Lives in United States S. F. Bay area, CA, United States
Works as a Retired software engineer
Has a website at pixseal.com
Joined on Apr 19, 2002
About me:

20 years shooting Canon film SLRs and then 15 more years shooting Canon DSLRs.

pixseal's current gear

Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM
5 years old and recently replaced.
My new best camera.
Fast focusing, very effective image stabilization and very sharp.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Sharp lens - IS is great for hand-held shots.
Newly acquired - sharper than the first version IS lens, and that was sharp.
This is one of my "always have with me" lenses
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
I like this lens, althouigh I can often replace its funtionality by shooting panoramas.
This is one of my "always have with me" lenses
Will be using it with the 500mm
Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4x
I laways carry this converter with me and I use it with the 70-200.
Other gear:
  • Acratech Leveling Base great for panoramas
  • Acratech Ultimate ballhead Lightweight and solid.
  • Bogen 3444D Carbon Fiber tripod legs I should have bought a Gitzo
  • Feisol 1471 Monopod Great monopod - strong and lightweight
  • Gitzo GT3530S tripod legs Solid.
  • Jobu Black Widow Gimbal - Heavy Duty head Solid
  • Realy Right Stuff TA-3-LB leveling base Great for leveling the gimbal head.
  • Sirui L-10 Tilt Head Best head for the 500mm on the monopod

pixseal's previous gear

Canon PowerShot G1
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 10D
My first digital camera
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0L IS USM
Focus ring needed repair (twice)
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Sharp, almost dust-proof
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Worked well with 300/4L, 500/4L 70-200/4L and 70-200/2.8L
Canon Extender EF 2x II
Didn't work so well with my f/4 lenses
Other gear:
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Non-USM
  • Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L USM Non-IS
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Original, metal mount
  • Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.4-4.5 USM Sharp
  • Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8L Original, non-USM, sharp