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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:52:19 PM »
I just hope the library management is more robust.

I far prefer LRs edits / processing over Aperture, but every photo winds up in Aperture for me anyways because it handles library management far better IMO.

Can you be specific?

The only thing I liked about Aperture was that is shows AF point.

there is a lightroom plug-in for that as was posted back in september

Quote from: doncristobal on September 14, 2014, 11:26:39 AM

Hi, I published a plugin for this recently, maybe you'll find it of interest.
It shows focus points for all all (post-2002) Canon DSLR and all Nikon DSLR. Currently needs Lightroom 5.

Great plug-in gives AF points in lightroom

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:38:34 AM »
Panorama stitching and HDR, looks interesting.
But what is flexible and more flexible printing?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk3 Firmware 1.3.3 is out
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:38:46 AM »

I'd like Canon to consider improvements found in ML.

Wouldn't we all.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 28, 2015, 01:00:05 AM »
I have had issues with photo stitch not lining up properly.  I found a freebie from Microsoft called ICE which does a better job.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:51:25 AM »
Running Start by jim4496, on Flickr

One from the other day, 400mm f5.6L on 7D2

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:46:56 PM »
have their 603II and 622 triggers, great products, never had the first problem.  I had hoped they would gain a NA distributor but did not expect that BH would be first.  I think that says a lot about the power they hold in the marketplace and maybe even the marketing work that has been going on behind the scenes. 

I do think the fact that they are clearly knocking off these lenses is a knock on their reputation.

Actually was distributing in NA before BH.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII CF write speeds
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:44:29 PM »

Rod Galbraith publishes data on the real performance of memory cards in camera.  It would appear from his data that you would do better with a 600x card than a 400x card.  Not  much extra advantage to going with a 1000x card in the 7D.

I would assume that the 7D2, would perform similar to the 5D3 with CF cards.  So the 1000x CF card will give the best performance

Reviews / Re: Photozone review of 100-400 L II
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:03:21 PM »

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 ii Image Quality Review Posted at TDP
« on: December 18, 2014, 05:36:01 PM »
I was skeptical that this lens could live up to the hype.  It appears the hype was justified:
Roger at Lens rentals disagrees. He just posted a comparison of the old and new 100-400mm and there isn't that much difference between them.
He also posted on the 400 DO. Which appears to be significantly better than the mark 1.
Hopefully Roger will get some Sigma 150-600mm's soon and run a comparison between them,the Tamron and the Canon 100-400mm II

Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:42:25 AM »
Thanks to all!  Now it is clear why I suck so badly at BIF.  Clearly my next step is a 7D II.  After that, a fast lens (as clearly advised by jrista and strongly implied by AprilForever).  And practice.  Thanks again.

BIF is not easy. Not by a long shot. I've been doing bird photography for a few years now, and BIF is definitely my weak spot. I've kind of stopped practicing, as I just don't have the lenses for it. A FAST lens is a big plus, so I really think the 70-200 f/2.8 is going to be a good lens to have, with or without a 1.4x TC. If you have the money, the 300 f/2.8 is great. I am not sure about the 500/4 on a 7D II (that's an effective ~810mm focal length...that's really long, makes for a pretty narrow FoV...I have a hard enough time with BIF at 600mm on the FF, let alone 800mm+). I think a 500/4 on a FF would be still seems a little long to me, especially if you do not already have good BIF skills (if you had good BIF skills, I think it would be excellent, you'll get a lot more detail...but learning on it would be tough, just keeping the bird in the frame would be tough with a 7D II.)
The 70-200 f2.8 is a lousy lens for BIF.  It is way too short.  Same with the bare 300mm f2.8.  The 300mm f2.8 with the 1.4x will work but it is starting to get heavy.
The premiere lens for learning BIF is the 400 mm f5.6L. It is has the needed reach, especially on a crop camera, is fast focusing and is light weight.  Once you have practiced you can move up to the heavier 500mm f4L or the 600mm f4L that you see the serious bird photographers shooting handheld.
Funny thing, I've never heard a bird photographer claim that a lens was too long,  too heavy or to long a MFD, yes, but otherwise the longer the better.

I think your question applies to photography in general now, not just wildlife.

Why's that? As one of the other big photo business segments weddings and portraits tend to look inherently different, an architecture/product/... all have different content as ordered by the client. To me, wildlife photogs seems to be among the most endangered species as w/o further amendments, the content never gets outdated.

Unfortunately as you point out, wildlife photography has become a measuring contest of one's financial power (having the latest gear) as well as their availability to be out in the field almost everyday.

Yes, the latter cannot be helped I'm afraid to say :-o ... but one other catch of wildlife tele shots is that if you manage to get a great shot with your 600mm, the less wealthy photog can still get lucky and get a better shot with his/her cheaper 300mm as long as the subject doesn't eat you. So i reckon there's more in it for beginners, unlike with sports where you have to sit at the edge of the field and simply have to have a 1dx+600mm.
I don't see the inherent difference in wedding photographs  one bride in a white dress looks pretty much the same as another.  Portraits - same thing one guy in a suit looks like every other guy in suit. 

Personally I focus on birds and there are still hundreds in North America that I have not yet had the opportunity to photograph and there are thousands more world wide.  I do it for fun not profit.

Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:19:56 PM »
Anti-Canon = everything Canon does is bad.
Canon fanboy = everything Canon does is good.
Neutral = Canon is best at many things but not everything.

Ok, so that makes me Neutral.   :)

No, you are :

Neuro = CR GEEK

Lenses / Re: Prime tele lenses with EF mount
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:21:51 PM »
People prefer zooms.

I can easily understand it. But zooms have also huge disadvantages especially with a x4 range:

The primes are not as complex as a zoom and could really be optimized and for wildlife photography you are anyway at the longer focal length you have at least 95% of the time.

So are primes so bad at all?
Personally I prefer primes, I shot mostly with a 400mm f5.6L until i upgraded to a 500mm f4L.
But walking around with the prime you rapidly become aware that most people shoot with the 100-400mm, (which costs a couple  of hundred more than the prime) or with the Sigma 50-500mm or 150-500mm.  If people are only going to have one long expensive lens they are going to get the zoom for its versatility.
Long primes are great for nature, but not so good at the zoo or airshows

EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:38:15 AM »
First meeting of my photography club this week and the talk was all about the 7D2. Lots on pre - order at the local camera store.  One member said he was number 150 on the list.  I would say that most are upgrading from 7D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:24:43 AM »
Which has caused my old brain to start wondering why nobody has reverse engineered the WFT-E7A and produced a cheaper model.  There are off-brand battery grips, selling for a fraction of the cost of a Canon.  Surely it wouldn't be too difficult to manufacture a wi-fi unit which sold in the $300.00 range....or perhaps it is too difficult which is why I'm never heard of one.

I assume the latter - look at the disastrous performance of Yn's rt flash transmitter clone which obviously made them delay their whole line of announced rt flashes.

It's true that wifi is standardized and it should be easier to implement, but sub-par radio performance is annoying and will make a lot of people buy the more expensive, but working model. With battery grips it doesn't matter as much for non-critical shooting if you can buy 3x-4x clones for the price of 1x original.

I don't think it is a technical problem.   DSLRcontroller and the TL- MR3040 work well on the android system and the cost is about $50.  Camranger does the same at a higher price point.  No one has cloned the canon unit because it just isn't that good. 

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