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EOS Bodies / Re: Finally a rumor again...
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:35:30 PM »
No links to this rumor???

Landscape / Re: Grand Canyon Sunset
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:33:44 PM »
...I'm heading out that way in November along with Zion and Canyon X.  Any pointers for me regarding location?...

I live in Arizona and it is almost impossible to take a bad picture at the Grand Canyon.  The entire South Rim has magnificent views.  The portion to the west of the village is closed to cars and can only be accessed on their bus.  Not bad, but you need to be ready to pack up and catch the last bus as soon as the sunset is over (or walk about a mile back to the village).  The main views east of the village are a bit farther out, maybe two to six miles depending, but these are quite nice.  Moran point may be the best, but as I said they are all good.  Elk are also prolific in the park the last few years and any time at dawn or dusk is a guarantee you will see several.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:12:07 PM »
Really nice stuff.  The black and white lion face behind the tree is stunning.

And just for the record, neither of those cheetahs in the last post are king cheetahs.

Street & City / Re: London Night-Scape
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:09:59 PM »
That is totally bizarre.  Not a good attitude for them to have for a destination whose very existence depends on visitors and tourists.

Street & City / Re: London Night-Scape
« on: September 15, 2013, 12:27:18 AM »
Did you get any hassle?  Around the London Eye etc is notorious for security idiots mistaking photographers for suicide bombers?

I have taken photos of the London Eye at night with a tripod and no problems whatsoever.

Street & City / Re: London Night-Scape
« on: September 14, 2013, 09:01:56 PM »
great images.  Thanks for posting.  I like Big Ben - too bad street sign is in front of the tower.

I am of the opinion the "street sign" makes the picture.

The street sign absolutely makes the picture.  I hope the original comment was just a joke and the person posting forgot to add the little wink or smiley icon.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:57:42 PM »
To ForumMuppet,
Great shot of the jaguar in Los Angeles!  That is a very difficult enclosure to photograph.  It is also very outdated and way too small, so I am happy to hear they are building a new one that will finish construction at the end of this year (2013) and presumably open to the public in early 2014.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:50:09 PM »
For some reason, when I typed in the numerical values for two point eight, it showed up as the smiley icon.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:48:33 PM »
This is the best general purpose zoom I have had (of course I have never had a 24/28-70 2.8).  Still, mine seems very sharp all around on full frame.  It appears there are a lot of variance with the production, as some report excellent results and others report getting bad copies.  (Either that or the bad reports are just people being overly critical and going into it with a negative mindset because it is not the 2.8).

Although I use it mostly at 24mm, here is a recent shot from Carlsbad Caverns at 99mm.  Since you obviously cannot leave the narrow walkway in the caverns, this shows when the extended reach (beyond 70mm) comes in handy.  This is the unedited JPEG, other than downsizing.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Northwest Trek
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:52:03 AM »
You should absolutely get to Northwest Trek whenever you have the chance.  I am a zoo fanatic and have been to over 70 zoos across the United States (and a few in western Europe).  It has been many years since I was at Northwest Trek, but it far exceeded my expectations.  It is unquestionably one of the best zoological parks in the country.  It is also one of the best if not the best for photographers.  I am not talking about the special photo tours, which would make it even better, I am talking about just going as a regular visitor.  The enclosures are massive and are just built into the existing forest, so it is one hundred percent natural.  You will not be disappointed.

To get a feel for the place, look at their image gallery on ZooChat.com, a website for zoo fanatics like myself.  Here is the direct link to the Northwest Trek image page: http://www.zoochat.com/gallery/northwest-trek-wildlife-park

Pricewatch Deals / Re: when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:19:32 AM »
Christmas time for sure..or wait for the 5dmark 4 and meanwhile buy a FILM camera cheap...that's what I did...

I have a nice 1N that someone actually gave me for free (which I used to replace the 1 that I had bought cheap used).  But even working at a photo lab as I do, film and developing are getting increasingly expensive.  We now charge 17.50 just to develop a roll of negatives and scan them to CD.  And those are low res scans, which mean anything I want to enlarge needs a premium scan at 6.95 per image.  Do that for a few months and you could have bought a new 5D3 even at the current price!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:11:36 AM »
I have no problem with a refurb, but the 5D3 seems to ALWAYS say "out of stock" on Canon's refurb page.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:46:44 PM »
Unless you want AF improvement, why not staying with the 5D2 and upgrade to 5D4 when it release?

AF is exactly the reason.  I do a lot of animals and for moving animals the AI servo is entirely useless.

Pricewatch Deals / when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:12:27 AM »
I would like to upgrade from 5D2 to 5D3.  But currently the price (from an authorized dealer with USA warranty) is still 3499, the same price that it launched with a year and a half ago.  Is there a certain time, say October for example, when they routinely give rebates (to boost Christams sales, etc)?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:06:14 AM »
If the patent is only for a lens (and no cameras), maybe they will start making lenses for existing MF systems.  As someone mentioned above, they used to make some for Bronica.  Considering the huge investment, I would be very surprised if they came up with an all new MF system.  Remember, the Canon MF rumors are that they will buy an existing company.

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