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Lenses / Re: Lensrentals Canon UWA FF lens comparison
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:29:28 PM »
I'll hold off until more f8 results come out. My rationale being that I use the 16-35II 2.8 in two ways - low light people photography in tight settings (need 2.8, tack-sharpness less important since motion blur will be the image limiting effect) and landscape (shot at f8-11 where it appears the 16-35II 2.8 is not far behind the new 16-35IS 4.0). IS on a wide angle is not a big deal to me since I have steady hands and can shoot at 1/10 sec at 16-35 mm with a decent keeper rate, and if I'm shooting landscape, I mostly use a tripod anyway.

All this said, the new 24-70II 2.8 is so sharp that I now debate whether to carry my 24TS II every time I shoot landscape. If I'm not planning on TS movements, the 24-70II seems just as sharp and obviously quicker/more flexible. Maybe the 16-35IS 4.0 is so much better optically than the 2.8 that I will get it just for landscape. f 8.0 will tell (looks similar on the IQ tests from the digital picture site). Make sense?

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:27:42 PM »
Beautiful clouds SwnSng. Here are some from Pisgah National Forest near Mount Mitchell.

Sent mine in at the time - they cleaned the sensor, but it has oil spots again now. I have also cleaned the sensor myself several times. I love many things about this body but this bit is frustrating. I guess I will send it in again for cleaning if I can't resolve it myself.  :(

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:22:39 PM »
Sunset on the Blue Ridge. 5DMKIII, 24-70II, HDR

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:09:59 PM »
Sunrise on the sound side, Oak Island, NC. 5DMKIII, 24-70II.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:06:23 PM »
Thanks Click - the hummer was a very tight crop. Even w 840mm, they are small and hard to approach. I'm hoping for better goldfinch shots with a little more time in my blind.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:53:36 PM »
Summer visitors, immature male ruby throated hummingbird and an American goldfinch. Both shot with 5DMKIII + 600 II and 1.4X III, f8 - loaded the DLO for this combo and applied.

IMO - when comparing a prime to a zoom, the real question is, do you need the shorter focal lengths and zoom flexibility? If what you really want is a longer telephoto for avian photog etc., then the 300II is the clear choice b/c it pairs so beautifully with the 1.4 and 2X III. There are a number posts on this combo. Short version is - you get a stellar 300 2.8, a super 420 4.0, and a very, very good, hand holdable 600 5.6 (best at f8). All the combos AF well. It's a costly set-up, but if you can afford it and tele work is what you want to do, you will have no regrets.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:42:45 PM »
Beautiful owls all. Here's a barred owl that was fishing in a creek near my house and kindly waited on me to retrieve my camera - 5DMKIII, 600 II.

Tern making a turn, from Vern (OK, enough of that) - but I do like this pose.

down the hatch (more Terns from Vern) :)

Lost a few highlights on this one, but I thought the feeding shot was worth sharing: Royal Tern.

Royal Tern - nonbreeding, similar EXIF to prev post

Juvenile Sandwich Tern (I think) - 1Dx, 600 II + 1.4X III, ISO 800, f8, 1/2000, polarizer, IS OFF

This weekend, Puffin, Farne Islands Northumberland UK

5DMKIII 70-200mm F2.8 MKII L with 2x Extender MKII, the 70-200mm MKII handles the converters so well! Really impressed, its not even the MKIII converter, quick AF, pretty good IQ little CA tho.

Very nice shot w that combo, Tom. I like the slight motion blur on the wingtips too.

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