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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, a website for zoo fanatics like myself.  Here is the direct link to the Northwest Trek image page:

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.

Site Information / Re: Forum posts on front page - suggestion
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:45:56 PM »
Good idea.  Possibly the 'most popular' list should be manually curated - some DReadful threads have gotten quite long...   ;)

Nice pun!  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Hungry Jaguar
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:58:25 AM »
Unbelievable photos.  I am into cats so I know that jaguars have a huge prey base, including caimans.  Although it is well known that the cats prey on them, I doubt anyone has ever captured it in a clear photo sequence like that before.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M or Powershot S110?
« on: September 07, 2013, 10:48:06 AM »
After being very unhappy with the quality of my point and shoots (first a Canon A1000 and then a Panasonic Lumix LX5), I bought the Canon M with 22 lens on the 299 special.  I am extremely happy with it and I finally have a point and shoot with quality that is useable.  The main thing for me is not so much the file size or sharpness as the increased dynamic range.  In outdoor shots with a mix a full sun and shade the smaller camera photos were so contrasty they were almost unusable.

I do carry the M (with pancake lens) in my shorts pocket.  As stated, they will not fit in tight jeans pocket, but cargo shorts yes.  Of course if you want the zoom lens then it is not pocketable at all, but I only use the pancake lens and plan to never add anything else.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:45:03 PM »
The dramatic increase on online shopping is bound to change the model of how taxes are collected.  I can imagine that eventually all states will require sales tax to be collected on shipped items, as they must be losing lots of revenue.  If not, the only obvious alternative is to dramatically cut services or raise fees and taxes in other areas.  Since I do photography part time (very part time), I do pay sales tax on photo equipment purchased online (which is called use tax).  However, I try to buy from a store in state whenever possible and only order online if it is unavailable locally.

Software & Accessories / Re: JPEG as a travel alternative
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:30:27 AM »
Well I will be the one to go against the grain.  I shoot JPEG only almost all the time.  After doing it that way for a couple years, everyone said I was crazy so I tried JPEG plus RAW for about six months.  The alleged advantages of RAW were virtually nonexistent IMO.  I went back because RAW for me is a waste of time and storage space.  I only went digital three years ago and before that I was shooting slide film, which has a narrower latitude than even my current JPEG's (on a 5D2).  So two plus decades of shooting slide film taught me how to get exposures spot on and for me I don't need RAW.

Even when I look at examples online, where they show a side by side of a RAW and JPEG, most of them look virtually identical and they are trying to tell me how much better the RAW looks but honestly I do not see it.  The advantages to RAW may be there, but they are blown completely out of proportion.

Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:41:44 PM »
A new-and-improved 100-400?

This lens is loooong overdue and would likely sell like hotcakes, as did the current version.  I was recently looking at Nikon and they have a new improved version of their 80-400 and the reviews are off-the-charts positive.  The improved Canon would need zoom ring instead of push pull and preferably start at 80mm instead of 100mm to match Sigma and Nikon.

There are two options for doing a photo website.

Option one is using a company with templates (which can be customized), which will charge you a monthly or annual fee.  From reading photo magazines and forums, two of the most popular seem to be SmugMug Pro and Zenfolio, but there are others.

Option two is to buy web design software and build your own.  Adobe Dreamweaver is the one that a lot of professional web designers use, but I think it has a fairly high learning curve.  The one I used to build my site is Serif Web PlusX (current version is PlusX 6, the one I got was PlusX 5).  I chose it because it was highly rated on review sites and Serif also provides a reasonably priced hosting package that includes domain name registration (with your own name if you do the Gold Package, which I did).  What I mean is it does not say Serif in the domain before your name - it just has your name.  They are based in England and I am in the United States but have had no issues at all.  They also have great phone support whenever I call them.

You can use and customize their templates or build a site entirely from scratch.  I chose the latter.  If you have a PayPal account, it lets you set up sales fairly easily.  The advantage to building your own is that you can offer exactly the prints you want and have them printed at your favorite lab (hopefully a local lab to support your local economy).  If you use SmugMug Pro, the orders go through one of their four chosen labs.  They are also shipped directly to the client, which is convenient but it prevents you from checking the prints or signing them, as I like to do.

Here is Serif's site if you are interested:

Here is my site if you want to see the kind of thing you can do:

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:25:03 AM »
. . . Also helps when you are trying to sell images if they recognize you.

Now you are going to have to watermark all your photos with zebra stripes so they will recognize them as the ones shot with the zebra lens!  :P

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Pancake?
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:18:55 PM »
Voigtlander makes a 20mm
and a 28mm
(as well as a 40mm like Canon).

They seem to be well built and highly rated, but the downside is they are manual focus only.

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