February 08, 2016, 01:20:38 AM

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by Grant on Today at 01:19:16 AM »
Great colorful buddy to have!

Jack

Howdy Jack  --  Yes -- I feel lucky to have him in our yard!
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by Cog on Today at 01:13:46 AM »
Very nice series, Cog. I especially like the first and last picture.
Thank you, Click!
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Lenses / Re: Another Mention of an EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III
« Last post by Nininini on Today at 01:12:32 AM »
I've said this before, but I really hope Canon prices this lens very well.

If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it
...is a good rule of thumb with these lenses.

I hope Canon surprises us with a reasonable price for this!

good luck
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Canon announced that they would be at the Super Bowl, and you can bet that they were handing out MK II prototypes to major sports photographers.  They also loan lenses.  The object is to have potential customers seeing all those red rings and deciding that all those other photographers using them is a reason to switch.

Of course, Nikon does the same thing.

I was absolutely amazed at the number of Canon Cameras with the red ring lenses (24-70)?  surrounding the players after the game.  The view from the sky cam revealed well over 100 photographers pushing in to get a shot.  There were very few Nikon Cameras there, so Canon must have really been handing the cameras out like candy.  There were no advertising vests though, many were wearing Super Bowl 50 Vests.

There were a lot of Nikon shooters with the big Black Telephoto lenses on the sidelines.  The likely had D5 prototypes.

It was nice to see John Elway there.  He was very young when I went to Grays Harbor College.  His father was PE teacher and Football coach and was proud of his young boy John.  Then after I graduated from WSU, his father became head coach at WSU and his son was a big football star at Pullman High school.  They both moved to Stanford where father coached and son John played.  I think he played in Denver or something like that too ;D
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Nikon did the same when the D4 came out, they included a xqd card and reader.  Cameras used to come with a low capacity starter card back when cards were very expensive.  Some never used anything but those 2mb or 8mb cards.
I still have the 8MB Canon CF card that came with my 10D. I will photograph it with my 128GB CF card when it arrives.  ;D

Those old cards sometimes come in handy.  I have occasionally picked up some vintage equipment for my collection that requires the small cards.  I have CF, Smart Cards(3.3 and 5V), XD cards, SD Cards of various types, a couple of type III PCMIA Hard Drives, and, of course, the ever popular memory sticks ;D.  I even have two eye-fi cards and a CF adapter.
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Deals on Gear / Re: $5999 1D X Mark II + 64GB CFast card + Card reader
« Last post by dolina on Today at 12:45:37 AM »
Nikon did the same when the D4 came out, they included a xqd card and reader.  Cameras used to come with a low capacity starter card back when cards were very expensive.  Some never used anything but those 2mb or 8mb cards.
I still have the 8MB Canon CF card that came with my 10D. I will photograph it with my 128GB CF card when it arrives.  ;D
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Lenses / Re: 300 2.8L lens cover fit question
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on Today at 12:44:54 AM »
No, they will not fit the older lens.

You used to be able to purchase third party caps.  I think some found Tupperware lits that snapped on rather than the pull over hood affair.   I made a leather slip-on cover for my old Nikon 300mm f/2.8 by sewing a leather cap to fit to fit it,  It was a little complex, since I lined it with velvet to keep it from scratching.

Contact Don Zeck and see if C2 caps are still available

http://donzecklenscap.com/don-zeck-canon-lens-caps/
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Lenses / Re: "Budget" Wildlife Lens Option
« Last post by 9VIII on Today at 12:34:26 AM »
If you're talking about wildlife then the two 400mm lenses are the only ones worth considering. You want the 400f5.6 if you need to save money or weight, otherwise the 100-400MkII is unquestionably the right choice.
And as soon as you say "400f5.6+TC" I say "you're 75% of the way to the cost of the 100-400MkII".

The only case where I can see buying the 400f5.6 making sense is if every picture you've ever taken with the 100-400MkII has been at 400mm.
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I've been thru that with many manufacturers of precision parts, but optics is the most difficult.  Sometimes its impossible to measure a part directly to see if its accurate enough. 

We ran into that with fiberoptic connectors.  Each one has a lens in it, and the tolerance for the alignment required is so small that we could not find a way to directly measure it, not anywhere in the world.  What was eventually done was a clever way of creating a "Gold" standard which was nearly perfect.  We were doing something that had never been successfully done before, and our competition said it would never work. 

Then during the assembly process, parts were checked against the standard using the same clever method that quickly picked up any that were out of tolerance.  This happened at a early assembly stage and weeded out bad components before they were assembled into a very expensive product.

We amazed everyone when the final production items came in well under specification.  That seldom happens in the real world.  They also made Canon lens prices look like chicken feed ;)  The cost was well worth it, because a multi million dollar system needed every bit of performance possible.
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