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Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
The more I think about it, to be honest, he probably ought to get a 100-400. A T5i, A 24-105 and a 100-400 will more than suffice for a trip like this, and you can but that for about what a 70-200F2.8L IS II and a 2.0X teleconverter alone would cost.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
since the questioner is self-admitted as a beginner in photographer, I'm really unable to suggest he spend huge amounts of money for lenses when I have no idea what his plans are beyond the trip, or what his preferred photographer is. Which they may not know, iether. And the 70-200F2.8 IS II is a seriously expensive lens. I can't suggest they invest 7-8,000 on camera gear as beginners...
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
but the 400mm is ONLY 400mm. The combo I suggest covers 70-400mm. And he'll want that flexibility.
Apr
4
comment Should I buy a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS or 70-200 f/4 L USM (without IS) for a wildlife safari?
while I'd normally agree with the idea of renting a big lens, for a new photographer going to africa for the first time, hauling big glass around may be a nightmare. I'm not sure that's the right approach with someone who doesn't know the details of schlepping gear around.
Mar
24
comment What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
"A huge bazooka superzoom can hardly be considered an everyday lens." -- sure it can. It depends on the type of photography you do. try saying it's not an everyday lens to a professional baseball photographer or someone shooting bears in Alaska....
Mar
23
comment What the best telephoto zoom lens for everyday use with a Canon 7d with a $2500 budget?
by the way, if you really do kit out for serious critter and landscape work, don't be surprised when you realize your camera bag weighs out at 25 pounds. Make sure you invest in a good, large, backpack style bag to carry the stuff in. Trust me on that.
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
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.
Jan
18
comment Compensating for poor air quality?
sometimes you don't have that option.
Dec
13
comment Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?
agreed on the 300F4+1.4x being a great and cost effective combo. It's my go-to lens these days (I used to preach the 100-400, also a good option, but changed about a year ago. don't regret it; my next upgrade will be to a 70-200 IS II and 2x, but that's about double the cost of the 300F4). Consider retnring a 500mm for the trip, too. You'll likely want it.
Oct
6
comment Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography
Depends on what your expectations are. If you just want to put up a web site and any sales are beer money, that's one option. If you want to have it be a significant income stream? Whole different beast. (I'd argue that "beer money" sales isn't professional, personally). But there are literally tens of thousands of people with cameras thinking like you are thinking right now. How do you stand out?
Sep
28
comment Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?
When I upgraded to Lion, I found Lightroom no longer worked well enough for me in 4 gig, so I upgraded to 8 gig. Now that I'm running mountain lion, it seems to be a bit laggy at times (2010 Macbook Pro 2.4GHz), enough to annoy me at times. the primary slowdown seems to be convrting to and using DNG, so I've switched conversion to the end of my workflow and it's sped things up a lot. It doesn't seem to be memory, but CPU saturation.
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
looking back on this comment, I don't want to make it sound like I don't think a monopod or tripod is helpful. Both are in the right situations, and can increase sharpness on many shots. But I don't think they are required any more for a lot of situations.