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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:02:27 AM »
hard to imagine what significant improvements would make this systems even a tiny bit obsolete.  I've never had a misfire, great recycle times, 40 full power flashes before you get a heat warning and a high guide number.  I think they are on sale or rebate now.  Stock up!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Mirrorless that Won't Sell
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:17:38 PM »
My comment had nothing to do with the camera performance, just with the fact that mirrorless cameras are not selling in the USA or Europe. 
I know they are not selling in big numbers but I think they are starting to catch on with the pro and advanced amateur crowd.  I go on a lot of photowalks in NYC that are pretty much that demographic.  A couple of years ago it was 50% Nikon and 50% Canon.  Now at least 10% is mirrorless, perhaps more.  The Sony A7R is the most common and I am seeing more and more Fuji's.  I suspect Sony may have sold as many A&'s as Canon has sold 5DIII's in the past 6 months or at least close to as many.  I still think Nikon and Canon can not ignore this space

Is anybody using DDP as their primary image adjustment tool?   How does it compare to Lightroom?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mea Culpa! - The World Cup in Brazil
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:10:33 PM »
Pity about Fred's cheating and Neymar dirty play though.
Wonder just how many togs were at that game, the entire pitch seemed to be surrounded by them. How do they all earn a living with such saturation?
Well, it's the FIFA World Cup...   Rather, how do they not intertwist and tangle with each other, clumped and compressed as they are in such a tiny space! Looking at them it seems impossible not to bump and push others as they follow the action.

funny thing, everyone in the box seemed to be shooting the same focal length, all fixed that I saw.  I suppose there are accepted norms for shooting football and everybody follows them.  I think 1/3 uf the way up the field with a 100-400 would be great but I don't recall seeing too many zooms.  I'll have to sit in front of hte TV the rest of the day and see if I can figure this out :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mea Culpa! - The World Cup in Brazil
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:10:12 AM »
Seemed to be about 70% Canon stuff, maybe more.  Looked like many, many 1DX's with 500 or 300mm L.  I could not be sure but I think they were 500's  I would think it would be hard to track with something that long.  I did see a couple of Canons with black tape both 7D and 1DX style but that doesn't mean much.  I supose if I recorded the game and did a frame by frame look I could do better.  BTW, I saw a t least 1 Sony and 1 Fuji

EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:50:52 AM »
I think if you keep your eyes peeled you might actually catch a glimpse of any new Canon stuff during the world cup.  I'm sure you will not be able to tell much by what the camera looks like but I suspect that the new 7D will be there along with a high mega-pixel pro body.

Lenses / Re: Tamron 90 macro or Canon 100 for portraits?
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:43:04 AM »
Here is a portrait I took with a 100mm 2.8L Macro

I can't help but notice recent discounts on the 1DX.  Canon might give their current 5DIII sensor one last squeeze and put out a 24MP Pro camera with some additional features.

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:40:48 PM »
Really funny!  You have a bunch of police in the background with a K-9 unit.  All decked out.
Then, in the foreground, a little poodle in pink and with little pink booties.  Lovely!  Funny. ;D 8)
Do wonder if these dogs are attracted to each other?!  ::)

I was in Grand Central Station waiting for a train.  This guy was just walking through with his dog.  The dog in the back was supposed to be looking for other things but he was  transfixed by this poodle.  The cop kept trying to get him back on point.  eventually the cop moved his dog.  Thanks   
BTW if you find yourself in NYC on a cold or rainy day Grand Central is a great place to take pictures

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:18:26 AM »

I have sold gear to B&H and if I recall correctly they took a copy of my drivers license.  I suspect the transaction was recorded also.  They probably ran the serial number but as you had not reported it they would not have any reason not to continue the transaction.  I suspect Adorama is the same.  I'd actually get in touch with them.  They do not want to be know for selling stolen gear

Reading and Understanding lens MTF charts is a nice writeup about how to interpret the chart.

Well thanks for that.  Now I understand why that 300mm f2.8 L cost so darn much! I guess Iwill have to teach Mrs. SwampYankke to read MTF charts. Once she understands I am sure she will let me buy it!

Lenses / Re: Fashion Show FQM 2014 70-200mm mk ii and 6D Bokeh
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:43:09 PM »
How is this one with a 70-200 f4?

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:30:56 AM »
Has there ever been a 7DII release-date related rumour at the CR2 level? (but as they say, sooner or later, it'll eventually be true lol)

Hold on there partner......nobody said anything about a release date.  This is just the announcement.  nobody said anything about release dates...... :) :) :) :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:37:37 AM »
If you are going to buy a tripod buy the last tripod you will ever need.  Same for the head.  DP review recently did reviews of 10 full size ball heads.  most are out of your range but one budget model was found that is very, very good.  http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8192473209/battle-of-the-titans-top-ball-heads-tested/7Start with this $200 head and spend 300 on legs.  Carbon fiber has advantages but you will get much more bang for your buck with Aluminium.  I liked Benro and Manfrotto.  you should do very well at $300 dollars.  2 points to consider.  3 section or 4 section. 3 is quicker to setup and use, 4 will be smaller when carrying.  The other thing to consider is leg locks.  Some people like the twist ones, I like snap hinge ones.  your taste may differ.  I like the hinge because I can see when it's locked.  That prevents surprises if the twist is not locked.

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