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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:00:03 PM »
There is that.

Aliasing cannot "be fixed", moire or not (it is a theorem). For example, the Sigma photo I posted is ruined. Who likes what is a matter of personal preference. Some like aliased images, some do not. But when you don't, you cannot "fix" them.

Sure you can...   ;)

Lenses / Re: deciding on new L tele lens (also for safari!)
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:57:31 PM »
Congrats on trip and gear!

I have been twice to Tanzania including Ngorongoro per Neuro, and I agree.  I shot with 5DIII (full frame) and 50D (crop).  The longest lens I had was 400 mm f5.6.  I did fine for most of what I saw.

Rather than give you lens advice, let me give you some things to think about advice. 

Second time I was there, I noticed this more than the first.  There really are a lot of different types of tours.  Some actually looked like double deck tour buses seen in cities.  These were packed to the gills, and posed several problems.  Relating to photography in particular, they were limited to roads (actually dirt ruts for the wheels).  Animals could be very far away, and obviously you need long lenses.  Additionally, they were so cramped, it would be difficult to pan without hitting someone.

Fortunately, my tours were on the other end of the spectrum.  We had a driver and Range rover with I either 3 or 4 seating rows.  Only two of us on the trip so we could spread out and shoot from the window (limited opening) or the roof which had a slide back tarp like thing.  We had a row of seats between us so we could really move.  The only limiting thing was weight restrictions on the plane which was like 12KG (~24 lbs- check your carrier).

So my non-technical advice to you is know what your touring conditions will be- will you get close to animals or not, will it be crowded or not?  Know weight restrictions on plane.  Get a bag that will fit even the smallest overhead so you don't have to part with your gear.  Then get the best lens you can.

Most often I used 70-200, or 300.  I also kept a shorter lens on second camera 24-105 in case something came up close.  I didn't use the 400 all that much because we got very close, but there were time it helped.  It was useful for birds, and even more reach would have been good, but I like the larger animals.


You have a real dilemma on your hands, and you certainly don't have the moral high ground here.

I am certainly not the one to give counsel on successful relationships.  One shall I call it, aphorism, has helped me along in life, and perhaps it may guide you as well.

Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?

Keep us apprised of your status, it sounds like a real nail biter.


Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:09:53 AM »
Sort of off topic a bit, but check early with the carriers, there may be a weight limit for carry on luggage. 

I almost got into trouble with that last year- had a safari vest and off loaded the heavy stuff into my vest.  On the plane, I re-packed it into the bag.  I wasn't going to check any camera gear.

In fact we had a 24 lb limit, and after all my camera and laptop stuff, I had only enough left for toiletries and two days of clothes. 

Also, be sure your bag will fit into the smallest overhead that you will be flying on.

When you get all this figured out, your choices may already be made for you.


Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:05:49 AM »
How about a second body, lest lens changing?

Hi all Canon-shooters! :)

I'm about to do a sort of a travel dream in october. Will be traveling to these places:
- Dubai
- Sydney
- Great barrier reef (compact with under water housing)
- New Zeeland

I'm going to bring a Canon 5D mk3 aswell as my compact camera.
Now I'm thinking of what lenses I should bring and if there is any lens that I should get for a trip like this.

Currently I have:
- Sigma 15mm fish eye
- Canon 16-35/2.8
- Canon 35/1.4
- Canon 50/1.8
- Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II
- Canon 85/1.2
- Canon 100/2.8 IS Macro
- Canon 135/2
- Canon 1.4x extender

When I want abroad to shoot last time I brought my 16-35, 50 and 135mm. it's a little complicated to switch lenses all the time when the sun is about to set.
That's why I've thought of getting perhaps the 24-105/4 to bring instead of only primes.

Since I'm going to shoot a lot of pictures with big tall buildings in Dubai I'm thinking that a Tilt Shift should be a good investment that I can continue to use later on. I've tried that 24 TS-E, but I'm thinking of the 17mm.

What whould you bring on a trip like this?
I'm thankful for all input! :)

Best regards

Software & Accessories / Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:03:47 AM »
Take it outside- plus, you will make some vitamin D.

Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 


EOS-M / Re: Hoodman Loupe
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:24:20 AM »
I use the Hoodman, and it works fine.

My only problem is that sometimes, it is difficult to hold the loupe to the camera, work the controls, and move the two together.

Here is another link to one that mounts to the tripod mount.  I have no experience with it, but I like their strap.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 5D3 vs 5D2 for indoor rental
« on: August 12, 2013, 02:10:13 AM »
I would second that.

