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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:57:25 AM »
I have an idea!!  I buy this lens and one of those small EOS SL1's and I have an excellent DSLR that is the size of a  large mirroless and I get to keep all of my Canon lenses.  Sweet!

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Photography Technique / Re: Circular Polarizer - YES or NOT
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:36:23 AM »
unfortunately, polarization is one of those things that can not be done in post.  There is no substitute for a CP.  I don't use it often but for scenic or landscapes there is nothing like it for increasing saturation, reducing a washed out look and deepening a blue sky.  I tend to do a lot of B&W and a polorizer really helps on darkening blue skies.  yes, you can do that in post, but it usually adds noise and artifacts.  Better to start darker in the original.  What I will tell you is do not go crazy buying the absolute "best" one.  They can be expensive, particularly for the large diameter lenses used in landscape work.  I use a Canon 24-105L , which is a good lens, but not the absolute pinnacle of sharp optics.  I bought a 77mm tiffen from Amazon for about $40 bucks and it''s just fine

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:08:40 PM »
Well I got some New York City birds

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50 MP, 16 stops of DR.  Canon must respond to that!!

 ::)

No, they don't.  This is land of the Canon fanboy.  Don't you understand that in the world sensors don't matter.  They never mattered since Camon had the best sensors.  Now the lens line up is the only think that matters.  DxoMark says other company's have better lenses?  Then DXOMark doesn't matter.  This is Canonland and the only thing that matters is our stuff is the best

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Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:51:52 PM »
Size and weight scared me off so I settled for the f4.  f2.8 is sharper and faster but I don't shoot for a living so I can live with the extra stop.  you have a great lens but as mentioned get a tripod mount strap.  I love my Black Rapid, just get in the habit of making sure it is tight and the safty catch is screwed tight.  I never had a problem with either but it's always good to be paranoid.  Enjoy!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:34:07 PM »
West Indian Day Parade NYC

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:32:45 PM »
West Indian Day Parade NYC

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:31:21 PM »
West Indian Day Parade NYC

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:30:06 PM »
West Indian Parade in NYC

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 30, 2014, 08:27:00 PM »
I've actually got the custom kirk plates for my 5DIII and 70-200II already thanks SwampYankee. I actually connect my black rapid strap to it with a kirk clamp too. Nice solution.

Maybe I should just stick to Kirk then and get the BH-1 if both ballheads are close in performance.

I'm in the same place.  Quick, cheap suggestion.  Get a wrist strap for your camera.  Since you are using a Black Rapid this thing goes into one of the unused neck strap mounting points.  It also has a detachable clip. Anyway, I really like working with a wrist strap and when you are working with the tripod it gives an extra sense of security when you are moving the camera or changing lenses.  Bonus....dirt cheap....http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/02/19/review-optech-slr-wrist-strap/

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:05:35 PM »
Hello.
www.500px.com/Vgramatikov

This is a joke or what?
Canon is not two generations behind Nikon and i will explain why.

Lets start with the main advantage for Canon.
- Lenses
Canon have mostly better and more lens in their EF line than Nikon in their FX line.
Just compare some of them:
16-35/4 IS, 24-70/4 IS, 24-105/4 IS, 70-200 4L,70-200 4L IS, 70-200 2.8L, 70-200 2.8 L IS II
35/2 IS, 35 1.4 ,35/2
50 1.4 USM, 85 1.8 USM, 100 2.0 USM
135/2 USM
100 2.8 USM, 100 2.8 L USM IS

i don`t want to speak of IS mk1 and IS mk2 super telephoto lenses. :)))

Seems here Nikon is still have a lot more work to do to compete with this much of them better, cheaper lenses and all this you can find eazy second hand for good price!

Lets speak for other features and history of lenses.
Canon have their own USM designs of many lens way way before Nikon.
Some of them even are not available for Nikon like 100/2 USM and 135/2 USM.

Canon unveiled STM lenses for video and smoother af. Where is the Nikon here??? They just unveiled their AF-s versions of many lenses before 2-3 years. And much of them are much worse than than canon optics.
Just compare old 24-105/4 L with Nikon 24-120/4 AF-s ...fatal error.

Enough for lenses.

Lets check the cameras.

