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Software & Accessories / Re: Lenstag
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:02:40 AM »
I registered all of my lenses and my body on the site. After sending in pictures of the serial numbers it took a few days for things to be verified-- but it's free and was a relatively painless process. For 20 minutes of your time, you might as well do it. Will it help if my gear gets stolen? Who knows, but it certainly won't hurt.

On top of that, they don't send out any spam emails or ask anything else from you. It real is just 20 minutes and that's it.

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:52:03 AM »
Didn't you have more room to get further away? Or maybe use wider lens?

Well, I was just shooting for the flag reflection with the eye isolated (ie not a headshot). Using a wider lens you wouldn't have been able to see the small details in the eyes as clearly. Anywho, it was just an experiment, I'm happy with the results for the most part :)

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 21, 2013, 01:15:44 PM »
I can't complain too much for a first attempt at this type of photo :)


Lenses / Re: AF not working on 24-105 - recommend a repairer?
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:51:49 PM »
When my 24-105 stopped working I sent it in to Fixation in London. They were quick and professional, so I can't complain too much.

I forget the cost, but the issue on my lens was that the ribbon/flex cable had torn. For me the AF only worked at lower focal lengths (like 24-60mm or so) and then eventually stopped working all together. Lens worked and looked like new when I got it back a week or so later.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:20:52 PM »
I couldn't find a camera bag to fit my tastes, so I ended up getting a bag geared towards snowboarders and skiers. It's great because it has places to strap skis onto the bag (tripod anyone?) and it has access to the main pocket from the front or the back so I don't have to set my straps in the mud to open things up and get to my camera.

For internal dividers I went with TrekPak and they are absolutely perfect.

So, unless you find exactly what you're looking for, don't get too stressed with camera bags. There are literally hundreds of hiking bags out there that might fit your needs and TrekPak does a good job at handling the rest.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:14:24 PM »
very nice, I thought it always was cloudy in the UK. You a Tulsa guy or just a grad? I am just north of Tulsa.

Yeah, the UK can have some very pleasant weather but it is hit and miss. So when I saw we'd have clear skies, I knew I had to venture out for sure. Otherwise I'm a Tulsa grad and I have been living in the UK for 3+ years, but I'll be moving back to Tulsa in a few months if all goes well.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:38:29 AM »

The earth rotates 15 degrees every hour so how many hours were you out? About 3 or so I am guessing looking at the variation in the angle of the streaks...

I like the picture :)

Thanks! And good guess, I think the pictures spanned from roughly 10:30 to about 1 AM or so. It was quite the show :)

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:48:22 AM »
Granted, this was over the course a few hours, but they were all from the same night. This was the first time I've seen or had a chance to shoot any meteors-- are they normally roughly in the same direction? I was a bit surprised with how scattered some of them seemed.

This is a compilation of a few shots from the other night.

Excellent shot. It looks like you might have actually gotten some meteors from different showers. I can see a bunch coming from the same radiant, and there are a couple others that seem to streak cross-wise to that radiant. Wonder which storm those were from...

Light pollution is such a pain. I headed out about 35 minutes from down, well south of the Denver area, for the Geminids last year. I am thinking I might need to drive more like an hour to get to darker territory this year.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:23:45 PM »
Naw, with the light pollution in the area you just can't get the Milky Way to show up any brighter than that. I'm definitely looking forward to my trip to Wyoming in a few weeks to get away from the city lights!

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:19:20 PM »
This is a compilation of a few shots from the other night.


Technical Support / Re: 7D silent mode not working?
« on: August 14, 2013, 05:34:20 AM »
Keep in mind that the 7D silent shooting modes are only pertinent to shooting with LiveView. If you are using the viewfinder to shoot there will be no difference in operation or noise regardless of the mode you've selected.

Lenses / Re: EF 24/1.5L II and astrophotography
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:16:14 AM »
If you check out the link below, you can see that the author has a similar experience with the 24 II and photographing stars-- and there are some samples posted as well.


There's also a thread on dpreview discussing the same issue with a couple of photos posted as well.

So, while I don't know exactly how your picture looks full sized, it looks like your experience is similar to most with this lens.

As someone just mentioned, the biggest issue is that you can no longer hand your camera off to another person and expect them to be able to use it.

I like it because it means that the camera isn't trying to refocus in between shots (like when you press halfway down on the shutter) unless you want it to. It took me a few days of shooting to forget that it used to be set up any different.

I've heard of some people changing to back button focus and then leaving the AF in Servo mode so if they tap the button it's like single shot AF, but if they hold it down it's servo. It's personal preference like anything else-- I have it so when I hold down the button on the front of the camera (near the lens mount) Servo mode is engaged, but it just works better for me.

Technical Support / Re: Can't transfer RAW files, only JPEGs
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:07:08 AM »
I record jpeg's to my SD card and RAW to my CF card. I notice that if both cards are inserted in the camera, when I hook up to a computer only the jpeg's are visible/available. I'm not sure why this is, but out of habit I just pop the SD card out of the camera before connecting my laptop and then I can see the RAW files to drag and drop them.

Obviously this doesn't help you, but I would guess that the RAW files have not been lost. The only time I don't use a card reader is on my Windows XP machine, so I'm not sure if it's the computer or the camera as I haven't tried other combinations.

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:25:52 PM »
If you have the storage space and a computer that can handle the file size shoot full sized RAW. If you are never going to print out large-ish pictures or crop your pictures, then I suppose S or M-RAW is fine, but for me I don't see why you wouldn't shoot full sized RAW to start with. Hard drives and memory cards are getting cheaper and cheaper these days.

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