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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:42:28 PM »

On this first day of Christmas
Serendipidy gives to you...
5 ducks a swimming (sorry, I couldn't find 7 swans :D)

How about these?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:31:51 PM »
How about fish for Xmas dinner?
Common merganser

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:12:22 AM »
I always have (at least) one more card than the camera has slots.  That way, you keep the files on the card as a backup, until your HDD is also backed up (in at least two places, preferably).  Now that I have a 1D X, I write RAW to both cards, and I've got two or more copies of each image from the moment of capture.


with my 7D, I find my 16GB cards to be too small. When shooting wildlife, more often than not I'm switching one out in the middle of something.

Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:52:47 AM »
...the filter broke due to the force of the fall,

That kind of force can also damage internal components that you can't see.  You may want to send the lens in to be checked, or at least test it very thoroughly yourself.

Sad but true. I had a similar accident - filter on the front of a 70-200 f2.8 onto frozen ground. The filter protected the front element but the internal adjustment was off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:40:15 AM »
I must admit, not something I ever even thought of using.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:27:58 AM »
Like I said before. Canon's "Answer" to the Nikon D800 (and future D900, and the Sony A7R) will come as a big bulky elephant sized 1D-body, with a price tag that most people can't touch.

Ok, then...but what are Nikon and Sony's "Answers" to the 5DIII, which has outsold the D800 and will vastly outsell the a7R?   ::)

Why do people think Canon needs to play Nikon's game?  The D800 was Nikon's attempt to play the game by Canon's rules (we'll see your 8-9 MP increase, and raise you by another 14 MP), and Nikon lost.

I think the numbers argument (BTW, do you have the quantities sold for the D800 and the 5Diii?) is somewhat specious. There are many other considerations than just mp count. I, for one, would have jumped to the D800 if 1) Nikon lenses were as good as Canon and 2) I hadn't had alot (to me) of money tied up in Canon lenses.

Also, I don't think that the high megapixel camera is simply Nikon's game. There are some of us out here that think that a high mp full frame have advantages over the 20 mp variety in terms of cropping or larger prints, AS LONG AS the higher iso performance is reasonable.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:12:02 AM »
The 1D X marked its 25th month and I am sorely looking forward to its replacement next year.

25 months? How do you think us 7D owners feel?

Lenses / Re: Handheld vs. tripod with the Great Whites
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:08:29 AM »

I am still working on a solution to strap the lens to the shoulder straps of the bandoleer, so it can hang in a stable position while I operate another body.

In another thread some time back Neuro mentioned using a Blackrapid Sport Left strap to carry a 600mm f/4L IS II with a 1D X.
For short distances and one camera/lens, this sounds like a good approach although I have yet to try it myself. With the monopod, though, it would involve several operations: release the monopod, store it somewhere, attach the 600 to the BR strap, and then get your other camera.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:20:38 PM »
Thanks to both Neuro and Eldar!

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:32:47 PM »
I am using a monopod and a flag bandoleer (used to be a boy scout) when I handhold and that is a brilliant solution. It takes away all weight (and tremble) issues. I´ll post images of this setup when I get the time to shoot some.

So you tie (or clip, maybe?) the monopod off to a strap you wear across your chest? That sounds like a really slick idea - I'll look forward to your post of the setup.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:24:24 PM »
I agree with Justin's comment about not everything having to be an up-tight on the nose shot and there are times when my 500 is too big. But on the other hand, the MTF chart doesn't compare to the 400 2.8 II.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:55:30 AM »
I'm still loving my 5D3 and just keep my 7D around for backup.
When the 7D2 comes out, I will withhold judgement until there are many reviews addressing image quality/noise/higher ISO performance.  There will have to be a big improvement to attract my $$.

The ONLY thing I want in a 7DII is 1600 ISO that doesn't have red spots in it.


It will be interesting to see how well the A7R works hand-held - as anyone who has used or read about the D800 knows, all those megapixels make any imperfections in your technique (and lenses) glaringly obvious.  I suspect that the A7 works better for such use.  Both would have benefited from IBIS.

The number of megapixels make no difference if you print at the same size.

Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:38:24 AM »

1. In my "flagged" smart collection I can quickly find (in LR) my favorite shoots. I tend to export (i) all of them as small jpegs to be uploaded into mobile devices/cloud, and (ii) few of them as tiffs to be printed out at the lab. Is there any workflow/trick/IFTTT receipe that could help me to automate the jpeg export/upload? (other than switching to Aperture)

Check out these videos if you haven't already:


Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:26:39 AM »
1. I use the EOS utility to read the card from the camera, just because I don't have a separate card reader. Besides that, I'm used to it and it puts the files in a date-labeled folder on my computer's (laptop) hard drive.
2. I use DPP's Quick Check tool to make the first cut to get rid of out-of-focus or other problem photos from the laptop hard drive. I think the Quick Check tool is faster than Lightroom for that. I may also use DPP to touch up exposures, crop, etc. for photos I want to print or export to the web right away.
3. I usually copy the reduced number of files to my external drives "by hand". I could use Lightroom for that, but I don't.
4. I import the files into Lightroom from my working (as opposed to archive) external drive using a preset ( I typically do mostly wildlife) for copyright, sharpening, etc. and then keyword the files.
5. I then use Lightroom to edit and export the files, make slideshows, or whatever.

The thing I like best about Lightroom is the database capability. The various editing tools in LIghtroom 5 seem to be very good, but I rarely use more than the Basic and Detail panels.

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