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And when we learn to take pictures without camera bodies the results might be relevant.

I agree; between the two skill matters more than kit.

Jim

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Videography Technique / Re: Tascam DR-60D ON TOP of Camera
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:35:32 PM »
The Tascam DR-60D is designed to sit under the camera, which is how I use it at the moment. However I am unhappy with it like that, as I find when you have a 1DX with 70-200 f/2.8 ii sitting on it, the camera rocks a little if touched even slightly.

If it is on top, I expect your image would shake when you push buttons on it.  What about hanging it on a short tether from your tripod?  That would separate it mechanically but still leave it accessible for adjustment.

Jim

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which body to bring
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:32:04 PM »
Consider actually carrying all this; a 5D3 and one lens (I'd say the 16-35) will pack down into one small bag, and is easier to carry on a sling with the lens pointed forward so you can keep a hand on it.  Your call, but I'd limit myself to the essentials.

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: September 06, 2014, 08:49:06 PM »
I tried copying the take from a trip to the zoo with my tablet as described in my last; it does work but three images in total became corrupted.  I might get a 5D3 anyway, and if I can copy its SD cards to one of those WD portable drives I saw on Petapixel the other day then I might be better off.   :-\

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: September 06, 2014, 07:02:00 PM »
I'm torn about having the glass in the way for this one...  He looks well-fed but I wouldn't care to test that idea.

Jim

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EOS Bodies / Re: Silly Photokina Rumors
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:40:19 PM »
I'm surprised there hasn't been any prior mention of the 7D II's new face-tracking AF mode dedicated specifically for taking photos of cats.  I heard it'll have an integral ARCA-Swiss dovetail on the bottom...

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:51:51 PM »
Another angle:  The Wimberley WH-200 has ARCA-Swiss dovetail on the arm so you can adjust the height of the platform for a collared lens.  You could take a duplex clamp (like this) and attach a body with a L bracket to that same arm higher up.

Jim

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
« on: September 05, 2014, 02:43:00 AM »
Meerkats at the zoo.  I wish I had then the monopod I have now, but that's experience.

Jim 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:17:01 AM »
From the zoo the other day; -0.2 exposure, cropped a whiff, lens profile, nothing else.

Jim

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My best suggestion is an x-rite i1 display pro; you'll wonder how you lived without it or something similar.

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:04:10 PM »
It occurred to me to try copying files from the CF slot to the SD slot on my card reader, with it plugged into my tablet; it is fairly slow but it works.  25 Mb cr2 files take about five seconds each, but it runs unattended.  I'll have to shop a bit for SD cards (the full size ones might be cheaper, here's hoping) but it appears this particular question is answered.  I appreciate all the useful feedback, perhaps this thread will amount to a handy guide to someone else in similar circumstances.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:42:26 PM »

4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

The software for the i1 is a little bit quirky, but it works consistently once you figure it out.  If you go that way drop me a line, I'll pass on what I've learned.

Jim

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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:38:45 PM »
If you can get your second subject again, try this second pose with the smile like the first one.  I'd be happy with either of the ones you got, just curious to see how it would look.

Jim

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:40:24 PM »
The newest member of the family...

Funny looking cat you've got there.  Great photos though!

Jim

...Seriously though that is a cute puppy, all the best with him.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:44:58 AM »
i really like the basilica photo. the colors are a lot different in the downloaded version compared to what appears on the web here?


The original is in ProPhoto RGB, and generating thumbs from it gives unusual colours like that.  Toggling colour management on and off in Photomechanic gives the same results.  Firefox can display the original image correctly, but not the thumb; I take it the site generates sRGB thumbnails from uploaded images.

Jim

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