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Lenses / Best birding/wildlife combo?
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:40:46 AM »
While my business photography is primarily adventure, extreme sports, and commercial photography, my biggest side hobby/passion is birding and bird photography.  Right now I have a 5D3 for my main body and a 70D as a backup body.  My main birding setup, however, is usually my 70D with a 300 f/4L + 1.4 TC, I have found that since that is the longest lens I have, with the TC and on the crop body it gets a decent reach (672mm) and since I am still almost always cropping, I have found that the IQ holds up a bit better when cropping on the 70D vs the 5D3.  So my question is, I have some money to upgrade, but not a bunch.  I am wondering which  might be a better combo for birds and wildlife: the 70D with the new 100-400 mk II, or the 5D3 with the 100-400 mk II + 1.4 TC, or keep my current 300 f/4 +1.4 TC and upgrade the 70D to the 7D mk II. Any thoughts on this, or experience with any of the aforementioned combs?


Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the new 70D
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:09:58 PM »
Okay, took it out for some stills at the ABQ Bio Park with my son today.  Here's a few.  All with the 70-200 f/2.8L II


1st: f/3.2, 1/1000sec, ISO 250

2nd: f/3.2, 1/4000sec, ISO 160 ~60% crop

3rd: f/2.8, 1/1000sec ISO 200 ~30% crop

4th: f/3.2, 1/1250sec, ISO 200 ~70% crop


How is the sharpness and aliasing and low light? Relative to the Mark III (which I consider very soft with no significant aliasing and excellent low light).

Well, it's no 5D3, so I wouldn't realy want to compare it, as that wouldn't be very fair; however, I find its low light capabilities very good and better than the 60D.  Like all canon video I have shot with dslrs it is a bit soft, though a little post sharpening in Premiere did turn out quite nice.  I found that With the 60D and 7D and 5D2, I was never able to add sharpening in post with very decent results, I surmise due to the aliasing though I'm not completely sure. The sharpening in post on the 70D footage has so far proven an improvement.  I have only done the one video though, so there will be more tests to come.  There is still aliasing, though it seems less than its predecessor and more than my 5D3.  I took it out for some stills today and pushed it a bit to see how it does with low light and fast moving subjects and that sort of thing. I was again very satisfied with the af system (which I loved in the 7D) which I tested with some birds in flight and chasing my son through the biopark today.  I will post some of those pics in the other thread "anything shot with the new 70D."  I think as long as you have the mind-frame that it is not meant to compete with the 5D3 and better cameras, then you will enjoy the 70D as I am. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:51:07 PM »
Here's a couple from New Mexico around where I live, and a condor I ran into while on a geology filming expedition in the Grand Canyon.

The first (western tanagers) was with the 60D and 70-200 f/2.8L II and the other two (osprey and Cali Condor) were with the 5D3 and 70-200 f/2.8L  II

Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the new 70D
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:29:14 PM »
Here's the test video I did this weekend, nothing fancy, just me trying to keep up with my son in the forest.  I was impressed with the overall quality and the ability of the AF to keep up with moving subjects most of the time.  Looking forward to doing some real filming and stills with it.  I am taking it on a birding hike shortly and will post some better pics very soon. Here's the video link:

I just picked one up a couple days ago as well.  I am liking it so far.  I bought it as a backup/2nd body for my 5D3 and upgrade from my 60D.  I am loving the new af for both video and stills, since I will be using this for wildlife and sports and most likely bts videos for my big shoots.  I shot this video this weekend to test out how the AF would do under real life situations, so I let my son loose in the forest and tried to keep up with him.  I was impressed with the overall quality and the ability of the camera to track him and stay in focus most of the time.  I also like the little things like the video switch!  I haven't done any real stills tests yet, but am going on a birding hike shortly and will post pics when I get them.  I will also be doing a lot more filming with this in the near future and will post as that comes up as well.  Here's the video link:

Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the new 70D
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:54:18 AM »
Just got mine a couple days ago.  Took it out to the Santa Fe Ntl Forest to test the video, but I snapped this shot.  I bought this as a 2nd body/backup to my 5DIII and plan on using it mostly for 2nd cam video setups and shooting wildlife and sports, so I will be getting some more stills very shortly.  So far I am really enjoying it.  Seems like a nice step up from my previous 60D--though no magic lantern:(  Liking the improved AF, and the little things, like the added video switch like on my 5DIII. 

