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Lenses / Re: New To canon
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:43:38 PM »
Welcome FROM the dark side.

The 24-70 2.8 II is one of the best lenses you will find in this range.    The 24-105 is also an very nice L lens with more reach, but doesn't have the same iq- still a great lens for what you want.  Now is a good time to look for sales on bodies and lenses.

Regarding Flashes, the 600-EX-RT is top of the line and is wireless as slave and master in wireless and optical.  If you are interested in off camera flash you can buy two of these, or one of these and the transmitter ST-E3-R3 which work great together.  Alternatively, I believe you can also use the 600-Ex-RT as a master and a 430 EXII as an optical slave.

If you just need worthy, less than top of the line flashes, the rest of the flashes 430 EXII and lower are fine.

You don't need a transmitter or second flash unless you have off camera or specific needs for them

I tried a Pixel grip for mine, but had no luck. 

Welcome to our side.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rube Takes a Portrait
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:07:46 AM »

Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:43:27 PM »
What is FCP &?

Mine is downloading now=

I have been sitting this thread out, until now.

I took my ~ 2 year old MBA 13" on a road trip.  I found that it was fine speed wise for LR5, great size and weight wise to carry, BUT- not enough screen real estate to work with.  I also recommend that the retina screen is a must.  Next time out, I'm taking my 15" MBP to try.  My 2 C.


Abstract / Re: Puddles
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:54:40 PM »
Very nice.

I wonder how many people walked by it/in it and never even noticed it?

Great shot.


Site Information / Re: new look for CR
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:39:40 PM »
Looks good so far.  I will like it.

Maybe I missed it, but why the change?


Lenses / Re: Sale
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:12:48 PM »
And sadly, the EF 300 f/2.8L IS IIUSM is still $7299.00 :(.

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:46:53 PM »
Hey Paul

Sorry to hear you are so low.  We ALL go through it, life is tough.  I'm thinking your art and your relationship are intermingled here, and only you can know how they interplay.

Perhaps you are just burned out of your current genre?  You are not getting support from your so, and it is hard to enjoy anything with huffing and puffing going on.

I think you need to assess the relationship, and get it in order, and make it better, if that is what you choose, or do something else, and make yourself better- again, for you to choose.

For others, it is a canoe.  Photography is my canoe.  My brick wall is that I had a life changing experience on safari, but if I can ever go back, it won't be for a loooong time.  Not much wildlife here.  I have found challenge and reward (and hopefully improvement) by choosing other subjects to shoot, while also giving me a reason to explore.

This weekend, I went to an air show.  I know, nothing novel, but, simple, inexpensive, close to home, had a good time, and met some nice Canon people and made some new friends.  Next month, I'll explore the west over Thanksgiving- never been there, and I won't be the first one to shoot any of it, but whatever.  I am not sitting at home being miserable.  I tried that before, and I found that it is much more fun to have fun.

I think that joining a camera group sounds like a great idea and I am going to look into it myself.

I hope you feel better soon.   I think when you address whatever it is blocking you the faster you will rejoin the (Canon) world.

Hang in there.


Nice shots guys, really nice.


Nice shots!

Red tails around here are ubiquitous and bold.  This juvenile stopped by for dinner on our fence post.

EOS 1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 200mm, 1/60 s, f/2.8, ISO 125

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:22:41 PM »
I can't help you.  I have already started to save for one.  Untreated red ring acquisition syndrome leads to necrosis of the right index finger, AKE, the trigger finger.  Just think about that before you deny yourself.

You can make more time, you can't make another trigger finger.


Sorry, I can't even start to talk you out of it. It is a simply awesome lens at 300mm and f2.8. With the 1.4xTC III it is the second best 400mm available (well, 420mm f/4), very fast focussing and very, very sharp. With the 2xTC III, its IQ is still excellent and it is has snappy focussing on the 5DIII, but slower on the 7D. It is a superb lightweight 600mm. I don't have any bad photos from it attributable to the lens, only me. 

Go forth and buy it! And you too Neuro.

