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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:07:29 AM »
Great summary Mackguyver.  I always enjoy reading your posts.

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:51 AM »

Dear Friend, Mr. mackguyver.
Just  1  more addition tool  In my Idea,  The Tool that I use for Shooting The  super dark area in the Topless Bar ( The Dancing Girls) in Bangkok Thailand---And Super Shook Proof  Camera that build like tank, Which I can us as the Weapon to fight with the Drunk People in the Bar.
I love your post, Great Job, Sir.

You may want to travel to such places with a compact monopod/nightstick

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:30:24 AM »

So in summary, the answer is - it depends.  A good photographer can take good photos with any gear (see the DigitalRev series for proof), but gear does help some or a lot depending on what you shoot.

** A good photographer can take good photos with any gear
Hmmmmm ! let me think;  give him a T1i with a kit lens to shoot boxing fights under dim lighting - you are going to wait 10 years for him to deliver 13 acceptable images for your photo story.

I've got a T1i - give me a crack at it.  I've gotten acceptable results in many difficult shooting situations.  I've not tried a boxing match, but I bet I could get them.
Oh, and I have an American Strat Plus with a Fender Twin.


I'm amazed that this thread is still going.

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:13:39 PM »

That is the sign of a photographer with a mature attitude.

Funny, my wife does not believe I'm mature at all :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: August 01, 2014, 10:50:20 AM »
You're right - not worth the risk on a military firing range  :o  ;D

I'll have to get from the grocery store!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:12:44 AM »
and proof that not all babies are cute....

We have a lot of wild turkeys where I live.

I agree with you regarding the babies.   Give it some time and the baby would look real cute on my dinner table :)

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:02:06 AM »
Not quite camera related, but I recently splurged on a John Deere Z925M EFI commercial zero turn mower.  I have 5 acres of land to maintain and I don't want to take all day to tend to it.   I can cover the entire property in around 4 hours.  10 mph may not be fast, but on a mower that's like driving a race car.

All in all though, I'm somewhat conservative on my larger purchases.  I guess the best part is that I'm also a patient buyer.   I look for quality items at a good price and I don't go overboard on the quantity of items I purchase.   I can afford a 5D MkIII, but I know my skillset isn't there yet, so a $460 60D is perfect for me, and I enjoy it and don't get caught up in the "which camera is better" debates.  Don't get me wrong, I do have an "I want" list, but my "do I need" list is just as strong.   

That said, I am holding on to some funds should this new camera announcement in August/September be of interest.

Not sure if this counts as splurging, but my perfect kit for me is the one I have:

60D, 10-22, 17-55, 60 Macro, 85 1.8, 70-200L 2.8 Mk II, 1.4 Mk III converter

The above has produced perfect results for me and what I do.

I'd like to add a 400mm lens as well and was ready to pull the trigger on the 400L 5.6, but the rumors for an updated 100-400L have me waiting to see.   Other lenses I would love to have is the 200 F2 L and 35 IS F2.

sorry, I know this was a splurge list which ended up being my wish list.


Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:23:21 PM »
My least used are my 430EXII flashes.

I guess other than wireless networking and more video features, I'm not sure what else they can put into this line of cameras.  Maybe more local help files/videos.... who knows.   Maybe a pop up flash that doubles as a bottle opener.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:07:14 PM »
PBD - that looks like a scene that should be in the movie Dazed and Confused :D

I see what you mean about the onion skin look.   It's very evident in that picture.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:31:23 AM »
Oh, I see what you are talking about.  Found a picture of it here:

not very appealing to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:23:45 AM »
I don't know much about DO, but the optics leave a funny looking bokeh?  Does anyone have a picture showing the onion ring effect?

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:16:40 AM »
I've purchased a Vello battery grip and lens hood for my rebel - works fine.  I also purchase refurb lenses on sale when I have a chance.   I used some rewards points through work that landed me a second 430EXII and a ST-E2.  Not sure if that's cheaping out, but they didn't cost me anything.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:48:09 AM »
A few from my yard.

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by EricJ777, on Flickr

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) by EricJ777, on Flickr

Commom Waxbill in Octopus Tree by EricJ777, on Flickr

Juvenile BCN Heron by EricJ777, on Flickr

Red-crested Cardinals by EricJ777, on Flickr

Pacific Golden Plover by EricJ777, on Flickr

My Heron Fishing Pal by EricJ777, on Flickr

Great shots Serendipity! I've never seen a red crested cardinal before.  What region are these birds from?

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