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Software & Accessories / Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:03:31 PM »

 Do you know  if the i1 Profiler will do the same thing, as well, not as well, etc?




This: http://www.necdisplay.com/p/desktop-monitors/pa271w-bk-sv

If you are getting the NEC, get the SpectraView because their software does *hardware* calibration, as in 10-bit color calibration in the hardware of the display. Anything else will do only 8-bit as a OS color profile.

I have the NEC 2690WUXi2.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:00:33 PM »
I purchased NEC MultiSync PA271W on sale for ~ 800.00 or so.  It is very good and I can calibrate it, unlike my iMac, which is way too bright.


Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Problem
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:56:41 PM »
Return it.
Be sure they give you a new one, not a refurbished or returned one.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:27:46 PM »
Thank you so much!  First, I got a new monitor so that I can rework it under calibrated conditions (over-sharpened imo).

That said, I used 5D# 1/400 f 4.5 iso 250
Lens 70-200 (at 2000 mm) f2,b is II with is on. Flash did not fire.
In Lightroom 4 it is cropped 968 X12310.I believe it was shot manual.

Regarding the crop issue, I personally have found that it is best to get as close as possible to fill the sensor so less cropping is needed, and less particulates in the air to degrade image.  Here, I zoomed in to the max with my 200, and had to crop very little.

Thanks again.


Alan great kingfisher!

Mind saying what lens you used and whether you cropped at all.

My experience with the 7d is that any images above 320 iso or so just do not allow any cropping, unlike 5diii  raws, which allow cropping to about 100  % without any need for noise reduction.  For me it is usually better to use the 5diii and crop vs getting the extra reach from the 7d.  I think there may be variability in the sensors in the 7 d

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:51:43 AM »
Kingfisher with snack.

Can't get anything past you!

You have trolldar (troll radar)


Guess you better get yourself a Nikon body, and spend time on your knees praying for Nikon to release those lenses. 

What is the point of this post, anyway?  Oh wait, now I remember - you're the guy that Canon screwed over.  I guess it's happening again, with Canon not releasing lenses specifically for you.  Boo hoo.   :'(

Animal Kingdom / Re: images from our Aug -Nov 2012 photosafari
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:58:40 PM »
Very nice.

Post your web site URL.


My wife & I are currently editing the photos we took in Kgalagadi, Etosha. Caprivi, Chobe & savuti. here is a picture of lions taken in the very early morning at Chudop Waterhole in Etosha & amartial eagle with its guinea fowl kill

There are many more on our website. Please have a peep.

Canon General / Re: Don't order camera gear from Dell.com online store
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:23:01 AM »

Perhaps a good thing.
Look into billmelater.com if you need an alternate credit line.  Think about an apple.

Hang in there, and thanks for sharing.


Just bumped into this ridiculous story, floor wood instead of 5D3!!  :o  :o
I wasn't expecting such thing from Dell.

I see a lot of softness on my monitor, no grain.

Same issue with my 5D3 and service from Canon.


I am attempting to sort out any resets the service center may have done but most of them including AFMA are all in place for all lenses.

However, after taking several outdoor photos today @ 1000 ISO I don't recall ever seeing this much graininess and trying to figure out what's changed.  Is it likely any of these settings would cause this appearance:
High ISO NR was on Standard..just changed to "OFF"
Highlight Tone Priority was on, now off

If there's anything else one can think of to turn "off or "on" please advise.  I've shot at ISO 3200 indoors without flash and shots were amazing.  I'm not sure what the issue could be..  Every shot taken was grainy. Lens used 400mm 5.6 L.  I used the 24-105 the other day outdoors (after picked up from service) and strangely I had no issues with graininess.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:24:49 PM »
I totally agree.  I have had mine for ~ 2 years, used on several bodies, sometimes for over 15 hours and never a problem.  However, I check a few times a day to be sure.  I tend to be paranoid about the gear, and otherwise ocd.  That said, I have had to tighten the screw a few times. 


I have used mine for a year now without issue....carrying a 5d3 and 70-200.   Never found it to get loose but i like to check it frequently because I'm not the trusting type....takes two seconds to check the connections to see that it is secure.

Lenses / Re: Educate me about why 70mm <> 70mm...
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:47:54 PM »
In both instances, the image on the lower pic is larger.  Did you measure from the focal plane of the camera?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 and FoCal errors
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:38:06 PM »
I too have had bad results with 5d3- front and back focus, with lots of crappy lost shots.

Thanks for posting.


Disable under the "Test" tab in settings, the focus peak determination. Make sure it is on "None".

Focus peak causes the program to crash every time.

I am getting kind of tired with FoCal to be honest... It never is accurate for me, regardless of what it tells me... My Canon 85 1.8 I bought, it told me +8 seriously, four or five times are various distances. Was "Excellent" fit and EV of +10... Tripod sturdy, measured and squared up and all that.

Real world shooting? Flat out sucked. Considerable backfocus.

Now I just got my Sigma 35 yesterday.... Do the calibration again, multiple times... +9 or +10 each and every time, near MFD, 25x FL, 50x FL and beyond. Always the same. The images look great on the program, so it should be right... No way. Again, considerable back focus in real-world shooting. Set it back to 0 and much improved. Looks like it only needs 0-5 somewhere, so I put it at +3 until I take enough shooting to pick a direction (or none).

Again, with a 70-200 II as well... Right after it came back from calibration from Canon along with my 5D3, it tells me +4T and +8W or something. Well guess what....  Backfocusing. Put back to 0 and everything looked better.

Not sure why this program is acting the way it does for me... But I can't even trust it anymore. I may seriously go back to lens align, at least I was able to do my lenses accurately each and every time. Not sure what is up with it now. Back when I had the 5D2 and the program just came out it worked fantastic. Once they start adding all these features, the new targets, etc... Went downhill fast for me and how well it works.

Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: January 02, 2013, 10:14:39 PM »
I don't claim to be expert, but that said, my advice is to get comfortable with flash in manual mode.

Pocket Wizard recently put out an update that works with the 5D3


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Snow tubing with 5D III + 24-70 II
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:27:30 PM »
That may be just fine, if you can get physically close.

How about a 70-200, or 24-105 to give you better reach?

You may also want to experiment with a flash, and grey card.

Have fun.


Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:51:31 PM »
Standing Zeus

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