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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds!
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:26:54 PM »
Very nice!  I like #2 best.  What were the exposure settings for #2?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D for 1374.64
« on: December 04, 2011, 04:45:52 PM »
Yes, great price.  7D owner myself, paid $1,525 fall of 2010 for mine from Amazon.  What lens you getting or do you already have lens?

BTW, if you sign up for an Amazon CC, you should get a discount on top of that plus points from your purchase.  I just bought the 16-35 2.8L and had enough points to get a $105  B&W UV filter for free.

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United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:25:08 PM »
Currently I own only 1 prime:

100 Macro 2.8 L IS - obviously for macro work and I'll use it for tight portrait when I get a FF.  I'm amazed at how sharp this lens is. ;D


My current wish shopping list in order:

1.  24-105 f4 L - need to get this zoom first to compliment my 16-35 so I have a wider focal range
2.  35 1.4 L - Excellent "normal" lens for my 7D.  Plan to use it for portrait (full body, group).  Besides, I need a fast low-light lens.  However, I'm dragging my feet.  This is an old lens (1998) which needs updated optics (soft edges wide open), plus weather sealing.  I'm hoping this updated in 2012
3.  50 1.4 or 1.2 L - need to do more research -  for tighter portraits.  This one is driving me nuts.  Would like the 1.2 for build, speed, and bokeh but I can't ignore all the negative comments for such a high price.
4.  Once I get a FF (5D3), I plan to get 85 f1.?
5.  TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II - I love architectural photography

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Landscape / Re: Some new works.
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:34:42 AM »
Wow, awesome shots!!  Like #1 best.   8)

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Software & Accessories / Need some clarification on LowePro lens cases
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:09:43 PM »
I’m putting together a walk-around setup for 1 body and two lens that will be more comfortable than my small Tenba shoulder bag (which does not work very well when walking around for several hours).

My walk-around gear:
7D
16-35 2.8 L
24-105 F4 L (don’t own this yet but 95% sure this will be my next lens)

Been looking at several top loader bags and I like the LowePro Toploader Pro 70 AW for these medium lens.  For those times when I want to carry a second lens (24-105 in addition to the 16-35) I need a good lens case such as the LowePro Lens Case.  My goal is to find a single lens case which will fit each lens (separately of course) without being too loose or too tight.  This should not be a problem since these two lens are almost the same size:

16-35 – measures  88.5mm x 111.6mm
24-104 –measures  83.5mm x 107mm

Using LowePro’s online bag finder, searching by lens model, it recommended the following lens cases:

16-35 – 9x13 cm case
24-104 – 11x11 cm case

I was surprised that LowePro recommended two very different cases so I searched by lens dimension, the results remained the same.  Looking at some online reviews (Amazon), I found some contradiction to what LowePro recommends as opposed to user’s findings.  One more variable is the hood.  Are these cases sized to hold the lens hood with lens?  I could not verify this.  So what seem like a very simple task, run the bag finder tool, pick the case, then order that case  has turned into a bit of  confusion. 

So my question is:   Can anyone out there provide some clarification on these (or other) lens cases for these two lens and whether or not the case will hold the lens hood.

Thank you all!

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Site Information / Re: Password recovery issue
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:35:01 AM »
Had the same problem while on the road with my tablet.  Used the recovery process (multiple times) but received no email.  Had to wait until I got home to look up my p/w.

As far as I can tell the p/w recovery function for this site is broken.

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Australia / Re: Are these USA Canon rebates really worth it?
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:27:10 AM »
I certainly think they are worth it--at least here in then USA.  I wish I could take more advantage of them more often.  As far as Amazon and other dealers offering rebates, their posted price is a reflection of the rebates.

I know this for sure with Amazon since I have several lens in my wishlist and I check the prices pretty much daily.  As soon as the rebate starts, the priced has been reduced by the rebate amount.  Sometimes there is even a note on the web page stating the Manufacturer's rebate but usually not.   (I usually favor Amazon because I  get a percentage kick back when using an Amazon credit card--Aah more money for more gear.)  What  about Amazon Australia?

Monitor Canon Price Watch.com and purchase from the lowest price (reputable) vendor regardless of the rebate.

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No way on the $650 training at least for now and maybe never (spend your money on gear or LR itself). 

Don't forget Adobe TV, its an excellent source for training.  This is how I learned and am still learning LR. 

