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Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:37:05 PM »
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Use of a monopod requires a bit of practice. It "plants" one point solidly on the ground, but can still wobble, so you have to be careful and aware. It's better if you can brace it against a second solid point.


I have the Gitzo carbon monopod that I occassionally use with my 7D and 500 f4 and have the same comment about the wobble and bracing. I prefer the tripod but the monopod beats hand-holding.

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I would never fake or stage a "wildlife" picture :)

You may have fooled others, but not me. A common loon in a tree? Nice try! ;D

How about a groundhog in a tree?

OK, let's hijack this thread - its gone on long enough, anyway :-)

How about a great blue heron in a tree?

BTW - that loon etc in the tree was great!

Jackson_Bill, love that great blue heron shot!

+1...how about a juvenile AND an adult BCN Heron in the same Octopus tree? ;D

I would have been more impressed with an Octopus in an Octopus tree :)

While we are stretching..... how about cats in a tree? I used this picture last winter for Christmas Cards, and yes, that is the front of a canoe on the wall of my living room :)

Another good one, Don.
One last shot - granted, not that unusual but its all I've got left :-)
How about a porcupine up a tree?

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I would never fake or stage a "wildlife" picture :)

You may have fooled others, but not me. A common loon in a tree? Nice try! ;D

How about a groundhog in a tree?

OK, let's hijack this thread - its gone on long enough, anyway :-)

How about a great blue heron in a tree?

BTW - that loon etc in the tree was great!

Jackson_Bill, love that great blue heron shot!

+1...how about a juvenile AND an adult BCN Heron in the same Octopus tree? ;D

All right, you've got me reaching now...
How about a bear in a tree

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I would never fake or stage a "wildlife" picture :)

You may have fooled others, but not me. A common loon in a tree? Nice try! ;D

How about a groundhog in a tree?

OK, let's hijack this thread - its gone on long enough, anyway :-)

How about a great blue heron in a tree?

BTW - that loon etc in the tree was great!

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Canon General / Re: Baffles the mind
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:34:11 AM »
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In my opinion these cameras are set when it comes to photo features. They don't need to get any better than they already are. With maybe one exception, AF speed/accuracy during liveview. It's video features that are far behind where they should be and that should be the main focus right now of these camera manufacturers.

As someone else said, different strokes for different folks.
I agree with Neuro - there are many better video systems out there than my 7D. Its nice to catch a few seconds of action when I'm already set up but to go out with it mainly for video - not so much.
And I very rarely use live view. Increased AF speed during liveview would be very low on my list of improvements I need. I'm still hoping for an APS-C (or better yet, a full frame with the same pixel density) with better high iso performance.

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Most wildlife filming is fake.... if you want real, be prepared to stare at the screen for 5 days to get that 30 seconds of interesting footage...

It's like my moose pictures.... go on a canoe trip and see no moose... another trip and no moose, another trip, no moose...(repeat a few dozen times).... go on a canoe trip, see a moose, take lots of pictures.... and then a few dozen trips with no moose... someone looks at my pictures, sees moose, and assumes that I see them all the time.

LOL - How true!

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I've gotten much better framing my shots, but I wonder if squeezing the last pixels out of your camera makes sense all the time. If I have a hard time framing a wildlife shot just right to get max. resolution, the Nikon guy next to me just shoots 24 or 36 mp and then crops some, gaining flexibility (aspect ratio, different framing) while probably not loosing much iq for usual print/screen sizes.
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I take it you must be using a zoom of some sort.
I've taken tens of thousands of photos with my 7D and 500 f4 and the idea of "perfectly framing" a series of wildlife photos just isn't possible. The idea of someone moving tripod and big lens back and forth and left and right as the animals move makes me think of the slap-stick comedy of the silent films. Besides which, more often than not I don't have the option to move, even if I wanted to. Steep hillsides, trees, rivers, park rangers
:-), etc make it physically impossible.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Tidbits from the Week [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:37:38 PM »
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As for a high megapixel camera. Comparing the sales of the 5DIII and the D800, it looks as though Canon made the right choice in targeting a market that actually exists, rather than focusing on bragging rights for a big megapixel sensor. Canon will offer a high megapixel option only if they can it without much new investment in research, development and production. 
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What are the sales numbers for the 5Diii and D800 and the total sales of DSLRs for each?  I was looking around a bit and couldn't find them.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:56:50 AM »
When I received my 300mm f/2.8 II the other night I came to the realization that LowePro is full of crap. 
I suspect that somewhere in the fine print LowePro mentioned that you have to reverse the hood. I have the LowePro Trekker 600 and carry my EFS 15-85, 70-200 f2.8, and 500 f4 mounted on the 7D, a 1.4 tele and assorted other stuff. However, I do have to reverse the hood on the 500 and I'd have to do that with any backpack. In fact, I wouldn't want a backpack that's another 9" longer.

