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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
« Last post by StudentOfLight on Today at 03:47:18 PM »
These wonderful ladies are dear family friends. They helped my mom's family 50 years ago when my grandmother developed a terminal form of cancer.


Nurses
by Omesh Singh, on Flickr
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I usually fly Emirates, which means stopping in Dubai.  I've never stepped outside the airport, but I've always been curious about spending a week or two somewhere around there.  By middle east, I've nowhere specific in mind.  Cairo, Mecca and Medina are probably the most likely destinations.  I'd like to get out and see more of the countryside, but I'm not really a tour group person.  And I don't think girls can drive in Saudi Arabia anyway (even if you are tourists), so I'm not even sure how I'd get around.

This is a little OT but it is forbidden for non-Muslims to enter Mecca.
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Well, I will continue using my 100 macro for rattlesnakes, nothing shorter.

With a 2X teleconverter..... you can use a 2X teleconverter on the 100L :)
Canon Extender Manual say "No!" to all Macros except for the 180L Macro ;)

+1.  I believe the shortest prime -- skipping the T/S lenses -- that uses the Canon teleconverters (without a 'spacer' tube to give the projecting T/C element some room) is the 135L.

- A
That's correct. (See manual)

Yes, this is not possible without e.g. a 12mm extension tube, while the extender just about fits into the back of the 100L, it won't turn and lock in place.

Well. I hate to be pedantic. Oh no, wait, I love it!  But the poster said using a 2x Teleconverter, not specifically a Canon 2x extender. There are plenty of third party teleconverters for EF lenses that will work fine with the 100L macro.

Ha, you're right!
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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera insurance recommendations?
« Last post by Normalnorm on Today at 02:58:55 PM »
Any feedback on the insurance options through PPA.com or Photo.Net?

I am in the same boat... though unfortunately used to have State Farm, but have been with Progressive the last couple of years.  I don't think Progressive offers such a policy

I used to be  a member of PPA and they have (or had) a free $15000 coverage for gear for members.
I also get a regular email offering PPA recommended insurance from a  broker.

I currently have business insurance so I am not shopping currently.

I DO have a comment on business insurance though.
I had what I thought was a comprehensive policy through Nationwide and was VERY surprised to find that a theft of equipment from my vehicle was not covered because they regarded my gear as "tools" and were not covered.

Despite very clear language to the contrary and the complete absence of documentation to support their contention, they denied my claim.

I am suing them in small claims (in California we have a $5k limit for corporations and $10k for sole proprietors) so we shall see what happens.

My agent has advised me to get a maritime coverage that itemizes the gear and provides full coverage. Not too expensive.
There are other solutions such as itemized coverage for special equipment but you need to ask an agent as to what works best for you.
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by Jack Douglas on Today at 02:32:34 PM »
Thanks guys.  As all of you no doubt know what it boils down to is having the camera ready at all times and even before a planned shoot.  This week I watched the Tin Man Lee presentation and that was a major part of his presentation.  Rather unpolished but still good.

https://app.webinarjam.net/replay/38249/ca208d4171/0/106583484

Set the camera on manual with settings that are compatible with the overall conditions that exist at the particular time of day and the chances of a grabbed shot being OK will be much higher.  These "rare" for us opportunities are not really that rare but we generally are left saying "if only". 

It's a faded memory but I will always cherish that moment when they maneuvered around the stump and then they were gone, and, right here in my yard, with me above them.  I just pushed the shutter button.  Goosebumps.  End of my discourse! ;)

Jack
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Well, I will continue using my 100 macro for rattlesnakes, nothing shorter.

With a 2X teleconverter..... you can use a 2X teleconverter on the 100L :)
Canon Extender Manual say "No!" to all Macros except for the 180L Macro ;)

+1.  I believe the shortest prime -- skipping the T/S lenses -- that uses the Canon teleconverters (without a 'spacer' tube to give the projecting T/C element some room) is the 135L.

- A
That's correct. (See manual)

Yes, this is not possible without e.g. a 12mm extension tube, while the extender just about fits into the back of the 100L, it won't turn and lock in place.

