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Lenses / Re: Is it possible to correct a coating on a lens?
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:50:03 PM »
I don't believe that this minor defect will ever affect your images.  You will have to live with it.  I feel your pain.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:31:32 PM »
To LR 5 users, sorry if this was answered before, but is it worth the upgrade from LR4 (besides the better splash screen, mentioned in a prior thread)?

Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo GT2531 or 3531?
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:29:48 PM »
No experience with the tripods, but likely for weight/size restrictions, you likely won't be able to bring it to Africa.  Also, depending on your safari, you will likely be mostly in a vehicle, and they will likely supply a bean bag.  So, probably don't use this as a decision point.

Hope that helps.


Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:06:00 PM »
I'm ready for a great new lens.  I hope I don't have to sell the house to get it though.

Technical Support / Re: Need Help = " How to shoot this kind of Photo"
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:48:41 AM »
Experiment with shutter speed 1/400 should be a good starting point.  Place the subject between you and the sun (she is back lit).  I would advise setting the camera on the fastest exposure rate possible, and keep trying.  Check your exposures, and histograms.  Watch you f stops.  Shouldn't be that hard as she is fixed in one position.  Lighting will be important so choose the time of day later in the afternoon, with good sun.


EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:31:20 PM »
Pass the salt and fire extinguisher too.

Well, obviously the 5DIII has better AF than the D800 because the 5DIII sells much better than the D800.

Would you like artificial butter flavoring with that popcorn?  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D release date question
« on: August 26, 2013, 01:15:50 AM »
I Vote 7D2.  But wait, what if I have different needs/expectations than you?  Oh well, I guess you have to make up your own mind.

Wait an extra month or a camera that you can own versus perhaps 6 months for an unknown future product.    Unless you really want the features you expect on the future 7DM2, I would buy now.

Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 26, 2013, 01:05:50 AM »
The 70-200 2.8 II is is awesome.  Of course it is big, heavy, and white (attention grabber, if that matters).  It takes wonderfully crisp photos, have one, love it.  I had the 17-40, didn't like it- gave it away free to a friend.
On the closer in range, I love the 24-70 2.8 II It has been putting out the sharpest pics of all of my lenses lately.  It is small, black, easy to carry, and is great.  You obviously don't get reach, but wow, what an image.

I also have the 24-105 with is, and this also has been a wonderful lens for me.  It is slower at f4, but has is.  I have read that a lot of people complain of bad copies, but I guess I got lucky.

You only mentioned zooms, so that is all I will comment on.  One thing to consider is that the 70-200 works very nicely with a tc for increased reach!

Neuro swears by his 70-300L with variable f stop.  Lighter than the 70-200 2.8 and has excellent iq and better range.  Of course you may want to look into some older lenses like the 400 f5.6 or the 300 f4 is, as cheaper prime alternatives.

Don't forget to consider refurbs from Canon too


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I have a Canon 7D and my wife has a 600D. We have on both the EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lenses and find these pretty satisfactory general walk around lens (with the obvious compromise for the large focal length range).

I have been thinking of late of getting our first "L" lens. As enthusiast rather than professional photographers without a endless budget and the price of these lenses, we really don't want to waste money getting the wrong lens.

Our interests in photography are (not in any particular order):
1. Landscape and travel
2. Nature, animal, birds (not macro)
3. People (not portrait)

With this in mind I recently hired a EF 17-40mm f4.0L USM (as a potential landscape lens) but was underwhelmed when I compared it side-by-side with our 18-200mm using equivalent focal lengths and exposures. I was expecting this L lens (Canon's cheapest and most popular, so I read) to stand head and shoulders above the 18-200mm in image quality, color saturation, brightness, etc. But my (admittedly) amateur eye could not see the difference.

So my thinking now is towards the opposite (focal length) end and I am thinking of a telephoto zoom. I like the focal length available on 100-400mm L lens but as the rumors are that this is likely to be updated soon, I don't want to buy old technology for my first L lens. I also hear good reports about the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens but the maximum focal length is a bit shy of what I would/might want for a serious nature lens.

Any thoughts, experiences and/or advice are welcome and sought.           

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:55:29 AM »
I would love a 500mm f 2.8 is that performs as well as or better than the Canon V2 f4L, is smaller, weighs a lot less, and costs <= say 4K.

I would also love a winning lotto ticket.

We will see what Sigma brings, it is for sure great news.  I may just start saving now.  I agree with another poster that a zoom of say 200 or 300 to about 500 or so with a f 2.8 (fixed aperture) would be awesome.

Lenses / Re: Recommended lenses for travel to Central America
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:48:15 PM »
    On a side note, I have been looking into Central and South America a lot lately.  I have heard, though travel agencies, etc., don't really advertise it, that Belize has a lot of crime.  A friend of mine just got back last week and I spoke with her yesterday and she confirmed that.  A good point and shoot may be a great idea, plus you will spend more time with your bride than behind the camera, and this is a good thing.


My future wife and I will be taking our honeymoon in Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala).  We will be spending most of the time on a tour.

We will have backpacks for our gear, so can't travel too heavy.

Balancing considerations of weight and practicality, what lenses do you think I should take?

I currently have a 5D III which will be coming.

I am also thinking
  • 16-35L (yet to be purchased
  • 35L
  • 24-105L

I have the 24-70L II which I am considering taking in place of the 24-105L.  The image quality is just so much better. I don't think that I will miss the long end. As always, IS would be great but I find my photos from the 24-70L to be so much better than those from the 24-105L.

I have a 70-300L but don't think it will be needed. I'm not into birds at all, much more landscape, culture and people.

I also own a 24L, 85 f/1.8 and 135L but don't think that it's worth the weight to take these.

I have a 600D that I will probably take as a backup body in case I get robbed at any point.

Thoughts? Thanks :)

Lenses / Re: Recommended lenses for travel to Central America
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:45:32 PM »
If you want to minimize the weight, 24-70 and 70-300 on two bodies, flash, extra batts, and memory cards.

I am not sure what else to advise you on regarding your other lenses, but these will handle most things except maybe birds.


I'd take a P&S like a G15 or a 1G X.  Having to lockup your gear or take it with you to every place you go on a honeymoon seems to me to be a bad idea. 
Enjoy your honeymoon, and take a low end camera so you don't have to worry about theft.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:40:46 PM »

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:21:30 AM »
Girl kissing horse, very nice emotion!

Nice pics.

Youngest Niece on her Arab - Ben Najif

Sisters Arab

Great Niece - Lead Rein

She loves her horse

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:06:47 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:05:21 AM »
Bee Eater

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