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Neat, a camera in Canadian winter camouflage.....

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:25:05 PM »
Constance Creek, near Ottawa, Canada.... The ice is finally out so I am going canoeing this weekend!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:22:10 PM »
Ring-Necked Duck...

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:01:33 PM »
Do the experts here think the overall land speed of the unicorn will match or at least come close to that of the dodo? 


Well, while it appears the Dodo was fairly swift. Using a modern proxy, the  ostrich (as a large, land bird) runs about 40 mph, I'd put an uneducated, non-scientific guess at about 25-35 mph peak speed.

Assuming that the origination of the Unicorn is from people seeing Rhino's, the White Rhino can run about 31 mph at peak.

If, instead, the Unicorn is really someone's great practical joke and it was simply a horse dressed up, a Quarter horse can run about 47.5 mph.

So, if a Dodo and a Unicorn made a bet as to who would get the land-speed record, if it's a Unicorn based on a White Rhino, it might be a toss-up. If it's a Unicorn based on a dressed up horse, pretty much the horse would win.

And now I feel all proud and geeky and self satisfied that I have go through the time and effort to attempt to make an absolutely meaningless point about something completely unrelated to the original topic.

That's all fine and dandy... but neither will approach the airspeed is of a swallow carrying a coconut

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:35:55 PM »
Anybody struggling with the Rockwell link should watch a Zefrank video or two on YouTube. True Facts About The Armadillo

how did we get here again?

I was thinking the same thing ... maybe people are only reading the words "photography snob" from the title, and they immediately think of Ken ;D

We're all photography snobs, jaded on some level, are we not?

Yes we are, and I think snobbishness exhibits a skewed bell-shaped distribution with knowledge.
If you know very little, you're not a snob.
As you get to know more, but far less than enough, you develop more and more snobbishness.
You think all you know is correct- and everything else is wrong.
However, once you know a lot, you cross the peak of snobbishness, and you go into enlightenment.
And then on it's all downhill in terms of snobbishness.

Along that scale, my knowledge and snobbishness are both early on the upward slope (fortunately only in terms of photography knowledge, not in my chosen profession, but I have spent a much longer time in that).
Still long way to go here though...  :(

Excellent observation, but if it were true, it would mean the most knowledgeable people are not snobs, and they clearly are.

Or possibly none of us know enough to be truly enlightened :)

Personally, I don't think you can connect knowledge and snobbishness. I know several very knowledgeable photographers, some are arrogant snobs and some are humble and helpfull... and some are a mix. I also know some very poor photographers who have an inflated opinion of themselves.

Lenses / Re: Landscape lens for backpacking
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:25:32 PM »
My solution for the existing 40D: 15-85mm or 17-55mm. If 17-55mm, then take along one of the cheap Samyang ultra-wides. My 15-85mm spends  a LOT of time at 15mm. 70-200 f/4 IS, extension ring set, 1.4x TCII, tripod/ball head/L bracket as below, Polarizer and needed step rings.

For a 6D: That's harder. I would probably go for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (great!), EF 24-70 f/4 IS (I don't have this yet), EF 70-200 f/4 IS (great!), 1.4x TC II, largest polarizer plus any needed step rings.  Tripod: Feisol 3442 no center column plus Arca-Swiss p0 ball head plus L bracket.

For either camera, three LP-E6 batteries, fully charged, at minimum, if there are no "charging stops" available. That's 3,000 photos worth of batteries. Two batteries and a charger if charging stops are planned.

For ultralight short trip: Sigma DP2M (30mm f/2.8 fixed lens APS-C), nodal slide for panoramas, L bracket/grip, above tripod, ~10 batteries (~60-80 shots per battery, they are very lightweight and small), polarizer -  four pounds for everything. Fewer batteries needed if you carry a solar charger.

Add a few oz for the Lee filter holder and one ND grad, one ND reverse grad, and one Big Stopper.

With Nancy 1000% on the polarizing filter... mine lives on the end of my 17-55 and I carry a step-up ring so I can use it on my 70-200....

With Nancy 1000% on the batteries.... and throw in a few memory cards. Don't shoot the entire trip on the one card because if anything happens to it, you are toast! When hiking I shoot a few days on a card and then swap it out for a fresh card.

For carying the extra lens.... have you considered the Beta Shells?

I carry my camera in a drybag in the top pouch of the pack. I also carry a waterproof P/S with me.... it always seems to rain when I go for a hike.....

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:18:54 PM »
I have three tripods myself.... one was selected as it is light enough to be carried backpacking. (gotta love carbon fibre). The other tripod is very heavy and super-stable. The third tripod weighs over 50 pounds and has a tracking head for astronomy...

The point being, there is no such thing as a tripod that does everything well. Even the choice between lightweight and heavy has tradeoffs... No matter how well constructed a carbon fibre tripod is, sometimes you need mass for stability, particularly when shooting in wind.... but are you going to carry that heavy tripod on a 2 week hike????

Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:12:50 AM »
Using my 300 4 L IS with either a crop body or 6d I get blur. I correct this by leaning my left shoulder against something. Do not have same issue with the 70 200 L. I do not want to always use a monopod as it is often getting in the way.

Its not a strength thing, my height & wingspan (I'm 6'7') might play into it some...

Looking for some proper hand placement or body alignment tips from anyone who has had this issue.


I would have said that the correct technique is to lean against something or rest the lens on something... or use a tripod or monopod.......

Lenses / Re: Landscape lens for backpacking
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:00:38 AM »
I am lucky to say that I have a permit to hike the John Muir Trail this August and cannot wait to bring my camera along with me. I currently have a 40D, 24-70 mk I, and 15 fisheye. I would like to get wider shots than the 24-70 on my crop, and am kind of forced to make a decision: get a FF body or a wider lens. I'm not 100% sold on any FF body as being the one for me (new or used), so I'm leaning towards new glass. Weight and price are not of concern to me as this is going to be one epic trip. The obvious choice seems to be the 16-35 for superior IQ over the 17-40, despite weight and cost. But are there primes I should consider as well? I certainly wouldn't hesitate considering one, especially if the IQ and weight are superior by comparison to the 16-35.

Get a hiking pole that has a screw-off top so it can be used as a monopod....

If you do stay with a crop camera, the 17-55 is a better lens for landscape than the 15-85. It is faster and it is sharper on the wide end....

If you go FF, the 6D will outperform any crop camera for landscape and the 24-70F4 lens is sharper than the 24-105 lens that always seems to be included in the kits...... it is almost as sharp as th F2.8 version and a lot lighter.  You can also throw in the 70-200F4 and a 1.4X teleconverter for more distant objects....

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:10:46 PM »
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.

The Olympus E-M1 is rated for -10°C (minus ten degrees Celsius); the FUJIFILM X-T1 as well. But the Lord of DSLR's (i.e. the Canon EOS 1D X) is only rated to 0°C .... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha  ;)

And my Olympus TG-830 is rated for -10C, works underwater, and has a special "cat mode" for taking pet pictures... now if it only had underwater "cat mode"..... (something Fluffy would regret) Bwahahahahahaha glub glub glub glub....

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:19:56 AM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

Nice shot! I wanted to play with the 600 and see what I could get... but it was SNOWING!!!!!!

Photography Technique / Re: Photographing through fencing
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:17:08 AM »
Set the lens as fast as you can and try to keep the fence somewhere in the first half of the distance to your subject. Also, try to avoid plain backgrounds.

In the following shot of a heron, you can't really see the chain link fence except for where there is snow in the background. In the rest of the image the pattern is not very noticeable....

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D manufacturing delays
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:35:23 PM »
Personally, I think the specs that they claim are garbage. These specs are a 70D, with an additional frame per second burst speed, and without WiFi, touchscreen, tilt/swivel screen...

Canon has not waited for 5 years to introduce a new top-end APSC camera that is out-performed by a year old mid-range APS-C camera....

EOS Bodies / 70D manufacturing delays
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:30:05 PM »
Copied this from PetaPixel...
Released back in September of 2009, the Canon 7D is long overdue for a much-anticipated refresh. The problem is, up until just recently various sources have published conflicting reports that seem to get us no closer to knowing what this camera will actually look like.

However, yesterday, Northlight Images reported some interesting news that seems to make sense and go along with some of the more plausible rumors about the impending camera.

The Northlight Images report claims that the Canon 7D Mark II will feature a higher end version of the dual pixel sensor Canon used in the 70D. A slightly less powerful version of the tech is also rumored to appear in the 700D (Rebel T5i) and 100D (Rebel SL1) replacements.

However, it seems some manufacturing issues with the dual pixel design of the 70D sensor has delayed production of the 7D Mark II and other successors, forcing Canon to push back release dates until late summer or possibly even early fall.


Beyond the new sensor technology in the camera, the below specs are just some of what has been rumored to make an appearance in the 7D successor, although there are a few conflicting reports:
•20MP APS-C Sensor
•ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
•1/8000 – 30s, Bulb, X=1/250
•150,000 shutter life
•Silent shutter mode, similar to 5DMIII
•19-point phase autofocus
•15 Raw / 126 JPEG Buffer
•3.0″ 1040k LCD, touch screen
•Optional WiFi
•Magnesium Alloy body
•Battery capacity 850 shots
•148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5 mm
•Weight 910g

Ultimately, much of this is up in the air still, with nothing considered confirmed until Canon decides to make an announcement itself, but the rumored specs seem to be fairly logical considering what Canon has put out in the past

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:21:41 AM »
The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer.

and hopefully the prosumer model will NOT be the 7D2......

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