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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:32:53 PM »
Belted Kingfisher...bad day to be a fish

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:51:12 AM »
Osprey at Blue Cypress Lake - Florida

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 02, 2014, 09:17:17 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:52:41 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:58:44 AM »
A goshawk enjoying some duck for breakfast.

Lenses / Re: 400 2.8 vs 200-400 4.0 1.4
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:40:35 AM »
I will try to post some photos this weekend.  However, after just having the 200-400 on a safari for 2 weeks, I can't understate how incredible versatile this lens was.  During one shooting "session" I was photographing lions and cubs at 400 with the extender.  A couple of lions from the same pack took down a zebra about 150 yards behind our vehicle and, as a result, about 8 other lions stood up and started to work their way towards and then right past our vehicle to partake in the meal.   Without switching camera bodies or lenses or even really moving much from my original position in the vehicle, I was able to photograph each lion as it got closer and closer.  My other friends were fumbling to switch camera bodies back and forth (missing shots) or found themselves very limited in their composure options as the lions got closer to the vehicle.  The minimal focal distance was also a big advantage when we came up on wildlife very close to the vehicle. 

I'm not saying the 200-400 is better or worse than any other lens.  I am saying it definitely has its uses.  For those particular uses, I don't think it can be beat. 

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Review from TDP
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:26:41 AM »
Having just returned from a 2 week safari almost exclusively using this lens, I can report that I had zero issues.  I was not aware of needing to wait for all memory card writing to stop and, therefore, may have inadvertenly shifted the extender into or out of place while memory card writing was occuring. 

The lens performed splendedly.  I could not have hoped for more.  I'm still sorting through about 4,000 photos and am VERY pleased with the performance and versatility of this lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability Info
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:38:01 AM »
Amazon's website says June 30th.  B&H and Adorama are offering absolutely no status information.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:38:39 PM »
Burrowing Owl

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:28:41 AM »
Burrowing Owl

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:39:58 PM »
Burrowing Owl with Serious Attitude

Software & Accessories / Re: Backpack Suggestion
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:45:09 PM »
I recently purchased an F-Stop Tilopa BC for similar gear. The Loka would also work for you.  I am very happy with the pack.

Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:26:26 PM »
OK, OK, OK. I get the point about not waiting for a rumored lens. Let me ask a follow up question.  Will IS offer a big benefit for photos on this lens in indoor situations for family portraits?

Lenses / Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:27:16 PM »
Baed on the sale on the 24-70l II, I ordered this lens this morning.  Tonight, I read the CR2 rumor of the IS version coming in 12 months or so. I do not plan on using the lens for video. Should I return the lens I bought today and wait for the IS version?   

Portrait / Re: Happy Holidays Photos!
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:27:16 PM »
We've been doing family holiday cards with daughters for the last 18 years.  Frankly, we can't believe they still play along.

This year's card was this photo with the Tag Line:

Happy Holidays Gangham Style:

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