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Camera Body Gallery / Shot with an EOS-M
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:39:42 PM »
Got a chance to sit sideline at an NBA game.  The camera rules indicated on the ticket were that no detachable lens camera/ lens combinations were allowed, and there were plenty of security types prowling the court when play was not in progress.

So I thought that the EOS-M and a 24-70 lens might sneak by, and it did.  Needless to say no flashes were allowed either, but the light was surprisingly good.

I prefocused on the basket and tried to catch action that occurred around the net the best shot is below.  Surprisingly the 24-70f 2.8 was almost enough lens.  The pros that were shooting the game were firing the 1dx and what looked like a 200f2.   Rebound photo ƒ/2.8  50.0 mm  1/800   800     Shutter speed priority AE



And a second one showing static crowd picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56580542@N05/13906821583/


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Lenses / Re: Teleconverter advice
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:21:30 PM »
And just to make it a visual discussion here is a picture taken with the 600 plus canon 1.4iii.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56580542@N05/13336267185/in/photostream/

This was hand held, which is possible even for a middling in shape person such as myself.  But daily use and three days a week in a gym doing shoulder exercises doesn't hurt.  If I was going on safari I'd spend at least an hour a day with my biggest lens for a month before to get ready.

To the point of this thread, I'd go with the canon iii tc unless you never planned to upgrade your equipment to another white lens.  I'd take the tamron 70-200 to a shop and try the 1.4 iii on the lens to see if it worked.

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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:58:56 PM »
Two points:

 Add a vote for the black rapid strap.

My hood stays on all the time, for handheld wildlife photography and casual dog walking (dog leash on one side of black rapid 1dx and lens on other).  I find that it protects the front element of the lens better than anything.  I very rarely use the canon lens cover.  Without the hood people are always wanting to feel the front glass. 

Oh yeah I also put black gaffer tape on the lip of the hood so I can rest camera and lens on surfaces without worrying about abrasion.   Lint tape help to clean the hood if it picks up white nasties.



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:31:06 PM »
Yellow dumped warbler 600ef + 1.4x at 1/2000 iso 800 5d miii.
Decently sharp handheld.

I like seeing the little bumps around a birds stye and the individual hairs on the feathers as my judge of sharpness.  Of course in flying images ......

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:49:05 PM »
Can't get an attachment to post here so below is a link to a flying widgeon.  Canon 300 f2.8 is ii sum with a 1.4 ext iii on a 1dx.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/56580542@N05/12504276374/

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:03:48 AM »
Nice shots all....

Don are there two in your parliament shot?  The second far to the left?

My "model" was just sitting out of the water and I was walking a puppy on a flexi-leash.  Tried to let the beaver sit there for all to enjoy as opposed to get him moving for action shots.  Would be nice to go back to try to catch him actively chomping on trees.

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Animal Kingdom / Beaver Shots
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:27:41 PM »
I rarely see Beaver despite there being signs of them all around.  Both of these were taken with the 70-200is usm ii with a 1.4xiii extender.  This guy was sitting about 20 feet from a bridge in Fanno creek park in Portland, a biker told me to look when he saw my camera, I was expecting a nutria.  You were all expecting an animal ..... right?

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I live in an area that rarely keeps snow.  Most of the year I feel lucky to get a shutter speed of 1600 which I think is about the minimum for getting tack sharp shots of moving birds.  Even the tweety birds are active enough to benefit from a high shutter speed.  If you get the aperture to f8-11, the ISO often needs to be at least 2000, for me that is not 7D territory.

I'm going to wait to see some art Morris types try this lens to see how the whole package performs- autofocus low light etc.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:11:02 PM »
Young wire haired pointing griffon, just done digging.

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Lenses / Re: 600mm too long?
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:46:23 PM »
Two pictures from a walk around a local park in Portland OR during a sunny January day.  Both taken with the 600mm with a 2x extender.  The first a Great Blue Heron in a tree over the path and the second a wood duck taking off- with an inadequate shutter speed causing unsharpness.  The GBH is cropped a little the wood duck is adobe bridged for exposure and sharpness conversion from raw to jpeg, otherwise unchanged.
Edit my point here is that the the 840 (600+1.4) is not too long for a variety of fairly close range wild life use, the second picture would have been better if I had been able to remove the 1.4, and upped the shutter speed.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:23:33 AM »
Wood pecker through double door glass.  Pretty happy given the glass it had to go through.


300 f2.8 ii with 1.4x iii with flash.

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Lighting / Re: 90EX on a 5D3?
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:13:48 PM »
Kind of off topic but has anyone seen a flash shoe booster piece?  What I mean by this is a 3-4 inch hot shoe piece that has pass through electronics so that a flash can be used with the bigger lenses or even with a macro lens close up.   Pocket wizard puts put a one inch hot shoe booster that is supposed to isolate some buggy electronics, a booster ( and yes I know one can get an off shoe cord but that sort of defeats the point of keeping the accessory count down.) would come in handy in a number of situations.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:27:40 PM »
Still not letting me post images jpeg < 1000k each.

So here's a try at a cute puppy http://tinyurl.com/pn39v2r .

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:39:13 PM »
Is this thread locked?

Been trying to post for several days --  no joy.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:40:03 AM »
How about some sample images so we can see what you are getting.  Asking us to comment otherwise is just going to get generic answers.

Include the exif information, but be prepared to have comments critical to technique at least some of them.

So sample images to get closer to an answer to your question.

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