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Hey Reinzphotoz

Most excellent idea!

Like Harley people (sort of) I feel like "born to shoot, and shoot to live".  I also feel that way about travel and exploring the world whenever time and money will allow.  I post quite a bit, but I don't want to keep being a pest about asking people about great places.

In the past I did get great suggestions about The Grand Canyon, and slot canyons in Arizona.  Currently I am in Ecuador.

I bet there are a lot of us out there who would love to be able to easily share stories and secret spots.  Great, great idea.  Thanks for coming up with it.

Scot

Hello CR Members,

I see that many CR members travel quite a bit for vacations/holidays/business trips etc ... so it would be nice to share some useful information that many of us members can benefit, from a photographers perspective. Especially for hobbyists (like some of us), it would be nice to have some handy info that we can refer to when we go on a holiday/vacation to a particular destination. I know there is "Regional" section, but I see that it does not specifically cater to holidays and Africa is also missing ... so maybe the Admin/Mods can make Holiday Ideas (or another title that is more appropriate) a sticky and it can be further divided into different continents etc. What do you think?

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Video & Movie / Re: Just WOW
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:58:22 PM »
Ouch!  (and I'm a plastic surgeon).

Better hope potential bride/customers don't google you and come up with this.

sek

Please hide this video of all the ugly women in the world. ??? Have you ever wondered all fat and old brides , with wrinkles and mottled skin , requiring the video of your wedding with this "miracle software " processing video in real time. :o If such software existed, the use license would cost millions of dollars per year. :-X A computer to run this software would have imagined at least:
128 gigabyte of RAM DDR6 (quad chanel) FSB 2333 .
4 different processors (OCTO CORE each) CLOKC with 9.3 GHz .
2 grafic cards with 512 bit, 1024 treads, and 32 giga of dedicated grafics memory DDR7 each.

Hear all the ugly women: :-*
This software does not exist , and when there , will cost much more expensive than all plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments that money can buy. Do a favor for themselves : Prefer plastic surgery , with a video of this because you would not be recognized by their husbands , they would get a divorce immediately watch the video . :'(

I'm serious . Do not ask me to make these imaginary corrections to your videos , I command you put the video on ... :o :o :o :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: |RUMOR| EOS A1 Coming Feb 9th
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:29:00 AM »

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400L 5.6
« on: January 16, 2014, 02:07:04 AM »
I have used it.  It is a great lens- sharp, light, small, easy to carry.  No is as you point out.  Reach isn't great on a full frame 5D3 at 400mm (especially for small birds like hummers).  If however you keep the shutter speed higher than 400, say 800, or maybe a little less (perhaps you have great technique and a steady hand) you should have no problem. 

Take a look in the old forums section, this lens has recently had a lot of posts.  For some reason people either seem to love or hate it.  It is an old lens to be sure, but it still performs (great for me).

Scott

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:51:22 AM »
I would have to say that the iQ from the 5D3 is awesome, and the ISO performance is spectacular in low light and high ISO's, so the new crop sensor along with the body it ships in would have to be very interesting for me to consider giving up that quality, when I can just get a 1.4X tele-extender and more or less get the same reach, and do it for ~$425 USD with current sales going on now.

My two cents.

And what do others think of that take on it?

Scott

It's looking more and more like I am going to be investing my money in a 5D III.

I just wrote this (below) in another thread.
5D3 + Daniel is looking like a likely couple to me. :)

*****
Something just occurred to me now... How likely is it that a new 7D will have many advantages over the current 5D3?
Possible advantages I see (sure many debatable):
- Crop factor for birding, wildlife and sports
- Compatibility with EF-S lenses
- Built-in flash
- Higher burst rate and bigger buffer
- Price
Is that it? I am aware, from reading previous discussions here, that the crop factor is not a huge advantage (if at all), and compatibility with EF-S lenses is probably not relevant. The built-in flash may not even come with the new 7D anymore, and some people even dislike it. Burst rate, well, here I see a difference, but it is not important to me (I understand other folks may need it, though).
Anyway, when the 7D2 finally arrives costing US$ 2,000-2,200 body only (more? less?), how much will a 5D3 be costing? I have just found prices under 2,900 on canonpricewatch.com, and rythercamera.com has the 5D3 for 2,499 right now. Even Canon sells it refurbished for under 2,800.
What do you guys think? Will the 7D2 be worth buying when the price of the 5D3 drops even further? I am not so sure anymore.
Cheers
Daniel

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need wheels for my photo backpack
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:16:42 AM »
I Love my ThinkTank Airport Takeoff (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/airport-takeoff-roller-camera-bag.aspx)- Perfect for me-size, weight, fits in even small planes, holds two bodies with lots of lenses, flashes, and stuff.

