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Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:16:29 PM »
I experienced this too.  You never know.  It is like the lions (hyenas, not so much Jackals), and even sometimes cheetah s seem to not even notice a vehicle or anyone in it. I think it is important for that reason to have two bodies with long and short lenses.  Sorry, a bit off topic.

In the Ngorongoro Crater, the lions came close enough for a 16-35mm to work fine.
Thanks for the laugh.

The Farside clip was cute, but they really did come quite close to the Land Rovers...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:07:46 PM »
This could be very exciting.

Hoping for great iq.


Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:34:48 PM »
It runs abour $360 usd plus shipping, and waiting.

It looks like an 82mm B+W XS-PRO filter runs just shy of $120.  With the original filter in pieces, a replacement would be needed, so I'm wondering...

How would the cost of replacing a front element compare to buying two of these 82mm filters?  (Anyone know what a front element would cost?)  Is it a wash?

Considering it a bit further...if the lens needs service for bent filter threads and/or misaligned groups (to put it back in perfect working order), what would that cost, and how would (case A) the cost of two filters plus service compare to (case B) service that included the replacement of the front element?

To date, I am happy to say I have no experience with such things.  (Dropped filters, hoods, and caps are another story altogether....)

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:11:53 PM »
I would be interested if you could post them. I know they won't be high resolution, but it would be interesting to see just the same.


That would all be well and good if you achieved close to those 36MP in actual use. But Nikon, and forget Sony, don't come close.
I believe Canon know this, this is the reason they have so far "settled" on 18mp for APS cameras and mid 20's for ff cameras, they are smart and know the next level advances are not in the mp numbers, the advantages as demonstrated by the D800/E are just not there yet.

I certainly respect your views on photography in general but you seem to not own a D800E or perhaps you don't have the 14-24.  I do and I have shot comparision shots using the Canon 5DIII and the Canon 16-35mm lens where the Canon was mounted on a bar right along side of the Nikon D800E (I've also duplicated this test using the D800).  This was a landscape shot across a small bay where I was able to resolve individual small tree and branches with the D800E that was clean and sharp.  The Canon showed them but soft for my taste.  These were printed 3' by 2' on a Canon 6400 IPF printer for side by side comparisons. 

Right now I am not shooting Canon because the D800 has more DR by far and better resolution than I can get shooting Canon.  I will again begin buying more Canon equipment when Canon releases AND delivers a high MP camera.  I miss many of my Canon lenses but I'm finding Nikor lenses have some advantages in certain cases.  I look forward to using my Canon Tilt Shift Lenses but not until Canon passes my test against the D800E in this real world shooting lab.  I realize my landscape shooting is not what everyone does nor do they make their own large prints.

Maybe Canon will release and deliver a high MP camera.  I will buy it as long as Nikon does not make any further advances in technology.  I assume that Nikon will not go back and make smaller MP cameras but if they do, I should always have the D800 and D800e and I really don't seem to need more (at the current time).  Time will tell.

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:27:41 PM »
Be sure to calibrate your lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:31:38 AM »
Another way to look at this is the old chicken and egg debate.  On the one hand, we have the Nikonians bragging about their high rez camera fro sometime, and some canonistas complaining that we can't get one to beat the resolution, along with higher DR and great high and low ISO.  If Canon were sensitive to that line of reason, they may release sooner than later the high res camera, with lenses to follow, or concurrently.

Personally, I would be interested in a modest increase in MP (say 36 so so, maybe less), in a 5 D body, 1DX focus and light handling, 7 fps, dual CF cards, ~4K.  And a winning lottery ticket. 

Hope that the high res body is not a 1D style and price.  That could place the camera close to $10K, rather see a 5D style and price closer to $4,000

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:30:54 PM »
I agree and disagree with all.

Lighten your load.  But, since you don't want to change lenses, AND, in a group, you may have to be ready to shoot fast, take two cameras with your two favorite lenses.  That way, you are ready for anything.  The filters are a great idea.

I will be headed on a similar trip over Thanksgiving, so I will be interested in your insights.

