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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...........

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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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Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:12:01 AM »
Glad you are safe and sound and had a wonderful trip

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Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:50:18 PM »
And, as I said earlier in this and other threads, I can only +1000 what others are also saying about the climate.  It is 96 and windy with 7% humidity in Monument Valley and 93 in Moab right now.  These are great places to go and present wonderful photographic opportunities but don't underestimate our climate.

Sorry if I keep repeating myself.

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Sorry about a double post (just put this in another thread) but I like the way it turned out.

From Madurai, India.  5Diii, 1/800, f/8, iso 1600 using 24-105 at 105.  Noise reduction with LR then convert to B&W using PS/NIK Silver Efex.

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Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:13:38 PM »
From Madurai, India.  5Diii, 1/800, f/8, iso 1600 using 24-105 at 105.  Noise reduction with LR then convert to B&W using PS/NIK Silver Efex.

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. but it was of nephrons and really not very interesting...


Beg to differ.  Perhaps the photos were not that interesting but the Nephron is!

 ;)

By the way, as they said, anything that can go wrong will.......

I've screwed up with file names and overwritten stuff I meant to keep, at least once!  That's why each project now gets downloaded into the PC into a separate folder labeled for that project.  At least then, I cannot overwrite a same-named-file form anther set of shots. And, like Neuro and others have said, I never reformat or overwirte a card until I am way sure the images are all safely transferred and backed up.  Just recently this saved my hide.  After all, IMG_0001 follows IMG_9999 chronologically if one starts near the end of the series because of not starting the numbering / naming anew.  At least in the same folder, all I had to deal with was re-ordering the files by date then batch renaming them in Bridge. 

Anyone else ever strip the little holes off the film so advancing the film "didn't" and the result was a bunch of exposures on the same frame? 

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Technical Support / Re: Laptop won't recognise camera.
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:16:41 PM »
Before spending $ on new SSD's, format / reinstall windows from the original disks to make the machine "new."  If this does not resolve the issue, than a new HDD won't fix it either.

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EOS-M / Re: B&H Selling M Again (Not Canon USA)
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:07:49 PM »
Still trying to find out exactly where this camera fits in my arsenal.  I got it at the $299 price a wile back.  I think I am going to bring it and the EF adapter on my next adventure for when I want more reach since it is pretty small.  The relatively slow focus and shutter recycle even after that firmware update improved it (I am spoiled by the DSLR) makes it to tough to use the M for anything where something is moving but the IQ and size are quite nice.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:00:11 PM »
Rented one years ago and used it on an XTi on a trip to see polar bears.  Worked pretty well on that body even at dawn and dusk.  Focus was reasonable.  Clearly (wow, a pun) the 2.8 variety is a stellar lens but the f/4 is pretty darn good for the price.

Ah.  I misspoke.  I found the files and this was at 6:53 am in November near Churchill, Manitoba. It was still pretty dark and this was handheld at f/4, iso 1000 and 1/500 sec then cropped.  It was on my 50d, not the XTi.  I know the color balance could be better and I have since learned a lot about better post-processing.  But, the point is that in existing light in the dawn hours handheld using a camera that had a lot of noise, this lens did pretty well.  I hope that gives you and idea of what the lens can do and in better light, this would be a nice shot.  Maybe someday I'll repeat the trip with FF and the f/2.8!


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 07, 2014, 02:33:22 PM »

Is the noise really that bothersome? Is it bearable?

A slight "clunk" and then a gear/grinding kind of sound BUT I think only I heard it.  Nobody around me noticed.  Maybe in a quiet room it would be noticeable?  The 300 f/2.8 ii is very quiet compared to the f/4 but it is 4 or 5x more expensive.  I don't think the IS noise will be an issue unless you need absolute quiet, but then the mirror noise forom your DSLR is also apparent.

Go try one and decide for yourself. 

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