Just got the Airport International Security 2.  It is larger, and heavier.  It feels much heavier/larger than it is, and holds tons of stuff.  Haven't taken it out yet.

Bags are of excellent construction-ballistic nylon, adjustable innards.  Not too many or too few compartments, and good protection of gear.  Tripods secured on the side so it has smaller profile to fit in overheads better, but less balanced for carrying.

Overall, what I love about the roller bags is that the gear is heavy, and once you get used to getting the load off your back, you learn to love pulling it.  The wheels just glide nicely.  Don't pull them in the dirt as that will soil the bearings.

One last thing, they have a compartment for at least a 15" lappy.

Very durable, I expect it to last longer than I do.

I only wish that the handle was spring loaded to pop out like Lowepro, which I think has a larger profile.

Scott


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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:52:04 PM »
Exactly (and I'm not a golfer)

So instead of trying to fix the AF issues, they come up with a ridiculous AFMA solution? At least for me, the AF accuracy and AFMA value depend heavily on the distance to the subject and even the lighting can affect results. Having 1 value for a lens does not fix much. Besides, a slicing golfer can surely aim off fairway at the tee, but that is a lame way to deal with the slice. A better solution is to fix the slice.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kirk PZ 148 plate for the 5d Mark III
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:35:27 PM »
Hi Raj

Your pic reminded me that there are a number of other small pocket tripods that would also do.

Here is a link.

http://www.manfrotto.us/pixi?cat_title=pixi

Hi Neuroanatomist

By the by - luv yr nickname. U a Doc by any chance??? .... 'cause I'm a surgeon by profession. Am posting a pic for the others. This assembly is absolutely perfect for me as my concern was laying the camera on a flat surface and the longest (in terms of length) lens I use in the street is my 16-35mm f/2.8....

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:01:05 PM »
Thank you Eml.

I love your work.

sek

Has anyone ever tried Lynda.com or some other subscription service?  I would say I am intermediate (with expensive taste in gear).  I want to improve my skills greatly.  I am very passionate about photography, but unfortunately, have to work so I just can't take off to a photography school or internship.  Therefore, I will have to educate myself and practice on my own time.

I have been working it hard, and studying books, web material, etc., and making progress, but really want to make advances.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Scott, I have been using Lynda.com for about 4 years now, initially I tried it for Photoshop help, then expanded my use to Apple Computing, Programming, Camera skills etc, it's an extremely useful site all in the one spot.

Some of the lessons etc are available through others free, adobe TV etc, but I pay the yearly subscription at Lynda and have enjoyed the use of the site, they update a lot of their lessons as new iterations of Apple, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, Light Room etc come out, so you pretty well always have something to help you into the newer system.

As I mentioned Adobe TV is good as well, and it's free.

Mat Klaskowsci has a free online set of tutorials for LR, easy to watch, unlike Kelby, I like the content on his online site, I just find the chap himself a little hard to take, but that's just personal preference.

Other than that, down here in Australia there are several Colleges that offer online mostly internship in the Arts, including Photography, if your based out of the US I'de say there would be a load more of these types of course approaches.

Good Luck with which ever way you decide to progress.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:59:33 PM »
Thank you Efka

I used to belong to Kelby, and totally forgot about them.  I will give them another look.  What was I (not) thinking.

Scott

I suggest kelbyone.com. I have bought a yearly subscription and I am very happy with the quality of courses.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:53:05 PM »
Thanks all.

Surapon, I can't commit to an organized class with fixed time due to my crazy schedule.  By the way, I love your posts.

Scott.

Has anyone ever tried Lynda.com or some other subscription service?  I would say I am intermediate (with expensive taste in gear).  I want to improve my skills greatly.  I am very passionate about photography, but unfortunately, have to work so I just can't take off to a photography school or internship.  Therefore, I will have to educate myself and practice on my own time.

