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Lenses / Re: Monopod for 600mm II - advice needed
« on: July 06, 2013, 03:02:31 AM »
Arrived a couple of days ago. Its lighter than I thought (with the head attached). Feels scary heavy with the 600 on it and I am worried I'll let go forgetting that its not my usual wimberly+gitzo tripod.... :P

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Lenses / Re: Monopod for 600mm II - advice needed
« on: June 23, 2013, 03:00:32 PM »
Thanks neuro, ordered it rightaway!

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Lenses / Monopod for 600mm II - advice needed
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:43:16 PM »
Was shopping for a monopod to hold up my 600mm on safaris (in India and Kenya). Is Really right stuff  MH02-Pro Pkg: MC-34 Monopod + MH-02 the right stuff? :-)


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:48:04 PM »
@Tadoba Tiger Reserve, India.
1Dx, 600mm f4L IS II,  f6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 2500.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:44:38 PM »
1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/3.2 1/160th ISO1250

I'm still amazed at the ISO levels you can push this Camera too and still return usable Images.
Amazing composition and color. Cheered me up for the day !

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:50:32 PM »
Very nice capture vkiran! I had just seen the new movie "Life of Pi" several days before I saw your post...great special effects.

Was the tiger in an enclosure or did you use a long telephoto lens to keep safe? He looks awfully close ;)


This one is in the wild, close but not quite, shot with the 600 f4L IS II. from the safari jeep. Please check out www.facebook.com/vishwakiranphotos for more.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:12:14 PM »
Tiger @Kabini National Park, India - Late eveing shot at 8000 ISO





Richard Parker??
 

This one was very real...

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I use DPP for RAW processing. Have seen that ACR or LR do not handle noise and WB like DPP does for RAW files coming out of the 7D and 1Dx. As a workflow here's what I do :

DPP -> convert to tiff -> LR -> invoke CS6 for processing/corrections -> LR keywording,IPTC -> LR to convert to jpg or post to usual destinations.

Post that, RAW files and selected tiff files get archived separately.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:20:22 PM »
Tiger @Kabini National Park, India - Late eveing shot at 8000 ISO




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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:30:48 PM »
Nice! Got mine yesterday...Waiting to shoot and see for myself over the weekend

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:14:01 AM »


1DX, 600mm F4 L IS II @f4 1/400 sec ISO 100

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Lenses / Re: New 600mm f/4L IS Mk II - availability?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:13:34 AM »
Vkiran,  Congrats on the new lens!

One more point to add about the center column is that it also adds some additional weight when hiking and it also doesn't fold down as short, unlesss you remove it, but then it also takes longer to setup, ok so that was two points. :)

I can also definitely confirm that a leveling base would be nice with the super-telephoto.  It's a PITA to adjust either one or two legs when on uneven ground (which is most of the time) with the heavy lens on the tripod, and even then (pun intended) it's still hard to get the tripod level.  I don't have one yet but I do plan on purchasing one from RRS.

Rich
Thanks to You and neuroanatomist's inputs , I have fixed on GT3532LS. I can see the leveling base is greatly useful but will have to make do, as it is unavailable in this part of the world. Will have to get shipped it from the US.

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Lenses / Re: New 600mm f/4L IS Mk II - availability?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:05:23 AM »
vkiran, congrats on getting the 600 - I am jealous  ;D - well not really - well maybe just a bit.  ;)

WesternGuy
Thanks, just lucky to get one fast...

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Lenses / Re: New 600mm f/4L IS Mk II - availability?
« on: October 11, 2012, 11:18:48 PM »
It's more unstable when extend the centre column especially with those big super telephoto lens, but most importantly the centre column prevent you to go low which is important when you want to get a eye level shot of the birds or wild life. That's why most bird/wild life photographer use tripod without centre column.

   Have a nice day.

Oh yes, thanks for pointing it out the low level requirement.  I have shot mainly sitting or upright as the animals birds here tend to stay higher.  Still, there are some aqautic and floor level ones too that I have ignored, time to get down! :-)

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Lenses / Re: New 600mm f/4L IS Mk II - availability?
« on: October 11, 2012, 10:56:26 PM »
neuroanatomist, thanks for the info on the RRS gear.  I did settle on the Gitzo GT3532LS and the gimbal from Custom Brackets.  I received very good feedback on it and the one thing that I did like about it was its capability to break down into 4 components for packing in my carryon luggage.  I guess it ultimately comes down to what works for you and I think this will work for me.

I checked on my lens yesterday and my dealer has no word on it at all.  The last ones brought into Canada were brought in last January, yup, that's what he said - I just hope I don't have to wait until January 2013 for mine to show up.

WesternGuy

Got my 600 couple of days ago. Surprising as it seems, it is readily available here in India and took me a 10 day wait to arrive. Waiting for the weekend outing into the forests with the 1Dx.

I also got the Wimberley II and plan to use my Manfrotto 055C with it for now.  Wanted to get a Gitzo with more max load capacity.
Question : I see suggestions for the GT3532... or 42. Why not the GT3531 with center column?  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569149-REG/Gitzo_GT3531_GT3531_6X_Carbon_Fiber.html  Will the column make it unstable?

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