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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.

Without jumping into the fray, you can't usually crop with your feet on safari.  There are few opportunities to get out of the vehicle, and when you do, you need to get permission.  When in camp, you need an armed guard!

I again strongly advise you to DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  Check with your safari company, and get them to connect you with prior customers who are into photography.  They will be a great resource to gauge optimal length needed.  Time of year/location, type of vehicles, number in party, weight restrictions, etc., all critical.  Gear costs $$ and that also factors in to the whole thing as well.

I've been twice to Tanzania: March, August-two way different experiences, and needed way different gear.

My advice (well worth what you will pay for it)- take two bodies to minimize lens changes in the field- one on the short side, and one with a long lens.  Get the best glass you can afford.  Practice using the gear in all conditions, including at night (you may go on a night drive which is way cool).  Get familiar with a bean bag.

The other thing about two bodies, if one dies, you won't get stuck missing out on the shot of a lifetime.

I know that this didn't answer your question, but hope it gives you something to think about. 

I have a 70-200 f4 is and the 2.8 II version.  I actually loved the f4 better- lighter, smaller, easier to tote (saves critical weight and space), and excellent images.  I wouldn't put a TC on it (my personal opinion, not advice on that), as I didn't need it.  On a crop body, it gives good range except when animals get right up to vehicle.

Enjoy, and keep us up to date so we can vicariously enjoy your safari.


I see this is your first post, so not sure if photography is a big hobby for you, or you are asking for your trip.

I would answer your question like this, it depends on what part of the world you are in. If I were going it would be a rare trip for me. I have looked in to a few safari and they would cost the wife and I in excess of $20k. It would probably be a life time trip for us as there are other similar trips we want to take to.

That said I would rent the 300mm f/2.8 II with both extenders. Since it is a one time trip that cost quit a bit, renting a nice lens is small in comparison. Plus photography is my passion.

If it isn't a life time trip, or if your just looking for a good lens I would go with the 100-400mm. I would prefer the better IQ at the long end.
I would also consider the 70-300mm L, it is more compact however you are not supposed to use an extender on it.

If you have not been on safari and you do not know what the practicalities are, you should not give advice. Sorry to be blunt, but you could spoil someone's safari. I have the 300mm f/2.8 II with both extenders and I certainly would not take that as my sole lens system. For much of the time you would not have the flexibility to take closer subjects. You MUST take a zoom on safari. Next time I go I will take my 100-400mm and the 300mm + 2xTC with two bodies. That set up would give me the flexibility of zoom, and a wide aperture f/2.8 for low light, and 600mm for birds and distant wild life. If I am restricted to one body and one zoom, it will be a toss up between my 100-400mm and my 70-200mm f/4 plus extenders. If I had the 70-200 f/2.8 + 2xTC, I would take that for use at dawn and dusk at f/2.8 and a lens not far off the 100-400mm with the extender.

I didn't claim to have gone, only that if going on a trip such as this I wouldn't skimp on the gear. For what it cost to go I think that is sound advice. You can take your arrogance elsewhere.

I have done the research through several outfitters. While you may have experience a certain type of safari it doesn't mean your have experience in all. The best source for information would be your guide. The guides I researched were geared for photographers and guided by photographers. They were partially by vehicle but portions of the trip were backpack and backcountry. The recommendations were for a lens like the 300mm with a second body and shorter zoom for the close up ad wide angle shots. Carry both with you at once, after all you are a photographer right?

Now I do not care if I am going to Africa or walking down the street to take pictures of rabbits at the park, there is no way I am using the 100-400mm over the 300mm f/2.8L just because the 100-400mm is a zoom. I will give up the few pictures I miss because they are to close, anything on the long end I can crop and get better results. I seldom take memories, the hobby for me is the photograph itself and the 300mm will do the job.

Never been but this is the list I would take. If this list spoils his safari then he isn't much of a photographer.
Three bodies, 5D III, 1D IV and the T4i for the wife. I would take 4 lenses the 300mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 35mm f/1.4 and 24mm f/1.4. I would take the wife and we would share this load. Monopod and a tripod as well, would tailor the tripod to the trip. Backpacks for both of us to share the load.

So my primary advice is don't skimp if photography is your passion. If you are collecting memories the 100-400mm is a fine lens for doing that and it will make almost all non-photographers happy no matter where you go. In fact it will make many photographers very happy.

Software & Accessories / Re: Weye Feye or CamRanger?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:11:00 AM »
Thanks Rienz

I've been thinking of the CamRanger for a while for a while too.  I haven't shot tethered using Canon EOS Utility either.  I did play with the latter tonight, and to my eye, it looks very similar to both products, only in a wired form.  Would that be a fair characterization?



Off topic a bit (sorry, don't mean to hijack the topic), but have a question about the CamRanger and now Weye Feye justification (for me anyways). Will hooking one up to an iPad (much larger and better iq) make focusing in live view significantly easier and more accurate?