I will skip the entry levels DSLR`s
We all know that 7d is already better camera than old but good d300s. ( i was owned both)
60d was more balanced than d5100 and 7d was better camera than d7000.
Yes Nikon have now d7100 with 6fps and 6 RAW buffer... one big joke on the field.
Do let finish with the crop sensor cameras because 7d ii is coming. (and 7d is still better from d7100)
I have 70d now because my 7d was dropped in the water.

lets check the FF cameras.
For the entry d610 is somehow better overall than 6d. But in practice ( i have 6d) they are not much different.
But here may be point for Nikon for better value. But they messed up a lot with dust/oil sports with d600.

The major improvement in Nikon is d800/E, d810 cameras. Here canon can not compete like value and performance.

Nikon now will announce d750. Like a answer for 3 years old 5d3.

And the end i will say that d4s was introduced because 1dx was better than d4.

Let`s speak about technology.
Nikon have better Sony sensors than Canon for sure. But better for me usually means better for 100-800 iso and DR department. Nothing really more but still very important for some photographers.

Canon have unique Dual Pixel AF in live view. I own 70d and this working great!
With the STM lens combination is really a unique advantage for may types of photography.
I can use mu 70d almost like mirrorless camera for slow moving subjects, when i`m shooting stock and so one.

Nikon are behind with video capabilities and wi-fi interpretations. Their model usually get the wi-fi one generation behind Canon.

So...with one word. Nikon have d800/d810 but Canon just make everything other usually better and much earlier.

So the main disadvantage for Canon is sensor tech. But still there are not big difference when we are on the field.

Just what I predicted.  Canon is better because they have better lenses and the Nikon D600 had spots on the sensor.  I predicted this fanboy answer this morning.  Nikon has excellent lenses. Sigma & Zeiss have better lenses that either one.  The Nikon D810 is better than the Canon 5DIII in every respect.  The sensor is 2 generations better.  Canon is rolling out their newest offering...at 20MPX a full 4 MPX less that what Nikon offered last year and has inferior low light performance if it is the 70D sensor.  Lets look at each companys best sensor offering and the Nikon D810 is years ahead of Canon.  But keep telling yourself the lenses are better when any subjective lens test site says otherwise.  BTW, I own a 5DIII and am thrilled with it.  It's just not as good as the Nikon D10

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:19:52 AM »
I did lot of shopping and settled on the the Kirk.  Hard to compare unless you have owned both.  I have never heard a bad word about Kirk or RRS and many pros us them.  I think you are safe either way.  the Kirk will do the job and might be cheaper.  Either one will last forever.  One thought when you buy the head.  You might want to consider purchasing a camera plate that is specifically made for your camera.  I have a 5DIII and I found the custom Kirk plate a better fir than the generic.  The one that comes with the head is just fine, the reason I bought the custom plate is the generic plate used the tripod mounting point on my camera and does not offer a place to screw in my Black Rapid strap.  The custom plates have the extra hole.  If you are using a neck or wrist strap this is not a consideration.  If you are using a strap that uses the tripod lug please consider getting the custom plate.  It should cost about $50 and is well worth it.  BTW you will LOVE having a great ball head.  That and a great tripod is something you will have for life.  never skimp here

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:25:57 AM »
Put another way, it took Nikon two generations to come up with a camera that approaches the 5DIII in overall utility...and I bet the 5DIII outsells the D810 just as it did the D800/E.

Same thing one step up – it took Nikon until the D4s to approach the 1D X.
Errrrrrr I don't think we are talking sales figures here but camera technology.  Precisely where does the D810 not exceed a Canon 5DIII? Nikon D810 exceeds the 5DIII in any reasonable comparison.  In quality of the sensor it absolutely trounces the Canon.  lets not distract the conversation with lens line or spots on the D600 sensor and stick to the comparison between the 5DIII and the D810 bodies.  The 5DIII "approaches" the D810 in some respects...but exceeds it in none.  BTW I own and love the 5DIII but it is outclassed by the newer D810.  Yes, Canon is 2 generations behind, at least on sensors and it doesn't look like that is going to change anytime soon

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 02:12:48 PM »
I will not buy another Canon DSLR, lens, strap, lens cap NOTHING!!!! until Canon show that they have a plan to complete with Sony on high end sensors.  If they have ceded the high end to Sony/Nikon well that is where I will look

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:11:04 PM »
Sensors do not make the camera but all other things being close to equal it is a deciding factor.  If I had nothing invested in any line it would be hard to find a good reason to buy a Canon 5DIII over a Nikon 810.  Every thing else is close, auto focus, build, lens line, accessories, price, historical reliability, 3rd party support .  Bit of an edge to Canon on service and support, big edge to Nikon on sensor.

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