What are your thoughts on shooting surfers with 5D III + 300mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III or 1.4x TC III? You think the AF will be fast enough?


I have done a lot of surf shooting with the MkI 300 2.8IS and MkII 2xTC, so a slower AF combo, surfing is an easy AF task, heck I used to shoot it with manual focus FD 300 and 2xTC! You will have no issues, particularly if the sun is out and you have good contrast, very early and very late in the day it can be a little slower.

The newer combo is easily up to the task.

Here is a very strongly back light difficult surf AF situation, even the earlier combo, the 300 f2.8 IS and 2xTC MkII easily tracks focus.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:01:17 AM »

Actually i'm planning to buy one of these, but I don't know what's the difference between canon 300mm f/2.8 ls ll and canon 400mm f/2,8 is ll ? except the cost.

400mm-300mm=100mm .......Another glaring indictment of our education system...

Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:53:49 AM »
They are rude, and inconsiderate of your time.  They should compensate you, but good luck with that.  Next time, get a non-refundable retainer.  That way, they can be rude, and you can take your hurt feelings all the way to that strip club you mentioned.


So I get contacted earlier in the week to photograph a flag racing event.  I don't have anything planned so I say yes.  Saturday... check, time... check... they'll send me the details later about where.  The event is weather dependent so I'm not writing IOU's at the strip club and they said they would know by Friday if they were going to cancel for weather.

The email doesn't come... I contact the secretary of the organization and she says, "It will come this afternoon."  It didn't.  I'm still doing my homework... google (learning where the event is and the types of events that are going to be held)... facebook (making sure this is a real organization and not a robbery)... Flickr (getting an idea of what images and what angles are compelling). 

So today I touch base and I'm told they are deliberating on postponing, cancelling, or having the event at another venue.  I request, "Keep me in the loop." 

11:30p.m. as I write and I still haven't received word.  I know it has been cancelled... they indicated so on their Facebook page... but am out really out of line expecting a call, text, email, etc. indicating that it was cancelled? 

So does this happen to anyone else?  Is it the customers who don't want to break bad news?  I'm not that annoyed... I now have a weekend day free to do whatever I want... but I still can't help but be annoyed.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:01:32 AM »
You make sense, and I agree with you completely, but I must say, I enjoy the prose of Pekka (punctuation/spelling not withstanding ;)  ).   
In what way?
Nikon  can deal with Sony, Toshiba, Renesas,Aptina ,Omnivision .  Canon are alone
Your faith in Canon is touching.

It is with tears in my eyes  when I now  can read here at CR that people have  been discovered whats going on with Canons  sensors tech even here, we who are using many cameras allready know it.
qoute:The megapixel debate? As I’ve said previously, I used to not care about megapixel count until I used the Nikon D800, the files are remarkable and I’m more than happy to have the extra pixels. Canon is not only behind Nikon in this regard, they’re now getting trumped by the 36.4mp A7R.

Pekka with many good L lenses and where a 1dx is no solutions with low resolution, old DR tech.
That camera is aimed for sport photograpers which Im not

My apologies, I don't think unsolicited touching is good practice!

"Faith" is a strong word, they're just tools, I've owned or hired tools made by many companies, Canon, Hasselblad, Red, Arri, Sony so on...

I've never found Nikon on that list yet though. If I were hiring a body for a high MP shoot I'd probably go medium format, if it were action or non-studio I'd stick to the Canon bodies I know, and I know those Canon menus because they were smart enough to get me into their photo bodies via video and still combined.

It's a great customer acquisition strategy, and it's a winning one. Hence them eating Sony's old camcorder market almost completely.

Nikon have no video division and no established pedigree in any such area, so they'll doubtless try to grab those angry about video by emphasising stills... but long term I don't think it's wise to ignore the few extra firmware tweaks required to add great video.

I have absolutely no vested interest in either company, I don't work for any of them and I'll use whatever is good!

But experience tells us, Canon will have their 30-odd MP body before too long, and it'll all continue.

The point of my post is simple: video is a long-term strategy for Canon, and one that's seen them take over the corporate video sector with C300, raising the profile of their hybrid imaging at the same time.