I found hooking my CamRanger to an iPad gave me easier time of touching the correct buttons on the screen and obviously bigger image to live view image to look at (due to the large screen size) other than that, there isn't a big difference in the way it works on a iPad 3, iPad Mini or Galaxy Mega screen ... I also used it on my iPhone 4S but found the controls to be a little too small for my liking.

Software & Accessories / Re: Weye Feye or CamRanger?
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:25:44 PM »
Off topic a bit (sorry, don't mean to hijack the topic), but have a question about the CamRanger and now Weye Feye justification (for me anyways). Will hooking one up to an iPad (much larger and better iq) make focusing in live view significantly easier and more accurate?



Lenses / Re: 1 Good lens vs a few crap lens's?
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:56:41 AM »
Go for a quality lens.

You don't like to carry lenses so get one good one that will last you.  When you fall into some money, then think about some L's and maybe a new body- but later.


Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: October 13, 2013, 12:07:02 PM »
Really nice shot, difficult conditions!


So this happened today, under miserably unpredictable light which was barely possible with a 1Dx and a 70-200 f/2.8L; I'd have given my foot - well, someone's foot - for a 135 f/2. 


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Unsharp Pictures - Canon service
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:55:59 AM »
Congrats on your windfall, sorry about the way you acquired your booty however.

The best bet is to send body with lens together to Canon so they can calibrate both.  In order to get best pic, each lens must be calibrated to each body.  If you have to take AFMA to 20 and it is still soft, there is something wrong with the lens most likely, and that will need to be fixed.

You may call or email Canon for an estimate, and also, get current with CPS which will get you a discount for shipping and repairs.  Still, likely much cheaper than getting new gear.  Be sure to check out after repair, as they don't always get things spot on every time.

Best of luck.


Lenses / Re: Advice on dream African photo safari
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:48:50 PM »
I have been twice to Tanzania- Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire.

Before you make any choices, I would advise you to do a LOT of homework regarding the ecology.  Fore example, I went to the Serengeti last August which was very different from the year before in March!  The best viewing times in the Serengeti are in earlier in the year.

You don't want to go somewhere only to find that you just missed best viewing.  Also, check to find where the tourists aren't!  Look into different tour types-  If you can afford it, get a private tour with only yourself and one other serious photographer.  Stay out before sun up until sun down.  Some parks don't have restrictions, some do.  Some parks animals will be close up, and others, you need all the glass you can get!  I would have to bodies with two lenses with two different ranges to minimize the need to change out in dusty field conditions.

It may take a year or longer to get all arrangements made.  Also remember, check with airlines for weight and size limits so you don't have to leave gear at the gate.  Remember that you can load up a safari vest with heavy stuff.  Also, some parks don't like camo colored stuff as you may look like a poacher.

Once you nail down those variables, you can make good choices for you. 

I am jealous.  Have a great time, and don't forget you will need to check on vaccinations and malaria meds.


Canon General / Re: You know it is going to be a bad day when...
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:52:24 PM »
My bad day is similar.

You know it is a bad day when you hear a bang, and your 5DII and fav 24-70 2.8 II isn't on the tripod where you left it.  To make it worse, lens doesn't work the same after first repair, and neither come back from Canon in time for trip. What a sinking feeling.  Nothing says I messed up like that sound. 

By the way, anyone have this situation and get the lens repaired and work like new?  I am very concerned.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III.1 (Satire)
« on: October 09, 2013, 12:47:25 AM »
Very funny, and well done!

I would add to the wish list for the Mark III.1- I hope there is better dr and more mp.

Excellent video.

Let me say that I don't shoot video at all, and I don't shoot weddings.  I haven't been to one I think since my last and only one,23 years ago, so I thought I would check it out. 

I read the comments and mine are not as sophisticated.

Overall, I like how the video shows the timeline- obviously a long day compressed nicely into 7 min.
In the beginning going to the church, I wished the camera was in portrait, or zoomed out so the top of the church could be seen.
In the church, the couple talking was a bit hard to understand (granted I have hearing problems), so maybe you need to get a wireless mic for them
My favorite part was directly after the wedding of the couple outside.  Really captured the feeling with the looks in the eyes, the gentle kisses, the veil flowing etc.  I liked the part on the bridge.  Interestingly, I didn't know where you were going when you moved into the bride and groom and then through them, but it was really cool.
The only minor thing was that at times, it seemed that transitions were too frequent or too fast.
That is my uneducated criticism, of great work.  Hope it helps, not hurts.


Landscape / Re: Antelope Canyon, AZ Recommendations?
« on: October 05, 2013, 01:49:32 AM »
Hi all.

I am still on for Canyon X, in Page, AZ in November.  I have 2 days reserved. I also have a rental car and about 5 days to play with my camera gear.  Does anyone have any suggestions of places to go for great photo ops?

Great pics and info.



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