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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:40:54 AM »
does anyone have an idea why Canon released such a camera? who is this small DSLR for?

tiny shiny overpriced toy...

obviously its for the  "OOOH! SHINY" crowd.

Lenses / Re: best NON L long lens
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:17:23 PM »
+1 for the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD.  I used it on a Rebel and the focus and VC were really good.

Probably kind of short for birds on a full frame, but all the 400mm lenses are at L price levels.

i've got a fairly complete Panasonic G3 system  for travel, 7-300mm  lens range
I also have a Panasonic FZ-150 superzoom for when I don't want to fuss with lenses.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:52:13 PM »
If either of these two lenses were under $5,000 I might care.  As it is, no way.


I have the OnOne suite and Nik Viveza 2 installed in Lightroom 4.3 on a Win7 64-bit  machine.

I installed Viveza after OnOne and had no problems, they both show  up in the Photo\Edit In\ list along with Elements 11  The OnOne suite also shows up in the  File\Plug-in Extras List

Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 04, 2013, 05:56:54 PM »

When Roger Cicla of lens reviews tests 50 lenses out of his stock, the results are going to be more meaningful.

I would doubt that lensrentals would get 50 copies of this lens.  I would guess that most renters would go for a 2.8 lens either the Canon or the Tamron.

Still I agree with your basic point that Photozone occaisonally gets a poor copy while Lensrentals gives more statistically meaningful data.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 01, 2013, 06:05:42 PM »

Eastern Screech Owl

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:13:12 AM »
I am aware that handling f4 and 2x might be beyond the 7D's capacity.
I now use the Canon 2x III on a Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II, and I am very pleased with the match.

Focusing at f8 (f4+2x) is unreliable on the 7D this is a 7D issue and has nothing to do with the kenko converter, except that the kenko allows the camera to try and focus.  Put a Canon 2x converter in the same position and the 7D won't even try to focus.  The 7D is limited to focusing reliably at f5.6, which is why the f2.8 + 2x works fine.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:45:28 AM »

These were recommended by a photographer in Canadian Outdoor Photography.  I got a pair and found that they work well.  I use a pair of mitts over them when it is realy cold.

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 14, 2013, 05:39:38 PM »
[ It's very common to take a spill on a bike, and just one would wreck that lens.

its not that common to take a spill.  I've actually seen a birder around my area with a case built onto his bike frame for carrying either a telescope or a big lens.

Canon General / Re: Photography magazines
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:46:39 PM »
I subscribed to Photo Plus when I first started in photography and it was nice, since I needed something basic but technical. aGree with others, after exactly one year, noticed the material was basically recycled, so stopped then. The video tutorials were nice, though, as I started working with Elements. Now I pickup a few here and there from the bookstore when something catches my eye. Usually at the airport, when waiting for a flight.
+1 on the recommendation for a class. The best money I invested was a Saturday class at the local community college. Enough to get started well and a chance to ask questions from a professional.

Enjoy the new found hobby!

 I picked up a couple of copies of Photo Plus  at the newsstand then subscribed for a year.   Definitely learned quite a bit from them,  but I didn't renew the subscription as I found that I outgrew them.

Lenses / Re: How many times did you return (L) lenses to get a good copy?
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:22:48 PM »
Of course. You paid for it you have the right to demand what you expect from it. It is just some people expect unreal things. Of course a lens is a +/- 10 has a serious problem. I tested 5 with focal and no one was more than +/- 1 so I stopped because got bored of testing them.

Really?  Every one of my lenses is out by at least 4.

My 50mm f/1.4 is out by +7, my 70-200mm f/4 is out by +5 wide, and -1 tele.  My 40STM is a +4.

My 70-200mm f/4 is tack sharp, and even before the +5 fix, it took fabulous photos.  Some of which grace my office walls at 20x30".  There's no reason I'd send it back for being out by 5.

Similarly, the 50 f/1.4 is a great lens, it just needed a little adjustment.

Maybe its your camera that's out by 4 and all your lenses are pretty much okay .

Canon General / Re: Recommended photography books
« on: December 26, 2012, 04:37:34 PM »
See It: Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity
by Ellen Anon

Got this after she spoke at our photography club and really enjoyed it.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 11:15:47 AM »
Need to wait and see if the 35mm beats the sigma.
As for the 14-24, too late I already sprung for the Tokina 16-28.

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:01:44 PM »  Perfect for low light surveillance.

Note that it comes in  a discrete green colour.  Not the crowd attracting white of Canon L lenses.

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