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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wiley and the Grey Ghost
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:45:56 PM »
Nice series, and fun.

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Surapon, you have most lengths covered.  There are new and impending uwa lenses coming that I am lusting after too.  You may want to consider going on the cheap with a Samyang 14mm.  I have one and with a little practice, you will find that they put out an amazing image for about $300.00.  Really, set it to about f8 and about 10 feet or so, play with iso and shutter speed, look at your image on the screen and your histogram and essentially everything is so sharp you won't believe it.  When the new lenses come in (hopefully in the fall), you can either get those or stick with the cheapo, but excellent Sammy.

For Horseshoe Bend, you will need at least a 14 mm (a smidge long on full frame), and the 8 mm will be nice to have for this scene too.  I agree with the tripod.  By the way, you better not be afraid of heights, or you will loose your cookies here!

Just a thought.

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:21:58 PM »
Feeding Cardinal

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:21:13 PM »
Hey Dylan- Congrats!

I love my Wimberly II.  Also, I love SD Zoo.  I was in SD last year and went down to that private showing "Zoo La La".  That was great- get to front of the room when they start, have a flash diffuser and your 24-70II for best results.

You may also want to venture to Coronado Island and walk along the beach.  I shot some guys biking on the breakers, a beach wedding, and all kinds of interesting stuff.  The Gas Lamp district is also fun and has great night street photography.

You will love your gimbal.

I have the RRS PG-02 LLR, and I've used the Wimberley II.  Both are excellent. 

The RRS setup allows multirow pano shots with regular lenses, and it breaks down into two pieces for easier transport.  Its side-mount design lets you reach 'under' the lens from either side to access rings/controls.

Regarding the Wimberley, I think the P-10 may be too small.  For superteles, you need a P-20 at least, longer ones for larger lenses (http://www.tripodhead.com/products/lens-plates-main.cfm).  Personally, I went with a RRS replacement lens foot.

Got it. Cool, thanks Neuro ;)

PS. My co-worker has 4 VIP tickets to the Wild Animal Park, San Diego. We will have backstage treatment - getting very close to the animals. My co-workers and I thinking to spend a weekend there.

http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

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Canon General / Re: My weapons of war.
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:08:34 PM »
In the long run Surapon, no matter the cost of the lens, it will be cheaper than a pretty girl.  And likely to stay with you longer.



Yes, I know I need more arsenal. :)


Salutes to you, dear friend, sanj.
You know , what you doing.  Yes, You need only 2  of new Arsenal for complete your army ----- Ef 1200 mm and Beautiful girl to carry  this monster Lens for you, on your long trip.
Ha, Ha, Ha.
Have a great weekend, Sir.
Surapon

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »
I would be up for a 5DIV.

Aside from a better image, what else would others want in a 5DIII upgrade to make it worthwhile?  Hmmmm.

I for one wold like better/faster focusing, and it would be great if they included an intrinsic automated afma adjustment like Focal, or better, if there was a way that it could be done in real time all the time.

sek

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<p>We’re told by a few other people that Canon is working on a “foveon like” sensor for their next generation of full frame cameras. The goal is to have the new sensor tech in their next “prosumer” camera, so perhaps that means a new large megapixel camera with a smaller body than an EOS-1, or the EOS 5D Mark IV in 2015.</p>
<p>The replacement to the EOS 7D will have a new sensor not currently available in the Canon lineup, but we’re told the camera is being specced more on features, especially for fast action and video than brand new EOS technology. By the sounds of things, the new sensor tech is best suited for the full frame segment.</p>
<p>More to come…</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">c</span>r</strong></p>


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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Technology Coming From Canon? [CR1]
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:46:05 PM »
Exactly!  A dearth of juicy rumors lately!

Hope this it true. 

sek

Finally an interesting rumor! Too bad it's only CR1... Hoping there's more to come on this!

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Hey Surapon and thanks for writing.  I am honored.  I read your posts all the time.

You have a few more toys than I do.  I can make some suggestions to you too.  You have a lot of territory to cover, so plan for that.  Plus, you may want to spend more than a day at several places like Zion, and the slots.
I was in Page last November and you should look at X canyon with overland tours.  It isn't as nice as Antelope, but it is a good starting point because Charlie only takes 3 (serious) photographers at a time.  You will be the only people in the canyon, so you can take your time and learn low light photography, and Charlie is very helpful.  You will need a good tripod.  Be in good shape, because you have to get down to the canyon, which is a bit of a climb.

Antelope Canyon (Upper and Lower) are bigger, more colorful, and more photogenic.  On the other hand, you will be crowded out by tourists with iPads etc. taking pictures.  I don't remember which one I went to, but there is a difference, so do some research.  Despite crowds, it is well worth the trip.  You need to be patient to get a clean shot.

One MAJOR TIP:  in the canyons when you shoot up, do NOT get the sky or sunlight anywhere near the lens or the flare will degrade your contrast.

