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Animal Kingdom / Re: Help with Bird ID?
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:58:00 AM »
Here is one more image of this little rascal, hopefully helpful for an ID.  Presently my best guess is the Western Kingbird, I just don't know for sure...  I thought on the Western that the tail was darker, closer to black?
Thanks again!
1/2000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 at 200mm with 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II on 5D Mk III. 

Any setting suggestions to lose that noise or posterization look in the background?  I seem to get this on all my 5d3 images, rarely in my 7d images...

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Animal Kingdom / Help with Bird ID?
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:48:45 AM »
Hi, hoping someone can assist with positive id for this bird.  My best guess is that it is either a Western Kingbird or a Cassin's Kingbird.  They appear to be very similar to me and I'm not sure I can properly Id the bird. 

The Cassin's Kingbird is rare here in Central Florida, they've been seen nonetheless.  A Western Kingbird sighting is apparently somewhat rare here as well, they are known to migrate a bit south of where I'm at from my understanding. 

There are wingbars as can be seen, yet I'm told one of the more telling differences is the white chin and malar contrasting with the darker head and breast.  I don't see that it this one at all.  They are very similar and I'm really just not sure, hopefully someone from the midwestern states can Id it more positively for me!

Thanks all,
Ken :o

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Canon General / Re: How do you buy equipment?
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:11:32 AM »
I don't carry cash around much. I also don't  use my debit card. I only use my american express CC on my purchases, including all bills setup as auto pay.

The key is pay off your balance every months, then your credit scores will be 800ish.

NEVER NEVER NEVER buy any stuff if you can't afford it. NEVER NEVER put balance on your cc just because your cc line is $20K -100K. Most cc companies are using compound interest to charge card holders.

Last but not least, buy it from authorized dealers bc it's your hard working/earning money.

I do that every month and I have never made a interest payment on either one of my credit cards. So now I have a great credit score but nothing to do with it. There's stuff I want to buy but I feel I will never be able to get it at this rate. I would love to have a 70-200 2.8 II and a 24-70 2.8 II and a 100 2.8 IS. I guess I could try selling my 24-105, 60efs, and my 50d because after using the 5d2 I hate using the 50d viewfinder.
I always pay cash or debit.  I have never bought any of my gear throughout the years with credit, not even back in the film days. 

Selling some gear that's not loved or used as often is a great way to put some funds together for your next purchase.  I do that quite a bit.  I settled for an ef 24-105mm L and I like it but I don't love it.  I'll be putting it up for sale within the next week or two because I really enjoy loving the gear that I have moreso than just liking it.. but that's me.  The point is that selling some gear you don't love or use that often is a great way to fund you're next purchase... It works!

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:04:41 AM »
I will travel to iceland in the end of june ... so i want to take photos with a new camera :D it will be very close ...
It will be really close since it hasn't been announced yet and it's almost May!  Good luck!  Do you have a contingency plan if it doesn't hit the market until later in the year like August or September?

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:56:51 AM »
So it means that there is no new camera like 70d? :-(
Certainly there is.  Just speculation as to how it will be outfitted... We'll find out soon! :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:52:55 AM »
We've seen 7D bodies as low as $999 NEW in recent times.  Its not hard to find one for not much more than that right now.

Fantastic deal in a camera for that sort of price.

Yes, a little noisy at higher ISOs.   But, on the other hand... its a bit of a sports car in its focusing and frame rate.  You have to be the judge.  Right now, for the money, nothing Canon has can touch it for wildlife or sports.

For real world prints, or realistic screen/eframe display, the noise limitations are really not too limiting.  For pixel peeping... thats another story.
Nothing other can touch it that is, unless you go to the 1DIV, 1Dx...

You forgot the qualifier "for the money". The 1DIV and 1D X are thousands of dollars, the 7D can be had for less than a thousand. For the money, nothing from any manufacturer can currently touch what the 7D can do for nine hundred bucks! :)
Agreed J, I didn't really forget that, I purposely didn't mention it though, yet I should have.  I whole heartedly agree, for the money, it's a "best buy" for wildlife and sports, I absolutely love mine and can't seem to part with it, despite owning the 5d Mk III.  I really love it and look forward to seeing what the 7D Mk II will offer if it becomes reality at some point this year... ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:45:09 AM »
I came across a grey heron the other day in the local park being very tolerant of the people and dogs walking past
Nice image Hannes!  I'm pretty certain this is a breeding aged Great Blue Heron however.  Unless you are from overseas somewhere, I'm not aware of any "Grey Heron" in the US... I could be wrong but I'm fairly certain.  Nice image, none the less!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:41:04 AM »
Lovely King Vulture!

I installed Lightroom 5 Beta to try out its advance healing brush to remove obstructions like the blade of grass you see in the previous image.


Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by alabang, on Flickr

What do you think? Was the retouching noticeable?
Much better.  Did the new healing brush work in a fashion similar to CS6 or Elements 11 by any chance? 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:38:15 AM »
Sarcoramphus papa (King Vulture)



200mm f/2.8L II USM on a 5D Mark II
Wow, that's a pretty awesome looking bird!

