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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.

Technical Support / Re: Newbie needs help: Tamron 150-600mm
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:13:30 PM »
Most of the reviews I read say the lens is a great value.  However, one thing that was mentioned was that the sharpness falls off when you go over 500mm.  The shots you showed are perfectly usable with some sharpening, but the sweet spot will be 500mm and below.  I don't have any really long lenses but even with image stabilization I would use a monopod.  Much easier to use with wildlife than a tripod and will add considerable stabilization 

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:39:42 AM »
Hi, sorry for your problems.  Just for my clarity you said you attached it to the tripod foot mount.  Maybe a difference in terminology.  Was the Black Rapid Lug screwed directly into the camera tripod mound or was there a plate in between?  I have not had any issues with my Black Rapid but that doesn't mean the first one would not be a disaster.  I use a piece of electrical tape to make sure it does not unscrew.  I'm using a tripod more so I stopped using the Black Rapid and went back to a neck strap.  I miss it but posts like yours are starting to scare me
again, sorry

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:42:32 AM »
Staying in midtown?  First and most important rule.  GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is mostly tourist stuff anyway.  Sure, you have to photographer the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building so get it out of your system.  The other thing that is kind of in midtown is Grand Central Station.  Spend a few hours in Grand Central Station .  Good place for people & architectural photography.  Save this if it's raining and you need to be inside.  Now, lets get you out and about.  Take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn (buy yourself a 3 day unlimited card, subways is the best way to get around, safe & fast).  Walk through DUMBO to Brooklyn Bridge Park (this is a short walk but gets you under 2 bridges and the best views of Manhattan.  Continue in the park under the Brooklyn Bridge to the Squibb Park rope bridge.  go past the bridge and take some photos of the skyline  with the burnt out pier pilings. Now up the Squibb Park bridge  to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade  (think Moonstruck).  You then have the choice to walk through Brownstone Brooklyn or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan.  This should fill up a day and a memory card or 2.
Another day you can catch a subway to the Lower East Side (F train again to Essex Street) walk around the Lower East Side and then walk over the Williamsburg Bridge to hipster Brooklyn in Williamsburg.  Take the L train back to the end (8th Avenue and if you have anything left in your legs you can walk visit the Chelsea Markets and walk up the HighLine Park.  You might also want to take the tram to Roosevelt Island and see Freedom Park.  Great views of Manhattan here.  As to Museums the Museum of Modern Art can be hit or miss and is usually impossibly crowded.  There is plenty to see and photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Here is my best tip.  It is open until 9PM on Friday and Saturday.   The crowds really thin out after 5PM.  Go at 5 stay until 9. If it's nice out it is safe to walk around the Central Park reservoir at night.  Other ideas are the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and one of my favorites is Green Wood Cemetery.  Not hard to get too and definitely something special that the tourists don't see.  Once again GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is for tourists.   You can do well with just the 24-105.  Thats is what I use about 95% of the time.  The wide angle will be useful too.  If you don't have a Black Rapid or something similar you might want to consider it.  Takes a big load off your neck and will add hours to your shooting day.  BTW Grand Central Station and I think the museums frown on tripods.  Best time and place for a tripod is Brooklyn Bridge Park at night.  Welcome and have fun

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