Lives in United States Minneapolis, MN, United States
Works as a Molecular Biology/Virology
Joined on Apr 9, 2005
About me:

Camera: Canon EOS 7D

Lenses: EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Giottos MT9261 Tripod
Kirk Enterprises BH-3 Ballhead

Wish list:
500mm f/4L IS USM (II)
400mm f/2.8L IS USM II
1.4x TC III

biochemiker's recent activity

  • It seems like you have an axe to grind. The bokeh on the portraits is fantastic. Why didn't you post those as a counter-example? jodvovauk wrote: on f/1.8 it looks very ugly. It's taken...
  • I got it yesterday and shot the only thing that was available at the time, the moon. Not the best conditions for shooting, it was a bit windy and all but my ballhead supported the lens just fine. I...
  • Since I already have a RRS ball head and plate, I suppose all I would actually need is a threaded clamp for my monopod. Do you have a preference for the knob or the quick-release lever? ed rader...
  • I have tried the Canon 1.4x TC on my 100-400 with taped pins. It kind of, sort of AFs but not well. Using Liveview contrast detect AF actually works pretty well on stationary subjects but it isn't...
  • I am still pretty young and in good shape, I hope to hand-hold as much as possible. That being said, I do have a monopod and a solid tripod with a ball head rated for more weight than the...
  • LOL. That is the plan. I'd like to hand-hold as much as possible.  Tapeman wrote: Start working out. Handholding those take strength and practice. But worth it.
  • Spring is coming and I finally bit the bullet. I found a used 500mm f/4L IS USM (the older version) for a price I can actually afford. I'll be selling my beloved 100-400 to help pay for it and...
  • Replied in First lenses
    Of these lenses, the only one I've used is the 50mm f/1.8. I kind of go against the standard philosophy here because I don't really like it. It is inexpensive but the focus is really coarse and the...
  • Replied in Camera strap
    I use a Black Rapid camera strap. I like it a lot but I usually just carry the camera and lens. I mainly use the strap when I might be switching lenses. I leave the strap connected to the 100-400...
  • I use the back button AF all the time. I always hated having AF mapped to the shutter button because the shutter button would over-ride any manual focus that I had done. Also, it is useful for AI...
  • I recently moved from my venerable 450D to the 7D and I couldn't be happier with the AF. It is much faster and has the ability to do microfocus adjustment which I found one of my lenses really...
  • Replied in First lenses
    My suggestions for portrait lenses would be the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8. Both lenses are significantly cheaper than their L variants. I think the 85mm is the better of the two lenses...
  • The other posters would like to help but you haven't responded to any of their questions: of what do you want to take pictures? Sports? Portraits? Landscapes? All of the above? My two cents based...
  • Looks fine to me. How far away were you? Near minimum focus distance, at f/5.6, the depth of field is millimeters thin. That said, it looks fine to me. You can always try microfocus adjustment if...
  • Replied in Bird ID
    Thanks rockytopk9! Your Indigo Bunting is great, by the way. It does look a lot like an Orange Crowned Warbler but that would indeed be a rara avis for Minneapolis, MN. I am leaning toward a...
  • Thanks! That little warbler was really precocious. It hopped right up to me. Any ideas on the identification of the other bird? I haven't had any issues with dust after two years with mine. I take...
  • Hi all, I don't post much but this is my favorite thread. The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota did a wild bird release last weekend. In addition to the released birds, a number of...
  • Great Photos! Ah, Kensington Metropark. I miss that place. Some of my favorite photos were taken there. Cheers, Mike
  • Replied in Reflective Robin
    With another 6-10 inches of snow in the forecast for tonight/tomorrow it doesn't quite feel like spring yet. There has been a huge flock of American Robins moving through Minnesota, however, who...
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