist. Tap the screen to select an object to focus on... double tap to select an area to meter on.... longer tap to select white balance, etc etc..  this coupled with the existing buttons and dials makes for a killer interface.

The problem with weatehrsealing an articulating screen isn't whether it can or cannot BE weathersealed. The problems is that you have to seal a joint, which means wear on the seal, which means it had the potential to break down and break at some point. Worse, you generally wouldn't know that the seal was broken, which actually greatly increases the chance that you might ruin your camera by using it in the kind of extreme conditions that you would never use a non-weathersealed camera.

There is a very specific reason why the 1D X, which has the best weathersealing of any Canon DSLR, does not use a main rotatable dial and opts for buttons instead. The wear on a seal with a rotatable dial is greater than wear on a seal with depressable buttons.

You don't seal the joints.... you seal after the joints so the seal is somewhere that does not move and wear out...

Also, nobody ever said that if the 1DX got a touchscreen that it would be a tilt-swivel screen. My bet is that it gets a touchscreen and it is fixed in place like the current one.

You can't do that, though. The joint is what contains the electronic ribbons that transfer data from the main board to the LCD screen. You have to seal the ENTIRE thing...you can't slip the ribbon through some unsealed slot, that would effectively nullify all of the sealing.

There is no articulating screen with the same level of weather sealing as the 5D III and 1D X currently have. It just isn't going to happen. Not to mention the overall fragility of an articulating screen in the kinds of extreme situations that those cameras can be used in. I've hauled my 7D through thick brush and brambles, dropped it in the mud, had it even topple over onto hard ice on my ultra light weight Gitzo tripod because of 60mph high winds up in the mountains during winter a couple years ago. If I'd had an articulating screen, my 7D would have gone bust a LOOONG time ago. I just walked in the door about 10 minutes ago...at the moment, my 7D is once again covered in mud. :P It's just the name of the game...if you want to get anything remotely resembling a true professional bird or wildlife shot (and I'm not saying I've ever achieved that goal yet), you just plain and simply have to crawl through the thickets and mid and get really dirty.

"Articulating screens" and "rugged" or "weather sealed" can't be placed in the same sentence when it isn't pure irony. I understand all the arguments for them in high end models, but I think anyone who actually buys one of Canon's xD models where part of their decision is based on the ruggedness and weather sealing of the body, if they had a choice, they would NEVER choose the option to have an articulating screen.
Three different issues are getting mixed up here.

First: Sealing
The ribbon passes through a seal before it gets to the joint. At that place, nothing is moving and the seal will not wear out. Likewise, where the ribbon enters the display, the seal is after the joint and it does not  move or wear out the seal.

Ruggedized laptops have been doing this for 20 years.

Second: Does a tilt/swivel screen belong.
This is a matter of opinion and there is no right or wrong answer. My personal belief is that a tilt/swivel screen belongs on the lower end models and that it does not belong on a 1DX. As you have said, the 1DX is about ruggedness. It is a camera that is designed to take a beating and movable screens are not going to survive that beating.

Also, the introduction of wireless and (hopefully) decent apps move your tilt/swivel screen to your phone...

Third: touch screens.
Touch screens can be sealed every bit as easily as a non-touch screen. Just because it is a touch screen does not mean it is a tilt/swivel touch screen.

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