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For me, the wildlife photography is an excuse to be outside. Ultimately, it is the outdoor experience that matters to me, not the photos..... but that doesn't mean you can't try hard to be better at it.

Portrait / Re: Can we identify this man?
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:38:52 AM »
I am baffled by some of the responses in this thread. OP sees a photo of someone who obviously is doing something wrong and wants that man be identified so he can be stopped. Is there something wrong with that? Seriously…
Would you want him doing this to one of yours?
I would not want anyone to do that to my daugther and my wife!

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:36:57 PM »
Maple leaf....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: starter/travel
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:57:53 PM »
A T5 with good lenses is way better than an expensive camera with poor glass.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:54:47 PM »
There is a great quote from the world of mountaineering.... "Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory"  The same hold true in hiking.... getting to the destination is optional, getting back out is mandatory.

Any time you are hiking off into the woods or hills, be prepared. Stuff happens! Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be back... bring along a snack and plenty of water... a mini first aid kit, a headlamp, and an emergency blanket.... matches and a knife (the knife is for kindling and such, not playing Rambo) A compass and map are usefull.... and a couple of those big orange garbage bags can keep you dry and warm in an emergency and are very visible...

go to :

and download EOS digital solution disk software 29.0A.......

That is the image of the latest version of the CD.... you will need to enter the serial number of your camera...


That has dpp, etc.?
It should have everything.

Thanks again.  That was easier than I expected.

There are a lot of tablets and laptops now that don't have DVD-Roms.... Canon had to do something so they could install the software on them.... I'm always surprised when a company does something sensible :)

go to :

and download EOS digital solution disk software 29.0A.......

That is the image of the latest version of the CD.... you will need to enter the serial number of your camera...


That has dpp, etc.?
It should have everything.

go to :

and download EOS digital solution disk software 29.0A.......

That is the image of the latest version of the CD.... you will need to enter the serial number of your camera...

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:53:10 PM »
Here's my first of this season:

Leader of the Pack...


Thanks for the review!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:13:13 AM »
And that is what the debate is all about.... cleaner images. We all want the same thing

Nope, I disagree here: For me, dr is not about cleaner images, but about being able to capture a high-contrast scene with movement at all.  This is my one and only point in the whole discussion.

Yes, you can do perfect exposure all the time to make use of 100% of the histogram, you can do extreme postprocessing and lift shadows until you end up with 1 bit resolution, you can even try to bracket scenes with movement and composite bright parts like the sky.

But basically, for me this is about speed, flexibility and freedom of shooting what you want - ignoring that these matter is lacking a bit of imagination what windy landscape/journalism/daylight spots & wildlife/... might need.

so why are we attacking each other over this. Let's get along and try to be respectful.

+1 for that, the reason why CR is the only forum I participate in are the (usually...) nice and helpful interaction between regulars and new members alike. This and and the invisible pro moderation w/o "cleaning up" threads or throwing rules around in every thread.

I understand it is annoying if people feel some point is ignores because of brand loyalism, or on  the other side of trolling or lack of photography knowledge. But personally, I feel we've got a very low level of either fanboyism or trolling around CR - look at some other forums and then return happily to CR :-)
But with less noise and cleaner images, we escape from having to waste the time with extreme processing of the images.... And that gives us the speed, flexibility, and freedom you are looking for.... I think we are saying the same thing, just looking at it from different directions... I certainly agree with you.

Good day. Going to be relocating at the end of this month from continental US to Stavanger, Norway. Seeking advice from experienced travelers on best way to move equipment.

If you're moving with a pro movable company they'll take care of it.

I have moved all over the world and usually only take my camera and a small flexible lens (to have it for early photos) and my two most expensive lenses (>5.000$). The rest is a question of insurance. Any pro movable company will have an insurance that lets you replace broken/stolen items at your destination. Check this in advance and get anything you are unsure of in writing (seriously).

Any respectable movable company will also require that they - and they alone - package everything. Here the original lens cases etc. are best to use. That's what Canon thinks work - it'll work for you too. And the movable companies love them.

I also make sure to have two copies of all my pictures (raw etc.) on two disks. One in my computer to be shipped and a "spare" in my hand luggage. Highly recommended. Remember to check all electronics as soon as you get your stuff.

