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Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:22:53 PM »
I tried an earlier version of the Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA and although the interface was a bit clunky, it worked flawlessly.  It contains a rechargeable batteries so that it works on its own or plugged in.  Does not require computer to work.  Just turn it on, plug in the card.  Looks like the new versions do wireless transfers as well (I didn't look into these however).

To save money and configure my way, I purchased the empty unit and a compatible hard drive elsewhere.  Easy assembly.  I used the device for a 12 day safari for thousands of raw photos and didn't fill up a 500 GB HDD.  Theoretically, you could bring a second HDD if the first one gets near full, and change it out.  This does not have RAID capability however.



Lighting / Re: Radio Triggering-- 600ex-rt + 430exii + ??????
« on: June 15, 2013, 02:06:51 AM »
My 2 cents:  on my 5DII, PW tt mini + AC3, paired with two 580EXII with tt5's- not all that reliable all the time.  I out up with it because I can futz with the exposure  until I get it right, rather than count on it being right shot after shot.  When I can't count on it at all, or when I fall into a ton of money, or when I just get sick of it I'll belly up and get a couple of 600EX- RT's and not look back.


What about Pocket Wizards with the AC3 zone controller vs. 600EXs with ST-E3-RT?  Wouldn't those give fairly similar functionality?  I have 3 x 430EX ii + 1 x 600EX-RT which I currently control with a Phottix Strato ii system, but there are times when I am using 2 or 3 lights and would like to make rapid changes from the camera position.  Applying a flex/mini + AC3 system would probably work out cheaper than moving to more 600's but I'm interested to hear people thinking that the Canon system is far superior.

I've found the Phottix Stratos to be very reliable but obviously they don't have the functionality of the higher models and I haven't used them out to 80 feet as the OP was requesting.

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:31:07 AM »
To make such such grandiose statements and to be better than judges, you must be truly great!  Given that you don't give critiques, you really don't need to make a public statement, you just need to not make critiques!  Humility is also a "learnt" skill as is generosity as was pointed out earlier...just saying....

Best to you.


Sorry but I don't critique photos on open public forums. Why teach the countless wannabies who browse through these pages? Especially for free. My skill and tallent was learned the hard way, by trial and error...but a lot of wannabies want to take quick short cuts and think that a learnt skill can be downloaded and is free. For every poster and replier, there are hundreds of readers.

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:27:55 AM »
I am a rank beginner and not a wedding photographer.   That said, backgrounds must be paid attention too, as stated already.  It seems to me when I shoot, that I find this out time and again when I look at the pics on the computer.  One thing you can try is survey the area before the shoot, and be aware before you compose.  Another is open up the aperture for shallow depth of field.

Otherwise, it just take a lot of time and practice, and looks like you are on your way.

hey CRF,

I shot a Wedding this Weekend and i was happy with the outcome, but could use some critique on my work. Just trying to get better so good or bad critique welcome.

Shot with a Canon 6D using the 24-105mm and a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. was going to rent a 70-200mm but i thought that space would limit the lens. should i have rented it anyways? ive never used a 70-200mm lens.


Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:24:34 AM »

Sorry but I don't critique photos on open public forums. Why teach the countless wannabies who browse through these pages? Especially for free. My skill and tallent was learned the hard way, by trial and error...but a lot of wannabies want to take quick short cuts and think that a learnt skill can be downloaded and is free. For every poster and replier, there are hundreds of readers.

Why teach?

Because life is not a zero sum game? Because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?

At my age I go to a lot more funerals than weddings. I've noticed the people who are grieved and who are genuinely missed are those who were generous -- with time and talent and love. They were the ones who gave back to their communities, and the photographic community is a community. Those who come here to learn are to be applauded, not considered leeches.

You might do well to sit down this evening and read a little story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. He wrote it so people might understand the joy of giving to one another. It's available free in e-reader editions, but you probably don't want to take it for free so there are versions you can pay for.

The community of people who genuinely care about the art of pictures is small. Those of us who do need to stick together and help one another -- even those too timid to come out and speak openly.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 09, 2013, 05:25:27 PM »
Serengeti Sunset-minimal Lightroom editing.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8f II or 70-200 2.8f II
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:29:35 AM »
Both are great lenses, but the 70-200 2.8L II will give you better (but not great) reach for sports (depending on what sports, and where you are able to position yourself.- you could get a tc however)..

