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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:03:12 PM »
I do get a kick out of my friends who shoot manual, and drone on and on about it.  But of course they are just watching the meter in the viewfinder... :)

I Use Manual Auto in some sports situations, and Yes, I'd like to have Exposure Compensation in this mode.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod center column - yes or no
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:42:26 AM »
To me the center post is something I rarely use, but I am glad it is there when I need it.  I try to buy tripods that will put the camera at my eye height or higher without the center column.  My tallest tripod will put the camera six inches over my head this way, but 18 inches higher with center post.  At an airshow for example, standing on my ice chest, I tower above the crowd and can photograph without interference.

SO as long as I can lock it down, I'd rather have it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Post processing workflow
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:23:55 PM »
So the problem is a bunch of people spent a lot of time detailing the way they do something.  They provided this information to you for free.  But not exactly the way you wanted.  And they did not consult each other to make sure they all agreed?

Those bastards!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7ky-N0J9Yo

My workflow can be completely different if I am preparing sports photos, landscape, specialty (HDR, Panorama Black an white, Etc).  And I have developed my methods over time incorporating what I have learned from others with things I have discovered myself.  Much like ll of my photography skills.  i would imagine that's pretty normal.


Tex...yes, I'm going to sign up for crashplan for my off site...good suggestion.

So how do I delete some of the "extra stuff" that time machine has saved?

That is one of the great things about Time Machine.  You don't have to (and shouldn't).  Time machine will do this all by itself.  It will get rid of the oldest stuff first.  It will let you know "hey will be deleting some stuff…"  Really not a big deal, it's supposed to do that.

One thing I do recommend, is practice recovery with it a little.  (This goes for any back-up system/hardware/service) Find a document you don't need and delete it.  Now use time machine to recover it.  It's not hard, but not really easy either.   This is not the thing you want to be figuring out how to do when you realize you tossed your term paper, or 100 year old family recipe for beer.  Or do what my mom always does.  Highlight everything, hit delete, then in a panic, hit save…!  Time machine can pull the version of that document from an hour ago, a week ago, and a year ago, all of which can be different. 

update....I ordered and received from bhphoto this external drive for my iMac:

G-Technology 3TB G-Drive with Thunderbolt

this was so easy to set up and use....about 30 minutes after unboxing i had already backed up nearly 1/2 a TB of photos/videos on it with a simple drag and drop.

for a non tech savvy guy, this was nice.

sleek and solid feeling too.

OK, maybe I am a little late to the party, but your back-up drive being full is not a problem with time machine.  If you have 500GB on your main drive, and your 1TB back-up is almost full, it means your back-up drive has 500GB of current stuff, and almost 500GB of old deleted stuff, and old versions of current files.   The old deleted stuff can be stuff that you deleted like documents, tax recored etc.  (but you have to have deleted them).  It can be stuff that you updated, like old copies of a resume, photo etc. (but not the current copy no matter how old) And it also includes stuff like cashed web pages, system preferences, and old versions of files that you have updated. 

My recommendation is to have more than one back-up drive, Western Digital or otherwise, and keep one at work/grandma's house.  Swap them 1 eek or so.  That way if robbed, or the house burns down, all is not lost.

Alternative to swapping, You might also consider an online off-site storage system like carbonate.  Does not need to be the whole 500GB, just the OMG can't loose that stuff.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:42:04 PM »
I have similar rain covers to the above in my bag.  I think I got mine on eBay.

I also carry a white kitchen garbage bag that can cover the whole camera and tripod, or whole camera bag should I ever end up in the rain, in a boat, sandstorm, etc.  Heck, you can even pull it out and fill it with trash if needed.

I will add that I only expose my stuff to the rain when the photos justify it.  That is even with the best rain covers and filters, there is always some risk.  A friend of mine used his 70-200 f2.8IS II in the rain, boasted of the weather sealing, while mine was tucked away in the lowepro all weather bag.  The next day his lens fogged up on the back side of the front element which dried and left water spots.  His picture of an amateur bike race in the rain were nothing to write home about...     

Site Information / Post Precessing Section
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:33:48 PM »
Reviewing the different forum areas, I don't see a good place for a discussion of post processing.  There is a "Technique and Advice" area, but the three categories seem to exlude post processing.  There is a Software & Accessories forum, but this seems a bad fit.

How about a new section under Technique and Advice: "Post Precessing"

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:35:00 AM »
Back at the Track.

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I could see APS-H if they could make it take EF-S lenses.  Maybe with a Nikon style crop mode, or just there is vignetting, deal with it.  I know, I know, previous APS-H cameras could not take EFS lenses.   Many of the zoom EF-S lenses would cover the whole APS-H anyway at least when zoomed in.

This would be an awesome bridge camera between FF and 1.6 crop.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:07:31 AM »
Back at the Track.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:43:29 PM »
Canon should make it push pull and rotate to zoom.  And lighter, and cheaper, and stronger, and more macho looking, and maybe scented to smell like roses on a summer morning right after the rain.

Oh and if it takes good pictures, sure that be cool too I guess.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:56:42 PM »
My 70-200 went down (literally), the strap broke.  So I needed a longer lens, and my 100mm IS Mcro was just sitting there begging to go to the game...

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Sports / Re: Basketball
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:38:40 PM »
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I don't think it will be APS-H.  But I do love APS-H and would really like to see another APS-H Camera. 

I have a 1D Mark IV and realy enjoy the odd blend of bigger sensor, but not too big.

Canon shot themselves in the foot with the whole EF-S Lenses not fitting F or APS-H thing.  Especially when 3rd party lenses do.  My Tokina 11-16 is awesome on my 1D Mark IV vegetating unacceptablely only at 11mm.  On my 5D III it's not bad until 15mm

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:02:54 AM »
It will not be a mark 2 of the original 7D if it wasn't an APS-C sensor.


I personally don't care much about APS-C DSLR's anymore. When I get the chance I will get a full frame mirrorless too (at a budget price), but then, full frame is compatible with my type of photography.

Of course for the birders and such I wish the 7D2 will have an excellent aps-c sensor :)

If you shoot a variety of images, or even just a variety in one nitch, an APS-C  camera is a nice compliment to a FF camera.  Shooting sports I will often use a fisheye and my 400 with extenders in the same shoot.  The difference in the look and reach of the 2 cameras can be nice.  The 5DII + 7D combo because very popular for this reason.

I worked with that combination for a long time, but the image quality of the 7D was disappointing compared to the 5D MkII so in the end that's what caused me to sell the 7D in favor of a 5D MkIII. The Mk II and Mk III work much better together; but I prioritize the MkIII for low light and sports, obviously.

Last weekend I did a motorsports shoot with the 70-200 on the MkIII and my 35mm Sigma on the Mk II. The results were staggeringly good, and the bodies and lenses a seamless match, with matching sharpness and colors.

Cool.  I have always been happy with the colors on my 7D.
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