Can You Explain Any of These? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Can You Explain Any of These?

What’s Up?

The weather was gorgeous again on Tuesday morning. I spent an hour photographing various Sandhill Cranes. I began with a sleeping adult crane and experimented (successfully) with depth-of-field. I will share two of the sleeping bird series with you here at some point. After its nap, it began to preen so I kept on shooting. I saw the large colt crane family (once again a family of four) fly across the canal from the North Field to the North Peninsula. It was the first time that I had seen the two colts fly though I suspect they have been flying for several weeks. I made a few frames of one of the colts lying on the grass for a rest.

Today is Wednesday 18 May 2022. The forecast for ILE for this morning is calling for sunny skies with a very soft breeze from the NNW. I will be heading down to the lake early as usual. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day. This blog post took about 45 minutes to prepare and makes sixty-eight days in a row with a new one.

It is not likely that anyone can explain any of these. If, however, you are personally aware of a situation in photography that leaves you scratching your head, please do share by leaving a comment.

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Can You Explain Any of These?

The MAC Group and Induro Tripods

#1: When Gitzo went down the tubes several years ago, I looked for a relatively inexpensive, sturdy, well-made line of tripods that would stand up to abuse from sand and salt water. I was thrilled to find Induro. I tried to become a dealer but was inexplicably black balled by the owner of seven (I think) camera stores in the Northeast. I own several GIT 304Ls, a 404XL, a 505XL, and one GIT 204L. I promoted the brand and sold many through Outdoor Photo Gear and B&H. The Induro legs met all my requirements. Not only did they cost a fraction of the ridiculously heavy, over-priced Really Wrong Stuff tripods, but they were also lighter and performed better.

Induro was manufactured under the auspices of The MAC Group, the boys and girls who refused to make me a dealer as I built the Induro brand name in the US. I’d say that well more than half of the serious photographers I’ve run across in the last few years are using Induro tripods. I learned recently that the MAC group, in its’ infinite wisdom, has stopped making all Induro tripods and has no plans to re-created them under another brand of theirs.

Can you explain that?

Think Tank Urban Disguise Laptop Bags

#2: I purchased a Think Tank Urban Disguise laptop bag probably twenty years ago. They offered several different models. Mine is the Urban Disguise Classic 60. It is large and roomy and super-sturdy with excellent construction. Over the decades it has gotten me out of many a travel jam. I thought about replacing it even though it still functions perfectly. I learned that Think Tank quit making them five years ago.

Can you explain that?

The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens and TCs …

#3: This one may very well take the cake. On the February 2022 Homer/Kachemak Bay Bald Eagle IPTs, BPN friend Kevin Hice told me that the new Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens did not accept either of the RF teleconverters, the Canon Extender RF 1.4x or the Canon Extender RF 2x.

That is impossible, I said. That destroys the versatility of the world’s most popular mid-range telephoto zoom lens. I simply did not believe him. Until he took out his new lens and the two TCs. Neither one would fit into the back of the lens (even when it was zoomed out). I was incredulous. I called my good friend from Canon EoL days, top tech-rep Rudy Winston. He stated that the Canon engineers in Japan opted to design the lens that way!

Can you explain that?

ps: Amazingly, Canon is attempting to keep that a secret; there is no mention of this problem in the product information. I did, however, find this review on B&H:

Not compatible with extenders By Rkthunder:

Totally surprised this lens is not compatible with either the 1.4 or 2X RF extenders. Those worked with the RF 100-500mm, which I returned because it was not a high-quality lens. Very disappointed in the RF series so far.

Homer 2022 Bald Eagle Highlights and Handholding Compositional Tips by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Enjoy and be inspired by just a few Homer Bald Eagle highlight images. Hand holding intermediate telephoto lens will always yield slightly different compositions. Learn more about that topic in this short (3:14) video.

