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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:39 AM »
Not sure if my wife would believe a lens could be that expensive, let alone I would consider buying it

I don't know if I could get insurance on it

And how would you travel with the lens - but if you can afford a $150,000 lens you should be able to afford a private jet.  Definitely would not need to fly in coach with this baby :)

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:40 AM »
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Can you control the camera and use live view over an eyefi card?  I have no interest whatsoever in downloading pictures over WiFi.

wifi has no value to me when I shoot wildlife.  in fact, unless I am shooting in a studio I can not image using wifi (I am sure I am missing some uses).

Major interest is the new sensor - multiple layer implies higher effect resolution.  but what about DR?  Unless Canon thinks that this camera will not be used contrasty subjects (which is not true - back lit wildlife, sports, etc).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:04:15 PM »
I think my previous reply to the OP was very confusing.
So try to rewrite it here:

IIn many ways the Sony A7R is not as refined as the D810 is , but it is a lot less risky and  also much cheaper to get.

And if you do shoot only landscapes or studio set up work , then there is no difference between the D810 and the A7R.

36 MP would be nice but also will increase workflow (larger files, more disk space, longer processing times, ...)


Don't worry about that, it is not true.
My first digital camera was a 1.3 megapixel one (a Canon/Kodak DCS 3C).
Now I have a 36 megapixel one, and imageprocessing is about a 1000 times faster.

The rate that computers are becoming faster, (and the harddisks are becoming bigger)  is much greater than the rate the camera's get more pixels.

computers are faster, disks and cards are much cheaper.  Today I can buy a solid, but not the best, SanDisk or  Lexar card for the 5DM3 for less than $3 / 36 exposure (the equivalent of a roll film which use to cost $10-15 with processing).


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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:12:02 PM »
will dual pixel improve DR?  or only AF?  It would be nice if it would

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Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:57:52 PM »
I don't know if it works for airlines in other countries, but in the U.S., if you have to check gear in a bag and want to guarantee that it arrives at your destination, put an unloaded firearm along with it.  Declare the firearm when you check it in (or else go directly to jail).

When you do this, you will watch as they inspect the contents, if necessary, and then they will require you to lock it with a non-TSA-approved lock (the kind that can't be opened by their master key) before they load it for transport.  After that, it will not be opened until it reaches your final destination, and it will get additional tracking at every step along the way—that is, they make darn sure it does not get lost.

Interesting idea.  Of course, then I need to travel (in a rental car) with a firearm.  Some states are not very friendly towards that idea.

Internationally I know that hunters travel with guns.  Never looked into it.

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I don't think we are the intended market.    Or perhaps all this is a red herring and nothing is really planned in MF.  Just noise to confused the competition and rumor mongers :)

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:02:47 PM »


if this is a development announcement, I hope it does not take as long as the 200-400 did to come to market.  Otherwise we won't see a product until 2020 :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:59:15 AM »
wifi is little use for field work (sports and wildlife).  Wifi is only useful in the studio where a base station can be available.

As far as 1D build, I would like to see a mini-1Dx but don't think this will that camera. 

More importantly I would like to see Canon significantly increase their DR.

Hope not to see a Foveon-type sensor with poor dynamic range

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Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:47:11 PM »
I purchased a used Canon Off-Camera Shoe Adapter and that works great.  I got for around $10 from B&H.


You can also get used off-shoe cords ($12.95 at B&H) can cut off the cord and keep the shoe

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:39:10 PM »
I feel Nikon has positioned D800/E/10 and the D4/s in two distinct categories, with both sharing many of the great pro features and also having distinct areas of strength. On the other hand, 5DIII shared only a few of the 1D X's pro features, and apart from the higher megapixel count there isn't much that's essentially better in a 5DIII.
Is that an unfair assessment?

5D M3 lacks the DR of the Sony sensor.  If can addressed that single issue, I would be very happy with the replacement.  Of course more FPS, better ISO performance and great MP would be nice but not essential (IMHO) as improved DR.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:16:06 PM »
If i had to start over today, i'd go with d810 over the older 5d3.  But i don't want to go through the hassel of selling all my lenses so i'll wait to see how Canon responds.  Competition is great for all us consumers and Canon could use a hard kick in the butt like this to start stepping up.

I agree.  I will wait to see if Canon introduces anything with great dynamic range.  Hopefully we will see the future of Canon sensor in Sept.

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:36:22 AM »
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Time to start referring to her as an ex-wife.
who is in jail

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Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:34:01 AM »
SAA's carry on restrictions are 18lbs per bag. I have a LowePro fast pack 350(4lbs) and pelican 1510 (14 lbs)

I plan to bring:
Gripped 6D
Gripped 70D
Gripped 60D
Each right about 2.5 lbs

Canon 100-400 3.0 lbs
Tamron 70-200f2.8  3.2 lbs
Canon 24-70 f4 1.3 lbs
Canon 15-85 1.3 lbs
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 1.2 lbs

430ex .7 lbs
Other various accessories (excluding my tripod and mono pod) but including batteries hard drives, chargers my fiancé's bridge camera totaling about 8 lbs

Laptop ~5 lbs

Anyone have real issues with SAA? I was think of of loading a bit into a third small carryon to reduce individual weights then redistributing once they weigh everything. Worst case I put the laptop, 6d bridge camera, tamron lens, chargers and 24-70 in my lowepro bag and carry that on lock the pelican and check it.

I'd always planned to check my tripod and monopod (tripod and head are worth about $200 monopod about $60) as well as three smaller holster cases to use on the actual trucks during game drives. I'd also get tsa locks for that bag.

Obviously I'd rather carryon my Lowe pro and pelican. Anyone have any advice?  Thanks!

Please don't say bring less I've already considered that. I intend on using the 100-400 on the 70d, the 70-200 on the 6d and the 15-85 on the 60d incase we end up with animals extremely close. The 24-70 will be for landscapes on the 6d and the rokinon for astro photography.

I was flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg in Business Class.  Both my wife and I are Star Alliance Gold.  They weighed by camera bag (which we had no problem flying to South Africa with) and told me it was too heavy.  So I took out a few items, it was reweighed and then I put back everything.  Go figure.

For the short flight I thought it was worth the few extra $ to fly business class for extra carry on luggage.  SAA is the only airline which has hassled me.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:30:00 AM »

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Man, you've got a great supportive wife. My wife would say "why do you need another lens"?

I got my wife hooked on photography.  Now she says, "Can we buy another lens?"   ;)

Glad to buy her what she wants.  Just sold her 2 Rebels T4i and bought her 2 70D.  She was jealous of my 1Dx in Botswana so I'm hoping that the 70D will keep her happy (with 100-400)

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:24:07 AM »

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Man, you've got a great supportive wife. My wife would say "why do you need another lens"?

She got another viola.  And let me tell you, wood is more expensive than glass :)

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