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I am a big fan of the 24-105, and highly recommend it, but your decision there is kind of 50/50.  Body or kit?, I'd go with the best deal you can find, counting on the 24-105 as worth $800 more than body only.

If you end up with both, use both and see which you like.

If you get the body, shoot with you current lens for a while before making any deception.  I think in 6-12 months the 24-70 II may be way more reasonable, and then you'll have to consider that as well!

Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:23:16 AM »
Do I use anything else?  Hell Yes!  Weather resistant does not mean water proof, and my gear is not cheap.

1. First line of defense is I don't go out in the rain with my camera in general.  Sure if there is something worth shooting, like for example I'm getting paid, or the big foot convention is in town.  But I don't go outside in the rain for no reason.  Why?  Seriously what are you going to shoot? I sell stock photography, and there is little call for the rainy drab photo of ____.  What a great day for post processing!

2. I use LowePro all weather (AW) Bags.  My main bag actually has 2 rain covers, one for the top for light rain, and one that covers the whole bag.  Both fold up into pockets.  I also keep a trash bag inside to bag up a camera on tripod, convert to a poncho, or ultra-secure my bag if in a small boat or something. ( a .$50 trash bag is cheap insurance)

3. Pelican cases.  When i shoot pro surfing, or some similar event that gets me in the sand, I love my pelican cases.  They can be seats on the beach, and when you get home, you wash the outside with a hose.

Lenses / Re: Need opinions on telephoto choice
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:12:35 PM »
I have a 400mm 2.8 IS I, and both vIII extenders. I was not aware it was was a bad combo  :D

I agree with the above posts.  My combo is because I am 80/20 sports/wildlife.

Sounds like focus breathing.  Also when you are close, camera placement can have an effect.

It is interesting though because when you have one 70mm lens, its 70mm, but when you have 2, suddenly there is an issue.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:00:51 PM »
Very nice Alex!  But spill the beans man, how you do these?

Software & Accessories / Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:12:07 PM »
I recently picked up a Benro B-3 Ballhead and am VERY happy with it.  Happy enough that I have ordered a 2nd for my 2nd tripod.  $129 from eBay.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:33:07 PM »
I sold my Mark II with 220K actuations, and it did not have wear like that. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with dynamic range!!
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:28:21 PM »
The exposure mode does not make any difference.  Only the actual exposure.  But switching to manual and setting the exposure settings from your ground spot metering is a good start.

On the other hand, from your description, it's hard to believe you got a blown out sky, unless your ND grad was upside-down.  Was the darker part of your filter on the top or bottom?

Adding he ND as you did, setting exposure compensation to 0, and setting ANY exposure mode aside from M should yield a decent exposure unless something is wrong.  Setting the camera to manual and then adjusting until the meter says 0, would effectively do the same thing.

In any case, i think you ND grad was upside-down, or something else was dramatically wrong.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D or 5D2
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:27:12 PM »
7D now, 5D3 or 3.5, 4 when appropriate.

Trying to be positive... :D  Good lord man, buy a camera bag with some weather proofing!  I own several Lowpro AW bags and have been through tropical rainstorms without a drop of water on the gear.  Side benefit: you can carry the cameras in a camera bag!

Each one of my bags has a drawstring trash bag inside so i can enclose the bag and float it if necessary. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Better dynamic range than my 5DIII
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:32:16 PM »
I'll bet its video was crap though.

Yea, it was 1 frame per 10min.

Great foto, interesting discussion.  Note: There was probably a very talented guy in a darkroom partially responsible for this awsome photo.  Even then, post processing was important.

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 02, 2012, 10:52:21 PM »
Congratulations on getting the shots :-)

Yea, that and congratulations on your daughter getting married.

Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: September 30, 2012, 09:17:02 PM »
Try this place:

Also if you don't have insurance now might be a good time to think about it.  Homeowners/renters insurance usually cover this type of thing and is cheap vs. camera replacement.

It's too bad there is not rice in india.  Put the camera in a sealed  bag of dry rice, and the moisture will be gone in hours.

Lenses / Re: Fisheye for crop sensor
« on: September 29, 2012, 12:06:42 AM »
The best is going to be the Canon, but also the most expensive.  The 3rd party lenses are designed to go to 180 on Nikon's 1.5 crop, so they are not 180 on Canon's 1.62 crop.   

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS, does anyone really use this???
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:17:46 AM »
If you own a mac, iPhoto has some nice features to show you tour/walk/vacation, by stringing all your GPS points together.

I wish I had it in one of my bodies.  As it is i snap an photo with my iPad when I need the location.  BTW most smart phones don't have GPS, or real GPS anyway.  They determine their position from the signals from cell phone towers, and known WiFi-locations.

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