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Messages - Jim Saunders

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Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: Today at 12:37:12 AM »
Yes, I'm a new member.  This somewhat dated link has a peek at what to expect; I wouldn't yawn but I'd take a couple of their center-pinch lens caps and that shiny red strap first.

Jim

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Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:44:01 PM »
I just read the (form) letter again; it came with a card but nothing else.  I'll see what I can get from the member portal.  Huh.  I know its cliché but the CPS strap might be a fitting addition to my 50D.

Jim

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Macro / Re: Bugs Bugs and more Bugs
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:02:34 PM »
I found a cobweb running toward one of my light stands today; what else could I do?  This one was maybe a quarter-inch across at rest, a couple flashes bounced from above, one from below, Tamron 90mm macro.

Jim

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There is no replacement for the 200-400 for that range; The 70-200 is brilliant by itself but doesn't go well with a 2X - I've tried.  What about a 300 f/4 or a 400 f/5.6 and 5D3?  Or a Sigma 120-300?  Either way you'd get some more reach without giving up all your money.

To answer your latest question, I'd put the 70-200 on a crop body before I try it with the extender.

Jim

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:24:47 PM »
This one was cropped slightly (from 5184 to 4411 wide) and given a little post in LR5, but no NR and no sharpening; 1/640 f/5.6 ISO 250, resized on export. 

Jim

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:41:41 PM »
Here is a 100% zoom, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 2500 on a 1Dx.  It was on a gimbal on a decent tripod on some bouncy bleachers; I don't know how much it hurt but it wasn't the thirty-foot deep concrete plinth we all dream of.   ;)

It got the lens profile and a little dodge & burn but nothing else.

Jim

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Technical Support / Re: Flash- Second-Curtain Sync question, Sir/ Madam.
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:22:22 PM »
If you're shooting in the rain with a flash, second-curtain will make the rain look like it going down.  First-curtain will make it look like it is going up!

Jim

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:15:23 PM »
I got this one under terrible light, hand-held, ISO to the moon.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:11:30 PM »
I've used the 200 f/2 briefly; it is very sharp indeed.  I should have one frame I kept at home somewhere if someone doesn't upload something first.  The only person who knows if a stop is worth six large is you, but I know I would like to get one of them and a 135 f/2 for indoor sports.

On that note what about the 135?  Do you use the long end more?

Jim

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Site Information / Re: FIXED: Posts disappearing or not loading
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:41:52 AM »
Sam, the CR tech guy fixed it. 

It was not something simple like cleaning up the database, but he eventually figured it out.  It turned out to be a combination of bugs in the forum firmware (upgraded to latest version now), and limitations on the size of pages.  My allowing 10 large thumbnails probably is responsible for exceeded the memory settings on pages, so he figured that out and overrode the settings to allow for larger pages.

Kudos for finding and fixing that!

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Mary had a Little Lamb
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:34:02 PM »
Mary had a little goat
she loved when it was new
but then it chewed up Mary's shoes
and now it's vindaloo

First a solid photo, now this; what a way to start a Friday!

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Rubber covering loose on zoom of 24-70 II - advice?
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:22:32 PM »
I've heard of this before; the rubber part is just a big rubber band and an average person should be able to (carefully) replace it if Canon will send you another.  That said it should be a free fix if you want to send it back; I'd rather do it myself than spend for shipping & insurance and be out of a lens for weeks.

Jim

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Canon General / Re: Lens Cleaning Techniques/Opinions
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:07:13 PM »
Those microfiber cloths are fantastic for anything that won't come off with air from a rocket blower.

Jim

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Site Information / Re: Posts disappearing or not loading
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:09:22 PM »
If he is able, he'll do the maintenance tonight, I think he is traveling, so it might not be possible.

There are some database tools to fix indexes and lost posts, but I have never run them, and its not a good time to learn.

No worries, thanks again.

Jim

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Site Information / Re: Posts disappearing or not loading
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:01:27 PM »
I checked the 200-400mm topic in the lens gallery, and something is definitely wrong.  I see nothing at all, so there must be some corruption in the database.  It will have to be rebuilt I think.

I'll let CR guy know about the issue, he has some support people who only take orders for things like that from him.

Ok I appreciate that, and all the time everyone behind the scenes puts into this.

Jim

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