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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:58:55 PM »
Very nice series Vern. I especially like the last picture.

Thanks Click - I wasn't sure about the lighting in that last location, but I like the setting. Here's one before I put on the 1.4X.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:47:32 PM »
Two more of the barred owl, one with the 600 + 1.4X III at f8 and the other w just the 600 at f5.6 - both ISO800.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:44:24 PM »
I was lucky today and spotted a barred owl fishing in Morgan Creek while walking my dog. I rushed home and came back w my camera and amazingly it was still there. 5DMKIII + 600 f4 II + Better beamer (note redeye in the one I didn't fix in post), f5.6, ISO 800.

Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:49:30 AM »
Per my prior post on this topic, if the new 800 has an MFD <5m, built-in TC, superior IQ at 800 as compared to the 600II + 1.4XIII, IQ at 1120 = 600 + 1.4, and weighs less than 4 kg, I will purchase one even if it is priced a little north of the Nikon 800. These may be tough specs to meet, but the other series II superT's made improvements along these lines.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:26:30 AM »
Brown-headed Nuthatch - these little guys have great personality. Beautiful cardinal pair in prior posts.

I have both 1.4 and 2 III's and only use the 2X with the 300 2.8 II as an easy to carry 600 5.6. The IQ is good enough with this combo, but I don't like the 2X with any other lens b/c the IQ is too degraded. The best option, of course, is to have a lens w the right native focal length, but the 1.4X adds a little reach w/o too big a detriment if you start w a great lens like the 70-200 2.8 II.

As a small bird enthusiast, the MFD will need to come down to compete w the 600II + 1.4X (4.5m). The current 800 MFD is 6m but prior super tele II's cut about 1m off MFD. So, if it has a built in 1.4X and an MFD of 5m plus lowered weight (4 kg) and a little better optics (better than 600II + 1.4X III, esp w the built-in 1.4X), I will buy one.

Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:42:34 AM »
low on art, high on drama? Oak Island, North carolina

1DX, 600 II + 1.4X III, f 5.6, 1/3200, ISO 800

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:00:50 PM »
Eastern Bluebird (male) - 5DMKIII, 600II + 1.4XIII, f9, 1/800, ISO 800, better beamer and 600 flash -2 fill.

Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:42:50 PM »
I have the 600II and since avian photography is an area of high interest for me, I would need this lens even if I had the 200-400. My biggest wish is for built-in 1.4X's on all future 600 and 800 offerings so I can get some of the quick focal length flexibility for re-framing but keep the speed and quality of the primes.

200-400 would be ideal for larger wildlife (safari) and sports action. Improving performance at high ISO's in future sensors makes it even more attractive. When I go on safari, I will buy one.

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:00:23 PM »
two more - she can fly

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:52:08 AM »
Nice shots guys. A couple from a well lit location - UNC Volleyball. 1DX, 70-200 2.8II.

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:27:50 AM »
And the jump serve.

1DX, 135 f2, ISO 8000, 1/800, f2

Sports / Volleyball
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:14:54 AM »
Post your favorites from this high speed sport typically held in poorly lit arenas. A challenge for photographer and kit.

1DX, 200 f2, ISO 5000, 1/1000, f2. Serving is one time its easy to anticipate the action and catch a full frame composition.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:19:20 PM »
This is my first winter as a first-time homeowner! Too much snow...

Frozen by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

great composition and control of the highlights!

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