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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Guidebook Available for Download
« on: September 26, 2014, 02:22:19 PM »
I can also open the pdf file without password. The pdf is locked for reading only.

On Mac 10.9.4 the PDF is seen as locked if downloaded with Safari. Opens with Chrome and then can be viewed with preview and then saved.

This answers a question i had,  - will it AF with my 100-400 and a 1.4 extender. Yes !

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:46:17 AM »
Black Skimmer Closeup. I am always amazed by the unusual bill and how they use it to catch fish.

60D 100-400mm, at 400mm, f/7.1, ISO 100, 1/1250

The last of the Skimmers are hanging around as there were a few late hatchings. I think they have gotten used to my kayak floating by.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:33:26 AM »
Greater Yellowlegs

This more a BIL ( Bird in landing ) than a BIF.

There is a small inlet in my area that attracts flocks of Yellowlegs. On the day this photo was taken there about 40 of them. - Also Black Skimmers, Black bellied Plovers, Sandpipers, Herons, Cormorants and a Red Tail. Only accessible via water (kayak).
So I have the area pretty much to myself. I have to say it is a blast having your own private nature preserve.  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:06:40 AM »
Spent a day at the Western Treatment Plant (near Melbourne, Australia). It's essentially a place where sewage from Melbourne is treated before being discharged into the bay. But the good quality of water, after treatment, and winding it's way through a series of ponds and lakes means the bird life is abundant. Plus, it's Spring down here, so, everything from raptors to waders to small birds.

Great birds, well shot !

EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:18:26 PM »
Very interesting digression about lenses and AF performance.

However, to answer the original question about being excited by the new 7D mk2 … Yea, I am very interested. The price  to performance ratio is very attractive. 90% of my shoots are of wildlife out in the bush or on the shoreline. I have an aging and well used 60D that I would like to replace.

I am going to wait for some actual reviews and user feedback before I buy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:04:28 AM »
Juvenile Osprey, parents have left for South America already.

100-400mm, 60D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:26:29 PM »
Sounds like a great update to my 60D. I am holding off till I see some in-depth reviews.

I searched through the on-line info and could not confirm the ability to micro adjust lenses. The 7D has that ability, the promo material says in-camera lens distortion corrections are possible, but that is all.

Hopefully I missed the info or Canon just did not say anything about it.
This would seem to be a major feature to delete.

For a wildlife shooter, the 7DII combined with the new Sigma 150-600mm could be an affordable dream come true.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:32:09 PM »
I only checked the 7D M2 and 5D3. Look at the Empire State building in the distance and the roof "mushrooms" in the foreground. Some of the air vents look washed out in the 7D M2, the Empire State has no detail in the 5D3.

I could not find Waldo anywhere !

I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:54:55 AM »
Greater Yellowlegs - Martha's Vineyard

A local saltwater pond and marsh was the temporary home for about 45 Yellowlegs. Visited the pond in late afternoon.
Had fun navigating low tide obstacles while fighting currents and wind to take some closeups in my kayak. Half the fun was the challenge. My trusty old 60D and 100-400mm recorded some nice images for my collection.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:05:27 PM »
Greater Yellowlegs

Haven't seen these guys in a year. Beautiful little birds, with a cute look. I was out scouting for dark sky sites for my astrophotography a couple weeks ago, and came across a small marsh and agricultural pond. At the time, the pond was PACKED with phalaropes, and I regretted not having my lens with me. I went back to the same spot the first chance I got, hoping the phalaropes would still be there. Alas, no, it looked completely deserted. However after hanging out for a minute, I noticed a few other species of shorebird, along with a lone heron that showed up a few minutes later.

In all, I picked out Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, a few Snipes, a Lesser Sandpiper, and the Heron in addition to the Yellowlegs in the end. No good photos of the snipes...they had already noticed me by the time I noticed them, and they skittered off into the corn fields before I could get any good shots. The Lesser Sandpiper seemed fearless for a while, I kept getting closer and closer...then the incessant warning call of a Killdeer kicked in, and the whole lot of them flew to the other end of the pond. Darn killdeer...  >:(

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Canon EF 2x TC III
Gitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2 Gimbal

Nice shot

I know the feeling,  we have Willets here who will follow you all over, buzzing you and wailing. Every living thing within a 1/4 mile knows exactly where you are. I am fan of birds, but sometimes I wish I had a taser in my photo bag.
The good news is they left for the season !! I was able to shoot some yellowlegs up close and personal via kayak. Will post them here soon.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:13:21 AM »
Sheep farm,  Chilmark Mass.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:45:27 PM »
Least tern in a hover.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:37:11 PM »
Some more Northern gannets - Bempton, E. Yorkshire.

70D, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS for the first image, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS with Canon 1.4x TC for the other two.

(Hmmm... uploading via the forum really kills the image quality).

They look great - like the perspective.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:45:37 PM »
Snowy Egret -
100-400mm @ ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/1600

This plumage display means, (This is MY fishing spot.)

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