Nikon have made no such advances. Their sensor is Sony. Their own SLR mount can't take as much glass as EF or mirror-less. The video is not as well implemented. 3rd party hacks aren't available. Because of all of this, when it came to D800 or 5D MKiii I chose the latter. Not because of "faith" but because it's the most balanced product.

If you don't use video, fair enough, but business matters. If Nikon don't keep up, they'll be eaten up. The sales speak for themselves. Here's one example:


Without significant innovation, their very long-term prospect (10-15 year) appears to be: get bought by someone else. Maybe Sony?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:45:24 PM »
I agree, but at least with the VHS/Beta, I think the real issue was marketing over quality, so there are issues in play that cause these ironic outcomes.

...Canon's real goal is to sell cameras, and to sell more cameras than the competition.  Despite being 'behind' in sensor performance compared to Exmor sensors for the past several APS-C dSLR generations, Canon continues to outsell Nikon (and Sony remains a niche player).  What lesson can Canon learn from this?  That the performance of Canon's internally-produced sensors is good enough to support market leading sales.  As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

This is something gearheads never understand. "Best" almost never wins in the marketplace. "Good enough" almost always wins. The iPhone isn't the best smartphone, but it's good enough. Windows wasn't the best operating system, but it was good enough. VHS wasn't the best video technology, but it was good enough. The gasoline-powered internal combustion engine wasn't the best engine, but it was good enough. The list goes on and on.

Heck, Canon was never the "best." When I bought my Canon F1 in the 1970s, it wasn't the best camera system. Among SLRs Nikon was considered the best and among 35mm cameras generally, Leica was the best. But, through shrewd marketing and perseverance, Canon overcame it's competitors and became the market leader.  Superiority for the sake of superiority has never been Canon's objective. They grew to market dominance by providing a "good enough" system that balances cost and quality. Don't expect them to abandon that winning strategy just because gear geeks are upset about an irrelevant, marginal difference in lab tests.

Software & Accessories / Re: Opteka Gimbal Head Review
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:10:52 PM »
If you need an instruction video, Wimberley (http://www.tripodheadinfo.com/wimberley-head-ii/video-balancing-the-wimberley-head/)  has one on their site that is about 3 minutes long and is very good. 

At first I was reluctant to buy a gimbal head as it looked a bit complex.  However, after a few minutes, I loved that the camera/lens did not drift and moved effortlessly.  I sound like an advertisement, but the Wimberely manufacturing is excellent, and everything is smooth.  For Short lenses, the perpendicular plate is useful, but you can't rotate the camera to vertical.  Neuro likes another high end brand because it breaks down flat for travel, but he can expound on that.  I also got lens coat protection for the head, as I take it in the field and don't want it scratched up.


I just opened the box, this head is everything that the Opteka was not, nice finish, tightly machined parts that fit and operate smoothly.  Its Aluminum and light, but obviously very strong.  It was packed in foam (Not Styrofoam), so it could withstand a lot of mishandling in shipping, while the Opteka was in a bubble bag in its box and could bounce around in shipping.
I did not need to mount it to see the huge difference in build quality, but I'll be testing it.
The only weird thing is that the Arca Swiss clamp did not open wide enough to install the AS plate they supplied with it.  This was noted on a review I read, apparently, its a simple set screw adjustment to allow it to open further.  It is missing snap-in  covers for the adjustment screws, I'm wondering if they were left off for a reason.  It would look nicer if it had them, I'll try asking the dealer why it doesn't have them.
The head has a nice instruction sheet written in clear English telling how to setup your lens and balance it.  It also covers adjustment of the head components for tightness and to remove any play. (The Opteka had none)  The instructions makes reference to a Wimberly pate and head, so someone missed cleaning up the terminology, since it is obviously not remotely related to Wimberly.
Now, for the best part, it cost $99.95 and is shipped by Amazon Prime in the USA while the Opteka was $150.
I'll do a more complete review with images once I have used it a bit, and confirm my initial observations about the quality.

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