Phil Lowe

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  1. Yes. Going to have to be more specific with your second question. Obviously, exposure settings change with light, codec settings don't.
  2. Nikon D500, 200-500 @500mm (no TC). Florida is the gift that keeps on giving.
  3. For what it's worth, I've had similar sharpness issues with EF lenses on an APS-C body, specifically the Canon 7D (same 18mp sensor as your 60D). No matter what I did, I could not get a sharp image from my EF24-105L on that camera. Yet when I placed that lens on my 5D MkIII, the results were excellent. A while back I traded in my 24-105 for a 16-35L f/4, and man do I miss the zoom range of that lens! So having noted that, there may be an inherent problem using some FF glass on certain APS-C cameras. The following may explain, at least in part, what's happening when you put a full-frame lens on a crop-sensor body: I have actually found my EF-S 18-135 kit lens to be sharper on my 7D MkII than some full-frame lenses (that cost a lot more!) on that same body, while other FF lenses perform beautifully. I know you want to dump the 24-70, but you may want to try borrowing a full-frame body and see if you get the same soft results from that lens. If so, it's the lens. If not, it's the 60D not playing nicely with full-frame glass. Hope this helps.
  4. Thank you. The 1.4x III would probably be a much better TC than any of the 2x teleconverters out there.
  5. I think the D500 would be an excellent compliment to the D750. (Just as my 7D MkII is an excellent compliment to my 5D MkIV.)
  6. I do not but have, at times, seriously considered the 1.4xTC III from Canon. The old 100-400L I had (and recently traded in for the new MkII) is not quite as sharp as the MkII update, so I didn't want to take a chance on any teleconverter degrading the image. The new 100-400L MkII, being sharper with better IS, is probably a much better candidate for the 1.4x III. The big issue keeping me using the Canon TC is that I already have the Sigma 150-600 Sports lens for my Canon gear, and the Canon 1.4x III doesn't work with the Sigma lens, nor does it work with my Tamron 70-200, so I would be spending $400 to upgrade only my 100-400L to a 140-560. It really doesn't make much sense when I already have the 150-600. I got the Nikon 200-500 with TC for my wife to use because the Tamron 150-600 she had simply wasn't as good, and the TC with that lens is just an awesome combination. She hardly ever uses the D500 or 200-500, so that's why I brought them down to Florida with me.
  7. You've got some excellent bird shots. Love the Puffins! As you know, the key to shooting birds (or any wildlife, for that matter) is patience. Sometimes I have to shoot dozens, if not hundreds, of shots to get the right light and look from them. A slight turn of the head or twitch of the tail may be all it takes to turn an average shot into a real keeper! That's why the guys who do this stuff for a real living use bodies like the D5 or 1DX MkII and long, expensive prime lenses. I'm not there yet. Really need Shutterstock to step up and sell a lot more of my work! LOL! But these cameras, like the D500, 7D MkII, and Sony A6500, among others, are really great entry-level action cameras. What they lack in the tech of their big siblings, we have to make up for with professional technique: using camo and blinds to get close and shooting in optimal light, among others. Still, for the money, these cameras and lenses are tough to beat!
  8. Got the hell out of the miserable rain and cold in the Seattle-area for two weeks, and am now in sunny, warm, beautiful west-central Florida. Normally, I would bring my Canon 7D MkII and 5D MkIV, along with the Sigma 150-600S and my new EF 100-400L MkII, but I decided to travel "lighter" this time, and brought only the Nikon D500 with the Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 (and TC 1.4x III), Tamron 70-200 f/2.8, and Tamron 16-300 (general purpose lens). As a lifelong Canon shooter, I cannot tell you how much I really like shooting with the D500. It's smaller and lighter than my 7D MkII and, coupled with the deeper grip (something sorely lacking on the D610), just feels great in the hand. While I'm not about to sell all my Canon gear and move to Nikon, the D500 has won its place as an excellent travel camera, producing excellent images from its APS-C sensor. Still, the 7D MkII is no slouch. Of course, you know, this means shots from each to follow! House finch: Canon EOS 7D MkII, EF 100-400L MkII, 400mm, f/8, ISO 640, 1/2000. Red-bellied woodpecker (hanging upside down), Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 +1.4TC III, 700mm, f/9, ISO 640, 1/1250. Pleased to have both of these excellent cameras at my disposal! P.S. Single point continuous AF on both subjects above with birds' eye as focal point.
  9. CA (chromatic aberration) is produced by lenses (most notably zoom lenses), not camera bodies. Some bodies have the ability to correct lens issues in camera, but the lens has to be registered in the firmware of the body. As far as I know, Canon does not support 3rd party lenses in their in-camera correction system. If CA is an issue in landscapes, the best solution would be to look into better glass. The 5D MkIII is still a phenomenal camera, which is why I just can't part with mine.
  10. I was on a roll for the last 6 months, then May came. My "roll" has been almost a doughnut hole, despite having uploaded (with 100% approval rate) 64 images in last couple of weeks. New images are selling, but only as subs. Feels like my first month all over again.
  11. Video shot with the S7 Edge. Don't know how it will look posted here, but looks good on my phone. Aliasing is an issue in this scene because of fine horizontal lines in the fence. 20170509_152558.mp4
  12. This is a photo I took with the S7 Edge in a very dimly lit bar, at night, for a friend's going away gathering. Aside from reducing it in size to post here, this is how it came out of the phone. The fact that you can see any faces at all with as dark as it was in there is a testament to how far cell phone tech has come. The other thing about cell phones is that - because of the tiny sensor size - shallow depth of field isn't an issue. The iPhone even now has a way to mimic it using software. The second image was taken from inside my portable blind near my bird feeders, again with the S7 Edge (image resized to post here, no other image editing done.) Besides my contempt for the impractical way you have to jump through hoops to manually control the camera (maybe there's an app to streamline that), I really dislike the obvious wide angle (barrel) distortion. I suppose that could be fixed in Lightroom or Photoshop, but really: if you're using a cell phone for any kind of photography, the last thing on your mind is probably serious image editing. So I have a love/hate relationship with cell phone photography. In full auto it's about as quick and simple as you would expect it to be, but trying to use it in "pro mode" is just a real PITA. Having noted all of that, I'm actually thinking of getting a DJI Osmo and shooting video with it. I ran some test footage with my phone on the Osmo and the results were incredible: full Steadicam capabilities without the size and weight of a full Steadicam rig. So what was I able to get from the blind? Something I never could've gotten with a cell phone...(third image). P.S. Just want to make clear that I'm not knocking the use of a cell phone for stock, just that with the kind of shooting I do, especially for stills, I don't see a lot of use for it. Now video, on the other hand.......
  13. I have the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The camera is great, especially in low light. The biggest annoyance is having to use touchscreen menus to adjust any manual settings. Then, once you exit the phone app and reopen it, you have to go through the menu(s) to get it set for manual again! A flick of the finger on the dials for any of my DSLRs to control exposure is a lot easier than dealing with "pro" (manual) modes on a cell phone.
  14. Looks cool. I'm down with it.