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Software & Accessories / Re: On-line Wedding albums
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:36:48 PM »
Also you could look into Graphi Studio.  They are based in Italy and have a great design software, although you need to apply to be accepted as a client.
On their website they state that they do only accept professional photographers as clients. do you have any experience if they also accept non-professionals?

I would be highly interested in a company offering high quality wedding albums like Jorgensens or Queensberry do to everybody not only professional photographers. There seem to be hardly any company producing this level of quality which also offer their services to non-professional photographers.
Can anybody recommend a company?

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: September 28, 2012, 04:34:06 PM »
When you are planing to do your trip in April & May, I would at least recommend you start your trip in the southern European countries. You may be lucky and have some nice and warm days north of the Alps, but you have almost a guarantee for this south of it. If you want to go north, go as late as you can. You might want to think about skipping Russia, it is a really long trip, you need a visa and especially cities like Moscow are everything but safe.

Just another comment, generally speaking, the further north you are, the better, the more comfortable and the more on time are the trains...

I also want to through in some places with good potential motives, which have not yet been mentioned:
Alhambra (Grenada), Cinque Terre, Barcelona, Rome (be aware of the pickpockets there!!), Smögen, Kopenhagen, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Carcasonne, Hohenzollern Castle, Strasbourg, Montepellier, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Lake of Constance

Pros only use CF´s. Forget a SD with a SD adapter if you want the best speed.

Thank you all for your answers.
If I were a pro, I certainly would go with the CFs, but as someone who is just enjoying photography in the limited free time, this cheaper solution should be enough as additional backup storage space in case all my CFs are all full.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / SD cards in SD-CF Adapter for 7d?
« on: August 30, 2012, 03:04:10 AM »
A new 32Gb SanDisk Extreme Pro CF would cost me around 165.00 Euro (205 USD) over here in Germany. The 32Gb Sandisk Extreme Pro SD is offered for 65 Euro. Does anyone has experience using the SD cards with an adapter in a 7D? How much transfer speed would I lose when using this combination? I usually do not need high FPS. For doing single shoots, would this combination work?

I have been to Bryce in Mid-May and there was still quite a bit of snow, it might be the same in October.
If the weather should be too nasty think about Joshua Tree NP, its just a few hours from LA and you can then go up to GC south rim. In sunny weather north rim is not ideal during midday for photography because of the sun standing pposite and already lower in October, if you are aiming at sunrise and sunset its a good location.
Personally I did not like Zion too much, kind of unspectacular to me, but you can do some nice hiking there if your are interested. Angels landing is nice for its view but it is a kind of tourist highway up to the top with paved staires. Arches NP is spectacular indeed, Canyonlands are less spectacular if you have seen the GC before and if you just stay on the paved roads on the upper rim of the NP. To save some time during your trip, Canyonlands might be something you could consider to skip, in my opinion.

For the rest, CaliPH said it all.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware update for 7D
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:15:02 AM »
On the German Canon website, Firmware version 2.0 is only available for Mac OS X .... After installing the version from Canon USA, can I change to German in the language settings? Should be the same then, right?

Canon General / Re: Guidance re: Europe cruise
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:16:30 PM »
Swiss belongs to Lufthansa, both are rather indulgent concerning the weight of the on-board language, as long as it does not look really over-sized they usually do not check the weight.
Be aware that this is totally different with the european low-cost airlines like Ryanair, they are very strict and try to make extra money whenever they can.

Germany / Re: Canon Germany Cashback promotion
« on: March 31, 2012, 06:00:35 AM »
For all those from Germany. Canon has started a cashback promotion yesterday for lenes, flashlights and extenders. The only details list I found is here http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/03/electronics/features/canon/Canon_CashBack_Teilnahmebedingungen.pdf

Details can now also be found on canon.de http://www.canon.de/Images/Cash_Back_Flyer_tcm83-914482.pdf] [url]http://www.canon.de/Images/Cash_Back_Flyer_tcm83-914482.pdf[/url]

Germany / Canon Germany Cashback promotion
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:56:18 AM »
For all those from Germany. Canon has started a cashback promotion yesterday for lenes, flashlights and extenders. The only details list I found is here http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/03/electronics/features/canon/Canon_CashBack_Teilnahmebedingungen.pdf

Für das eine oder Objektiv ist ein ganz netter Rabatt drin.
Grüße aus Stuttgart, pp77.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:24:15 PM »
I just reserved my 5DMK3 and 24-105 in Zurich, it came in at around £3190 which is significantly cheaper than the £3700 it will be over here.

Which store was this? I am seriously considering a trip to Zürich now :)

I ordered mine (Kit with 24-105) here (Zurich):
4149 CHF
However prices may change, according to the web site.

Now I'm wondering how long it will take until I get mine...

btw. Zurich is well worth a visit anyway :)

Cool, that's a little cheaper than what I'm paying but I bet that doesn't include the 8% tax.


