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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:19:32 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.

wonderful pictures!

Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
Edit: Sorry - got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...  I shop at Best Buy - not sure why I threw them under the bus.   ;D

Please keep admissions like these to yourself  :o

You were right on the first shot!  ;D

the local best buy is better than the local camera store :(

Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:21:56 PM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D
or the cat trying to catch that elusive red dot....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:35:07 PM »
It is disgusting that you would have to do that to any camera.

Shame Sony... Shame on you... learn how to build photography tools, not toys....

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 05:11:04 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

I had forgotten that the 30th was Sabbath.  Never having been to the store, having only been to NYC one time, do they reopen on Saturday evening after the close of Sabbath or reopen on Sunday morning?
they close at 2:00pm on Fridays and open up at 10:00am on Sundays.

Anyone thinking of showing up at thier store on the weekend may be in for a surprise :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:25:15 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:07:11 PM »
My Little Blue Friend

He's baack! I think he likes me. He would pose with each peanut before taking off this time.


Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:01:12 PM »
Is there a Henry's in your town?  I live in Ontario and I think Henry's has a cleaning service. If not there is a canon service centre in Mississauga.
I have heard a few horror stories about cleanings at Henrys.... I would send it to Mississauga. This is something that you really want done right.

You are talking about a spot on the sensor which is NOT dust. If it is tree sap, you are talking about a wet cleaning so you can ignore everything you have been told about cleaning dust off your sensor... those techniques will just make it worse in your case.

Send it to Canon and tell them what you suspect the spot is...

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:38:30 PM »
Nice pics on here so far. I'd like to add some of mine that I took from Vermont and one from Massachusetts. All taken with Canon 5D mark III and 24-105L lens.
I feel like I should be throwing a couple of turkeys into the pond on that last shot :)

Nice pictures!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:38:06 AM »
I often read comments like; “used CF cards for more than 10 years and never had a failure”. Unfortunately if you have a closer look at the technology for memory today, you would quickly come to the conclusion that the older technology was more reliable than it is today, and why is that so? 

The frequency of card failures is increasing and the reason is that Consumer Grade Memory is no longer as robust as you would hope or expect.

Manufacturers of consumer grade memory have been on a quest to increase capacity, reduce cost and increase speed.  One thing they have done is shrink the geometries, from 40nm down to 19nm, and next is 15nm (changes about every 18months).  So by example a CF card today, using MLC NAND Flash only has a write endurance spec of < 3,000 writes.  When it goes to 15nm, endurance write will be down to 2,000.  Now if you purchased a cheap card, very likely it is TLC Flash and only has < 1,000 writes. 

With smaller geometries there are many downsides which requires modifying of firmware and circuitry.  The manufacturers are not open about the endurance write spec on their products.  However they comfort you with an offer of Lifetime Warranties, and for a product that has a Limited Life.  Small comfort when you lose 100s of photos on shoot, who cares about the replacement card – where are my valuable images!  NAND Flash has a limited number of writes and ultimately will fail with extended use.

Only advice I can give is look at Industrial Grade Products which use SLC NAND Flash.  These products have Endurance Write Specs  >2 million.  They cost more, but extremely reliable, slower performance, but not an issue for the majority of serious photographers.
I needed some larger capacity CF cards for one of the spectrum analyzers at work.... they bought me consumer grade ones.... they were all dead in a couple of months. (approx. 2000 write/erase cycles)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:05:11 PM »
I have just had a phone call saying the 7D Mark II will be in my hands before the end of next week so Oct 24th, however I was first in line ordering from Camera World. Now how do I justify buying a 400mm lens...

flip a coin....

Heads 400F2.8
Tails 400F5.6
lands on the edge, 400F4 DO

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:41:37 PM »
I know this may be a stretch but how likely would it be for the bodies that Scott tested to not be like the bodies that will be released? I forget the key words that were used something like AS likely Canon could/would give him a couple of bodies that have cleaner out put than the ones that come off the production line?


In fact the preproduction versions output is not normally not as good as the final production versions. They will keep playing with the code until the last possible minute, which is why a 'first' version is often FW 1.+.

A firmware update! Inconceivable! Inconceivable! This has never happened before!
EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3
EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3
EOS 6D Firmware Version 1.1.4
EOS 7D Firmware Version 2.0.5
EOS 60D/60Da Firmware Version 1.1.1
EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D Firmware Version 1.1.3
EOS REBEL T3i / EOS 600D Firmware Version 1.0.2
EOS REBEL T3 / EOS 1100D Firmware Version 1.0.5

oh wait.... it has happened.... and this leads us to a more important question.... how come there hasn't been an update for the 70D post-release?

Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 18, 2014, 04:57:07 PM »
Call me crazy, but if you are shooting digital, the need for an accurate meter is much less even in studio, because you can shoot, review, adjust, 10 times in 2 minutes. 
And you can probably pick up a used meter on ebay for $20-50 that will get you within a half stop of the high end meter you are looking at.
And last, even a super-duper high end meter is not going to give you a perfect exposure because we all have some personal taste in what we want to see. Are you shooting a scary Halloween scene, where you want it extra dark?  Toothpaste commercial, where it has to be extra brute etc? 

On the other hand is this the last piece of the puzzle in $100K studio where you intend to make a living or enjoy your retirement?  Is this going to provide the inspiration you need to shoot that piece of art that will hang in a gallery and earn a ton a $$?  Go for it.
Back in the good old days, you took the shot, bracketed a bit because you were not sure, and sent the film off for processing and a couple of weeks later (for Kodachrome) you got the slides back and got to see if you exposed properly. In those days, having a light meter let you make a far more accurate assessment of exposure than the in-camera light meter did. A separate light meter was absolutely essential in studio work...
Today, I use the camera light meter to see where the camera thinks exposure should be and use that to expose for a test shot. I look at the test shot on camera.... I can see the histogram.... I can look at the overall image or zoom in to particular areas to see what they look like. I get instant feedback....and a lot of the same info I would get from a light meter....
So if you are going to get a light meter.... Get a REALLY good one that will tell you more about your light than the camera will.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:18:44 AM »
Not sold by Best Buy :)

I think it depends on the Best Buy mine has Canon 5D III and other relatively high end cameras.  If you really felt like it you can order a 1dx from Best Buy :).;jsessionid=3701442F8BA8C909E6B058C19C5127C1.bbolsp-app01-121?id=1218726452741&skuId=6304299&st=canon 1Dx&cp=1&lp=1

I guess you do not consider a 1dx pro enough.

What is even more crazy is you could order a Canon 5D III with the 24-105L from Walmart and have in store pick up.   At least if they were in stock.  I also so a Nikon Df on there in black and Silver.  The Df is in stock.   

smiley face.... it is not a serious comment....

but it does bring up a very interesting example about how much the lines have blurred. At one point you could only get the higher end cameras from specialty shops and "real" camera stores. Now you can get them almost anywhere... very few stock them, but everyone will order them for you with a day or two delivery time (more in remote areas).

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:02:02 AM »
On Oct 8 I posted that updated their shipping to Oct 30th :)
DARN! If Best Buy carries it, I guess that means it is not a "pro" level camera..... I can use it at home, but not at work :(

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