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FWIW, I've had good experiences with Adorama, B&H, KEH, Calumet, Amazon, BuyDig and Norman.  Occasionally, things get screwed up.  That can happen anywhere.  If the purpose of this thread is to "alert" us to a problem, than that is valid.  If the purpose is to badmouth a retailer, for revenge or out of frustration, than this thread should be locked down, in my opinion.

And, I suspect that many of the folks who hang out on CR (participants or lurkers) won't be affected by the OP's comments.  I do feel really bad that that individual feels he has been treated badly.  I would encourage he or she to continue to communicate with Adorama to resolve the issue (if that is possible in the OP's mind).

Photography Technique / Re: Are you horizontally challenged?
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:02:04 AM »
I am definitely challenged (in many ways  ;) ) but I changed the focus screen in my old 50d to help and have "turned on" the grid in the 5diii.  I still often need to do some leveling in post.  I have gotten into the habit of allowing some extra space in my framing knowing that it will be lost in the leveling crop, but there is a cost to that.....IQ is definitely best without cropping at all, since more pixels are left in the image. 

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:14:39 AM »

I think the grass looks completely normal - it's just out of focus.  The texture going from normal to blurred is why it looks a bit odd - particularly because you shot it at f/8 so it didn't completely blow it out.


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:22:42 PM »
I just un-boxed my new 100 2.8 L Macro.  I took a couple of "macro" shots of light switches, box labels, and parts of my bedroom wall just to try it out.  The subjects and the photos are awful, but the lens is marvelous.  Can't wait to try it for real!

Now, gotta get going on the MIR paperwork.  I actually am thinking about a future Tammy 24-70 f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8, my 17-40 and this 100 as my new "travel kit" but it is not always practical to change lenses in the field.  Besides, I have to recoup the $ I just spent on the two lenses.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:14:42 PM »

used a 2x Converter (loss of IQ), bright sunlight & used ISO1600 then had to combine that with a very fast shutter speed to counter act the High ISO & used 1/4000th.

All these small issues combine to give a pixelated area where you would normally have that smooth blurred out Bokeh.

My best shot at an answer......

Yeah, thanks.  I am always learning something.  Were I to do that shot over again, I'd lower the iso and maybe "bracket" with different apertures (and therefore differing shutter speeds).  This was my first real attempt at a photo outing like this (I am more accustomed to people at a closer distance who move a lot less).  I'm just doing PP on these and am critiquing myself a lot.  Next time I try something like this, I think I'll do better.

But maybe I'll try to do something with this background in post......

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:40:32 PM »
Many incredible shots.  As I said the other day, I am just going through my pics from Bosque del Apache.  Here's a hand-held 300 with the 2xiii.  I've done no PP other than reducing a JPEG to post here.

I've a question for all of you.  I know the focus is not 100% but the background looks weird to me.  Do you think the grass behind the birds looks a bit funny?  If so, why?

FYI, f8, 1/4000, iso 1600 5diii with 300 f/2.8ii+2xiii

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: SDHC vs Compactflash
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:09:42 PM »
Form a practical standpoint, size might matter.  Even if a 64GB CF and a 64GB SD had identical data transfer rates, I personally find the smaller card more difficult to change in the field.  I have dropped the smaller cards a lot more frequently than you'd imagine.  For me, especially in weather extremes, the CF is just easier to handle.  YMMV.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:24:58 AM »
And, here's one with the 300 and a 2xiii.  This is one of my first ever BIF attempts.  Again, hand-held, 1/4000 f/8 iso 1600.  My lessons from this are:
1) An amazing lens
2) Can hand-hold without too much trouble
3) I gotta work on my technique for BIF!

BTW, these are Sand Cranes.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:57:33 PM »
Just now looking at the trip to Bosque del Apache with the rented 300 .  Just ran this one to see the clarity handheld.  This "cat" was not having a good day but the Blue Heron seemed to be. 

1/640, f/10, iso 400 hand held.

Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:48:47 PM »

I hate this lens ;D

Yeah, me too!

Congrats, again

Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:58:43 AM »
I guess I can't be of any help to you right now. I'm ordering a 300 2.8 II today ...

I'll just look at the blurry BIF photos I got with that rented lens and be happy I don't own it.  I am sure those shots are due to the lens and not to the operator.  The wonderfully clear pictures with fabulous color rendition and excellent IQ on the "good ones" could only be because of my ability to overcome the many shortcomings of the 300 2.8ii.   ;)

Yeah.  That's what I'll try to convince myself of.  Must be a bad lens since a distant Sandcrane at dusk flying against a busy background with me hand-holding the 300 with a 2xiii and shooting at the ridiculous speed of 1/80 second was not clear. 

Yeah, I will tell myself that.........but I don't believe it.

Congrats on you anticipated new arrival!!!!!

Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:02:34 PM »

You're the first to ask, I'm glad somebody finally did ;)

It's inspired by the periodic table of elements.

'Ca' is the symbol for the fictional element 'Canon EOS'.
'Canon EOS' is the name of the element.
'25' is the atomic number, which was the number of years EOS was around when I created the avatar.
'1987' is the year EOS was introduced. This would indicate the number of electrons in each shell: 1, 9, 8, 7 moving away from the core, so there are four shells of electrons.
'10.0837' is the atomic mass; it is also the founding date of Canon (10 August 1937) as Seikikōgaku kenkyūsho (jap. 精機光學研究所, Precision Optical Industry Co. Ltd.)

And I thought it was a Canadian 25 cent postage stamp.   ;)

Actually, that is pretty cool and creative.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:01:22 PM »
A lot of "lens-cleaner" for eyeglasses contains isopropyl alcohol.  It works but I don't know if it does anything to the coating.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:20:44 AM »
Been thinking about the Tammy.  Between my 14 and my 70-200 and my soon to be delivered 100 Macro, I am kinda getting hooked on the f/2.8 lenses.  But, for now, I will wait to see what, if anything, Canon does.

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