Finally, and important, some countries will not allow you to import expensive items that are less than typical three months old without paying high taxes just as some countries will not allow you to bring it in as travel luggage (because then it does not get registered and checked for sales date). My guess is that Norway will strict on the first count (3 or even 6 months)  but will accept that you bring movable stuff in your travel luggage. Do yourself a potentially big favor and avoid any pain by checking this in advance. You can probably phone Norwegian customs and ask in English if your movable company does not know the answer to this (which could be a warning that they may not be the right people to deal with).

BTW. Norway is great for photography but also very dark. You will need the best high iso and fast lenses you can afford.

No experience with low-cost DIY packaging and shipping. But I know people who have tried going half way by going cheap with the movable company - trust me, there are many tears down that road.

Good luck!
Depending on the amount of stuff you are moving, it will probably go in a shipping container..... and that is a very safe way to travel.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:52:27 PM »
I still don't understand why there is controversy....

For some people, the current crop of Canons have enough DR.... and they are happy. For others, they do not and many of them are frustrated with waiting.

Anyone else remember when digital cameras shot 16 color jpgs? Then we went up to 8 bit colour depth... then we went to 24 bit color depth (RGB at 8 bit D/A)... then we went 10 bit A/D... then 12 bit... and we have been stuck for an awful long time at 14 bit... 16 bit will come someday soon for low pixel count sensors, but right now, with the full well charge of the current sensors 14 bits is enough to count every electron in the well. Extra bits will not help until there is a bigger well to count. That goes for EVERYONE! Canon, Nikon, Sony, whoever....
Yes, if we bumped up quantum efficiency a bit we could make minor improvements.... but realistically everyone is in the same ballpark and there are not a lot of differences when you have lots of light.

The real problem is noise. If your least significant bit is toggling on and off with noise, then you have 14-1, or 13 bits, of accuracy. If you have more noise and the least significant 3 bits are toggling with noise, you have 14-3, or 11 bits of accuracy...... and that is the difference between Canon and Sony sensors. Sony sensors read with less noise and because of that the signals have more range. If Canon improved their noise levels (and it is rumoured that this has happened on the 7D2) then the gap would lessen.

The reason why some people are so interested in seeing Canon shift to a newer fabrication run is two-fold. With higher resolution lithography, there is less wasted space and the efficiency of the sensor goes up (more electrons to count).... problem is, the number could only be boosted by a quarter so it will be an incremental improvement, not something revolutionary. The other advantage of the newer fabrication process is a redesign that moves the A/D onto the sensor and reduces noise that way... and it is possible that Canon could gain almost 2 stops if they did that...

So what does this mean in the real world?

For bright areas of the picture, very little.

For dark areas, quite a lot.

Let's say that you have a dark area of a picture where the lower 4 bits should be 1000. If you have 1 bit of noise on the signal those values are going to range from 0111 to 1001... not a lot of difference. If you have 3 bits of noise on the signal it will range from 0000 to 1111, a far more substantial difference and when you push your dark areas, you see the noise. Interestingly enough, for that area, the AVERAGE value will still be 1000. With advanced noise reduction software you can reduce that noise to a more acceptable range, but this adds in another processing step for the photographer and even at that, it will never be as clean as an image without the noise.

In essence, those who are clamoring for a better sensor would like to eliminate this processing step and want better quality images out of the camera..... but show me a single photographer out there, Canon, Nikon, Sony, or whatever shooters, who would be upset with their manufacturer if they were given cleaner images?

And that is what the debate is all about.... cleaner images. We all want the same thing so why are we attacking each other over this. Let's get along and try to be respectful.

I have shipped EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!! electronics all over the place (including Norway) in large black pelican cases and have yet to have a problem. You make sure your gear is properly loaded, take the cases to the courier, fill out all the paperwork (gotta love customs forms.... NOT!) and away they go....If you are worried about theft, have it arranged so that you pick them up from customs....  That way you can lock the cases and when you pick them up, customs will open them with you and do the import inspection.... otherwise, SNIP and there goes your lock...

We just use cable ties here at work.... customs cuts them, looks inside, and the paperwork is done before we arrive.... nothing has been stolen yet.... but to be fair a camera is a lot more attractive item for theft than a rack-mound router or a satcom modem :)

Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:38:29 AM »
Well, I just go to the ZOO in my home town, and see a lot of New breed of Animal/ Birds, and take a snap shots for you to proof too---No Photoshop involve. JUST KIDDING.
Well, The Following photos are by the PRO/ Photoshop PRO.---Not by me---Ha, Ha, Ha.
Have FUN.
WOW those are great!!!!

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