First timer on the Forum looking to get some opinions on these two lenses

Ok so i'm planning on getting the 5d mark III here pretty soon and I wanted to get some opinions on what lens I should get with it first, the 24-70 2.8f II or the 70-200 2.8f II? I plan on having both of them at some point in time but for now I just want one or the other.

p.s. Some of my main subject matter is going to be events i.e. weddings, birthday parties and an occasional sporting event.

Lenses / Re: Why Does the 100-400L Sell So Well Still ?
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:22:25 AM »
I have been twice to Tanzania on private safari.  I would strongly advise you to speak with the safari organizer about what to expect.  There are many different types of tours, tour vehicles, tour guides, parks etc.  Some venues will get you up close and personal, and obviously, a 560mm will be too much.  That said, your coverage should be fine.  Depending on the vehicle type, and if you will be out of the vehicle, you may do better with a bean bag.  I would also suggest considering a flash, better beamer, extra cards and batteries, and a back up strategy.  You will be surprised how many pics you will take, and how many mb it will use, especially if shooting raw.

Have a great time.


I had a 600mm L as well as the 100-400mmL.  I sold the 600 because the 100-400mmL was more usable and practical, even if it was not quite as sharp.  I've never regretted that decision.
I've also owned the 400mm f/5.6L.  The IQ is about the same as the 100-400L, the AF might be a bit faster, but... without IS, its limited to high shutter speeds or a tripod.  It does not focus closely, and its a pain to carry in a ordinary camera bag.  It also takes TC's, so I can get 560mm and AF with my 5D MK III.
I'm about to take the 5D III, 5DC, 400mm 5.6, 70-200mm 2.8II and 1.4x & 2X III extenders on safari. Hoping it will cover most situations. My first try on the weekend with the 400 and 1.4III suggests the IQ is reasonable and with a monopod (in the mail) I'm hoping to be able to get some reasonable shots at 560mm. Fingers crossed.

Canon General / Re: Canon direct mail marketing
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:58:36 PM »
I see a new "must have" for Neuro!


I have dutifully registered my Canon products, using their online registration tool.  Thus, they have my address.  Their database should also tell them that I have a fair amount of gear registered with them, pretty much all of it high end stuff.  By 'fair amount', I mean $40K worth at current retail prices.  You'd think, armed with that knowledge, they'd be able to have a pretty good idea of what would interest me as a consumer, right? 

Today, I received my first direct (snail) mailing from Canon.  A brochure for the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, perhaps?  An ad highlighting the benefits of their excellent RT flash system, GPS accessories, etc.?

Nope.  A little brochure highlighting the features of a pair of dSLRs sure to be of interest to a 1D X owner...

Lenses / Re: Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:43:30 PM »
This is off topic, but..

be sure to bring at least a few extra batteries and cards. 



This topic may have been beaten to death and I have tried to read whatever I could find for Iceland but haven't yet decided the way to go so hopefully you guys that have been there could advice. I'll be there this summer and being one of those one in a lifetime trips you want to ensure all bases are covered. My current equipment consist of:

Zeiss 2.8/21
Sigma 35 1.4 HSM Art
Zeiss 2/50 MP
Canon 85L II
Zeiss 2/100 MP
Canon 70-200 F4 IS (+ 1.4extender II)

I got therefore a nice focal range covered but the question I may need your advice with concerns the darn Puffins, the occasional bird in the Myvatn area and the long reach landscape shots. I think this will in turn also influence the choice for the backup body to get:

From what I read (or not???) a 200mm may be a bit short for Puffins or the birds at the Myvatn area and  I'm not impressed by the 70-200 F4 IS coupled with the 1.4x extender I currently have. The options I can think of is to selling the 70-200 F4 IS and getting a 70-200 2.8 II (keeping the 1.4 extender) or to get a used Canon 100-400 instead.

Regarding the backup body I would consider the following options:
1) any used APS-C (7D that I know well or 60D or even a 650D etc): I can get them cheap used. APS-C has the added crop factor bonus so the option to take a 70-200 II with extender becomes very versatile for the birding. However in the eventuality the 5DIII fails then I'll have only an APS-C so my 21mm becomes effectivelly a 35mm which is not very nice for a place such as Iceland...

