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Have you looked at, for example, the Velbon SHERPA630 Grounder?  You remove the threaded center column and the legs spread wide and puts you inches from ground.  This tripod works great with my 5D3 + 100mm macro.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:20:34 PM »
7 images shot with 7D + EF-S 17-85 at 24mm, ISO 100, f/16.  Shutter speed varied in one-stop steps from -3 to +3 EV

Goal was to get natural-looking result with details in the shadows on the right while keeping brightly lit sandstone shoreline from getting blown out

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud What do you think of it?
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:54:26 PM »
IMHO this is like leasing vs buying a car.  Creative Cloud is Adobe leasing you software - you never own the software - but you always have the latest versions.  You pay forever until you're willing or able to buy.  Car leasing vs buying is the same way.  Leasing only makes sense (to me) if you can deduct some of the cost as a business expense - and you always NEED the latest version. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:09:40 PM »
So Canon and Nikon are developing almost the same products together.

Yes.  It's a phantom company call Cankon ;)

5D MK III Sample Images / Japanese Maple at Night in Available Light
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:38:05 PM »
Took on tripod with 5D3 + 100 f/2.8L macro in available light - lit by a small ground spotlight below the leaves. 

Shot manually at ISO 400, f/7.1 at 1.0 sec.   

My first attempt at this and want to try more available (night) light shots of these leaves.

Any ideas?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
« on: September 21, 2012, 06:52:39 PM »
Pictures of Shuttle Endeavor on 9/21/2012 as it takes its victory lap over Los Angeles before final landing at LAX to begin grooming for a permanent place in the California Science Center.  These shots were taken as the shuttle flew over NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab near Pasadena. Exciting sight as it flew overhead at 1500 ft!  :)

Pictures taken with Canon 7D + Canon EF 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM.  Shuttle#1 is uncropped, taken at 300mm (480mm crop) at 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 100.  Shuttle#2 is cropped, with same exposure, except shutter speed was 1/640 sec.   Both images shot in RAW using AI Servo and high-burst option.

Lenses / Just got new 17-40 f/4L packed with "EF lens" CD
« on: September 21, 2012, 01:47:50 PM »
Just got my new 17-40 f/4L lens to add wide angle capability for my 5D3.  Now I can go wider than the 24-105 f/4L kit lens.  Looking forward to running AF MA tests to see how it performs. 

A first for me: the 17-40 was packed with a "EF lens" CD that has PDFs of user's guides for all Canon EF lenses.  Saves Canon from publishing handy booklet size guide that can be easily stashed in my camera bag.  Lens User Guides don't always have much in-depth info, except for speciality lens, like macro, tilt, etc.  With PDF substitute, not as convenient as booklet size I've gotten with my previous lens purchases.  Another cost-savings move by Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: New firmware to Canon 7D, v2.0.3
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:59:56 PM »
I updated to 2.0.3 and now every time I open the card slot or turn the camera off for couple of seconds, it turns my AF micro adjustment setting to disabled. It still remembers the adjustment value, but is not using it any more.

Out of curiosity, do you have Orientation Linked AF Point set to 1: Select different AF points?  I ask because the 1D X had a similar issue on firmware 1.0.2, which was corrected with 1.0.6.

I've updated to 2.0.3 and don't have any problems with either of these issues.   I have AF Microadjustment set to Adjust by lens and it doesn't revert to Disable when 7D powered off, or when CF card removed and restored.   Using either setting of Orientation Linked AF point does not cause AF Microadjustment to Disable.

Did you try re-installing 2.0.3, afterward being sure to then power off and remove and reinstall battery?

**** IGNORE **** Posted after problem found.......   

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:23:17 PM »
Flip flash like xxD and 7D?  Or does this FF prevent flip flash like others?  :(

Lenses / Re: A New EF 400 f/5.6L Before Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:37:17 PM »
Replacement lens that currently costs about same as 100-400.  At f/5.6 why would anyone want this lens?  Help me understand benefit over 100-400?   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fastest compactflash card for 7D
« on: August 30, 2012, 09:50:17 PM »
Just looked on Amazon at cost of Lexar 1000x 32GB card.  One card for $130, or a two-card pack for $300. 

Interesting that it is $40 cheaper to buy two copies of the single card than to buy the two-card pack.   ::) ?????

Macro / Re: Tulip with 7D and 100 f.4L macro
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:50:36 PM »
More of test.  In hindsight, additional shots at wider apertures would have been instructive for comparison purposes.   Still, wider apertures would have lowered the DOF, which I wanted to maximize in this case.  Lots of detail in this tulip that I found interesting.  The DOF trade at some point becomes an artistic choice, even considering some optical distortion - and not an absolute necessity.  :)

Macro / Re: Tulip with 7D and 100 f.4L macro
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:30:47 PM »
It seems I must have been asleep when I typed in the shooting info.... ::)   

Correct info is 7D with 100 f/2.8L macro, ISO 100, f/32, 1.3 sec.  Can view all this in EXIF info embedded in file.

The main point I was trying to make here was my desire for max DOF (f/32) and good IQ (ISO 100), which required somewhat long shutter speed (1.3 sec).  Fortunately, there was enough available light and no wind to do this. :)

Macro / Re: Tulip with 7D and 100 f.4L macro
« on: August 30, 2012, 04:57:17 PM »
Correction--- shutter speeds was 1.3 sec, not 1/3 sec.  Just a typo :)

I like your original shot with the star bursts.  It is much harder to get nice-looking star-bursts than to eliminate them by opening up the aperture.     

My picture is a sunrise when there wasn't much light, but I saw the opportunity to get a star burst of the rising sun AND its reflection in the lake.   Shot with 7D and 17-85 at 59mm at ISO 100 at f/32 and 1/20 sec. 

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