With Horseshoe Bend I brought a 14mm Samyang and it was barely wide enough.  The lighting during the day isn't the best as the sun tends to shine into the lens.  May want to consider golden hours for this trip.  For the canyons, time doesn't matter, except a few times of year, you can see light beams going to the floor of the canyon.

While in Page, you may want to get up before the sun and take pics of the power plant as the sun comes up.  There are some nice bluffs in the area too.

In Zion, get some input as to where is the best place and time.  I spent one day there, and I didn't get optimal vantage points, though did get some spectacular shots.

I'll look forward to hearing about your trip.

Thanks again.

sek

 


Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

sek

Dear Sek.
Yes, in this June 2014 start June6 th. to June 14 th.I will visit At National Park in Utah too, Start At Las Vegas to Brian Head, and the next day at Zion park,----Bryce Cannon, Escalanie, Kodakchrome Basil, Moab town, The Arches, Canyonland, Monument Valley, Page, Horseshoe at Sunset,  Horseshoe Bend , Antelope , Brian Head, Glenn Canyon, Brian Head and Go back to Las Vegas.
Sorry, I do not know where I am going, Because My older sister and my Brother in-law set up the schedule for my wife and me---I just go with them and shoot the photos---Ha, Ha, Ha, I will go with my full load of photography equipment that fit on my largest back pack, + belly belt pack + Great Fiber glass Tripods, and enjoy my wonderfull trip.
See you there.
Surapon

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Thank you, done!

Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

sek

I noticed your title said "possibly Bryce" and the only good advice I can give you is drop the "possibly."  Of the two, I find Bryce Canyon to be more photogenic (if a location can be photogenic).  I have only been to Bryce once and I found it more beautiful than the Grand Canyon, overall, and totally different.

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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 27, 2014, 10:50:17 PM »
I totally agree on the Wimberley II as a good value for the money.

Another thing to think about is the accessories that they offer.  I love the leveling base, and quick release clamps that allow quick change between different cameras and even heads..  Look at the site and they offer a line of L-plates, and foot plates with Arca Swiss adapters, etc. etc.  So the whole ecosystem works well, is stable, and expandable.

It is expensive, but your gear is way more expensive.

sek

No, I didn't. From what I've read, I understand that Manfrotto and Induro offer the best quality in terms of sturdiness and strength.

Read more.

Also, don't use manufacturer's load ratings as a guideline, they are useful for comparison within a brand, but effectively meaningless for comparison across brands.  A Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 is rated for 17 lbs - does that mean it can hold 17 lbs without breaking, hold 17 lbs with complete stability and no vibration, or something in between? 

The Really Right Stuff TQC-14 is their 'travel tripod', the lightest and weakest one they make.  It's rated for 25 lbs.  That load capacity might, just might, be a bit conservative.



 :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:59:34 AM »
More egrets

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:51:16 AM »
egrets

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Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

sek

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Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:48:15 PM »
I use this and like it OK (just).

On the plus side, it protects very well.  On the minus side, it is a bit slippery as it is made of (I believe) silicone.  I fixed that problem with a bit of sandpaper.  You do lose a bit of tactile feedback, though the case fits well.  I also took a scissors and modded it to my specific needs, so overall, it works fine.  It has protected the camera from scuffs, scrapes, and minor falls.

I guess since I have kept it on for over a year, the pluses outweigh the minuses.

I use lens coats for the lenses and that works well for me.

Good luck.

sek

Something like this perhaps?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/866720-REG/Delkin_Devices_DDSPROC5DMK3_B_Snug_It_Pro_Skin_for.html


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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:24:40 AM »
Another thing that is very very nice about this lens when shooting wide is the bokeh.  Very special.

sek

Well, I use my 300 for my primary wildlife lens.  With a 2x TC, its a hand holdable 600mm 5.6 with a very short minimum focus distance so its great for photos of small passerines, shorebirds or shooting from a hide.  It's easy enough to hike with once you get used to it especially with a nice black rapid style strap.  I've also used it for field sports with and without the 1.4x TC.  Its good for tight portraiture, especially for indoor sports where you will definitely need the wide aperture.

There's plenty of good uses for the lens if you shoot the style of photography it calls for.  Mine is the ancient non-IS version and I would instantly trade up for the vII if I could afford it.  I bought the sigmonster because I got a crazy good deal on it and it will come in very handy for when I'm distance limited like, say, shooting waterfowl or in a restricted habitat but I will almost certainly continue to use the 300 primarily.  It is just too good and too useful for wildlife and sports.  I'd say keep it around for a bit and see if you use it.  You can't really lose too much money if you find yourself selling it on later and you'll never be hard pressed to find a buyer.  I'd guess that if you have any interest in wildlife or sports photography, you won't ever want to get rid of it.

Thanks for the type of answer I was looking for. I PP a few BIF and was amazed at how sharp this lens is. I think I am going to use it for a few more weeks then make a decision from there.

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