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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:14:29 PM »
I own both cameras, so this is my take.
1. Weight, size and frames per second are the big differences between them.  The difference in mp is notable as well, but I consider that to be secondary.   If you do a lot of hiking for landscapes, the smaller size and weight is a big factor in favor of the 5D Mk III.  Frames per second aren't usually a factor in landscapes, unless you're shooting waves or other moving things.
2. At low ISO settings, image quality is comparable, both are excellent.  That said, I've always considered the 1DX to have a "buttery" look to them, really smooth.  At higher ISO settings, the 1DX beats the 5D Mk III hands down.
3. The 1DX is superb at bird or other moving object photography.  It just can't be beat.  The 5D Mk III is also excellent but the 12 vs 6 fps and the buffer size makes a big difference.  They have similar autofocus, but the 1DX is better due to its dedicated processor.  I've captured many great birds in flight shots with the 5D Mk III that I would not have been able to take with the 5D Mk II, which I also owned.

Most of my shooting is for the birds, secondary is landscape.  When I go for landscapes, the 1DX stays home.  When I go for birds, the 1DX is on the 600 mm lens and the 5D Mk III is on the 200 - 400 mm or a 70 - 200 with a 1.4X.  Both get used and produce great images

Bottom line recommendation, buy the 5D Mk III and save the money for another lens or something else that would improve your photography.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:31:33 AM »
1Dx 400f/2.8 II

Northern South Africa near Mala Mala

Edward,  Love this image, great expression and composition of one of my favorite animals.  You polar bear images are fabulous as well. 

We could rename this post as the Gary, Lemmy Shoyu, bornshooter and eml58 show.  Not to neglect all the other great images other people have posted on the site, they just come to mind.  Great images by all.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:22:50 AM »
1Dx
600mm f/9.0 1/6400 iso 400

Great image Gary, as usual.  Glad to see you back.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:02:49 AM »
Some more eagle images.

Excellent and interesting shots sharp shot!

Do you use a gimbal head when shooting eagles like this?

Thanks Northstar.  Yes, I use a Wimberley head on a Gitzo tripod.  Even though the EF 600mm f/4.0 II is rather light, it's too heavy for me to handhold for hours.  With all the action, I may be following an eagle in flight for several minutes at a time.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:07:49 AM »
Some more eagle images.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:05:09 AM »
Some of us are going through withdraw from not seeing Gary Samples eagle photos lately, so I thought I'd post some images taken this spring.  The interaction between the herons and the eagles was really fun to watch, but I'm sure the herons did not enjoy the eagles attempts to steal their fish.  Sometimes the heron would put the fish underwater to protect it, but sometimes they just dropped it.  The eagles would rather steal than catch their own.

Gary, miss seeing your shots.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:23:01 AM »
:)Relaxing before departure .................

Shooter, wonderful images of the aircraft in flight.  They are beautiful works of art!  Makes me want to go flying again.  You have been blessed with very unique opportunities to photograph planes in flight.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:18:29 AM »
Edward, your wildlife shots are just outstanding!  You must be having a lot of fun traveling about the world, observing wildlife in settings and places many of us only dream of.  Things that are often not portrayed directly in the photograph are the environmental condition of temperature, wind speed, humidity, smells, or just how much effort was applied to get to the location and in position for the shot.  It's nice to hear some of your travel experiences that provide some appreciation of the effort.   I always look forward to viewing your images.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 02, 2013, 12:25:09 AM »
eml58

Thank you for your initial observations on the performance of the 200 - 400 mm lens.  All of us interested in this lens are highly interested in its performance.  Can't wait till mine arrives.

One question: Where you shooting manual exposure or auto?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2013, 01:19:02 AM »
More Duckling images:

Duckling 0112: EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, 1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 5,000, +2/3 exposure comp,  AI Servo AF, Case 6, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, Photoshop.

Duckling 7968: EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, 1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 2,000,  AI Servo AF, Case 2, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, Digital Professional Photographer.

Duckling 9239: EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, 1/2000, f/8, ISO 2,000,  AI Servo AF, Case 2, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, Digital Professional Photographer.

Duckling 9357: EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, 1/3200, f/8, ISO 2,000,  AI Servo AF, Case 2, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, Digital Professional Photographer.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:21:03 AM »
One More

This Guy usually wears Glasses, he's been in some of my previous Posts, he just had Contacts fitted, I prefered him wearing Glasses, but I take what I can get.