24-70 f/2.8 II, f14, 1/5 sec (sorry if it's a little shaky, it was handheld) ISO 100

Also, I'll post the video as soon as I finish editing it.

Canon General / Re: reputable insurance company for camera gear
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:00:09 PM »
Also, I forgot to mention.  In addition to PPA, I also have renter's insurance through USAA, it's up to 20K worldwide.  They are really good, and I have had to use it a couple times.  Other renter's insurance polices are similar.  I used to have Progressive.  They were okay.  The previously mentioned Hill and Usher are quite reputable as well.  There's lots of options out there depending on your level of needs.

Canon General / Re: reputable insurance company for camera gear
« on: February 14, 2013, 09:43:41 PM »
PPA is pretty decent.  They do up to $15K, worldwide.  Nice folks to deal with as well.

Video & Movie / Re: 5D3 and 60D timelapse: Visions of the Southwest
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:19:01 PM »
very nicely done I have to admit! What did you use for post?

I used camera raw to batch edit the pics, then premiere pro cs6 and color corrected and tweaked with magic bullet and mojo.


What type of files did you import into Premier? Did you use Raw? I really like the random rainbow at the end!

The files were all raw files, edited in camera raw, then batch converted to jpeg sequence and imported to premiere.

Absolutely fabulous! Yes, and tell us about that rainbow.

The rainbow was pretty crazy.  My buddy and I spent 3 hours hiking down to that spot.  We got rained, snowed, and hailed on the whole time.  Then we stopped for lunch, and all of a sudden it started to clear, so I setup my camera as fast as possible and started the timelapse.  It was a pretty awesome day.


Video & Movie / Re: Film shot on a 5D Mark III and Glidecam in Italy
« on: January 27, 2013, 01:09:30 AM »
Thanks All! It was shot on a Glidecam HD 2000 with a EF 16-35mm f/2.8. I was at ~20mm when gliding.
On this trip I also had a EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mk1, but you can't glide with that... the lens extends in wide angle. Release plate is at home right now.. but I believe it's a 501PL by Manfrotto.

Can you go into a bit more detail on why you cna't use the 24-70mm due to lens extension?
Why is that a problem with using that lens on the camera when on the glidecam?

I'm looking to get some sort of glide cam device...and wondering if this is a shortfall of this brand, or something else I need to learn about them? I wasn't under the impression that you'd be limited on what lenses you could use with a glide cam device, only that some would be heavier than others...?

Thanks in advance,


I use the same, and similar setups, i.e. a 5D3 with a glidecam hd2000.  I have used the glidecam with the 24-70, and it is possible, but it is Very heavy, and thus pushes the limits of the hd 2000, not so much for hd 4000.  Also having the reverse zoom on the 24-70 can affect your glidecam shot due to front-heavy balance issues.  Usually when shooting on any type of steadi-cam system, wider angles are easier and more preferred to use due to DoF and weight issues.  When coupled with the 16-35, or 17-40, or another similar lens, the hd2000 is very efficient (with lots of practice!) and usually favored to the likes of a 24-70.  I have also used my 24-105 on the glidecam, and it has yeilded wonderful results.  I just recently picked up the 24-70 mk II and have found that, while still very heavy, it has better weight dynamics and balance on my glidecam and 5D3, though I usually still go for a lighter, or wider lens for the glide shots. 

I don't know about your lens situation, but if you are limited to primarily using your 24-70 on a glidecam, you might look into the hd4000, though as I have said, I have used it on my hd2000 with good, usable results.  It will just take a lot of practice and some very high endurance and strong arms!  When done right, one can achieve some very amazing and laudable shots with a glidecam; it's definitely my favorite video accessory.

Video & Movie / 5D3 and 60D timelapse: Visions of the Southwest
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:53:44 PM »
Here's a timelapse video of some footage I collected last year around where I live.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What Photo Web Host do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 07:25:57 PM »
I use a few of them, smugmug for the clients and printing services, flicker for networking and fun, and 500 pix for networking and fun as well.  As far as I know, all of the aforementioned sites let you retain full rights to all of your uploads.  Of course I have my main website as well, for all of my business and galleries what not, but the others are great too, for their respective uses. Smugmug could definitely be an all-in-one solution, if you wanted to go that route, it's a really nice all-around site. 

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:06:01 PM »
Looks great, love gura gear.  I would love to win.

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