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Messages - Don Haines

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:47:40 AM »
Stupid.

Want a useful underwater hyperzoom?

Full frame fisheye (180° diagonal) to 100mm.
You can get most of that right now by combining any of the current generation of waterproof compacts with a gopro

It's difficult for me to imagine a reason I'd ever buy a gopro.
For what it is designed for, it's the best camera out there. For everything else, it sucks. It all comes down to the right tool for the job..

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 20, 2014, 07:44:49 PM »
You got that right.  I have more nuthatches than chickadees and that's a lot.  if I sat still they'd sit on my head.  ;)

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:48:49 PM »

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

Location > gear

Time spent at location > gear

I'd rather shoot with a Canon S2 in Yellowstone for a year than a high end camera and lens combo for two weeks.

I bet if I had a 1D X and a 600/4 II I'd create 100x more great photography in two weeks than you would with your Canon S2 in a year. ;) I have absolutely zero doubt, as a matter of fact.

The odds of getting truly great photographs in nature increase exponentially based on time in the field, not what gear you have.

First, you have to get out there. Second, you have to stay out there in all conditions. Then you need to apply technique, and hopefully a bit of luck will come your way, but don't count on it.

Time can be a factor, but gear is not immaterial. If I wanted to get a shot of bears, I'd much rather have a 1DX/5D III and a 600/4 + 2x TC, or a 7D and 600/4, than anything else.
I joke about my tamron 150-600 being my polar bear lens because that's as close as I want to get to one. Yes, I could use a 50f1.8 to take the shot, but when you show the picture and say "see that pixel, it's a polar bear" they are not impressed :)   There are definitely times when you can not get close, or do not want to get close. For those times, there is no substitute for gear. As someone who has shot with the Tamron and the 600F4, there are times when neither is long enough. At least the 600F4 plays well with teleconverters.... Don't bother with the Tamron.

That said, I still believe that most of the time technique beats gear. It's when we are at the limits that the gear becomes truly important and most people never get that far. People like Jrista are not typical. His bird portraits are at a level where great technique and great gear are needed to get that level of shot. Myself, I am still learning and only occasionally reach the limits of my gear, and to keep things in perspective, remember that most cameras are left in program or "green box" mode. For all those people, technique is far more important than gear.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:01:00 PM »

agreed! I'd take a year in Yellowstone with an iPhone over the high end combo for two weeks...

Absolutely.  8)
I'd take a year in Yellowstone with NO camera over the high end combo for two weeks.... :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:13:01 PM »
Technique beats gear EVERY TIME?

You're telling this to someone who shot in dark gyms with a 1D4 and a 7D then switched to a 1Dx.  Technique hardly beats gear every time.  I highly doubt my "technique" increased my keeper rate by about 150% and gave me tons and tons of clean images at ISO 6400.

I'd rather shoot NCAA D2 basketball with a 1Dx and 70-200 f/2.8L II IS combo than an NBA game with a 7D, that is for absolute sure.

I swear sometimes you guys just argue to argue.
point taken.... how about technique USUALLY beats gear :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:59:15 PM »

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

Location > gear

Time spent at location > gear

I'd rather shoot with a Canon S2 in Yellowstone for a year than a high end camera and lens combo for two weeks.
agreed! I'd take a year in Yellowstone with an iPhone over the high end combo for two weeks...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:38:40 PM »
When I got my Tamron 150-600 I rushed outside to take some bird pictures.. I finally had a long enough lens that I could shoot tiny birds, and using it on a crop camera increased the equivalent focal length to 960mm.

I put a 2x TC behind my 600 II on my 1D X, then I cropped the image to 25% which increased the equivalent focal length to 2400mm.  If I mounted an iPhone behind the 600 II + 2x, that would increase the equivalent focal length to 9600mm.  Where does it stop?

The crop factor ("equivalent focal length" is just cropping) is only an advantage IF you're shooting at low ISO and IF printing larger than 16x24"/A2.

There is no crop factor advantage if taking pictures of chickadees eating from your hand...   ;)
the picture could not have been taken with a 600II and a 1DX as the birds were closer than the length of the lens ...

The point being, don't fixate on gear. Technique beats gear every time. One of the best techniques to learn in bird photography is to be slow and quiet..... although that said, I would not refuse a 1DX and a 600II if it were offered :)

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I asked someone in the know recently if Canon had market research on who buys the EOS 5D Mark III and for what purpose. I was told that the videographer focused purchaser of the EOS 5D Mark III was less than 10% of the total sales. The camera is, and has always been, for the still photographer.

What was the proportion for 5D Mark II sales (for video)?

To put another perspective on this, if you want to experiment with 4K video or start building your 4K catalogue then you're forced into buying Panasonic or Sony.
I don't know..... but the percentage of 5D mark 1 sales for video was 0 ....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 07:17:36 PM »
If interested here is a quick informal test I did yesterday. Crop cameras are the best birding cameras IMO beating a FF pretty handily. Especially with the new crop sensors from sony.

