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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:41:12 PM »
if you really want to go crazy, the Hubble telescope is 57,000mm.....

and there is one in the Canary Islands... 16,500mm at F1.6... Who says you can't get a lens that is both fast and long.....

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:20:23 PM »
100-400 II is also on my RADAR--but I cannot afford both and I am reasonably happy with my current 100-400.  Still, I'd like to see them released together--then I could start saving for the lens after I buy the damn camera! LOL
I started saving for the 100-400II when the first rumours of it came out. I can now afford a 1DX and 800F5.6 :)
400mm f2.8 is ii + 2x tc iii is better than 800mm f5.6.  :P
yeah, but now I'm waiting for the  1DX2 and 800F5.6II :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:17:52 PM »
Grizzly in Yukon - June 2014

Lovely!

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:03:35 PM »
100-400 II is also on my RADAR--but I cannot afford both and I am reasonably happy with my current 100-400.  Still, I'd like to see them released together--then I could start saving for the lens after I buy the damn camera! LOL
I started saving for the 100-400II when the first rumours of it came out. I can now afford a 1DX and 800F5.6 :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:26:29 PM »
I wonder if they will "trade even" for my SX-50?

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:17:31 PM »

The thing is, I haven't seen a single CanonRumors post on the 7DII that is anything but speculation/wishlist.

Overall, I think that there is no real info about the 7DII on this site ... less than a month before announcement.
+1

Remember the 70D? The most important thing about it was DPAF. Remember how many rumours about DPAF on the 70D? Zero!

Remember all the rumours about the new 100-400? All these rumours over the last 4 years about how it's release was imminent? If the rumours were true it should have been released a dozen times already....

The only thing that we can say with any degree of certainty is that Canon does a very good job of keeping it's releases secret until they are officially announced. A rumour is just a rumour. It means nothing! They are just speculation on what may come.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:14:32 PM »
No wifi or touch screen? Bummer. All future canon prosumer cameras should have BOTH wifi and touch screens IMHO.

I never liked Canon's wifi implementation.  I have had great success using an Eye-Fi card when I need that capability.  I dont think that built in wifi would be a deal breaker since it can be added later.

Can you control the camera and use live view over an eyefi card?  I have no interest whatsoever in downloading pictures over WiFi.
I have a couple of cameras with WiFi. I have yet to use either of them to download photos, but have used WiFi for taking pictures remotely.

And for those of you who say that you can't have WiFi on a metal shell camera, please explain to me why it works so well on the Olympus TG-3...

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:07:06 AM »
Who in the world, ESPECIALLY pros, want to pull the camera away from their face so they can fiddle with a clunky touch screen?

Well, how about pros (or amateurs) who shoot with the 600 EX RT? Or Pros or amateurs who want to change tracking sensitivity or accelerate/decelerate tracking? There are dozens of functions that cannot be adjusted with a camera glued to your face that would be much easier and quicker to accomplish with the swipe of a finger rather than having to work through buttons and joysticks.

People need to open their minds a bit and quit being such Luddites about technology (especially ironic on a forum filled with gearheads). No one has ever suggested that a touch screen would replace the buttons and joysticks, but it is proven technology that would add significant functionality and convenience to enthusiast and pro-level cameras.
+1

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:29:04 PM »
This is probably the truest statement anyone has made about the 7D II so far. ;) I've tried and tried to demonstrate to everyone, through theory, math, and even some visual examples (of which I clearly need to do more) that an APS-C sized sensor will NEVER perform as well as a FF sensor (all else being equal). The 7D II may close the gap, temporarily, between the 7D line and the 5D line, but it won't overtake the FF in terms of IQ.
and even if there was some new magic technology that allowed the 7D2 to outperform the 5D3, you can bet that the same magic technology would be rushed through development and we would see a 5D4 that restored the FF advantage....

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:50:09 PM »
So some rumour comes out that the camera will have feature X. The rumour gets recirculated on various websites and eventually people start using the recirculated rumour as "proof" that the initial rumour is correct. Someone else repeats the rumour and then it is considered confirmation.

Until it is announced by Canon, I will not believe any rumour.... but it is fun to speculate on what colour the 24Mpixel, binable to 6Mpixel, DPAF, 16bit A/D and 18 stop DR, 12FPS, 4Kvideo, WiFi GPS touchscreen, superior low light to 1DX camera will come in :)

(and before anyone attacks those specs... NO, I am NOT serious about them! ..... or maybe I am......)