Here in Europe prices shown are normally including tax. Also in this case the 8% Swiss VAT are included.
The 8% seem to contribute to the lower prices for the MkIII compared to other European states. In France you pay 19.6%, in Germany 19%, in Danmark 25% VAT.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:10:34 AM »
Hell, I just can't believe that 3499$ = 3499€ so I figured some things out :

- with today's rate, 3499$ = 2662,50€
- difference with european pricing is = 836,50€
- three days trip from Paris to NY, including flights and hotel is approximately 700€

You could just fly to Zurich (Switzerland). Its a 1h flight which will cost you around 200Euros (AirFrance or Swiss) and in Zurich you get the camera for 3399.- CHF (= 2820 Euro). You should also consider, that sales taxes are included in the swiss price, but not in the us price

Canon.ch lists the mkIII for 3998,00 CHF. Where can you get this camera for 3399,00 CHF in Zürich? It is just a 2 hours drive from where I live. It could be worth a try, nevertheless I have been check thoroughly a few times by the German customs when coming back from Switzerland.
And yes, they check the serial numbers of cameras to find out where it was bought, they like to check for new electronics especially at airports.

Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:49:46 PM »
My plan is to arrive in Las Vegas early morning by plane and drive over to Grand Canyon.  We are staying 2 nights there in park and then driving up to Monument Valley.  2 days there and then driving to Page, AZ to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.  We are staying in page for 3 days then driving back to Vegas (through Utah with maybe a stop at Zion or Bryce Canyon.  We are then stayiing in Vegas for 5 more days to have some fun and go to redrock. I probably have some time to stay longer in AZ but I had to book the hotels because they book up fast, especially the ones in GC park and the Monument Valley View Hotel (in park).  Total time is about 2 weeks.  Lots of driving but no more than 5 hours on any single leg. 
All of this is pending my safe return from Afghanistan...thank god for this site it is giving me something to do photography related.

When I visited the Grand Canyon last time I used a crop-camera with a 24-105 and a 18-55 kit lens. It was nice to have the 24-105, to get some details like trees at the rim border or of hikers, but for the most impressive images I was using the kit lens at 18 mm and these 18 mm were enough for me.
I would recommend the south rim before the north side, you then have the sun from behind all day, which is probably better for most places there. As suggested earlier, bring a telephoto lens for the condors, often they are pretty close to the Grand Canyon Village, sometimes they even sit at the rim just a few yards away from the trail.
Bring a wide angle lens to the horseshoe bend, the wider the better! 18 mm on a crop camera is not enough to get both sides of the canyon and the river without falling down from the rocks.
For Antelope Canyon you might want to book a tour for photographers. If it is a very busy day you will not find the time to take the pictures you want because they will shoo you through the canyon and you will always have people walking around in your photos. Last time I visited the Lower Antelope Canyon I was very lucky. You always have to take a guided tour, but not many tourists visited on this day, and they gave me all the time I wanted. Visit both Antelope canyons if you can, they are different. Entrance fee it is not cheap, but worth the money.
I agree with a previous post, take the road down into the Monument valley if you have a SUV or a Jeep. The road down to the valley bottom is full of really deep potholes, but it is much better down on the bottom round tour. The perspective from down there is so different of the one from the big parking lot at the visiter center.
If I had to choose between Zion and Bryce I definitely would take Bryce Canyon. IMO it offers much more and better possibilities for photography and it really is a very beautiful place. In Bryce you are at the rim of the canyon and can take your photos from up there, while in Bryce you have to climb up to places like Angels Landing to get the best shots. Zion is nice so see, Bryce is spectacular, IMO.
Have fun and enjoy your trip!

Canon General / Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« on: February 01, 2012, 08:47:41 AM »
Within the last years I have visited Paris several times. You can take pictures in almost all museums, assumed that the flash is turned out without any further restrictions.
Your 70-200 might also be a good lens for taken pictures of painters up at Montmartre or people selling stuff at the boothes along the Seine. Those usually do not like to be photographed at all.
Take a fast lens for interior shootings in Notre Dame, Saint Chapel or Museums like L'Orangerie.

I would not mind too much about leaving your lenses in the suitcase in the hotel room, but be aware of the women trying to sell you roses or collecting signatures for whatever topic. Try to keep distance between you and those woman, these might be the biggest danger in Paris for your gear and wallet. Once they have got something it is handed over from one to the other within seconds, you will never be able to get it back. You find them particularly in from of the Louvre, Notre Dame or Montmarte.

Enjoy your trip, Paris is a great city!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:52:47 AM »
I would love to see a come back of the eye control focus. I was very happy with it on my EOS 30, it worked when I was wearing glasses, even sunglasses! Maybe time to take out this old body, must still be somewhere.

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