Interesting that Art Morris (of who's website your URL is seemingly a parody, and who actually shoots birds instead of posed pooches) uses the 1D X and 5DIII with Canon 500/600 II lenses and delivers impressive images. 

I must say, your opinion smells like birds that fart.  :-X
When I got my Tamron 150-600 I rushed outside to take some bird pictures.. I finally had a long enough lens that I could shoot tiny birds, and using it on a crop camera increased the equivalent focal length to 960mm. All serious birders know the you need long long long lenses and there is no substitute.

I came back from my walk with lots of pictures of Chickadees taken with a wide angle lens at 20mm :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:38:14 AM »

And you have hit the big problem with mirrorless.... battery life. They increase the power consumption and make the battery smaller.... and for some inexplicable :) reason, battery life sucks! If they kept to LP-E6 they would last longer... or with a mirrorless in a "normal" sized camera there would be room for a larger battery.

For comparison,
70D, LP-E6 battery, 1000 pictures per charge
EOS-M, LP-12 battery, 230 pictures per charge

LP-E6 is 7.2V and 1800mAh
LP-E12 is 7.2V and 875mAh

If you look at in term of pictures per Ah, the 70D is 555 per Ah and the EOS-M is 265 per Ah.... so assuming the same battery capacity you are still at only half the life on the EOS-M as the 70D

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:23:01 AM »
Not sure if this was stated as I kind of speed read through the five pages of previous posts.

But like I've stated before, the real killer feature would be to make the viewfinder a hybrid ovf/evf like Fuji has done on the x100/s and xpro.

This would give us the best of both worlds and the option to use whichever is best suited for the user/scenario.

Yes, I am aware that there will then be issues with parallax. But it is a small nuisance to maintain the benefit of having access to both types of VF in the same body.

Battery life would also be prolonged which is my biggest beef with mirrorless now.

I personally would love to see a full sized (dslr shape) mirrorless offering from Canon so long as it featured the hybrid vf. The larger form factor would appeal to my ergonomic preferences and also allow for a much larger battery than what is currently used in most small mirrorless bodies.
And you have hit the big problem with mirrorless.... battery life. They increase the power consumption and make the battery smaller.... and for some inexplicable :) reason, battery life sucks! If they kept to LP-E6 they would last longer... or with a mirrorless in a "normal" sized camera there would be room for a larger battery.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod center column - yes or no
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:16:39 PM »
I have three tripods. The Manfrotto 055 came with a center column, and I did not use it very often, being aware of the stability issue. The big (CT3472) and little (CT3442) Feisols didn't come with a center column, and I haven't bothered to get one. It does get old trying to adjust the legs by less than a centimeter each. I have thought of getting the column kit and a short column for those times when I might be doing a lot of fussy height adjustment. Besides the simplicity and stability of having no center column, there is the additional 200 grams or so that is saved by not having the center column. On a longer hike, I likely would rather shave the grams and fuss more with the legs, than take a center column. Along that line, for extra stability I hang my water bottles off the tripod baseplate hook, for an extra 1.5-2 kg if water full. I also have a plastic mesh bag from 3# bag of oranges - it can be stuck onto the baseplate hook and a few rocks can be loaded into it.

Very similar to what I do.... I have a 4mm cord that I use to tension the tripod to my backpack, which is laying on the ground under the tripod.

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I think that what is needed is a touch screen on the back of all new cameras.

Obviously, one should not get rid of the knobs and dials of cameras, but this gives you an additional way to operate the camera (for those so inclined). One should be able to run an App on a phone that gives you the same functionality as the built-in touchscreen, or on a tablet where the increased real estate would give you even more convenience. Yes, tilt/swivel is nice, but removable/remoteable goes so much further....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:52:27 PM »
The great think about chickadees is that you don't need hunting blinds to get close.... all you need are some sunflower seeds and a lens that focuses within half of an arm's length....

The 60D is a fine camera.... enjoy!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 16, 2014, 09:37:59 AM »
I dunno. I've read the subsequent DPAF patents, and there isn't anything remotely revolutionary in there. Mostly just using different sized photodiodes for the AF part, and a means of increasing sensitivity for AF without reducing IQ. If that's all Canon's got for the 7D II, they are going to take a HUGE reputation hit...and they HAVE to know that... (If they don't, then they've totally lost touch with their customer base, and I am seriously hoping that's not the case.)

Are you suggesting that the people here are representative of Canon's customer base?  I see lots of clamoring for better IQ on forums but until the 70D, the 7D remained a strong seller.  I'd bet a 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well.
Personally, if the 7D2 came with:
7DII with 41ish AF points
10 fps
24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, or slightly less pixels and slightly more IQ....
and WiFi/touchscreen

I'd buy one.

Right about now, the biggest thing they can do to improve IQ is to move the A/D onto the sensor, and if they do that plus the above, I'd pre-order it.

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