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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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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


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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:17:22 PM »

Hope is nice.  Holding your breath would be a bad idea.

In what way is your 5DII falling short for you? For me, it was the AF. The 5DIII would have been a solution, but I got the 1D X.  I didn't have issues with the sensor-based IQ of the 5DII.

+1...AF system is my #1 reason jumping from II to III.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:16:23 PM »
What do you shoot, and exactly are you looking to improve in terms of camera results?


Kind of hoping for a new chip that competes with the Sony/Nikon overall quality.  Wait or purchase a 5D MIII? Talk here is that Canon will not give us a new camera in 2014.  If true, the question is wait til 2015 sometime, or buy a MIII. Have Mark II, access to several Mark III, at work, but need a personal camera update.

I am a working Pro and have personal experience with all Canon chips and several Nikon chips.  So, please, no discussion over C versus N.  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: bad senzor on 5D mark III
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:37:12 PM »
Maybe I misunderstood, but I though that the native ISO for this sensor was multiples of 80?  Even still, that is the way I have been trying to set my ISO's with my 5DIII, and with excellent results (at least with regard to iq, and in particular, never seeing this phenomenon).  If I am wrong in this assumption, please someone correct me.

The camera is still under warranty, why not send it in and let Canon worry about it?


Just a wild guess, but it could be your ISO setting.  ISO 160 (and the other 1/3 stop ISOs) all push or pull the dynamic range and could be the cause.  You definitely have a lot of haze in the photos, too, so it's hard to tell exactly what's happening, but try shooting at ISO 100, 200, 400, etc. to see if that makes any difference.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:42:26 AM »
+1 to that

I'm definitely hoping that it gets replaced with a 400mm f4 IS lens at an affordable price.

I realise that both the 400mm f2.8 and 500mm f4 are really expensive, but the 300mm f4 is under £1000, so shurely a 400mm f4 could be made that isn't that expensive.

A 400mm f/4 will be about the same size and weight as a 300mm f/2.8, unless it is a DO version, which is already available at an even higher price than the £5000 300mm f/2.8. So, I don't think a 400mm f/4 will be cheap.

If Canon is going to make something the size of 400mm f/4, my dream would be a super sharp f/5.6 500mm as a lightweight supertele  that could combined with 1.4xTC.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
Shorten it, lighten it, and you can bet at introduction it will likely be closer to $2,800.00 USD.


I need a new 100-400 Mk2 and a 400 f/5.6 with IS comparison war to rage for many many moons like a hole in the head.

I'll never make a decision on a 400 with MORE options ;)
I'm sure the new price tag might help, if recent increases (24-70, etc.) are anything to go by.  If they really add IS and upgrade the optics, it will probably go for over $2k.

I gave up on the white card thing.  For me, the nature of "Golden Hour" light changes so much and so quickly, that messing with the white card and setting the custom wb could cause me to loose a shot that may only present itself for a moment. 

In pp, I will adjust the image to be what I want anyway, so I don't bother.  I shoot raw.

If I was shooting in a studio or say industrial where absolute color match counts, I would use my Lastolite WB.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:49:37 PM »
What the heck?

Try uglyhedghog.com, and you may find that more to your sensibilities.

If you were my son, I would put you in time out for your tantrum.  And this thing in Syria, is that what this is about?

Best wishes in 2014, but please don't expect anyone to beg you to stay or go.


Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:41:57 PM »
This site makes me feel smugly adequate in my own photography work!

I'm not a pro photog and I'm an @ss when it comes to negociating.

For all it worth, my stance on that whole stuff would be to direct them to a craiglist 150$ soccer mum with a SL1 on auto. Once enough poeple cry over crappy pictures or find themselves on http://youarenotaphotographer.com/ the market will settle.

That or get them to read Stiglitz's work on asymetric market markets. The former might be easier.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mk III, the honeymoon is over
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:31:15 PM »
I agree with everyone.  I would add that upS right now is not up to snuff unless they straightend thing out over the weekend.

Send it off, get it insured.  If you can get CPS and it is a good deal for you, do that.

I have sent things to Canon in Irvine, and they do a good job.  Turnaround isn't bad either.
Keep us up to date.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »
I think this is a hawk (I'm not a birder so id help is appreciated).

Here is the back story.  I was looking for some wildlife to shoot today.  It is very cold here in TX, and not much here to begin with.  Anyway, there is an area with some wetlands, so I decided to give it a try.  Driving along, I saw something that didn't look like it belonged in the barren tree- sort of like trash? It was about 100 yards away, so I pulled out the camera with 300 mm and there was the bird.  I sure could have used more reach to put more of the bird on less pixels, but with a lot of crop, and some sharpening, not bad.  I was pleasantly surprised, because when I checked the image in the camera, it looked so bad I almost deleted it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
A Quick heron shot.

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