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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:44:34 PM »
I think that is why Canon has been doing alot of len upgrades. I think they are making sure that users who will buy a Big MP body will be able to get results out of it via the new L glass.  Just MHO, but I think Canon is smart to upgrade glass first.

+1   I have been thinking along the same lines as this, above.

FWIW, I think you're giving Canon a bit more credit than they deserve. The old 300 2.8 IS, 400 2.8 IS, 500 f4 IS, and 600 were always great lenses and would have worked well with the big MP as they were from a resolution perspective.  Really, anything that works with a 7D would work with the big MP because they have about the same pixel density. I see the upgrades to the long glass, at least, as being more about the AF and weight.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2013, 11:09:20 PM »

Could it be Canon doesn't sell just pigs, but rather luaus with all the trimmings, and their luaus are just all-around better...bigger spread, tastier poi, and more skilled fire dancers?

Did you just get back from Hawaii? :-)

Just for grins, rent a 300 f2.8. If resolution is paramount, once you try primes you won't go back.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:48:45 PM »
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like the results I get in Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it. Would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?


An odd thread, isn't it? No response to us except "do it now".  And all the others (except Spokane) have really low numbers

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:41:57 PM »
How do the NIK capabilities compare with LR 4 (which I haven't upgraded to yet)?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:39:40 PM »
I like the new sensor in a so-so test body theory.
Gotta have better (any!) high iso performance, improved AF and more points to cover the viewfinder would be nice.
Don't care about video, GPS, WiFi.

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:13:22 PM »

I'm hoping for some big cat action! :)

Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 01:29:20 PM »
I own a 500 f4 USM IS (not II). It is an outstanding lens for wildlife but it is big and heavy. I've seen people hand-hold it but I don't think you are able to take full advantage of the resolution of that lens doing it. You'd need a sturdy tripod and ball head or Wimberley type mount. If you're flying, it might fit in the overhead in its case by itself.
The IQ however, is much better than the 100-400 or the 70-200 with a 2x teleconverter.

Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:42:23 PM »

Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:45:51 PM »
Your bison photo was taken a couple of miles from my moose picture! I was on Antelope Flats Rd near Ditch Creek

Here's another bison story...
There was a herd split between an island and the bank of the Madison halfway between West and Madison Campground in Yellowstone. We and many others, watched them sleeping and grazing for an hour or more. All of a sudden, one bull decided to leave the island and started walking/swimming to the bank. That set the entire herd on the island in motion (see the photo) which stirred up the bison on the bank.
Within a minute they went from a docile group to a full-out stampede. Fortunately, all the sightseers started moving when the bison started swimming and no one got run over, which could easily have happened.

As I guy who doesn't own a FF yet (but wants to), I'd say get the FF for the kind of photography you're doing.
1. As far as landscapes are concerned, every time I take a landscape shot with my 7D I wish I had the FF. It seems I'm always working towards the wide end of my 15-85 and wondering about the wide angle extension distortion.
2. Regarding macro, yes, you get more "reach" with the APS-C but the downside of that is your dof will be greater that with the FF. To fill the FF sensor with the object to the same proportion as the APS-C you have to be closer, resulting in a shallower dof and better bokeh.

Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 10, 2013, 11:59:14 PM »
So, I figured I was in a safe position, a couple of hundred yards from these moose and on the other side of the road. Then, the three bulls start getting amorous and are chasing the cow. She makes a right turn and starts straight for me - not quite a gallop but a pretty fast trot, which believe me, is very fast when they're headed straight at you and you're standing in two feet of snow and sagebrush with a 500mm lens.
There was no way I was going to run anywhere so I just stood there shooting and sh*tting.
Fortunately, the cow went to the side and the bulls followed.

 I thought the dewlaps flopping back and forth was pretty cool.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:44:58 AM »
Bohemian waxwings
There were a couple hundred of them in one tree

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:10:11 AM »
1Dx 500 f/4 II f/7.1 1/2000 ISO 1600

Not sure what this lil guy is, but he sure was skittish. Heavily cropped.

Its a Buflehead

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:09:34 PM »

The battery does help a camera body autofocus an EF lens faster.</p>
<p>From Chuck Westfall… <em>“In addition, the EOS-1D X achieves a higher lens motor drive speed with select L-series USM telephoto lenses than the 5D Mark III because of the 1D X’s more powerful battery pack.”</em> [<a href=\"http://www.arihazeghiphotography.com/AH_CW_interview/\"

Does anyone know what the "select L-series USM telephoto" is refering to? Specifically, I'm wondering if the old superteles are part of the select group. Also, does the higher voltage present a problem to the older USMs?

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