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

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

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.


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.


Something like this perhaps?

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.


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.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:18:24 AM »
That is an option, and if you can go without is, the 400 5.6L is an excellent lens that is very light and small, and gives an extra 100mm of reach.  I love mine.  Way cheaper too.


Are you a professional sports photographer?  Otherwise, I think if you don't know what to do with the lens, you probably made a mistake spending that much money on it.

No but i have been doing indoor high school sports and getting into wildlife. Thought I would try is it aince my 70-200 makes me crop too much. I bought it for that purpose but just trying to justify if its worth it or if I should get the 300mm f4 which is cheaper.

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:04:31 PM »
Thanks all for the support.

Here is the epilogue.

I did offer to show him the pics, but red faced, he declined.  When I left, I did take his pic, and I let him know that I was doing it, just to piss him off.

Here is the kicker.  I am a respected surgeon in town.  I get total enjoyment behind my camera, I get my creative outlet, and it is a stress reliever.  In a given week, many people put their lives in my hands.  Not a big deal, it is my profession.  I like being anonymous behind a camera, and also having no responsibilities.

So, I would be the last one in the world to be involved in this and at the same time, I am furious at this twit for appointing himself playground monitor. 

Given all that is going on in the world, I am like so many of you, very paranoid about kids, so I don't point a lens at any that aren't family or friends who request portraits.



Photography Technique / Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:03:15 PM »
First, to all of the sane people Happy Easter.

So here is what happened to me today.  I decided to take my new 300 2.8 is II  with 5DII to work on action shots.  Evidently, I need a lot of practice to get the most out of this lens, and I am still figuring out the AI Servo along with the focus points (I admit it, I'm a slow learner, but I am plugging away at it, and not giving up)>

The only thing moving today was the dogs at the local dog park, about a half mile down the street. 

I was shooting dogs catching disks, balls, etc., for about 15 minutes, when some jerk walks up to me and says quietly, "don't take pictures of the children". 

I couldn't believe it.  I didn't come close to training my lens on a kid.  The rig is nothing that can be hidden, and I wasn't wearing my flasher raincoat.  I was bothering nobody, and it is in my own neighborhood.  I don't know if the guy even had a kid there (there were only about 3 or four, and about 15 dogs).

Anyway, it soured the shoot, but I stayed about a half hour and experimented with different settings.  I so pissed that when I left I went over to the idiot and whispered in his ear, "if you ever see me, don't ever talk to me again".  Of course he brought our the "do you know who you are talking to B.S., but I was on my way.  I was afraid that another word from him and my monopod ball head would be smashed into his brainstem, and I would be in prison.

So, I felt like a pedophile, I was humiliated by a dult, and had my afternoon soiled.

Anybody else have an incident like that, I'd love to hear.

By the way, when I do street photography, I always ask if I may take a picture and respect the subject, so there was no breach of boundaries.


Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:58:44 AM »
Talk to your agent and add it on to your homeowner's and car insurance for best discount.  They will have you list everything, including prices and serial numbers.  Be sure to get a rider that provides for replacement not pro rata payout for loss/theft/damage, etc.


6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:55:49 AM »
Very nice.

Can't wait to see more.


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I am currently on a landscape photography workshop lead by <a href="" target="_blank">Andy Biggs</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Holko</a> and alongside a lot of very cool people from around the globe. The landscape is absolutely stunning to say the least.</p>
<p>When I came to Namibia, I decided I wouldn’t carry a ton of gear, so I went for a pair of <a href="" target="_blank">Canon EOS 6D camera bodies</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">EF 24-70 f/4L IS</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</a>. So far I’m extremely happy with my selection of gear.</p>
<p>Internet access hasn’t been the quickest, that’s why I haven’t been updating the site as much as usual. I still have a 5 more days on this safari and then I’ll begin the long trek home.</p>
<p>There are a few images from the trip after the break.</p>
<div id="attachment_16349" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16349" alt="Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16350" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16350" alt="Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16354" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16354" alt="Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16352" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16352" alt="Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16353" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16353" alt="Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16347" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-16347" alt="Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS" src="" width="575" height="383" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</p></div>
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS sensors, and technology
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:49:48 AM »
Make it stop already!

I have had the same experience.

A tip- be sure to include a copy of the receipt.  That will often eliminate a lot of hassle. 


Well, I'm a relatively new poster, but decided it was time to speak up based purely on the experiences I've had with Canon's customer service, since, at it's core, that's what this thread is for.   

Without fail, every time I've sent something to them for repair, items which should be well-within warranty (both based on time elapsed from purchase date, and for the issues experienced), I've been submitted an estimate, usually in the $250-350 range on the initial pass review by them.  Only after contesting their appraisal, do I ever get anything worked on without any charge.  To me, that's them saying that their product is without flaw and that I must have done something to prevent their gem of a device from working.  I wonder how many people just pay the fee and don't contest it.  I've had to go through literally hours of calls between customer service and their factory service reps to get to the point where they finally will say that they'll fix it free of charge. 

I'll be the first to admit if I've dropped a lens, camera body, or poured water into a printer - I'd expect to pay for that type of repair as it's not a defect of workmanship/materials.  I've never done any of those and then sent it in for repair hoping it would be covered by warranty.  Makes me wonder if that's what's happening so often that Canon is turning their backs on honest customers with honest warranty claims.  The very fact that there's possibly some known defects in their equipment and that we're potentially paying for it, to be honest, pisses me off a bit.  So I'm not actually very sorry if you find it hard to hear us "newbies" moaning about customer service or warranty repair policy especially with the literally hundreds, if not thousands of dollars some of us have had to spend to get items repaired, I guess not everyone has the same experiences you do.     


Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:37:39 PM »
This is really not at all bad, especially for a "grab" shot with a short lens.

I have been working on trying to get a good pic of hummers for over a year.  They are so tiny, and move so fast it is difficult.  On top of that, lighting is usually challenging. 

Since  you have hummers, try a feeder or three, add a feeder with just water in it too  get a good tripod and a chair with a long good (L) lens and wait for them to show up.  Beyond that, just shoot, and expect a lot of non-keepers. 

You may also want to try a Cam Ranger for this.  Add light (flash) or change camera position as needed.  I would recommend a high shutter speed to freeze wings- say 1/1000 or so, maybe higher if you have the light for it.


Hi all
So my wife and I were walking in the park and she spots this hummingbird and points it to me. I have never seen one before, and got quite excited and worked up. The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong. But let's say this situation arises again, what should I do to ensure at least optimal results. I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

I've had mine over a year, no probs, love it too.

love my  Wimberley II
no maintenance/servicing in 5 years

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:31:04 PM »
I was just posting about this on another thread.  I was in the upper, very crowded with lots of iPads, etc.

Bring an excellent tripod and cable release, and be good with long exposures.  Also, avoid aiming directly up at the light through the top of the slot- lots of glare and ghosts.  You may have to wait for a a chance to get the shot while traffic dies down, but worth the wait.  Horseshoe bend I went to late in the day, not near the golden hours and there was a bad glare, which plagues the scene at all other times.

One thing you may want to try is overland canyon tours with Charlie who only takes three serious photographers on a private tour of Canyon X.  He can take you to The Fins, and horseshoe bend etc.  Canyon X isn't as great as the Antelopes, but he will take you there too.

Here are some of my pics.  Note the glare and ghosts at Horseshoe late in the day- unavoidable due to orientation of the river vs. sun.  This was shot with 14 mm Samyang- and you will need at least this wide and preferably wider on full frame.


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