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Animal Kingdom / What is this bird?
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:54:15 PM »
This bird has been hanging out in the trees across  the street from my house (In New York), can anyone tell me what it is? I've never photographed birds before, but this guy is pretty cool (especially when soaring around), and is making me want to go out any get a longer lens!

Today I saw him fly by with a full squirrel, then land in a nearby tree and chow down for about an hour!

Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:28:17 PM »
I think the bigger problem is you were just unlucky with this opportunity. There is really nothing interesting about this image (besides it being a 2-headed deer), so it just reads as a "snapshot" type photo. I don't think it has anything to do with (1) you, (2) the camera or (3) the lens. The deer ran off before something worth shooting happened, and you couldn't direct them or pose them to your liking.

Sometimes there just isn't a shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:17:19 PM »
Sad news. As a New Yorker I routinely chose Calumet over B&H and Adorama because of their staff. There is just something about "taking a number" in Adorama, or the whole "system" at B&H that always feels a little cold to me. The guys at Calumet in NY were always helpful and smart. My office is also in the same building as theirs, so it will be extra sad to lose them. No more playing with lenses at lunch time...

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:10:15 PM »
Also ooF,

You really don't have to worry about taping up your gear or putting it in a grungy disguise, NYC is super safe. There are lights, people and police officers everywhere you go. Everyone else around you will also have cameras hanging around their necks and looking up :)

What area are you staying in? I can give suggestions for food and the enjoyable things that the locals do. I've actually never been to the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc... and I've lived here my while life!

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:45:21 PM »
As a New Yorker I gotta post this to this thread. It is hysterical and all totally true. I'll follow with real suggestions after we all have a laugh.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FF Sharper than crop?
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:24:03 PM »
There must be something in the FF vs APS-C water this week, this is like the 3rd thread on this subject!

Maybe it means the 7D mkII is gonna be announced soon and rock the universe!!!!

Hi I've photographed products with a 7D while my 5D2 watched in disgust. I then charged the client money for this craziness. They had no idea. I sure fooled them!

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:23:05 AM »
All the talk about the Canon 1Dx vs the D4/s , and referring to one as "king" is just silly. These are cameras made for professionals that use their system of lenses. Talking about "Canon Camp" just sounds like geek fanboys with lots of disposable income that graduated from arguing over Marvel vs DC and Xbox vs Playstation.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:55:28 PM »
When I'm "bored" and feeling like trying out a new lens I buy used, then sell/ trade for another used lens when I want to play with something else. You can really play in this little pool without losing much money at all while satisfying that need for something "new". Anything I need as a workhorse professionally I'll invest in a new purchase with the plan to keep long term.

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:44:23 PM »
DP recently ran an interview with Nikon exects.
They were amazed at the Df's popularity, but
also mentioned the decline of sales both for
p&s as well as DSLR's.

That made me think that people might
be attracted to retro designs like the Df
because it looks like a safe investment.
Possibly it reminds people of those great
cameras of the 70's and 80's they still
value so highly?

Personally, I think Canon is making the
right choice.  For one thing, Canon changed
its lens mount and everyone would laugh
if their retro design did not offer compatibility
with those earlier lenses and I agree.

Those "Nikon exects" are lying! The DF has been a total bust- based on info I received while spending a weekend with a few B&H reps.

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 05:19:23 PM »
Aren't all of Canon's DSLRs considered "retro" in design? They all still look like the T90 from '86!

Where is the retro cutoff?

Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:40:41 PM »
Traveling with less gear will allow you to have a more enjoyable time while focusing on what really matters- the experience. It will also force you to be more creative in documenting the trip. Not having gear that covers every focal length and situation shouldn't be an excuse. Enjoy your trip!

Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:29:17 PM »
I think Canon balances innovation with trying to run a company that makes a profit. What good is innovation if you are just driving your company into the ground or running in circles with no clear direction.

So much of the internet debate can really be reduced to one thing: Canon's sensor's dynamic range vs the Sony sensors that are in so many cameras now. Take away the sensor debate. What "innovations" are really happening in Nikon land?

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:41:24 PM »
This is my first winter as a first-time homeowner! Too much snow...

Frozen by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:08:44 AM »
This camera is way more interesting to me than an M. I don't want to have to invest into another lens system & the 24-120 built-in lens on this looks pretty rad! The price will drop a bit once all the G1X models are gone.

A pointed disputed by the fact that EOS-M + 18-55 + 20 pancake is still cheaper than the G2X.

You're comparing a pre-order price to a close out price.

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