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Lenses / Replacement foot for Canon 600II
« on: November 18, 2013, 05:43:49 PM »
Yes I just got.

I am looking for a replacement foot for this lens.  Both the regular foot and short foor take up extra rooms in the bag  take up too much space in the bag.  I am lookig ath 4th genreation design (see or the Wimberley AP-602 (

Both are very low and can not be used as a handle but will save considerable room in the camera bag when traveling.

Any opinion?  Any other choices?  My fall back position is the monopod foot that came with the lens.



Software & Accessories / New Sandisk Extreme card
« on: November 08, 2013, 03:22:25 PM »
I notice Sandisk has introduced a new Extreme CF card - package is gold. This could be old news, but wonder how fast these cards are compared to the Extreme Pro CF card (VPG-20 vs VPG-65) in a Canon 1Dx.


Software & Accessories / Looking for information on a "beam tripper"
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:37:28 PM »
At least that is what I have heard it called.

Either fires the camera based upon sound or when the beam of light is blocked, hopefully has an adjustable delay.  I imagine capturing a drop hitting the surface of water, balloon exploding, egg exploding, ... 

Lenses / Will the 28-300L be upgraded??
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:34:22 PM »
The 28-300L is a unique lens - exceptional range and ok, but not great IQ.

As Canon cycles through it's lenses, any rumors, thoughts, etc about the future of this lens.

Software & Accessories / When will,cards go on sale
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:28:20 PM »
I am looking to buy several high end cards (lexar 1000x or Sandisk extreme pro).    Prices have been fairly - wondering if we will see a price drop this fall - Black Friday or event a few days earlier

Any thoughts?

Software & Accessories / New Sandisk Extreme Pro CF cards
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:45:23 AM »
Saw the B&H newsletter/advertisement and looked at the Sandisk Extreme Pro cards on their web site.    Cards seem to faster though still UDMA 7 - 150/160 read/write.

Are tese new?

Lenses / Any chance Canon will incorporate 1.4x into Great Whites?
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:35:27 PM »
Having used the 200-400 on several trips, I can say that they incorporation of the 1.4 into the lens is a great plus.

I would love to see this in their long lenses, especially 500, 600 and 800.

Don't expect to see this soon, but it would be nice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / GPS suggestions
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:34:54 AM »
Right now is testing geotag on my iPhone.  I don't need high accuracy but more of a reminder where I was.  Other suggestions to test.   Test of iPhone geotag will done later this week when I get home

EOS Bodies / Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:56:25 PM »
Hard choice.  In the end I would go with lower MP (assuming that they are clean) and better S/N and gain FPS.

Software & Accessories / Alternative CC idea
« on: June 22, 2013, 07:22:53 PM »
Let's face it, Adobe will most likely stick with CC.  Though they may modify the program a bit. 

Here is my idea for a more photographer friendly program.  Perhaps they will see and use a few ideas.

1.  If you are current CS6 user, you can subscribe to CC at a reasonable charge ($10/month) and stop the monthly fee and continue to use the latest version.  If you want to get back on this program, you need to pay a percent of the monthly fees you skipped (if < 6 months 100% of this monthly fees, else 60-80%).

2.  If you are user of older version of CS6, your monthly fee would be higher (perhaps $15/month with 1-2 year minimum) or you could buy up to the current version.

3.  Anyone else, pay $700 and enter program 1 or pay $20/month and have access only when you subscribe.

This protects current CS6 and older version users but give adobe the income stream they need.

Besides if I only need PS for 12 months, I can rent it for $240 versus buying it for $700.  Good deal for those who need PS for a short period.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Weak LP-e6 battery
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:31:47 PM »
At least I wonder if it is weak.  Battery check on my 5DM3 shows 2, not 3, bars as condition.  Does this mean anything?



Lenses / Which foot for the 200-400?
« on: June 13, 2013, 04:10:48 PM »
I just got the 200-400 and replaced the foot with RRS replacement.  I noticed that there was a mini foot in the trunk.  Is this normal with the new Great Whites?  My 500 is nearing 13 years old (time for photo-bar mitzvah) and only came with one foot. 

It seems the new mini foot is even smaller than RRS replacement foot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Geotagging - best method in LR
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:59:23 PM »

Just curious if anyone does geo tagging of their images which are stored in LR.

I have looked at Canon's solutions and the major drawback is that the GP-E2 (and E1) occupy the hot shoe which limit flash.  i guess with 1Dx and 600EX-RT I could go wireless but not with a 5DM3, if I have the flash off the camera.

Any thought how to do this?   Is the best h/w the canon GP-E2 or should I get a some sort of GPS unit and simply merge location and image in LR.  I don't need to know exact direction, just general location (this park or area of a park).

A not very good solution is to use my iphone in each area of the park but that is awkward and I am sure I would forget.



Software & Accessories / About to start with Focal
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:01:17 AM »

I am about to get Focal Pro (based upon the comments I have read on this forum).

Before I begin the journey, I was wondering if there are any suggestions, tips, hints, etc I should know about.

I will be AFMA 2 1Dx and 5DM3, with mostly zoom lens and few fixed (ranging from 14 to 500).


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