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Stunning candyman, great capture

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:26:52 AM »
Thanks for your comments guys.

islanderMV, this photo was taken last year with the mki 300f2.8 lens on a Canon 7D. This bird was hand reared and eventually released in the wild. It has never left its area of birth and has paired up with another barn owl. I know the owner of the land and was told that they were providing photo opportunities. I was hidden behind a stone wall with camera on bean bag, I was also partially covered in a canvas top to hide my form, Just waited and managed 5 shots. I was no more than 10metres away from the bird.

I did go back to the same spot but never got the same luck again.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:34:32 AM »
I do like Barn Owls, taken a little while ago.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:45:31 AM »
Thanks all for your comments.

Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:55:34 AM »
Whilst not South Africa I did go on a specialist photographers safari to the Masai Mara last September and going again this September. I had the same dilemma as you, in the end went with the 300f2.8mk11 on the 5dmk111. What a combination for early morning shots and late evenings f2.8 was the norm. Got some stunning Leopard/Cheetah shots at ISO 5000 with shutter speeds below 1/20 second. Those photographers who had the 200-400 and 500f4 were not able to get the shots required.

Of course these big lenses came into their own when photographing in better light. When this happened I added either the 1.4 or 2x extenders, both mk111 and they were just brilliant.

For me the 300f2.8 is the most versatile lens around. Do you really need to spend £10k for a lens that you have principally got covered. The other factor is weight the 200-400 is a hefty beast and takes some handholding whereas the 300f2.8mk11 is comparatively light.

I did take two bodies with me namely the 7d which was only used very occasionally. I also took a 70-200f2.8mk11 lens which was used for closer subjects. I had no problem with dust and was able to change lenses without any issues.

Hope this helps and have a great time.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 15, 2014, 11:41:56 AM »
Artic Tern with sand eel taken on the Farne Islands UK

Glenn superb first post, great images

Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:56:41 AM »
Having had both lenses I can categorically confirm that the Mk11 has better IQ, not by much but sufficient for an upgrade. The ability to shoot at f2.8 without loss of quality is much improved upon the Mk1.

Both Mk111 extenders with the Mk11 lens produce excellent results with little loss of quality with the 1.4 extender. Images with the 2x extender are still superb, see other posts in this regard. Quality with this combination beats the Mk1 lens considerably. I would never use the Mk1 lens with a 2x extender but do so all the time with the new Mk11 lens it is that good.

I have had on occasions the use of a Mk1 600mm Canon lens and quite honestly cannot see much of an IQ difference between this combination and that of the Mk2 300mm lens and new 2x extender when used with my Canon 5DMk111 body.

This lens is expensive but given its many uses and versatility well worth every penny.

Eland taken at some distance in Kenya

Thanks Click.
This image has been posted previously but does show the ability of this combination to excel.

Grey Backed Fiscal taken with 300 + Mk111 extender

Animal Kingdom / Re: Lizards
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:15:29 AM »
Agama lizard taken in Kenya.

Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 07, 2014, 12:15:13 PM »
Wow Alan that is some image with that lens combination. Does show how good that set up is.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 31, 2014, 04:54:25 AM »
Moonlit Snow Owl
1DX, 200-400 4L IS 1.4x @448mm
1/60s, f5.6, ISO1600
That a stunning image, love it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:50:08 AM »
I recently traded in my 7D for a mint 1D Mk1v and have not regretted for one moment. Noise control is probably as much as 2.5 stops better than the 7D. It is quicker has better IQ and handles brilliantly. Don't miss the 1.6 crop on the 7D, the APH sensor just rocks.

I also have the 5D MK111 and whilst the 1V cannot quite match the image quality it still delivers amazing images.

The 1v is used for wildlife whereas the 5d is used for landscape, perfect.

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