Thanks Ken! Yeah, you should see the wingspan on this guy, it has to be something like 7 feet across.
Wow, that's huge as well.  I must say, this is one of my favorite "portrait" images of Avian, mostly as it's so unusual, ugly and fantastically beautiful all in one!  Do you have any images with the whole body?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:35:22 AM »
Why does someone assume that if the pixel count is the same then the sensor is the same one?  The 1DX. 7D, 60D, T3i, T4i, T5i, EOS-M, and SL1 are all 18MP

The 1DX has a FF sensor. All the other cameras you listed have in fact pretty much the same sensor.

The camera will likely be `good' in absolute terms, if this is any indication.  It is really the strength of the competition at present that is the issue.

The 7D mk ii is what I'm really waiting for.  But even then I will be doing a careful comparison with the Nikon offerings.  I could end up with a hybrid system (since I can't give up my workhorse MP-E 65mm).
I think you've said a lot in that first paragraph Bard.  Almost all Canon cameras are "good", what everyone one wants is one that is "Great" for the price of one that is "Good".   

Not that I blame anyone, who wouldn't want that!  It goes along with the "song of the silly" that is sung everywhere,  those are all wanting and expecting a FF offering for under $1000!  It's just not real, not yet anyway.  I'm sure in a couple of years folks that want a FF camera under $1000 will be able to pick up used 6D's and used 5d2's for $1000 and under, it's just a matter of time...  ;)

I don't think it's silly to expect a camera in the same price and market league as the D7100 to offer comparable performance.
I don't think it's silly so much as in one to expect it.  I think it's silly for one to expect it from Canon... I just can't see them going there.   Hopefully for the multitudes, I'll be proven wrong at some point in time!   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:26:07 AM »
I'm glad I found this before it becomes 10 pages long. The new camera won't be aimed at any of us who own a Canon but
to future buyers. If it's got any features that are better than the 60D new customers to digital will find it fills their requirements. The forum chatter will continue chatter till something comes along to make us want to upgrade. Canon wants us to upgrade to Full Frame. We will because we have all this lovely glass and need a camera to replace what we have almost worn out or have grown out of. Some of us will go to the 5Dlll, it's replacement, the 6D or the 6Dll. I'm going
to use my 7D till it burns out. I will keep reading Canon Rumors to keep up on the various cameras as they come out so as to be ready for my day to upgrade.
Sounds like a wise choice!  I have a 5dMkIII but I still love my 7d as well!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
DXO tells us the sensor is useless, yet somehow people manage to take great pictures.

I managed to take great pictures 15 years ago with my SLR and yet I use DSLR nowadays (beyond micro 4/3).
I managed without mobile phone 20 years ago but I use it continuously nowadays.

Technology moves on. Not so Canon's APS-C sensor tech. They are still living in 2009.
The 18 MP is perfectly fine for me and I think for the most (the last thing I'd wish for more MP with Canon's sensor tech from 2009) but hopefully they improve the per pixel quality.
All those things are true for me as well but you're comparing 4 years ago technology as apples to apples with regard to sensor technology and you're other comparisons are comparing technologies 15 years and 20 years or more apart.. the technology will keep moving as you so aptly say, yet so many seem unsatisfied that it doesn't move on fast enough... I see the future sensors continuing to evolve in pixel density and pixel quality... let's see what we think in another 11 years!  We'll probably be blown away!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:10:31 AM »
The camera will likely be `good' in absolute terms, if this is any indication.  It is really the strength of the competition at present that is the issue.

The 7D mk ii is what I'm really waiting for.  But even then I will be doing a careful comparison with the Nikon offerings.  I could end up with a hybrid system (since I can't give up my workhorse MP-E 65mm).
I think you've said a lot in that first paragraph Bard.  Almost all Canon cameras are "good", what everyone one wants is one that is "Great" for the price of one that is "Good".   

Not that I blame anyone, who wouldn't want that!  It goes along with the "song of the silly" that is sung everywhere,  those are all wanting and expecting a FF offering for under $1000!  It's just not real, not yet anyway.  I'm sure in a couple of years folks that want a FF camera under $1000 will be able to pick up used 6D's and used 5d2's for $1000 and under, it's just a matter of time...  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:04:07 AM »
Add the 19 pt AF system from the 7D to this and it would fly off the shelves. (I would like digic 6, better hi-ISO, and wide-tele AFMA also). If these things come through, the 70D will be many peoples choice instead of the 7D.

Perhaps. But if all that goes into the 70D, I can't wait for the announcement of the 7DII!
Indeed!  One would assume that Canon would want to win back so many 50D players that never made a jump, the 70D could be a great opportunity.  I can't see it replacing a 7d, as the 7DMKII will be the opportunity for Canon to continue to evolve continued success with one of their best sellers ever! 

I think Canon can fix a lot with marked improvements to both the xxd line and the xd line with these two offerings, depending whether or not they actually care about that or they just want to keep on the path they've been on with some new offerings like the T5i... Hopefully the former over the latter... We shall soon enough see...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 09:58:37 AM »
This sounds like a sweet upgrade from the 60D.  I bought the 50D over the 60D because of the body-design and materials. Even though it was lower-spec in some ways. Add WiFi, GPS, weather-sealing, 6.5fps and Digic 5? I'd seriously consider it if I wanted a crop-camera..
Might as well throw MFA back into the picture as well.  I think the 50D had it but they dropped it for the 60d, no?

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