Well. I hate to be pedantic. Oh no, wait, I love it!  But the poster said using a 2x Teleconverter, not specifically a Canon 2x extender. There are plenty of third party teleconverters for EF lenses that will work fine with the 100L macro.
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Well, I will continue using my 100 macro for rattlesnakes, nothing shorter.

With a 2X teleconverter..... you can use a 2X teleconverter on the 100L :)
Canon Extender Manual say "No!" to all Macros except for the 180L Macro ;)

+1.  I believe the shortest prime -- skipping the T/S lenses -- that uses the Canon teleconverters (without a 'spacer' tube to give the projecting T/C element some room) is the 135L.

- A
That's correct. (See manual)

Yes, this is not possible without e.g. a 12mm extension tube, while the extender just about fits into the back of the 100L, it won't turn and lock in place.
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Which one?  I'd like to keep it small as we'll be training about while we're there and I don't want to lug around some overkill sarcophagus along with our suitcases.  What size/model might you guys recommend?  Preferably doesn't come in black and looks more like luggage than an electronics treasure chest.

IIRC Pelican (and other makers) makes bug in different colors. Don't know, get one olive green or desert sand, maybe handlers could become more careful thinking it's military stuff - or just blow them apart :D Other colors are orange and yellow...

Their new "Air" line should be lighter, but no one looks more like "luggage" - even their explicit luggage cases are not exactly "anonymous".

Their site is quite exhaustive about available models, some have wheels, others don't, I have a small foldable cart to carry them around, but I still never tried to board it also :) Maybe in the near future I'll need.

Some also can cut foam on your design - there are also bag with moveable dividers, foam protects better, but is not versatile.
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Changing gears a little bit:  in case this ban sticks / metastasizes and moves to other countries, carriers, etc. I have a trip to Scandinavia this spring and I'd like to plan accordingly.

Were I to bring the following...

  • 5D3 -- no grip, no speedlite
  • Two of the these three: 16-35 f/4L IS, 24-70 f/4L IS, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II (most likely the first two)
  • One small prime (35 f/2 IS, 50 f/1.4, etc.)
  • Gorillapod + small ball head (I'd leave that at home to make room if the 70-200 made the trip)
  • Filters, hoods, charger, BR strap, etc.

...I'm assuming I need a check-able Pelican (or similar) hard case. 

Which one?  I'd like to keep it small as we'll be training about while we're there and I don't want to lug around some overkill sarcophagus along with our suitcases.  What size/model might you guys recommend?  Preferably doesn't come in black and looks more like luggage than an electronics treasure chest.

Just saw that LR rents Pelicans out.  Shipping might be nasty given their size, but that's still a nice option.

Ideas?  Thx!

- A

All of that would easily fit in a Storm im2500 (or the equivalent Peli 1510), which are the carry-on approved sizes.  Or the Pelican Elite Luggage 22" Carryon that I now use for travel.  There's no reason you can't check a case that size, but that way you have the flexibility.

Earlier in this thread, I mentioned a trip to China.  Packed in my Flipside 400 AW for that trip were a gripped 5DII, 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L IS, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, TSE-24mm f/3.5L II, 35mm f/1.4L, 430EX II, 1.4x II Extender, 77mm 500D Close-Up Lens, a PowerShot S95, and various filters, cleaning supplies, etc.  I loaded up the Flipside, then packed that into a Pelican Storm im2500 carryon hard case.  Gear was well padded, and the backpack was nesessary at the destination.

In the image below, everything except the 17" MacBook Pro and the CF tripod/head went into the Flipside 400AW, which then went into the Storm im2500.

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Objectively, based on lab scoring (not mine), the 5DMk4 has slightly more color depth and the same dynamic range as the 80D, and much better low light (higher ISO) performance.  But, if you're only shooting ISO 100 in bright sunlight, the latter doesn't matter.  If you drop it down a notch and compare 6D and 80D, the 80D has superior dynamic range; who knows what the 6DII will bring.

If you're able to do all your bird photography at ISO 100, you must live somewhere very bright! But anyhow, I'm glad you're enjoying your kit; however, the argument 'more pixels on bird with crop' is not as cut and dried as you suggest, or else everyone would be using fixed lens superzooms for bird photography. I've no doubt the 80D is a fine camera for this type of work if budget and weight are limiting factors. The 5D4 is nonetheless doubtless superior in most technical aspects.
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