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Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:44:37 PM »
Thanks, Phil, I'll take a look at your site's March posts and give you a shout when I get close.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:01:49 AM »
Very nice shots, Phil; thanks for posting. Hey, were all of these taken at Huntington Beach State Park in SC? I ask because I'll be traveling through that area en route to the Everglades in early March and would like to know if it's worth the stop. I live out in dry, dry Colorado, so anytime I can enjoy a good estuary (and the wildlife they afford) I try to do it. Thanks in advance.

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Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:27:53 AM »
Hi Everybody:
Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:

(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)

High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya. :)

All my best,

-Scott Kelby

Thanks for chiming in, Scott. To paraphrase the comedians, this forum can be a "tough crowd." I found your video and the two books of yours I own to be quite helpful and encourage you to keep at it. It seems that photographers in general and Canonites in particular (?) are eager to know as much as possible as soon as possible in the hopes that the latest technology will improve their art/work/hobby in some meaningful way. A lot of interested folks here read the Photokina press release on the 7D2 and have watched or read a few pre-release reviews such as your video. But until production cameras are released and lots of RAW images shot at a variety of ISO's are available for scrutiny, the purists here on CR will likely remain skeptical--if not downright hostile.

Personally, I see this camera as a perfect compliment to the 5D3. In addition to the ergonomics and many of its features being identical (no need to relearn or adapt when rapidly grabbing one body or the other), it offers near 1DX fps along with crop-sensor reach. And let's not downplay the price: $1799 is a surprisingly great price for this body!

My wife--who thinks you see one camera you've seen 'em all--reacted negatively when I proposed pre-ordering a 7D2 to use in concert with my 5D3. I knew I had one shot to explain why my beloved 5D needs a mate, so I offered her this simple explanation: "Honey, they're two different animals. The 5D is for subjects close and/or slow, the 7D far and/or fast."

To which she replied, "Huh, I guess that makes sense."

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Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 11:24:03 AM »
OK, I just suffered through watching this entire video and heard one tidbit that made me rejoice. Unlike the 5D3 (which $%*@& should have this feature!) and like the latest firmware now allows on the 1DX, the 7D2 allows exposure compensation with Auto ISO in Manual mode. Hallelujah!  :D

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:48:13 AM »
Whoa tomscott, you could drop 80% of those clothes and maybe talk Neuro into loaning you his 600 big white! Leave the jeans behind and wear synthetics: they wash easier and dry faster. I'm a bit of a minimalist, but I ascribe to the "wear-one-wash-one ethos." At most you need 2 of anything, one to wear and one to wash and dry overnight. Your hostels will have sinks. Take a drain stop and a clothesline and you're set. This is an easy place to pair down and save weight/bulk. Think about it, do you want to look stylish and smell fresh as a daisy or nail that Amazonian jaguar shot?  :o

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:31:13 AM »
I've spent nearly a year traveling all over S America, have much the same gear as you and seem to have similar interest in photographing people/wildlife. I would take the 5D3 + 24-105 + 70-300 (I have both the DO and L, and while the L's IQ is superior, the DO is much smaller/lighter/less conspicuous and has afforded me some of the best photos I've ever taken). If you have the space I'd also take a 35mm f/2 (I have the older model which is much smaller/lighter than the newer IS version--who needs IS in a 35?) for low-light street shooting. I also carry a MacBook Air 11-in and love it. People who recommend against carrying a computer have rarely seen how small/light the MBA is and are typically traveling for 2 weeks, not 2 months. I find it a great travel companion that helps me improve my photography technique as I go; heavy editing waits until I get home and have access to a desktop computer.

I second the motion to take a small travel tripod of some sort. You'll regret it if you don't.

Keeping your gear with you, especially being in a group with a guide, you don't have to be paranoid about theft. Most people everywhere are fantastic, just be aware that there are a few bad apples wherever you go. My travels in Central and South America were all solo and I only got ripped off once, in Bolivia, by a known-by-the-police pro who swiped a bag when I turned my back.

Redundancy is key. Have at least two cards and/or HDD's with your images placed in two different places. Buy a few Sea to Summit dry bags for your Mac, your external HDD and cards. These work well for weather, rain, stream-crossings, dust, humidity, etc.

I like the Mindshift Rotation 180 backpack which fits the 5D3 set up I describe in the lower fanny pack--all accessible while still wearing the pack.

No matter what you take you're going to have a great time and get some amazing photos. The truth is 85% of your shots will likely come from your 24-105. Happy trails.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:19:08 PM »
Thanks.  I appreciate that is really useful information.  So you'd think the 5d3 (with a wrist strap and plate - not an L just a bottom plate) and the 70-200 should fit? Do you carry the 70-300 upright or on it's side? The 70-200 is just a bit longer.  Do you think there'd be room for the 17-40 besides?

I carry the 70-300 complete with collar/plate vertically, but I think the 70-200 might be too long to do that. I don't have a 70-200 to try it out for you, but if it fits vertically it will be extremely tight. The 70-300 fits like a glove with one velcro-stabilized divider between it and my 5D3+24-105 placed on its side with the LCD facing the velcro divider (that puts the 24-105 towards the skinnier side of the fanny pack).

There definitely is not room for a 17-40 to boot, but you could put that lens in an accessory pouch that clips onto the fanny pack if that lens needs to have super-quick access. Otherwise, the cleaner option is to put whichever additional lens is used least (70-200 or 17-40) in the upper compartment of the backpack--a place still fully accessible while wearing the pack by simply sliding it around in front of you and accessing that compartment through the back zipper.

