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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 56
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
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Mar
23
answered What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
Mar
20
answered What to do about persistent dust spots on my DSLR?
Mar
19
awarded  Caucus
Feb
27
comment Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?
You might also want to look at the Canon SX50 camera. It's getting some buzz among birders as an alternative to digiscoping. Take a look at what the Stokes say, for instance: stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/… -- I'm going to be experimenting with one soon and see what I think.
Feb
27
comment Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?
I just upgraded my scope. My new one is a Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 12-36 x50, which ran me about $350US at Amazon. Haven't put a lot of use in it, but it's a nice upgrade from my old, $150ish scope that had seen better days. I'm looking forward to trying some digiscoping on it using my iPhone as camera, just to see how it works.
Feb
27
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
Thank you! the best way to justify a cost like that is to realize it saves you from having to buy a 500mm or 600mm lens at $5000-11,000. (grin). (seriously. with a good body, you can crop instead of buying even bigger, nastier lenses...)
Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
more on my current thinking on my blog, in way more detail than I can fit here.. chuqui.com/2013/01/… -- FWIW, the 100-400 and 300+1.4x combos both cost about $1400US. The 70-200F2.8LISII+2.0x is closer to $2500. Not an easy cost to justify...
Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
it's complicated. the 100-400 is less sharp, but the zoom may make it a better option. The 300F4+1.4 is sharper with better AF, but the lack of zoom meant I was carrying a 2nd body and lens with me most of the time. If weight/flexibility is most important, go 100-400. If sharpness is, go 300. Both are usable and good options. I ended up going to 70-200F2.8LISII and a 2.0XIII. Sharper than both AND with a zoom, but a lot more expensive. But for me, it made sense.
Feb
23
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
technical quality? no, it wouldn't make a difference.What I want are workflows that work reliably without a lot of manual tweaking, and that's tough to do using the print module.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
It looks like roughly 60-70% of the images need manual "fixing". at that rate, I might as well do the crops by hand and do them right up front, rather than build a broken process I have to be constantly manually fixing.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
If your exported aspect ratio and the aspect ratio of the existing image aren't the same, then some kind of crop is going to be needed. In a recent setup I was working on, I was going from (primarily) 2:3 (my camera's native ratio) or 4:5 (a common crop for me) to 16:9. If you use something like Jeffrey Friedl's Crop for Ipad regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/crop-for-ipad to handle the change, you have to choose where to crop (top/bottom or both from the center). I ended up with lots of birds with heads chopped off.
Feb
20
answered Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
Feb
17
answered Pistol grip vs ball head
Feb
14
comment Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
apologies, didn't realize that. just pulled links the way I typically do, didn't think taht it might be against policy.
Feb
14
revised Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
added 129 characters in body
Feb
13
answered Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
Feb
13
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
18
comment Compensating for poor air quality?
sometimes you don't have that option.
Jan
17
answered I'm a Designer and Programmer who wants to create some software for photographers
Jan
10
answered Canon 24-105 vs 70-200 within the same range