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These are interesting times.  I have a 100-400 M1 and have really been thinking about replacing it with a M2 for a lot of reasons that have been stated by others.  But, I thought I'd wait a while until more feedback and reviews are posted.  This led to a lot of thinking.  I am fortunate to have the 70-200 2.8 ii and the 300 2.8 ii along with a 1.4iii and 2.0iii TC.  Maybe I'd just use the 70-200 with the TC's and forgo the new 100-400?

Then what happened was a weekend with my Grandson trying to capture photos in existing light while the little guy was on the go.  The answer to my dilemma became very clear, I just ordered the 24-70 2.8ii and will stick to my "old" lenses for now.

I guess the answer for me is to get what works for your needs.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:31:42 PM »
I'd say the critical unknown is whether we can use Canon TC's and there is no mention one way or the other.  Interesting that it is just a bit heavier and longer than the old "push-pull" but better optics at this price is very enticing.

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:21:56 PM »
Hmmmmm.  Sell the 100-400 now or wait until the new one comes out?  That is the question.  Because if this does get released and if the price is reasonable and the IQ better than the present iteration, the value of the old lens will drop.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:47:20 PM »
Initial impressions:  Very nice little camera.  More importantly, it fits my wife's needs perfectly. 

Post Processing / Re: Fast editing of RAWs to "camera like" Jpegs
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:55:26 AM »
Could use DxO.  It will do an automated conversion using the basic settings or whatever ones you pick.  The processing takes a while so you can set it then go have supper.  upon return, there will be the processed photos listed with "DxO" in the title.  They won't all be to your liking but will achieve your goal.....a group of JPEG's processed in batch with an output equivalent to what a camera might do.  And you will still have your RAW fles intact.

EOS Bodies / Re: white balance issues
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:00:49 AM »
I concur with what everyone is saying regarding shooting in RAW then using something like DxO or LR.  But every once in a a while, the color balance/temperature just does not seem to be acceptable no matter how hard I try (I am my own worst critic).  Just last night I was doing post on a night shot and the streetlight glow gave me unacceptable color.  I struggled with that even trying to patch and clone in PS but that lost some of the details that I was trying to capture.  Finally, I did what one must sometimes do............gave up on the color altogether.

If I am not happy with the outcome, there are occasions where I just might convert to B&W.  Is that sacrilege? 

I have a friend who uses one to charge an accessory battery that he then uses to recharge his phone.  He says it works pretty well.  Sorry I can't be more specific but he is not reachable for a month or so (trekking in Asia). So perhaps charging the supplemental battery (about the size of a fist) and then using that battery to charge his phone offsets any voltage fluctuation.  But the output resembles a USB charger.  Will that work?

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:39:57 PM »
Hmmm.  Maybe it is time to upgrade my G6!  Well, when I want something small I've got my M.  And, my wife is VERY happy with her RX1000iii 'cause she really wanted a viewfinder.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:10:56 AM »
Just got the little guy.  It is pretty slick but small (I know....that's what the appeal was).  Just fooling around and the IQ seems fine.  She wanted the grip so I put the overpriced little grip on it and she is very happy.  Been fooling around with some settings.  Have not tackled Wifi, yet.  Who knows?  I might get jealous watching her whip out this little camera while I am holding my 5Diii with a big lens.

Should I be worried about the metal blades that cover the lens when the camera is turned off?  They seem pretty fragile and I almost want to put a lens cap over them.

Really depends.  I don't use the camera every day, but when I travel, I'll do about 1000 shots a week.  I don't spray and pray but will do 2 or 3 shots of each photo I am trying to achieve. 


Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona

My condolences

Aw....you hurt my feelings  ;)

PDX and the surrounding is very nice including both the mountains and the coast.  My daughter and husband lived there for 3 years.  But, I can be there is about two hours.  And, you know, there are just a few scenic things here in AZ, too.

BTW, Surapon.  The area around Pittsboro and Jordan Lake is very nice.

In fact, I've hardly ever been to a place where there isn't some appeal, photographically speaking. 

Lenses / Re: Trip to Easter Island & Machu Picchu. Need advice.
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:09:16 PM »
You will have a marvelous trip!  I concur, don't be a slave to your equipment.  Remember the weight and bulk of what you carry. I am almost your age and don't want to carry too much, especially if it is hot or I am at altitude.  I have traveled extensively with what I call my "Travel Triumvirate"......the 24-105+70-200 f/4IS and 17-40.  Before I had my 5diii, I carried the 15-85+10-22+70-200 f/4IS with my 50D.  That is it.......no tripod or super-white or flash or anything, just those 3 items (unless it is a photography trip like to Bosque del Apache).  If I am trekking, I use a backpack (F-Stop Loka).  If I am walking around, I use a messenger type bag (Thinktank Retrospective 7).  I might not get photos that warrant hanging in a museum, but I get quite a few keepers that work for my purposes.  You can do a lot with some cropping and post processing that will make up for leaving your 2.8 at home.....Look at:


to see what I have done with all existing light even in the evenings.  And your 6D does really well at high ISO settings.

As far as security is concerned, just be smart.  I agree that I would not call attention to yourself with a "front pack."  Besides, that is not an ergonomic way to carry a load.  There will be a gazillion folks at Machu Pichu.  Be sure to get the sunrise shot and the overview shot.  Please let us know about Easter Island.  I'd love to go there some day.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:00:57 PM »
This would have been a killer camera but no Hot Shoe anymore. :'(

We talked about that.  She has NEVER used the hot shoe on her NEX so I don't think it will be a problem.

Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona but originally from the Philadelphia area (hey, Distant.Star----I grew up there!  Recently visited and sat through the 12 inning travesty with the Phillies losing to the Cardinals).

BTW, we had 3.5 inches of rain in 6 hours this am!!  Makes me feel like I live in Florida?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:45:23 PM »
Should be delivered tomorrow.  After my wife watched many a video review and seeing the size (and hearing how well the little guy does from the perspective of IQ), we went for it.  Suspect I;ll order the grip (or a generic one anyway) and will try it out.

Thanks for all the input.

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