All images from Homer or Kachemak Bay, AK

2023 Homer/Kachemak Bay Bald Eagle IPTs

IPT #1: MON 20 FEB 2023 through the full day on FRI 24 FEB 2023. Five full days/20 hours on the boat: $5500.00. Limit 5 photographers

IPT #2: SAT 25 FEB 2023 through the full day on THURS 2 MAR 2023. Six full days/24 hours on the boat: $6600.00. Limit 5 photographers/Openings: 4.

IPT #3: FRI 3 MAR 2023 through the full day on TUES 7 MAR 2023. Five full days/20 hours on the boat: $5500.00. Limit 5 photographers.

Save $1,000.00 by doing back-to-back trips. Save $1500.00 by doing all three.

These trips feature non-stop flight photography as well as many opportunities to create both environmental and point-blank portraits of one of North America’s most sought-after avian subjects: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Other reliable subjects will include Sea Otter, Glaucous-winged and Short-billed (formerly Mew) Gulls.

In addition, we should see Common Murre, Black Guillemot, Pelagic Cormorant, two or three species of loons, and a smattering of ducks including two species of merganser, all three scoters, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Bufflehead, Harlequin, and Long-tailed Ducks. Close-range photographic chances for these species will require a ton of good luck. Some of these species, especially when in flocks, can, however, often be used effectively when pleasing creating bird-scapes.

If we need to be out early, we will be the first boat out. If conditions are great, we will stay out. And when there is a chance for sunset silhouettes, we will be in the right spot.

We will be traveling through gorgeous wilderness country; landscape and scenic opportunities abound.

Also featured is a professional leader, often referred to as the world’s most knowledgeable bird photography trip leader, who is conversant in Canon, Nikon, and Sony. You will learn practical and creative solutions to everyday photographic problems. You will learn to see the shot, to create dynamic images by fine-tuning your compositions, to best utilize your camera’s AF system, and how to analyze the wind, the sky conditions, and the direction and quality of the light. This is one of the very few trips Homer trips available where you will not be simply put on the birds and told to have fun. You will learn to be a better photographer. But only if that is what you want.

You will learn to get the right exposure when it is sunny, when it cloudy-bright, when it is cloudy, when it is cloudy-dark, or when it is foggy. Not to mention getting the right exposure when creating silhouettes.

You will learn to make pleasing blurs working in manual mode and to create silhouettes working in Shutter Priority mode.

Most importantly you will learn to pick your best flight images from tens of thousands of images.

You will enjoy working with the two best and most creative boat captains on their sturdy, photography-spacious, seaworthy, open-deck crafts.

The second and third IPTs are the only Bald Eagle workshops that feature an incredibly helpful first mate.

Only five photographers (not the usual six), plus the leader.

Small group Photoshop, Image Review, and Image Critiquing sessions.

All images from Homer or Kachemak Bay, AK

What’s Included

One four hour or two two-hour boat trips every day (weather permitting), all boat fees and boat-related expenses (excluding tips), ground transportation to and from the dock and back to the hotel each day, in-the-field instruction and guidance, pre-trip gear advice, small group post-processing and image review sessions, and a thank you dinner for all well-behaved participants.

What’s Not Included

Your airfare to and from Homer, AK (via Anchorage), the cost of your room at Land’s End Resort, all personal items, all meals and beverages, and tips for the boat captain and/or the first mate.

Please Note

On great days, the group may wish to photograph for more than four hours. If the total time on the boat exceeds 20 hours for the five-day trips, or 24 hours for the second trip, the group will share the additional expense at a rate of $225/hour.

Some folks may wish to rent their own vehicle to take advantage of local photographic opportunities around Homer.

Deposit Information

A $3000 non-refundable deposit/trip is required. You may pay your deposit with credit card or by personal check (made out to BIRDS AS ART) and sent via US mail only to Arthur Morris. PO Box 7245. Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. Your balance, due 90 days before the date of departure, is payable only by check as above.

