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EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:35:58 PM »
Insurance is a good thing.

Were the shots worth it?  I love my weather sealed cameras, but put them away in the rain unless the subject matter warrants the risk.   

Lenses / Re: ND filter
« on: August 17, 2012, 01:08:16 PM »
And don't forget, you are usually shooting a waterfall with a small aperture, f11-f22, to maximize depth of field. So the 3 stop is likely plenty. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:30:43 PM »
One shot...not exactly...was waiting for a take-off to get this series

Isn't it funny how when your setting up the camera, a bird can hear you breathing and take off.  When you want this kind of shot, you can light firecrackers and they just sit there.  Nice shot btw.

Lenses / Re: 24-105 damaged. Advice needed
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:49:22 PM »
No insurance?  Home owner's? Renters?

I'd send it Canon.  If more than 50% of new, I'd buy new. 

You can probably sell the damaged lens on eBay for several $100.  (just describe all the problems completely and honestly)

And not to rub salt in the wound, but Camera straps, etc are cheap, this kind of thing is expensive. (same with insurance)

Oh, and I've drowned 2 cameras, dropped and smashed 2 lenses, and had a whole kit stolen when i left it visible in the back of my car.  So we live and we learn...

I have a 7D and  5D3.  I think they make a really nice combination (as did the 7D and 5D2).  I was always impressed with the 7D for sports.  A few months back my 7D broke, and while it was off for repairs, I got a great deal on a slightly used 1D4.  It's great, but not so much better than my 7D that I understand the price difference.  Now that my 7D is back, my 1D4 will head off to eBay.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Best for Rental in the UK?
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:43:49 PM »
I absolutely love the 17mm for architecture.  You can crop the 17mm image to a 24mm, but not the other way.

Software & Accessories / Re: Upsizing pictures for large canvas
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:04:16 AM »
Get a trial version of some of the above software and try it, vs just plain photoshop.  You can try it on screen for nothing, you can crop out a sample and print it at walgreens for $.15 a print.  (blow it up to 30x40, then crop a 4x6 piece, and print it.) You can even take that to the room and try it out on the wall.

I will wager that you won't be able to tell the difference.  I wonder if some of the one trick pony upsizing programs add a little sharpness or vibrance to make you say oh wow this is better... 

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:39:26 PM »
When I do HDR, I also do the image without it from the normal exposure.  Then I layer the finished HDR on top of the normal, and begin making it transparent, choosing something between the HDR and the normal exposure. 

Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:27:25 AM »
I would take the 24-105mm before i would take the 70-200, but that is just me.  i swear my 70-200 weights 20lbs when it is in my camera bag

My walk around kit is: 5D3, 8-15mm fisheye, 24-105mm, and 300mm f4 IS. and 1.4XIII (insane range, light weight)
When I want to supplement that a little, I add my 17mm tilt shift, and 2XIII , an may swap the 300 for the 70-200

I always take a monopod if not a tripod.

Yes, get yourself a 2nd battery if you are a prolific shooter. One can sit in the charger back at the hotel while you are out.

No Flash?

CF Cards?  Laptop?

If you are going to rent a car, 12V chargers, or a cheap $25 inverter for your 110V chargers can be really nice.  All cars are 12V

Canon General / Re: Taking DSLRs into olympic venues
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:24:55 PM »
Reading this I was thinking about the use of a tele-converter.  Would a security Guard know what it was? What it does? 

And then a few minutes later as I watched, and they scanned the crowd at a track event I spotted a guy with a Canon DSLR, and a 2X converter, (tan).  Attached to that appears to be a smaller off brand converter.  I think Kenko 2X, and then a 50mm f1.4.  That would give a less than stellar quality 200mm f5.6.  But it's not that big, does not look pro, and says 50mm right on it.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon Fisheye EF 8-15mm f/4L USM
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:57:16 PM »

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

I think this comes down to do you want to impress your friends with your hand holding ability :D, or do you want to impress your friends with your tack sharp photos? :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is this a good time to buy 1D X?
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:48:25 PM »
It is not a good time to buy. 

1. It's new, hard to find, priced at it retail, likely as high as it ever will be.  Let them work the bugs out, and let the price fall a little.

2. You don't need this camera at your stage.  i am not one of those people who think you need a manual film 35mm to start, because 40 years ago thats what they had.  But I am one of those people who knows the difference between a photographer, and a gear collector.  And when i read your post I think, gear collector.  Do you talk more about your gear, or your photographs? Think about it.

You don't need a 2nd body, but if you must, get yourself a 7D.  Shoot some sports, and other things that benefit from the high speed shutter, etc.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3rd Party ... Bodies??
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:26:23 AM »
Every time Sigma makes a Lens with a Canon mount, they pay Canon a fee. (and Nikon, Pentax, etc) Canon owns the EOS mount.  Both sides of it.  So Sigma can't make cameras that take Canon lenses unless Canon agrees to it, and so far, they don't.

Not that I'm against the idea, I love it.  The 4/3 concept, one mount all makers, is awesome, but failing...

Lenses / Re: Best lense for bird shots
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:51:02 PM »
If the 70-200 is your main lens, the one on your camera 50% or more of the time, trade up to the 2.8 IS II.  If not, keep the f4.

Both are tremendous lenses.  The weight of the f2.8 is 50lbs if it's in your camera bag and not being used.  In your hands at the football game, shooting the model, its feather light.

For the cost of the upgrade you could probably buy the 8-15 fisheye zoom, or some other exotic glass, so choose carefully.

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