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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:19:49 AM »

How is that people continually fail to understand that a "camera" is not a metal/plastic box with a sensor inside,

Neuro, you just failed Photography 101.  :)
We just had our last lecture before the final exam and the instructor took pains to point out that
   "A camera is a light tight box with a sensor inside and a mechanism for letting light in."
I'm pretty sure thats going to be one of the answers required on the final exam.

Just  an observation, of the fifteen students in the class,  2 have crop Nikons, 1 has a Sony Nex and the other  12 have crop Canons ranging from the XTi to the 7D.   
Canon must be doing something right with their "crappy" sensors.

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.

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