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I had been considering Reikan FoCal and LensAlign

I used to use a LensAlign, switched to FoCal when it first came out, far prefer the latter.

I tried to Focal and had some trouble.  Perhaps indoor lighting was marginal, it was windy outside, ...

I hope to repeat the process but just wondering if you have any tips on how to get everything working well.  I don't have a large studio to work in and my longest lens is 600.  And if possible I would like to adjust it with both the 1.4x and 2.0x converts.


Lenses / Re: Buying lenses (or bodies) right after Christmas (poll added!)
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:25:18 PM »
not sure what most stores do with returned electronics.  Generally if the item looks like it has been repackaged up, I would return it and ask for an item that had not been previously opened.  Most retailers I deal with would glad cooperate.

Some retailers may sell returned items as previously opened or return the item to the manufacturer.  Depends upon their agreement.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Have owned a 7D mk2 for half an hour :)
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:01:48 AM »
Beautiful dog - I am even more excited about dogs than photography (well almost).

We have a 4 yr old English Creme Golden, though she has a lot of tan color.  Both her parents are very white - she was the darkest color of the litter and the most active/responsive at 6-7 weeks. 

Great dog though she has a mind of her own. While walking her, Denali will sit down to tell us that we are going the wrong way.  Takes a lot of coaxing / treats to get her to come with us (at times).

Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:57:40 AM »
Thanks for the review. I was a bit surprised that the Yongnuo did so well (but I guess I should not have been).

One thing missing is build.  Perhaps a drop test :)

Lenses / Re: Safari lens advice: 200-400 or 500 f4 and 70-200 or 200 f2
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:54:43 AM »
My response pretty much sums up what others have said before: Do not underestimate the pervasive fine dust that will get in every nook and cranny. Perhaps the best approach would be two bodies, one with a WA zoom and the other with a normal-tele zoom. That way you won't be changing lenses and getting dust on your sensor. Also consider large memory cards so you won't need to open that compartment either.

Bring a couple of extra pillow cases and keep your equipment in these when the vehicle is moving.  That will helps with dust protection.

There are two options to handling cards

1.  Buy large cards and recording to both cards simultaneously.  That will provide redundancy in case a card fails.
2.  Buy smaller cards and set the camera to switch cards when the first one gets full.

There are benefits and downsides to both.  With the 1Dx I use #1, with my 5DM3 I use the latter.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Ended: Pelican Cases on Amazon
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:43:57 AM »
The 3rd party price is $300 (at the time of this writing) more than the Amazon and general street price.

Then again I have see some ridiculously high prices on amazon - once $1200+ for an out of print kids book in hard cover, the softcover price was around $10.  Go figure.

Lenses / Re: Safari lens advice: 200-400 or 500 f4 and 70-200 or 200 f2
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:05:58 PM »
Not sure which parks / reserves you will be visiting.

After numerous trips to Namibia, Botswana, SA (Saba Sands), Zambia, Zimbabwe, I plan to take on my next trip

I don't own a 7D2 but will order one soon.

For Sabi Sands - 7D2 and 200-400 and 70-200 (zooms are much more usefully the 200) and 1Dx.
For Botswana - I took my 600 on 1Dx last trip and next trip may be 7D2 and 200-400.  I shot a fair amount at 1200 (600 + 2x) so the 200-400 w/ the built in 1.4 and the 1.6 crop should suffice.

Zimbabwe - only went to Vic Falls
Zambia - 1Dx and 200-400.  at time could have used a long reach.

A couple of strong recommendations

1.  Minimize changing lenses in the field.  Dust is a real problem.
2.  Carry extra equipment. Equipment will fail.  SA is not too bad to extra equipment (except for the price).  Other areas are much harder and regardless it will take precise time.  A 3rd body is not out of the questions.

Consider the 100-400 II and a 600 for max reach and flexibility.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:44:29 PM »
I always bring a couple of extra front and rear lens caps as well as body caps.

Technical Support / Re: Repair cost cf card bent pin
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:15:49 AM »
My mark5dIII has got a bent pin in the cf card slot. In the shop they told me that the repair (I think he meant replacement of the slot holder) would cot me 300+ euro's.
WHAT? Is that true? I've bought the camera a year ago. Does warranty do the job?

Canon Professional Services (US) did the job for me about 5-7 years ago. I think it cost USD 150 after CPS discount.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 26, 2014, 10:49:49 AM »
1Dx plus 200-400.  Have a 7D M2 on order and that may replace the 1Dx to get me extra reach

Of the diseases afflicting photographers, GAS is not a terrible one - in fact in can be down right enjoyable if you have sufficient funds or your GAS is directed toward lower prices accessories.

Lenses / Re: buying advice: get a 135mm f2, or use existing 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: December 26, 2014, 10:46:26 AM »
Interesting discussion.  I shot mostly wildlife and have long primes but mostly zooms (for flexibility). 

If I ever need to shot portraits I will definitely give the 135L a try - not that I need another lens. Already have enough.

Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Hanukkah
« on: December 25, 2014, 05:11:29 PM »
Recently purchased a lightly used 17 TS-e.  Also got some gift cards from Hunts and plan to use that for 7DII, grip and an extra battery.  That leave 4 more nights of gifts :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:10:26 AM »
Threads like this are why new photogs drop 8.5k on a 1DX and glass.

Everything else seems like a compromise.

In a sense it is a compromise.  But for most people the compromise, other than pride of ownership (i.e., ego), is too small to be measured.  But the value of having the best, is immense.   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:07:19 AM »
Other tidbits from the interview</strong></p>

The days of the annual product cycle are over, new models will come with big advancements in technology</li>

DPReview attributes this comment to entry level bodies.  Canon has already slowed the pace of new mid and especially high-end bodies.  wonder if the pace of 5D and 1D bodies will be slowed down even further?  with even bigger improvements between releases.  NB: Nikon tends to provide much smaller, incremental releases.

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