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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: Today at 02:08:59 PM »
I just wonder how soon will Adobe start to increase this rental, once they have their customer base hooked.  A tenner a month may not be objectionable to many customers, but what if when it goes up?

Miah, if you don't like reading discussions about Adobe, then there is not reason to be "sick and tired", simply choose not to read threads that discuss it.  You do not get to choose what can be discussed and what should be "put to rest".

Come on, Acutance, nobody's trying to play arbiter of what is and is not discussed, I just think that this "Damn Adobe!" sentiment is getting a little long in the tooth. Further, instead of just lurking, I tried to throw out why I feel their Photography Bundle for $10 a month is actually a better deal than buying and "owning" the software over the long haul. People are free to disagree with my analysis, but I'd love to hear on what grounds.

Regarding the possibility of a rate increase, Adobe has publicly stated that they have no plans to increase the rate within the foreseeable future. And if they do, we as customers, who vote with our greenbacks, hold the final say.

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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: Today at 12:32:41 PM »
The OP shouldn't feel like a "turncoat" for signing up for Adobe's CC, he should feel like a rational person who sensibly concluded that it's worth it. Honestly, I am sick and tired of the whining that goes on about how the onerous Adobe is taking us all to the cleaners. Let's look at the facts:

1. Adobe owns the market, right now. There are competing products, even after Aperture's untimely demise, but there is nothing even close to the performance and flexibility of Photoshop and Lightroom. Nothing.

2. Adobe is a business just like any other. They aren't running it for fun, they're running it to create value for their shareholders, aka make a profit. At the point that they piss off their customers with poor products or truly onerous conditions, their customers will flee to the open arms of another entrepreneur who will be thrilled to accept them (this may take some time, but there are millions of people using this software, so the opportunity is huge).

3. The license you "own" in perpetuity is only as good for as long as the hardware you're running it on, and the operating system you're running it in, will last. Should you want to run it "forever without paying another dime," you better be prepared to keep the same computer running forever and never upgrade to an unsupported OS--security be damned. I mean, get real, CSx's feature-set will not only become dated, it will become useless as hardware and OS technologies inevitably advance. You can own it "forever," but will you be able to use it forever?

4. So much is made of the cost of subscription without examining the math. I use Ps and Lr almost everyday, but I was still able to get by upgrading the stand-alone products every other or even every third round. In addition to that, my wife's a teacher, so I got the very significant educator discount (applicable to immediate family members). I keep a running spreadsheet of my computer/photography purchases, so I looked back over the past decade and totaled up my expense of BUYING Ps and Lr, skipping 1 or 2 versions in between, and getting the huge educator discount. I then divided that number by the amount of time I had used it, up until that point. It came to $17/month. Per month! That means by switching to the subscription service even I was able to save $7 a month AND start using the latest and greatest features on whatever hardware I typically upgrade to every 3-5 years.

5. When Adobe first announced their subscription plans their prices were out of touch with reality. Then came the uproar. So, Adobe listened to the market and brought the price of their Photography Bundle down to a very reasonable $9.99/month. I've been in business all my life and know from experience that if enough of us clamor for even better terms, like those offered by MathWorks, Adobe will seriously consider it. Business isn't a democracy, but every business worth its salt knows that pleasing customers is in their long-term best interest.


Now, can we put this to rest? For some, who use this type of software only occasionally, 10 bucks a month is too much. For them there's DPP, Pixelmator, and the like. For others, who choose to try and keep the same hardware and OS in perpetuity, there are still old, boxed versions of CSx. But for anyone who has carefully examined the pros and cons of Adobe's subscription service, $9.99/month is a remarkably good deal.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 14, 2014, 02:23:57 PM »
Thanks for,the advice on the 1.4x extender. Your right I've heard the 7d2 does really eat the battery up so the grip may be a good idea. If you want to talk to GraFax you might ask him on a different thread like anything posted with a 7d2, he said he's done with this one as there's been some disagreement with ff vs crop. I'm not familiar with the place your heading Thursday but enjoy and I hope the new camera helps you capture some great photos!

Thanks, Ryan85; I PM'ed Grafax, so hopefully he'll rejoin the stage...

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:59:33 PM »
A 400 5.6 is about the longest lens I can comfortable carry and shoot hand held for a full day out. Even with the 7D2/4005.6L, my right shoulder is a bit sore.

