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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Tripod
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:04:33 PM »
My useless carbon tripod has annoyed me for the last time. The first time I used it the leg fell off, then the feet fell off in a river then....well it continued. I have now decided to run it over with a truck so I need a new one. It is three years old so out of warranty. Its a 500f4 mk2, 1DX and wildlife so it needs to be sturdy, hard wearing and quality. I really do treat my gear hard, out in all weathers, the usual for wildlife dudes. I only really know a few manufacturers prior to this one and have had varied results but now its finally time to change and boy will I get some pleasure destroying what's left of this heap of ****! Most of the guys I know go with Gitzo but im not up to speed on their gear with so much choice and looking around there's a fair few other manufacturers from across the globe doing good stuff so any help is much appreciated as I don't want to make another mistake. Oh and im getting old so weight is getting to be an issue.

Lenses / Lens Paint
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:21:47 AM »
Hi all, it's an old question I'm sure, but has anyone found any paint that matches the latest canon white? I scuffed my new 300 and was told by Canon they don't sell the white paint. I'm down to the store where they sell model trains and aircraft to see if there's anything similar. I had the older darker white from a supplier on ebay but the new ones a lighter shade. I'm sure it's a problem a lot of us have. I must learn to be more carefully with my big whites.

Thanks all for any help.


Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:39:59 PM »
Just one of many.....shot at half the speed I should shoot at to blurr the shot. Yes its a wild bird.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:52:46 PM »
Few local pics I did over the last year.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:46:24 PM »
Thanks, the birds are shot from a hide using the 500 prime and 1DX and sometimes the 1x4 extender. The shot I got but was sooo close to being a top one was when a male killed a chaffinch landed on the post but the damm thing wouldnt turn round!!!!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:49:02 PM »
More Sparrowhawks

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:44:06 PM »
Wild Sparrowhawk on a log.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:30:00 PM »
No photoshop all in camera.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:13:23 PM »
Few wild Griffon Vultures in Eastern Europe

Third Party Manufacturers / Dacora 1 film camera.
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:00:54 PM »
Hi all. My neighbour passed away and when her son was clearing out the house they found an old camera and gave it to me. It's a German 1950"s Dacora 1. It's an old medium format film camera and it's got a roll of old unused Kodak 120 Codacolour film. Anyone know anything about these old film cameras and where ca n I get instructions how it works? It's a cool looking bit of kit with a vario 75 mm 6.3 lens. Always fancied medium format and doing some old mono film.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cropping, image quality and ISO.
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:17:05 PM »
Thanks Neuro. Just out of interest, if a current 1DX, top full frame, current top APS-C 70D and older 1D4 were tried out, my guess would be as you put it similar with the cropping.

Also Neuro, ive just bought a 1DX for my 500. Have you noticed you use APS-C a lot now? Do you miss that 1x6 crop?


EOS Bodies / Cropping, image quality and ISO.
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:42:17 PM »
Im not the most technical person around so I wondered about this question a friend asked about cropping and image quality.

If I have a full frame camera, an aps-c and aps-h and take the same shot with the same lens same light etc printed at the same size say A3, what would give the best image quality when taking say a shot in poor light...

The full frame shot at ISO3200 would need to be cropped so degrading the image quality, fine detail etc but has a two stop advantage over the aps-c and one stop over the aps-h who would need to shoot at higher iso to match the full frames speed so degrading the image quality. The aps-c needed no cropping but its ISO performance is worse and the aps-h mid way between the two. So I guess a 1DX, 1D4 and 70D for arguments sake. I said id use the full frame as id get the shot I wouldnt get with the others as the image quality would be so bad anyway without any cropping even with post production.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 06:15:31 PM »
Buy it. Its the best of the best in the Canon range. Whatever they do over at Canon, the 300 prime rules over the others. The image quality is nothing short of outstanding including the older models. The latest is light, autofocus is lazer quick, pictures are punchy and contrasty and I can tell whenever I pull up a shot that it was done with the 300. Its damm sharp with both new extenders and soooo versatile. This is how good it is....

EOS Bodies / 1DX biff and large animal autofocus
« on: October 02, 2013, 03:26:05 PM »
Hi all. Finally bit the bullet and bought an x. It's just arrived and is sat in my lap as I watch tv, drink beer to celebrate and try to look through the custom functions. Different to my mk 4 I must say, chunky, handles great and very easy to look over. Top quality as expected. Anyway, I'm off to work tomorrow then it's holiday in Venice, seals, deer and Griffon Vultures. Taking the old 1ds3 to Venice but it's the bird stuff I need help with. My mk4 is set the way I like but the x? I just don't have time to practice before I'm off shooting. Any x owners got any advice on set ups for birds in flight, big birds pretty predictable but still fast and big slow deer. Any help will be very much appreciated, I honestly just don't have time to set it up. I'll compare the 1ds3, 1d4 and the x as soon as I'm back. Now, back to annoying the wife .

United Kingdom & Ireland / Best place to sell gear?
« on: September 29, 2013, 03:01:43 PM »
I guess we all sell and buy stuff of the net but the fees on a certain site are quite a lot when you sell high end stuff. Is there any other place I can sell my 1D4 over here in the UK? Shops would trade it for very little and im no expert on selling gear.

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