If it were me I would rent the 5DIII along with the 24-70 II. This is a great combination. I will say that you need to make sure you have about $5000 left over after the wedding gift and rental because you are going to want to buy them when you are done. At least that is what happened to me. :D

With the 5DIII you can go up to about 6400 ISO before you need to touch the noise reduction tools if you are shooting RAW. If you go into the 8000+ range you will need to do a little tweaking but not much. It's truly an amazing camera!

Reviews / Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:27:00 AM »
I bought a t4i kit for my son similar to this and it worked great.  Of course, you have to learn how to use it.  In fact, he got some excellent shots with it, and we even did some video which turned out great- a cow elephant protecting her cub and charging me.  No problems in the bush, and he took thousands of pics.  The lenses are good but not "L".  Not a problem for a beginner, as you will limit your growth, not the camera.

Happy shooting.

I forgot to mention that my budget is in USD.

Sounds like am getting a T3i

Thank's everyone. I appreciate your replies. If I have any other questions I will ask here. I will let you guys know what my gear will be later.
I'd suggest you forgo a out of date T3i and consider a refurb t4i.  Its compatible with Canons new STM lenses which have smoother focusing for video.  The T3i is not optimized for a STM lens.  All future Canon DSLR's will likely be optimized for STM lenses.  The T4i and T5i are almost identical, so you don't need a T5i.  The T3i will not autofocus for video and does not have the touch screen.
When you do video with a STM lens, touching a point on the screen will cause the camera to smoothly change focus to the new point. 
You can trade in a worthless old Canon film slr or a broken power shot for a 15% percent discount off the refurb prices.  They are like new and have the same 1 year warranty as new.

Autofocus on T4i and T5i are worthless for filmmaking, They will hunt and are unreliable.
The T3i has handy 1080p digital zoom, and is cheaper at the same IQ
There are no good STM lenses yet, and who knows when they will be available.

Maybe you need to get yours repaired :)   
The 18-135 and the 18-55 have good reputations for a low cost video lens.  He does not have a $10k budget, so even if there were expensive STM L lenses available, they are out of his reach.  There are other video lenses that have smooth AF, but they push him out of his budget as well.
Of course you can manually focus, and do it well once you add that $5-10K worth of accessories, external monitors, focus pullers, the list is almost infinite.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:16:14 AM »

Cones sense color
Rods sense light

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I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

Too many of us live in cities or near cities where light pollution is rampant.  I think you see star like this when you are out in the ocean (not a cruise because they light the walkways) or out in a national park where it a city is over 50+ miles away.

I think it does look like this to the naked eye, but you have to wait a while for your "night vision" to kick in.  There are a very specialized set of rods in your eye that are specifically designed to see in near pitch black and that takes a while to work.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:08:46 AM »
I have actually seen it that way with the naked eye- I was in Tanzania, Ngorongoro crater.  It was stunning.  And no, I didn't take any pics- big mistake.  Went back second time and almost no stars-clouds and rain.  Big mistake.


I love those shots with the Milky Way.  I have seen some stunning photos like that, but I have never seen the Milky Way like that myself.  Does it look that way to the naked eye, or is it only in the photos that it comes out.

(Sorry to post such a naive question, but I really want to learn how to do this).

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:03:50 AM »
Very nice.

I assume off camera flash for the arch?

Excellent use of foreground.

Milky Way over the Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

You can see more pics from my road trip at http://www.buonophotography.com/p739655009

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:58:41 AM »

I tried to get some meteors tonight and really just practiced.  I tried a number of settings and didn't even come close.  Great job.


More Milky Way


Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:56:51 AM »
can you get a new family?

I want to visit some place pretty.  But the family prefers cities with things to do.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:55:05 AM »
A snoot is basically a device that is like a tube.  It focuses your flash to a very narrow beam to highlight only a portion of the subject for dramatic effect.

I've used one for those moments when a subject is harshly backlit, yet insists on having a shot taken anyway.

The example I have in mind is outdoors in broad daylight, with the subject standing in full shade.  Either the background will be tremendously blown out by exposing for the face, or the face will be unacceptably dark if exposing for the background.  Such a condition is manageable, but when the subject demands the shot anyway, the flashbender can help with fill flash.  Instead a "direct fill flash look" to the image, the flashbender serves as a nice bounce surface, softening--so to speak--the light on the subject.  Though the direction of the light is undeniably from straight on, the result is less undesirable than using flash aimed directly at the subject.

The large flashbender can be used as a snoot, and that capacity may add to the usefulness of the Rogue product for you.  I have not used the diffuser.

What's a snoot? 

I bought one of these, but I'm waiting a week or so for delivery (long-ish story) and what I thought I would do is use it for off camera flash... so hopefully the results come out well.  I'm going to get the medium one... Seems a better fit for what I need it for.

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