Thanks for posting the great eagle shot, GraFax. I too use a 400 f/5.6 on my 5D3 and just yesterday received a new 7D2. Like you, I shoot a lot of wildlife and want a combo that I can carry around and handhold all day without getting too beat up. Question: I'm thinking about getting a grip for the 7D2. I've never owned or used a grip, but I like the concept. Do you think a grip would add more bulk/weight to the combo than it's worth?

Hi Miah, like you I just got my 7d2 this weekend and will be using my 400 5.6 with it. I have been using my 5d3 with the lens. As far as the battery grip goes IMO if you are going to shoot vertical/portriat orientation  a lot  the grip will help you use better form while handholding. It is going to,add weight so if you hand hold all day that might get to you.

Personally, I find it less tiring to handhold a gripped body all day if a large lens (the 400/5.6 certainly qualifies) is being used.  If your hands are medium-large, you can use your whole hand on the body, not just 3 fingers.

Thanks, Neuro. My hands are in the medium-large category and without gloves I can pretty comfortably hold on to the 5D3/7D2 body with all four fingers. But once I'm wearing gloves, forget it. I know you shoot with a 1Dx. Do you find the extra grip nice to have when you're wearing gloves out in winter conditions? If so, even just using the removable grip seasonally might be a worthwhile investment (especially since batteries drain faster in the cold, as well).

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:51:41 PM »
A 400 5.6 is about the longest lens I can comfortable carry and shoot hand held for a full day out. Even with the 7D2/4005.6L, my right shoulder is a bit sore.

Thanks for posting the great eagle shot, GraFax. I too use a 400 f/5.6 on my 5D3 and just yesterday received a new 7D2. Like you, I shoot a lot of wildlife and want a combo that I can carry around and handhold all day without getting too beat up. Question: I'm thinking about getting a grip for the 7D2. I've never owned or used a grip, but I like the concept. Do you think a grip would add more bulk/weight to the combo than it's worth?

Hi Miah, like you I just got my 7d2 this weekend and will be using my 400 5.6 with it. I have been using my 5d3 with the lens. As far as the battery grip goes IMO if you are going to shoot vertical/portriat orientation  a lot  the grip will help you use better form while handholding. It is going to,add weight so if you hand hold all day that might get to you.

Thanks, Ryan85! In addition to less typical vertical shots, I've heard the 7D2 eats batteries, so I was thinking the grip would be nice to keep the party going all day long without having to swap batteries at a critical moment. Murphy's Law has caught me a number of times, swapping batteries right when the crucial moment comes and goes. That said, I hate carrying anymore weight/bulk than absolutely necessary, so I'm leaning towards going without. I'd like to hear from Grafax, since he's been shooting with his rig for a while, now. I'm headed to Bosque del Apache on Thursday, so I need to order (or not) that grip today.

Adding to GraFax's comment from earlier in the thread, I noticed he said he hasn't had much luck with a 1.4x TC on the 400 f/5.6. I'd have to agree that it's not the preferred set-up, but I've captured some of my best shots of BIF with the 1.4x TC attached to the 400 with my 5D3. In other words, that combo gives me fewer keepers, but when it hits--it hits!

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:09:22 AM »
A 400 5.6 is about the longest lens I can comfortable carry and shoot hand held for a full day out. Even with the 7D2/4005.6L, my right shoulder is a bit sore.

Thanks for posting the great eagle shot, GraFax. I too use a 400 f/5.6 on my 5D3 and just yesterday received a new 7D2. Like you, I shoot a lot of wildlife and want a combo that I can carry around and handhold all day without getting too beat up. Question: I'm thinking about getting a grip for the 7D2. I've never owned or used a grip, but I like the concept. Do you think a grip would add more bulk/weight to the combo than it's worth?

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:31:36 PM »
B&H now states that it's shipping even sooner -- on Dec 12.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:22:22 AM »
speaking of gift cards, what happened to amazon, b&h, and adorama offering 1% back on a future purchase?  I liked being able to get a couple of bucks back and applying it to an accessory or whatever.

Hey, you're right. I just checked B&H and the 2% Rewards business has been removed from a couple of the lenses I was considering. Two percent off on a Big White is a lot of money, so they've effectively instituted a stealth price increase.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:57:36 AM »
I was hoping we'd see a gift certificate for a 7D2 packaged with a 100-400L II, for say $200-300 off the list price, shipping by year's end. :P

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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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