I have been working it hard, and studying books, web material, etc., and making progress, but really want to make advances.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Dear scottkinfw.
Would you please go to County or City Public Technical College in your home city, And There are so many Non-Credit/ Cerificate, Photography Classes ( Night Time), Where I go in every semester--In my Home County---13 Weeks, 3:00HR. per Night, And At the End, I get the New Knowledge and Certificate too = $ 65 to 90 US Dollars---Yes, I live in Small town " APEX " , Wake County, North Carolina.
Yes, The Class start from The Beginner, Intermedieat, and For the PRO Level, Both Shooting and Studio Light.
Well, On-Line class is great for the Good Brain, BUT for me, Old and SLOW, I prefer sit in the Class, talk to the Teacher and Shoot with the Teacher and Classmate on field trip..
Good Luck
Surapon

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Photography Technique / Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:44:57 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Lynda.com or some other subscription service?  I would say I am intermediate (with expensive taste in gear).  I want to improve my skills greatly.  I am very passionate about photography, but unfortunately, have to work so I just can't take off to a photography school or internship.  Therefore, I will have to educate myself and practice on my own time.

I have been working it hard, and studying books, web material, etc., and making progress, but really want to make advances.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:23:01 PM »
You seem to be leaning toward lenses, however, full frame will give you a huge boost in your image quality.  Night and day.  I use 5D2 in the office, and 5D3 out and about.  I too prefer wildlife, and the 3 is superior for focusing vs. the 2 (no big revelation).  I can't speak to any other ff's.

Since you sound like all but the most wealthy of us, keep saving and see what this year will bring.  Supposedly this is the year of the lens, but with some of the Nikon offerings, a new high end Canon may be offered, and perhaps this will drive down prices on other bodies, maybe not.  One thing for sure, the 5D3 has seen some good price reductions lately.

Sott

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:13:27 AM »
Dick,

I think that your statement is a bit over-reaching.  Better don some asbestos.  I always want more/better for less, but I can't agree with your statement.

I am sure others will put it more strongly.

Scott

Canon's sensors are embarrassing compared to Sony's. I can't think of one thing that is better if you get a Canon sensor. Why not get the A7R? I might sell my 5D3 to buy something like that. I guess focusing speed and fps are the main advantages of 5D3/1DX in this comparison. Maybe they focus better in the kind of events you mentioned.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BushHawk shoulder mount
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:28:10 PM »
What is BID?

Scott

Long time follower ... first time poster.

There is nothing like a Blackhawk shoulder mount, and nothing works as well for BID.

After trying to build my own out of gunstocks or brackets, I finally gave up.   Gunstocks do not have enough "pitch" to enable you to see through the viewfinder.   Most brackets and stocks are simply not adjustable enough to enable your eye to comfortably use the viewfinder.

I use my Blackhawk for more than just birds.  It's been on several African safaris.   On safari game drives there simply is not adequate room for tripods, or even monopods in some cases.   I've never been on a game drive where I couldn't use my Blackhawk.    The Blackhawk is simply outstanding for capturing live action like a lion or cheetah chase.

Yes, the Blackhawk is expensive, but you get what you pay for.   The material is extremely light weight, but incredibly durable  (some like Kevlar).   The frame is very rigid and will support any major telephoto and camera.  I use mine for my 5D III and 500 f4 lens, often with 1.4X extender.   It should easily support a 600mm prime and 1DX if your arms are strong enough to handhold such a rig.

I bought the trigger shutter release.   It is very unique piece of cable that hooks a trigger button in the handle to the remote shutter on the camera.   While not quite as sensitive as the shutter button on the camera, I found it very possible to "half press" the Blackhawk trigger to engage camera AI Servo without firing the shutter.

Unfortunately, my Blackhawk cable was damaged in transit on one African trip.   But what I found is that you can use the Blackhawk more on the center of your chest (rather than pure shoulder mount) to get an even better alignment for you eye in the camera eyepiece.    When held this way, you still get a stable two hand platform, but you can use your right finger on the camera shutter.

While there may be other harness arrangements possible.   Nothing beats the speed and flexibility of a Blackhawk for live action, especially BID.

If you are worried about it looking like a "gun ", the stock quickly pulls out, and when dissembled, it is very compact ... and no longer looks like any type of weapon.

While I found the response time to bit slow, the owner was very supportive in sending me a rubber cushion that was missing from my purchase.

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