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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:33:42 PM »
no news here: "we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS".  We are all looking forward to that.  This poor guy works for Canon and he is looking forward to the same thing we are.  I'm looking forward to Christmas too.  The only difference is I know Christmas is coming.....this year.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:51:07 PM »
Flip.  For the simple reason I can SEE when the legs are locked.  With a twist lock it looks the same whether the legs are locked or not.  Who wants to wait until the camera tips over before figuring out one of the legs was not fully locked

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:54:36 AM »
actively using an SD card will significantly slow down the 5DIII when the buffer is full.  If you don't shoot very fast, no problem. If you do, consider using just a CF card.  It's not just sports.  I was shooting dancers recently and had the camera writing to both cards and I missed shots because of the SD card.  What I do now is keep the SD card in, but set the camera to only write to it once the CF card is full.  You have a great camera there.  Treat yourself to the fastest CD card available. Depends on what you shoot but an ultra fast 16GB cards will easily cover a whole day of shooting. Buy 2 and keep one as a spare.  you can always buy bigger cards but I prefer many smaller ones (not that 16 GB is small) to one really big one.  Buy a 32 GB SD card (they are cheap) and put it in and set the camera to switch to the 2nd card only when the first card is full

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!

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