To be clear: the 5D3 + 24-105 and 70-300L snugly fills the fanny pack, but their irregular shapes allow me to also fit the other items I mentioned in my previous post.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:34:52 AM »
I got one of the first Mindshift Rotation 180 packs during their Kickstarter campaign. Excellent product in all respects that I've since taken across the USA, SE Asia and around Hawaii.

I've carried on the entire pack (including rotational fanny pack) on many flights without a problem. You have to not put much more than a flat light disk in the rear backpack pocket or the pack will bulge too much to fit in the overhead bins. Inside the fanny pack I carry a 5D3 with 24-105 + 70-300L without a problem. I can also fit inside the fanny pack several filters, a neatly rolled Joby shoulder strap with Kirk QRC-1, a Hoodman Loupe, a wireless remote and some extra CF cards. I put my tripod in checked luggage, but attach it to the backpack when I arrive. I carry lots of additional camera gear in the upper backpack compartment inside the optional, padded camera insert.

I've used a lot of different packs/bags over the years and have found this one to be superior. Hope this helps.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Tamron 150-600mm bird pics
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:42:47 AM »
Very nice shots, Alan. Which body (5D or 70D) were these shot with? Do you prefer one or the other for use with the Tammy?

On the 5DIII. I prefer the 5DIII in general, but in practice there is little difference between the two. The better noise and IQ of the 5DIII balances the 70D's greater reach so both produce images of similar quality and resolution when you are cropping a small bird. For moon shots, which are basically monochrome, the 70D gave marginally better resolution in my tests, agreeing with jrista in his very careful analysis.

Thanks, Alan. Your observations mirror my own when shooting with my 5d3 and T3i, once again supporting the belief that filling the frame typically beats the size of the sensor.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Tamron 150-600mm bird pics
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:48:46 PM »
Very nice shots, Alan. Which body (5D or 70D) were these shot with? Do you prefer one or the other for use with the Tammy?

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Nicely done! Can you give us info on body/lens/settings/interval/lapse time?

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:55:12 PM »
Thanks for your perspective, guys. My wife is actually exceedingly patient with my photography most of the time, but sometimes it's "her trip too." I get that. I guess I just need to adjust my kit (and frame of mind) for the company I keep, pairing down to the basics when it's not specifically a "photo trip." I'm just so unaccustomed to having a car to cart things around, I went hog-wild on this last trip and threw in the kitchen sink.

Like unfocused, my typical solo travel kit consists of just one body and two lenses, either a 5D3 + 24-105 + 70-300 L or even lighter, a T3i + 15-85 EFs + 70-300 DO. But I have to disagree with him about shooting what everyone else has already shot. First off, it's not like you're "wearing it out;" it may have been shot a million times before, but it's the first time for me, so I still enjoy it.

For example, while on the big island the park service told us there was presently no flowing lava at HI Volcanoes. So, my wife and I embarked on a 10-hour, ankle-deep thrash through a muddy, unmaintained "trail" in the rainforest outside of the national park to look for possible run-off from Pu'U O'o volcano (based on data from the USGS). Goose egg. Gluttons for punishment, we thrashed in again some ten days later through knee-to-sometimes-thigh-deep mud (more rain) for 12 more hours, half of which was in the dark--and lo and behold: LAVA!

Sure, there are plenty of great shots of molten goo to go around, but there's nothing like getting up close and personal with new earth. Really new earth. If this was the only shot I came home with, I was glad to have packed my 5D. Next time, however, I'll only take one lens.  ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:42:08 AM »
Lighten up, distant.star, I used this trip as an example, but the same could be said for any of my non-photog family, friends and acquaintances. The point is, nobody wants to wait. Photography, at least good photography, requires patience--something that's often in short supply.

Because I was going to one relatively small island for 3 whole weeks and had the luxury of a rental car, I splurged and took more gear than I normally do when traveling alone on foot, by canoe or by bike. It was to be a break from having to travel so light. I thought I could really take my time to set up and wait for the critters, for the light, for the many photo opportunities that patience usually affords, but it was not to be.

I'm just curious if others have encountered this oil and water metaphor themselves and if so, what's the solution? I'm leaning towards getting a smaller/lighter super zoom for whenever I'm in mixed company and calling it good.

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Photography Technique / The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:33:03 AM »
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome… I don't know how many times I have to be taught the same lesson: photographers and non-photographers are like oil and water.

I just returned from 3 weeks on the big island of Hawaii with my wife. We had a great trip, but I once again schlepped way too much photo gear along thinking I'd have the time and quiet to really focus--pun intended. Instead, I should have left the bulky, heavy, expensive, theft-prone camera pack (replete with 2 bodies, 6 lenses, tripod, filters, timers, flash, etc.) at home, and simply taken my 5D3 and 24-105. Nothing else was really used.

In my experience, when I travel alone or with another photog, there always seems to be time to set-up and shoot, but when I'm with one or more non-photographers, all of that "nonsense" takes too long.

Can anyone relate?

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Lenses / Re: Value Lens for birding
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:29:57 PM »
I too use the 400 f/5.6 with Kenko 1.4x on my 5D3 for birds. I don't miss IS too much because BIF shooting requires a high shutter speed anyway. In low light I use a tripod/gimbal. This lens is light, small, sharp and the AF is very fast. I especially like the built-in lens hood. I bought mine from Canon through their online store: refurb $900. Recommended.

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