But once again CR guy calls those ones CR1 and doesn't say these are WHAT WE KNOW WILL HAPPEN.
Then why isn't this rumour a CR3?

We don't know for sure until an official announcement. For all we know, Canon had prototypes out for testing with an incomplete list of features and that these are the people supplying the rumours... For all we know, the CR guy could have one of those incomplete prototypes... the point is, until an official announcement, we don't know.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:39:48 PM »
Have you tried digiscoping?

Top image is with an iPhone through 15X binoculars, bottom image is the full view (rescaled to fit website) with a 60D and 150-600MM at 600mm....

Wow, Dear Friend Mr. Don Haines----Wow ---Great Comparision, Sir, I will Dump both of my Canon DSLR,  Canon EF 600 mm and  Stupid Cell Phone and Buy I-Phone  and Binocular in my next Birding Trip.
Thanks you , Sir.
Surapon
Quite frankly, I'd rather have the 600F4 and DSLR myself :)

It's an example of how you can get creative with what you have... Some of those spotting scopes that birder's carry around are impressive chunks of glass....

Sirs, Surapon and Don,
I've seen some of my fellow birders with Swarowski's ATX 30-70x95 (Swarowski -> http://www.swarovskioptik.com/nature/atx-stx-c210201/atx-30-70x95-p5006351-B3). They get some decent reach with those beasts! And from what I've been told they are not so bad when it comes to digiscoping either... ;) Easy to carry, and they'll even make your wallet substantially lighter to drag along.
An alternative that I have the hots for, is the Celestron C5 Spotter 5" - mostly because that's one I easier could afford if I had any money. (Celestron -> http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/485314-REG/Celestron_52291_C5_Spotter_5_0_127mm_Spotting.html)
and the Celestron can use a t-mount adapter to mount your DSLR to it.....

and yes, I have seen a birder using an 8 inch Celestron telescope! Some of them are true fanatics!

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Software & Accessories / Re: In Hawaii - filter help needed
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:25:41 PM »
Hi all,

I am hoping some of you can give me some advice.

I'm in Hawaii and have been having fun with my B+W UV and CPL Kasemann filters and my Lee and Hitech 4x6 filters.

Unfortunately, they all now have this film of salt and possibly fine sand on them. 

How do I clean them with scratching them?

What I have with me: lots of micro fiber cloths, a brush, some Calumet wet and dry disposable wipes, and one lens pen. 

I'm about to get on a plane for Kauai and am hoping you can tell me what to do or what I need to buy. I have three more days on the island and would like to get theses filters cleaned while I'm still here.

Thank you in advance!

Vivid
warm fresh water for the salt... hopefully that will get rid of the sand too... you really don't want to rub them as it will scratch the coatings.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:22:21 PM »
So some rumour comes out that the camera will have feature X. The rumour gets recirculated on various websites and eventually people start using the recirculated rumour as "proof" that the initial rumour is correct. Someone else repeats the rumour and then it is considered confirmation.

Until it is announced by Canon, I will not believe any rumour.... but it is fun to speculate on what colour the 24Mpixel, binable to 6Mpixel, DPAF, 16bit A/D and 18 stop DR, 12FPS, 4Kvideo, WiFi GPS touchscreen, superior low light to 1DX camera will come in :)

(and before anyone attacks those specs... NO, I am NOT serious about them! ..... or maybe I am......)

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:38:36 PM »
Google photos of your favorite sport, from the 1950. You'll be amazed at how good they are.

http://292fc373eb1b8428f75b-7f75e5eb51943043279413a54aaa858a.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/motoring_01_2_temp-1363778487-51499bb7-620x348.jpg
As my favourite sport is canoeing.... and having 4 pre-1950 canoes, I don't understand the question :)
The picture is of the 1910 Dean sailing canoe, taken earlier this week.....

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:10:10 PM »
Have you tried digiscoping?

Top image is with an iPhone through 15X binoculars, bottom image is the full view (rescaled to fit website) with a 60D and 150-600MM at 600mm....

Wow, Dear Friend Mr. Don Haines----Wow ---Great Comparision, Sir, I will Dump both of my Canon DSLR,  Canon EF 600 mm and  Stupid Cell Phone and Buy I-Phone  and Binocular in my next Birding Trip.
Thanks you , Sir.
Surapon
Quite frankly, I'd rather have the 600F4 and DSLR myself :)

It's an example of how you can get creative with what you have... Some of those spotting scopes that birder's carry around are impressive chunks of glass....

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