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Software & Accessories / Re: Post Processing help please.
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:56:02 PM »
Are you Mac or PC?  One quick and easy way to reduce pixel counts is with Paint which comes with windows (I'll use to reduce a jpeg to post on CR).  You can use something more complex (but with more options) like Elements. Or go full guns with PS.  There are lots of other ways to do it as well. FWIW, DPP is fine but I find LR much quicker and easier to use for post.

DxO has some virtues and one of the things you can do is to set it up the way you like it and let it run through a folder full of RAW images while you are doing something else, almost like an automated processor with the ability to come back later and tweak things you might want to change.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Racket Tailed Drango
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:00:55 PM »
Like I said, I was too far away and it was early in the morning but here's the best I could do when I saw the Drango.  I played around in post and finally decided the silhouette was the best option.  I like your shots much better!

I'll echo everyone's welcome.  Been to Churchill for the Polar Bears.  Maybe I need to go during another season!


CRashplan, for $50/year sounds pretty good, i'll explore that further.   I'm curious an alternative to crashplan, why wouldn't i just use smugmug or zenfolio to store/backup my photos/videos?

FWIW, I use Smugmug to share my photos but I use Crashplan to back everything up. 

First, I can't say this is a flawless system because so far, I've not had to depend on the cloud backup I use.  But, I have a two disk "mirror RAID" set up in my PC.  I have had to replace a drive more than once but the mirrored drive is still unharmed.  Because I could have a catastrophic computer failure or something could happen to my house, I also use Crashplan.  The cost of an unlimited cloud backup for my entire household is cheap considering that constitutes 2 PC's, and 3 laptops.  That way, in a worse case scenario, I won't lose much.  Now, I keep meaning to also do periodic backups on an external HDD (belt and suspenders) but I honestly am not as reliable on doing this as I should be.  I thought about an NAS (Drobo or another) but worry that this, too, would be lost in a catastrophe like a house fire unless it is off site.

Congrats.  I think you will be happy.  BTW, the strap is the most comfortable one of all my bags and the design of the strap gong all the way around gives me a great sense of security in terms of strength. 

EOS-M / Re: What is wrong with the AF speed of the M?
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:54:58 PM »
Hi.. Don't have the camera in front of me right now.  Could you please go through the exact steps you used to do this?  I am a "back button" focuser on my DSLR and the closest I've come to this experience on the M is to use touch screen focus.

Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:25:10 PM »
You might want to look at this new thread of photos with the 300 and the 2x started by one of our CR regulars....

Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 08:12:36 PM »
No experience with the Mki but the Mkii with a 2x TC iii is really awfully good.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:42:25 AM »
To add to what others have said, a 17 or 16 could be too wide on a crop camera.  I'd get the 10-22.  Even if you upgrade to FF later, this lens will hold its value and you can always sell it.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L vs. Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:39:03 AM »
The f/4 is was my first L.  Even though I have a 2.8 ii, I won't part with the 4.  Just this weekend on a quick trip, I took the 2.8 out of my bag and carried the 4 instead to lighten the load.  It is a great lens unless you actually need the 2.8.

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:39:53 PM »
I am looking at my Retrospective 7 holding a 5diii with a 24-105, a 17-40, and a 70-200 f/2.8 ii as well as 4 batteries, a ouch with 10 CF cards, my charger, a paper notebook and there is still more room.  The only limitation is it is getting heavy, but this bag has the most comfortable shoulder strap and is my most used bag.  I have to believe, however, that bad guys know this is not just an ordinary messenger bag.

I've used a variety of combinations of equipment in the Retrospective 7 and it also fits into a carry-on bag I use so I can keep the total carry on bag to 2, and not check anything

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal head or not for Tamron 150-600
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:04:32 PM »
Nice shots.  My point is not that we can't hand-hold, but that if given the choice, I'd rather use something to steady myself.  It can be a beanbag or a nearby fencepost, but given my preference, I'd go with a Gimbal over a ballhead for larger lenses.  Here's an out-of-camera jpeg with a 300 f/2.8 ii + 2xTC hand held.  Only post is cropping.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Damn you 1DX!!!!!
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:35:43 PM »

The thing with hobbies like we have, they know where to find us, and it won't be another woman's arms!

My wife calls my computer "the other woman" but has been very supportive of my hobbies.  I actually was encouraged to buy the 300 f/2.8 ii.  But, the 1dx is a lot of money and I really don't need one, yet...........

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal head or not for Tamron 150-600
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:25:43 PM »
While I can hand hold a 300 f/2.8 ii + 2x TC with IS, I will tell you that using a tripod is better at that focal length.  The Tamron is about 1.5 pounds lighter than that combo but I can tell you that there still are times when a tripod is a great tool.  Having only recently gone to a Gimbal head, I'd really recommend it over a Ballhead unless travel weight is a limiting factor.  I am biased but I like the Lensmaster RH-2 for it's size, simplicity and price.

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