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Maybe seal it with "Polygrip" denture cream?

 ;) ::) :)

Sorry, couldn't help myself!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens Cover Retainers
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:14:26 PM »
Got my wife a generic lens cap on Ebay (was less than $4) for her NEX-7 that comes with a lanyard  permanently attached to the cap and ran the string through one of the lugs on the camera.  She was continually loosing lens caps and the glue-on/stick-on ones came loose.  This works for her because she has NEVER changed her lens despite having some alternates.   

For me, I'll put the cap in my pocket or in the camera bag and just leave the hood attached to "protect" the lens while I am out and about.  I do use a filter over the front element (lots of threads on the pros and cons of this, here).  I have lost caps a few times, but not lately.  It is not an issue if the front element is the same size when I change lenses (say the 24-105 swap for the 70-200 f/4) but more of an issue if the front elements are different sizes and I need a cap for each. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Grizzly Bears
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:03:20 PM »
Very nice, indeed.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:44:54 PM »
FWIW, seems to me that both of these shops match each other's prices quickly. 

The "ranking" in the vote is the same as the price.  I get all that.  Pulled the trigger on the 300 after seriously considering the Tammy.  But, at the time, was going through a series of wildlife shots taken with my 100-400 (while watching some Verdins build a nest outside of my window) and was disappointed with so many of them that I felt the Tamron would not be a better option (at least in the under 400 mm range) than what I have. That and the temporary price that was being offered through the buyer's group on www.canonpricewatch.com was all I needed to push me over the edge.  I know what the 300 can do since I rented one last fall.  I understand that a zoom can be handy at times vs. a fixed length and the use of TC's.  The price difference is significant. 

Had I not been seeing so many not-too-sharp images (most of which are probably my fault and not the fault of the lens) at the time, might have still gone with the Tammy.  But, I will probably sell the 100-400 soon then look for a good deal on the 2xTC. 

BTW, never underestimate the power of a chimney, and a famous one indeed!   ;)

Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:44:05 AM »

I'm planning to upload mine as a PDF, or PDFs if the 6MB limit is too small.

Thanks.  I know this will take some of your time and I am looking forward to it.  Always curious to see how others do things.  I learn a lot this way and change my methods accordingly.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:20:45 PM »
I've done more purchases with Adorama than B&H but have had good experiences with both.  All of this is anecdotal, however.  I once got food poisoning after eating a certain meal in Nepal.  It does not mean that that particular food item  is a bad thing.  Given the tons of orders both in the stores and online that each of these vendors do on any given day, it is always possible that something could go wrong.  Certainly how they handle that problem could mean something.

I'd have no qualms working with either of these stores.

Lenses / Re: Lens Advise for Europe Vacation
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:41:34 PM »
My "travel triumvirate" is a 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 f/4 is.  This all goes quite nicely into the Retrospective 7 bag with my 5diii.  Is this a perfect combo? of course not!  But it is fairly compact and covers most of my bases.  I love the 70-200 f/2.8 but it weighs a ton and is very large.  If I know I will be doing lots of architecture, I might leave the 17-40 at home and bring the 14.  Your 24-70 is a great lens but most of my people shots are with the 24-105 because I am usually at 85mm and higher.  The 70-200 is used for those occasions (dancers on a stage at a distance, a bird on a statue in a town square, etc) where I need a bit more reach.

Here's a "people" shot from Central Asia last summer with the 24-105.  I know that photography is a big part of what I do when I travel but I want to keep it relatively light and accessible.  You are going to be in a wonderful city with wonderful sights.  Bring your 24-70, the TS-E and maybe the 85.  Just my thoughts.

I've been pretty happy with my 100-400 but then I rented the 300 f/2.8 ii last autumn and got hooked.  I can hand-hold with a 2x and get a 600 that still will focus.  While the 100-400 can yield some good results at times, many of the shots in shade or in cloudy weather (going through some wildlife shots taken with the 100-400 right now) at 400 are just not sharp enough for me.  I was thinking about a 400 f/2.8 or a 600 f/4 but size and the price is just too much for me to justify.  Same with a 500.

