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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: Today at 01:43:35 AM »
Have spent the last 7 years as a registrar in a Federal Australian court and before that was a lawyer in private practice for 25 years. Discovered photography about 10 years ago and ever since have wondered what might have been if I'd discovered it sooner. My consolation is that I can afford some nice gear - although it's never enough.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 05:38:28 PM »
Safe to assume the 135 Art won't follow the trend of other Art lenses and have a 1.4 aperture. That would be a monster. Maybe f/1.8 but if it is to compete with the current 135L then certainly no slower than f/2. Can probably also assume it won't have IS in the Art version. The 135L is old technology but by all accounts a stellar lense and not overly expensive as L lenses go. So the Sigma will have to be darn good optically and below the price of the Canon you would think.

Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:36:25 PM »
I must say I have had mixed results with the AF - keeper rate is not as high as I would like but still probably better than 70%. I shoot sports and back focus with AI-servo and I find if the first shot in a sequence misses focus then all shots will miss, and vice versa. But it's too early to say whether it is the focus system, my AF settings or pure user error. What I can report is that the 7Dii and 300 2.8ii combo (with and without 1.4 ext) is excellent and gives me the added reach I have been after. Not to mention the 10fps. 

Lenses / Re: Who is going to buy the 11-24 f/4L?
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:53:49 PM »
I don't do tripod work so the Tammy 15-30 is more in line with my needs. With the VC and at f/2.8 it will make a great walk around lense in difficult light. Matt Granger's review has pretty much sold me.

Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:29:28 PM »
I'm very happy with the Dell P2414Q. But your 15" laptop will need to be able to support it. Of the MBP's, only the latest 15" will do it. 27'' is fine if you have the room, but it doesn't give you any better res - in fact lower - than the 24".

Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:09:33 PM »
I just bought the P2415Q which is the same res as the UP2414Q but cheaper. Very happy with it so far. Connected to the MBP it's like having two retina displays.

Lenses / Re: Usefulness of IS on Big Whites?
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:22:01 PM »
How often do you use IS on your Big White(s)?  From what I understand, the 300mm and 500mm models are the only ones close to practical for hand-held use.

Doesn't IS deactivate when a tripod is used?

What about a monopod?

I use IS pretty much at all times short of a long exposure on my 300 f/2.8L IS II as I do 90% of my shooting in the 90 minutes just before and after sunrise or sunset..  I use mode 1 for landscape and stationary shooting, mode 2 for panning shots, and mode 3 for sports & wildlife.  It is really amazing, especially with the 2x extender.  I have taken shots like the one below at 1/30s handheld at 600mm in falling light.  That would be almost impossible without IS short of being a trained sniper :).  I came from the 400 f/5.6, which required extreme discipline in terms of tripod use, so the IS in this lens, is a revelation. 

IS does deactivate for tripod use, during a certain range of shutter speeds, something like 1/100s to 1/2s, but I can't remember the exact range.  Any slower than that and Canon still recommends your turn it off manually.

There are some on here who say that IS affects the quality of their photos at typical sports shutter speeds of 1/1000s+ and that is true with the older big whites.  It's why Canon add mode 3 to the newer lenses and I haven't found any issue with leaving mode 3 on, even at 1/4000s or higher.

Also, I feel that monopods compliment IS.  For sports shots where you're stationary and don't want to hold the camera, it's great, plus in mode 2, it makes for some great panning shots.  I also found that the 800 f/5.6 and a monopod are a match made in heaven because of IS.  Mobility with such a huge lens is tough, but with IS, it's doable on a monopod.  Now if I could just scrape together the money for a 800mm...

It looks like Smugmug has oversharpened the web version, but the shot turned out acceptably sharp.  Not razor sharp, but quite good for large prints.  Shot a f/6.3, 1/30s, @ISO 1600:

Wonderful. Very few owls to photograph here in Oz, at least where I am. Went to the Hawke Conservancy in the UK recently and they have Owls and Raptors to die for. Always keen to see more Owl shots when you have them. Cheers.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:19:48 PM »
Love those Short-eared owls,  so photogenic. 

Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)
by Tony Varela Photography, on Flickr
Wonderful subject and capture!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:17:10 PM »
First post. Be gentle.
Great capture. Welcome to CR

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:29:06 PM »
I have a 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display and Dell P2415Q monitor (4K 24", 3840 x 2160). Perfect for photo editing. Be aware though that only the 15" MBP will drive a 4K display as it requires the separate graphics card. The laptop is light enough for travel and the monitor great for home editing and viewing.

I have an Induro CM34 carbon fibre monopod and RRS MH-02 Pro tilt head. They are sturdy and work fantastically well with 5diii and 300 f2.8ii with TCs. Like you I am not tall and the Induro is a perfect height for me. Always better to go heavier than you currently need in preparation for your lens upgrades. Can get both for under $250.

 "First shown as a prototype at the 2010 Canon Expo in New York… "
Says it all really.

Canon General / Re: Africa calling
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:13:25 AM »
Yes, there is no Ebola in Kenya and Tanzania and tourism is not affected. It is very safe indeed.
At least in terms of Ebola yes. Personal security and road safety are another issue though. Still, if you want to see and experience (and photograph) the World, you have to be prepared to take some risks. Hope it goes well Sanj.

Canon General / Re: Africa calling
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:08:03 AM »
I hope you find someone to enjoy the trip with you sanj it will be amazing and having done a trip over recently that's a great deal for anyone going.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:23:27 PM »
400mm, iso 320, 1/800 @ f10

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