Have fun


Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:26:50 PM »
Very nice Dustin.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:20:50 PM »
I have the Samyang version.  I decided on this vs. a Canon uwa because I don't think I will be using it all that often, but then again, I want excellent iq.  My version doesn't disappoint.  However, one needs to practice on the focus, as things are really small at this focal length (dof preview helps, along with live view).  If on the other hand, I needed the lens as a workhorse and planned to use it all the time, I would consider a Canon branded lens with AF and ability to communicate with the camera.


Looks really impressive and thinking of pulling the trigger. But with so many different names its hard to figure out which is which. Here in the UK its branded under Rokinon but in other samyang etc. Read a few other reviews which claim the lens isn't really much of a performer.


But on thedigitalpicture the lens comparison to the 16-35mm is that it is a tad softer.


I know were talking huge price difference but you also get autofocus and the the fact the canon is also a zoom. For the amount I would use a wide angle I think I would rather spend the extra and get the canon branded zoom… Any thoughts?

I was out the other night and only having 24mm is very limiting and vertical panoramas the only answer.

Not bad for the 24-105mm tho.

Hallin Fell, Ullswater Cumbria, starscape by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Been itching for a FF wide angle for ages after selling my 10-22mm but just can't decide. Always wanted the 16-35mm but have been put off by internet claims. A cheap lens with good IQ is a no brainer but I think I would use an AF lens more and the zoom is more versatile.

Black & White / Re: vertigo
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:55:48 PM »
an Escher print?


Lenses / Re: The 24-105 and/or the 24-70 II ...
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:52:46 PM »
I like the 24-70 II better for the below reasons.  However, if you have a second body, and you don't need the money, it is nice to have the extra reach.  Both are very nice walk around lenses.  On the other hand, if you don't have a second body, and you can zoom with your feet, the 24-70 II will soon make you forget the 24-105.  So tough to have to choose between two great lenses.


I've had the 24-105 for about a year and a half now. It came as the kit lens for my 5D Mk III. My copy is a very good one, tack sharp and quite fast, as far as I seem to notice. 3 months ago I bought the 24-70 II. It is an outstanding lens, as far as AF response and sharpness are concerned. I think it's better than the 24-105. That being said, is it possible that the 24-105 can still be useful? If I keep it, and don't sell it, to what uses, if any, can the 24-105 be put? Is there anything that I can do with the 24-105 that I can't do with the 24-70 II?!

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:48:34 PM »
Very nice Surapon!

Is that an opium producing poppy?

Did you use a tripod?

Dear Friends.
Yes, These Photos are By EF 100 MM L IS  MACRO, and EF 180 MM. F/ 3.5 L Macro.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Please let me introduce myself...
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:44:50 PM »

I know what you mean about trolls.

Look forward to your contributions.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic range Nikon/Sony vs Canon
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:37:41 AM »
Very well put.

The other site called him a troll.  May be.  He seems to be OCD with a need to pursue his mission and the world to see him as the expert.  But then what?  Everyone sell our gear and get what he recommends?  Something very wrong with him.  Who would bother to get kicked off a site twice, and then carry the rant on at another site, where they are tiring of him?  Very maladaptive behavior.


Many of these trolls unfortunately suffer from Aspergers.

"Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder. People with AS don’t have cognitive or language deficits. (If they do, they’re diagnosed with autism.) But they do have a difficult time interacting, communicating and connecting with others. They’re unable to pick up on social cues."

I have come across another forum baiter with similar characteristics: the constant need to push his opinion; obsessiveness; goad others; and sign himself as belonging to some official organization that he thinks somehow adds credence to him.

Lenses / Large lens carriage experiences
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:14:00 PM »
Many of the CR posters have large, heavy, lenses (and several full sized bodies too!), and take them on distant trips.  I have a number of lenses and cameras, with the heaviest being my 70-200 2.8 II.  I am going to acquire a 300 2.8 in a few months.

This got me to thinking about carting this gear around, as I go on several long distance trips a year, and always take my gear.  So, to all of you with large lenses, etc., I was hoping that you would share your travel stories about traveling with these beasts?  Any nagging issues or insights to share?  Any tips or pointers?  Any funny or tragic stories to share?  For those of us about to join the very long heavy expensive lens club, what the heck are we about to get in to?  How will this hamper our travel?  Thank you all in advance for your sage advice and experiences.


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