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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:14:22 PM »
Certainly looks like a competent option for many...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:07:50 PM »
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?

Ken, it's one of my favorites for the same reason's too ;D

Yes, well I have one other posted on my flickr account. I was in a hurry to change the settings because I thought the King Vulture was preparing for flight, but changed to jumping down to the ground.  Pretty silly looking capture, but I like it anyway. Here is the link, as this thread is for portraits and did not want to post that image here...
BW, that's really a beautiful bird.  I looked at your flicker image, I've got a lot of birds in that awkward spot!  No worries, I'm even more impressed with it's beauty now!  Do you know where those type of Vultures are from? 

Canon General / Re: 5D Mark III
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:03:52 PM »
Any rumors of a newer 5D Mark III or it being upgraded.  I am about to buy one and if a newer model is around the corner I can wait.
Seriously??? It's only been out for like a year... has it been a year??  Buy one.  You'll love it. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:02:07 PM »
Personally I think Canon has painted themselves into a corner with their mid-range cameras. The xxxD range offers exceptional value in terms of what you get and what you pay for it. The 1D and 5D series are workhorses. Where does that leave the xxD, 7D and 6D cameras? Let's face it, on paper the 700D has a better AF system than the 6D - except for centre-point zero-light capability. What's going to differentiate the 70D from the 7DII and the xxxD line?
I've shot with a 7d since the end of 2009, I think it easily qualifies as a workhorse...  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Help with Bird ID?
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:56:45 PM »
Agreed. Great Crested Flycatcher! Nice shots!
Thanks Viggen, I appreciate your kindness! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Help with Bird ID?
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:56:13 PM »
Little yellow bird.  :P

Lovely photo...
Thanks Sanj!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Help with Bird ID?
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:55:27 PM »
Hi Ken!

I think you are over-thinking the bird.  Let's break it down...

It isn't a Western Kingbird because the tail does not have white edges on the outer feathers and the tail is not black.

It isn't a Cassin's Kingbird because they have a light grey head and a dull yellow breast.

What you have pictures of is a Great Crested Flycatcher. They have the beautiful lemon yellow belly and a reddish cinnamon colored tail.  Plus, they are summer residents from the Great Plains eastward to the Atlantic Coast.  The other two birds would be exceedingly rare finds in Florida.

I love the pictures (especially the second one!)

Okay Nikki, Thanks!  I'll run with that!  It did seem to bare some resemblence to the Brown-Crested as well but they do... I had to listen to calls of both to make a final determination and agree it's a Great-Crested Flycatcher.  They do have the Browns down here as well but mostly in South Florida. 

I've never seen it before so it's a great find for me!  Thanks with your quick response and positive id!   I liked the second one as well!  :D

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...

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

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!

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?

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

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... ;)

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!

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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