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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 07, 2014, 12:14:56 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.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:10:21 PM »
My first, 70-200 F/4 IS.  It was my second lens specifically for a DSLR (had an XTi with a 17-85).  At the time, I thought that lens was big and heavy!  Strange how our perception changes. 

Years later, when I upgraded to FF, I got a "white box" 24-105 and a 17-40.  These three lenses remain my "travel triumvirate" especially when trekking. 

But to show you how weight and size are all relative, I've managed to get a 100-400, a 100L macro and a 70-200 F/2.8 ii.  Then I made the terrible mistake of renting a 300 f/2.8 ii.........Enter the CPW buyer's group deal (and a loving spouse who told me to go for it) and I've got my "L" gathering covered.

Here's what is so interesting, after all of this, I still have my first L, and I still use that lens (when the 2.8 is just too big), to this day.  But, when thinking about the redundancy of this bunch of glass, I am finding it hard to part with any of them. 

Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:04:45 PM »
Enjoy.  Be safe.  Respect the climate.  Watch out for the sun.  Coming from the East Coast you won't appreciate just how hot it can be because the humidity is so low but it will still affect you.  Lot's of fluids.  Create your own shade.

Boy, you are bringing a lot of stuff.  I hope you have hired a pack mule.    ;)

I'll bet this will be a fabulous trip.  Have fun.

While what you plan will be very nice, any drawer with a towel on the bottom and each lens wrapped/inserted in a clean sock should work just as well for a lot less investment.  And, if you like, you could sew a label on each sock indicated what's stored within.  Unless the drawer is really getting slammed, this should offer enough protection.

As far as "foam" solutions, drink "koozies" work quite well.  I know you are looking for a more permanent and classier solution.  Or you could just get long strips of posterboard and cut notches so they fit together into various sized squares / rectangles and place that assembly into the drawer.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: SanDisk Memory Cards at B&H Photo
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:21:25 PM »
Seems Adorama matched these prices

EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:18:19 PM »
Just arrived.  Package from Shenzhen, China arrived in 7 days.  Looks and works exactly as advertised.  Thanks, Surapon.

Landscape / Re: Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:20:56 PM »
Hmmmmm.  Unidentified flying object?

Seriously, great shots.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:05:54 AM »
The eyes against the white and black feathers are remarkable.  Great shot (but I kind of like your other Grey Owl a little better, not because of any technical thing, but the mood that photo evokes).  All of the shots are gorgeous.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Racket Tailed Drango
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:50:22 AM »
Shot with .......

Thanks so much. 

EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:51:28 PM »
For those of us who got the M before the SL1 was around, I'm sticking with what Ive got.  BTW, the device Surapon is talking about is on Ebay for $12.98

Landscape / Re: Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:23:32 PM »
So if the "rule" of 600/FL gives you the maximum exposure time over which you get "star trails," is there a similar rule for planets?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Racket Tailed Drango
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:55:56 PM »
Very nice.  May I ask about your EXIF?  I presume this was also shot in Southern India?  I saw one there in flight but did not have the reach to capture it well.

Landscape / Re: Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:49:58 AM »
So I feel a little better.  I did not miss much.  Here's the good news.  I really like the new Gimbal.

It performed perfectly and I got to spend some quality time with my remote shutter honing my night sky photography skills.  Here's a jpeg (sorry about the compression artifact) showing about what I saw all night.  With some post, I could make this a better looking photo but it would still be bad.  Next time I set out to do a night sky shoot, I'll try to get out of town for better (or should I say less) light pollution.

Landscape / Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 24, 2014, 03:42:57 AM »

I was ready.  Had my 14mm f/2.8, my remote, my tripod and my new gimbal.  Got the times from news articles.  Got the coordinates (local time midnight with compass 348 and az 28 degrees.  Even used my iPhone app to make sure the direction to the constellation Camelopardis was where I thought it should be.  And I got.....


I expected light pollution (could not get out of town) and was concerned because of the fires in Northern Arizona and the articulate that would be on the Northern horizon.  But, no streaks / meteors at all over 2 hours.  Anybody see anything? 

Great topic.

To be honest, I have become so accustomed to the menu system and nuances of Canon that "jumping ship" might be difficult.  Whatever I decided on would need to at least match the capabilities I've got (or better them).  Then I'd think about things like what it weighs, how it handles, and, of course, price.  In the end, I'd likely go with the Canon lineup, again.  But, I might go with a different equipment lineup (1D something instead of the 5, different lens lineup although I kind of like the combo I've got until GAS strikes).

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