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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:32:20 AM »
My recommendation is don't skimp out on rain gear.  When you are out in the elements with thousands of dollars worth of equipment a couple hundred dollars for good quality rain gear is well worth the investment.

Not only will top quality rain gear protect your gear from rain and condensation, it will also fit better and give you better access to controls.

I recommend Lenscoat rain coats but there are several great manufacturers out there.

I agree in general but I'm curious about other's experience. I've found that in some conditions nothing helps and you have to depend on the sealing of the camera and lens (and then get out of the weather and dry out). In my case, it was snowing heavily and temperature was right around freezing.  I ended up with condensation on everything and had to dry things off and warm them up a bit.

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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:20:31 AM »
Thank you for your recommendations. I will check them out. I have 5D2 but not too sure how good the seal is.

For those of you who use backpacks, do you wear jackets and have the packpack outside or use poncho which can hold the pack inside? My backpack does come with rain covers. But not sure which way is the better to go.
I use the cover that came with my LowePro ProTracker 600 and wear it on the outside. A poncho wouldn't be big enough and I don't need to take everything off when I need to get into my pack.

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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:16:57 AM »
Hi all,

I recently went on a trip. For two days it was raining non-stop. I don't have anything to protect my equipment so ended those two days without any picture. Can anyone recommend something that I can use for the future?

Thanks,
Jolly
Check out the Lenscoat Rain Cover at BH (or elsewhere). I was using mine with my 7D and 500 f4 last Saturday and it worked great.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II news
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:14:01 PM »

... sounds reasonable but a lot of people will be pissed if it uses the same sensor.


+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:54:33 PM »

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 having a 5d3 I can tell you that I don't have the time to crop 3000 wildlife photos and would rather use my 7d if the light's good

who shoot 3000 photos at once?  :o
i think most of the photographers are still crop their images. no matter with which camera they were taken. (a little bit less on the right side, more center, or a little bit closer, perspective correction...)

If I spend a full 8-10 hours in a single day photographing birds and wildlife, with 8fps and a lot of action sequences, I can EASILY fill four to six 16GB CF cards. Six full 16GB CF cards is about 3700 photos. Now, I currently use the 7D, which has an AF system that has the tendency to jump around by a small amount every frame, even when you have kept the AF point on your subject. So I have a habit of taking a minimum of 3-5 shots every time I press the shutter to ensure I get one that is in sharp focus, even when there is not any action. For birds in flight, deer prancing, coyotes running, a single action sequence can be anywhere from 10 to 30 frames, which isn't even four seconds of action.

So it isn't difficult to capture a LOT of photos if you are a wildlife or bird photographer. Actually, it is quite easy, and it takes some effort, when using a camera with a high FPS, to keep total frame count down.

Even further off topic but perhaps interesting - I recently saw an exhibit of William Henry Jackson's photos of the Hayden Yellowstone expedition (late 1800's). They had a placard there that quoted Jackson as saying he could get 4 or 5 photos in a long day of effort!

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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:28:30 AM »
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 I Took the camera off the tripod and packed it into the backpack, then turned around and packed up the tripod. Picked the backpack up, swung it onto my back, and quickly realised I'd forgotten to zip it up as I saw 2 cameras and half a dozen lenses fall to the floor. Lucky it was on grass and not concrete, or I would've destroyed my entire kit in one go!

Sadly, same here after a couple of days of early starts before dawn and late nights processing the day's shooting. Only one lens hit the ground - my EFS 15-85. Unluckily, it was asphalt and the 15-85 got a trip to the canon service center.

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