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Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:54:50 PM »
I can tell you this.  A lousy tripod in Carbon Fiber is still a lousy tripod.  It is far more important that the tripod is the right one for you size wise, works the way you want etc.

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:48:20 PM »
I wear a coat, and pull heavy things from the bag into pockets for the weight in. Back to the bag after.  And of course a big smile and pleasant attitude go a long way toward not being hassled.

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:59:53 AM »
One reason "pro" cameras don't have it, is the prism in the pro camera is generally much larger.  Looking through my 5DIII and then my 7D, is like going from a 60 inch HDTV to walmart laptop screen. 

If you look at the bump that is under the pop-up flash you will realize how small the prism is in there, vs a "pro" camera.  Of couse you could put a  large pup-up on a pro camera, but it might look so large and bulbus as to be silly.

All that said, I like the pop-up on my 7D and use it from time to time. 

EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:53:49 AM »
I really like the SL1 until I held one.  It felt terrible in hand, just too small for my med sized hand. Controlls very small and difficult.   I suppose I expected it to feel like a DSLR.

Anyway, I'm not saying you won't love it, but I'd lay hands on one at Best Buy or something before I bought it.

Sports / Re: Dirt car racing
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:03:19 PM »
Very Cool shots. 

I would try and shoot some in the 1/30-60 area to get some serious motion blur, and some at 1/1000+ to really freeze the action.  The slower speeds will really test your panning, but if you get 2-3 good shots out of 50, they will be 2-3 grey shots.

Lenses / Re: lifespan of IS motor?
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:56:50 AM »
Your IS is not really off when you turn it off, it's just in a different mode. The floating IS element is powered up and being held steady by it's little magnetic actuators.

I had a 70-200 f2.8 IS II have it's IS go bad.  It was flicking 2-3 times a second up and down.  Turning it off did not help. I asked Canon how to turn it off and they said I could not turn it off, it had to be repaired.

So I don't think turning it off will prolong it's life.  At least it will not not reduce it's "run time". 

Sports / FutBall / Soccer / Football
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:29:12 PM »
Let's see some cool soccer photos.  And argue about the name.

C28F0143 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Site Information / Re: Post Processing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:12:59 PM »
I'll work on it, I've been busy designing the selling forum. 

The post processing will be added shortly



Lenses / Re: Airshow Photography - Big Whites vs Small Whites...
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:55:09 PM »
I own a 400mm f2.8 IS, and I love it.  I shoot sports and it bring to almost any sporting event.  But it it huge, heavy, and a pain in the butt or at least back.  It does provide a unique look that is hard to duplicate.   

I don't bring it when I hang with other non photographers.  They think it's cool for about 2 minutes and then your are just slowing them down.  I have a 300mm f4 IS for that. 

Anyway, I see the choice to go big or small white as 2 sides of the same coin.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  The photo below is not from an airshow, but a C-130 doing touch and goes.  Spotted when I was on the way home from a surf contest.

REX50056 3eh by tacfoto, on Flickr

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!

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...     

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