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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:42:13 PM »
I think I speak for a few current 5D owners that if they reduced the mp then I would just stick with the 5D even if it improves DR by 1/2-1 stop. Resolution is important too. Recently been using mine a lot for wildlife and the ability to crop a little more would be most welcome. 26-28mo would be great

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm Mk I vs Mk II
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:57:36 AM »
Depends which one you mean.

The MKI non IS is sharper than the MKI IS version, the MKII is only very slightly sharper than the MKI non IS but that IS on the MKII is incredible my keepers from the non IS to the MKII has gone up 50% and it works with ex very well.

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Lenses / Re: Please give me an advice for an prime lens 300/400mm
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:27:59 PM »
Thing is 400mm is usually short for birds in flight. I find 500-640 a good balance.

First 640mm lens I had was the original 70-200mm L 2.8 with a 2x extender with 40d just struggled without a stabiliser and the shots were a little soft. Bought a 70-200mm MKII IS and it's great with a 2x extender just never got on with the 7D kept it about 2 months the IQ just wasn't what I expected. I bought the 5D MKIII and that combo has worked well for me it's a very versatile 2.8 from 70-200, 110-320 f4 with a 1.4x and 140-400mm f5.6 with a 2x. I find the AF is a little slower with the 2x but it's definetely usable. I've shot Motorsport and wildlife because it gives you such a vast range and got some epic shots used in newspapers etc.

The 70-200mm MKII with a 2x gives you slightly better results than 100-400mm MKI at 400mm.

Currently traveling north and South America and brought the 70-300mm L because it's a great size and great IQ I've been to some incredible places for wildlife - Amazon, colca canyon, smoky mountains many many national parks etc and got some great shots but 300 just isn't long enough with the 5D for most birds and wildlife. With a crop it would be nice but the IQ of crop for me... I'm spoilt with the 5D now.

I have an upcoming trip to Africa and I'm in the same situation. From my research the best option is the 500mm F4 L MKI because you can get them in the uk for 4.5k-5.5k and apart from weight and IS the MKII isnt a huge upgrade. I would say this lens will be mounted to a tripod so the IS won't be beneficial.

I would love one but they are just so big heavy and primes aren't as versatile. I also have thought about the 400mm F5.6 because it's just a bargain and with wildlife especially birds in flight I usualy turn IS off because of the 1/1000+ shutter speed.

But I've decided for price and range the tammy 150-600mm is what I'm going to try on my 5D. It performs better than the 100-400mm MKI throughout the range, pretty good up to 500mm 600 a little soft but seems to work really well on full frame and 500-600 is a good length. With it being £700 it's £4000 cheaper. To add to it I have the 70-300 and the 70-200mm with 2+1.4 ex.

People who say extenders  are useless... Most wildlife photographers even with the big whites use them a huge amount of time. Check this vid

http://youtu.be/XKz7busHsfQ

Also here are a few pics I've taken with the 70-200 with 2x

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Sunbathing Lamb, Lowther Estate, Penrith Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr


Here are a few from my 70-300mm

Red Tailed Hawk, Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Winter Wren in the snow, Cades Cove, Smokey Mountains,Tennessee by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

But really wish I had 400mm in many of my 70-300mm sits all are crops.

One thing I have learned is to improve technique and do your homework on your subject. 2-3 steps = 100mm getting closer and knowing how can help you reduce cost of gear, reduce your weight and make your experience a huge amount better!

For example birds always face into the wind because they don't like their feathers being ruffled and it means less damage to plumage. Being on the right side of the bird and knowing behaviour can really aid and guarentee you get the face so facing down wind and waiting is a good strategy. Also hunting techniques, camo etc is really important. In terms of ISO and F number, being on the right side of the bird is really important, a good rule is to always have the sun behind you and have your shadow pointing at the subject to give the best contrast, this not only aids with focus but hard light = sharp images soft light = soft images. Having your shadow pointing directly at the subject means you can shoot 15-20deg either side of the subject and not worry about hard shadows meaning pulling them out in post. Also less reliance on fast primes, and high ISO because the sun is where you want it. Also I find on full frame I usualy stick to F8 to get enough DOF, if you check the performance of any of the whites at f8 you will find they all perfom similarly... So could save you money if that's how you shoot.

Many people say being at the right place at the right time and luck is involved but also instead of getting stuck in right away and panicking get there earlier and watch and survey then when the light comes you will have worked out the best place to be sit and wait and hope your subject plays ball!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:53:47 AM »
Red Tailed Hawk, Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

One from today in the Smoky Mountains

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:32:16 AM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 13, 2015, 11:35:11 PM »
Heres one I took last week!