In Closing

I have been going to Homer off and on for close to two decades. Every trip has been nothing short of fantastic. Many folks go in mid-March. The earlier you go, the better the chances for snow. The only way to assure that you are on the best of the three trips is to sign up for all of them. Can you keep up with me? If you have any questions, or are good to go for one, two, or all three trips, please let me know via e-mail or give me a call on my cell phone at 863-221-2372.


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23 comments to Can You Explain Any of These?

  • avatar ChicagoJeff

    Re: Induro … did they give you a reason for not allowing you to be a dealer?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      It’s a long, stupid story. I was black balled by a petty person who had once been a BAA sponsor. Join me on an IPT and ask me and I will share all the details.


  • avatar Ryan Sanderson

    I would suspect that the designers of the 70-200 had to balance making the smallest 70-200 they could with the ability to use TCs. The size, when not zoomed, is amazingly small, but if that was the decision they had to make, I think they made the wrong decision.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I remember the thing seeming to be huge. And clunky. The Sony 70-200 II is actually fractionally lighter and I would bet that it is smaller overall. The diameter of SONY is fractionally smaller than the diameter of the Canon …


      • avatar Ryan Sanderson

        Have you had a chance to use the RF 70-200 2.8? It’s far smaller, when at 70mm, than any of the other 70-200 2.8 lenses on the market.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          I did not use it by I held one. If it weighs more than The Sony 70-200 and its versatility is crippled by TC incompatibility why would anyone care how small it is at 70mm?

          As most do, I see it as a terrible blunder by Canon. I would assume that most folks would go with the last version of the EF 70-200 and the RF-EF Adapter …

          with love, artie

  • avatar Wtlloyd

    Seems to me the thinking on the RF70-200 is that they will sell more RF100-500 if the extenders are incompatable.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Bill, Probably not to anyone with a brain. f/2.8 with the TCs gets you to f/4 and f/5.6. The 1-5 start at f/7.1. The 100-400 II would be a better choice anyhoo.

      With love, a’

      ps: are you up for a Galapagos trip late AUG/early SEPT 2023?

    • avatar Adam

      Well, I wouldn’t call the 100-500 exactly 100% compatible with the TC’s either. It bayonets out to 300 mm and the range with a 1.4x becomes 420-700.

  • avatar David Pugsley

    I’ll chalk the first two up to the products not turning a profit. The third, well, that’s just idiocy if I’m being blunt.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not sure on the first two. If you have a great product that is not making a profit I think that you need to look at the folks running the place …


  • avatar Bob

    I find that if I like something I should buy two as it is a sure sign it will be discontinued. I replaced the urban disguise with the gura gear bag which I felt was much better for my use. Unfortunately Gura gear suffered under Tenba. As to Induro, I don’t know. I’ve an early model from over 10 years back of what became the GT3543XLS and have not found a reason to change. Not particularly thrilled with its current incarnation. As to the 70-200 hopefully a 3rd party will make multipliers that will work with it. I’m also disappointed in some of the other decisions canon made in the R lens line.

  • avatar Joel Eade

    PS: a quick search on the net revealed Induro Tripods are now part of Benro which is also owned by MAC group

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Please shoot me a link. I was told that Benro would not be continuing production of the tripods mentioned above.

      with love, artie

      • avatar Bill Atwood

        Some old Induro models are available through Benro, however I think the CLT models are kaput. I used a 103 for a small spotting scope and sold it to a friend believing I could easily replace it. That was a mistake.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Bill, The Induro stuff they have been selling is old stock. As far as I know, they will not be making anything similar.


  • avatar Joel Eade

    Can’t explain Canon’s decision regarding the RF70-200 f/2.8 and the teleconverters but I would wager the other two issues are more than likely a business decision by the companies involved based strictly on money.

  • avatar Brian Patteson

    You gotta love AI (artificial intelligence). There’s a banner ad from B&H for the 70-200/2.8 and the two incompatible TCs. LOL

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