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Lenses / Re: shooting into the sun...
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:44:58 AM »
I use welding glasses, and it''s never bothered my camera. Even shooting video.

Sun Country Flight SY789 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

400mm on a 1.6 crop camera is very long.  When I shoot football or soccer, it's too long, and I do much better with my 70-200 with no extenders. Of course that's from the sidelines.  A 70-200 2.8 will focus much faster and provide a crisp photo.  A cropped photo with proper focus will beat the pants off a blurry photo that is not cropped.

As soon as the forum dropped Karma, the downhill slide started.

More free advertising for Ken though.  :o

I don't think there is any standard other than: Jesus, be careful wit that thing!  Plastic lens hoods are a great way to minimize damage from an impact.

I'd also highly recommend a tripod collar and a monopod.  Beats grinding off your paint on  concrete wall and supports the weight.

EOS Bodies / Re: Um... is there a 30mpix camera on the way and when?
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:58:21 PM »
If they do not they will receive huge amounts of criticism.
If they do they will receive huge amounts of criticism.

I will work on shooting and selling photos.

If you have homeowner's or renter's insurance, and are not shooting professionally, you may already be covered, or you may need an addendum.  Mine is $.005 be $1 of gear per year.

Also consider buying your gear with a credit card that offers some protection.  My Amex doubles my warrantee and provides theft and loss protection.

Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:38:45 PM »
Pec pads + cut down small kitchen spatula = sensor swabs for pennies each.

Here is a great article:

Technical Support / Re: 5D mark iii CF card issue
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:04:33 AM »
If you can see the images while the card is in the camera, as you suggest, you have a bad card reader or cable.  Download them straight from the camera and then figure out why the card won't read into your computer.

If the files can still be seen with the card in the camera, you are in good shape.  Download them with a cable from camera to computer.  And consider doing this from now on.  If not your going to have to look into recovery options.  I use PhotoRescue.

I think i recall reading that video can only go to the CF card.

Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:54:45 AM »
It stinks but sensor dust is part of the game with a DSLR.  Learn to clean yourself, or you will suffer long and hard. 

Lenses / Re: 70-200L IS Mk I with 2x extender
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:18:19 PM »
The 2X extender comes in VI, II, or III.  Newer is better but more $.  And there are Sigma and Kenko options as well.

If you have the $, I'd consider a 100-400 IS, or 300mm f4 IS if not, or just don't want another lens, I'd go with an extender. 

Software & Accessories / Re: New DPP Next Week
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:20:48 AM »
I just hope they don't mess with that awesome user interface.  So intuitive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the grips already?
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:01:32 AM »
I was sad for I had no shoes, and then I met a man who had no feet.

So I took his shoes. 

I mean he was not using them or anything. 

Also his 5DIII grip.

Lenses / Re: Canon 8-15mm and filters
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:40:08 AM »
You'll probably be on a tripod...get large, rectangular filters (Lee, Singh-Ray, or the only glass ones - the Schneider MPTV line).  Handhold them, or if you prefer, use one or two Wimberley Plamps to hold them in place clamped to a tripod leg.

That won't work for a couple of reasons.  With 180 degree field of view, no filter is going to be large enough, even if presses against the from element.  And, as you get past about 45 degrees of incidence, the light falls way off and is more distorted by the filter.

No experience with ND gel filters, but looking at the back of my 8-15, they should be easy to put in there.

Lenses / Re: Used 400mm f2.8L IS lenses - good value now?
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:31:51 AM »

Just a thought - if the AF works at max aperture (before stopping down to the desired aperture) and since the depth of field at f2.8 is a lot less than at f4 does that mean that the 100% full size images on the 400/2.8 are "sharper" than on the other big ones?

Anybody there to correct me on this!?

Well, sort of.  It should be able to focus more accurately at f2.8 than a 5.6.  and so shooting it at 5.6, it still focuses at 2.8, so it should focus a little more accurately.  And certainly can focus in lower light.

I shoot a lot of night games, and f2.8 lenses seem to do great, and f4 lenses no so much.  f5.6 lenses just bad.

EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:17:08 PM »
The ff guys talk about IQ
The crop guys talk about reach
The APS-H guys get it in the neck from both  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I like me a good APS-H body! I hope the used 1D4 market takes a dump once the 1Dx comes out. Too bad Canon got rid of the 1.3:1 sensor. It really is a great compromise between the APS-C and FF extremes.

I'm right there with you.  I'd love to trade my 7D for a 1D4 and a some cash.  Right now, it's just too much cash, i think about @2500-3000 for the buy and sell on eBay.  $1500 and I'd do it.  But I don't see it happening.  The 1D4 is too good and the 1DX too expensive. 

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