Been thinking long and hard about the Tammy and was just about to handle one (although I was concerned about a bit of slower AF and about future incompatibility issues and the IQ at 600) when the "group buy" on cannonpricewatch.com comes along.  A 300 f/2.8 ii for about the cost of a refurb? 

I know what I will get out of the 300 with a 1.4x and a 2x, and with a bit of cropping to boot, I think I can better the options available in my budget. 

Here's a hand-held 300mm f/2.8 with a 2x at 1600 iso with f/8 right out of the camera with no cropping and no post other than resizing.  I could never get this with my 100-400.  Could I with the Tammy? 

From Khiva, Uzbekistan....

The birds are a couple or Verdins, by the way and now I wish I had the lens with me!

So, I was sitting watching some birds building a nest last night in our Boojum tree and thinking about getting out the 100-400 to try to get a decent shot in the backlit dusk and simultaneously goofing around online.  I log into canonpricewatch.com and see this ridiculous price for a 300 f/2.8 ii.  You know the lens I rented last fall and fell in love with and put myself on a watch list for a good refurb price and have since wondered about? 

And then the "GAS" attack hit me.  How could I avoid that price for a new one with a Canon Warranty?  About 5 minutes later I received my email confirmation even though the sun had passed its useful moment and the nest was now in the dark, but I didn't mind.  I guess I will need to figure out what to use to pay for it, but I will manage.

Guess I'll be looking at a 2xTC soon.  Anyone want to buy my 100-400? 

Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:58:28 AM »
I shoot RAW with names for each project (can do with some camera bodies) like ZOO_1234 for a zoo trip.  Then, I import into a folder on the HDD specifically for that event with name and date (like ZOO 14.MAR) using a card reader.  Then import that folder into LR. 

First "pass" is Keywords (like Zoo, Animals, Tiger, etc.).
Next pass is selecting and rejecting.
Then, the real time consuming begins....I've got some defaults, fortunately, and depending on the shot, the processing could take moments or minutes.
Occasional edit in PS if needed.
Then, upload to Smugmug or save as JPEGs on HDD.

Do wish it was faster.  Have used DxO in the past cause it is more automated but I felt like I had less control.  In fairness, I never hunkered down and learned how to use all DxO can do.  Also used DPP but felt like it was more time consuming than LR.

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:49:47 AM »
The Statue of Liberty closed down after "Superstorm Sandy" due to floods and damage to the piers.  Do go if it has reopened.  The Empire State Building has some great art deco stuff and you should go up for the view once, if you've never been.

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:32:27 PM »
It's a great place.  Recently spent 4 days in NYC and basically always had my camera in my hand.  People, architecture, whatever.  We also stayed in midtown (Bryant Park area) and  walked as far as the Battery to the south and as far as the Upper East Side to the north.  Equipment-wise, I brought my travel triumvirate: 17-40, 24-105, 70-200 F/4 IS.  But, I didn't take the 24-104 off the camera the entire time.  Hang out in the park near the ice rink and you'll see lots of people photo ops.  Go to Times Square.  Walk around West Village along Christopher and Bleeker Streets.  And, be sure to visit B&H and Adorama just for the experience (kid in a candy shop).  Photo ops also in Highline Park (used to be an elevated train line and is now a park).  Go to Chinatown and the Lower East Side / Little Italy for more shots (and the food) and walk on the Brooklyn Bridge while you are down there.  I could go on and on.  Have a great time!

Because someone always raises the topic, I'll tell you that if you are "urban aware," just be smart and you will not have any personal safety issues.  FWIW, I had my stuff in my Retrospective 7 (I'd think by now that "bad guys" would recognize the non-camera-bag-camera-bags but it is unobtrusive) and my Smugmug strap over my shoulder with my hand through the E-2 holding the camera.  So, barring a mugging (jeeze, I am NOT trying to scare anyone and really was not worried), little chance of losing anything.


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