1Dx 85f/1.2 L II

eml58,
Love the lighting on your images!  Great shots, all of them.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:18:40 AM »
Another set:

Gadwall: AI Servo AF, Case 4, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion:surround, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer.  ISO 2,000, 1/3200, f/5.0 (it was moving around a lot)

Standing Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 4 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 4,000, 1/2000, f/5.6 (it was moving around a lot)

Head on Duckling: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 5,000, 1/3200, f/6.3.

Grebe Family: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 3,200, 1/2000, f/10.0

(I don't know how to post this info at the bottom of the image)

Sharp Shot, you're new here as I relatively am.  I must say that your photos and demeanor are worthy of emulating.  You have just instantly become one of my most admired photographers on this forum.

The 600 (I don't have one and don't intend to own one) is just out-of-this-world!  The sharpness of the lens is as expected and the OOF area on those images are just perfect!  You absolutely hit the nail on the head with your focus point/s!  Keep shooting and keep sharing!  Thanks again!

Dwight,
Thank you so much for your complement.  While I had been following CanonRumors for a long time, it was Gary Sample's magnificent eagle and other shots that convinced me to begin posting.  There are many really great photographers that post on this site.  We all benefit from each other's postings.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 01:15:59 AM »
Another set:

Gadwall: AI Servo AF, Case 4, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion:surround, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer.  ISO 2,000, 1/3200, f/5.0 (it was moving around a lot)

Standing Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 4 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 4,000, 1/2000, f/5.6 (it was moving around a lot)

Head on Duckling: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 5,000, 1/3200, f/6.3.

Grebe Family: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 3,200, 1/2000, f/10.0

(I don't know how to post this info at the bottom of the image)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 01:11:58 AM »
Thanks Dwight, Click and rpt for your comments. 

The 1DX and Canon's excellent lenses has enabled capture of images I only dreamed of in the past.  We are so fortunate to have access to equipment with such outstanding capabilities.  ISO 5,000 with next to no noise, did not think possible in the past, but I shoot at that ISO frequently.  I refer to the 1DX as my nocturnal camera.  Fast autofocus that can track ducks and birds with rapid random motion, just can't believe how good it is.  The Bufflehead is a great example of how fast the focus can lock on.  I only was on this bird for a fraction of a second before the image was taken.  I really didn't think I had captured it.  Anyone who has photographed these birds knows how fast they accelerate and fly.

I don't profess to be an expert at setting up a 1DX or the 5D Mk III, but what generally works for me is to use the manual selection of the AF point along with AF Point expansion, top/bottom/left/right for rapidly moving subjects or no expansion point when I really want to force the camera to focus at a particular spot.  I still have yet to decide which AF case best fits the type of action.  If I'm finding that a particular case is not working well, I change it to one that might.  Anyone care to offer their suggestions as to what AF case number they think works best for particular action shots?

The biggest issue I've found with the images shot with the 600 mm lens at close focus (less than 25 feet), is its shallow dept of field.  If the focus is not spot on, the shot is lost. 

Photographing the Grebes has been fun, challenging and an education.  They have become so accustomed  to me that I can get closer than 15' to them without them being upset.

Thanks to all of you how post images on this forum.  This is a group of outstanding photographers!

Shot details
Minimal, if any cropping was applied to the images.

1st set
Bufflehead: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer
Gadwall: Servo AF, Case 3 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer
Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 6, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Photoshop
Pintail: AI Servo AF, Case 6, Manual selection of AF point,  AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM, Photoshop

2nd set
1st Grebe shot: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer
2st Grebe shot: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer
Both Wood Ducks: AI Servo AF, Case 3 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 06:49:58 PM »
The adult and baby Grebes have been putting on a great show for the last week.  They have so much character and the adults are exceeding patient with the young ones they are trying to feed.

I also like taking photographs of birds in flight, especially take offs.
 
Shot details:
Grebe 3806, 1/2000, 840 mm, ISO 1,600
Grebe 6459, 1/3200, 840 mm, ISO 4,000
Wood Duck 9435, 1/6400, 280 mm, ISO 1,600
Wood Duck 0201, 1/1600, 280 mm, ISO 1,250

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