Julieanne Kost does an excellent job going through lots and lots of tutorials.

https://tv.adobe.com/product/lightroom/


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EOS Bodies / Re: Where and how do you keep all your gears?
« on: November 26, 2011, 03:20:48 PM »
My body and lens are in a safe.  Tripods, light stands, etc. are on closet shelves.

All my gear is well taken care of so I clean it as needed.  I no longer store batteries in my speedlites.  Had a major battery leak in my 580 which cost me $100 for Canon to repair it  >:(.

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United States / Re: Looking at 70-200 F4 IS vs 70-200 F2.8 Non-IS
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:17:37 PM »
I ended up going with the F4 IS version after considering both the 2.8 and F4.  Ultimately it came down to size and weight since I like to backpack and travel with my gear.  Also my shooting with this lens has been in daylight so speed has not been a significant factor--at least yet.  I figure if speed does becomes an issue, I can always sell it and go for the 2.8 someday.

Not ideal for fast sports but OK.  I have done some outdoor (and indoor) MLB shooting in which I have to jack up the ISO if I want to freeze those fast pitches.

Since you have a crop camera like myself, I would definitely go with the IS version since this lens is 112- 320 FF equivalent--unless of course you are always going to be on a mono/tripod.

This was my first L lens and I was blow away by the sharpness.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Need a Good Card Reader
« on: November 25, 2011, 10:03:23 AM »
Quote
Quote from:  bainsybike on November 25, 2011
An argument against using a card reader is that the pins in the camera connecting to the CF card have a finite life.  If they get bent, the camera's useless and you have an expensive repair job on your hands.  If you use the USB connection and it goes wrong, you can still use a card reader.

Very good point!  Best argument for using the camera-to-computer transfer method.  I might just reconsider using a card reader.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need a Good Card Reader
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:56:54 AM »
I am just curious. Why a cardreader. What about connecting your camera through USB to your PC? I do that with my 7D, goes fast using the EOS Utility. (Cards Sandisk 60MB and Transcend 600x)

Good question

1.  I use to do this but like a dummy I kept forgetting to unplug the cable from my PC and damaged one of my front USB connectors  >:( :-[.   I guess I was enjoying my new images so much I forgot  :).  I figured I better quite this method before I damage my camera connector then I'd really be ticked .

2. I now have a quick automated way via Lightroom which streamlines the process.  I like this method better than the camera transfer method.

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Lighting / Re: Using multiple flash cords for speedlights
« on: November 24, 2011, 09:18:09 AM »
Hey all,

    I shoot with flash on manual at full power. Depending on the stadium lights, I will shoot at ISO 1600-3200. HS football stadium lights SUCK!!! I shoot with a ss of 1/500 - 1/640 in Tv mode with an EC of +4 1/3. Flash compensation of +3.

    Shots at 20-25 yards get the best exposure with these settings, for me. I have to play with shots outside that range more in post.

Gary W.

That's a  tall order for flash photography.  I' have no experience with this type of flash shooting, hopefully a sports/flash expert can chime in.

I would experiment with ETTL and maybe some FEC, and  also try high speed sync at those shutter speeds.

Good luck

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Software & Accessories / Need a Good Card Reader
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:47:39 PM »
Looking for some suggestions on a good CF card reader, I've put this off too long.  I'm tired of mine crapping out and resetting my PC when I insert my card >:(   

I have one of those internal all-in-one 3.5 floppy/CF/SD/etc/etc drives I bought years ago from Tiger  :-[

Interested in an internal (3.5 drive bay) as well as external.  Need reliability and speed.

Using Sandisk CF Extreme cards, 16 GB, 60/Mbs


PC - Windows XP w/ SP3
Intel Core 2 Quad 166 Mhz
4 Gig RAM
USB 2.0
External SATA & 1394

Thank you!





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Lighting / Re: Using multiple flash cords for speedlights
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:20:50 PM »
Hey all,

    The normal distance I try to shoot from is somewhere between 10-@50 yards. Beyond that, I have to crop more than I would like, and less than that, everything gets blown out.

    Using the cord solved the "arm in the way" issue.

Gary W.

Wow, those are long distances.  I have not used flash anywhere near those distances.  Your 430 has a GN of 141' at ISO 100 when zoomed to 105mm.  What ISO do you typically shoot at?  Are you using full power manual or ETTL?  It sounds like full power manual if you are blowing out images up close.

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