Cutest Macaques cuddling in the snow at the Chicago Lincoln Park zoo by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

I entered it to the MPB winter photo competition and it has been shortlisted which is really exciting! If you would vote for me I would really appreciate it.

All you have to do is click on the link below and like the image as most votes win!

https://www.facebook.com/mpbcom/photos/a.602635096547341.1073741844.154882014655987/602638156547035/?type=3&theater

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:51:56 PM »
Winter Wren in the snow, Cades Cove, Smokey Mountains,Tennessee by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

One from today Cades Cove Smokies, 5DIII + 70-300mm L

Also saw a breeding pair of bald eagles but 300 just wasn't enough. Majestic to see tho! Loving the American national parks on my travels.

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EOS Bodies / Re: It may be quite a wait for the 5Ds and 5Ds R
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:58:31 PM »
The reason is that canon is worried about people migrating to other brands. I would suggest this is to differ users from switching and to be able to jump to 50mp first. I would say we will see an announcement from Nikon and Sony fairly sharpish and we will probably see them coming to market quicker than the Canon.

Hopefully it won't be a big blow if the new Sony sensor is hot and blows another hole just as Canon catches up.

I fully expect the 5D4 to be the low light king and jack of all trades with a new sensor that it and the 1DX will probably share.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: 5Ds/5DsR first impressions
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:52:29 PM »
I think this will be a great camera. I don't know why everyone is complaining about it, the 7DMKIIs sensor is a really good upgrade and yes it hasn't surpassed the market but has put canon back in the running! The ability to crop 50% into an image and have a 20mp image is really exciting too! Especially for wildlife and Motorsport.

This camera isn't really for me, but I would love to have one, I don't think the price is bad either can see this running at digital Rev for about £2799 right off the bat as it has released at the London Camera exchange at £2999. I will wait to see what the 5D4 brings first but I think this is a really exciting direction and canon is finally doing something instead of sitting on the fence.

DR doesn't really bother me too much but shadow noise does and I think this will be an improvement on the 5DIII. Owning this and a 5DIII would be a force to be reconned with!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:49:04 PM »
It's all very exciting! I just want to see Canon get back on top again. Not sure using Sony sensors would do that? They are last generation and surely have a new one in the pipeline... I think the Canon system is better than Nikon but using the same sensor won't temp in the same way and instead will turn into a lens race.

Sony aren't exactly doing brilliant although their camera segment is interesting by implementing a song sensor and if song ends up in trouble then what?

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:52:33 PM »
You also have to bear in mind that teleconverters can reduce AF speed by up to 75% so native is always better if the subject is erratic.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:13:00 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

Never mind that. Where are the pictures from your Amazonian expedition ?

The expedition was incredible got some amazing pictures! One of the best experiences of my life. But I currently just have my iPad mini and was shooting small jpegs to my sd on the 5D so they look ok but haven't got round to editing them and still got another 2 months on the road! Would rather have a go with the full red RAWs before I post. But will post then when I get home. Taken nearly 13,000 images so far in the first 3 months so a lot to get through!

I will make a thread when I can :)

To add to the thread I took the 70-300mm L with me on the trip and 400mm would have been perfect. Or maybe taking a crop camera, wish I'd had that extra bit of reach. But because it was down season for 2 days it was just me and the ranger traveling through the tambopota forrest so we got very close and saw a lot of wildlife we probably wouldn't have seen with a large group. The 5D has been flawless and the lenses I've had it in -20C in the states and +50C in the Atacama desert then the moisture and rain in the rainforest not got one spec of dust in any of the lenses just a little bit of dust on the sensor. What a system, a lot of people really spend a lot of time worrying about the technical features but when you get out into these harsh environments it really proves how incredible they are, the 5D hasn't missed a beat and I haven't wanted more from it apart from maybe a couple of extra FPS. The 5DMKIII 24-105, 16-35, 70-300mm and 50mm has been such a great choice can basically do anything in any situation.

The canon system is amazing.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:26:36 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:30:30 AM »
The thing is the difference between 400 and 500 is 2-3 steps. So what I would do is spend some money on camo, learn some hunting skills and improve technique and save a lot of money.

The 400mm F5.6 is one stop slower but 1/7th the price and very lightweight, missing IS but with the speed needed for birds IS isn't that usable although still animals in low light it can be very helpful. The 100-400mm MKII is pretty much equal on quality to the 400 F5.6 and has IS and the ease of a zoom but heavier.

The new 7D is a great cam good high ISO so for me I would have the 400mm 5.6 or 100-400 buy the 7D and some camo gear and maybe a hide.

In an ideal world the 500 would be awesome but for an extra stop and 100mm with the added weight it just doesn't equal the price difference imo.


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