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Lenses / Re: EF 100-400mm II - first impressions
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:32:39 AM »
AlanF sorry to hear how unwell you are, not able to work! ;)  Reminds me of my kids years back.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:39:02 PM »
ooF Fighters, very cute shot, well done.

AlanF please keep us informed on the 100-400, I'm most interested.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:45:16 PM »
Great shot AlanF, I assume you filled the frame or is there some cropping.  Either way, very nice.  We have red-tails but they never seem to come around my place, hardly ever any hawks to shoot other than high in the sky!

Would you say the 300 X2 is not getting the use it once did?

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:32:09 PM »
Nice shots, Alan F - the grass isn't any greener on my particular side of the fence but those guys in Florida now that's another thing.

Down to novel attempts at chickadee flight shots with a 6D, pretty hit and miss but this one is passable.  you can count on one hand what I see most days.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:02:45 PM »
Thanks click, wish you could have sat through it all, pretty funny.  So these guys eat huge amounts and strip all my trees at least, before January and then what do they eat?  Must be slim pickins!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:44:10 AM »
cdn_photog, thanks.  I probably should remember where you are but old age ..... you know. ;)

Can you add any information on the eagles. I'm pretty close to that trail but was unaware of it and no doubt many others since I'm a recent convert to bird photography.  I'm not shocked but a little surprised.  I assumed the odd one I've seen around here were strays from up north or out west.  I'm planning a trip to Prince Rupert in May, hoping for a wonderful wildlife experience, including the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) and am thinking the 6D simply won't cut it on AF where there is action, but it's still good for practicing technique for now.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:02:39 AM »
Fun day today with 100's of Bohemian waxwings descending on my crab apple tree and the ground underneath where all the snow has melted away (for Christmas in Edmonton, Alberta if you can believe it).  Gluttons! ;)

It took about 2 minutes for this berry to finally go down the hatch and I captured the sequence, here's roughly the beginning and end.

BTW, cdn_photog, thanks for the heads up on the Strathcona trail.  I tried to reply to PM but was rejected.

Jack

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Software & Accessories / Re: Easy-access photo backpack?
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:22:12 PM »
Thanks very much Neuro!  Lots of good info coming in this thread.

Jack

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Software & Accessories / Re: Easy-access photo backpack?
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:26:33 AM »

neuroanatomist, if you don't mind I have a question for you on your backpack.  I normally am hiking with the 300 2.8 II on my camera with the 70-200 along in case and typical other stuff.  Would the 300 alone fit comfortably in your pack.  I'm guessing it couldn't be attached to a camera and be in there??

Lowepro says the Flipside 300 takes a mounted 300/2.8.   I think it does...but not with the hood (reversed), so that's a non-starter for me.  The 400 AW would take the mounted 300/2.8 with hood reversed, with other lenses – not sure a 70-200/2.8 would also fit, but I think a 70-200/4 would.

Thanks neuro.  I generally have either the 300 2.8 or the 70-200 2.8 or 24-70 F4 on the 6D in my hands at all times.  A second body will soon be added, possibly the 7DII but not too likely the 1Dx.  So in my case it's possible that I'd want the 300 or the 70-200 both in the bag sometimes but not mounted on the camera.  In that scenario I guess the Flipside 400 (not 300) wouldn't handle it??  Since hikes typically but not always, include my wife, she would carry the second camera, likely with the 24-70, which relieves some of the demands on the backpack.  Any thoughts on this scenario?

Jack

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Software & Accessories / Re: Easy-access photo backpack?
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:37:01 AM »
neuroanatomist, if you don't mind I have a question for you on your backpack.  I normally am hiking with the 300 2.8 II on my camera with the 70-200 along in case and typical other stuff.  Would the 300 alone fit comfortably in your pack.  I'm guessing it couldn't be attached to a camera and be in there??

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:42:27 PM »
Thanks, lion rock.  They can be encouraged by a feeder even though they tend to be much more wary than say the Downy.  I'm now noticing some consistency to the timing of their travels and am trying to be there more predictably as opposed to being caught off guard.

Birds are so heartwarming and beautiful as attested to by previous posted shots.  Wish we had more variety up here in the winter! ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 10, 2014, 10:59:17 PM »
Boy some lovely shots recently!!

Similar for me, I wasn't expecting this grand daddy to show up and 420 was too much but it does qualify as a portrait.  No flash this time.  Yes they really are this red and always amazing to watch, especially flying - I'm trying but this is all I have at the moment.

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intown, please when you finally make your move, give us some feedback as to why.  Your question is exactly what I'm confronting except that I'm presently used to the 6D.  I'm shooting with the 300 2.8 II and the 70-200 2.8 II and actually have been very happy with the 6D other than the obvious negatives.

I don't think the following quote about an upcoming trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands takes this thread off track and may spur some new thoughts in this debate.  I have resisted a 1Dx based on weight and size mainly and price.

Quote:

Greetings,

May is a wonderful month to start off Spring on Haida Gwaii. The first two weeks, HSE has a scheduled trip for the 11th to either Kuuna or in the inlet. May works, many different species are present from cormorants, aucklets, eagles, and a variety of other seabirds. The Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary in Massett offers a great opportunity to spot many different species passing through the islands (cranes, falcons, etc).

Your dingy should be suffice to shoreline adventures.

Offshore we have the chance to take pictures of shearwaters as they pass by the vessel. Haida Gwaii is home to several species. This year we have been seeing hawks and owls (saw whet, red tail, sharp shrinned) hanging around. Depending the west or east coast, a 45 min zodiac ride out to the West Coast offers glimpses at Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Gillemonts, Rhino Aucklets, Divers, etc.

As for birds, I don't foresee you having any problems other than swivel neck from watching all the kinds of species available to view.

We have a tentative trip scheduled for May 11 if that works.

Weather is flexible, "wait five minutes and the weather will change" as they say. Overall, May tends to bring calmer waters and mrs daylight to explore.

With your motorhome there are several campsites for your pleasure: 

Kagan Bay-Outside village of Queen Charlotte
Misty Meadows- Tlall- offers a long stretch of beach (Naikoon) where one can walk and take picks or bino plovers and a variety of birds.
North Beach- Close to Tow Hill there is a setup for your rig.

Sandspit- You could travel out to Gray Bay to camp and enjoy the beach.

Hope this helps


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Another question.  With the 16-35 and 70-200 and two bodies 6D and 7DII, how would that influence responses to my first question.  I'd probably also have my 300 on the 7DII (likely purchase).  Is the 16-35 kind of wasted on the 7DII (dumb question??).

It seemed on hikes that if I didn't take the 300 X2 that's precisely when the little birdies would appear. ;)

Jack

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Ryan85, it makes perfect sense to me.  I imagine with my 6D I could get away with cropping into the missing range if need be.  Making 35 into say a 55 equivalent - how much cropping would that represent?

Jack

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