2) a cheap used 5D II:  whatever happens with the 5DIII I still have the wide end properly covered with the 21mm but then I may need to get the 100-400 (?)

So, to end a long post what would you do:

-Used APS-C as backup body, selling 70-200 F4 IS and getting 70-200 2.8 II (I keep the 1.4 extender anyway)
-Used 5DII as backup body, selling the 70-200 F4 IS and getting the Canon 100-400

Nota: I plan to resell whatever backup body I get after returning.

Thanks for the help!

Lenses / Re: Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:39:04 PM »
I haven't been to Iceland, but sounds great- congrats!

My 2cents- get a 7D for the reach and focus.  I have the 70-200 f4l and 2.8II- love them both.  Remember that the latter is very heavy to carry, and on a full frame, doesn't get that much reach. 

You may want to hold on the 2.8 for now and spend the $ on the trip.  I also always carry 2 bodies when I go on an important trip just because I am paranoid.  Just saying.

Hi Fegari, We may see each other, I'm in Iceland July 08th through July 24th.

If Rental was an Option I'de suggest the 7D & 70-200f/2.8 II, combined with a Series III 1.4x Extender, and your 5DMK III plus WA lenses, you should be sweet.

I'm arriving Iceland after 4 weeks in Tanzania, so I've had to bring 2 different set ups, Long for Tanzania, WA for Iceland, luckily I have my Son the Sherpa with me.

I bought the 17 & 24 TSE lenses especially for this trip so will be interesting to see how well, they perform.

Have a great trip & maybe we'll cross paths.

Try to hit Tarangire National Park- it is totally awesome!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CamRanger,anyone tried it?
« on: May 19, 2013, 10:38:46 PM »
Hi Guys.

That is a really cool gizmo.  I love tech gizmos, and the price isn't a non-starter.  But I have to ask what would I use it for?  I like the idea of live view.  I mostly shoot wildlife.  I can't see leaving my camera on a tripod hoping something will walk in front of it.  So how will this benefit me?

Thanks for your input.  And no, I am not a troll.


Video & Movie / Re: The Ultimate Balls Kicking Championship
« on: May 19, 2013, 12:58:09 PM »
cant separate the content from the technical- dumb.

I just recently bought a Canon 7D. This is my first attempt with it and Final Cut Pro.

Would love to know what you think. Any feedback or advice is appreciated.



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III
« on: May 19, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »
You do have a lot to learn.

Read the manual, and everything else you can.  Then go out and shoot, shoot, shoot.
Try shooting using each feature.
It will take lots of time before you become familiar with each setting and how to apply them in a way to get the pic you want.
The autofocus alone will keep you learning.  Got mine about a year and a half ago, and am still learning.

Great choices, good luck.

This is my first post on CR. I have been following all you brilliant guys/gals for some time now.
Since 2006 I have been using my 350D, but yesterday I went crazy and bought the 5D3 I've been yearning for for sometimes now, to a large extent inspired by your posts.
With the body I bought the 24-70mm, f/2.8 II, the 50 mm, f/1.2 and the 8-15 mm fisheye - I'll probably be taken away in a straight jacket soon:-)
So far I've been blown away by the quality both resolution, sharpness and high ISO performance. It's so incredible much better than the 350D in all aspects.
I obviously have a lot to learn, but I know were to get help:-)

Lenses / Re: I have a weight limit....what would you bring?
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:30:45 PM »
Bring a safari vest and offload your heavies into it to meet weight.


This is the kind of post for which there is no single best answer, but I am curious as to other opinions.  I will be traveling through Central Asia.  I am limited by weight restrictions and it will be quite hot so I am trying to limit my kit.  Right now, I am planning to bring my 70-200 f/4 IS, my 24-104, and my 17-40.  While I may want to do some building interiors, I am not gonna carry my 14mm and the 100-400 is just too big and heavy for this trip.  The 40 would be nice but redundant.  My high iso shots have been OK, so I think that I can get by without a lens that fast.  I have a Jobey that can squeeze into my bag, so that might be worthwhile.

My questions....anyone traveled through the 'stans before?  Does my logic make sense to you?  Would you do anything different?  Maybe I just want some re-affirmation of my logic (or lack of) here.  I tend to do "people" shots with some scenery.  Thanks.

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