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Burlington, Ontario, Canada   

Software & Accessories / Re: Portable HD with SD reader
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:49:03 PM »
Needs dual CF and SD card reader ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:45:17 PM »
An interesting result....

Despite the negativity about various rumoured features, it comes close to an even split between those planning to purchase and those who wont. This might indicate a well selling model.... but of course everything depends on what the real camera is, and unfortunately we will probably have to wait for an official announcement for that.

I find it a bit disturbing that only 7% might buy one after they test it, 31.5% will only buy one if reviewed positively.  While reviews are useful for gathering information, I think making a purchasing decision primarily on a review for something like a camera (or lens) is a bad idea.   Reviewers rarely capture and communicate all of the positives and negatives of a device effectively, and only you can see if feels right for you.

I will buy the 7D2 only if it has better usable iso than the 70D.  I will get this information only once one of the review sites I trust  tests the camera.  Playing with it in a store won't allow me to get this information.   If the noise at iso 1600 isn't better than the 70D then I will probably get a 70D instead.   Why should this be disturbing to you?

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:22:59 PM »
The x-rite colormunki display is all that you need.  It will calibrate your display and it costs about $170.  Rental is not really an option as they recommend  regular calibration.  Once your display is calibrated then you need the costco printer/paper profile to use in genenerating your images for printing.  Your Costco's website should have the details you need.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:41:52 PM »
The 400mm f5.6L with the 1.4x converter will work fine on your 5D3 assuming you upgrade to the firmware that lets it focus at f8.
I used the combination for several months before upgrading to a 500mm f4L.

I have  had the Tamron 150-600mm since march and  unless I am going out specifically for birds, I'll take it for the zoom.   

I had the Sigma 150-500mm as well and I agree that it was a dog at 500mm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:41:52 PM »
I've used both and flip are slightly faster.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »
Now you are just being silly. The 7DII is a myth, whereas the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

I thought the Haggis was the national animal of Scotland. ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo shows 1.4/50mm lens for EF
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:00:14 PM »

Why would anyone copy the micro-motor USM?

How many other Canon lenses have patents that are running out or have already lapses?

Lenses / Re: Value Lens for birding
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:30:31 PM »
I've used the 5D3 with the 400 mm F5.6 with both the kenko 300 1.4x and the canon 1.4x III.  Didn't notice much difference between the two converters.  I definitely felt the need for the converter to get the reach that was lost moving from crop to full frame. 

I've also used the Tamron 150-600mm.  I'm quite impressed with this lens.  The AF isn't as fast as the Canon 400, but the image quality is as good as the canon with the 1.4x converter.  600mm at f8 gives a very usable picture.  It's not the Canon 600mm F4L, but it doesn't cost $12,000.  I think this lens is very suitable for casual birding.  It's got the reach, it zooms and it has VC.

I have DSLR controller and a Samsung Tab 2 10.1 inch.  It works for me.
I have just received the WIFI transmitter that is supposed to work with DSLR controller, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:44:19 AM »
A couple of mine

2013-8-16-3 by jim4496, on Flickr

2013-09-02-1 by jim4496, on Flickr


I find it encouraging that other reviewers are coming to similar conclusions with me.  I think that will help those interested to feel more confident about moving ahead.

Ordered mine this morning.  Big step up from my Sigma 150-500.

Great review Dustin.

Looks like a winner.  I already have one of the big primes, but I will be adding this as  I find a zoom useful in some situations.

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